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    Finally Got Some Pics!

    Frame Santa Cruz Blur LT2 Carbon/Large/Black
    Shock Fox RP23 with Boost Valve
    Fork Fox 32 TALAS RLC 150mm QR15 Taper
    Headset Chris King OnePointFive Reducer
    Stem Thomson X4
    Bar Easton MonkeyLite XC CNT low rise 31.8
    Grips ODI X-Treme Lock On
    F brake Hope Tech M4 180mm
    R brake Hope Tech M4 160mm
    F Mech. Shimano XT
    R Mech. Sram X.0 Medium Cage
    Seat post Thomson Elite Layback
    Saddle SDG Bel Air Titanium
    Front hub Chris King ISO
    Rear hub Chris King ISO
    Front rim Mavic XM819 UST
    Rear rim Mavic XM819 UST
    Front tyre Maxxis Medusa 2.1 UST
    Rear tyre Maxxis Medusa 2.1 UST
    Tubes Wheel Milk
    Spokes DT Comp Double Butted
    Chain SRAM PC991
    Cassette SRAM PG990 11-34
    B/B Hope Ceramic
    Chainset Truvativ Noir 3.3 Carbon Crank
    Pedals Crank Brothers Eggbeater Ti
    Shifters Sram X.0
    Cables Shimano SP41
    Rear QR Hope steel (Rear)
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    Great build you there TLM!

    But I would like to see the back part of your Hope brake levers. Do they come with some sort of a matchmaker? Coz I don't see a ring clamp of your XO shifters

    Congrats!

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    anybody have a blt2c with the lyric UT?

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    Hope now make a "matchmaker" clamp for their brakes which suit both Shimano and SRAM. They work perfectly and keep everything looking clean and uncluttered.

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    FRAME - Blur LT Carbon Medium Slate Blue/Silver
    FORK - RockShox Revelation Team Dual Air 150mm Tapered 20mm Maxle Light
    SHOCK - RockShox Monarch 4.2
    REAR DER - SRAM X9 long cage
    FRONT DER - Shimano XT M771 Direct Mount
    SHIFTERS - SRAM X0 triggers
    CRANKSET/BOTTOM BRACKET - TruVativ Noir XC 22/32/44
    CASSETTE - SRAM PG 990 11-34
    CHAIN - SRAM PC-991 HollowPin
    BRAKESET - Avid Elixir CR Mag 185F/160R
    BARS - Easton ML XC Low Riser Carbon 31.8mm
    STEM - Easton EA90 100mm 31.8 clamp
    GRIPS - Lizard Skin Peaty lock on
    HEADSET - Chris King 1.125-1.5 tapered
    SEATPOST - Specialized Command Post 30.9mm remote adjustable travel
    SEATPOST CLAMP - Santa Cruz QR
    SADDLE - WTB Devo SLT
    RIMS - DT Swiss XR 4.2D 32h F/R
    HUBS - DT Swiss 240s F/R (20mm front hub)
    SPOKES - DT Swiss 14/15 competition spokes plus aluminum nipples
    TIRES - Kenda Nevegal 2.35 folding
    TUBES - Kenda Freeride
    PEDALS - Straitline
    WEIGHT - 27.80 pounds according to digital shop scale
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    Random ?

    Hey, random question for BLTc owners.

    Are the frame decals removable? I would imagine that they are.

    thanks.

    Porch
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    No idea if the frame decals are removable? I am hoping that mine do NOT come off!

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    They are not removable.

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    They are removable if you slide your chainstay on a rock. I managed to loose the VPP decal on the left chainstay. Didn't get into the carbon though.
    Go that way, really fast. If something gets in your way...turn.

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    Hi All,

    Here is my new Blur LTC. Crap picture but awesome bike!

    Wettest November in years in UK so it's been slow and muddy but it's still a complete blast. Responsive, stiff climbs well and comes down like a beauty!



    Cats not too bad either ;-)

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    good question GQOSE

    Quote Originally Posted by GQOSE
    anybody have a blt2c with the lyric UT?
    Anybody build up a BLTc with a 160mm fork / Lyric or otherwise yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Porchsong
    Anybody build up a BLTc with a 160mm fork / Lyric or otherwise yet?

    Porch
    Nope, but I am really interested in trying a Lyrik 2 Step.

    I think that would yield awesome versatility to an already awesomely versatile bike.

    A Revelation 2 Step would be awesome.

    I am a U-Turn hater...two specific and easy to switch to settings seems like the perfect setup to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jjiggajouncer
    Nope, but I am really interested in trying a Lyrik 2 Step.
    I think that would yield awesome versatility to an already awesomely versatile bike.
    A Revelation 2 Step would be awesome.
    I am a U-Turn hater...two specific and easy to switch to settings seems like the perfect setup to me.
    agreed on all counts...
    U-turn - not for me either
    Lyrik 2 step - I'd love to try one on a LT
    Rev 2-step - we can dream!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Porchsong
    Anybody build up a BLTc with a 160mm fork / Lyric or otherwise yet?

    Porch
    I built my LTc with a 36 TALAS 160 fork. With a GravityDropper seatpost, the 160 fork, and standard X9 build kit, the bike weighs just over 30 lbs. It's an absolutely incredible all around machine. The longer fork makes for a slacker head angle, which in turn makes the bike very stable on the descents. For climbing and flat trails, I use the fork's 130mm setting and it handles great. I am very happy with this setup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by T_Lundell
    I built my LTc with a 36 TALAS 160 fork. With a GravityDropper seatpost, the 160 fork, and standard X9 build kit, the bike weighs just over 30 lbs. It's an absolutely incredible all around machine. The longer fork makes for a slacker head angle, which in turn makes the bike very stable on the descents. For climbing and flat trails, I use the fork's 130mm setting and it handles great. I am very happy with this setup.
    What's your wheelbuild?

    What's the BB height @ 160mm?

    What tires? Tubes or tubeless?

    Define "just over 30 lbs."

    I'm considering one, but I've got questions that you've answered for me...

    Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jschwart73
    What's your wheelbuild?

    What's the BB height @ 160mm?

    What tires? Tubes or tubeless?

    Define "just over 30 lbs."

    I'm considering one, but I've got questions that you've answered for me...

    Thanks!
    Wheels - DT 340 hubs laced to DT Swiss 5.1d rims. I could definitely save some weight here.

    BB height - no idea

    Tires - Front: Kenda Nevegal 2.35; Rear: Kenda Small Block 2.3; Tubes in both, another place I could easily shave some weight.

    I also run Crank Brothers Acid pedals, which are not the lightest.

    The weight I believe was 30.5 lbs. I think it would be pretty easy to get down to 29 with lighter wheels, tubeless tires, lighter cranks (I have SLX), and carbon bars. That's where I'll be spending my money. But with the long fork and the adjustable seatpost, this bike is never going to be in the 26 lb range like some of the builds on this thread. I would like it to be under 30 (not sure why really), but after that it's all gravy.

    I endure the climbs in order to enjoy the descents. A lighter bike would be nice, but the 36 fork is, I think, a must.

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    It is painful, but I am parting with mine

    Santa Cruz Blur LT Carbon Steel Blue/Silver Small
    Fox Float RP23 Custom tuned for this bike
    Formula R1s - Magnesium levers (no question, best modulating brake on market and lightest)
    Formula R1 Two piece rotors
    Shimano XTR M970 Hollowtech II Crankset M970 22/32/44
    Shimano XTR M972 Shadow Rear Derailleur
    Shimano XTR M970 12-34 cassette
    Shimano XTR M970 Rapidfire Shifters
    Shimano XT M771 Direct Mount Front Derailleur
    Fox 32 TALAS FIT RLC 15QR Fork Travel ajusts from 150 mm, 130 mm and 110mm
    DT Swiss 4.2 ds laced to DT 240s hub w/ DT 14/15 spokes and alloy nipples
    Thompson Masterpiece
    Easton MonkeyLite SL Low Riser
    Thompson x4 Elite stem
    WTB Rocket V Team
    Chris King 1 1/8", Chris King taper
    Ergon GE1 grips
    Continental Mountain King 2.4s Tubeless
    Professionally tubeless conversion by Indy Cycle Specialist
    Carbon stem spacers
    Grease ports on lower pivots
    Grease gun included w/grease
    Extra Santa Cruz seat collar included

    http://classifieds.mtbr.com/showprod...ct=43867&cat=3
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    picked mine up the other day



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    That shock ?????

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    X-Fusion H3

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    Hi,

    Where did U buy your LTc?

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    Indy Cycle Specialist in Indianapolis. Great shop, great owner and true rider.

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    Very VERY good

    Quote Originally Posted by TLM
    Frame Santa Cruz Blur LT2 Carbon/Large/Black
    Shock Fox RP23 with Boost Valve
    Fork Fox 32 TALAS RLC 150mm QR15 Taper
    Headset Chris King OnePointFive Reducer
    Stem Thomson X4
    Bar Easton MonkeyLite XC CNT low rise 31.8
    Grips ODI X-Treme Lock On
    F brake Hope Tech M4 180mm
    R brake Hope Tech M4 160mm
    F Mech. Shimano XT
    R Mech. Sram X.0 Medium Cage
    Seat post Thomson Elite Layback
    Saddle SDG Bel Air Titanium
    Front hub Chris King ISO
    Rear hub Chris King ISO
    Front rim Mavic XM819 UST
    Rear rim Mavic XM819 UST
    Front tyre Maxxis Medusa 2.1 UST
    Rear tyre Maxxis Medusa 2.1 UST
    Tubes Wheel Milk
    Spokes DT Comp Double Butted
    Chain SRAM PC991
    Cassette SRAM PG990 11-34
    B/B Hope Ceramic
    Chainset Truvativ Noir 3.3 Carbon Crank
    Pedals Crank Brothers Eggbeater Ti
    Shifters Sram X.0
    Cables Shimano SP41
    Rear QR Hope steel (Rear)
    This good easily be the best BLT2c setup I have seen so far, by far!
    Very tight and top quality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Windowlicker
    X-Fusion H3

    funny xfusion homepage
    http://www.x-fusion-shox.com/shocks/h3
    length/travel length/travel
    190/51 mm 7.5/2.0 inch
    200/56 mm 7.875/2.2 inch


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    why did you get the LTc with this damper?
    is the H3 recommendable ?
    thx
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    Hey guys,

    New to the forum and looking at purchasing either a LTc or a Nomad.

    Now i have read this thread and the Nomad thread and i must say i am no closer to a decision than i was before...

    On the one hand, the Nomad could be built lighter and be at a respectable weight to serve as a do everything bike and on the other hand the LTc could be built up a bit burlier to be more AM ish and have the advantage of a stiffer more responsive frame.

    For those who have had a 36 up front, what sort of riding would you describe yourself as doing? I am thinking that even though it will slacken the front end out it would be great on the rough stuff and downhill runs.

    I would be doing more AM style riding with it. So at the end of the day my question would be is the LTc suited to this or am i better off getting the Nomad. Ideally i would love to be in a position to have both, but i have to chose one!!! Arrrgh. This decision is killing me and there isn't one around that i can test ride. I live in Australia too if that sways anyone's decision.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmk
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    why did you get the LTc with this damper?
    is the H3 recommendable ?
    thx

    Special Circumstances on the shock, going to give it a go, there is always the possibility of picking up a 8.5 x 2.5 fox rp23. The h3 has a bit shorter eye to eye and might be cool for some of the slalom trails around here. Wont know till I try it

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    I've been riding a Blur LTC for a week or so on demo from my shop, and the thing is awesome! I just wanted to know though what kind of luck people on here are having running the LTC as an AM bike. I'm almost positive I'm gonna get one, I just wanted to see what people think about the bike as more than an XC bike if that makes any sense.

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    This frame is super stout and will ride differently depending on the build. I have a 150mm fork and 2.5 tubless tires on mavic 823's so it's wide and burley. A little heavier than most at 28 lbs but I'm riding the same stuff as my fiends on nomads, all the jumps, drops and rockgardens and faster....this is THE bike to build to your taste

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    looking for some input from BLT2 owners on fork height. i'm not a fan of adjustable travel, i prefer to set and forget.

    questions:

    - i'm guessing that 150mm of travel (530-535mm axle to crown) probably results in a nicely balanced position for both climbing and descending? feedback please.

    - for those running a lyric or 36, how do you find the climbing position/performance at full travel?

    - regarding stiffness, i've heard the frame is hella stiff and i'll likely be running a coil shock so i don't want to have the bike "under forked". for those running revelations or 32mm fox/others, do you notice front end flex/deflection when pinning it?

    appreciate the input...

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    Quote Originally Posted by gratiflying
    looking for some input from BLT2 owners on fork height. i'm not a fan of adjustable travel, i prefer to set and forget.

    questions:

    - i'm guessing that 150mm of travel (530-535mm axle to crown) probably results in a nicely balanced position for both climbing and descending? feedback please.

    - for those running a lyric or 36, how do you find the climbing position/performance at full travel?

    - regarding stiffness, i've heard the frame is hella stiff and i'll likely be running a coil shock so i don't want to have the bike "under forked". for those running revelations or 32mm fox/others, do you notice front end flex/deflection when pinning it?

    appreciate the input...

    I have a 150mm Float RLC Fit Fork with a tapered steerer on my LTc. Climbs and descends well. Best "compromise" I guess.

    I have a 36 Talas on my Nomad2 and have never used the Talas feature. ( I should have got the Float). A riding buddy has a 36 Vanilla on his alum LT2 and he climbs with the best of them.

    Yes the frame is stiff. No front end flex/deflection here.

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    Good job!

    I'm running a 2010 RP23 on the rear and from reading several reviews this years model is hard to beat even with a coil!
    Up front I have a 2010 Talas 150 and have no problem with flex or climbing. I do use the adjustability for very steep hills but more because it's there! If I had the Float with no adjustablity,it would be fine for climbing.
    I would definately recommend 150 travel as a minimum because the geometry feels better at this angle.
    The frame is very stiff and inspires a lot of confidence, which is why I built mine up with quality kit!
    Good luck choosing the build...

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    I've had the bike almost a month and am loving it. Coming from a 4 inch XC bike (Epic), I was worried about how this would climb, but I've been pleasantly surprised with how good it feels on long sustained fireroad climbs. Technical climbing is insane - a whole new world for me coming off an Epic - the rear end feels like it pushes you up and over rocks/stair steps. Descending is even better than expected - super plush/stable - I find myself going so much faster downhill than I used to. It also rails flat/rolling singletrack really well. The only thing I've lost vs. the XC bike is acceleration - doesn't have that instant power transfer the Epic had. The drop seatpost with remote is heavy, but worth every gram. Combined with a TALAS 150, this thing truly is an all-mountain dream bike.

    Frame: Santa Cruz Blur LT Carbon/Medium
    Shock: Fox RP23
    Fork: Fox 32 TALAS RLC 150mm QR15 Taper
    Headset: Chris King
    Stem: Easton EA70
    Bars: Easton MonkeyLite XC
    Brakes:Elixir CR 160
    FD: Shimano XT
    RD: Sram X9
    Seatpost: KS i900 Remote
    Saddle: WTB Silverado Team
    Wheelset: DT XR400 rims, DT 340 rear hub/Chub 15mm front hub w/ DT 14/15 spokes
    Front tire: WTB WeirWolf 2.3
    Rear tire:WTB MotoRaptor 2.24
    Tubes: Slime Lite
    Chain: KMC X9 SL
    Cassette: SRAM PG 980 11-34
    Crankset: SLX
    Pedals:Crank Brothers Eggbeater Ti
    Shifters:Sram X9
    Weight: 27.4 LBS.


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    Aztec,

    How's the seatpost holding up?
    Have you had an issues with it so far?

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    Quote Originally Posted by brumos
    Aztec,

    How's the seatpost holding up?
    Have you had an issues with it so far?
    No issues with the KS seatpost. It's really solid - no play - and the remote works great. It's really great to be able to instantly adjust seat height on the fly.

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    Got my new LTC all built up earlier this week just in time for the nice weather to come and ruin all my fun. I love the bike though, I just need to drop a little weight from its 29.5 pounds.


    Frame Santa Cruz Blur LT2 Carbon/Medium/Black
    Shock Rockshox Monarch 3.3
    Fork Rockshox Revelation Race upgrading to team when parts come in
    Stem Point 1 70mm
    Bar Sunline 745 High black
    Grips Lizard skins Charger lockon
    F brake Elixer Cr 185
    R brake Elixer Cr 160
    F Mech. Shimano XT
    R Mech. Shimano XTR midcage
    Seat post Specialized Command post
    Saddle Fizik Gobi
    Front hub WTB something or other
    Rear hub Shimano XT disk
    Front rim Mavic 321
    Rear rim Mavic 321
    Front tyre Maxxis Highroller 2.35
    Rear tyre Maxxis Crossmark 2.25
    Chain Shimano XTR
    Cassette Shimano XT 11-34
    B/B King red
    Chainset Shimano SLX
    Pedals Point 1 or Time Z Control
    Shifters Shimano XTR


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    Darnit, how do I link photobucket images directly onto the page?

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    Its definitely an AM bike. Im living in Malaysia on assignment and had brought my Team Scalpel out. Great bike for California but it just beat the crap out of me where I ride in Bukit Kiara (check out youtube). Lots of big rock gardens, big drops, wet roots - i bought the LTc with Fox Talas 150 and RP23, Kenda Nevengal 2.35 upfront, 2.1 in back, XX brakes, XTR cranks, cassette, XO shifter derailler, spinergy wheels - weight is 25.5 lbs and it just floats through all that crap... also climbs well, not as great as the scalpel, but i have a lot more energy to climb now that im not recovering from near misses all of the time and can relax a bit on the super technical.

    No regrets at all beautiful bike that rides better than it looks - wholeheartedly recommend

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    I got it to work, you'd think I'd be savy enough to make it work, haha. She's a dirty one right now, the weather has sucked so bad my first rides have all pretty much been done in the rain. Soon though!!






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    Photos of my Ride

    So I have had my LTc since about November or so. Rode a Superlight for almost 10 years and will never look back with the Blur. Take a look and enjoy. This is a large with Crank Bros Cobalt Rims. I have never ridden a better bike, it far exceeds my abilities.











    The entire gallery can be found here http://www.garysworld.net/Blur-LT-carbon

    Along with hours of entertainment with the other galleries, but do be careful if you are at work.

    Enjoy, Gary

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    Hi!

    I need your help...

    My YETI 575 is sold and i have to buy news pieces for my new frame LTC....

    Just one question : for my frame in L size, wich lenght do i need for the brakes (FORMULA THE ONE) front and rear? (FOX FLOAT 140 in front)


    PS : sorry for my really bad english : i'm french!

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    I suggest a Formula R1 180mm/160mm and a Vanilla 140mm!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by yoyoz
    Hi!

    I need your help...

    My YETI 575 is sold and i have to buy news pieces for my new frame LTC....

    Just one question : for my frame in L size, wich lenght do i need for the brakes (FORMULA THE ONE) front and rear? (FOX FLOAT 140 in front)


    PS : sorry for my really bad english : i'm french!
    I mean : the lenght of brake's durite...

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    Which headset for BLTc with 1-1/8" steerer??

    Just got my new BLTc frame and I going to be running my Revelation (1-1/8" steerer) and I'm trying to determine which headsets will fit.

    I need a 1.5" lower cup (preferably external) which has the race to accept the 1-1/8" steerer (not tapered) and then I guess a zero stack upper cup (1-1/8").

    Anyone else running a similar fork steerer size and if so what headset are you running?

    THanks in advance!!!
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    Cane Creek 110ZS for 1-1/8" fork on BLTc

    I ended up going with a Cane Creek 110ZS 1-1/8" upper and a 110 1.5" lower BUT you need to also get the correct crown race (Cane Creek part# .HD1406) which fits the 1.5" BLTc headtube size AND down-converts to accommodate the 1-1/8" steerer. I ordered the headset direct from CC and they hooked me with the correct crown race for FREE in addition to the 1.5" crown race (which comes with the lower cup) so I can use it with a tapered fork as well.

    Thanks yoyoz and Thanks Cane Creek!!!
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    Blur LTc - Optimal RP23 Air Volume Settings?

    Looking for some feedback on what's working for others ....

    I weigh 190lbs and I've added 160 PSI air pressure to the RP23 in order to get the recommended 18mm of sag in the shock. I'm finding, however, that this feels a bit harsh on the trail, especially at low speeds.

    I've experimented with 150-155 PSI and the result was that the shock felt OK at slow speeds, but way too soft at higher speeds - in fact, the O-ring was knocked right off on several occassions.

    I live in Vancouver and ride primarily "XC" on the North Shore, so the terrain tends to be slow, technical XC with some fairly large hits thrown in for good measure.

    Just curious if anyone has found the magic sweet spot?

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    Guys which crank arms lenght you recommend for Blur LTc frame 170 or 175 ?I'm 5.7 ft

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    Quote Originally Posted by rafiii
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    Guys which crank arms lenght you recommend for Blur LTc frame 170 or 175 ?I'm 5.7 ft
    I would go with 175mm. People who run- 165, 170 mm cranks are most likely on DH, FR bikes. P.S I am 5'10 1/2
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    I have 175 also!!

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    Nudge, nudge ... BLTc riders ... help needed

    Looking for some feedback on what's working for others ....

    I weigh 190lbs and I've added 160 PSI air pressure to the RP23 in order to get the recommended 18mm of sag in the shock. I'm finding, however, that this feels a bit harsh on the trail, especially at low speeds.

    I've experimented with 150-155 PSI and the result was that the shock felt OK at slow speeds, but way too soft at higher speeds - in fact, the O-ring was knocked right off on several occassions.

    I live in Vancouver and ride primarily "XC" on the North Shore, so the terrain tends to be slow, technical XC (roots, rocks galore) with some fairly large hits thrown in for good measure.

    Just curious if anyone has found the magic sweet spot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbmatty10
    I live in Vancouver and ride primarily "XC" on the North Shore, so the terrain tends to be slow, technical XC (roots, rocks galore) with some fairly large hits thrown in for good measure.
    Curiously ... what tyres are common on North Shore "XC"???

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    Thanks! This is really my DREAM BIKE. The Easton Havens really complete the whole package. It's really a "cross mountain" build. We shall see how the wheels hold up (they're 24 spokes each!). Everything else will surely stand up to whatever my 43 year old overweight ass can throw at it!

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    Just got my Blur XC Carbon last month, I noticed everyone runs the cable almost the same way, the shifters cable is rubbing against the headtube, I begin to notice some wear off on the clear coat, anyway to prevent it ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbmatty10
    Looking for some feedback on what's working for others ....

    I weigh 190lbs and I've added 160 PSI air pressure to the RP23 in order to get the recommended 18mm of sag in the shock. I'm finding, however, that this feels a bit harsh on the trail, especially at low speeds.

    I've experimented with 150-155 PSI and the result was that the shock felt OK at slow speeds, but way too soft at higher speeds - in fact, the O-ring was knocked right off on several occassions.

    I live in Vancouver and ride primarily "XC" on the North Shore, so the terrain tends to be slow, technical XC (roots, rocks galore) with some fairly large hits thrown in for good measure.

    Just curious if anyone has found the magic sweet spot?
    I live and ride in Vancouver as well and found that the shock/pivots needed a bit of time to get really plush. I would stick with the higher pressure, assuming your bike is fairly new and let the break in process do its magic.

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by jazzboy
    I live and ride in Vancouver as well and found that the shock/pivots needed a bit of time to get really plush. I would stick with the higher pressure, assuming your bike is fairly new and let the break in process do its magic.

    Cheers
    Thanks, jazzboy. I think this is sage advice. I've only had the new bike for a few weeks and have only really mustered 2-3 rides on it thus far. How long was your break-in process?

    Have others experienced a break-in process with their RP23s on BLTc's? If so, how long did it take?

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    Make sure and figure out your ride weight, meaning with gear on and then make sure and use the different setting on the platform setting. Here is a good guide to set up below. Personally I run in the firmest pro pedal setting 3 for XC and all mtn at 155 lbs psi and my ride weight is 185lbs. For the DH section I flip off the propedal completely.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukq87...eature=related

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    mine started to feel nice around 60 miles(mind you I'm a clide), now it's really nice, so nice I don't even think about it anymore

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazy4blues
    Santa Cruz Blur LT Carbon MD Black
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    26.4 LBS. I'll be putting on some lighter pedals, but, hey . . .
    Dude, sweet build--very nice. One comment/question however: your 971 chain seems out of place given the rest of the components you have. Did you go with a 971 over a 991 or a KMC chain for a specific reason....just curious....
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    Guys what do you think about 50 mm stem and 685 bar combo on Blur ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cnewsome69
    Dude, sweet build--very nice. One comment/question however: your 971 chain seems out of place given the rest of the components you have. Did you go with a 971 over a 991 or a KMC chain for a specific reason....just curious....
    Well, it's a package from Colorado cyclist. The whole bike is a sub $5k, so I know they "cut" some corners somewhere. The drive train is the quickest, most efficient I've ever experienced. When it's time for a new chain, I'll pop for the 991, but right now I'm cool . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by rafiii
    Guys what do you think about 50 mm stem and 685 bar combo on Blur ?
    That would be pretty stubby.

    If you're putting on a 160mm/36mm fork and are going to be doing a lot of light black diamond--you should probably get a Nomad (I hear a carbon one is imminent).

    I am running a 90mm with one inch of rise from the headset and a 685mm (27") bar, and it's kinda compact. I have a 150/130/110 Talas, and it seems to work for me; I would NOT want to come back anymore. I'm 5',8" with "average" size arms. I used to run a 100mm and a 26" bar on my BLT first gen (same gem). I feel my current set-up is optimal. My saddle is basically neutral with a straight post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbmatty10
    Thanks, jazzboy. I think this is sage advice. I've only had the new bike for a few weeks and have only really mustered 2-3 rides on it thus far. How long was your break-in process?

    Have others experienced a break-in process with their RP23s on BLTc's? If so, how long did it take?
    Took about 6-8 rides to smooth out.

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    painted custom?

    Anyone seen this blur ltc before?

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    I think...

    ..that is an early proto. Painted up "loudly" for a bit-o-media razzel dazzel.

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    Yeah I remember that as being just about the first picture ever released of the LTc. I think the XCc had similar livery at the time so they obviously used that as a template for the graphics.

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    Wow,
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    One of the nicest bikes (not only LTcs) Ive seen.


    Are you a sponsored racer or something?

    Greetings Znarf

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    Quote Originally Posted by Znarf
    Wow,
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    One of the nicest bikes (not only LTcs) Ive seen.


    Are you a sponsored racer or something?

    Greetings Znarf

    Thanks

    No, i'm not sponsored racer ..just impassioned

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    Wear n Tear

    Had my Blur LTc since late fall, Probably about 15-20 rides so far. Already noticing some pretty bad wear on the lower linkage. What to do?

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    See here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ALKIrider
    Had my Blur LTc since late fall, Probably about 15-20 rides so far. Already noticing some pretty bad wear on the lower linkage. What to do?

    http://gallery.mtbr.com/uploads/mtbr/477853/blur6.jpg

    Hmmmmm? Bummer. Do you think that's all chain slap, flying rocks, or impact with trail embedded rocks?

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    Some of the chips look too big to be chain slap. I think it's a few bigger hits here and there. With less than 4 months of modest use, this do not bode well... Although I have to say: LUV the bike, it's a dream to ride

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    I have similar damage. I have some on the non drive side too. I put high a few layers of quailty electrical tape (3m temflex) over the drive side for the chain slap. It just needs to be replaced every few weeks. That seems to work pretty well. As far as the damage, so far its only cosmetic (clearcoat and paint). That being said, the swing arm is clearly in harm's way. Hopefully its tough enough to be smacked into the occasional rock. Time will tell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ALKIrider
    Some of the chips look too big to be chain slap. I think it's a few bigger hits here and there. With less than 4 months of modest use, this do not bode well... Although I have to say: LUV the bike, it's a dream to ride

    Those are not big chips. The drive side damage is all from chain slap, don't be fooled. Mine is in similar condition and was dinged up pretty good after the 1st week of riding.

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    Brumos I like the sounds of the 3 ring bash guard. Update on fit and use after you get it installed if you have time. Thanks!

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    I'm considering going 2 ring + MRP tensioner on my LTc (as I ran on my previous Fivespot) in readiness for a trip to the Alps in the summer. Is anyone using a chain tensioner on their LTc, or indeed alu LT? The chainstay is so low down that I wonder if there's even space to run one effectively.

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    I threw some Aircraft Leading Edge tape to wrap around my linkage. So far it's worked like a champ. I also threw out some on the down tube and chainstays as well. My roll of 50 yards cost me $10!
    Go that way, really fast. If something gets in your way...turn.

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    Another BLTc hits the trail...

    Frame: Santa Cruz Blur LT Carbon, large
    Rear Shock: Fox Float RP23
    Fork: Rockshox Revelation DA 140mm, 20mm Maxle Lite TA, remote lockout
    Saddle: Selle San Marco
    Seatpost: Thomson Elite setback, 30.9
    Seatpost Clamp: Santa Cruz
    Handlebar: Easton MonkeyLite XC, Lo Rise, 685mm
    Stem: Ritchey WCS 4-Axis, wet white, 90mm
    Grips: Lizard Skin Northshore lock-ons
    Headset: Cane Creek 110, CustomTapered z/s headset
    Shift Levers: SRAM X.0, trigger
    Front Derailleur: Shimano XT M771 Direct Mount
    Rear Derailleur: SRAM X.0, long cage
    Derailleur Cables: Jagwire
    Brakes: Avid XX 185mmF/160mmR
    Crankset: Truvativ Noir 3.3 Crankset, 175mm
    Chain: SRAM PC-991 Hollow Pin
    Pedals: Crank Brothers custom Ti
    Cassette: SRAM PC-990, 11-34t
    Wheels: custom built DT Swiss XR400 rims, Chris King ISO hubs, Sapim CX-Ray spokes, blue Wheelsmith alloy nipples, Roval tubeless rim tape, Stans sealant
    Tires: Maxxis Advantage 2.2 in.F, Maxxis Larsen TT 2.1 in R, converted to tubeless (Stans)
    Rear Skewer: Salsa blue, 10x135

    25.5 lbs of pure fun!!!!
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    I fitted some 36 Talas forks to my LTc last night. I'll be taking it for a ride tomorrow to see how I get along. The 140mm Revs I had previously felt a bit steep, and whilst tempted by the new 150mm revs, my upcoming trip to the Alps pushed me in the direction of a set of 2009 36's I found at a good price. Unfortunately I have to run a 160mm rotor for a few days until the adapter I ordered arrives, so that should make things interesting.

    I'll measure the angles & stuff and post them for you guys soon as I found it hard to find much info out there on the 36/LTc combo.

    Edit - I'll also post some comparison pics of the two builds :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pedalhead
    I fitted some 36 Talas forks to my LTc last night. I'll be taking it for a ride tomorrow to see how I get along. The 140mm Revs I had previously felt a bit steep, and whilst tempted by the new 150mm revs, my upcoming trip to the Alps pushed me in the direction of a set of 2009 36's I found at a good price. Unfortunately I have to run a 160mm rotor for a few days until the adapter I ordered arrives, so that should make things interesting.

    I'll measure the angles & stuff and post them for you guys soon as I found it hard to find much info out there on the 36/LTc combo.

    Edit - I'll also post some comparison pics of the two builds :-)
    nice! congrats!!!

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    Ok, as promised, some pics & figures on the 36 Talas forks I just put on my LTc. I really wanted to see how these would perform on the LTc on the climbs in particular, so I kinda gave them a baptism of fire over on the Malvern hills. 4000ft of vertical with all sorts of gradients really gave me the chance to test out whether I'd be prepared to give up the Revs & keep the 36s on here permanently.

    Well the answer is definitely yes! The 36s definitely strike you as being taller than the Revs at the full 160mm (remember I'm coming from 2009, 140mm Revs). The 67 degree head angle is too slack for me for general flat/undulating trails, but point the bike downwards and the full 160 feels superb...the stiffness of the 36 forks plays with the super stiff frame much better than the Revs did, they really do feel like a great match in that regard. For most occasions, the 130mm setting is ideal for me. A nice 68 degree ha, I could ride them like that all day.

    Predictably, things get a bit wandery on those really steep, walking pace type climbs, but the 100mm setting allowed me to get up pretty much anything the u-turn Revs could, including one crazy steep (albeit smooth) climb...the kind where the walkers around you are offering up encouragement and making comments like "is he going to ride up that?". Interestingly, I also found that the 36s feel pretty good even at 100mm...feels like you have a lot more than that available. I did notice a decrease in steering precision with the 36s though, which is to be expected with the longer track of these forks. Weight is also noticeable, but not a big deal for me as they're only a .5lb increase over my Revs. Going from some fixed travel 2010 Revs to these would be a lot more noticeable weight-wise.

    Anyway, I'll definitely be keeping the 36s on here. Apart from being super impressed with their overall performance, the LTc is all about stiffness for me, and my forks no longer feel like the weak point. So, as promised, some head angle & BB height figures, and pics. I forgot to get a wheelbase reading. Happy to get one if anybody is interested.

    2009 Fox 36 Talas RC2
    • Fork travel - - Head angle - - - - BB height
    • 160mm - - - - - - 67 - - - - - - - - - 33.1cm
    • 130mm - - - - - - 68 - - - - - - - - - 34.2cm
    • 100mm - - - - - - 69 - - - - - - - - - 35.2cm

    Incidentally, the head angle with the Revs was around 68.7 ish (readings taken with an ipod touch so make of that what you will!)

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    Fox 36 Talas @ 160mm


    Fox 36 Talas @ 130mm


    Fox 36 Talas @ 100mm

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtmafia
    Special Circumstances on the shock, going to give it a go, there is always the possibility of picking up a 8.5 x 2.5 fox rp23. The h3 has a bit shorter eye to eye and might be cool for some of the slalom trails around here. Wont know till I try it
    have you ridden this shock yet? any feedback on the geometry with the shorter eye-to-eye?

    Does anything hit/rub at full compression? I would think that with the fully compressed H3 would be 7.875-2.2 = 5.675"

    compared to the stock RP23 at 8.5-2.5 = 6"

    shorter by almost 3/8" [8mm] at full compression. I wouldn't think this would work, but I haven't hand my hands on a BLT yet.

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    [QUOTE=Li'l Dave]I got it to work, you'd think I'd be savy enough to make it work, haha. She's a dirty one right now, the weather has sucked so bad my first rides have all pretty much been done in the rain. Soon though!!
    /QUOTE]

    Which Chainguide is that? looks like a gamut bashring, but it looks like it's a blackspire stinger? how's it working out? any hits to it instead of the bashring?

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    Anyone out there with pix of an XL?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lanceamatic
    have you ridden this shock yet? any feedback on the geometry with the shorter eye-to-eye?

    Does anything hit/rub at full compression? I would think that with the fully compressed H3 would be 7.875-2.2 = 5.675"

    compared to the stock RP23 at 8.5-2.5 = 6"

    shorter by almost 3/8" [8mm] at full compression. I wouldn't think this would work, but I haven't hand my hands on a BLT yet.

    Buddy, what your asking about short shocking a BLT2 is in this thread first modded by WilliamK and myself.

    Best to read all the pages in this thread (see the pics too), it works well in my experience.

    Also there's some info here Blur LT2 as a XC bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pedalhead
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    2009 Fox 36 Talas RC2
    • Fork travel - - Head angle - - - - BB height
    • 160mm - - - - - - 67 - - - - - - - - - 33.1cm
    • 130mm - - - - - - 68 - - - - - - - - - 34.2cm
    • 100mm - - - - - - 69 - - - - - - - - - 35.2cm

    Incidentally, the head angle with the Revs was around 68.7 ish (readings taken with an ipod touch so make of that what you will!)
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    160mm - - - - - - 67 - - - - - - - - - 33.1cm ???
    100mm - - - - - - 69 - - - - - - - - - 35.2cm ???
    theres something wrong with the bb height !

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    Cannot wait!

    Building up a large LTc. I am pretty freaking excited about it. Everything is in but my wheel set and fork. Waiting on the 2011 Fox 32 TALAS 150 FIT RLC. They are out for a few weeks, so I am patiently waiting. Anyone get that fork yet? Wondering if it will ride better than the previous like they say?

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    Quote Originally Posted by neblackb
    Building up a large LTc. I am pretty freaking excited about it. Everything is in but my wheel set and fork. Waiting on the 2011 Fox 32 TALAS 150 FIT RLC. They are out for a few weeks, so I am patiently waiting. Anyone get that fork yet? Wondering if it will ride better than the previous like they say?
    what should be the difference between FIT 2010 and 2011 ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmk
    what should be the difference between FIT 2010 and 2011 ??
    Interesting that you asked. I just had a class last week from Fox where we took apart a 2010 TALAS FIT and got to actually see what happens and what the differences will be.

    The 2011 has the Kashima coated stanchions (the new gold look) which are slicker (less friction), lighter, and more durable. Also the 2011 has only a 2 position TALAS like 150mm and 120mm vs 3 position (150, 130, 110). This is a big deal now that I know what takes place inside to make all this happen. Only having 2 positions means that there will be less chance for the TALAS system to fail, because there are less parts, and less things happening inside that fork vs 3 positions. They have also made the Fork, and the 15 QR system stronger and lighter. 3.81 lbs for the 150 FIT TALAS with the 1.5 Taper.

    Oh, Fox's new fork looks pretty cool too. Hope that answers your question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmk
    160mm - - - - - - 67 - - - - - - - - - 33.1cm ???
    100mm - - - - - - 69 - - - - - - - - - 35.2cm ???
    theres something wrong with the bb height !
    yeah I probably typed these out the wrong way 'round. Originally it was all just scribbled on a scrap of paper. I'll take the measurements again when I get a moment.

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    Really loving my bike and I'm feeling like the setup is now perfect for where and how I ride. I've got about 20 hours on it this month, and I think I've found the real do it all balance for me. The frame and the fork feel so stiff, which is so great for both climbing and descending especially where its sharp and tech. I like to run it at 130mm descending on smoother trails that are turny as the cornering at 130mm feels amazing. I also like to run it at 130 mm for big climbs, 110mm doesn't ever feel right for me, most of the time I run it at 150mm. The DT Tricons with the Schwalbe tubless feel feather light and stiff and I'm running a 2.4 on front and a 2.25 in back which makes me feel like I have big tires for descending and small tires for climbing The Avid Elixers with 185 front and 160 rear have insane stopping power and are comfortable on long descents.

    Frame: Santa Cruz Blur LT Carbon, large
    Shock: Fox Float RP23
    Fork: Fox 2010 Talas 150RLC 15mm Taper Ti
    Saddle: WTB Devo
    Seatpost: Thomson Elite
    Handlebar: Easton MonkeyLite XC, Low Riser
    Stem: Thomson
    Grips:Lizard Skins Steve Peat
    Headset: Chris King CustomTaper
    Shift Levers: XTR
    Front Derailleur: Shimano XT M771 Direct Mount
    Rear Derailleur: XTR
    Brakes: Avid Elixer Mag with XX Rotors 185mmF/160mmR
    Crankset: XTR
    Chain: KMC X9 SL
    Pedals: Crank Brothers
    Cassette: XTR M970 12-34
    Wheels: DT Swiss Tricon 1550
    Tires: Schwalbe Nobby Nik Tubeless 2.4 Front 2.25 Rear
    Weight 25.4 lbs








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    ^^ Beautiful. Nice build.

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