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Santa Cruz Bicycles Blur TR Carbon - 2012 $0.00
For those of you dreaming of the perfect VPP trail bike -- one that blends the nimble handling of the feathery Blur XC and the all-mountain toughness of the Blur LT Carbon -- here’s a dose of some welcome reality: the Santa Cruz Blur TR Carbon. With 125mm of next generation VPP rear suspension to keep you rooted to the trail and pedaling efficiently, the Blur TR Carbon slots nicely between the Blur XC and Blur LT. Travel is the only significant difference and the intent of the Santa Cruz braintrust -- they realized that the 40mm gap between the other two bikes left a niche to be filled. The result is the Blur TR. While the TR in the name is short for trail, it's a bike that's long on adventure.
In terms of body positioning, each size has the same top tube length as the equivalent Blur XC size so it'll fit like a true cross country bike. However, it has lower standover across the board, and the head tube angle is slackened to 68°. These differences are especially important on difficult or steep sections of trails. Where the Blur XC runs out of travel through the rough stuff, the Blur TR still gives you more so you can stay comfortable and in control. In comparison to the Blur LT, it’s a full pound lighter, though the LT offers another 15mm of travel for even greater capability in technical terrain.
Like the other carbon fiber Blur models, the Blur TR uses three unique carbon processes to create the super strong, stiff, and light frameset: (1) By using a one-piece lay-up for the front triangle, as opposed to assembling joints that require bonding or wrapping, Santa Cruz eliminates excess material and weight. (2) This one-piece process incorporates continuous fibers around the tube junctions, resulting in a structure that can distribute loads and absorb impact energy better. (3) Their net shape lay-up and fiber compaction ensures that Santa Cruz can control the outside shape as well as the inside shape and that the layup is compacted to promote an optimum cloth/resin ratio. The frame looks as good on the inside as it does on the outside -- there's nothing there except sweet, smooth carbon. And just like the Blur XC Carbon, there are no riveted or bonded-on cable and hose guides, as they're incorporated into the original layup.
The carbon chassis is matched with their next generation VPP rear suspension. The counter-rotating upper and lower links flatten out the shock rate and provide an active feel to the early end of the stroke. The design balances the downward force of your pedaling with the pulling force of the chain through its link configuration. The resulting movement makes it even easier to roll over a bump, through a dip, or off ledge drops.
The VPP design also prevents pedal-induced compression and lock-out, and the suspension doesn’t change with a weight shift in the saddle or out. So whether you're rolling through rock gardens, climbing water bars, descending stairs, or riding on lumpy fire roads, the suspension is active and responsive, even driving the rear wheel into the ground when pedaling furiously, enhancing the bike's traction and climbing characteristics.
The Blur TR has a carbon fiber upper link that’s light and super stiff. Down below, easily-serviceable grease ports were added to the aluminum lower link (grease gun and grease included). On both links, the pivots have beefy 15mm locking collet hardware. They run on angular contact bearings with one-way purging seals. For the people who want every lightweight feature addressed, Santa Cruz topped it off with titanium bolts in all the places that made good sense.
The VPP suspension of the Santa Cruz Blur TR Carbon yields 125mm of smooth travel damped by a Fox RP23 rear shock with Kashima Coat and Adaptive Logic Boost Valve. Just like its effect on their front forks, Kashima Coat creates a slicker more durable finish on the shock shaft. This allows the rear suspension to respond to bump input with greater sensitivity. This rear shock has user adjustable rebound damping and a two position lever that now selects from climb mode (comparable to the #3 Propedal setting on last year's RP23) to Propedal with selections from 0 (open for super plush descending) to 2 (medium damping) for the low speed compression side of things.
The Santa Cruz Blur TR Carbon frame comes in Small, Medium, Large, and X-Large and is available in two colors – Gloss Carbon/orange and Matte Carbon/green. It has a tapered headtube requiring a mixed tapered headset with a 1-1/8" semi-integrated (44mm ID) at the top and 1.5" traditional (49mm ID) at the bottom. It requires a 34.9mm traditional top-pull front derailleur and a 30.9mm seat post. The ISO brake tabs will accept 160 - 203mm rotors. You can use forks with travel that ranges from 120, 130, or 140mm depending on your preferences or riding styles.
The frame has a two year warranty against manufacturing defects, while the bearings are guaranteed for life.
US Santa Cruz dealers are prohibited from shipping Santa Cruz bicycles outside of the United States.