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Santa Cruz Bicycles Blur TR R TR Complete Mountain Bike
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It doesn't have a new-fangled wheel size, or a bevy of acronyms, so we'd forgive you if you thought the Santa Cruz Blur TR Carbon R complete mountain bike was outdated. But if you're thinking that, you'd be dead wrong. Starting with SC's insanely fun Blur TR platform, and rounding it out with Fox suspension and a Shimano drivetrain, this is a bike that won't back down, from hairy descents to all day adventure rides. The TR is the evolution of the Blur 4x, which was arguably the first slalom bike that could be pedaled for hours at a time. The formula has been distilled into a berm-shredding, gap jump boosting, pedaling maniac that begs you to push your skills as far as they'll go.Santa Cruz introduced its first full suspension bike nearly two decades ago, so you could say that the boys from Nor Cal have some experience with aluminum. Naturally, said experience is plainly visible on the hydroformed aluminum Blur TR frame. The mixed tapered headtube is compatible with the latest generation of tapered forks, and provides a solid junction for the oversized, hydroformed down tube and top tube. The gentle bow of the top tube and down tube dissipates impacts to greatly improve the strength of the frame. The burly oversized tubing in the rear triangle makes for a flex free ride. That stiffness is only aided by the 142x12mm rear thru axle.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 deeper into the suspension, the lower link activates, moving the axle path rearward. The rearward axle path enables the rear wheel to trave...