Talk to me about… Santa Cruz Blur XC Carbon
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” 😕
Ta!Posted 5 years agohaggis1978Member
Only had my LTc a short period of time but it does chip from what I’ve seen so far and from what I’ve seen online. The carbon is tough as nails though. Seen a video with Santa Cruz testing a carbon frame, albeit a nomad against its alloy counterpart and it took some abuse. I reckon they build their carbon bikes very well as a whole to withstand more than what they were designed forPosted 5 years ago
I got one of the very first XCc’s. I can’t say I ride it very day (I have a tourer, a roadbike and a fatbike for a start) but I don’t have any issues with it. The downtube has some clear tape on it and nothing has “got through” to the carbon/lacquer.
I did have to replace the lower linkage last year as it had cracked. Jungle supplied a replacement (foc) and I did all the bearings while I was at it.
Very capable bike. I had 120 Rebas on it which were great going downhill but made it a bit wandery on steep climbs. I tried it with some 100mm SIDs and that was better on the climbs. I’ve since stuck on some DT Swiss 120s with the travel reduce feature so it’s now almost perfect.
I have thought about selling it as it gets used so little but I’d never be able to afford as good a replacement if I changed my mind in future so it remains a bit of a luxury item for me.Posted 5 years ago
LTc in the family and mate up the road has the XC, still looks goof despite being an early one.
The red finish on the missus LTc has a few chips and rubs from where I missed some taping. If it’s 142 then do inside the chainstay rotor side as thats taken a bit off. Apart from that looks amazing, the carbon is super stiff.
5 year warranty and I guess if you send your old bearings in after a change you will always have a spare set (just buy the first ones) they sell the extraction/fitting tool too.
Mate is very happy with his and it seems very solid down along with up.
As with all carbon you have to be careful not to over tighten clamps especially bike rack ones, just be sensible. We are going for a rear tow rack that they stand in rather than clamped.
The green looks awesome too!
Not sure how jungle do the kits but everything was an option in Aus and it came very unassembled so there was room for swaps from the go. Check the build kit list and see if there is anything you would swap out (headset/cranks/bb etc.)Posted 5 years agodekadanseMember
I’ve got a Blur XC – bought the frame from someone on here about 20 months ago, and it was new and unused at that point – a warranty replacement because of a paint bubble on his first one. But in the meanwhile he’d bought a SC Tallboy and got the 29er bug.
And the fact that SC were so willing to replace the frame for a paint blemish shows how good their warranty is.
So how’s the bike been for me? I built it up with 120mm Fox Floats, which seem to go very well with the RP23 shock. Like you, I came from having had a Superlight, which I’d loved, but the Blur XC is something else again. It is perhaps the stiffest bike I’ve ridden, even on a par with a Mojo, and the harder you hit things the more stable it seems. At first the stiffness is almost unnerving, and in a funny way you almost ‘hear’ it, but then the bike proceeds to go through stuff you’d never consider on an XC bike. As someone else has already said, the carbon is as tough as nails, and my paintwork (black with blue detailing) is mat and hasn’t chipped – just occasional bits of rub. I don’t find the front end wandery on climbs (but then I’m north of 200lb, so leaning forward puts more than enough weight over the front wheel) and generally it is pretty damn fast. There is a bit of a highly bred race horse feel to it though – it’s VERY sensitive to changes in direction, and to this extent not like the very safe planted feel I get on my old alloy Blur LT. So maybe not daily transport, but a hell of a lot of fun on special occasions (and it doesn’t mind the mud either).
So what are you waiting for………..?Posted 5 years agoCaptainMainwaringMember
– Will I curse the day I bought VPS with all the pivots to go wrong/ wear quickly?
No. I have one of the earliest BLT2’s and ride it usually twice a week in Scotland so wet and muddy conditions a lot of the time. Replaced the upper link bearings at 3 years and the lowers after 4 years. Even then I only had to pay for the labour as the bearings were replaced free under warranty by SCPosted 5 years ago
Good to know the VPS holds up well. I thought I would only ever buy single pivot as the thought of all those bearings scares me 😀 I’m sure I would soon get over it 😉
Njee, what about the way it pedaled bothered you? I have heard VPS described as wooden while others seem to struggle with “pedal feedback” on the Blur. As I am currently on a single pivot Superlight the chain tensioning under pedaling does not bother me in the slightest although theres no was you would call the SL wooden- far too sprightly to be dull. Maybe the Blur might feel a bit more boring by comparison although I doubt it 😕 I would definitely try before letting that amount of pennies go.
8.8kg build is night light stuff but nothing too crazy: XTR 1×10, Magura Durin, Podium rims on American Classic, Onza or Schwalbe tyres, Syntace F109, FSA K-Force Nanolight bars, SLR, Ti Eggbeaters, MT Zoom and KCNC for the finshing bits, ti and alu bolts throughout. Only extravagance so far is a Smud bottle cage. Ultimate aim is 8.5kg with I-Links mini, 4Ti Eggbeaters, a bit more tuning and a Berk combo 😯Posted 5 years ago
On the pedal thing etc, you sort of have to learn to ride again. It sits into the travel a bit more (though not as much of an issue on the XC as the Nomad) Popping off stuff requires a different approach to a single pivot (i run a heckler but have demo’d a Nomads, LT’s etc)
will tell you when & where to try onePosted 5 years ago
Can you describe the different approach to single pivot Mike?
I would imagine that VPS and the like require slightly more thoughtful body position to get the bike going how you want whereas on single pivot you are bouncing around, popping and sliding the whole time 😀
Oh and njee, what riding style do you feel isn’t so suited to the Blur? Constant out of the saddle hammering, seated slow tech climbs where it might hang up, constant sit and spin….?
Thanks everyone!Posted 5 years ago
err sort of, the best I can go with is the bike sits into travel so “falls into” the small holes (rubbish description) by uncompressing (ish)Posted 5 years ago
as you go off a jump there is a bit more pre jumping to be done. I used to have an 04 Enduro which behaved in a similar way do it was not too unfamiliar. Not bad just different – I preferred it in the end, just saving for the Blur TR
Don’t know why I kept referring to it as VPS??? I think that was Norco’s old approach but I may be mistaken. I guess the thought a virtual pivot suspension system completely overwhelmed my single pivot brain 😀
Any more pictures to share?
Any advice on how to get the best deal?
I would imagine waiting for the end of season discounts on Stif is the best bet as they had Blurs for £1750 for quite a while in a range of sizes… now just silly sizesPosted 5 years ago
Another question would be: What else would you consider in the 100mm, light XC frame to be raced and ridden hard day to day?
Scalpel is too much of a race frame for me.
Anthem is nice but not so light and I feel expensive for what it is.
Epic is again nice but not so light or special for the money.
Yeti As-R C doesn’t have geometry I feel would suit me.
Rocky Mountain Element RSL looks fantastic but gets mixed reviews (I know it didn’t slow Matt Page down though!)
The only other frame on my list at the moment is the Orbea Oiz Carbon which I don’t think would match up to the SC in normal riding (as opposed to racing)…Posted 5 years ago
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