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2012 Santa Cruz Blur TR Carbon R XC vs 2012 Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper Carbon 29 Frameset

The Santa Cruz Blur TR Carbon R XC is a Cross Country bike, while the Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper Carbon 29 Frameset is a Trail bike. Both bikes have Carbon frames. The Santa Cruz Blur TR Carbon R XC has wheels, while the Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper Carbon 29 Frameset has 29" 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 Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper Carbon 29 Frameset comes in 15.5", 17.5", 19", 21".

  • 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
  • FACT 11m carbon, 29"" geometry, FACT IS construction , tapered HT, carbon PF30 BB, hollow carbon dropouts, replaceable alloy derailleur hanger
  • RockShox SID, Custom RockShox SID World Cup 29 Brain , inertia valve damper, air spring, tapered carbon steerer, top-mount Brain Fade adj. and rebound adj. QR, S: 80mm travel, Others 90mm
  • 29"
  • S-Works OS, integrated for PF30
  • S-Works Carbon, 27.2mm, single-bolt head, 15.5/17.5"": 350mm, Others: 400mm
  • 1-1/8 and 1.5"" Threadless, Campy style upper with 1.5"" lower, cartridge bearings, carbon top cap

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.

A wise Mountain biker

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.