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    New Blur XC Frame.

    After riding and racing my beloved Superlight for 2 years, I decided it was time to go with the new $h!t. So I ordered a Blur XC frame a couple of months ago - knowing that it sometimes takes SC a while before they get their stuff sent out. I happened to be swinging by the LBS today, and lo and behold - my frame had arrived! Now, because I was so anxious to start building it up, I didn't really get a chance to get any quality pics. So this one will have to do (too bad about the glare). Anyway, it's an absolutely gorgeous frame, and I cannot wait to ride and race it (if all goes well that'll happen this weekend). I will post more (better) pics and a race/ride report of it after it's built up!
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    Nice man, Is that the anodized silver With the laser logo ? i just order mine, they told me around 4 weeks......

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    very nice

    cant wait to see the build up pics and get a ride report.

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    Mine Built UP

    This the only picture I have of mine so far. (camera is screwed up, but I will post a better one this week) Ano Steel Blue w/ Laser Graphics. I love it. It is a truly amazing bike...
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    The actual Weight?

    I'm curious to know the actual weight of your new frame. I'm septic about the weight claimed by Santacruz.
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    I test-drove a Blur XC and was amazed with its weight - seemed like I was riding on air. Of course, it was built up with full XTR and had a $4500 price tag. But it also felt like I could crush it like a beer can on any drops of significance.

    Still, I ride a 2004 Giant NRS1 now built up light for XC racing, and the BLurXC owned it in comparison.

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    Quote Originally Posted by claude l.
    I'm curious to know the actual weight of your new frame. I'm septic about the weight claimed by Santacruz.
    Claude l.
    This bike is just as light if not lighter than SC makes it seem. It is an even 5lbs w/ Ano finish. I have not weighed it built up yet with the XT group. According to the guy at SC that I spoke to this bike was 1st designed for the Luna Chix last season and the WTB guys are now racing it, as well. The top and down tubes are a considerably smaller diameter than my girlfriends Superlight.

    The first time I actually had a chance to get on it when it was done I was blown away with how light it was. It made my ETSX-70 feel like DH Sled. I cannot wait to see what it is like when I put on a new wheelset.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justsaychu
    Nice man, Is that the anodized silver With the laser logo ? i just order mine, they told me around 4 weeks......
    Yeah, that's the color. It's fantastic. At first I didn't really like that you can't see the white laser etching on it unless you are looking realy close, but it has grown on me. I love the anodized finish and overall I'm VERY impressed with what a sweet machine this is. I took her for the inaugural ride tonight and I'm working on a real ride report with pics and everything, but let me just say that this thing kicks tremendous a$$. Tremendous!

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    Quote Originally Posted by soOK
    This the only picture I have of mine so far. (camera is screwed up, but I will post a better one this week) Ano Steel Blue w/ Laser Graphics. I love it. It is a truly amazing bike...
    Sweet. The blue looks really nice, too. I'm curious, where did you stick the chain protector adhesive thingy that came with the bike? It seems too small for the job, and I can't figure out if it's supposed to go on top or on the bottom of the chainstay? I'll post pics of mine soon - meanwhile I'm enjoying the hell out of this thing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by claude l.
    I'm curious to know the actual weight of your new frame. I'm septic about the weight claimed by Santacruz.
    Claude l.
    Santa Cruz claims 5 lbs even for the Blur XC in their ads/catalog. But that is of course for a medium frame. My large frame came in at about 5.6 lbs on the LBS' somewhat crappy scale. I would've liked to weigh it on a nice, reliable scale, but unfortunately I didn't have the time, she's all built up already! Might have to wait until weightweenies get's their hands on one! I'll tell you one thing - it feels and rides pretty damn light! And that's after having ridden a Superlight for several years! We'll see how it goes during my race this coming weekend

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    Lovely stuff. Gotta like the plain and simple colour too - looks neat.
    Trev!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LacticAddict
    It seems too small for the job, and I can't figure out if it's supposed to go on top or on the bottom of the chainstay?
    I didn't use it because I want to go with something more substantial. Any suggestions???

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    I'm really surprised at how much less bend there is in the top tube compared to the classic blur and the blur LT.

    Just curious - how tall are you and what size are you riding?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MtBkrJoe
    I'm really surprised at how much less bend there is in the top tube compared to the classic blur and the blur LT.

    Just curious - how tall are you and what size are you riding?
    I am riding the Medium frame. I am 5' 7" but all torso. I have limited standover but I needed that long top tube. I am very comfortable on the bike, poor standover is something I got used to as soon as I got into mountain bikes. I sold my 16.5" ETSX-70 because I felt cramped when in the saddle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MtBkrJoe
    I'm really surprised at how much less bend there is in the top tube compared to the classic blur and the blur LT.

    Just curious - how tall are you and what size are you riding?
    Mine is a large and it has a bit more of a bend in the top tube. I'm 5'-11", BTW.

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    Quote Originally Posted by soOK
    I didn't use it because I want to go with something more substantial. Any suggestions???
    Yeah, I decided not to put it on either. Instead I got some clear electrical tape at my local hardware store and wrapped it in that. We'll see how it holds up...

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    Hi fellow Cruzers!

    I just joined the club and purchased a new Blur xc with Fox RP3 rear shock. Steel blue anodized; medium size; 5.2lbs on a digital postage scale with shock, no seat collar.

    I will have it built up in a couple days! I can't wait.

    Ps. HELP! Anyone know what the black cable things are used for...the grey ones I can understand are for the hydraulic rear line.....but for the life of me, I can't imagine what to do with the black one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GspotRider
    Hi fellow Cruzers!

    I just joined the club and purchased a new Blur xc with Fox RP3 rear shock. Steel blue anodized; medium size; 5.2lbs on a digital postage scale with shock, no seat collar.

    I will have it built up in a couple days! I can't wait.

    Ps. HELP! Anyone know what the black cable things are used for...the grey ones I can understand are for the hydraulic rear line.....but for the life of me, I can't imagine what to do with the black one.
    Hey man,

    The black one fits over the rear brake cable and clips it into the guide on the chainstay. Enjoy your new ride. I just got back from doing a solo 24 on my mine, and the bike was absolutely perfect. Race report to follow - after I get some more sleep :P

    So where are the pics of your new XC?

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    Is there any different??

    Hello All

    Just curious, is there any differences in the Blur and Blur XC?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HotzKiss
    Hello All

    Just curious, is there any differences in the Blur and Blur XC?

    The Blur XC frame is the new ultra-light Virtual Pivot Point full suspension frame, designed for XC racing and all around XC use.
    2005 Blur XC Frame Details -
    *4.5-inch rear wheel travel
    *Uses our VPP multi pivot design
    *Compatible fork sizes 80mm to 105mm.
    *Recommended rear max tire size 2.5"
    *Disc brake rotors up to 6" max.
    *Frame weight with 5th Element Air rear shock - Approx 5.1lbs.
    *Frame weight with Fox Float RP3 rear shock - Approx 5.2lbs.
    *Frame weight with Manitou Swinger Air rear shock - Approx 5.25lbs.
    http://www.santacruzbicycles.com/bicycles/blur-xc.php
    The Blur XC also comes in a size range to fit smaller body types starting
    with a new XS frame size –
    http://www.santacruzbicycles.com/bic...r-xc.php?geo=1

    The Blur "Classic" frame is designed for all-around XC use.
    2005 Blur Frame Details -
    *4.5-inch (115mm) rear wheel travel
    *Uses our VPP multi pivot design
    *Compatible fork sizes 80mm to 105mm.
    *Recommended rear max tire size 2.5"
    *Disc brake rotors up to 6" max.
    *Frame weight with 5th Element Air rear shock - Approx 5.7lbs.
    *Frame weight with Fox Float R rear shock - Approx 5.8lbs.
    *Frame weight with Fox Float RP3 rear shock - Approx 5.8lbs.
    *Frame weight with Manitou Swinger Air rear shock - Approx 5.85lbs.
    http://www.santacruzbicycles.com/bicycles/blur.php

    Ill hopefully have mine in my sweaty little hands on friday. I got a silver anno version and hope to do the Cape Epic on it.

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    She lives! I weighed it to be 23.3lbs on my digital bathroom scale (sorry best I could do).

    Had my first test ride on the new Blur xc today. "Smooth" was my first thought. Fairly efficient was my second though. Still some motion back there but not enough to feel sluggish like some of my bikes.

    My Fox F100x is much harsher than the blur xc when the fox rp3 is in open mode; in propedal front and rear are similar, but the rear is still plusher. In full propedal, the rear is slightly harsher than the fork.

    Riding down some single track, I love it in full open mode!!!! I still groove on propedal. Full propedal, well I can still fly, but it loses its charm.

    I have a gut feeling I will leave the rear shock in light propedal for most races. Perhaps using the full propedal on long fireroad climbs....although, I'm not sure if it is worth thinking about as the monkey motion seems pretty well in check in light propedal mode.

    I love the fact I can get it to be super plush by turning the propedal off. I am used to a specialized epic that I loved, but never had a plush and relaxed ride that I often love during my .....epic rides!

    Seem just what I wanted. Racy but fun!

    PS Thanks Lactic for telling me what the black thingymajiggy was!
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    Quote Originally Posted by GspotRider
    She lives! I weighed it to be 23.3lbs on my digital bathroom scale (sorry best I could do).

    Had my first test ride on the new Blur xc today. "Smooth" was my first thought. Fairly efficient was my second though. Still some motion back there but not enough to feel sluggish like some of my bikes.

    My Fox F100x is much harsher than the blur xc when the fox rp3 is in open mode; in propedal front and rear are similar, but the rear is still plusher. In full propedal, the rear is slightly harsher than the fork.

    Riding down some single track, I love it in full open mode!!!! I still groove on propedal. Full propedal, well I can still fly, but it loses its charm.

    I have a gut feeling I will leave the rear shock in light propedal for most races. Perhaps using the full propedal on long fireroad climbs....although, I'm not sure if it is worth thinking about as the monkey motion seems pretty well in check in light propedal mode.

    I love the fact I can get it to be super plush by turning the propedal off. I am used to a specialized epic that I loved, but never had a plush and relaxed ride that I often love during my .....epic rides!

    Seem just what I wanted. Racy but fun!
    Well, I must say your Blur XC is a beautty!
    Comming from a S Epic you sure must feel better after your rides, dont you?
    I never really like the Epic, and glad I bought a 2004 Blur!
    I never tought I would take on Epic's on the climbs as well, especially on those technicals ones... they just start lossing traction, and the Blur... never lost!
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    Quote Originally Posted by GspotRider
    She lives! I weighed it to be 23.3lbs on my digital bathroom scale (sorry best I could do).

    Had my first test ride on the new Blur xc today. "Smooth" was my first thought. Fairly efficient was my second though. Still some motion back there but not enough to feel sluggish like some of my bikes.

    My Fox F100x is much harsher than the blur xc when the fox rp3 is in open mode; in propedal front and rear are similar, but the rear is still plusher. In full propedal, the rear is slightly harsher than the fork.

    Riding down some single track, I love it in full open mode!!!! I still groove on propedal. Full propedal, well I can still fly, but it loses its charm.

    I have a gut feeling I will leave the rear shock in light propedal for most races. Perhaps using the full propedal on long fireroad climbs....although, I'm not sure if it is worth thinking about as the monkey motion seems pretty well in check in light propedal mode.

    I love the fact I can get it to be super plush by turning the propedal off. I am used to a specialized epic that I loved, but never had a plush and relaxed ride that I often love during my .....epic rides!

    Seem just what I wanted. Racy but fun!

    PS Thanks Lactic for telling me what the black thingymajiggy was!

    You're welcome!

    Sweet looking ride, BTW.

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    Epic to Blur or Superlight

    I have ridden a Specialized Epic for 2 years. I have ridden a Blur a couple of times and I am in love. The Epic has had great reviews for climbing, but the Blur to me was like night and day. I am female 5'6" and love to climb. I am thinking about getting Blur.
    Can anyone give me any info. on the Superlight vs. the Blur.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wolftrack
    I have ridden a Specialized Epic for 2 years. I have ridden a Blur a couple of times and I am in love. The Epic has had great reviews for climbing, but the Blur to me was like night and day. I am female 5'6" and love to climb. I am thinking about getting Blur.
    Can anyone give me any info. on the Superlight vs. the Blur.
    thanks
    I'm thinking of getting the blur too at the end of this year. If you do get the blur, keep me posted on what size you end up getting. We are the same size. On the SC website it looks like we can go either a small or medium. So, I'm interested on what size you choose and for what reasons. Thanks,

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    lean mean green machine

    Quote Originally Posted by 95Stumpy
    I'm thinking of getting the blur too at the end of this year. If you do get the blur, keep me posted on what size you end up getting. We are the same size. On the SC website it looks like we can go either a small or medium. So, I'm interested on what size you choose and for what reasons. Thanks,
    i'm also 5'6" with about 29-30 inseam and went with small because of it's big standover clearance. i'm using 110mm stem and a setback seatpost and everything feels perfect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by extrafunky
    i'm also 5'6" with about 29-30 inseam and went with small because of it's big standover clearance. i'm using 110mm stem and a setback seatpost and everything feels perfect.
    Sweet bike. Thanks for the info.

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    Blur price

    Quote Originally Posted by LacticAddict
    After riding and racing my beloved Superlight for 2 years, I decided it was time to go with the new $h!t. So I ordered a Blur XC frame a couple of months ago - knowing that it sometimes takes SC a while before they get their stuff sent out. I happened to be swinging by the LBS today, and lo and behold - my frame had arrived! Now, because I was so anxious to start building it up, I didn't really get a chance to get any quality pics. So this one will have to do (too bad about the glare). Anyway, it's an absolutely gorgeous frame, and I cannot wait to ride and race it (if all goes well that'll happen this weekend). I will post more (better) pics and a race/ride report of it after it's built up!
    Mind if I ask what you paid for your frame. I have been pricing them today.
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    Size Blur

    Quote Originally Posted by 95Stumpy
    I'm thinking of getting the blur too at the end of this year. If you do get the blur, keep me posted on what size you end up getting. We are the same size. On the SC website it looks like we can go either a small or medium. So, I'm interested on what size you choose and for what reasons. Thanks,
    I was shopping around today and I think I am going with the small with the 120 stem.
    If I need it, I'll get a set back seat. I am getting some price range differences.
    Anywhere from 1400 to 1550 with the Fox rp3 shock. What prices have you seen.
    Online at Santa Cruz they are 1495.00 powdercoat.

    My Specialized epic has been running crappy and I just found out I needed new brake pads, I was riding metal to metal I can't wait to change over~
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    Quote Originally Posted by wolftrack
    Mind if I ask what you paid for your frame. I have been pricing them today.
    thanks
    Sure. I paid $1600 at my LBS for the anodized version with the 2006 RP3. It's a fantastic bike, BTW. I raced it in a 24 hour race last weekend, and I kept thinking how perfect it was for that kind of event. It was plush enough that I didn't feel too beat up (even after 24 hours), yet on the steep climbs it was very efficient. Good luck!

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    Blur XC Pictures Thread?

    I'm assuming that since this thread was made sticky, it's supposed to be the official Blur XC picture thread? Hopefully I'm right about that. Here's mine all built up:











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    Quote Originally Posted by extrafunky
    i'm also 5'6" with about 29-30 inseam and went with small because of it's big standover clearance. i'm using 110mm stem and a setback seatpost and everything feels perfect.
    Nice! That green is very cool... How do you like the ride?

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    Hi there!

    I just finished a grueling 48km Marathon xc race on my new blur xc. It had lots of roots, corners, rocks....lots of single track...lots of climbing. I got a good feel for the bike.....

    I have been riding an epic for over a year. At first I thought it was harsh and not very helpful on technical climbs. When I got used to it, I noticed that the harder you pushed it the plusher it got. If you have a technical climb you can purposely pop the front wheel over a ledge or root and ram the rear tire into the object to activate the rear suspension; the suspension really helped if you did this. If you just climbed normally sometimes the object would be too small to active the brain. Also, when the brain does open, the rear can get pretty soft and you can't necessarily stand and mash under these conditions. I have to say, I adapted to the bike and it worked for me very effectively. I like the fact it was very efficient for smooth climbs and standing and sprinting out of the saddle. For chundery stuff, I learnt to sit and spin and avoid standing while the rear was fully active.

    In comparison, the blur feels much plusher right away on bumpy single track when I was trying out casually. But on today's race, I noticed that when you applying power--pedalling hard, the rear suspension was only semi-active. So if you are going down some single track and pedalling hard the bump absorption was harsher than the epic. Also on technical climbs, the rear suspension stiffening made the climbing abit harder to do than the epic. I think if you don't pedal hard on bumpy single track or downhill, then the blur is much plusher than the epic. Overall, the blur is altitle cushier than the epic especially in a casual paced ride, and seems to be pretty efficient. I had a 2003 epic and it weighed around 6.5lbs; the blur xc was 5.2lbs; a difference you can feel when riding.

    I weigh 142lbs; 5'6" and use a medium frame. I thought of using a small, but the medium feels right for me.

    If you don't like the harshness of the epic...then the blur is for you! I do notice the suspension stiffening underpower, and it bugs me since it is new to me...but I'm sure I will learn how use the bike to fullest over time....just like I got around the epics quirks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolftrack
    I was shopping around today and I think I am going with the small with the 120 stem.
    If I need it, I'll get a set back seat. I am getting some price range differences.
    Anywhere from 1400 to 1550 with the Fox rp3 shock. What prices have you seen.
    Online at Santa Cruz they are 1495.00 powdercoat.

    My Specialized epic has been running crappy and I just found out I needed new brake pads, I was riding metal to metal I can't wait to change over~
    Your about right on the prices. I haven't seen anything cheaper. I'm going to buy mine at the end of the year though. I figured just to drive up to pennsylvania and check out speedgoat.com. I've seen a lot of people order from them on the forum. They have a cool website and they have pictures of all their bikes that they have built for clients. Sucks about your epic. I'm still riding a hard tail so I'm due to for an upgrade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LacticAddict
    Nice! That green is very cool... How do you like the ride?
    I actually had just finished building it yesterday and had my first ride this morning. My previous bike was a single pivot Iron Horse and there's a night and day difference. As everyone else was saying, the blur xc feels plush on bumpy and rooty single track. First thing I noticed though was the lower bb height than my Iron Horse since my local trail has LOTS of logs. I also bottomed out the RP3. I'm 145lbs and I've set it to 160psi which gave me about 15mm sag. I'm going back to the trail this afternoon and I'm setting it up to 170psi with about 10mm sag.

    I'm switching to a 1" rise bar if not flat. I think my current handlebar is a bit high. My seatpost is already as high as it goes for me, I don't have any headset spacers, and my stem has 0* angle.

    Here's a couple more pics...
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    Quote Originally Posted by LacticAddict
    I'm assuming that since this thread was made sticky, it's supposed to be the official Blur XC picture thread? Hopefully I'm right about that. Here's mine all built up:











    Sweet ride. I noticed you are using the magnesium easton stem. Any problems or thoughts on that stem. I was hoping you can do me a favor. Can you measure the height of the stem at the steering tube? My current Kore Elite stem takes up the entire steering column. Leaving me with no room for spacers. Well, I would like a little more height on upfront. I can still get a really good deal on the easton. I'm hoping the stem height will alow me at least one or two spacers. Thanks,

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    Quote Originally Posted by 95Stumpy
    Sweet ride. I noticed you are using the magnesium easton stem. Any problems or thoughts on that stem. I was hoping you can do me a favor. Can you measure the height of the stem at the steering tube? My current Kore Elite stem takes up the entire steering column. Leaving me with no room for spacers. Well, I would like a little more height on upfront. I can still get a really good deal on the easton. I'm hoping the stem height will alow me at least one or two spacers. Thanks,
    I really like that stem. Havn't had a single problem with it in over a year of use. Some people complained about a weird corrosion thing happening, but I haven't seen anything like that, even after leaving my bike outside all night a few times. Anyway, I measured the height on it, and it looks like 1-11/16" (one inch and eleven sixteenth). Good luck...

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    Quote Originally Posted by LacticAddict
    I really like that stem. Havn't had a single problem with it in over a year of use. Some people complained about a weird corrosion thing happening, but I haven't seen anything like that, even after leaving my bike outside all night a few times. Anyway, I measured the height on it, and it looks like 1-11/16" (one inch and eleven sixteenth). Good luck...

    Thanks for the info!!!

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    new saddle and bars

    got my new flite saddle and hellbent 1" rise handlebars. the low rise gave me a much better riding position, better steering and control.








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    Has anyone played around with different amounts of sag; to see how it affects the ride?

    My first race on the blur xc I used 142psi (I weigh 142lbs). I found it smooth but a little harsh for my liking in med propedal. It had 9mm sag.

    On a casual ride, I lowered pressure to 130psi/13mm sag; the ride was plush and compliant. XC style I was only using 45mm of the 51mm total shock travel.

    I raced on the weekend at 125psi/15mm sag and it was very compliant and climbed technical rooty sections very nicely. It was abit soft/mushy for the steady climbs and out of saddle efforts. Still only using 45mm of shock travel. Too soft for racing for me.

    What Fox RP3 pressures/sag are you guys using for xc racing in technical courses?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GspotRider
    Has anyone played around with different amounts of sag; to see how it affects the ride?

    My first race on the blur xc I used 142psi (I weigh 142lbs). I found it smooth but a little harsh for my liking in med propedal. It had 9mm sag.

    On a casual ride, I lowered pressure to 130psi/13mm sag; the ride was plush and compliant. XC style I was only using 45mm of the 51mm total shock travel.

    I raced on the weekend at 125psi/15mm sag and it was very compliant and climbed technical rooty sections very nicely. It was abit soft/mushy for the steady climbs and out of saddle efforts. Still only using 45mm of shock travel. Too soft for racing for me.

    What Fox RP3 pressures/sag are you guys using for xc racing in technical courses?
    I've been keeping the air pressure right at my body weight as per Santa Cruz's reccomendation. For me that seems to be the sweet spot between efficient climbing and still soaking up all the tech stuff. Just did the Mount Snow Nationals over the weekend and that course has A LOT of climbing and some very technical descending as well. The bike felt absolutely perfect the whole time...

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    New SC Blur XC

    Just got my new Blur XC this week. Bought the frame and built it up custom. Haven't ridden the thing yet, but going in a XC race tomorrow in Hong Kong. Should be fun, and can't wait ! Interesting thing, it weighs in at 26.7 lbs on digital bike stand. Thought it should have been lighter. I have put Fox F100 forks on the front end, so it may be possible to make it a bit lighter, but I don't think by much. The rest of the gear is all good, with alot of titanium etc.

    Can anyone tell me a good set up for the F100's ?
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    tire clearance

    Has anyone noticed rear tire clearance to be an issue? One of the reviews on mtbr said that there was not much rear tire clearance. What tire and size is everyone running?

    Quote Originally Posted by HKrider
    Just got my new Blur XC this week. Bought the frame and built it up custom. Haven't ridden the thing yet, but going in a XC race tomorrow in Hong Kong. Should be fun, and can't wait ! Interesting thing, it weighs in at 26.7 lbs on digital bike stand. Thought it should have been lighter. I have put Fox F100 forks on the front end, so it may be possible to make it a bit lighter, but I don't think by much. The rest of the gear is all good, with alot of titanium etc.

    Can anyone tell me a good set up for the F100's ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HKrider
    Just got my new Blur XC this week. Bought the frame and built it up custom. Haven't ridden the thing yet, but going in a XC race tomorrow in Hong Kong. Should be fun, and can't wait ! Interesting thing, it weighs in at 26.7 lbs on digital bike stand. Thought it should have been lighter. I have put Fox F100 forks on the front end, so it may be possible to make it a bit lighter, but I don't think by much. The rest of the gear is all good, with alot of titanium etc.

    Can anyone tell me a good set up for the F100's ?
    Sweet, another silver anodized. Looks good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bootsie_cat
    Has anyone noticed rear tire clearance to be an issue? One of the reviews on mtbr said that there was not much rear tire clearance. What tire and size is everyone running?
    I'm running Hutchinson Python Airlights and there is definitely not much room between it and the brace. But the Python's are a high volume tire and are known to be on the large side for a supposed 2.0.

    Check out this thread, I put up a pic of it.
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    Yes, the tyre clearance on the crossbar is not much, but it doesn't seem to be a problem. Rode mine today in more mud than I've seen before, and it was a problem for all bikes, and no different on the Blur. I have got a Maxxis 2.1 on the rear, and under normal conditions it seems to be fine. Now looking forward for some nice sweeping singletrack......

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    Is this color apple green?

    [QUOTE=extrafunky]got my new flite saddle and hellbent 1" rise handlebars. the low rise gave me a much better riding position, better steering and control.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Groundhog1248
    Is this color apple green?
    yup, that's apple green.

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    Differences in Blur XC frames?

    Quote Originally Posted by LacticAddict
    I'm assuming that since this thread was made sticky, it's supposed to be the official Blur XC picture thread? Hopefully I'm right about that. Here's mine all built up:










    I've had a new ano silver BXC for a couple of months now (ordered from SC in mid Aug) - from the pictures it looks like my setup is pretty similar to yours. On your last picture I notice that where on my bike there is a solid black 'axel' through the top of the two vertical stainless steel links at the rear of the shock, your bike has independent bearings on either side and no 'axel'. Is this a design change? A friend's Blur classic has independent bearings on either side. Any ideas why the difference?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WealdRider
    I've had a new ano silver BXC for a couple of months now (ordered from SC in mid Aug) - from the pictures it looks like my setup is pretty similar to yours. On your last picture I notice that where on my bike there is a solid black 'axel' through the top of the two vertical stainless steel links at the rear of the shock, your bike has independent bearings on either side and no 'axel'. Is this a design change? A friend's Blur classic has independent bearings on either side. Any ideas why the difference?
    Hmmm.... I really have no idea. Maybe a question for Scott at Santa Cruz? BTW, those links are made of titanium

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    I've used the MG60 Stem in a 120mm about a year

    I've used the stem in a 120mm about a year on my blur also, It has a paint bubbling up issue that looks sweat related around the bolts and top cap. It doesn't look corroded under the paint. I'm just going to sand it and repaint. I really like the dampening. (I knew about the corrosion problems prior to buying the stem) They are discontinued I think and pricepoint has the 0 rise 120's for 39 bucks. But no other sizes left.

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    No problems on mine yet, but I'll keep my eye out. After I installed the stem, I thought my handle bars were moving all the time. I realized for some of the bigger hits, it was actually the stem flexing a little, dampening some of the impact. It took a little to get use to but I like it now.

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    I've Messed Around With Sag/Pressure On Blur Classic Allot

    Quote Originally Posted by GspotRider
    Has anyone played around with different amounts of sag; to see how it affects the ride?
    I know for all day rides (but not racing) I like a firm ride on fire roads but easy on technical. (This is from a guy who rides 6-8 hour rides and will get off the bike to change tire pressure sometimes.)
    On a classic with 2005 RP3, (They may have changed the VPP leverage ratio on XCs, and I know 2006 RP3s have a wider variance between the 3 different propedal settings).
    I run 130-135lbs (I weigh 153) AND different rebound settings which have a big effect. For fireroad climbs (I like climbing out of saddle allot) I run firmest propedal with rebound all the way to --. For really rocky climbs that I can't clear out of saddle, easiest propedal with lots of rebound.
    Combining VPP and Firm propedal is firm enough for me for climbing and I still get cush ride with easy propedal and ++ rebound. (I'm looking at a RockShox MC3R to combine with my Reba and dual control remote for even more control)
    Control Freak !

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    Love my Superlight but adding a Blur XC to the Stable

    I've been riding my Superlight for about 3 years and I still can't find another bike I like better. Even for what some call and "old" technology. After going through two other XC bikes within 6 months I'm getting the Blur XC because I know it'll have a similar but different ride and feel compared to the SL (The other two bikes I've since sold). No matter how many times I attempt to step away and try another brand, I keep coming back to Santa Cruz bikes. Thought about trying an Ellsworth Truth. A friend has one and it rides great too but the SC will make me happier!

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    Do You Have Anymore Pictures of Your Blue Ano XC

    Quote Originally Posted by soOK
    This the only picture I have of mine so far
    Do You Have Anymore Pictures of Your Blue Ano XC ?
    Thanks !

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    Guess I'll post my black powdercoat medium XC here too. I love this bike so far.
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    Pictures of my new frame here.
    Color Ano Steel Blue, size S.

    To be honest, I'm not very happy about the color (trans red would have been nice but anodized ones were the only options I had). And I was surprised of the coat being sort of "rugged", not smooth (is it because of anodizing, I don't know... )

    Anyway, impatiently waiting for the first ride

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    did it come with CK together with the frame

    Quote Originally Posted by outsa
    Pictures of my new frame here.
    Color Ano Steel Blue, size S.

    To be honest, I'm not very happy about the color (trans red would have been nice but anodized ones were the only options I had). And I was surprised of the coat being sort of "rugged", not smooth (is it because of anodizing, I don't know... )

    Anyway, impatiently waiting for the first ride

    Congratulations! I ordered ano silver and it' s been 6 weeks since but I wonder if your frame came with the CK headset?

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    Quote Originally Posted by prime
    Congratulations! I ordered ano silver and it' s been 6 weeks since but I wonder if your frame came with the CK headset?
    No, it didn't

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    what size of frame you have

    Quote Originally Posted by outsa
    No, it didn't

    One last question, Outsa, what is the size of the frame on your pix?

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    Quote Originally Posted by prime
    One last question, Outsa, what is the size of the frame on your pix?
    It's S.

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    Dude, That's A Good Looking Bike !

    Quote Originally Posted by outsa
    I'm not very happy about the color (trans red would have been nice but anodized ones were the only options I had).
    That's a great looking paint job. Much cooler looking than the Trans Red.

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    Quote Originally Posted by outsa
    Pictures of my new frame here.
    Color Ano Steel Blue, size S.

    To be honest, I'm not very happy about the color (trans red would have been nice but anodized ones were the only options I had). And I was surprised of the coat being sort of "rugged", not smooth (is it because of anodizing, I don't know... )

    Anyway, impatiently waiting for the first ride
    Real nice! Nice pics, too. Comparing your pics to the others I've seen on this board, I notice that the steel blue looks very different than in direct daylight. Personally, I like the textured look of the anodization. Also, it's a tiny bit lighter than powdercoating. Just trying to make you feel better about it

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    Ano Blue in Sunlight

    The ano blue is damn sweet in the sunlight (I originally wanted red also).
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    Quote Originally Posted by nacraman
    The ano blue is damn sweet in the sunlight (I originally wanted red also).
    Good to hear that
    I've hardly seen my frame in the daylight yet. (It's dark, dark winter here in Finland right now...) It's true that the steel blue looks almost grey without the sunlight.

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    Hey guys,

    How heavy are your XCs? I think mine weights in at around 27lbs with the pedals. I'm trying to shave some weight and need some ideas. I got the SPX kit with time atac pedals.

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    Not sure.......

    I haven't weighed mine yet (no access to an accurate scale). Your biggest weight areas are tires/wheels, brakes, cranks, fork, and pedals. For example, Magura Marta brakes are about .4 lb lighter than Juicy 7s. You probably already have the Fox RLT fork, which is quite light. Tires/wheels are a big opportunity for weight reduction, but they are also a big opportunity to spend money. I have Crank Bros. Triple Ti pedals, which are about the lightest pedals I have found.

    SC advertises their SRAM X.0 build at about 24.5 lbs. I'm guessing I'm right about there with pedals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by norcallifter
    Hey guys,

    How heavy are your XCs? I think mine weights in at around 27lbs with the pedals. I'm trying to shave some weight and need some ideas. I got the SPX kit with time atac pedals.
    At the time that I took all the above pictures, it weighed 24.5 lbs. Since then I've gotten lighter cranks, BB and stem, but heavier tires (just to get me through the off-season), so it's probably still right around that. Once I get some Karma DTCs and the titanium spindles for the Egg Beaters it should be right around 24 lbs - hopefully just below that

    If you want some ideas on where to save weight, consider looking into getting a ZTR wheelset like I have, it's stupid light! Good luck...
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    Have any of you weighted a small Blur XC or weighed a complete small XC? Thanks in advance.

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    Cool-blue Rhythm sick!

    Quote Originally Posted by norcallifter
    Guess I'll post my black powdercoat medium XC here too. I love this bike so far.
    IMO that black looks awesome on the BXC.
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    2006 Xs Ano. Silver

    I got it for new year and it's worth the wait. It' s a marvelous FS bike although my existing fork doesn't blend with the rear and I have a chain rub on my frame at big ring front and smallest cog rear but lbs can't fix it and I don't want to give it up for anything just now because i waited too long for this. Otherwise I wish they make XS sizes on other VPP bikes.
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    Hey lactic or other large owners--How much steer tube do you have?

    I hope to be getting one of these XCs soon, shopping for a fork on the classifieds. How much steer tube do you think I need? 2 Fox forks are available now with 8 3/4 or 9 inches. THX

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    Hey Norcalifter and Lactic Addict,

    What size are your Blur XC's and -forgive how this sounds- but what are your measurements? Height, weight, inseam, riding style, etc

    Thanks!

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    Trans Red

    Here is mine: Came with a Fox 100RLC which I think is an 07' model???
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    5'10" Rider = Medium XC ???

    If anyone out there is 5'10"-ish and riding a medium XC, please post a pic. I'm concerned that the seattube is too short (remedied by an ultra-long seatpost I guess) and the headtube is too short. Even with a riser bar, I think I'd need quite a few steertube spacers to get the grips anywhere near the same elevation as the saddle but that begins to take away from the seat-to-bars reach (effective top tube length).

    Anyway, would love to see a pic of a medium set up for the tall end of the fit table (ie: 5'10"-ish with BB center to seat top measurement of ~30 inches). Here's a geometry comparison Classic vs. XC for general reference...
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    Mine

    This is mine. 4 weeks old still struggling with the sweet spot. BTW I am 5.5 have a 29-30 insem, with a medium frame xc blur. I am going to put 70mm stem on it. Now she is still with 110 stem .. still verry long. I hope I can find my sweet spot with a medium frame and a 70 mm stem. if not... ??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Djaka
    This is mine. 4 weeks old still strugling with the sweet spot. BTW I am 5.5 have a 29-30 insem, with a medium frame xc blur. I am going to put 70mm stem on it. Now she is still with 110 stem .. still verry long. I hope I can find my sweet spot with a medium frame and a 70 mm stem. if not... ??

    I'm 5'6.5", inseam 30". Med frame. 90mm stem was good for me with an easton ec90sl low rise bar 24" wide.

    I usually use a 105mm stem, but found it stretched me out too far. 70mm sounds abit short too me.

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    Bike setup

    Originally Posted by:GspotRider
    I'm 5'6.5", inseam 30". Med frame. 90mm stem was good for me with an easton ec90sl low rise bar 24" wide.

    I usually use a 105mm stem, but found it stretched me out too far. 70mm sounds abit short too me.
    Thanks for the info Gspotrider, Appreciated. I also using easton ec90sl low rise (monkey lite sl). what is your saddle offset and stem rise?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Djaka
    Thanks for the info Gspotrider, Appreciated. I also using easton ec90sl low rise (monkey lite sl). what is your saddle offset and stem rise?
    I have a 5degree rise...but have flipped over so it is negative rise. I use a fox float 100RLT. No spacers under the stem...as low as it can go. Seat set back judging from your picture is positioned abit more forward than yours. I have a 1" laid back thompson post, but if was to do it over, I would get a straight post. I have the seat pushed way forward to get me in the right position.

    I use the bike for trail riding and xc racing. I found if the handlebars were any higher, the front end wanders on really steep up hill stuff and doesn't carve corners as nicely.

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    [QUOTE]
    Quote Originally Posted by GspotRider
    I have a 5degree rise...but have flipped over so it is negative rise. I use a fox float 100RLT. No spacers under the stem...as low as it can go. Seat set back judging from your picture is positioned abit more forward than yours. I have a 1" laid back thompson post, but if was to do it over, I would get a straight post. I have the seat pushed way forward to get me in the right position.I use the bike for trail riding and xc racing. I found if the handlebars were any higher, the front end wanders on really steep up hill stuff and doesn't carve corners as nicely.
    I have already pushed the saddle forward as much as it gets. But I have still using 110mm stem. And have 1 inch spacers under the stem and also use the fox float 100RLT still feeling little bit of pain on my wrist . I think I should defiantly change the stem to 90mm or 70mm. I will try your setup this weekend (no spacer under the stem). Thanks again for the Info. Hope I will find my sweet spot soon. THANKS!!

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    At 5'5 your body is over-worked for Med.Blur XC

    I came from a place where bike fit is not done properly like someplace else and at 5'4/28.5 inseam purchased myself a med.size trek 7000. I had back pain, neck, wrist, shoulder pains and felt over worked in each ride with the group.

    Sold it after 3 months and bought med.sml (MS) giant ATC hardtail and pains was less but still felt overworked. Then I purchased stems,spacers, handlebars, seatposts, because my lbs don't stock other sizes. Replacing these parts here and there and still pains.

    Sold it after 8 months and purchased a small NRS Air and quite happy because it's my first dual suspension. Your current set-up based on your pix was the same with my NRS AIR and still pain but less.

    SC came up with extra small size on Blur XC, sold my carbon AIR for $250 with no hesitation and now riding pain free everytime. I feel I could do 24 hours marathon ride on this size. I lost a lot of money with sizing mistake and hope somebody will learn from this mistakes. Believe or not, there's actually a pain free bike ride and finally discovered it. Goodluck to you.

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    I'm 5'8"

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    Blur XC w/ X.O. Kit really 24lbs?

    I was at a shop and they had a Blur XC (Med, Ano) w/ Fox RP23, Fox F100RLC and the X.O. Kit: Thompson seatpost & stem, carbon bars, Truvative Carbon GXP crankset, X.O. drivetrain, Avid Juicy brakes, DT Swiss 340/4.1 wheelset, etc.

    When the sales person weighed the bike it came out to 28.3lbs. That seemed really high considering a claimed weight of ~24lbs. An uncut steerer tube can't make that much of a difference. What's the deal?

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    I'm 5'10", 32 inseam, running 175mm crank, riser bar, 105mm stem, 80mm sid wc. No pain or anything of the such.

    Medium Blur XC here for me.
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    Blur XC sizing

    What is your saddle height? I am 5'10- my medium Blur XC is about 1-2 cm lower than my stem with 73cm saddle height, 120mm +6 Ritchey stem, Easton Monkey SL and 5mm spacers. I actually just flipped my stem to get it lower.
    Great bike, but it creaks like mad no matter what I do.

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    Any tall (over 6'2") blur XC riders out there? I am 6'3" and my XL blur classic fits great, but it is getting to be time to replace it. I see that santa cruz only makes a large in the XC. Has anyone rode both sizes (XL in the classic and L in XC) and could give me any idea. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by micstew
    If anyone out there is 5'10"-ish and riding a medium XC, please post a pic. I'm concerned that the seattube is too short (remedied by an ultra-long seatpost I guess) and the headtube is too short. Even with a riser bar, I think I'd need quite a few steertube spacers to get the grips anywhere near the same elevation as the saddle but that begins to take away from the seat-to-bars reach (effective top tube length).

    Anyway, would love to see a pic of a medium set up for the tall end of the fit table (ie: 5'10"-ish with BB center to seat top measurement of ~30 inches). Here's a geometry comparison Classic vs. XC for general reference...

    Yes, my bike even with 1.5" of spacers still doesn't come even with my saddle. My friends' medium XC with 100mm front fork seems to be just about even, but definitely not with my 80mm sid wc. I'm 5'10" also.

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    Here's mine.... gave it a wash down after the ride for some kodak moments. 07 model with powder coat blue...love it so far, it's sub 11kg with these built up spec. http://forums.mtbr.com/attachment.ph...1&d=1161527684

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    Here is my "Catalan Blur XC".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Viszla
    Any tall (over 6'2") blur XC riders out there? I am 6'3" and my XL blur classic fits great, but it is getting to be time to replace it. I see that santa cruz only makes a large in the XC. Has anyone rode both sizes (XL in the classic and L in XC) and could give me any idea. Thanks
    Try an Lt as well as an XC first before you decide. You might not be happy with the lateral flex of the smaller diameter tubing esp. at the head tube of the XC.(That's why no XL in XC) I ride a blur classic and was not happy with the flex of the XC. (Glad I have a classic, not sure why it is not offered anymore.) Also, if you love Vpp as much as I do try the Intense cycles versions for some different takes on that suspension design.

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    Another one

    Picked the frame up on my way through San Francisco last November and built it into this. It's been a great ride so far.



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    Quote Originally Posted by wolftrack
    I have ridden a Specialized Epic for 2 years. I have ridden a Blur a couple of times and I am in love. The Epic has had great reviews for climbing, but the Blur to me was like night and day. I am female 5'6" and love to climb. I am thinking about getting Blur.
    Can anyone give me any info. on the Superlight vs. the Blur.
    thanks

    When the Blur Classic came on the market in 2002-2003, there were a few comparisons made between it and the Superlight. It was felt the Blur provided a more plush ride for all-day trail riding and Marathon racing. It had longer rear travel, and less "pedal induced bobbing", and stuck to the trail better, particularly with uphill climbing.

    The Superlight was lighter at that time, had simpler (and hence less maintainance) single pivot design, and offered a women's specific frame in the Juliana. It made a better race bike for some, and a more than adequate trail bike.for others.

    Then Intense entered with its own VPP suspension design in the Spyder, with shared technology with Santa Cruz. It was more costly to own.

    Santa Cruz offered some ideas about their two models in 2002 in this Mtbr. review:

    http://archive.mtbr.com/20/0EF5274C.php

    My 2004 Classic Blur with UST tubeless wheels/tires comes in at 28.5 lbs. It makes a great trail bike, but not a good weight for racing. Now with the Blur XC frame that is lighter, it makes racing the Blur an interesting toss-up with the Superlight and other bikes.

    I believe the 2007 Superlights may have the rear triangle pivot moved further up the downtube (?) which may make for more travel with different ride characteristics.

    Obviously you should try to ride both 2007 models if you can, and particularly for several hours on a trail. My vote for an all-around XC trail, race, and epic ride bike would favor the Blur XC., imho. The ride should be plusher, but the maintainance will probably be greater.

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    SID's on the BXC

    I see that a few of you are running RockShox SID's on your BXC's. Are those 80mm, or is the SID available in 100mm? Just curious how that affects the feel of a bike designed for a 100mm fork.
    "The stupid shall be punished."

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    115mm Fork?

    Hi,

    I'm in the market for a new frame and the Blur looks like my answer. What I've come accustomed to is always running about 110-115mm on my Reba Team U-turn currently on a Giant Trance. Whilst I understand that SC recommend max 105mm fork- I was wondering if any has tried it or just people's opinions.

    For me, 130mm - rules out LT - is too much and 115mm (I know, I'm picky!) just feels right. I understand that it'll slacken the geometry off a tad and slightly raise the BB. But I would appreciate any input.

    Cheers.

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    New bike

    Those that have moved on from a Superlite to a Blur, did you like the change? Is there a noticable difference in the two bikes and do you think it is worth the price difference. I'm considering buying one or the other.

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    Red Hot!

    Here's my new ride. Super light and fast. Great acceleration and 25.5#. We had our first snow in the east and here she is in my backyard after a washing!
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    nice bike heather. is that at red or mango king headset?

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    Nice bike Heather

    Wow red is really cool. These are great bikes!

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    Mango with orange purely custom spacers and custom top cap!
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    Chainstay protector

    Quote Originally Posted by soOK
    I didn't use it because I want to go with something more substantial. Any suggestions???
    Hi SoOk,

    Just order a chainstay protector from SC site. It's only $5.00 and looks great.

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