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by Neal Rogers
March 21, 2018
In today’s Daily News Digest: Valverde wins Stage 2 sprint at Catalunya, moves into GC lead; Canadian Adam de Vos (Rally Cycling) solos to Stage 3 win, GC lead at Tour de Langkawi; Cape Epic: Cannondale men, Specialized women win again on Stage 2; Autonomous Uber car kills cyclist walking bike across road in Arizona; Stage 3 summit finish at Volta a Catalunya is cancelled; 2018 Colorado Classic announces route details in Vail; Shimano patents disc rotor cover; Steele von Hoff back racing four weeks after breaking his backl Santa Cruz bring back Blur and revamp HighBall cross-country bikes; RockyMounts issues voluntary recall of SplitRail and MonoRail hitch racks; Video: World champ Jolanda Neff’s impressive wheelie; Video: 1928 Penny Farthing Race in London.
First released in 2002, the Santa Cruz Blur was a progressive cross country bike in its day and helped launch the Californian company’s successful Virtual Pivot Point (VPP) suspension system. With booming demand for trail and enduro bikes, the Blur was dropped from the range in 2015. Clearly demand for cross country bikes is back, and Santa Cruz have launched an all-new Blur, offering 100mm of travel and a progressive geometry.
Built around 29in wheels, the new Blur features a full carbon fibre frame and retains the VPP suspension. The 69-degree headtube is relatively slack for a cross-country bike, and the extended reach borrows from trends in trail bikes too. The frame is 1x drivetrain specific, offers a threaded bottom bracket, bolt-on downtime protector and has internal cable routing for a dropper seatpost.
Showing the Blur’s racing intention, many of the builds feature dual remote suspension lockouts. A medium frame is claimed to weigh 2060g, with a top-tier complete bike said to weigh 9.9kg (21.9lbs). Two bottle cage mounts are given, however the second is on the bottom of the downtube.
Santa Cruz’s cross country hardtail, the HighBall, gets an update too. The full-carbon frame now features a slacker and longer geometry, similar to the new Blur. Other features match the Blur too, including dropper post compatibility, threaded bottom bracket, Boost axle spacing and 1x drivetrain specific setup. Without a rear shock, the Highball boasts three bottle cage mounts. It’s claimed to be one kilogram lighter than the Blur, meaning the frame should be right on the 1,000g mark.
For a closer look, including information on complete bike options and pricing, visit santacruzbicycles.com.