Blur Carbon CC XX1 Eagle Reserve Complete Mountain Bike by Santa Cruz Bicycles
It's been some time since the Blur left Santa Cruz's lineup, leaving a bike-shaped hole in our hearts that we've been trying to fill for what seems like decades (okay, -- maybe it was just four years). We've tried countless other machines that claim total XC domination, some were flimsy featherweights that flaked under pressure, others so heavy we felt like we were pulling too much extra baggage with each pedal stroke, and some seemed to be a good match, until an eventual hang-up would surface, and things would come crashing to the ground-- or rock garden. Ultimately, we had come to the consensus that the Blur was the one that got away -- until now -- with the welcome resurgence of the Santa Cruz Blur Carbon CC XX1 Eagle Reserve Complete Mountain Bike. We're as giddy as we were over our first school-yard crush, and completely enamored with the personal growth that the Blur has achieved over its hiatus. It comes to us as a redefined race machine, driven and forceful, light enough to soar through hot laps, and rugged enough to conquer 48-hour endurance races. 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 buttery.
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