Santa Cruz Blur TR
Words by Henry Quinney, digital photography by Tom Richards
The concept of bolting on 2 letters or numbers throughout of a version name isn’t brand-new. As a matter of fact, there was as soon as a time where there was also the Blur 4X. This, nonetheless, is the Blur TR yet, as Santa Cruz go to discomforts to explain, this isn’t a downcountry bike. After that what the heck is it doing right here ?!
• Traveling: 115mm back/ 120mm front
• Wheel dimension: 29″
• Head angle: 67.1 °
• Seat tube angle: 74.9 °
• Dimension evaluated: big
• Reach: 457 mm
• Chainstay size: 436 mm
• Dimensions: S, M, L, XL
• Weight: 23 pound 12 oz (10.8 kg)
• Cost: $9449 USD
Well, it’s obtained the correct amount of traveling as well as a lengthy dropper article, yet it additionally has functions that harken back to its XC purposes, consisting of the little brakes, the level bar, along with the suspension format itself. Santa Cruz’s brand-new Superlight layout may look comparable to previous variations of VPP yet it is extremely various. It makes use of a flex pivot in the back as well as this indicates it can do without the linked weight gain that includes a common pivot.
The effect is that, in regards to full-scale seat grasp, Santa Cruz might have simply played an accomplishment. Whereas every brand-new bike launch appears to consist of insurance claims of a boost in anti-squat, Santa Cruz has really decreased this worth on the Blur, along with adjusting the affiliation to need a reduced springtime price. We’ll return to this as well as its implications later on in the climbing up area, yet simply put, it supplies on its pledge.
So, if it’s not a downcountry bike, after that what is it? Well, I would certainly compete the boost in traveling is extremely welcome, as well as not just for coming down efficiency. It’s an extremely comfy bike to ride, specifically when seated, as well as takes care of to silence or mute a great deal of the little resonances that may generally come via the saddle.
It’s additionally the lightest bike on the examination. If you contrast it to various other bikes, it is almost 6 extra pounds lighter than the heaviest. No remarkably, it flights like an extremely light as well as vibrant bike. To call it unsteady would certainly be unreasonable, yet its steeper head angle, level bar, as well as a little longer stem, when integrated with this reduced weight, do make it really feel a little much more wayward than the much more hostile, much longer bikes on examination. This is something Mike Levy discussed as well as actually taken pleasure in. I, nonetheless, am someone that most likely leans even more in the direction of even more steady sensation bikes than spirited ones.
I would certainly additionally claim this bike, as well as its reasonably conventional geometry is provided a huge aiding hand from Fox with the merely superb Fox 34. The Stepcast variation on this bike, extra pound for extra pound, needs to be among the very best forks I have actually ever before ridden. The reality that something so light-weight can be dealt with so appallingly as well as still turn up grinning is a testimony to Fox’s knowledge. I assume if you had a fork that was much more susceptible to diving, not different to the XC forks of just a few years back, after that it would certainly lay the downsides of the steeper geometry of this bike bare for all to see. Nevertheless, many thanks to its excellent monitoring as well as enough assistance, that isn’t the situation.
The spec elsewhere is likewise XC-inspired. The SRAM Degree 2 pot brakes prioritise light-weight yet it behaves to see them with 180mm blades. There is additionally directing for a remote lockout, must you desire one.
The bike can fit 2 canteen inside the front triangular, as well as has a global derailleur wall mount, together with inside led directing.
The Blur is an excellent climbing up bike, that emerges extremely swiftly, as one would certainly wish. It’s clear from the geometry graph that this isn’t one of the most downhill concentrated bike yet it does what it means to do effectively. When contrasted to the likewise concentrated Canyon Lux Route, which is additionally an XC race bike that’s been trail-o-fied, I assume the Blur TR is a much much better implementation of the idea. It climbs up far better, its geometry might be conventional yet it’s obtained points such as the lengthy drop-post to aid stop any kind of nerves when directing the bike in the direction of the descent. It’s additionally even more comfy.
However exactly how does this contrast to the much more aggro bikes on our examination? Well, when riding the Santa Cruz, it seems like your center of mass rests closer to the front axle than various other bikes as well as the front wheel does really feel a color much more filled on climbs up. Contrast this to something like the longer Expedition Top Gas, as well as the Blur takes much much less battering up the limited things.
It additionally, many thanks to the high degree of rear-wheel grasp, indicates you can manage your pacing up technological functions. It has sufficient grasp that it isn’t around striking whatever at rate – it provides big quantities of grip also when climbing up tipped origins or harsh ground at a slower rate. I would certainly place it to the adjustments Santa Cruz made when making the Blur TR, as well as the currently pointed out decrease in anti-squat.
This may appear a little counterproductive for a bike’s pedaling efficiency, yet it relies on exactly how you qualify performance. It definitely is energetic when you’re placing the power down, yet it additionally attains a degree of grasp a few other bikes can just imagine. It’s totally various to something like the Niner, which provides a virtually hardtail-like sensation, yet does not hug itself to the ground like the Blur TR can. Heaven provides a feeling not entirely various from the method a coil-sprung bike simply draws itself to the ground. The intriguing little bit is that Santa Cruz handled to include this sensation on an air-sprung, brief traveling, as well as extremely light bike.
Just Like the Canyon, the bike comes outfitted with a 34T chainring as well as 175mm cranks. For a bike with TR in the name, its tailoring does leave you going necessary quick up high climbs up. I do not like this technique, it’s not a race bike, nevertheless, yet a minimum of it can rely upon that reduced weight, convenience in the saddle as well as grasp. Individuals will certainly inform me I’m incorrect for this, most significantly my coworkers, yet I do not assume it would certainly be any kind of even worse of a bike for a 32T, as well as it definitely would not be any kind of slower, yet you would certainly have much more alternatives when climbing up.
In regards to timing, this was the fastest mountain climber on technological singletrack. Nevertheless, it was just the 3rd fastest in our definitely water tight as well as clinical performance examination. I assume this strengthens my previous factor. If you invest the majority of your time on singletrack climbs up as well as desire something to make your life much easier as your look for full-scale climbing up grasp, this is a bike deserving of your factor to consider.
So exactly how does the XC pleasant Blur TR deal when on the descents? Well, it’s a fascinating bike, as well as I assume it’s greatly based upon your point of view as well as what you desire from a brief traveling bike.
It’s not a negative descender, yet I would certainly claim it’s a bike that comes down well thinking about that it plainly has its top priorities in other places, instead of a bike that enforces its abilities on you like the Expedition or Rocky Hill Aspect. Mike Levy actually suched as the to life as well as twitchy really feeling the Santa Cruz provided. As a matter of fact, “suched as” would certainly be also soft of a word – he enjoyed it. Directly, I did not take pleasure in that element a lot.
It depends what you desire. If you desire a bike to open surface that maybe is outside the common XC remit or have you pressing tougher than ever before in your search for full blast coming down rate, after that this may not be the response. It’s excellent at being a comfy area to be. It’s going to obtain you to the leading extremely swiftly as well as actually fits lengthy days of pedaling. I do not assume, nonetheless, it fits individuals that have a downcountry bike due to the fact that they intend to definitely shred – rather, it most likely is far better matched to those that desire something lighter as well as much more effective on longer days.
What the Santa Cruz takes care of to do, as well as why maybe they urge it isn’t a downcountry bike, is that it takes care of to maintain all the excellent climbing qualities without after that having a huge blindspot on the descents. It’s not tiring out to ride, which is very important on a brief traveling bike, as well as as soon as you educate your eye in, does not offer you any kind of awful shocks. The lengthy decrease seatpost is a large component of this.
Where the Rocky Hill as well as the Expedition are bikes that climb up extremely well for exactly how qualified they go to coming down, the Santa Cruz is most likely vice versa. It’s an amazing mountain climber, as well as it comes down well thinking about that.
For me, this would certainly make an excellent, as well as I indicate merely wonderful all-day marathon bike. It fits, it’s quick, as well as its added traveling would certainly offer a safeguard for when you’re weary or riding quick on tracks that you do not recognize specifically well.