Trail Centre Santa Cruz
Blur (LT), Heckler is a great fun bike for single pivot but the Blur LT wins hand down for me.
Never got a go on the butcher but it didn’t last long.
The Blur XC is still a fun bike but a bit too racey for me.
However the geometry haters will be along soon to tell you it’s rubbish 🙂Posted 4 years agojeffmMember
Read the post! He said he’d have “preferred a full susser“, he didn’t ask “will I be faster on my carbon HT 29er“.
I’m faster on my HT 29er round Degla but that’s irrelevant to the OP.
Heckler for simplicity and there’s lots around if you’re trying to pick one up 2nd hand.Posted 4 years ago
All pretty meaty bikes. For me its close between a Blur LT2 and a Heckler, I’d say Blur as I find they climb more efficiently. Descending they are both very capable and great fun. Although if you value maintenance simplicity greatly then go for a Heckler. Either way you won’t be disappointedPosted 4 years agodantsw13Member
Heckler is a very versatile frame. It will never be a race bike, but will be happy with anything from 140-170 on the front end. The high chainstays and single pivot make it ideal for a British winter. Build it with a set of Revs at 140, and if you ever go to the Alps, get a cheap set of Marz55 to transform it.Posted 4 years ago
“Why most people are recommending Hecklers and Blur LTs is beyond me”
Because those are two of the three options he wanted to choose between in his original post 🙄
I do agree with you though as it happens, a Blur TR would be ideal, however it sounds like his price range probably wouldn’t stretch to one as they are still relatively new and second-hand ones still pricey.Posted 4 years agoacidchunksMember
My 150mm travel heckler is overkill for the likes of degla and cannock but it’s perfect for bridleway rock gardens. Unless you’re planning on hitting rougher terrain you might be better off looking at something with less travel, around 120-130mm on the rear. Like others have said the old 26″ superlight would probably suit your needs better.Posted 4 years agowhite91Member
Thanks for the responses.
Basically some of the black runs at Degla are pretty rough, and I had a go on my mates full susser and it felt nice. I’m not an amzing rider, but I pedalled everything at Degla, which wil be important with a full susser. Can’t say the same for some other folk there, too many Bronsons and Orange 5s being pushed!
I am happy on my HT round Cannock, with 140 Revs, yes there are a lot of braking bumps, but I hit everything as fast as I can. At degla I found myself scrubbing speed off, but I’ve never been before so didn’t know what was the other side of jumps etc.
Why Santa? Well I just love them, but I am happy to hear of any other frames people would like to recommend.Posted 4 years ago
It’s very hard to prescribe one of the bikes over another.
I know that I would choose the Blur out of those, because I value stable pedalling and am crap at remembering to use shock/fork switches.
The heckler has been a bit strange recently – they moved from old geometry to slack, to 27.5 all in about a year. I know plenty of people happy on few-year-old hecklers, but they’ve all also got hardtails.Posted 4 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
This. Or a Blur Tr. Why most people are recommending Hecklers and Blur LTs is beyond me, that much travel always feel squishy and crap at a trail centre imo. [/quote]
There aren’t any bumps big enough to justify more travel!
Trail centers are another odd UK thing though (like 5″ travel hardtails), an artificial, smooth, dry trail. So what you really want is the geometry and strength of a 5″ travel trail bike with only 80-100mm of suspension. Personaly I’d comprimise on a tough-ish 29er hardtail.Posted 4 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
Depends on the bike – I’ve never felt like I have too much travel.
True, but too much travel usualy comes hand in hand with too much weight and ineficient pedaling. All things being equal an Epic pedals better than a Stumpjumper, which is better than an Enduro. Writing a wishlist for a smooth trail bike you’d like an Epic, but slacker, and beefed up a little, but still pedaled like an Epic.Posted 4 years agocoolhandlukeSubscriber
I used to think my 456ti was great until I got a Blut LTc
Around Llandegla, I was ashamed when bottled that rocky little drop onto the wooden boardwalk at the start of the black. Next visit I’d sold the 456ti (owned since 2009) and was on the Blur LTc and I rode down it without a second thought! 😀
Blur LT(2 or C) gets my vote because its made me ride thongs I wouldn’t.Posted 4 years ago
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