To improve your shopping experience today and in the future, this site uses cookies.
I Accept Cookies

First test on the 2018 Santa Cruz Blur Carbon

Words by trax on 06/04/2018 13:03:38

The staff at Mountain Trax love to ride the new Demo Bikes as they hit the fleet but sometimes we just don’t get the opportunity. When Santa Cruz released the new Blur we enlisted a regular customer to take it out for its first ride and give his first impressions. All words and opinions are his, we may agree or disagree! Over to Tony...

First ride on the newly released and updated 2018 Santa Cruz Blur carbon. Taken out on a long ride to compare against my standard ride, a Cannondale Scalpel carbon. So their mission is about the same (xc/marathon 100mm travel and 29” wheels), so should be a side by side comparison. Setting up the fork, shock, position and giving it the once over, I admired the colour, firebrick red..?? [Sunset is the official colour term, also comes in Matte Carbon. Ed]

So I headed out with an expectation of 35-40 miles, mostly firetracks and xc courses. Within the first miles, let's get one thing straight... This bike wants to ring every last calorie out of you. Up the first road, I look at my Wahoo, and it's 18mph and I’m not pushing that hard, or at least I didn't think so.

The remote bar mounted fork and shock lockout is, to me, back to front, in that you deactivate it by pressing in the lever, and lock out by releasing it. But it's a minor thing you would get used to. Meeting up with a friend of mine we headed over to some single track. I was following a faster rider, so it'd be curious to see how much I'm able to keep up. So with the lockout deactivated, we headed into the rougher up and down stuff. By comparison, the suspension is so much better than the Cannondale. You just don't really feel anything, it takes some big hits to get you to feel the suspension. So after 36 miles, that is such a good thing, as you don't feel beaten up. It also means you have oodles of grip at all times.

The geometry is spot on. I didn't feel the need to adjust at all, and felt comfortable straight out the box. The only consideration would be slightly wider bars, but that's just personal preference, and detracts nothing from the bike in any way. The wheels I thought were carbon, and had boasted about this to my friend, as the acceleration is outstanding, but I found that actually this model did not have carbon rims. To me that speaks volumes! Did I say it's quick?!

Would I buy one? ABSOLUTELY (could I be any more emphatic..?). The suspension is just a different world to everything I have ridden before, and for it’s purpose would make a good choice for anyone.

I returned to the shop broken, with a massive smile on my face, need I say more?

Learn more about our Demo Scheme and test ride our Large Blur for yourself.