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Santa Cruz Bicycles Highball 29 R2 Complete Mountain Bike - 2017

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Save it for the trail.

Besides the signature color options, Santa Cruz's Highball 29 R2 Complete Mountain Bike has a checklist of qualities that recommend it for the mountain bike recreationalist who also has occasional interest in pinning on a number. The newly upgraded Shimano SLX M7000 drivetrain, the 29in wagon wheels, Santa Cruz's meticulously dialed XC geometry, the no-nonsense hydroformed aluminum frame—the only things separating it from the California firm's enduro models are half-a-dozen inches of unnecessary rear travel and a few thousand more dollars of cost. We're sure that money would be better directed toward race entries, national park fees, or your knobby tire crew's traveling gas fund.

In order 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. 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.

  • An XC bike as tough as the trails you take it on
  • Steep front end stays on point while grinding out climbs
  • Alloy frame doesn't crumble under off-road abuse
  • Shimano's wholly upgraded SLX M7000 drivetrain

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
hydroformed aluminum
RockShox Reba RL
Front Travel:
100 mm
1-1/8 - 1-1/2 in
Shimano SLX M7000 SL
Front Derailleur:
Shimano SLX M7000
Rear Derailleur:
Shimano SLX M7000 Shadow+
ISCG Tabs:
26 / 36 t Shimano SLX M7000
Bottom Bracket:
English threaded
Shimano SLX M7000
Shimano SLX M7000
SRAM Level T
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 Race
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
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

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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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