Santa Cruz Unveils New Carbon Blur XC


Santa Cruz Bicycles has recently announced an exciting brand new model, the Carbon Blur XC. This bike has been in pure stealth mode…until now.

To read the forum discussion about this new bike, go here:

(official press release below, originally posted on 1/20/09 @ 2:15pm PST)

Hail To The Chief

The inauguration of a fresh president here in the USA seems like an
auspicious time to take the wraps off Santa Cruz Bicycles’ most closely
guarded secret since, well, ever. Ladies and gentlemen, departing Trek
riding Texan Republicans and incoming Illinois hoop shooting Democrats,
please lend a hand for the arrival of the totally new and completely
awesome, carbon fiber Blur XC!

Since it would be tacky to try and stretch a metaphor about domestic and/or
global policy any further to somehow validate our new bike, we’ll cut
straight to the chase:

-105mm travel, next generation VPP suspension
-Super efficient bump absorption, incredible pedaling response, no lockouts
or platforms required
-Reliable, serviceable, stiff – next generation VPP links are core of the
most evolved suspension on the market
-Ultra-lightweight, incredibly strong carbon fiber frame (4.2 pounds, frame
and shock, size medium)
-That wasn’t a typo. It’s really light.
-How light? 22 pounds, 6 ounces for the XTRxc complete
-Damn, that’s light

We spent a huge amount of time and effort developing this bike, and are
confident that it sits right on the sharpest part of the cutting edge of
both performance and technology. You can read the whole developmental spiel.
Or you can just nod your head in agreement when we say that
this bike will change how you think about cross country performance.

So put your hands together folks. Out with the old, in with the new.

source: Mike Ferrentino, Santa Cruz Bicycles

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About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.

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  • jakeefer says:

    Limited Frame Warranty
    Santa Cruz Bicycles will repair or replace at its option any frame it determines to be defective. The warranty will be in effect for two years from the date of sale and applies to the original owner. This warranty does not cover custom finishes.

    mmmm….. not good for a carbon bike…. just 2 years?

    Still took them a hot minute to get to Carbon… it’s been done at this point… some of which are just as light with lifetime warranties.

  • Benno says:

    Hmmmn head angle is too slack. Next……

  • SC Rider says:

    Re: Jakeefer

    What’s up with the negative vibe? The early generation SC Superlights had similar warranty parameters and now look at them? You’re correct that this isn’t the first Carbon Fiber mountain bike. SC has a forward thinking group of engineers that ride the bikes they develop. The SC engineers are passionate about their bike and constantly redifining them. Who perfected the VPP to make is viable? SC! This is the first VPP carbon fiber frame that will only get better!

  • Nick says:

    I’m salivating over this ride, but my 1999 Superlight with a SID XC, full XTR, Easton carbon bars + post, King HS and hubs on Mavic 517s with 14/15 (steel) spokes is 22.5 with pedals. With the right build, this frameset could break 22, and not in that Specialized way where you are reminded how light your frame is and how thin the carbon is every time you hit anything.

  • Colin says:

    Damn, awesome bike, awesome price, and awesome press release. You guys aren’t messing around.

  • Moto-Lite says:

    POS SC

  • Mark B. says:

    Impressive — sized to fit guys like me, too — but as confident as I am that you guys have done the homework and produced a bike I’d be hard-pressed to break, carbon only has one place in my riding — non-structural. I have a bud who may be interested, but it’s outside my (narrow) window….

    Good work anyway!!!!

  • Jerome says:

    Sorry, but compared to the other bikes in the SC catalog, the lines are very conservative by today’s standards. Carbon allows a wide array of forms and shapes but SC decided to go with a classic frame with a seemingly high standover, which is not good for us up North and generally for everyone riding technical terrain or who doesn’t have long legs. After witnessing all the innovation that Santa Cruz brought us these last year with the Nomad and Blur LT2, it looks like it’s the return of the old fashions. I’m disappointed…

  • Fred P says:

    Looks like an awesome XC screamer to me! Not having ridden any of the new gen XC bikes, I’m curious how the trend of ever more slack HT angles handles.

    Back to the carbon… having owned 4 Trek Carbon HT frames that broke, I’d consider a carbon MTB to be a short term investment and 2nd buyer beware. Carbon delaminates from impacts. The 4th Trek frame failed when, after numerous rock impacts to the BB shell (as kicked up by the front wheel, which is pretty normal), the layers of carbon in the BB shell delaminated and frayed and the BB shell almost fell out. Trek’s response was this was normal wear and tear. I’ve never had a BB fall off a metal bike. Other failures were a carbon chainstay snapped at a lug on a 9900. The c-stay was aluminum on the 9.8 that replaced it. Crushed a seat stay on the 9.8 in a minor crash (don’t think a metal stay would’ve failed).

    I’ll be interested to see how downtubes and BBs hold up on the carbon Spec’ed, Scott, Giant, etc. Titus may be on to something with their spaced armor plate.

  • Whambat says:

    As a full-bred xc bike it looks pretty cool. I don’t know if I could trust it as my everyday ride though, my 205 lb frame and my tendency to bounce rocks off my frame would make it scream badly, I fear. But if I could afford a race day bike, it would be on my list. The slacker head angle is surprising though for an xc bike.

  • pastajet says:

    I have been riding a Ibis Mojo full 5.5 inch carbon bike for 2.5 years, I ride hard, and crash hard (on occasion), and the Mojo is still going strong with flying colors, sure it has a few dings in the clearcoat and carbon, but it is still functioning fine. I can’t comment on the Santa Cruz mentioned here since I have not used it, but carbon on a mtb bike can be fine if engineered properly.

  • Chase says:

    Does anyone have any info about where these will be produced?

  • jty says:

    Price. where is the price?

  • ccm says:


    I really like the look.
    Glad that SC minimized the ugly girls-bike bent top tube
    Also like the head angle

  • MikeOffRoad says:

    This is an awesome bike. Very stiff and responsive and downhills better than my aluminum blur. But the grease fittings need to be covered to prevent rock damage, so it is worth picking up some plastic grease fitting (Zerk) caps.

  • Emilio says:

    The 2 year warranty is the deal breaker for me, santa cruz does not seem to be backing up their claims of toughnes for carbon fiber, or their visiĆ³n of selling bikes that last a long time when they will Wash their hands if your frame fails after 2 years. So what does a long time means for them?

  • 2 yr warranty? Hmmm!!!! If it was lifetime like a few others, I would buy it today.

  • Mudd says:

    Got to SC’s website and look at their warranties. As always, 2 years full replacement, after that it becomes a “no fault” warranty. In other words if you break it then you simply pay for SC’s cost or slightly higher.

  • RanDog says:

    Most important will it accept a 650B wheel, instead of the little old school 26′s only???

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