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Santa Cruz Bicycles Blur TR Carbon R TR Complete Mountain Bike
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Although the wheel-size arms race has largely overshadowed 26 inch bikes this season, we'll come right out and say it-- we still love the Blur TR. The snappy handling of this slalom-inspired trail destroyer makes it hard to ignore, and the Santa Cruz Blur TR Carbon R complete mountain bike is a prime example of why. The Fox suspension, Shimano drivetrain, and hand built wheelset will faithfully take you wherever you want to go. For skilled riders who dream of responsive, inspired handling, the only downside is having to put it away when the ride is done.Santa Cruz's industry-leading carbon fiber construction is on display here. Both the front and rear triangles are constructed as a whole, rather than bonding them together from sub-assemblies. It does save weight, but the real benefit is maximizing the strength of the TR. That's because the fibers are uninterrupted by seams, which happens with other construction methods. If you were to cut it in half, you'd find that the inside of the tubes have the same perfectly smooth finish as the outside. That's thanks to construction techniques that maximize the compaction of the layers. Because any excess epoxy is squeezed from the frame prior to curing, and this ideal degree of compaction makes the frame as strong as possible. When combined with the oversized tapered headtube and 142x12mm through axle rear triangle, the TR Carbon is plenty stiff for the most aggressive riding, despite weighing in under 5 pounds with shock.At the heart of the TR handling is a highly refined VPP suspension. It's a suspension platform that's widely beloved for its blend of pedaling efficiency and trail-erasing smoothness. VPP employs two aluminum counter-rotating links to achieve this balance. If you're wondering how it works, the upper link provides most of the rotation as the bike compresses into the sag point. This yields a vertical wheel path, which you'll notice in the form of a firm feel during acceleration. As the bike compresses dee...