Blur Carbon CC X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike by Santa Cruz Bicycles
For some, the exhilaration of mountain biking comes from top speeds, pointing slacked out machines straight downhill, and ripping through rock gardens -- but you're a bit more refined. You see working up long climbs, weaving through aspens, and taking technical lines that require careful consideration and planning as a challenge to tackle, and the idea of lift laps seems like a waste of perfectly good ascents. You'd rather opt for a shorter travel steed that's capable of charging to the podium at your local XC weekend races, like the Santa Cruz Blur Carbon CC X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike. Offering steeper angles, and aggressive race-ready geometry, the new Blur shows us that it hasn't forgotten its speedy roots, and is hungry to take on rolling singletrack with a powerful force, and float up climbs like the featherweight ride it is. We may have a tendency to hesitate when we hear the words "rugged" and "cross-country race rocket" used in the same sentence, but with a one-piece carbon VPP rear triangle we can't help but spot the similarities between the Blur and Santa Cruz's burly DH rigs. Its twin upright architecture gives cues to inspiration from the Nomad and V10, promising a ride that's uncompromising and stiff, but without the bulk to follow. Keeping a good thing going, Santa Cruz carefully constructs a one-piece carbon front triangle to pack in lateral stiffness that provides tracking confidence through blown out, washboard switchbacks and root-latticed climbs. The VPP suspension in the new Blur is much like the VPP you'll find in other modern Santa Cruz bikes, which undoubtedly an upgrade from the previous generation, with smoother ramping mid-stroke to prevent a bottomed out feel as you soak into the suspension, and with the smooth FOX Float Factory shock you'll find that the short 100-millimeters of travel feel so much deeper. Santa Cruz may have taken a bit of a divergence from the XC scene in the past few years, with the Tallboy being the closest...
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