The Highball 29 D Complete Mountain Bike represents Santa Cruz's commitment to the kind of riding that first put mountain bikes on our radar: pure fun. The industry is awash with models that feature killer apps and microgram weight savings, but the Highball 29's D build eschews all of that pomp in favor of the hardnose circumstance of trail riding. It's built-up with names that have long dominated the discipline, and the bike's high-speed capabilities are informed by a geometry that, to quote Santa Cruz, is a "race bike […] not a wheelie machine." This speed-centric mentality aligns neatly with our knobby-tire philosophy: riding is fun and riding fast is more fun.
In order to accommodate its wagon 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. The Highball 29 is nimble enough to gently pick through trail furniture and it tracks through berms like a cat on carpet, but it still shines brightest when the throttle is fully open. The 12 x 142mm rear axle is the stiff rear triangle's best friend, ensuring that every possible watt goes straight into the trail, but the slimmed-down 27.2mm seatpost helps to alleviate chatter from the countless more miles of trail you'll be able to cover compared to the hulking six-inch bikes your buddies are on.
- A hardtail built for cross-country speed, not showroom floor bling
- Steep front end stays on point while grinding out climbs
- Exhibits nimble agility when the trail turns crunchy
- Alloy frame doesn't crumble under off-road abuse
- Build kit spec'd to endure unruly trails and devil-may-care lines
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Hey what's up?
I can tell by the lack of braze on's in the rear, this cross country race bike is not meant to have a rear rack. Is safe to say this bike is not suited for bikepacking compared to maybe the chameleon (didn't notice braze on's, on that one either)? I could always get a seatpost style rack if possible. What are your thoughts, before I start ordering frame bags n' all the other goodies for it lol.
Thanks very much!