How do you improve a bike that's already become legendary Why not completely redesign it to make it stiffer, stronger, and a full pound lighter. The Santa Cruz Blur LTc is its strongest frame everAAAno exceptions. Santa Cruz's proprietary one-piece layup technique ensures maximum strength with absolutely no unnecessary material for the lightest, toughest frame possible. The Blur LTc is packing a healthy 5.5 inches of VPP-suspended travel for better-than-a-hardtail pedaling efficiency with tire-melting downhill capabilities. The result is perpetual grin-inducing fun and the constant nagging question of whether to wait for your friends.
Strengths: It's a LEGEND All Mountain Bike, Light & Strong plus very durable and super fun to ride.
Weaknesses: Eye Catching
I managed to get one of the last Santa Cruz Blur LTc frame. for info, Santa Cruz stops the production of the Blur LTc, and realeased 27.5 instead and named it Bronson. The ride is as other have said: very smooth, but sharp when pedaling. bumps are swallowed to such an extent than technical climbs and tricky sections don't slow down the bike so it just scroll through this kind of stuff. One thing that amazed me compared to the Orbea monopivot system is how much grip you get on technical climbs ... simply amazing
Weaknesses: During two years of riding this bike, I was not faced with, or experienced any!
This bike is comfortable on all terrain and inspires confidence. It climbs smooth and EASY leaving you more energy to descend like a demon and the strong and rigid carbon frame inspires confidence.Over time local terrain and some increase in ability required me to install a 180mm disk for the front brake, a hydraulic seat post, some fatter tires and a chain guide.
The 14" in the back and the 15" of travel in the front enables you to go almost everywhere. I trained for and finished four national enduros. This bike is pretty and I was scared that the carbon frame would chip when rolling four times down a rock garden etc, but nothing worse than I see on other aluminium bikes. If you can find the right silicon based product, light scratches disappear. I clean, lube and take my bike for a full service and checkup before winter and before summer. It's still "out the box" and race ready!
Similar Products Used: Trek, Mongoose, Kona, Giant.
Bike Setup: All 2012, Blur LTc Frame with SPX AM Kit (Full XT). Front with Fox Float 32 Kashima and Rear Fox RP23 Kashima. DT Swiss XR400 rims with DT Swiss 350 Hubs.
All 2013, RockShox Reverb Seatpost, 750mm Easton Havoc Carbon handlebar, 50mm Sunline V1 Stem, Bionicon C-Guide Chainguide, TLD ODI Lock-ons and (Maxxis) Highroller II 2.4 (F), Minion 2.35 (R).
This my third Blur. I had the original, then the BLT2 (2009), which I converted to 650b. I liked it so much I decided to upgrade to carbon. Good call. The difference is not just noticeable, it's like getting a motorcycle engine bored out and recarburated (or EFI map in the modern world). I switched all the old parts off my aluminum frame so the frame was the only difference. It climbs and descends better. The steering is also better, but I did put an adjustable headset on and raked it out to 68 degrees.
I was a little concerned I was spending a lot of money to get a new frame that was going to feel exactly like my old one, but that wasn't the case. It honestly feels like a brand new, improved bike.
I have a feeling the BLTc is going to be overshadowed by the Bronson, but it's still a ripping good bike. If I were buying new and retail, I might buy a Bronson or Solo, but I got this frame on close out so it cost a fraction of what either of those would cost. It was a great deal all the way around. I am calling it "the poor man's Bronson."
Bike Setup: Fox 32 fork, Stans 650B wheels, xt drivetrain
a All Mountain Rider
Date Reviewed: May 8, 2013
Strengths: Super capable, versatile, stiff, tough, fun!
Weaknesses: Personally felt like it required a 160 fork to optimize geometry, cost, no chain guide tabs, lower links vulnerable.
Have a full season in on my 2011 blur ltc. I've got it set up with the rp23 BV rear shock, marzocchi rc3 55 fork, and full 2011 sram x0. By far the best bike I've ridden. Capable of pretty much anything I am willing to throw at it (up to 8 foot drops with good trannys or 4 foot to sketch), not to mention rocky, rooty NE canada trails. This bike has made me a better rider, with more confidence, and faster then ever before.
I got it pretty much stock with the 150 float kashima, kinda hated the shock, felt like had to run it super soft to get any small bump compliance and felt like the front end was a huge limiting factor compared with the stellar rear. Now on the marz rc3 ti and the extra axle crown length has slackened it out perfectly and the performance of the front is a perfect match to the rear. For the first time in my life all the bike porn on pinkbike doesn't get me excited, I really don't want to change anything on the bike. No question the new bronson is pimp, but I can't imagine a bike being more straight up fun then my ltc.
Certainly not perfect, but its idiosyncrasies are also part of what makes it so awesome, I've built a custom lower link protector out of an old fender, got a bionicon chain guide and all of its weaknesses are fixed (for under 50 bucks).
Overall, highly recommend, especially for someone who rides technical trail/all mountain but doesn't have regular lift access or big mountains (if so prob go nomad) but definitely go with a 160 fork if it suits your riding style.
Strengths: It does everything over the top! I am trying to get my skills up to match the bikes performance!
every time I ride this bike it makes me push harder and faster, The bike handles it and begs for more! I find myself doing sections I couldn't clear previously with ease! I can not brag about this bike enough. If you are thinking about getting one, Stop thinking and buy it you will not be disappointed!
Similar Products Used: niner jet 9 (fast but not as good all around as the SC)
Bike Setup: XT build with wtb wheels
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: February 25, 2013
Strengths: Absolutely love the bike. Puchased it at Hype Ski/Vélo in Québec City, waited a long time for th delivery but MAAAAAN! when i finaly got it, was amazed with the control and all around manoeuvering of the bike. An improvement (for the same price) from my Devinci Moonracer. Climbs well, stiff suspension set (i'm 220 pds), rear triangle is stiff. Just like the damn bike!
Weaknesses: Like everything about it. Changed the seatpost to a stiffer Thomson.
I would recommend this bike to anybody. I've ridden damn good bikes but this beats them all.
Favorite Trail: Mont-Ste-Marie, Black Mountain Ripon
Duration Product Used: 4 months
Purchased At: Hype bikes-Québec ci
Similar Products Used: Devinci Moonracer, Devinci Desperado (my Hardtail),
Bike Setup: XTR all around, CrossMax wheel set
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: January 21, 2013
Strengths: Amazing versatility and stiffness!
Weaknesses: I've only had my Blur LTc for 6 months and I love the bike, but I've just broken the rear part of my frame! It broke at the top of the rear triangle next to the axle, so I was wondering if it's a common fault or if I've just been unlucky with my frame?
Please let me know if you've had similar technical issues and how quick Santa Cruz's been to replace your frame and in what conditions.
Strengths: Unbelievably stiff which we've heard and read about though it doesn't really translate until you're climbing or descending your first technical rock or lava fest. The difference between this frame and the first gen LT is night and day. It's like going from a Volkswagon to a Porche Turbo.
Weaknesses: Paint chips very easily. By the second ride most of the paint had chipped away from the frame surrounding the lower link leaving the black carbon exposed. I'm told by my LBS that this isn't an issue. Paint elsewhere on the frame also chips off quite easily with any impacts exposing black carbon which is a bit concerning and somewhat unsightly though performance, which this thing is all about is uneffected. My first gen Heckler after 10 years didn't look as chiped up as this one does after one summer. My anodized LT I rode for the previous 5 years never got any chips. I'm told that the carbon isn't vulnerable being exposed though this material is pretty new to us all and I think everyone is wondering about longevity. Thankfully, there are lots of repair options out there if the frame is impacted during a hard crash.
This bike rides amazing. Climbing and descending technical, challenging trail will blow your socks off as it's so incredibly responsive and holds a line like a piece of hardened steel. I'm a 200 lbs guy and ride aggressively and just completed a technical cross country tour through Whistler (gotta ride "Comfortably Numb" up there) and have ridden this thing all over Oregon. The ride quality distroys the first gen LT out of the water. It's a totally different bike and can't even be compared to that. The paint chipping issue is concerning though I don't care much so long as it keeps performing like a Ferrari on the trail. Prior to purchasing this frame I held a few other carbon frames. This is the only one whoes chain stays I could'nt budge with my arms. It's rediculasly strong which translates to amazing edge control on the trail. I can't imagine there's a better long travel cross country or light all mountain bike out there.
Weaknesses: Beautiful Paint, Dont want to scratch (Which is hard while mountain biking). And price.
This bike is crazy awesome, I do every thing with this bike, from cross country racing to all day shuttle runs. It is amazing, It inspires confidence in any situation. In the six months I've had this bike I have not had one hard biff, I always find the 140mm of plush rockshox revelation RL saving me from going OTB. And the suspension has so much options of adjustment, I have no trouble switching the compression dampening to a stiffer level for cross country racing. And the drive train offers offers a full 30 rings of options. (I personally would like a bashgaurd to replace the third ring). If this bike is well maintained the parts will last forever, Bottom Line this bike is incredibly durable, incredibly versatile, and best of all BEAUTIFUL. If there are any cons to be mentioned it would be that the paint finish is so clean and easily scratchable that I'm always covering places with clear tape and being incredibly careful not to scratch. And besides that the huge 3200 price tag. But if you can afford it I recommend it.
Similar Products Used: 2007 Specialized Enduro, 2010 trek fuel ex 7
Bike Setup: R AM build kit, with easton havon bars, Gravity Dropper seatpost, shimano xtr pedals, wtb weirwolf 2.3 front tire, wtb wolverine 2.1 rear tire.
a All Mountain Rider
from San Francisco, CA
Date Reviewed: February 27, 2012
Strengths: Great stiff frame, this bike can handle it all. VPP excels in climbing technical terrain and the geometry is well suited to flowing tight singletrack. I spent many rides comparing this to a carbon Nomad and the Blur geometry was the biggest difference. The Nomad is better straightlining 3rd divide or a wide open technical trail, bc the handling really shines when it gets steep or fast, while the blur is better at the slower speeds faced when tackling twisting singletrack with sharp corners, quick accelerations and the ups and downs of most trails.
Weaknesses: While Carbon is very stiff for riding, I have to say I am definitely concerned about impact resistance. Fall over onto a rock and the frame could be toast. Also, I had an issue with the rear triangle cracking. SC replaced quickly and smoothly, but should be mentioned.
Great all-around trail bike. Climbs like an xc bike, descents like a 5+ inch bike should. Its a better bike than most riders.
Similar Products Used: SC Heckler, Nomad, Chameleon, Specialized Stumpjumper
Bike Setup: XT 2x10, Fox 32 150 (36 is fun too), RP23, meaty tires- Currently WTB Bronson on the front, Weirwolf on the back.
a Cross Country Rider
from Tucson, AZ, USA
Date Reviewed: January 24, 2012
Strengths: Very, very stiff. I am amazed how stiff it is. Light, handles well, looks good.
Weaknesses: None yet, except I needed to get a stiffer fork (see BL).
I usually use a product longer before I review, but this frame is exceptional. The stiffest frame I have ever ridden. Greatly revealed how flexy the RS Revelation was, so I changed to the 55. I am 260 lbs and 6'3", so I can flex almost anything. I cannot detect flex in the frame, including the rear. Tracks exceptionally well up and down, and does well on the twisty flats too. The lightest full suspension that I have every ridden.
Weaknesses: none really, but I guess it is a bit heavier than I expected; though, it rides like a lighter bike.
For the past few years, I have been riding and loving the frist generation BLT. I came into some cash,so I decided to get a new frame. I expected some improvement, but didn't expect a dramatic improvement, but a dramatic improvement I got. This bike is amazing! The first thing I noticed was the shorter chainstays, which allowed the bike to really snap through corners and switchbacks. Combine this agility with the stiffness of the frame and the bike just carves through corners and holds its line faithfully. But, this bike really comes alive when the trail gets rocky and rutty. It just seems to float through the rough stuff as the rear end stays lively and active.
Very fast and stable, the BLTc is the best bike I have ever thrown a leg over.
Hey guys, I originally built my blur LTC 1x9 since I had a good x.9 drivetrain to swap over.
When that wears out I'm thinking about going 1x10. I'd like to go XTR shifter and RD but it looks like the shadow plus only comes in direct mount which doesn't work with the blur right?
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