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Santa Cruz Bicycles Highball D XC Complete Mountain Bike

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For those that like to shred without stats like nutritional intake and trail KOMs, there are sensory-pleasing rides like the Santa Cruz Highball Complete Mountain Bike. Packaged here as the D XC Complete Mountain Bike, with a Shimano Deore drivetrain, RockShox Recon fork, and WTB tubeless wheelset, it ensures value that won't leave you wishing for more.

Santa Cruz's renowned expertise with hydroformed aluminum has created a frame that mimics the ride quality of the carbon version, only at a friendlier price point. Additionally, the geometry of the Highball Aluminum is identical to that of its carbon brother. Speaking of geometry, there's a good reason to love the Highball.

Its short, 17.3in chainstays put your center of gravity more over the rear wheel. This position provides a surprising amount of flickability that separates the Highball from the typical, lumbering feel of some 29ers. It pops out of corners and navigates tight, technical lines with glee. For this reason, if you've been considering moving up to a big wheeler, but you've been wary of some the common objections like reduced maneuverability and slower accelerations, this bike will make you question the validity of claims about what a 29er can't do.

To be clear, this is a race-oriented machine. You'll be responsible for absorbing most of the bumps when you're in the saddle as you roll over technical terrain. For a cushier ride, you may want to look at a bike with longer chainstays. Adding to the aggressive, race-oriented feel of the Highball is a short head tube -- only 3.9 inches in the Medium and Large frame sizes. This gives you a compact front end that allows you to get into a powerful cross-country position.

In addition to dialing in the geometry, Santa Cruz incorporated several worthwhile finishing touches. A strut reinforces the brake-side rear dropout to provide confident, vibration-free braking. This is a feature that you'll appreciate, considering that with a larger wheel diameter and rolling mass, 29ers require more stopping power. Look down near the bottom bracket of the Highball, and you'll discover an asymmetric, forged chainstay yoke that provides maximum strength and stiffness, while ensuring adequate tire and chainring clearance.

The Highball Aluminum D XC Complete Bike comes standard with fixed dropouts for geared use, but they are removable for swinger-style dropouts if you want a single-speed conversion. Up front, you get a RockShox Recon TK fork, which offers 100mm of plush, tuneable travel through its Dual Air and Motion Control systems. The wheelset consists of durable WTB i19 TCS rims laced to SRAM MTH716/748 hubs. They've been wrapped in Maxxis Crossmark 2.1in tires.

The cockpit contains a Race Face Ride stem, bars, and seatpost. Shimano Deore shifters toggle Deore derailleurs for smooth, dependable shifting. A Deore triple crankset ensures you'll have the right ratio for any terrain. Rounding out the package are Avid Elixir1 brakes.

The Santa Cruz Highball D XC Complete Mountain Bike is available in four sizes from Small to X-Large and in the colors Gloss White, Black, and Red.

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
RockShox Recon Silver TK Coil
Front Travel:
100 mm
Cane Creek 10 Mixed Tapered
Shimano Deore M610
Front Derailleur:
Shimano Deore M611/610
Rear Derailleur:
Shimano Deore M615 Shadow+
24/32/42 t Shimano Deore M610
Bottom Bracket:
not included
11-36 t Shimano HG62
Brake Set:
Avid Elixir 1
160 mm
Race Face Ride
Handlebar Width:
710 mm
Handlebar Rise:
Lizard Skin "494"
Race Face Ride
WTB Volt Sport
Race Face Ride
Seat Collar:
Santa Cruz non-QR
[front] SRAM MTH 716, [rear] SRAM MTH 746
WTB Frequency Team i19 TCS
DT Swiss (14g)
[front] 15mm thru-axle, [rear] 10x135mm quick-release
Maxxis CrossMark
Tire Size:
29 x 2.1 in
Claimed Weight:
12918 g
Recommended Use:
cross country and trail riding
Manufacturer Warranty:
5 years on frame

sizing chart

Bike size by rider height


Geometry chart

Santa Cruz

Geometry Chart



Seat Tube

Effective Top Tube




Stand Over

Head Tube

Head Tube Angle

Seat Tube Angle

Bottom Bracket Height


S 16in 22.6in 24.1in 15in 28.8in 3.5in 70o 72.5o 12.4in 16.9in 41.7in
M 17in 23.6in 24.2n 15.4in 29.5in 3.5in 70o 72.5o 12.4in 16.9in 42.5in
L 19in 24.6in 24.5in 16.4in 30.9in 3.9in 70o 72.5o 12.4in 16.9in 43.3in
XL 21in 25.6in 24.9in 17.3in 32.4in 4.3in 70o 72.5o 12.4in 16.9in 44.5in

Santa Cruz Highball Geometry Chart

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