Preview: Santa Cruz Blur LTC

Santa Cruz has announced it is adding a second carbon fiber bike to its collection—the Blur LTC. The new bike keeps its 140 millimeters of travel, but still manages to lose a full "LB" to bring it down to a fighting weight of 5.6 pounds with a RockShox Monarch shock. Even with the weight loss, Santa Cruz says it's the stiffest and strongest frame it has ever built.

Aside from sounding a lot like a Daft Punk song—lighter, better, stiffer, stronger—the Blur LTC comes with an array of smart features to prolong its life and make riding more worry free. The frame has an integrated carbon chainstay protector and a metal insert near the cranks to prevent chainsuck and chainslap from sawing through the carbon rear end. The lower pivot linkage, still made from forged aluminum, features grease ports to keep the bike going strong for the long haul. It also uses the new direct-mount standard front derailleur for perfect alignment and ease of installation, as well as to prevent damage to the carbon tubes that could occur with a clamp-type front derailleur. The dropouts are also carbon, with alloy inserts to protect them from getting chewed up.

The frame will retail for $2,400 and will be available in early June.

See more photos of the Blur LTC below.