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The Santa Cruz Superlight 29 XT Complete Mountain Bike is a value-packed performer, from the race track, to your favorite trails. Built around the ultra-reliable Superlight frame, this bike sees a workhorse Shimano XT groupset, Mavic wheels, and an Easton cockpit that blend together into a bike that knows few limits, regardless of where you take it.

But, that strength isn't going to hamper the climb to the top, because of the hydroforming. Santa Cruz eliminated any excess weight to keep the Superlight, well super-light. With big wheels, stiffness is paramount, that's why you'll find that the rear triangle has an asymmetric shape. This prevents flex and ensures suspension motion is directed to the rear shock and not into flexing the frame.

The Superlight relies on Santa Cruz's proven suspension pivot location. It's placed slightly above and forward of the middle chainring, to offer responsive pedaling when seated. One drawback of single pivot designs has always been out-of-the-saddle sprinting, because the suspension will compress under rider loads -- losing energy to moving parts. Luckily, shock technology has mitigated that drawback. The FOX FLOAT CTD equipped on this Superlight has three distinct damping settings, from wide-open and plus, to firm and efficient.

The XT build consists of a full XT build kit, from the double chainring equipped crankset, to the excellent hydraulic brakes. The Evolution series FOX FLOAT is well matched by the Evolution series 32 FLOAT 120 fork, which shares the CTD adjustment scheme. Easton’s EA70 lineup supplies the stem, bar, and seatpost, which is capped with a Selle Italia Kit Carbonio saddle. It rolls on Mavic Crossride wheels, wrapped in Continental Race King tires.

The Santa Cruz Superlight 29 XT Complete Mountain Bike is available in four sizes, from Small, to X-Large, and in the colors Gloss Black/green, and Gloss Burnt Orange/silver.

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
single pivot
Rear Shock:
Rear Travel:
100 mm
FOX 32 FLOAT 29 CTD Evolution
Front Travel:
120 mm
Cane Creek 40 Mixed Tapered
Shimano Deore XT
Front Derailleur:
Shimano Deore XT
Rear Derailleur:
XT 10-speed Shadow Plus
26/38 Shimano Deore XT
Bottom Bracket:
not included
Shimano XT
Shimano XT
Brake Set:
Shimano XT
Shimano XT IceTech RT86
Easton EA70 Lo Rise
WTB Dual Compound
Easton EA70
Stem Length:
90 mm
Selle Italia SL Kit Carbonio
Easton EA70
Seat Collar:
Santa Cruz QR
Mavic Cross Ride Disc
Continental Race King
Tire Size:
29 in x 2.2 in
Recommended Use:
mountain biking
Manufacturer Warranty:
5 years on frame

sizing chart

Bike size by rider height


Geometry chart

Santa Cruz Bicycles

Geometry Chart

Superlight 29
Seat Tube
Effective Top Tube Stand Over Head Tube LengthHead Tube AngleSeat Tube AngleBottom Bracket HeightChainstayWheelbase
S 16.5in
71.0 deg73.5 deg13.1in
M 17.5in
71.0 deg73.5 deg13.1in
L 19.5in
71.0 deg73.5 deg13.1in
71.0 deg73.5 deg13.1in

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Unanswered Question

Hi, I'm 5'7" and female. Have a short...

Hi, I'm 5'7" and female. Have a short torso, and historically, I've ridden FS Specialized or Trek long travel small men's 26" wheels . (I like the shorter cockpit but realize I'm on the border of sm/med). Do you think this bike would fit?


Very Happy with my Purchase!

  • Gender:Male
  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

Whether or not to go to a full suspension bike from my hardtail, and after hearing many 29er converts say they would never go back (to a 26er), what to purchase for my next bike was a big decision. I originally became sold on the Tallboy after hearing all the great reviews. However it was a bit out of my price range so I figured I'd wait until I saw a good deal on a leftover or maybe get a used one.

Then I came across this Superlight XT build on and it looked too good to pass up. I could not be happier with the purchase! The bike performs great. I use it on a variety of terrian from rocky singletrack here in CT to the off road mini-triathalon series I compete in. What a step up from my original hardtail. It just rolls over everything so much better. Had my doubts whether the 29" frame would be anywhere near as nimble on tight corners as my 26er but was not disappointed!

Hi I am 5'5" with 29" inseam i am raiding...

Hi I am 5'5" with 29" inseam i am raiding cannondale F900 sx M which 16" size bike i was thinking to switch to full suspension bike just a confused since where i ride my bike in flat trails will i need to switch from hardtail to FS bike. what size do you recommend ?

In my opinion you will need to get a Small size bike based on your height and your previous bike. The bike you are riding is a 26" wheel size bike and this Superlight bike is a 29" wheel size. This being said the bike is going to be overall larger then a 26" wheel size bike so you will have to go down a size to accomodate you.

If you need help or have any other questions please do not hesitate to contact me at my email I would love to help you through the process.



Best Answer

Mo - I think the small will be easily dialed in for you. I'm roughly the same dimensions and at our size we are always right on the line between sm and md. The sm will feel more playful and the md more stable - but I'd worry about the medium putting your body (legs specifically) in the wrong position for best results.

Avg. ride time: 2h 24m per week
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I am 5"4" with a 28" inseam and currently...

I am 5"4" with a 28" inseam and currently riding a specialized aluminum epic mediuakm which has been to large a frame in technical trails. I have changed out the stem for a shortened reach. Would the small Superlight work?

Best Answer

hi, yes-a small would work for you. A 70mm stem should get you dailed in. Let me know and I can make the stem switch at no cost.


Awesome deal on an awesome bike !

  • Gender:Male
  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

Recently purchased this bike and couldn't be happier. From the great customer service ( Thanks Adam ! ) being able to customize certain items, quick shipping times, the whole process was great. I ended up changing my wheels to Stan's Arch rims and paired them up with some Tioga Pyscho Genius tires set up tubeless. This bike is fast and light. I ride everything I did before on my 5" Giant Trance just faster and smoother now. Every time Santa Cruz came out for demo days, this is the bike I always ended up riding and enjoying the most. If your on the fence thinking about getting this bike, at this price and for the components / package that you get, buy it !

Awesome deal on an awesome bike !

Fantastic bike, great price!

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Bike arrived Friday, first ride yesterday. Very impressed, a fantastic bike for the price!

Eight days from order ("backorder status") to shipped, arrived two days later. CC/BC did a great job of dialing everything in before shipping and the final assembly was easy. Everything tuned spot-on and needed no tweaking other than shock/fork pressure and handlebar position. The frame pairs very well with the 120mm Float fork (mine came with the Kashima coat 'factory series' fork), and the platform shock seemed to deal with any single-pivot bob.

At 5'10", 30" inseam, I went with a large frame with a slightly shorter stem (70mm instead of 90mm), and size is PERFECT! Bike weights in at 28.7 pounds without pedals. Not really 'superlight', but respectable.

There were a few unexpected 'substitutions' in the build vs. the web description:

- Seatpost clamp was Santa Cruz bolt-on, not Santa Cruz QR. (Need a QR!)

- Saddle was Fizik Tundra2, not Selle Italia SL Kit Carbonio (Tundra is a bit narrow for me)

- Tires where Conti X-King, not Conti Race-King. (a bit heavier, better traction?)

- Fork was Float Factory Series with Kashima coat, not Evolution.

Fantastic bike, great price!

I also received some of those substitutions. The lack of a QR seat collar was rather annoying.

Do you have M-size frame?

Do you have M-size frame?

unfortunately we are sold out of mediums. How tall are you?

are these bikes in stock. Can I buy one...

are these bikes in stock. Can I buy one now.

Hey Andy,

This is currently a back-order item. We do not have it currently in stock but if you place an order we will get one out to you upon availability of the vendor.


One outstanding bike!

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

I have been so impressed with the Santa Cruz Superlight. I demoed a TallBoy and was in love but this feels 99% the same and about half the price from I can't believe how well it maintains speed and feels so stable. Some people say cornering is tough on a 29er but to be honest it's barely noticeable and I ride an XL frame. Overall I am so pleased with this bike and I would highly recommend it to anybody thinking about going for it.

One outstanding bike!

5'10", 30" inseam. Between a medium and...

5'10", 30" inseam. Between a medium and a large I think. Can you recommend. I am considering a medium as I will be moving from a 26" to a 29er so I think it will feel more manueverable

i would put you in a medium running a 90mm stem primarily because of your shorter inseam. The bike will be a little more agile as a medium.

I am very interested in this bike and the...

I am very interested in this bike and the price works for me.

1. I weigh 230 and don't seem to be making much progress getting lighter. Will this frame and set up survive my weight? Or is a tallboy a better bet?

2. I love the feel and geometry of the tallboy, does this compare to that geometry?

I have been waiting for a deal on a tallboy, but it doesn't seem to be in the wings. This seems like a good alternative. I appreciate your perspective.

yes this bike would be a good one for you however i would spend a little extra and upgrade the wheels to something a little more durable. Contact me direct and we can discuss some options. or 801-440-0999


Fantastic service!

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

Just received my wife's Superlight. Everything as advertised and Wes @ Competitive Cyclist was great to work with. He responded quickly and had some great suggestions. Thanks. First ride tomorrow- definitely pumped. She used a SL for a week during spring break in the Phoenix area-we live in Idaho- and she loved it. This one is a step above though the XT package looks great.

awesome!...proud to serve!

Avg. ride time: 1h 33m per week
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Is this bike equipped with thru axles or...

Is this bike equipped with thru axles or quick release? Also, I'm 5'10" and currently ride a Stumpjumper 29er in medium. Its seems from reviews I may need a large. Any thoughts? Thanks!

Front fork is 15mm thru-axle, rear is QR. I'm 5'10" and got a large and it fits me fine, although if you want a add a dropper post, make sure there's enough space. I just measured from the seat rails to the seat post collar and there's almost exactly 6" of space.


Amazing deal

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

This is one of the better values we have on the site.Santa Cruz was on a mission, with this bike, to be the most versatile, easy-to-ride XC/trail 29er in the entry-level dual-suspension 29er market. I've ridden a lot of 29ers in the 100mm category and I felt right at home on the Superlight 29. In fact just recently purchased one for my wife,which she loves. There are reasons why single pivot designs are still relevant and the superlight highlights them all. It climbs,decends and corners with ease. The geometry is also really nice-giving the bike a perfectly balanced feel on the trail and the XT components are a nice addition for reliable,no non sense, componentry. If you are looking for a new XC 29r and dont want to break the bank, I highly recommend picking one up while they last!

*** these are custom builds so all non-drivetrain components can be upgraded or swapped-including wheels. Contact me direct for questions or guidance at or direct at 801-736-6396 x 4074.

Looking at this bike, not sure about the...

Looking at this bike, not sure about the size. Sometimes it's an L but most of the times an XL. I am 1.90m almost 6.3"

A trek superfly fs8 would be an XL.....same for this one?

Best Answer

That is a great question. I have done some homework on your sizing question, and you should have the best fit on a XL frame. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to email me at

I was about to order (had one in the cart)...

I was about to order (had one in the cart) and saw the "not in stock?" will they be back in stock (when?) or would I be wasting my time paying now and waiting for an item that will never be back in stock?

Thanks, Karl

I got mine about a week after I ordered .. same thing situation as you. Love the bike

I've taken a look at our inventory and it looks like most those bikes are in stock. The main reason you are not seeing any in stock is because of an error on our site. Feel free to contact me when you are ready to place an order for that item. dmyers@

Unanswered Question

Can I get this bike with the LT frame?

Can I get this bike with the LT frame?


Upgraded from 26 to 29er

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I own a superlight 26 and now this 29er. Amazed at how strong the 29er is. Purchased as is and it was delivered quickly and easy to assemble. Shifts perfectly out of the box. Climbs great, a beast on the straights and more nimble in corners than I expected from a 29er. I ordered via the website and did not have any issues. Love the XT components and the mavic wheelset.

Impressed with the ease of effort that this bike gives. Agree with another reviewer that I was using so much more effort with the 26 inch wheels. No buyer's remorse. Could not resist this sale with this set up - sorry LBS. I'm 5'7 (with shoes) and ordered the medium and it fits great. My 26 S/L is a small and have always felt a bit cramped. Hope this helps.

Upgraded from 26 to 29er

1. Is the fork Kashima coated? It appears...

1. Is the fork Kashima coated? It appears that way in the pictures but not stated in the specs list

2. Also, I weigh almost 200 pounds and am afraid that this cross country bike can't handle my weight plus the "Trail" and "All Mountain" types of trails that I ride. What are your opinions?

3. How does the rear suspension design compare to floating suspensions like those from Trek and Giant?

This is an amazing value and I'm seriously considering buying one.

my bike is 120mm and is kashima coated. I am 150 pounds and have to say the bike feels so strong to me that I can't imagine that it would crumble under a Clydesdale. Rear suspension has 3 settings from soft, med and firm which is basically lockout. Never owned the two you mentioned but running soft feels plush and really don't notice much power loss on climbs while in soft. You are right, it is an amazing value for this set up. Good luck on your decision.

Any idea what a large would weigh with...

Any idea what a large would weigh with this build? Should I order through or

Ballpark weight on a large would be close to 28lbs. We can do changes to the build, wheels would have the biggest impact on this build's weight. Please let me know if I can help with anything else,