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'SL' seems to be tagged onto the end of a lot of component and bike names.

Here's a few of them:

Specialized Tarmac SL4
Cannondale Si SL Crankset
Pacenti SL23 Rims
Zipp SL handlebars and stems
Shimano Ultegra 6700 SL pedals

The list could go on and on...

Can somebody put me out of my misery? What does the SL stand for?
 

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More late alphabet consonants automatically make a bike faster.
 

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Italian. "Superleggera" means, yes "super light." As far as I know the earliest bike use of the term was for Columbus SL tubing starting back in the 60's (still made, AFAIK). As you note, the term has since been applied to many things.

Sheldon Brown may have carried it to a logical extreme.
Sheldon Brown's Commercial Products
 

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Italian. "Superleggera" means, yes "super light." As far as I know the earliest bike use of the term was for Columbus SL tubing starting back in the 60's (still made, AFAIK). As you note, the term has since been applied to many things.

Sheldon Brown may have carried it to a logical extreme.
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Thanks, you guys; of course it stands for "Superleggera," and not "Superlight."

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Yes, but Superleggera is Super Light. Super Light is just more honest.
 

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SL means . . .

'SL' seems to be tagged onto the end of a lot of component and bike names.

Here's a few of them:

Specialized Tarmac SL4
Cannondale Si SL Crankset
Pacenti SL23 Rims
Zipp SL handlebars and stems
Shimano Ultegra 6700 SL pedals

The list could go on and on...

Can somebody put me out of my misery? What does the SL stand for?

All my SL stuff means SLow.
 

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'SL' seems to be tagged onto the end of a lot of component and bike names.

Here's a few of them:

Specialized Tarmac SL4
Cannondale Si SL Crankset
Pacenti SL23 Rims
Zipp SL handlebars and stems
Shimano Ultegra 6700 SL pedals

The list could go on and on...

Can somebody put me out of my misery? What does the SL stand for?
You forgot SE, SEL, SEi, SX, GL, GX, GT, GTO, SPD, BVD, etc. The world is your oyster.
 

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You forgot SE, SEL, SEi, SX, GL, GX, GT, GTO, SPD, BVD, etc. The world is your oyster.
LBJ took the IRT down to Twelfth Street, USA. And when he got there, what did he see? The youth of America on LSD.
 

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You forgot SE, SEL, SEi, SX, GL, GX, GT, GTO, SPD, BVD, etc. The world is your oyster.
You left out the XXX Olympiad as NBC dubbed it. And the smuttiest Olympiad to date.
 

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Sometimes you see SLX for when there is a third generation of light weight technology.
Columbus SLX tubing had helical reinforcements inside in addition to the butting, supposedly to provide more rigidity without additional weight.
 

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I am pretty sure it stands for Serious Liability. Any carbon bike that carries the SL label was made using less carbon fibers to save weight and could explode at any time during a ride. Be careful to not use any SL carbon frame in direct sun light as it may cause the little carbon that was used to deteriorate faster. When the inevitable JRA event does take place the Manufacturing Co has the right to blame the failure on the customer for any reason they choose at the time and is not required to honor any warranty, lift time or other wise.

I think it means something else when talking about frames made from metal. I could be wrong.
 
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