Vital Test Bike Preview: 2013 Santa Cruz Blur TRc 8

Every mountain biker knows the feeling you get when you receive a new frame or bike—less know the feeling of putting that new frame together. If you've built a new bike, you know that there is a soft, peaceful side. A side that cuts out the adrenaline, the excitement of that first corner you plan to annihilate, and that first trail you dream of ripping that leaves you grinning from ear to ear… A romance if you will. This feeling can often latch on while building a new frame into a bike. It can often be traced back to the sentimental thoughts that flood in while pulling the old trusty apart, setting the mood for the ritual about to take place as the freshy prepares to take the honors at the altar. It's a ritual that will always feel so good, regardless of how many times it has been performed. Never have I experienced these feelings with a carbon weapon, and so, this romantic ritual paves the way, upping the ante for all the rest—until the next. Despite the inevitability of some day being outdone, this ceremony of sorts is more than worth sharing. This is the early stage of a forming bond between tester (AJ Barlas) and the 2013 Santa Cruz Blur TRc… the build. Will it blossom into all that is dreamed of? Time can only tell and you will have to stick around to find out… soon enough.

Credit: AJ Barlas/Straightshot
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  • Varaxis

    4/2/2013 6:30 PM

    Interesting build for the Blur TRc. The Blur TRc definitely stands out from the rest of the bikes in the test sessions, but I think the unconventional build will cause some fudging with the score, with "familiarity" and "impression" points negating a lot of the niggles with the bike's personality. If I see a 5 star rating or a win, accompanied by of complaints... I don't know what to say. Maybe I'd pity the well balanced and capable bikes that have top tier performance in a wide variety of conditions, losing out to a niche bike that is outright amazing only under certain conditions.

  • bturman

    4/2/2013 7:46 PM

    Good looking out, Varaxis. This test will be frame only, and will be separate from Test Sessions.

  • Varaxis

    4/2/2013 8:53 PM

    Ah, my mistake. I just reviewed the 22 Test Session trail bikes to confirm. Thanks for clearing that up.

    Keep up the good work. I love the "easy-to-digest" format you guys use, using pics and videos in place of words when you can.

  • bhalpin47

    2/19/2013 3:09 PM

    lol talk about bike porn! All those close-ups and the groovy tunes really set the mood!

  • Felicitas83

    2/19/2013 10:04 AM

    great bike !!!

  • alex.royal

    2/17/2013 10:03 PM

    i'm in love

  • ricky.thefifth

    2/17/2013 8:26 AM

    Great company !! Been riding Santa Cruz for 11 years

  • Adam_Schaeffer

    2/16/2013 12:27 PM

    I like it so much I made it my career.

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