By Vernon Felton
Photos by Forrest Arakawa
A few years back, Santa Cruz introduced the the Blur TRc, which was, in many ways, a lightweight, carbon version of the old Blur 4X bike: a slack, short-travel machine that loves to be ridden aggressively and can take a shitload of abuse.
Same slack geometry and stout personality as the carbon Blur Trail, but about $770 less for the frame.
Well, the Blur TRc is still in the game, but not everyone can afford a carbon bike these days. Enter the aluminum Blur Trail, which sports identical geometry and travel (125 millimeters), but with a frame-only price tag of $1,925, sells for about $770 less than the carbon version.
Yes, thats a hell of a lot of air to be catching on a bike with five inches of travel, but the Blur Trail is proof that a stout bike with appropriately slack geometry is capable of a hell of a lot more than most people would guess. Radness courtesty of Josh Bryceland. Photo by Forrest Arakawa
The Blur Trail is loaded with a lot of cool, subtle details including ISCG mounts, arguably the best pivot hardware in the business, zerk fittings to keep pivots happily lubed, and a 142x12 rear end. The aluminum frame is backed with a five-year warranty.