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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the Santa Cruz Blur. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
15 reasons to buy
- At around 23lb, the 2023 Blur is Santa Cruz's lightest-ever full-suspension XC bike.
- The Blur is available in an XC build (100mm front and rear suspension) and TR build (120mm/115mm).
- Testers appreciate the Blur TR's extra suspension travel and larger brake rotors which provide a wider margin for error and extra comfort.
- Experts say the change to Superlight suspension from VPP reduces weight, increases pedaling efficiency, and improves handling and comfort.
- This bike has room for three bottle cages, two inside the front triangle and the third under the down tube.
- An expert says the low anti-squat means the rear wheel moves more easily over trail features, so riders can stay seated and pedal more efficiently up technical climbs.
- According to one reviewer, the XC's rear lockout almost transforms the bike into a hardtail.
- A tester likes how the aggressive geometry and slack head angle make it easier to keep the front wheel planted and maintain directional control.
- One rider says the XC's progressive leverage rate means it rarely bottoms out.
- Reviewers agree that the XC's balance of comfort, speed, and control makes it a highly effective race machine.
- The Blur has a Lifetime warranty on the frame, bearings, Reserve carbon wheels, handlebars, and cages.
- Experts and users relish the low weight and compliance of the Reserve 28 SL carbon rims.
- One expert says the Blur XC’s speed is so impressive it’s like having a motor in the frame.
- Testers appreciate that the XC's TwistLoc suspension lockout leaves room for the dropper-post lever.
- One expert notes that the frame stiffness and geometry mean riders can push the fork and tires harder than would be possible on a more flexible, twitchier frame.
4 reasons not to buy
- The Blur is expensive. Santa Cruz doesn't offer a budget-friendly build of this model.
- Experts criticize the XC's FOX Transfer SL dropper post and its two-position design compared to an infinite-style dropper.
- Some testers considered the XC's TwistLoc heavy, hard to use, and less intuitive than other twist lockout control systems, such as Scott's TwinLoc or Orbea's Squidlock.
- In one tester's opinion, the Blur XC's rear suspension is overly active and necessitates using the lockout to maximize pedaling efficiency on climbs.
Bottom lineThe Santa Cruz Blur is a race-ready 29er XC bike with an XCO World Cup-winning pedigree. This bike is high-end in terms of quality and price. But in return, riders get one of the best, if not the best, XC options around. It's universally popular with owners and experts, who highlight its low weight, exceptional speed, and impressive capability going up and downhill on XC courses. The Blur TR offers more comfort and control, but serious cross-country or Epic racers will want the speed-optimized Blur XC.
Expert Reviews85/100 based on 3 rated expert reviews
Santa Cruz Blur CC X01 AXS RSV Review
A couple of spec niggles can’t stop this being one of the best cross-country rigs out there – an object of desire for any XC racer.
Santa Cruz Blur CC X01 AXS RSV Review
Effortless super-light XC speed with brilliant suspension and handling balance, plus user-friendly features and fantastic warranty for those who can afford the very best.
Santa Cruz Blur XC CC X01 AXS RSV Review
This is no average XC race bike… Spin along the flatout or grind up a climb however and the rear suspension is… overly active. It’s the bike’s only shortcoming. But in XC racing you can’t afford to show any weakness.
Field Test: 2022 Santa Cruz Blur TR – The Cruz Missile
This would make a great, and I mean simply fantastic all-day marathon bike. It’s comfortable, it’s fast, and its extra travel would provide a safety net for when you’re tired or riding fast on trails that you don’t know particularly well.
The Santa Cruz Blur | A Ripping XC Bike – OoC Review Series
The goal with this bike is not to be this big rock-eating machine. It’s to be fast and efficient but still ridable, so in true Santa Cruz fashion, this is very much a do-everything bike with limitations.
Best XC Bike Out? 2022 Santa Cruz Blur CC *XC*
This is a beautiful bike. This is one of the top-tier bikes out there for cross-country.
2022 Santa Cruz Blur Review
I have a pretty good conclusion on this bike. It’s rad for what it is. If you see them in your shop and you’re contemplating it, I’d say pull the trigger on either the TR or the regular XC.
2022 Santa Cruz Blur Review (Week #7 Road to the 2023 Marji Gesick)
Overall, really good bike… I think I would have probably benefited from a trail build over the XC build but I wanted an efficient race bike so I tried to get the most efficient racer I could.
2022 Santa Cruz Blur TR: Extended Review
I just love having… a full-on Enduro bike for my raunchy downhill stuff, lift-served access shuttling, and then pretty much everything else this bike is incredibly capable on, and when I get in over my head on this bike, it’s really damn fun.
Santa Cruz Blur TR Short Term Review
This is a dream bike I never thought I needed. It excels in about 80-90% of the riding I do and it’s just a wonderful option for me. It’s fast, it’s light, it’s maneuverable, it’s really poppy… it’s really fun to ride.
2022 Santa Cruz Blur Test, Without VPP Everything is More Natural [Italian]
We recommend the Santa Cruz Blur for people more interested in substance than appearances, for those that compete every weekend and want immediate performance.
2022 Santa Cruz Blur Test, Radical Change in Its Full-Sus XC [Spanish]
In short, Santa Cruz has designed a bike that is a direct response to what many users asked for when their full-sus was VPP.
Test: 1,500 KM With the New Santa Cruz Blur TR [Spanish]
The Blur TR is an agile and fast bike, a good climber, and with very usable suspension, a perfect choice if you’re not focused solely on cross country races. That’s what its sister XC is for.