The first outing for the new Santa Cruz Blur CC in the UK and the first win! It was amazing to swing my leg over Santa Cruz's new world cup ready XC race bike at Glentress 7.
I've gone for an all-out XC race build, as opposed to the TR setup I rode on the West Highland Way last year. The latest generation of the Blur frame has seen some major advances in frame and suspension technology, resulting in a frame that weighs 289g less than my record-breaking bike. I really believe that with the new Blur, Santa Cruz have developed a major player for XC racing. I can't wait to get between the tapes in some Olympic distance races.
I made the last minute decision to race and I was really happy to win the Solo category and take the overall too. I received my new Blur and CHPT3 kit the day before the race and they were faultless during the 7 hour race.
Check out the full spec and gallery below.
Frame: Santa Cruz Blur CC mk4 - Sockeye Sal and Blue colourway, size large
Head Unit: Wahoo ELMNT ROAM / Wahoo ELMNT RIVAL
Wheels: Reserve 28 XC rims / DTSwiss 350 hubs
Suspension: RockShox Sid SL Ultimate, 100mm, 29" fork / RockShox SidLuxe Ultimate with Sram/Rockshox Twistlock
Tyres: Continental Race King 29" x 2.2 ProTection with 60ml Revo Sealant front and rear run @ 20psi front and 22psi rear
Pedals: Crankbrothers Eggbeater 11
Drivetrain: SRAM XO1 Eagle AXS 12 speed, SRAM XX1 cranks, Quarq power meter, 36t chainring, 10-50 XO1 Eagle Cassette, GX AXs shifter,
Brakes: SRAM Level TLM - 160mm rotors front and rear
Seatpost: FOX Transfer SL Performance Elite, 100mm, 31.6mm
Cockpit: Santa Cruz Bicycles Flat Bar cut to 700mm, Syntace Lightforce 70mm stem, Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated headset and Fizik Tempo Argo R1 saddle
Weight: 22.8lb / 10.3kg including Wahoo ROAM, crank brothers pedals, and Quarq power meter
'til next time!
Over and out,