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
Photos by Forrest Arakawa