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2012 Santa Cruz Blur TR Carbon R XC vs 2012 Scott Spark Contessa

The Santa Cruz Blur TR Carbon R XC and Scott Spark Contessa are both Cross Country bikes. The Santa Cruz Blur TR Carbon R XC's frame is made from Carbon, while the Scott Spark Contessa's is Aluminium / Alloy. The Santa Cruz Blur TR Carbon R XC has wheels, while the Scott Spark Contessa has 26" wheels. Both bikes have forks from RockShox. The Santa Cruz Blur TR Carbon R XC retails for $4,141 USD. The Santa Cruz Blur TR Carbon R XC comes in S , M, L, XL, while the Scott Spark Contessa comes in S, M, L.

  • Description
  • Buy
  • Frameset
  • Frame Material
  • Frame
  • Fork
  • Shock
  • Motor
  • Battery
  • Wheels
  • Hubs
  • Wheels
  • Wheel Size
  • Spokes
  • Tires
  • Drivetrain
  • Chain
  • Crank
  • Bottom Bracket
  • Front Derailleur
  • Rear Derailleur
  • Shifters
  • Cassette
  • Pedals
  • Components
  • Brakeset
  • Brakeset Brand
  • Handlebar
  • Saddle
  • Seatpost
  • Stem
  • Grips
  • Headset
  • Rock Shox Sektor SA r 130 taper, 130mm
  • Fox Float RP 23
  • Shimano M756 hubs (XT)
  • Mavic XM 119 disc rims
  • DT 14 gauge spokes, brass nipples
  • Maxxis Crossmark 2.1 folding
  • 16.9, , 24/32/42 10spd, Shimano HG 74 10spd
  • Shimano M552
  • 13.1,
  • Shimano M780 or M781 (XT) 10 spd
  • Shimano M780 SGS (XT) 10spd
  • Shimano M660 (SLX) 10spd
  • Avid Elixir 5's w/ 160mm rotors, Avid Elixir 5
  • TruVativ Stylo Team 680mm
  • WTB Volt Race
  • Easton EA30, 30.9, , 30.9,
  • TruVativ Stylo Race, 31.8mm
  • Lizard Skin Charger
  • Cane Creek 10
  • Contessa Spark Alloy 6061 custom butted, hydroformed tubes , replaceable derailleur hanger / 135mm, rear PM 160,
  • Rock Shox Recon Gold RL Solo Air, Alloy steerer,, 120 mm travel
  • DT Swiss M210, Air, ABS Spring, 190 x 50mm,
  • Scott Team Disc CL , Shimano FH-RM66 Disc CL
  • Alex XC-44 Disc , 32H, Eyelets
  • 26"
  • Stainless Black 15G, 1.8mm
  • Schwalbe Rocket Ron, 26 x 2.25, 50EPI,
  • 16.5, , 44x32x22 T, Shimano CN-HG53
  • Shimano Deore FC-M590, 2-piece Design,
  • 13.5, Shimano Cartridge, 68mm shell
  • Shimano SLX, FD-M660-E, DM
  • Shimano SLX, RD-M662 SGS, Shadow Type,
  • Shimano Deore SL-M590, Rapidfire plus,
  • Shimano BR-M446 Disc,, Shimano BL-M445 Disc
  • Scott Pilot 15 Team, D.B. 15mm rise, OS, 640mm
  • Scott Contessa Race
  • Scott Comp, 31.6mm, , ,
  • Scott Comp, Oversize 31.8mm, 1 1/8“, 6° angle
  • Ritchey OE 1 1/8“, semi integrated 44/50mm

Why it pays to compare

Mountain Bikes are complicated machines.

They have parts from hundreds of different manufacturers, come in all shapes and sizes (and colours) and are all suited for different purposes. Choosing the right new (or used) Mountain Bike is a complicated, confusing and highly emotional (think buying a new car- the shiny red one is the best choice right?).

Comparing mountain bikes helps bring a bit of logic and reason into the decision process. Not only will comparing mountain bikes save you money, but you'll also find the bike most suitable to you, your riding style and your budget. Plus, when you do hit the Buy Now button, you'll have the confidence you're choosing the perfect bike for you.

It's easy to get carried away by the most rad looking frame, with the coolest paint job and the most aggressive new geometry, but the components are one of the most important things to consider.

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What to compare

Components

It's essential to know which components make up a bike. From there you can compare the differences, such as build quality, performance, features, weight and price. This takes some of the guesswork out of buying a mountain bike.

Here are the components that have the biggest impact on your ride. You should be paying particular attention to these:

  • Fork
  • Shock
  • Drivetrain (Derailleur, shifter, cranks, chain etc.)
  • Brakeset
  • Wheels
Price

Ultimately, for most of us, price is the deciding factor and you want to get the most bang for your buck. Comparing the price of mountain bikes, along with which components you're getting, helps you determine what you're actually paying for. Are you spending your hard-earned dollars on a quality bike frame, with quality components and a solid warranty? Or are you simply paying for a brand name?

Reviews

Nothing is more helpful than what real people think about a bike. It's the next best thing to riding one yourself. Reviews give you a real insight into how a bike actually rides, instead of just what the numbers seem to say about it.

Warranties

Different bike companies have different warranties. It's important to compare the length of these warranties, what they'll cover and who's covered.

How to compare

  1. Search for mountain bikes that you'd like to compare.
  2. Tap Compare. You're done. No really, you are.
  3. A huge comparison table comes up, allowing you to compare components and specs for each bike.
  4. Want to delve into a bike a bit more? Click on the bike's name to view in-depth info, reviews, prices, specifications, images and more.