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Comments on Santa Cruz Blur LT "classic"?

post #1 of 9
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One of my friends who is a guide at Copper runs a bike shop in Idaho Springs. With the new design of the Blur LT, Santa Cruz is putting a deal together for the classic LT with the R kit. Since I am really out of it when it comes to bikes (my last bike I bought in 1989!), I'd like to hear your thoughts on this one.

(Picture removed since they replaced the old bike with the new one with the same name!)

Any thoughts?
post #2 of 9
It's a nice bike. One of the best rear suspensions in the business, and the oe in the piucture is speced nicely. I test rode it last year and can't say that I really loved it though. It's great going down the trail, but not so much going up. I didn't feel like I could have doe a long ride on it. Of course, YMMV. I have ridden the Intense 5.5 which is probably it's closest competitor and liked it mush more. It had a more versatile geometry (at least for me).

Ride one. You may just like it.
post #3 of 9
I think epic makes a point worth considering. People do love the Blur LT, but what kind of riding will you be doing the most? It is a 5+" travel bike, so it's not really an XC bike. If efficiency is important, there may be other bikes worth considering (even in the Santa Cruz line -- the Blur XC or Superlight).

With that said, I have never ridden the LT. I know my local shop, where I think a lot of the employees' opinions and personal choices, it is a fairly popular rig.
post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the insights, guys. I don't really know what I like... or even what kind of riding I'll be doing. More like I'm picking up a bike that will goad me into riding all summer... My old bike I bought in 1989... :

I guess I'll see how it goes, and can adjust as needed. The guy who sold it to me seems to know his stuff (20+ years in Idaho Springs) and this is his bike of choice. I picked it up today and will ride it for the first time tomorrow...
post #5 of 9
The LT is definitely more of a "sit and spin" type of climber than a hardtail or lower travel fullie, but it can be climbed. I know guys who ride 5-6" bikes as their do it all rigs out here, xc, light dh, slopestyle freeride even.

Check out a Specialized Enduro or Cannondale Prophet, they're both in the same range of bikes and may be a little less dear as well. You do pay for the Santa Cruz name on the downtube. The new Enduros are pretty sweet rides.
post #6 of 9
I actually felt like the Blur LT climbed better standing. I hate to climb standing, so that's one more reason for me not to get it.
post #7 of 9
You're going to have a lot of fun on that bike! I'm jealous. It looks sweeet!
post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 
Originally Posted by telerod15 View Post
You're going to have a lot of fun on that bike! I'm jealous. It looks sweeet!
It's a way better bike than I deserve, I'm sure. I guess it means that I need to get out there and learn how to really ride...!

I picked up a few accessories today (clothes, pedals, shoes, etc.) and played around on it with Gabe at the park. Tomorrow I'd like to get a bit of a ride in early in the morning and then with family midday. We'll see how it goes, but the key is that I get out and burn some calories!!!
post #9 of 9
I am not a fan of VPP bikes. We have had a ton of trouble with bushing issues, and squeaky rides. They also a feel that I am not that fond of, as they don't seem as plush as a 4-bar or get the claimed travel. Lots of people like them, though, although VPP bikes in general seem to require a bushing that is better designed for the rigors of VPP pivot travel than whatever they are using. I have yet to ride a VPP bike that didn't get squeaky in a short amount of time, especially with the volcanic dust that we ride in.

I generally like the feel of a 4-bar type suspension (both Ventana and Turner are modified so that it doesn't infringe on Specialized's patent), and I have had good luck with a few single pivots as well, and find them to be low on maintenance. I have had 3 Ventanas and 1 Turner the past few seasons, and I didn't even have to swap out bearings or bushings once. They were dead quiet, as well. My current ride (when I get healed up, that is) will be a Niner RIP9, which is a slightly different linkage, but rides somewhat similar to a 4-bar design (plush and fairly linear).
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