Santa Cruz Blur LT

All-Mountain

    Photo: Photograph by Shana Novak

Santa Cruz's updated version of its bestseller was the clear winner in our all-mountain category, earning top marks for pedaling, climbing, and descending. "Very little bob even on out-of-the-saddle climbs," said one tester, "but it still soaked up just about every rock I hit." Credit the LT's refined VPP (virtual pivot-point) suspension design, which resists pedal bob while still soaking up the bumps. As for descending, the Blur LT inspired actual hoots from our testers as they flew over the drops and obstacles of Tucson's famed Chutes trail. The standout yellow was also a hit. $4,535; 29.3 lbs (large); santacruzbicycles.com

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