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    SC Blur LT shopping advice (3 yr old nice components versus new w/ entry level specs)

    I want to upgrade my 8 yo SC Superlight with a new/used bike with more travel.

    I've been watching / bidding eBay for a few weeks (and getting sniped) on Yetis (575 or ASR5) and SC Blur LT.

    It's the age old question of if I should buy a gently used 2010 LT2 / 2010 LTc with better components or new with worse components and warrenty.

    I'm not sold on Carbon in general re: longterm durability, but the bike (below) sure looks pretty...

    Any insight / opinions would be helpful.

    Thanks in advance


    OPTION 1, 2010 Blur LT2 -- $2750ish

    The FOX 32 TALAS 140, FIT, RLC 15QR steering tube was not cut and is still a full 10" long.
    FOX RP 23 w/Boost valve
    SRAM XO Rear & Triggers, SHimano XT Top swing front.
    SRAM PG_990 Cassette 11-34, SRAM PC-971 Chain 9-speed
    AVID Elixir Mag Discs
    RACEFACE XC Crank 22 x 32 x 42 175mm.
    Chris Knig Black Headset
    Thomson 410mm 30.9 black seat post
    FSA XC 190 Riser bars 31.8 dia 23"/59cm wide
    FSA DS 150 stem 110 mm wide
    WTB Prowler 2.5" front tire & Continental Mountain King 2.4 rear.
    26"Mavic CrossMax ST wheels.


    OPTION2 -- 2010 LTc -- gently used as well, XT level with a few upgrades, $3000
    Santa Cruz LTc - medium


    Or should I just buy the crappy spec'ed (but brand new 2013) LTR from cambriabikes

    Santa Cruz Blur LT Aluminium D AM Complete Full Suspension Bicycle 2013 100098378
    Santa Cruz Blur LT Aluminium R AM Complete Full Suspension Bicycle 2013 100098386

    FORK Sektork TK 150 $2,639 (or Revelation RL / XT specs for $3199)
    REAR DER: SRAM X7 Long Cage
    CRANKSET: SRAM X5 22/33/44
    BOTTOM BRACKET: Included w/ crankset
    CASSETTE: SRAM PG1030 11-36
    CHAIN: KMC X10 10spd
    BRAKES: Avid Elixir 1 w/ 180mm front and 160mm 160mm rear rotors
    BARS: Raceface Ride low riser 710mm
    STEM: Raceface Ride 70mm or 90mm
    GRIPS: Lizard Skin "494"
    HEADSET: Cane Creek 10
    SEAT POST: Raceface Ride 30.9x375mm
    SADDLE: WTB Volt Sport
    WHEELS: Mavic EN321 rims laced to Shimano M758 15mm front hub and M525 or M678 rear hub w/ DT 14 gauge spokes, brass nipples
    TIRES: Maxxis High Roller 2.35 wire
    TUBES: Maxxis .7mm tubes

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    thats a tough one. i cant tell you what to do, but the new bikes do come with a 5 year warranty on the frame which you wont get with the used ones..... just something to consider. of course that BLTc sure is a purdy lookin bike too and looks basically brand new.

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    That's a tough choice... personally I think the question here is whether or not you want a carbon frame. If you do, get the used 2010 LTc. If you don't, I'd go with the new R-AM kit from Cambria; it's definitely worth the $250 over the used 2010 for the warranty and new parts alone.

    I went from a NomadC to a Blur LT2 about four months ago, and I'm super happy. For some reason when I was riding my Nomad, I was always worried about the frame. With my LT, I don't think twice about it.

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