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Santa Cruz Bicycles Highball Carbon CC 29 XX1 ENVE Complete Mountain Bike - 2017

Santa Cruz Bicycles Highball Carbon CC 29 XX1 ENVE Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
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Just enough of a good thing.

We always thought the "too much of a good thing" adage was a bunch of nonsense, especially when it comes to XC speed. The superlative build kit of the Highball 29 Carbon CC XX1 ENVE Complete Mountain Bike indicates Santa Cruz Bicycles agrees with us. It combines what may be the most optimal carbon lay-up schedule in the knobby tire world with a set of ENVE M50 Fifty hoops. Does that amount to too much weight loss, stiffness, and speed? Nah, we don't think so. It's telling that the inclusion of SRAM's flagship one-by drivetrain is kind of an afterthought on this build, but when all that carbon steals the limelight, even the new 12-speed XX1 Eagle can pale in comparison.

The Highball 29er's frame is a single-piece layup of carbon fiber instead of a jigsaw puzzle of individually-cured carbon tubes. This allows Santa Cruz to wrap the fibers continuously around structurally important junctures like the head tube and bottom bracket, strengthening the frame, dissipating the force from impacts and pedaling load, and allowing for comparable strength with less material. Translated into trail talk, this means it hits the bricks when you stomp on the pedals, dampens high-speed chatter, and holds lines like a cat on carpet—all with a low-weight that makes any full-suspension bike look like a bloated downhill-only machine.

The Highball does somewhat address the lack of rear suspension with a diminished seatpost, slimmed down to 27.2 millimeters. While this doesn't quite equate to the square-edge hit capabilities of the Nomad or Bronson, it does help to eat up chatter that will otherwise accumulate over the course of a long ride. Up front, the 29-inch model has a sharper head tube angle than the Highball 27.5 so it dances nimbly through switchbacks and technical sections. Although it has longer chainstays than the 27.5 version, The Highball 29er actually has a shorter wheelbase, courtesy of that head tube angle, which contributes to the confident handling when quarters get tight.

Finally, Santa Cruz's approach to the carbon layup process deserves a quick mention before we sign off. The carbon is compacted from both inside and out, eliminating voids, preventing delamination, and creating a smooth interior. While that level of aesthetic perfection is a nice idea, even if we can't see it, the real-world benefits of a perfect interior include no resin pools or unintended material abnormalities, which can structurally compromise a frame over time.

  • A cross-country bike built for the most demanding racer
  • Steep front end stays on point while grinding out climbs
  • Exhibits nimble agility when the trail turns crunchy
  • Top-tier Carbon CC construction drops weight and stiffens up
  • ENVE rims add speed and subtract grams
  • SRAM's superlative one-by drivetrain turns it up to 12
  • Few companies continuously reshape the industry like Santa Cruz

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
Carbon CC
RockShox SID RLC
Front Travel:
100 mm
1-1/8 - 1-1/2 in Cane Creek 110
SRAM XX1 Eagle (right only)
Front Derailleur:
Rear Derailleur:
SRAM XX1 Eagle
ISCG Tabs:
32 t SRAM XX1 Eagle
Bottom Bracket:
English threaded
10 - 50 t SRAM XG-1295
SRAM XX1 Eagle Powerlock
SRAM Level Ultimate
Brake Type:
hydraulic disc
160 mm Avid Centerline
Santa Cruz Carbon Flat Bar
Handlebar Width:
750 mm
ESI Racer's Edge
Syntace F109
WTB Silverado SLT
Syntace P6
Seatpost Diameter:
27.2 mm
[rims] ENVE M50 Fifty
Industry Nine Torch
Front Axle:
15 x 110mm Boost
Rear Axle:
12 x 142mm
Maxxis Ikon Tubeless Ready
Tire Size:
29 x 2.2 in
not included
Recommended Use:
cross country
Manufacturer Warranty:
lifetime on frame

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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Turned me to a dirt guy

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

As a refined roadie for 20+ years I am happy on light, fast, stiff, european steeds. Somehow I got turned around and my last few races have been on dirt. Heaven help us all. It took a pretty rad bike to do it and I have more to say about the highball than you probably want to hear. Lets just say if you want to know more you can email or call me here kylebrown@backcountry.com 801-204-4699. Light, fast, fun, sums it up.

Turned me to a dirt guy