Blur Carbon R Complete Mountain Bike by Santa Cruz Bicycles
You're ready to take your XC race series a little more seriously, and hungry for quick and nimble geometry to conquer tight switchbacks and punchy climbs, which is why you've got your eye on the Santa Cruz Blur Carbon R Complete Mountain Bike. After a bit of a hiatus from Santa Cruz's lineup that left us on longer travel rides than we'd wanted for XC-race domination, we're eager to hop on the newly redesigned Blur to reestablish its cross-country prowess. Offering you steeper angles, and aggressive geometry, the new Blur quickly illustrates that it hasn't forgotten how to sprint up climbs, and its 4-inches of VPP suspension turn around quickly to gobble up rocks and roots in the way of your descent. 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 to a cross-country offering in recent time, and geometry stretching to slacker angles year over year, so we're more than excited to not on...
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