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Canadian Cycling Magazine - - 2019 BUYER’S GUIDE -

Santa Cruz Blur S $5,849

It’s nearly im­pos­si­ble to talk about 100-mm travel XC race bikes and not in­clude the Santa Cruz Blur. The vpp sus­pen­sion de­sign, com­plete with one-piece rear tri­an­gle, and 29" wheels are proven win­ners. The base-model Blur S uses a more cost-con­scious grade of car­bon layup, which is a lit­tle weight­ier but keeps your over­all costs down. The S build kit in­cludes a 100-mm Fox 32 Per­for­mance fork and Float Per­for­mance dps rear shock, sram GX Ea­gle shifter and rear de­railleur, sram Stylo 7k dub 34-tooth crankset, Race Face Aef­fect bars and stem and 2.25" Maxxis Aspen rub­ber. The stock seat­post is rigid, so add a few more dol­lars to your bud­get to up­grade to a drop­per post right away. ( san­tacruzbi­cy­cles.com)

Can­non­dale Scalpel-si Hi-mod World Cup $13,400

One look at the Can­non­dale Scalpel-si Hi-mod World Cup and you can see that the big bike com­pa­nies are still con­cerned about get­ting rid­ers from A to B as fast as their legs will power them. The 100-mm-travel Scalpel is drip­ping with feath­er­weight parts: the Bal­lis­tec Hi-mod full-car­bon frame with Zero Pivot (piv­ot­less) seat­stay, a Lefty Ocho Car­bon fork and Fox Float Fac­tory dps Evol rear shock are paired with a sram Ea­gle XX1 12-speed driv­e­train, sram Level Ul­ti­mate disc brakes, a Can­non­dale bar and stem and Enve M525 car­bon wheels. The size small bike comes with 27.5" wheels, while medium through ex­tra large sport 29" wheels. Claimed weight for a size medium bike is 21.6 lb. ( can­non­dale.com)

Yeti SB100 XX1 $11,999

Say the name “Yeti” and you im­me­di­ately think bou­tique bike. You’d be right, es­pe­cially with the SB100 XX1. This 100-mm-travel, 29" XC bike uses Yeti’s own Switch In­fin­ity sus­pen­sion de­sign, which sits be­hind the seat tube and uses a one-piece rear tri­an­gle. Yeti makes a lot out of the fact that the SB100 blurs the lines be­tween XC race and trail, which is cer­tainly aided by a 120-mm Fox Fac­tory 34 fork, a slack-ish head-tube an­gle and a burly-but-light build. You get sram XX1 Ea­gle driv­e­train parts, a sram X01 Ea­gle car­bon crankset, DT Swiss XM 1501 wheels, and 2.3" Maxxis Min­ion and Ag­gres­sor tires. Added bonus: the sus­pen­sion de­sign means that there’s room in the front tri­an­gle for a wa­ter bot­tle. ( yet­i­cy­cles.com) —Stu­ar­tk­er­naghan

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