Epic Bike Check: Oli Munnik's Santa Cruz Blur CC

Oli Munnik has been riding the all-new Santa Cruz Blur from the start of this year's Absa Cape Epic. He went to great lengths to keep the bike under wraps, organising a 5AM appointment with his local bike mechanic and taping up every reference to the brand and model name (which it turns out there are a number on this frame). Midway through Stage 2, the embargo dropped, and Oli was able to proudly reveal his new ride to the world.

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Oli is riding the Blur CC frame, the CC refers to Santa Cruz's higher-grade carbon frame which uses fewer pieces and is therefore lighter than the more affordable Blur C frame.

 

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Oli's bike is largely similar to the X01 Reserve specification retail model, with some tweaks here and there. One such deviation is the Factory Series 32 Step-Cast fork, where a customer would get the Elite level component with the black stanchions. The 100 mm VPP rear suspension is controlled by Fox's Float Performance Elite DPS shock. Both ends are controlled by a dual-lock remote lever.

 


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The transmission is full SRAM X01 Eagle with the new Dub crank and bottom bracket interface. Inside sources (Marc Carr, the man that built the bike) tell us that Oli started the race on a 34T chainring but, for whatever reason, decided to switch to a 32T after the first couple of days. The braking is supplied by SRAM's Level TLM brakeset clamping down on 160 mm SRAM rotors.

 


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Oli's cockpit features a Santa Cruz carbon handlebar measuring 740 mm wide held in place by a Syntace Liteforce 90mm stem with a carbon Syntace P6 HiFlex seat post. A RapStrapz strap binds a spare tyre, a bomb, and tyres levers to the underside of the saddle.

 

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Santa Cruz's own carbon Reserve rims (with a 25 mm internal width) are laced to Industry Nine Torch hubs using DT Swiss Competition Race spokes. Oli trusts Maxxis's Aspen 2.25" tyres for the rugged Epic terrain.

 


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Oli is writing daily race reports for Bike Hub from this year's Absa Cape Epic. So stay tuned for the latest instalment every evening this week and, if you missed out, you can catch up here.

 

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Specification List:


  • FrameSanta Cruz Blur CC Carbon 29" 100mm travel VPP
  • ForkFox Stepcast 32 Factory DPS Kashima
  • ShockFox Performance Elite DPS
  • RimsSanta Cruz Reserve 25mm internal diameter, 28 hole
  • HubsIndustry Nine Torch 28 hole
  • Spokes + NipplesDT Competition Race
  • Front TyreMaxxis Aspen 29 x2.25” TR with EXO
  • Rear TyreMaxxis Aspen 29 x2.25” TR with EXO
  • HandlebarSanta Cruz XC Carbon Flat Bar 750mm
  • GripsESI chunky
  • StemSyntace Liteforce 90mm 0 degree
  • Headset + top capCane Creek 40 IS Integrated.
  • SeatpostSyntace P6 Carbon HiFlex 31.6mm x 400mm
  • BrakesSRAM Level TLM
  • Brake rotorSRAM 160mm 6-bolt
  • ShiftersSRAM X01 Eagle 12-speed
  • Rear derailleurSRAM X01 Eagle 12-speed
  • CassetteSRAM X01 Eagle XG1295 10-50T 12-speed
  • Crank armsSRAM X1 Eagle Carbon, 175mm crank arm
  • ChainringSRAM 34T Narrow Wide
  • ChainSRAM X01 Eagle 12-speed.
  • Bottom BracketSRAM DUB
  • Spares strapRapStrapz




12 Comments

Dragu, Mar 21 2018 09:57

What an Epic bike!

Spannervalley, Mar 22 2018 12:14

What saddle is that?

ChUkKy, Mar 22 2018 07:14

I

WANT

THAT

BIKE

Rust Never Sleeps, Mar 22 2018 08:23

If only it had 2 bottle holders in main triangle

Baracuda, Mar 22 2018 10:22

Beautiful bike, but I can't understand why is costs so much more than a Scott or Pyga. Produced in the same numbers etc.

peetwindhoek, Mar 22 2018 10:29

Beautiful bike, but I can't understand why is costs so much more than a Scott or Pyga. Produced in the same numbers etc.

The brand in general or the Blur? As I am eagerly waiting to see the price on this bike.

_im_from_earth, Mar 22 2018 11:17

The brand in general or the Blur? As I am eagerly waiting to see the price on this bike.

 

Pricing in the release article, summarised here for you:

  • Blur C R1 29 FOX FLOAT Performance R64,495.00 [11.63kg]
  • Blur C S 29 FOX FLOAT Performance R77,495.00 [10.93kg]
  • Blur C XE 29 FOX FLOAT Performance Elite R85,495.00 [10.94kg]
  • Blur CC X01 29 FOX FLOAT Performance Elite R109,495.00 [10.18kg]
  • Blur CC X01 29 Reserve FOX FLOAT Performance Elite R126,995.00 [10.15kg]
  • Blur CC XX1 29 Reserve FOX FLOAT Factory R150,995.00 [9.94kg]

_im_from_earth, Mar 22 2018 12:16

Just consolidating the following three open threads into a single thread to simplify for all that are looking for information on these new models, technical advice on them, availability etc. 

Consolidated thread: LINK

 

Previous threads: 

  • New Santa Cruz Model: LINK
  • Epic Bike Check: Oli Munnik's Santa Cruz Blur CC: LINK
  • Santa Cruz unveil all-new Blur and Highball cross-country race bike: LINK

FYI - if anyone sent us emails on the 20th enquiring about the Blur... the influx raised a SPAM alert with our server and many of these bounced, please feel free to contact our in-house SCB guru: sam@rushsports.co.za

Admin, Mar 22 2018 12:20

Beautiful bike, but I can't understand why is costs so much more than a Scott or Pyga. Produced in the same numbers etc.

If you look at the pricing posted above the starting price on the Blur actually beats (or is on par with) the similar spec model from some the brands you mention. 

Baracuda, Mar 22 2018 01:35

If you look at the pricing posted above the starting price on the Blur actually beats (or is on par with) the similar spec model from some the brands you mention. 

 

Not really, a Pyga Stage with XX1 and carbon wheels is R107k. https://www.pygaindu...ct/stage/#frame

Sidmouth, Mar 22 2018 02:15

you cannot actually consider a XC bike now without 2 water bottles

Groenkloof1, Mar 28 2018 10:05

That is a Spez Phenom saddle- interesting how it was left off the list......great saddle though! Have one on my Tallboy