It may just be wishful thinking but I am struggling to get over the idea of treating myself to a new XC frame
Currently I ride a 9.4kg Santa Cruz Superlight which has served me well but I am getting that itch for a new frame. Obviously an 8.8kg full sus speed machine is quite tempting
A few people have gone from the SL to the Blur and comment it is much of the same but with "less drama". Slacker head tube angle, longer wheelbase and more refined suspension would account for that I suppose.
Online reviews comment about stiffness, fun, speed and generally mark it down as a great singletrack/ proper hard fast XC bike rather than a flimsy XC race bike. Sounds great!
Does anyone have any thoughts or experiences with the Santa Cruz Blur XC Carbon? My concerns are probably more practical than anything...
- What is it like to live with?
- How does the finish hold up?
- Do I need to be paranoid about rock strike to the down tube or will it hold up the same as an Alu frame? Can I abuse it like an alu frame?
- Will I curse the day I bought VPS with all the pivots to go wrong/ wear quickly?
I can test ride a frame but the day to day living with such an expensive carbon frame is my main worry. I would hate for it to become trashed in one winter and the only reason I worry about this is that I don't know anyone who rides an expensive carbon frame year round... I would of course not pay full price but it would still be a ridiculous "investment"