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2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Highball Carbon 27.5 S Complete Mountain Bike

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2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Highball Carbon 27.5 S Complete Mountain Bike

 

While your friends unwrap their shiny new, full-squish, enduro sled tanks with plans to wantonly plow over obstacles, you’re left wondering what happened to the days of snappy acceleration, artful handling skills, and a lightweight ride that just flies on the climbs and flats. The 2017 Santa Cruz Highball Carbon 27.5 S Complete Mountain Bike is that ride, with an aggressive stance that’ll see you leaving the big-travel tanks sniffling in the dust on all but the burliest terrain. The S build gets dressed up with SRAM’s GX one-by drivetrain, Level TL hydraulic disc brakes, and Race Face hoops to carve the trail with knife-like accuracy.

The latest frame is the same defiant challenge to the slacked out all-mountain trend dominating most bike-related news feeds as of late, just with a new coat of paint to ring in a new model year. Santa Cruz uses a lower modulus carbon for the Highball Carbon C frame than it uses in the top-end Carbon CC models, so more material is required to achieve the same stiffness and durability. That small sacrifice in grams pays dividends with a much-reduced price tag.

The whole frame is constructed as a single-piece 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 dissipating the force from impacts and more efficiently channels pedal input so the Highball will jump like a rocket when you stomp on the pedals.

The Highball uses a 27.2mm seatpost to soften the ride just a touch. While this doesn’t quite equate to the square-edge hit capabilities of the Nomad or Bronson, it does help to eat up trail vibrations that tend to accumulate over the course of a long ride. Up front, the 27.5 model has a more moderate head tube angle than the Highball 29er. At just 69 degrees, it rides the divide between slack stability and razor-sharp handling, keeping you in control while helping to control the terrain. Unsurprisingly, it also has shorter chainstays than the 29er version, which maximizes the hardtail rear triangle’s efficiency during high-powered efforts.

A snappy, race-ready XC endurance bike

27.5in wheels balance agility with rolling aggression

Carbon C construction blends stiffness and affordability

Workhorse one-by drivetrain provides precise gear shifts

Long reach and a short stem make for nimble handling

Steep front end stays on point while grinding out climbs

 

2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Highball Carbon 27.5 S Complete Mountain Bike

Frame Material:

Carbon C

Suspension:

hardtail

Fork:

Rock Shox SID RL 100

Front Travel:

100mm

Headset:

Cane Creek 40, integrated

Shifters:

SRAM GX

Front Derailleur:

n/a

Rear Derailleur:

SRAM GX 1×11

ISCG Tabs:

no

Crankset:

32t Race Face Aeffect AL

Bottom Bracket:

included w/ crankset

Cassette:

10 – 42t SRAM XG 1150

Chain:

SRAM PC 1130

Brakeset:

SRAM Level TL

Brake Type:

hydraulic disc

Rotors:

160mm Avid Centerline

Handlebar:

Race Face Evolve Flat 720, 31.8mm clamp

Handlebar Width:

720mm

Grips:

Santa Cruz Palmdale lock-on

Stem:

Race Face Turbine Basic

Saddle:

WTB Volt Race

Seatpost:

Race Face Ride 27.2 x 375mm

Seatpost Diameter:

27.2mm

Wheelset:

Race Face AR24

Hubs:

[front] Novatec D541 Torque Cap, [rear] Novatec D542

Front Axle:

15 x 110m Boost

Rear Axle:

12 x 142mm thru-axle

Tires:

Maxxis Crossmark DC EXO

Tire Size:

27.5 x 2.1in

Pedals:

not included

Recommended Use:

cross country

Manufacturer Warranty:

lifetime on frame

 

2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Highball Carbon 27.5 S Complete Mountain Bike

GEOMETRY CHART

Highball 27.5
  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
S 16in 22.6in 22.7in 15.5in 28.3in 3.9in 69o 73o 1.6in 16.7in 42.1in
M 17in 23.6in 23in 16.3in 28.9in 4.3in 69o 73o 1.6in 16.7in 43.1in
L 19in 24.6in 23.4in 17.2in 29.9in 4.7in 69o 73o 1.6in 16.7in 44.1in
XL 21in 25.6in 23.8in 18.1in 31.3in 5.1in 69o 73o 1.6in 16.7in 45.2in

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