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Santa Cruz BicyclesBlur
Carbon CC X01 Eagle Trail Mountain Bike - 2019
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Description

Built the way we would.

When Santa Cruz relaunched its Blur as a 29-inch cross-country race wunderbike, we have to admit, it was pretty cool. It actually made us want to don some lycra, toe the start line at a race, and look forward to that metallic taste of blood at the back of our throats as we throttle away from the start and push ourselves to redline on the climbs. However, unlike most Santa Cruz builds that leave very little to be desired, we knew right away if it was our bike, two things would get swapped that we can't live without, a dropper post and some meatier rubber. And while we're at it, opt to over fork it a touch so it's still a fun bike after you clip off the number plate. We know this is getting terribly close to Tallboy territory but we feel these minor changes wouldn't change the competitive spirit of the Blur' while making it an easier bike to live with day-in and day-out. It's almost as if Santa Cruz read our minds with the Blur Carbon CC X01 Eagle Trail Complete Mountain Bike, and built it up almost exactly piece by piece how we would if we were starting with just the frame. Steep but not too steep angles and aggressive race-ready geometry makes this Blur a demon on the race course and still a blast on epic rolling singletrack without another cyclist in sight.

The non-trail version of the Blur is an unapologetic racer that’s brutally efficient with its sole intent of getting you from point a to point b the quickest. The trail version still has this in its DNA as it shares the exact same frame but with obvious trail-enhancing features. The rear end utilizes the one-piece carbon VPP rear triangle that shares similarities with Santa Cruz's burly DH rigs. Its twin upright architecture gets inspiration from the Nomad and V10, providing a laterally stiff ride without excessive bulk. Keeping a good thing going, Santa Cruz carefully constructs a one-piece carbon front triangle that further adds to the impressive stiffness for tracking confidence through blown out braking bumps, washboard switchbacks, and root-latticed climbs. The VPP suspension on the new Blur is much like the VPP you'll find in other modern Santa Cruz bikes, which undoubtedly is an upgrade from the previous generation, with smoother ramping mid-stroke that prevents a wallowy feeling as you soak into the suspension, and with the smooth FOX Float Performance Elite DPS shock you'll find that the short 100-millimeters of travel feel so much deeper.

And while Santa Cruz may have taken a bit of a break from the XC scene in the past few years, with the Tallboy being the closest to a cross-country offering in recent time, and geometry stretching to slacker angles year after year, this Blur Trail stakes its rightful claim between that of the standard Blur and Tallboy with its 68.5-degree headtube angle, and 73.5-degree seat tube thanks to its inclusion of FOX's new StepCast Float 34 with 110mm of travel, putting you on some progressive numbers perfect for racing on technical XC courses and marathon events. The wheelbase is spaced nicely for confidence over rough terrain, instead of tip-toeing through the rocks, without losing agility and adding a margin of safety and it helps shave seconds off of your time as you push towards the podium. The rear end gets the now ubiquitous Boost spacing, spreading the dropouts and hub flanges to help stiffen things up and providing plenty of clearance between the frame and the new 2.25-inch-wide Maxxis Rekon rubber.

This Blur is built using Santa Cruz's top tier CC carbon fiber construction. By using some of the finest, and strongest, raw materials available, Santa Cruz is able to make its CC level frames extremely lightweight while maintaining outstanding impact resistance, exceptional stiffness, and just the right amount of finely tuned flex to cancel out trail chatter. Of course, balancing these factors requires true mastery of carbon fiber, and the design team at Santa Cruz has proven time and time again that their command of carbon fiber construction is unsurpassed in the bike industry. The result is a frame that will hold up to years of hard riding, will provide a comfortable ride, and will do so at a very competitive weight.

Again the only thing separating this bike from the standard Blur is its build kit and boy is this a good one. The suspension package is an all FOX affair with the Float Performance DPS air shock and Step-Cast 34 Performance fork, each tied to a new SRAM Twistlock dual-lockout to quickly activate it into a fully rigid bike on the start and climbs as well as making room for the Reverb dropper lever. The setup offers plush travel and easy tuning with renowned reliability. SRAM's always dependable and precise X01 Eagle drivetrain gives you a gear for every pitch you pedal into, so you can crush it to the top of the steepest pitches, and hammer down the descents without spinning out, while the Level TLM brakes, complete with 180mm front rotor lets you scrub speed with plenty of power and modulation at your fingertips.

  • A bike built for technical XC, marathon, and trail
  • Not quite a standard Blur, not quite a Tallboy
  • Steeper angles offer nimbleness and racecourse agility
  • Carbon CC frame sheds grams without sacrificing strength
  • 4-inches of efficient and lively VPP suspension
  • Wide range and precise SRAM X01 Eagle drivetrain
  • Reverb dropper post for more confidence and speed descending
  • SRAM Twistlock remote for shock and fork offer on the fly lockout
  • Step-Cast 34 fork add 10mm more travel and stiffness
Tech SpecsGeometry
Tech Specs
Frame Material
carbon CC
Suspension
VPP
Rear Shock
FOX Float Performance Elite DPS, remote
Rear Travel
100mm
Fork
Fox Step-Cast 34 Float Performance Elite
Front Travel
110mm
Headset
Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated
Shifters
SRAM X01 Eagle (12-speed)
Rear Derailleur
SRAM X01 Eagle (12-speed)
Crankset
SRAM X1 Eagle Carbon DUB
Chainring Sizes
34t
Crank Arm Length
[small] 170mm, [medium - x-large] 175mm
Bottom Bracket
SRAM DUB
Bottom Bracket Type
BSA threaded
Cassette
SRAM XG1295 Eagle (12-speed)
Cassette Range
10 - 50t
Chain
SRAM X01 Eagle (12-speed)
Brakeset
SRAM Level TLM
Brake Type
hydraulic disc
Rotors
[front] 180mm SRAM CLX centerlock, [rear] 160mm SRAM CLX centerlock
Handlebar
SCB XC Carbon Flat
Grips
ESI Chunky
Stem
Syntace LiteForce
Saddle
WTB Silverado Team
Seatpost
RockShox Reverb Stealth
Wheelset
RaceFace ARC Offset 25
Hubs
DT Swiss 350
Front Axle
15mm Boost
Rear Axle
12 x 148mm
Tires
[front] Maxxis Rekon 3C EXO TR, [rear] Maxxis Rekon 3C EXO TR
Tire Size
29 x 2.25in
Pedals
not included
Recommended Use
cross-country, trail
Manufacturer Warranty
lifetime on frame
Geometry

100mm Travel Fork

 
SMLXL
a Seat Tube
15.9in16.9in18.5in20.5in
b Effective Top Tube
22.6in23.5in24.4in25.8in
c Stack
22.8in23.2in23.5in24.1in
d Reach
16.5in17.3in18.1in19.3in
e Stand Over
28.4in28.4in28.4in28.8in
f Head Tube
3.5in3.9in4.3in4.9in
g Head Tube Angle
69696969
h Seat Tube Angle
74747474
i Bottom Bracket Height
    
j Bottom Bracket Drop
1.7in1.7in1.7in1.7in
k Chainstay
17in17in17in17in
l Wheelbase
43.8in44.7in45.7in47.1in
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Pretty cool!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I really liked this bike. Both joy and gladness come to mind when I reflect on my short but sweet, sweet, sweet demo ride aboard the Santa Cruz Blur XC.
I was expecting this bike to feel relatively nervous when the trail pointed in the gravity assisted portions of my rides. This presumption was based on pretty much every single experience I have ever had on a dedicated cross country bike. However, after just but one ride, I found myself pleasantly bemused!
What was this strange beast I found myself turning unfamiliar cranks over and over again, in effortless forward propulsion?!!!
I stopped after just a mile, maybe mile n' a half, to check for a battery or some other means of pedal assisted wizardry...but NO!! This was no e-bike! This was still cheating though!
Most of this perceived dishonesty came in concert in that aforementioned first mile-mile n' a half. Just but a bit of jibbing, manualing, and sending the bike modestly skyward off some bumps, lumps, and slight undulations in the trail was done so with such relative ease, that I could only come to the conclusion that this bike offered an unfair advantage in many a trail-case-scenario.
This bike is a pedaling contradiction; partly truth and partly fiction. The Blur XC in fact, has traded in tomorrow for today. From here on forth, I'm ruined for my expectations of an xc race bike, in terms of handling characteristics.
The code, or recipe if you will, has been cracked. The devil is among us. These here short travel Blur XC bikes are playful yet planted. Just an all around joy to pedal for their unreal high yield of return for any and all pedal efforts.
Sounds like a glowing review, yes? I digress. Like some of the previous testers I struggled to manage the remote lockouts. I suspect that this could be easily remedied by moving the Twistloc remote inboard and sourcing some bigger grips, to get those big ol' meatpuppets you call hands outta the way, to avoid any inadvertent locking out of the fork and rear shock. I personally would get rid of the remotes all together, but these days I'm not out there looking to climb podiums. I'm out there for the wind; especially through my hair.

Almost Great...

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

A super quick XC bike that can take on most trails. That's what you are getting when you're behind the bars of a Blur Trail. I loved pretty much everything about this bike but in my opinion it has one flaw.

That TwistLoc remote lockout. It takes very little force to the TwistLoc to revert to locked. Once that happens you are essentially riding a rigid bike since it won't stay unlocked. Now imagine you are on a very rough trail and suddenly your suspension locks out. It's not a pleasant experience. If I were buying this bike I would send the shock to FOX to have it converted to a 3 position and/or get the FOX remote lockout lever.

With that out of the way, the bike is a blast to ride on all the trails that I enjoy riding. When the climb is over you are looking forward to the descent on this bike. That's not always the case with XC bikes. The X01 Eagle drivetrain is the best in the business for the weekend racer and FOX Performance Elite suspension smooths out the bumps nicely (as long as it stays unlocked). If you take cross country racing pretty seriously but only want one mountain bike to do it all. I'd say the Blur Trail would be a great bike for you.

Ready to Go Fast Everywhere

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

To put it simply, this bike is absolutely fast. No matter if it is on a long climb, or a techy descent. Since this bike is still certainly in the XC category, it is crazy efficient! Rather than being a really short travel trail bike that prioritizes downhill capabilities and comfort, this bike somehow manages to work in efficiency and agility into the equation. I loved the addition of the lockout on this bike, and even though I seldom used it on singletrack, it came in handy for fire roads and pavement sections. I found the bottle cage fairly easy to reach, which is a plus for those of us who don't like to pedal around all day with a pack bouncing around on our shoulders. Everything else on the build worked flawlessly, hard to go wrong with a Syntace cockpit and SRAM bits.

Perfection.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Does this sound familiar? "XC bike on the climbs, trail bike on the descents!"

How about this? "Race rig with a rowdy alter-ego!"

These are usually half-truths. Bikes that carry the "downcountry" distinction frequently disappoint me. As an XC racer, I want a bike that is truly efficient, sharp, stiff, and well.... racy. Gnarly XC usually translates into "Efficient short travel trail bike." This isn't necessarily a bad thing! There are a LOT of folks out there who don't ride aggressively enough to warrant enduro sleds, but also want to ditch the twitchy handling of an aggro XC rig. If that sounds like you, buy a Tallboy!

The Blur is a race bike. It's truly light, it comes with a lockout, and the handling is remarkably sharp. With a fixed post and 100mm fork, it really does fit the bill for World Cup XC racing. Andrea Tiberi of the Santa Cruz FSA team races the Euro circuit on this bike all year long. It's a legit race bike.

Now, being the dirt-roadie that I am, I was a little bummed when I could only get my hands on the TR (trail) version. TR means that your Blur is served up with a Fox 34 120, dropper post, and gnarly-er tires. As I rolled away from the car on my first ride, I had this nagging feeling that I'd end up with another sluggish somewhere-in-the-middle bike that would be sort of good on the way up, and pretty good on the way down.

I was wrong.

The 34 chassis lends itself to an incredible amount of stiffness, and the 68.5* headtube angle is spot-on perfect. When you stand up on the pedals, the front end doesn't feel sloppy and lethargic. The whole bike feels incredibly composed and agile.

When gravity takes over, the Blur really shines. The 34 makes the front end track well, and the VPP suspension is incredibly reactive out back. It'll take a big hit just about as well as the next XC bike, but it feels far more playful than anything else that I've ridden.

The Blur is also simple. It isn't plagued by outlandish integration or weird standards, and it has a threaded bottom bracket! (Huge shout out to SC on that one.)

All in all, I really do think that the Blur is the premier XC bike. Shoot me an email at jdraper@backcountry.com if you want to do a deep dive.

Thanks!

Great One-Quiver Bike

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

As someone who doesn't do more than 1 or 2 downhill days per year, but needs a bike to do just about everything else, the Blur had great appeal. From the slick rock of Southern Utah & Moab to the alpines of Northern Utah, the Blur can handle most anything you'll throw at it. Rides like a full blown hardtail on the climbs and screams like a banshee on flowy and techy descents. The grip shift remote lockout took a little getting used to and still don't know if I'll keep it long term. I'd love to see this bike with some XT brakes but the XO drivetrain is great. It's not the lightest XC bike but you feel so much more confident over the course of a ride with the stability of this ride. Good value, good components, and an overall fast bike up and down the mountain!

Great One-Quiver Bike

Great ride!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This was my second time ever mountain biking, but compared to the first bike I rode this was INCREDIBLE! Great suspension, unique Sunset color, and I was surprised that I enjoyed the uphill more than the downhill, due to how effortlessly it handled bounding over boulders.

Fun Up Fun Down

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Not everyone needs an enduro bike, even in the rough and rocky terrain here in Utah. Some of us enjoy in some twisted way the long heart-rate-elevating climbs as much as the payoff downhills. But when we get to the top we do want to have fun on the descent and that's exactly what the Blur is for.

In my opinion the Trail build really elevates this bike - adding a dropper and a touch more travel/slack headtube up front does make it a bit more capable than it already is on the downhill. You may not be blasting airs or ignoring the brakes but you'll reach the bottom with a grin on your face. A light race-able bike that's confident on the downs is really what so many of us have been looking for.

Similar to other reviews I was not a fan of the lockout. Lockout itself is good and I definitely used it on the bike but the gripshift style just doesn't lend itself to easy use. I understand why Santa Cruz spec-ed this style - to stay out of the way of the dropper remote - but someone needs to design a better option.

Beyond the the parts choices on this build are really solid - wheels are reliable, Reverb dropper is a bit more maintenance intensive but works well. Bars are a suitable width at 750mm and stem is a good length for XC at 80mm. I rode an XL at 6'1" and liked it but would go with a shorter stem for more of a trail bike fit, most racers at my height would be better suited to a Large frame for more agility.

Great Ride!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I'm going to be honest at the start of this review to let you know I have no business on this bike. I've been on 4 mountain bike rides in my life. I feel very lucky to be able to demo AMAZING bikes to learn on.

We rode some nice cross country trails outside of Price, Utah last weekend on this bike and I felt super comfortable and it was so light! I was keeping up (as best of my ability) to our crew and didn't feel at a loss on the short downhill sections of trail compared to my crew's full suspension, long travel bikes. The trails we were on were mostly flat with some short drops and climbs along the way. I definitely was the fastest when we pedaled back on the dirt road being able to lock out the suspension so quickly! I think if I were to be riding mostly this style trail or living in the midwest (where I'm from), this bike would be perfect. I've ridden a Yeti SB5 and Santa Cruz 5010 in the past and can tell the difference in the squish but for the trails I like to ride, this has enough squish to crush it.

I'm 5'6" and rode the size small frame with a dropper post.

Great Ride!
Avg. ride time: 2h 58m per week
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Climb with the best of them

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I must admit I found myself initially wondering why the Blur Trail was necessary in a lineup seemingly so close to the Tallboy. One ride put those questions to bed. With my background in XC riding through the Midwest, I've always been hesitant to commit to a long travel bike . My riding style has never necessitated it. I like to climb fast and not be beat up on a descent - that's it. For folks like me, the Blur Trail strikes a balance between full-on aggressive XC racing and longer, slacker all-mountain machines. Swap out your dropper for a rigid post and mash through your local race circuit or drop your seat and have a blast descending most* trails. My only gripe with this particular build is the dual-remote lockout. Instead of a TwinLoc-style system, you're forced to use a twist lock left grip and only given an open/closed option.



That said, dirt roadies everywhere should rejoice as they can now enjoy riding a full-suspension XC bike.

Climb with the best of them