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First Look: Santa Cruz Blur TR
First introduced in carbon, the bike helped define modern trail bikes. Now, an aluminum frame broadens its appeal.
ByRon Koch
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Until today, the highly regarded Santa Cruz Blur TRc was offered only with a carbon frame and the hefty price kept this bike out of the hands of many riders. That version won Bicycling Magazine’s (our sister publication) Editor’s Choice award in 2012 and it remains a favorite among our staff—the bike blends lightweight performance, stable handling and plush travel.


The new aluminum frame promises to deliver that performance in a more budget-friendly (though slightly heavier) package. The metal frame retains the TR’s 125mm rear-wheel travel, controlled by Santa Cruz’s excellent VPP suspension design. It also uses the same slack and low angles as the carbon version. Santa Cruz engineers wisely retained the tapered headtube, 142x12mm rear axle and sleek grease fittings on the lower link. The only difference between the two bikes is the frame material.


While performance remains high, the TR’s price drops considerably compared with the carbon option. The new frame costs $1,925, about $775 less than the carbon version. That weight savings comes with a weight penalty, however. The aluminum frame weighs 6.6 pounds, about 1.5 pounds more than the carbon TRc frame. Complete aluminum bikes start at $3,100 and top out at $7,272 when built with Shimano XTR components. The bike should be in shops by the middle of February.


Josh Bryceland doesn't always ride a trail bike, but when he does, he prefers the Blur TR. 


Watch the Blur TR in action:


RAT ATTACK! Introducing the New Santa Cruz Blur TR from santa cruz bikes on Vimeo.

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