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Santa Cruz Bicycles Highball Mountain Bike Frame - 2013

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Description

Speed metal.

If you're privateering your way around the XC race circuit, and need a durable go-fast machine, the aluminum Highball is the answer. 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. In addition, the geometry of the Highball Aluminum is identical to that of its carbon brother. 

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 comes standard with fixed dropouts for geared use, but they are removable for swinger-style dropouts if you want a single-speed conversion.

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
aluminum
Suspension:
hardtail
Rear Axle:
135 mm QR
Head Tube Diameter:
ZS44/EC49 mixed tapered
Bottom Bracket Type:
73 mm
Seatpost Diameter:
30.9 mm
Replaceable Rear Derailleur Hanger:
yes
Actual Weight:
Gloss White/Green, S: 1,810g

Geometry chart

Santa Cruz

Geometry Chart

 

Highball
 

Seat Tube

Effective Top Tube

 

Stack

Reach

Stand Over

Head Tube

Head Tube Angle

Seat Tube Angle

Bottom Bracket Height

Chainstay

Wheelbase
M 17.5in 23.0in 25.0in 15.4in 29.1in 3.9in 70.5o 73.0o 12.0in 17.3in 42.3in
L 19.5in 24.0in 25.0in 16.4in 30.6in 3.9in 70.5o 73.0o 12.0in 17.3in 43.3in
XL 21.0in 25.0in 25.3in 17.3in 31.3in 4.3in 70.5o 73.0o 12.0in 17.3in 44.3in
XXL 22.5in 25.9in 25.7in 18.0in 32.5in 4.7in 70.5o 73.0o  12.0in 17.3in 45.3in

Santa Cruz Highball Geometry Chart

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