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Santa Cruz Bicycles Highball 29 Carbon R Complete Mountain Bike - 2018

Santa Cruz Bicycles Highball 29 Carbon R Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
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Cross country hardtails still have a place. The lightweight ride and efficient pedaling is a god-send on many race courses and if the majority of your riding is done on buff trails. We feel pretty privileged that our mountain bike tutelage came on hardtails. We feel like having to pick lines a little more carefully makes you a more competent rider and when you do jump back on the full-squish, you can absolutely fly. The 2018 Santa Cruz Highball Carbon 29 R Complete Mountain Bike is the bike to have if you are looking to dabble in some XC racing or want a nice low-maintenance rig for training. A fairly relaxed headtube angle, for a racier 29er hardtail at least, and short chainstays will have you riding terrain and will surprise you that this hardtail is as capable. The R build kit consists of SRAM's workhorse NX drivetrain, Level T hydraulic brakes, and WTB wheels. Other quality touch points include the Race Face seatpost, handlebar, cranks, and stem. You'll be able to get this carbon rocket on the trails for way less than you thought possible.

This frame can rip race courses with brutal efficiency and under the right pilot, it can pull double duty and take on some pretty rugged adventures too. The big wheels roll with great efficiency and climb with great urgency when heading uphill. On the way down, we simply lean back and let the bike pick the right lines again letting the wagon wheels do the work. The Rock Shox Reba RL fork is set at 100mm but Santa Cruz gives its blessings to go to 120mm if you want to slacken the headtube another half-degree for marathon efforts and more surefootedness.

The 12 x 142mm rear axle is plenty stiff and ensures that every watt goes right into the rear wheel and provides solid tracking when slaloming high speed through Aspen groves. We are glad the industry has returned to 27.2mm seatposts since the added compliance and flex is welcome on hardtails. Perched atop that post is a WTB Volt saddle, a perennial favorite at Competitive Cyclist.

This Highball Carbon C frame uses a slightly lower modulus carbon than the top-end Carbon CC models. More material is required to achieve the same stiffness and durability but those few grams come with a big decrease in cost. The whole frame is constructed in the same manner with fibers continuously wrapped through structurally important junctures like the head tube and bottom bracket. This strengthens the frame by dissipating the force from impacts, and also more efficiently channels pedal input.

  • A responsive XC hardtail
  • Short chainstays for precise handling
  • Brutally efficient and lightweight
  • 29in wheels handle obstacles with ease
  • Santa Cruz's more affordable Carbon C construction
  • SRAM NX drivetrain provides a wide gear range

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
Carbon C
Rock Shox Reba RL
Front Travel:
Cane Creek 10
Rear Derailleur:
SRAM NX long cage
Race Face Aeffect, 32t
Bottom Bracket:
Race Face GXP
SRAM XG1150 CS, 10-42t
SRAM Level T
Brake Type:
hydraulic disc
Avid Centerline 160mm
Race Face Evolve
Handlebar Width:
Santa Cruz Palmdale
Race Face Ride
Stem Length:
WTB Volt Race
Race Face Ride
Seatpost Diameter:
[rims] WTP STP i19 TCS
[front] Novatec D711, [rear] Novatec D462
Front Axle:
15 x 110mm thru-axle
Rear Axle:
12 x 148mm thru-axle
Maxxis Crossmark DC EXO TR
Tire Size:
29 x 2.1in.
not included
Recommended Use:
Manufacturer Warranty:
lifetime on frame

Geometry Chart

Santa Cruz

Geometry Chart


Highball Carbon

Seat Tube

Effective Top Tube




Stand Over

Head Tube

Head Tube Angle

Seat Tube Angle

Bottom Bracket Height


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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