Blur Carbon R Mountain Bike - 2019 by Santa Cruz Bicycles
Light enough for XC hot laps yet tough enough to take a long-distance beating in the backcountry, the Blur Carbon R Complete Mountain Bike handles all of your XC endeavors without compromise. Back after a hiatus from Santa Cruz's lineup that left us on longer travel bikes than we'd typically want for marathon and cross-country racing, the Blur has quickly reestablished itself as one of the leaders in the category. Offering steeper angles and aggressive geometry, the Blur rockets up steep climbs and flies across long stretches of trail. When it comes time to descend, a stiff carbon frame and 4-inches of VPP suspension deliver precise tracking and ground-hugging traction that you don't often see on featherweight bikes of this genre. Hearing the words "rugged" and "cross-country race rocket" used in the same sentence might cause some hesitation, 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 feels 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 ...
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