Santa Cruz Blur 2002 Full Suspension

DESCRIPTION

  • 100mm Rear Travel
  • Custom Butted 6069 Tubeset
  • Durable Anodized or Powdercoated Finish
  • Replaceable Dropout
  • Disc Ready

  • USER REVIEWS

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    [Jul 23, 2010]
    slimzie403
    Downhiller

    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    Strength:

    all

    Weakness:

    none

    awsume

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    [Aug 24, 2003]
    Justin Miller
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Great climber, great geometry, and decent weight. The sizing chart on Santa Cruz's website was dead on for me. I moved up to a large, and am loving it.

    Weakness:

    Santa Cruz voids the warranty if you ride this bike with a Talas. 2.35 tires won't fit on this bike on the rear. I had to settle for 2.25

    Really love this bike. the 4 inch rear travel feels like 5. Climbs great. This bike makes time and distance fly - it will consume all of your time. Purchase with care.

    I'm riding a heavier freeride setup (30lbs). California is much less jagged than where I lived in Colorado, so i may switch to lighter set-up.

    If you can afford this bike, I highly suggest it.

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    [May 15, 2003]
    Sam Costello
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Frame weight. Fox AVA shock. Santa Cruz welds. High quality frame material and excellent Santa Cruz product support.

    Weakness:

    Collects a bit of mud in linkage area and around the rear tire. This shouldn't apply to those of you who don't ride in the extreme mud. I do ride in the mud but knocking the mud loose is a trade off for the awesome performance of this bike.

    This bike is awesome. Well worth every penny of what some may see as an inflated retail price. If you want the best performance, you pay (and wait) for it. The bike climbs better than my last hardtail and is head and shoulders above high quality single pivot bikes and four bar linkage bikes I've owned and ridden. Feels like it has 6 inches of travel in back due to the frame design. The bottom line is, this bike is like riding a super tuned hardtail that has a plush rear suspension when necessary. I didn't totally believe the hype until I rode it...

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    [Nov 01, 2002]
    James Reilly
    Racer

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Relatively light, great climbing, smooth riding F/S bike. This bike could weigh 25 lbs. without spending a million bucks (V-brakes, lighter fork).

    Weakness:

    Not quite as solid downhill as the UZZI I just sold. But that bike weighed over 30 lbs. and climbed poorly. (I guess that's not a weakness, then.)

    I am not big on riding bikes other than my own, set up as I prefer, so I was hesitant on doing the "test-ride" thing. However, within minutes this bike felt completely natural to me (except for the wide handlebars that I coundn't chop off). At first, it seemed to sit a little tall (although the specs say the BB height is only 12.5"), but that feeling disappeared by the end of the ride. The bike hooked up on steep climbs and felt lighter than the 27 lbs. (w/disc brakes) it weighed. On the long moderate uphill to the ride's end, I kicked it into gear and dusted my buddy to the cheers of the local downhill bunch who were relaxing by the trail!

    I am ready to retire the Zaskar (a good hardtail ride) frame, and rebuild the bike with the Blur frame. I was thinking about a buying a Trek Fuel frame, but why compromise. With the Santa Cruz I could do it all, trail ride, train and race. The frame price is reasonable, but it's going to take a month to get it. So don't order yours until they ship mine!

    James Reilly
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    [Oct 22, 2002]
    David Fambrough
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    Strength:

    Smoothing out rough terrain
    Climbs
    Shock isn't proprietary
    Light weight fs frame

    Weakness:

    XC racers will want a bike that feels more razor sharp and crisp

    I just wanted to share some information I've learned from researching the Santa Cruz Blur and the Specialized Epic to help give riders a better distinction between the two fs designs. The Epic's ride characteristics and fs design lean closer to a hard tail. It doesn't smooth out big hints as you encounter them on the trail as much as it responds to them a second or two after. Therefore, the ride is more firm and less plush. Similar to the Giant NSR. In contrast, the Blur rides more like a traditional fs bike, minus any bob. It floats over the terrain rather than reacts to it. As a result, the ride is more plush and forgiving (not as plush as a Truth). Think of the Blur as a more refined Superlight. Both designs climb as if it were born in the mountains; however, the Blur fs eats up the rough stuff more efficiently with less effort -- making it perhaps the better XC fs choice.

    With all that said: 4 chilis because it isn't cheap, and 5 chilis thanks to it great fs design.

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    [Feb 23, 2004]
    Tony
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    Strength:

    Light for full suspension. Excellent frame design. VPP system works. Good price.

    Weakness:

    None so far... maybe the rear tire clearance

    I have only been "dialing" this bike in, I have to admit I have yet to ride the trail, as the snow is still around. I have been riding it and trying to get a feel for this bike, and so far it lives up to the hype, but I won't be sure until the trails are ready. It does not seem to have much bob when you hammer, and the ride is plush when it needs to be. I can't say this enough " you have to set this bike up to get all it has". I wanted a race/epic bike, I hope it works out, I think it will. I know one thing for sure, I never want to ride a hardtail again. I will update a review asap.

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    [Mar 11, 2003]
    theo
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    climbing- no bob none
    rigidity- downhill rocket
    agility- dances through the trees

    Weakness:

    low rear wheel clearance- grabs leaves/mud

    I am a skeptic- but it is all true. I ride technical cross country in the mts of western NC with lots of long technical climbs & fast downhill, & this bike is perfect. I've taken it on several long shakedown rides on varied trail surfaces. This thing accelerates, climbs, & downhills a level above anything else. I don't quite get the physics, but it defies nature in its absence of bob- even standing & mashing uphill. I am climbing 1 or 2 rear gears higher & still feeling fresh at the top. It is unbelievably stable downhill & eats up rocks. If it were a girl, I'd date it...

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    [Mar 20, 2003]
    alfonso batalla
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    This one is a magic carpet!-Confortable and smooth but climbs so well you try slopes you´d never tried before-better downhill even that my former trazer

    Weakness:

    low rear wheel mud clearance-too wide rear triangle

    A friend of mine call it the magic carpet and that´s true. When you seat on in first time you think it will be too soft, but it climbs so well you forget about the lockout. Very safe and stable when going down. Fantastic for epic rides.
    I think everyone would love this bike, but the hard tail fans who like suspension bikes with a very hard feeling on the rear end (like Epic, or Giant NRS), although Blur is more efficient when pedalling. Acellerates like a rocket.
    Die to try it with the new 5th element air shox.
    Mine is about 11,5 kg which is pretty good for its specs.
    Rear triangle is too wide so i sometimes hit it with the back of my shoe rubbing somoe of the anodising. But wheel clearance is poor and collects a lot of mud.
    Best bike i have ever had-Feels different to anything on earth-wont change it, unless they make up an improved version.

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    [Mar 27, 2003]
    John Hendry
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    VPP, Fox Shock is light weight and works unreal, new XTR is beyound words, Wow factor!

    Weakness:

    Mud Clearence, air shocks are not as dependable as spring shocks...hum...I had to pay for it...hum...bike theives want to steal it....it gets dirty real easy..hum...I had to fly to Maui to buy it...Oh yea...it has a high sink rate and the L/D sucks compared to a HpH 304CZ, that's about it.

    This a second review after owning it for 3+ months. It dosen't get any better....yet. Had the bike for a few months now and the more I ride it, the better I like it.
    No regrets what-so-ever. If there's a weakness....it's sitting on the seat holding the handlebars;-)

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    [Dec 21, 2002]
    Albert
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Light for a full suspension with these capabilties. No need for lock-out on the rear of this bike. Great out of saddle sprints and even a better climber.

    Weakness:

    Like any full suspension bike the knowledge of the proper spin is invaulable.

    AWESOME! This is the best Mountian Bike, I have ever ridden. Simply said, if you are looking for the best XC bike on the market the Santa Cruz Blur is it!!!!

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    I have ridden a Trek Fuel 90, Specialized Epic, and Giant NTFS.

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