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Santa Cruz Bicycles Blur Carbon XE Complete Mountain Bike


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Objects in motion remain in the lead.

We're guessing you're probably aware of Newton's First Law from your high school physics class, but we'll reiterate this baseline of classical mechanics, just to make our point. Objects in motion tend to stay in motion, unless acted on by an outside force. In the realm of cross-country racing, these outside forces could be any number of variables, from rugged stretches of rocks and roots threatening to slow you down to a particularly steep climb that's standing between you and the podium. Efficiently taming these speed-sapping forces that would love nothing more than to drop you to the end of the pack, the Santa Cruz Blur Carbon XE Complete Mountain Bike carries its momentum and climbs with uncanny ease, yet it offers enough confidence and composure to clean technical course sections that would otherwise have you dismounting in shame.

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 top-flight 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 XE build, meaning it's no slouch when it comes time to don a race plate and toe the starting line.

  • Santa Cruz reinvigorates their full-suspension XC rocket
  • Updated geometry brings the Blur into the modern era
  • 69˚ head tube angle for agility on tight race courses
  • 4 inches of VPP travel remains efficient under power
  • Carbon C frame's high stiffness maximizes acceleration
  • Twin upright rear triangle inspired by Santa Cruz V10
  • Shimano XT 1x11 drivetrain with E13 11-speed cassette
  • FOX Float DPS Shock and 32 SC Fork with remote lockout

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
Carbon C
Rear Shock:
FOX Float Performance DPS w/remote lockout
Rear Travel:
100 mm
FOX 32 Performance Elite Step-Cast w/remote lockout
Front Travel:
100 mm
Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated
Shimano XT M8000
Front Derailleur:
Rear Derailleur:
Shimano XT M8000
Shimano XT M8000 (32t)
Bottom Bracket:
Crank Arm Length:
[S] 170 mm, [M - XL] 175 mm
E13 TRS Race 11-speed (9 - 46 t)
Shimano SLX M7000
Shimano XT M8000
Brake Type:
hydraulic disc
Shimano RT86 Ice Tech 160 mm
Santa Cruz XC Flat Bar Carbon, 31.8mm
Handlebar Width:
750 mm
ESI Chunky Grips
Race Face Turbine Basic
WTB Silverado Road NiCro
Syntace P6
Seatpost Diameter:
31.6 mm
Race Face AR 24 (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

Geometry Chart

Santa Cruz

Blur 3C
100mm Travel Fork

Seat Tube

Effective Top Tube



Stand Over

Head Tube

Head Tube Angle

Seat Tube Angle

Bottom Bracket Height

Bottom Bracket Drop


S 15.9in 22.6in 22.8in 16.5in 28.4in 3.5in 69° 74°   1.7in 17in 43.8in
M 16.9in 23.5in 23.2in 17.3in 28.4in 3.9in 69° 74°   1.7in 17in 44.7in
L 18.5in 24.4in 23.5in 18.1in 28.4in 4.3in 69° 74°   1.7in 17in 45.7in
XL 20.5in 25.8in 24.1in 19.3in 28.8in 4.9in 69° 74°   1.7in 17in 47.1in

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