Luca Braidot's Santa Cruz Blur: the first bike of the brand to win a XCO Elite World Cup

Mountain bike 27/10/22 09:20 Migue A.

The Italian Luca Braidot achieved a historic victory at the Lenzerheide 2022 XCO World Cup. And it was a historic victory for his career, for the team and for the Santa Cruz bicycle brand. For everyone it was his first victory in an Elite XCO World Cup. Here we bring you in detail the Santa Cruz Blur with which he won it.

Luca Braidot's Santa Cruz Blur 2022. All images by Michele Mondini

This is the Santa Cruz Blur 2022 with which Luca Braidot won the Lenzerheide World Cup

The Santa Cruz brand has always been associated with more gravity modalities, such as Freeride or DH, although in its catalog there were always very successful and specific bikes for XCO. But in 2019 everything changed with the arrival of the Santa Cruz-FSA team to the XCO World Cup. 

A bet that has taken a new direction since last Sunday, when the Italian Luca Braidot won the XCO World Cup in Lenzerheide. A victory with which team, rider and brand are at the top of this modality. This is the Santa Cruz Blur with which they achieved it.

The Santa Cruz Blur 2022 has abandoned the VPP rear suspension system for a lighter and stiffer monopivot.
Santa Cruz designs and colors have always been highly appreciated by the public.
This new version of Santa Cruz Blur was introduced in 2021 and has been a definitive bet of the brand for performance in XCO and XCM.
FSA KFX 175mm crankset with 38T chainring. SRAM Eagle XX1 AXS 12sp rear derailleur.
FSA K-force chain
Fox post, shock and fork with Kashima finish, Braidot goes for 120mm
Fox 34 Step Cast fork and Fox DPS Factory Kashima shock
FSA crankset and chainring, Look XTrack Carbon pedals with titanium spindle
FSA Cockpit with KFX Carbon handlebar and stem
FOX remote control and Prologo grips. Braidot prefers to mount the seatpost pushbutton on the right side.
SRAM AXS shift lever with dropper seatpost remote control above it
Fox TRansfer dropper seatpost with Kashima finish and Prologo Scratch M5 Pas saddle
The CC carbon is Santa Cruz's lightest and this Blur is the lightest XCO model manufactured to date by the brand.
Braidot has Andreani's SuperMousse PAC EVO LITE puncture proofing inside the tire.
SRAM Level brakes with Galfer 160 mm center Lock discs
The UCI sticker to check that the same bike is used in both the Short Track and the XCO event, in this case at the Lezerheide World Cup.
Elite bottle and bottle cage
Santa Cruz Reserve 28XC wheels with Vittoria tires

Complete set-up of the Luca Braidot's Santa Cruz Blur 4 CC

  • Frame: Santa Cruz Blur 4 CC Size L
  • Fork: Fox 34 SC 120mm
  • Rear Shock: Fox DPS Factory Kashima 
  • Groupset: SRAM Eagle XX1 AXS 12v
  • Crankset: FSA KFX 175mm 38T
  • Brakes: SRAM Level
  • Discs: Galfer Center Lock 160 mm
  • Brake Pads: Galfer
  • Dropper Seatpost: FOX Transfer SL
  • Handlebar and stem: FSA KFX Carbon
  • Wheels: Santa Cruz Reserve 28XC
  • Tires: Vittoria Mezcal 2.25
  • Saddle: Prologo Scratch M5 Pas
  • Grips:  Prologo
  • Pedals: Look XTrack Carbon Ti



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