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  • Premier Icon mikewsmith
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    Right then, close to hitting the button on the blur Tr (ali as I’m not minted yet) but there is a but in there still.

    Since leaving the UK I’m riding less mental trail mostly but then again went and got out on the steep silly stuff again yesterday..

    I know the TR is capable enough to do and still get out for some big rides – just done 3 days racing on the Heckler at 33lb (140km) but need something that will come in at 30lb…Came from an 04 S-Works Enduro which was light and 125mm and bombproof (till I snapped it 6 years in)

    So looking for experiences of the Tr and the LT as the extra few mm might calm some nerves and allow for a little less precision. Build will be entirely custom via friendly LBS so not worried about build kit, just some interest in fork length on both – there are some 160mm 34’s looking nicely priced too which would space to either frame.

    FWIW not interested in Orange, anything German as they don’t ship, Spec, Scott, Commencal or Lapierre for various good reasons. Other random bike is the RM Slayer. Also must be 26″ as invested in some nice wheels and honestly wheels wont make me faster I will.

    Premier Icon mikewsmith
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    nobody out there?

    z1ppy
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    fridays a slow day on here & I doubt that many ppl have TR’s, try searching out post on LT’s

    jambalaya
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    Transition Bandit or Covert

    Premier Icon mikewsmith
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    read a few of them, looking for some real life (wrong place) experiences really. Transitions maybe but can’t try them so out.

    Yeti ASR5. The Alu version is now end of life but I bet you can still pick one up new (I hope/think). The equivalent Yeti to the SC Blur TRa.

    It takes a 140mm tapered fork, 67 degree HA, 127mm travel, Bolt-thru 142×12 rear, etc, etc. Nice, light, direct feeling bike.

    JPcapel
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    I’ve got a TRc.
    I previously had a ASR5.

    The TR will be brilliant. I run a 140mm fork on mine.
    Does everything from DH duties (surprisingly well) to all day Xc rides and is the best 4x bike I’ve ever taken to chicksands.

    Is nice and slack, has very very low BB – pick small pedals and cranks no longer than 170mm otherwise pedal strike is non stop.
    Mine is 1×10, light weight kit,dropper post and is just under 26lbs.

    Cannot recommend it highly enough – out of a lot of bikes owned and ridden this is my fav by a long way.
    The Blur LT isn’t as slack or low and just isn’t as quick.
    The TR(&c) has a volume air spacer in the shock as standard so the travel ramps up resisting bottoming, making it always feel like its got more to offer than its 125mm travel.

    Premier Icon mikewsmith
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    Cheers, just need to get rid of the nagging doubt over it being an inch shorter….Good to hear about the 140mm fork as I think I can get the 34’s in the shop shortened for a v good price. How much stack do you run in the headset? is there an option for zero?

    I reckon if I am careful I will get to about 29/30 depending on how much I splash (what deals can be done)

    How do you find it climbing with the HA? I have a 200km/4 day race to do next January and this will be my do it all bike πŸ™‚ Think I might just find a nice big coil and put some 170/180mm forks on the heckler for shuttle duties just in case.

    benzi
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    Did you consider a specialised stumpy EVO, sounds about right for your type of riding.

    Premier Icon mikewsmith
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    not really bothering with the Big S as it’s a frame up build and too many issues with the local dealer to be worth it – that and from a quick look the evo is 29 so it’s out as I have some very nice brand new wheels in 26. Of everything I have demo’d over the years VPP has been the standout – intense don’t do QC so they are out. Just sent the spec list/ideas sheet to the lbs and we will be sitting down to work the finer points (reduce cost) soon over a beer.

    From what I have read, seen and heard the Trail will be right, just stepping back from the 150mm world takes a little commitment πŸ™‚

    Premier Icon Bregante
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    Edited. Far too early and didn’t read the o.p’s post properly

    😳

    Premier Icon mikewsmith
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    FWIW not interested in Orange, anything German as they don’t ship, Spec, Scott, Commencal or Lapierre for various good reasons.

    Yes there are a few ruled out for various reasons, some good some bad (shops, importers, dealers & warranty issues – not int he UK so nothing against anyone up there)

    Also the neon line thing is over 1lb heavier than the TR & the LT

    benzi
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    The ibis mojo / hd is a sexy bike might be worth looking at…. its a tad pricey

    Premier Icon mikewsmith
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    yeah investigated the ibis – local dist is run by some part timers… just not a warm fuzzy feeling really πŸ™‚

    Cheers for the Blur comments anyway – waiting to see the magic number

    Premier Icon kiwijohn
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    You can’t move for BLTs down here. I think Clingo has only sold a couple of TRs, but has 3 Bronsons ordered already.

    JCL
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    Specialized do the Stumpy Evo in 26″ and 29″. The 26″ is a great bike, did a season of racing on mine. However, one ride on the 29″ reset my brain to how good a bike can descend and climb. If you want a clear advantage over guys you’re usually neck and neck with on 26″? sell those wheels!

    Also the Tallboy LTC? Not quite as DH biased as the Evo though.

    Premier Icon mikewsmith
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    That’s what they were saying last time I was down there.
    The other strangeness is that the LT comes in lighter than the TR according to SC

    twohats
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    Probably going to be some bargain Blur LTs about soon as its going to be discontinued…

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    twohats – Member
    Probably going to be some bargain Blur LTs about soon as its going to be discontinued…

    Is that from the 29’s rule the world rumour mill then?

    twohats
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    Nope, couldn’t give a rats ass about 29″ or 650b, but the Bronson is the replacement for the LT. LT to be fazed out. Got that from an official source too…

    Premier Icon mikewsmith
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    Nope, couldn’t give a rats ass about 29″ or 650b, but the Bronson is the replacement for the LT. LT to be fazed out. Got that from an official source too…

    You live over there?

    As they have just redone the LTc this year it’s got at least 2/3 more to go. Add in they are a massively popular frame I can’t see it ever being run out cheap either.

    Stevelol
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    I have a TRC with 140 revs. Its a hilarious bike, I got it because I wanted a light bike, with fun geo and just enough travel to deal with peak district rocks whilst still requiring a bit of effort.

    Climbing is fine with the 140, I run 1×10 and manage up most hills around west Yorkshire, Calderdale and the peaks.

    It’s a hilarious bike because it’s ridiculously easy to pedal around all day but still be very confidence inspiring on the downhills. Its very responsive to pumping and is very easy to jump and pick up/put down where you want it.

    I have vault pedals and 175mm cranks but manage to not get pedal strikes constantly, the low bb really brings some MTB cliches into reality e.g corners like it’s on rails.

    The alloy will be a v popular bike and is much cooler than the stupidly priced carbon!!

    Premier Icon fathomer
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    I demoed the TR yesterday in the Peaks. As you can imagine it rode just like the carbon only ever so slightly harder work going up.

    I’m not a massively experienced rider but it’s very playful* and likes to pop off stuff and I was getting airborne much more than usual, even more than my Soul. It’s also blood fast when you point it downwards.

    *sorry for the marketing bollox but I couldn’t think of a better word.

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