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Santa Cruz Bicycles Highball 29 D Complete Mountain Bike - 2017


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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

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
hydroformed aluminum
RockShox Recon Silver RL
Front Travel:
100 mm
1-1/8 - 1-1/2 in Cane Creek 10
SRAM NX (right only)
Front Derailleur:
Rear Derailleur:
ISCG Tabs:
32 t Race Face Affect
Bottom Bracket:
English threaded
11 - 42 t SRAM PG-1130
SRAM PC-1110
SRAM Level
Brake Type:
hydraulic disc
160 mm Avid Centerline
Race Face Evolve Flat
Handlebar Width:
720 mm
Santa Cruz Palmdale lock-on
Race Face Ride
WTB Volt Sport
Race Face Ride
Seatpost Diameter:
27.2 mm
[rims] WTB STP i19 TCS
[front] Novatec D711, [rear] Novatec D772
Front Axle:
15 x 110mm Boost thru-axle
Rear Axle:
12 x 142mm thru-axle
Maxxis Crossmark
Tire Size:
29 x 2.1 in
not included
Recommended Use:
cross country
Manufacturer Warranty:
lifetime on frame

sizing chart

Highball size by rider height


Geometry chart

Santa Cruz

Geometry Chart


Highball 29

Seat Tube


Effective Top Tube






Stand Over

Head Tube


Head Tube Angle


Seat Tube Angle


Bottom Bracket Drop




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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Unanswered Question

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!