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Santa Cruz BicyclesBlur
Carbon S Mountain Bike - 2019
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Resurgence of speed.

It's been a couple of years since the Blur left Santa Cruz's lineup, leaving us to opt for the Tallboy if we desired a fast-rolling 29er, but it gave us a bit more travel than we were seeking for many cross-country racing scenarios. We could always hop on a Highball if we wanted uncompromising stiffness and speed, but we'd often gravitate back towards a full-suspension machine, especially seeing a large bulk of the trails and race courses in Utah left us shook silly without a suspension to soak up the copious rocks. That's why we're ecstatic to see the resurgence of the Blur, which combines the all-out speed we're after for cross-country racing and spirited riding, but provides just enough suspension to soak up the bumps along the way.

We may have a tendency to hesitate when we hear the words "rugged" and "cross-country race rocket" used in the same sentence, but with a one-piece carbon VPP rear triangle we can't help but spot the similarities between the Blur and Santa Cruz's burly DH rigs. Its twin upright architecture gives cues to inspiration from the Nomad and V10, promising a ride that's uncompromising and stiff, but without the bulk to follow. Keeping a good thing going, Santa Cruz carefully constructs a one-piece carbon front triangle to pack in lateral stiffness that provides tracking confidence through blown out, washboard switchbacks and root-latticed climbs. The VPP suspension in the new Blur is much like the VPP you'll find in other modern Santa Cruz bikes, which undoubtedly an upgrade from the previous generation, with smoother ramping mid-stroke to prevent a bottomed out feel as you soak into the suspension, and with the smooth FOX Float DPS shock you'll find that the short 100-millimeters of travel feel so much deeper.

Santa Cruz may have taken a bit of a divergence from the XC scene in the past few years, with the Tallboy being the closest thing to a cross-country offering in recent time, and geometry stretching to slacker angles year over year, so we're more than excited to not only see the Blur rejoin the lineup, but with geometry that takes a U-turn from the trends, and reverts to true race-ready steep angles. Even steeper than the previous generation, the new Blur features a 69-degree head tube angle, and 74-degree seat tube, perching you on top and in control of your steed for nimble handling and maximum pedaling efficiency while you barrel through miles of singletrack.

The wheelbase is stretched over an inch, giving the bike more confidence through rough terrain, enabling you to pick the gnarlier line, shaving seconds off of your time as you push towards the podium. The rear end is updated with Boost spacing, stretching things out and stiffening things up, and while we usually see Boost pairing with tucked-in wheels and extra-stubby chainstays, the chainstays on the Blur move out just under a quarter of an inch to 17-inches, so you can still comfortably get behind the saddle when you need to, without feeling like you're going to go over backwards.

This particular Blur is built using Santa Cruz's Carbon C construction, which provides all the benefits in lateral stiffness and unbelievable strength of its higher-end Carbon CC sibling, but with a slight weight penalty. We don't have specifics on the weight gain for this particular frame (we'll have to wait until Santa Cruz publishes their figures), but a typical Santa Cruz Carbon C weighs approximately eight to nine ounces heavier than its Carbon CC counterparts. The upside to the Carbon C construction is you save a good chunk of cash, which is always nice when you're a self-sponsored racer that's footing the bills for your own builds and racing fees. However, the bike is still incredibly lightweight in the arena of 24 pounds for this particular Carbon S build, meaning it's no slouch when it comes time to don a race plate and toe the starting line.

  • Reintroduction of Santa Cruz's race-day rocketship
  • Updated geometry zips the Blur into the modern era
  • Steep head tube angle provides razor-sharp handling
  • 4 inches of efficient, lively handling VPP travel
  • Carbon C frame for torsional stiffness and strength
  • Twin upright rear triangle inspired by downhill bikes
  • SRAM GX Eagle 1x12 drivetrain with massive gear range
  • FOX suspension and fork with remote lock-out for racing

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Tech SpecsGeometryWeight
Tech Specs
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Frame Material
Carbon C
Rear Shock
FOX Float Performance DPS with remote lock-out
Rear Travel
100 mm
FOX 32 Performance Step-Cast with remote lock-out
Front Travel
100 mm
Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated
SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed
Rear Derailleur
SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed
SRAM Stylo 7k DUB (34t)
Crank Arm Length
[S] 170 mm, [M - XL] 175 mm
Bottom Bracket
English threaded
SRAM XG1275 Eagle (10 - 50t)
SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed
Brake Type
hydraulic disc
Avid Centerline 160 mm
Race Face Evolve Flat Bar, 31.8 mm
Handlebar Width
720 mm
ESI Chunky
Race Face Ride
WTB Silverado Road NiCro
Syntace P6
Race Face AR24 29 in (32-hole)
DT Swiss 370
Front Axle
15 x 110 mm Boost
Rear Axle
12 x 148 mm Boost
Maxxis Aspen TR
Tire Size
29 x 2.25 in
Recommended Use
Manufacturer Warranty
lifetime on frame

100mm Travel Fork

a Seat Tube
b Effective Top Tube
c Stack
d Reach
e Stand Over
f Head Tube
g Head Tube Angle
h Seat Tube Angle
i Bottom Bracket Height
j Bottom Bracket Drop
k Chainstay
l Wheelbase
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2019 Blur

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Killer bike - had a 2010 26" Carbon Blur but wanted the extra grip of the 29.
Changed a few parts - wheels (Stans Crest), tires (Rocket Ron), Drivetrain (XT 10 speed - no need for 12 in my part of the world, why carry the weight?), bars (carbon), seat (WTB seat was nice, but did not really fit me, swapped to a Fizik Gobi XM.
Big smile every time I ride.

Orange Rocket

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I ordered a Santa Cruz Blur C in the S trim. The bike delivered to my house was expertly packed and carefully checked out by the good folks at Competitive Cyclist. Assembly was easy and I was soon riding.
This bike is different than my Tallboy, even though they look similar. The boost spacing and rear triangle design make for an incredibly stiff and stable platform, especially for a bike that weighed 24.74 pounds out of the box. I have been tinkering with suspension settings and the cockpit, trying to dial it in. The dual remote lockout is a feature I have learned to appreciate. The stock wheelset is fairly light and comes set up tubeless. The Maxxis Aspen tires have a large footprint with these wheels. The GX Eagle drivetrain is not a favorite of mine, I still much prefer the Shimano XT. Not a deal breaker, though, this is a heckuva bike.

Great on the pedals

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've been riding the Hightower LT a lot. Then I got a Blur and rode some of the same trails that I had been pedaling up on the Hightower LT.... I felt like a superhuman. The Blur pedals so efficiently but can still rock over some bigger features. After trying out the Blur I am seriously considering going with some shorter travel. The Blur is a lot of fun on the ups!

Does this model have the capabilities for internal routing for a dropper?