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

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

 

The Santa Cruz Highball Carbon 29 XT ENVE Complete Mountain Bike is a razor-sharp XC bike with an astoundingly stiff carbon frame that rockets forward with every turn of the cranks. This particular build benefits immensely from its 29-inch wheel size, which provides an advantage in terms of roll-over clearance when large roots and rocks pose a threat to your forward-surging momentum. It’s hooked up with ENVE m50/50 carbon wheels for blistering acceleration with their absurdly light and stiff carbon lay-up. This wheelset maximizes your racing efficiency with a skinnier internal width (only 21-millimeters) optimized purely for rolling speed and lower volume tires typically used by XC racers. If you desire to run a bit larger tire, both the wheelset and frame handily accept rubber up to 2.3-inches, giving you a bit more grip and bump compliance.

Delving into particulars on this Highball’s frame, you’ll find it gets Santa Cruz’s top-flight Carbon CC for a weight savings of approximately 280 grams from the lower-spec Carbon C. Santa Cruz’s Carbon CC frames offer the lightest possible weight by trimming off excess carbon in strategic areas with meticulous detail. This means you’ll have a lightweight carbon frame without the compromise in strength or stiffness you’ve come to expect from XC race bikes.

Delving into the Highball 29er’s geometry, you’ll find its 70.5-degree head tube angle is purely focused on XC domination, offering up the sharp steering precision demanded for conquering XC courses and the tight, tree-lined trails. The 12.4-inch bottom bracket height instills low-slung handling characteristics, so you’ll stay glued to the trail around sweeping corners and high-speed straights. Sub 17-inch chainstays make the rear end feel snappy and quick to negotiate tight switchbacks where quick directional changes are necessary. And to ensure a bit more comfort, the thinner stays and seat tube impart a bit more compliance over the pounding rocks and bumpy root sections.

Looking at the specifics of this XT build kit, the RockShox SID RLC 100-millimeter fork is a great addition to this XC race bike, due to its impressively low weight and supportive Charger damper. This fork boasts the wider Boost spacing, which helps to keep your front wheel tracking precisely over rough terrain, such as rock gardens and root sections. It’s one of the lightest forks in RockShox’s line of XC-specific offerings, staying in line with the rest of the build’s lightweight persona. Plus, its Charger damper offers a wide range of low-speed compression tuning in the Open mode, as well as the ability to add a OneLoc bar-mounted remote (not included).

Seeing that many riders and racers are moving to 1x set-ups, it’s refreshing to see the tried-and-true Shimano XT 2×11 drivetrain on this build for its crisp-shifting and wide range versatility. Offering up an 11- to 40-tooth rear cassette with a double ring up front gives you plentiful range to power yourself up the steepest climbs without sacrificing high-end power on flats and downhill stretches. Following suit in typical Shimano fashion, you’ll find the XT brakes to be some of the most reliable on the market, with the powerful stopping force and fade-resistance of Ice-Tech 160-millimeter Rotors. And to round things out, Santa Cruz chose the Maxxis Ikon 2.2-inch tires for offering superb rolling speed with enough grip to keep you in control across roots and rocks.

Purebred XC race bike maximizes speed and stiffness

29in wheels for steamrolling momentum over roots and rocks

Carbon CC frame shaves weight without forgoing stiffness or strength

ENVE m50/50 wheels maximize stiffness for rocket-like acceleration

70.5-degree head tube angle maintains razor-sharp handling

Sub 17-inch chainstays instill quick-turning confidence

Shimano XT 2×11 drivetrain shifts crisply across a wide range

Shimano XT brakes with 160mm Ice-Tech Rotors preventing fade

 

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

Frame Material:

Carbon CC

Fork:

RockShox SID RLC

Front Travel:

100mm

Headset:

Cane Creek 40

Shifters:

Shimano XT M8000 SL

Front Derailleur:

Shimano XT M8025

Rear Derailleur:

Shimano XT M8000 GS

Crankset:

Shimano XT M8000

Bottom Bracket:

English threaded

Cassette:

Shimano XT M8000 (11-40t)

Chain:

Shimano SLX M7000

Brakeset:

Shimano XT M8000

Brake Type:

hydraulic disc

Rotors:

Shimano RT86 Ice-Tech, 160mm

Handlebar:

Santa Cruz Carbon Flat Bar, 31.6mm

Handlebar Width:

750mm

Grips:

ESI Racer’s Edge

Stem:

Race Face Turbine Basic

Saddle:

WTB Silverado Pro

Seatpost:

Easton EC70

Seatpost Diameter:

27.2mm

Wheelset:

ENVE m50/50

Hubs:

DT Swiss 350

Front Axle:

15 x 110mm Boost thru-axle

Rear Axle:

12 x 142mm thru-axle

Tires:

Maxxis Ikon TR

Tire Size:

27.5 x 2.2in

Recommended Use:

cross-country

Manufacturer Warranty:

lifetime on frame

 

2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Highball Carbon CC 29 XT ENVE 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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