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
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
Weight: 22.8lb / 10.3kg including Wahoo ROAM, crank brothers pedals, and Quarq power meter
'til next time!
Over and out,