2013 Santa Cruz Blur TR Aluminum Released

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It took a while but the aluminum version of the Blur TRc is now here. The Blur TRc is a revolutionary 125 mm travel bike because it was low to the ground and slack with a 13.1 inch BB height and 68 degree head angle. This allowed it to carve corners and descend with confidence as the new representative in the Trail Bike segment.  It was a strong carbon frame yet it only weighed 4.69 lbs.  But alas, the $2698 cost just for the frame was prohibitive to many buyers that could not afford a $5000 bike.

The aluminum version is now here simply called the Blur TR and the key spec is $1925 for the frame. The weight is 6.58 lbs so it is 1.89 lbs heavier than the carbon version.  All the other specs are the same as they were able to maintain standover and headtube heights. With this frame price, they are now able to offer a complete bike at $3099 32  with a Fox Float CTD oc 130 in the RXC kit.

More details can be found here: http://www.santacruzbicycles.com/blurtr/

One of the issues with the aluminum frame is the weight is pretty heavy at 6.58 lbs. We can only gather that they wanted as much lateral stiffness as possible so they did not skimp on tubing size and strength. We confirmed with Marketing Director Will Ockelton that this frame is indeed as stiff as the carbon version.

And finally, these bikes are shipping to customers mid February.

Here is Josh Bryceland put the the Blur TR through its paces.

Here is the RXC kit that you get for $3099:

  • Rear Der: Shimano M675 SGS (SLX) Shadow Plus
  • Front Der: Shimano M780 or M781 (XT) 10 spdd
  • Shifters: Shimano M670 (SLX) 10spd
  • Crankset: Shimano M552 24/32/42 10spd
  • Cassette: Shimano HG 81, 11-36 (SLX) 10spd
  • Chain: Shimano HG 74 10spd
  • Brakes: Avid Elixir 5′s w/ 160mm rotors
  • Bars: Raceface RIde low riser 685mm
  • Stem: Raceface Ride 70mm or 90mm
  • Grips: Lizard Skin “494″
  • Headset: Cane Creek 10
  • Seat Post: Raceface Ride 30.9x375mm
  • Saddle: WTB Volt Race
  • Wheels: Mavic XM 119 disc rims laced to Shimano M758 front hub (XT) and M678 (SLX) or M 756 (XT) rear hub w/ DT 14 gauge spokes, brass nipples
  • Tires: Maxxis Crossmark 2.1 wire
  • Tubes: Maxxis .7mm tubes

Reviews for the carbon version, the Blur TRc can be found here: User Reviews and Mtbr Editorial Review

Photos by Forrest Arakawa

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  • Reformed Roadie says:

    Am I the only one who finds it odd that this weighs .4lbs more than the longer travel Blur LT? (both in Aluminum)

    Also, is there a close-up of the Reverb Stealth routing?

  • r1Gel says:

    Wow, it gained 0.15 lb in just a matter of a couple of sentences.
    It is strange that it weighs so much. Kinda spoils one of the main positive attributes of the TRc, i.e., it was light yet can be thrashed hard.

  • Tom says:

    Just because weight is the easiest thing to quantify, and therefore market, doesn’t mean it should take precedence over ride feel. You just don’t see trail bikes made out of aluminum that ride well and hold up that are under 6 lbs. I do kind of wonder if the quoted weight is for the large size as SC has done before.

  • Brad says:

    Big question is whether it’ll clear a 650b in the rear? Sorry had to ask, flame away

  • Reformed Roadie says:

    @ Tom. I don’t disagree, however, does that make my BLT2 under built? It is only odd relative to another SC bike w/ longer travel.

    @ Brad. That is the million dollar question. If it is, I think it is a little surprising they don’t market it as such, since there will most likely be a demand from everyone lusting after the TRc conversion on MTBR now MAYBE being less cost prohibitive.

  • Tj says:

    The TR on the pic has 160mm fork? That looks quite long.

    It’ll be nice if they have the same geo as blur tr but in APP. Mainly the low 13.1 BB and lighter weight would be great.

  • Larry says:

    He appears to be running platform pedals; apparently didn’t get the memo that real mountain bikers go with clipless. He could really rock out if his feet were stuck to his pedals.

  • rudaripu says:

    Maybe SC thought of the Blur TR as an aggressive trail bike, so they gave it strenght and a geometry adapted to this end and let the weight on a second plane. For 1K$ less than the carbon version i think this is a very appealing bike, if you wanted you could invest that money in a better fork, improved shock or a nice set of wheels and get an instant gain in performance… It all depends on your budget

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