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

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

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Description

Whip it.

We'll admit that having full squish on certain trails is a blast, but on all but the rolling hills and punchy climbs it's hard to beat the sprightly responsiveness, precise lines, and effortless speed of a hardtail like the 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Highball Carbon 29 S Complete Mountain Bike. Breaking the tradition mold, the Highball takes an aggressive stance with an elongated top tube and stable wheelbase that lets it tackle terrain that would make other hardtails stop in their tracks. The S build is finished with SRAM's GX one-by drivetrain, Level TL hydraulic disc brakes, and Race Face hoops to deftly conquer the trail.

Despite a new paint job, the latest frame is still the same rebellious answer to the super cushy, slacked out enduro trend dominating the industry news feeds as of late. Santa Cruz uses a lower modulus carbon for the Highball Carbon C frame than that used in the top-end Carbon CC models, so more material is required to achieve the same stiffness and durability. The tradeoff is that those few additional grams also come with a big decrease in cost.

The whole frame is also a single layup instead of a jigsaw puzzle of individually cured carbon tubes, so the fibers wrap continuously through structurally important junctures like the head tube and bottom bracket. This strengthens the frame by reinforcing vulnerable joints, dissipating the force from impacts, and more efficiently channels pedal input.

To accommodate its big wheels, the Highball 29's chainstays register at a hair under 17 inches, but a steep head tube brings the wheelbase to over a half-inch shorter than the smaller-wheeled Highball 27.5. The Highball 29 is nimble enough to pick through trail furniture and dance through berms, but it still shines brightest when cranking up the watts to full throttle. Toward that end, the 12 x 142mm rear axle keeps the rear triangle's stiffness on point to ensure that every possible watt goes straight into the trail, and the slimmed-down 27.2mm seatpost helps alleviate chatter from the countless more miles of trail you'll be able to traverse compared to the hulking six-inch monsters your buddies are on.

  • Blast through miles of singletrack on this snappy hardtail
  • 29in wheels handle uneven trails with ease
  • Santa Cruz Bicycles' more affordable Carbon C construction
  • SRAM's GX one-by drivetrain provides ample gearing options
  • Steep head tube and short wheelbase for precise handling that doesn't wander on climbs

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
Cabon C
Suspension:
hardtail
Fork:
Rock Shox SID RL
Front Travel:
100mm
Headset:
Cane Creek 40
Shifters:
SRAM GX Eagle
Rear Derailleur:
SRAM GX Eagle
Crankset:
32t SRAM GX Eagle
Bottom Bracket:
SRAM GXP Team BB, English threaded
Cassette:
10 - 50t SRAM GX Eagle
Chain:
SRAM GX Eagle 12spd
Brakeset:
SRAM Level TL
Brake Type:
hydraulic disc,
Rotors:
Avid Centerline ,160mm
Handlebar:
Race Face Evolve Flat Bar
Handlebar Width:
720mm
Grips:
Santa Cruz Palmdale
Stem:
Race Face Ride
Stem Length:
50mm
Saddle:
WTB Volt Race
Seatpost:
Race Face Ride
Seatpost Diameter:
27.2mm
Wheelset:
[rims] Race Face AR 24, 29in, 32h
Hubs:
[front] Novatec D641, 15 x 110mm (Boost), [rear] Novatec D642, 12 x 142 (non-Boost)
Front Axle:
15 x 110mm Boost
Rear Axle:
12 x 142mm
Tires:
Maxxis Crossmark, DC EXO TR
Tire Size:
29 x 2.1in
Claimed Weight:
22.9lb
Recommended Use:
cross-country
Manufacturer Warranty:
lifetime on frame

Size Chart

Santa Cruz

Geometry Chart

 

Highball 29
 

Seat Tube

(c-t)

Effective Top Tube

(eTT)

Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Stand Over

Head Tube

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HTo)

Seat Tube Angle

(STo)

Bottom Bracket Drop

(BBD)

Chainstay

(CS)

Wheelbase
M 17in 23.6in 24.2in 16in 29in 3.5in 70.5o 72.5o 2.2in 16.9in 42.5in
L 18.7in 24.6in 24.5in 16.9in 29.8in 3.9in 70.5o 72.5o 2.2in 16.9in 43.3in
XL 21in 25.6in 24.9in 17.7in 31.5in 4.3in 70.5o 72.5o 2.2in 16.9in 44.5in
XXL 22.5in 26.6in 25.3in 18.6in 32.9in 4.7in 70.5o 72.5o 2.2in 16.9in 45.5in

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