Rumors of a new XCO bike from Santa Cruz were recently put to rest, as the Californian based brand launched the new Blur. It enters the ring with two kind of builds; one for courses that require slightly longer suspension travel, and the other with shorter shock travel.
XC vs TR
The TR builds feature more travel (115mm rear, 120mm front) slightly beefier tires (Maxxis Rekon), a full height adjust dropper post, no lockout remote, and larger brake rotors. It’s not a trail bike, it’s a XC bike for certain courses.
Light Carbon Frame
The full-suspension Blur is lighter than most pre-race dinners you’ll eat – 289g saving over previous generation.
Reserve 28 XC wheels
This is the lightest Reserve MTB rim (385g or 1367g complete). The rim bed is shallower and wider, meant for the newer generation of higher volume XC tires which are popular with elite racers.
Geo to match
The Blur’s chainstay length is matched to frame size so every rider, no matter their height, gets the same balanced geometry and bike fit.
Two water bottles
Two water bottle mounts within the front triangle mean there’s enough juice (or whatever electrolytes you choose) to keep the engine running.
No proprietary gubbins
There’s no fiddly proprietary parts that could leave you stranded in a Cape Epic or Breck Epic campsite.
Many to last many lifetimes
The legendary Santa Cruz fit, finish and quality construction put this into a league of its own. The frame, bearings and optional Reserve wheels come with a lifetime warranty and any service is easy to do with our Rider Support pledge.
The only thing you’ll be dropping is your competitors
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