Blur Carbon S Complete Mountain Bike by Santa Cruz Bicycles
If racing down smooth ribbons of singletrack with the podium in mind is your afternoon up of tea, look no further than the Santa Cruz Blur Carbon S Complete Mountain Bike. This cross-country machine was built to hunt for free speed, soar up climbs, and roll over ruts and roots with its 29in wagon wheels. While the Blur took a brief hiatus from Santa Cruz's lineup, we're convinced that the brand's engineers spent those years dialing things in for the perfect balance of steep and slack angles on a cross-country rig. It combines racy and capable, with a moderate 69-degree head tube that stays confident on descents, without sacrificing a nimble feel, and a steep 74-degree seat tube that has you constantly perched for the attack. This year's model features the same spirited feel as when the new Blur launched last year, but with an all new paint scheme that turns heads left and right. We 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,...
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