Blur Carbon S Complete Mountain Bike by Santa Cruz Bicycles
It's been a couple of years since the Blur left Santa Cruz's lineup, leaving us to opt for the Tallboy if we desired a fast-rolling 29er, but it gave us a bit more travel than we were seeking for many cross-country racing scenarios. We could always hop on a Highball if we wanted uncompromising stiffness and speed, but we'd often gravitate back towards a full-suspension machine, especially seeing a large bulk of the trails and race courses in Utah left us shook silly without a suspension to soak up the copious rocks. That's why we're ecstatic to see the resurgence of the Blur, which combines the all-out speed we're after for cross-country racing and spirited riding, but provides just enough suspension to soak up the bumps along the way. 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 DPS 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 thing to a cross-country offering in recent time, and geometry stretching to slacker angles year over year...
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