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2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Highball Carbon 29 S Complete Mountain Bike

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2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Highball Carbon 29 S Complete Mountain Bike

 

We’ll admit that having full squish on certain trails is a blast, but on all but the gnarliest runs it’s hard to beat the sprightly responsiveness, precise lines, and effortless speed of a hardtail like the 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Highball Carbon 29 S Complete Mountain Bike. Breaking the tradition mold, the Highball takes an aggressive stance with an elongated top tube and stable wheelbase that lets it tackle terrain that would make other hardtails stop in their tracks. The S build is finished with SRAM’s GX one-by drivetrain, Level TL hydraulic disc brakes, and Race Face hoops to deftly conquer the trail.

Despite a new paint job, the latest frame is still the same rebellious answer to the super cushy, slacked out enduro trend dominating the industry news feeds as of late. Santa Cruz uses a lower modulus carbon for the Highball Carbon C frame than that used in the top-end Carbon CC models, so more material is required to achieve the same stiffness and durability. The tradeoff is that those few additional grams also come with a big decrease in cost.

The whole frame is also a single 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 reinforcing vulnerable joints, dissipating the force from impacts, and more efficiently channels pedal input.

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 27.5. The Highball 29 is nimble enough to pick through trail furniture and dance through berms, but it still shines brightest when cranking up the watts to full throttle. Toward that end, the 12 x 142mm rear axle keeps the rear triangle’s stiffness on point to ensure that every possible watt goes straight into the trail, and the slimmed-down 27.2mm seatpost helps alleviate chatter from the countless more miles of trail you’ll be able to traverse compared to the hulking six-inch monsters your buddies are on.

A snappy XC endurance hardtail

29in wheels handle uneven trails with ease

Santa Cruz Bicycles’ more affordable Carbon C construction

SRAM’s GX one-by drivetrain provides ample gearing options

Steep head tube and short wheelbase for precise handling that doesn’t wander on climbs

 

2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Highball Carbon 29 S Complete Mountain Bike

Frame Material:

Carbon C

Suspension:

hardtail

Fork:

Rock Shox SID RL

Front Travel:

100 mm

Headset:

Cane Creek 40

Shifters:

SRAM GX

Front Derailleur:

n/a

Rear Derailleur:

SRAM GX 1×11

ISCG Tabs:

no

Crankset:

Race Face Aeffect AL

Bottom Bracket:

included w/ crankset

Cassette:

10 – 42 t SRAM XG-1150

Chain:

SRAM PC 1130

Brakeset:

SRAM Level TL

Brake Type:

hydraulic disc

Rotors:

160 / 160 mm Avid Centerline

Handlebar:

Race Face Evolve Flat

Handlebar Width:

720 mm

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:

27.2 mm

Wheelset:

Race Face AR 24

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

Tire Size:

29 x 2.1 in

Pedals:

not included

Recommended Use:

cross country

Manufacturer Warranty:

lifetime on frame

 

2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Highball Carbon 29 S Complete Mountain Bike

GEOMETRY CHART

Highball 29
  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
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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