Santa Cruz Highball Carbon 29 - R2/SLX Kit - Gray-Red - 2017

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keyboard_arrow_right Description

Santa Cruz Highball 29 Carbon R2/SLX Kit

The Highball is now available in 29” and 27.5”. You pick. We tried to keep the handling characteristics the same between the two bikes, and let the wheel size’s traits shine through. One difference –the 27.5” version has a size small, while the 29er does not, and that the 29er has an XXL, while the 27.5” does not. On the 29er, we shortened the chainstays by almost a half-inch, and stretched out the front end of the bike by about the same. This allows you to run a more modern stem/bar combo and makes the bike a little quicker in the corners. A lot of folks want to talk about head tube angle when they talk about hardtails, but we rode a lot of different options, and decided the 70.5-degree angle we used on the first Highball was spot-on. It strikes the right balance of quick handling and stability, and won’t wander on you when you’re climbing.

The carbon layup changed a bit, too, particularly in the seat stays and seat tube, and we reduced the seat post size to 27.2mm, which adds some compliance you’ll appreciate when you’re 80 miles in to a 100-mile race. All the cables route internally, now, but that doesn’t mean multiple obscenity-laden nights in the garage to get it set up. Everything has either a tunnel or an easy-to-route cable guide to make it as hassle-free as possible. This C-level carbon Highball has all the strength, stiffness, and durability of our top-end, CC-level carbon frames, but we use a little bit more, less expensive material to get there. Real-world result? 280 grams or so. It'll ride every bit as well as the CC version, just a bit heavier.

The Highball is unapologetically fast, surprisingly fun, and every bit a Santa Cruz mountain bike.

keyboard_arrow_right Features

  • 142mm rear axle spacing
  • 15mm thru-axle fork
  • 29" wheels
  • Bottle cage mount
  • Full Carbon Frame

keyboard_arrow_right Specifications

Frame Material: Carbon C
Fork: RockShox Reba RL 100
Shock: n/a
Front Dérailleur: Shimano SLX M7000 Direct Mount
Rear Dérailleur: Shimano SLX M7000 Shadow+
Shifters: Shimano SLX M7000 SL
Chainring Size: 26/36t
Crankset: Shimano SLX M7000
Bottom Bracket: Included w/ crankset
Cassette: Shimano SLX M7000
Chain: Shimano SLX M7000
Brakes: SRAM Level T
Brake Rotors: Avid Centerline; 160mm
Headset: Cane Creek 10 series, Integrated
Bars: RaceFace Evolve Flat Bar; 31.8mm clamp, 720mm
Stem: RaceFace Ride
Grips: Santa Cruz Palmdale Lock-on
Front Hub: Novatec D711 110x15 Torque Cap
Rear Hub: Novatec D772 ; 142x12mm
Rims: WTB STP i19 TCS; 32h
Spokes: DT Swiss Champion
Front Tire: Maxxis Crossmark 29x2.1
Rear Tire: Maxxis Crossmark 29x2.1
Tubes: Stans Sealant
Seat Post: RaceFace Ride 27.2x375mm
Saddle: WTB Volt Race

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