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SANTA CRUZ FILLS XC CATEGORY WITH THE NEW BLUR

The one mountain bike category Santa Cruz has left vacant for some time, is now filled. The California-based brand today announced the launch of the all-new Blur, a light-weight XC-race 29er with 100mm of VPP travel. 
We’ve known about the arrival of the Blur for some time, but have dutifully respected the embargo. We first got a look at it in the flesh on Sunday when Oli Munnik started the 2018 Absa Cape Epic on a different looking Santa Cruz with the model name taped over. 

 That tape comes off today as the new Blur makes its way through Stage 2 of its Cape Epic initiation… What better way to get a feel for a new full-suspension 29er race bike than over eight days in some of the toughest conditions, with a good bike rider? Keep an eye on Race No: 102-1. 

 The Blur has a full carbon frame (two levels of carbon: C and CC, the latter being lighter) and is available down to a size Small, which isn’t too common with 29-inch full-sus bikes.  

It comes in two colours – Sunset and Matte Carbon – and six models (essentially the same frame but with different build kits). The highest-specced XX1, which comes with Santa Cruz’s Reserve wheelset, is claimed to weigh under just under 10kg (for a Large), which makes it one of the lighter full-suss 29er XCO bikes available. It has two bottle cage mounts, but only one inside the frame, on the downtube, and one beneath the downtube. Really – beneath the downtube? In 2018? 

Obviously there are Medium, Large and Extra-Large sizes too. For really big riders, well, there’s the Santa Cruz Tallboy https://www.santacruzbicycles.com/en-ZA/tallboy, a firm favourite among bigger riders. For newcomers to mountain biking, the Blur model isn’t new (we test rode one in 2009 when 26-inch wheels were the thing). But it’s now been revived in what really is a very different era of XC mountain bike design. 

 VPP – Virtual Pivot Point, is probably a newish term for most XC/Marathon folk. It’s Santa Cruz’s patented suspension design which is essentially a simple, strong, effective one-piece rear triangle mated to the front triangle and shock by two short links that rotate in opposite directions. More VPP info here: https://www.santacruzbicycles.com/en-ZA/node/404  

As with most current XC bikes, the Blur has a relaxed headtube (69 degrees), Boost width axle spacing and single chainring-specific design. 

We didn’t get any pricing yet, but have heard the new Blur will cost more than most of the top-end full-carbon, full-sus XCO race bikes. We’re looking forward to test-riding one soon to see if it’s all its anticipated to be… 

The new Santa Cruz Blur should be available in South Africa from 1 April 2018. 

Santa Cruz Blur Highlights:

 

  • Full carbon frame, engineered in Santa Cruz, USA 
  • 29-inch wheels with Santa Cruz Reserve carbon option 
  • 100mm VPP® travel 
  • 69-degree head tube angle 
  • Dual remote lockouts (most kits) 
  • Internal dropper compatibility 
  • Two bottle cage mounts 
  • Bolt-on downtube protector 
  • 1x drivetrain-specific design
  •  Internal cables, threaded bottom bracket 
  • Boost axle spacing 
  • Sizes: S, M, L, XL 
  • Weight: 9.94 kg (Complete XX1 Reserve build, size L) 


 

For more, head here: www.santacruzbicycles.com/en-ZA/blur

Also launched today is the redesigned Santa Cruz Highball, full carbon 29-inch hardtail.   

Santa Cruz Highball Highlights:

  • 29-inch wheels w/ Santa Cruz Reserve carbon option
  • 100mm fork 
  • 69.5-degree head tube angle 
  • Internal dropper compatibility 
  • Three bottle cage mounts 
  • Bolt-on downtube protector 
  • 1x drivetrain-specific design 
  • Internal cables, threaded bottom bracket 
  • Boost axle spacing 
  • Sizes: S, M, L, XL 
  • Weight: 8.84 kg (Complete XX1 Reserve build, size L) 

For more, head here: www.santacruzbicycles.com/en-ZA/highball-29 

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