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The Highball is our flagship carbon hardtail race thoroughbred, and a dark horse in XC versatility.
More capable than a pure endurance bike, more composed than most XC race-rigs, the Highball has evolved to be easier to ride harder for longer. We fine-tuned the carbon layup process and the low-angle, bridgeless seatstays join the seat tube below the top tube junction in order to curb trail chatter.
Built around a 27.2mm diameter seat post, the whole package combines to take the “hard” out of hardtail riding. It has the mindset of a race bike but it’s prepared for more. With capacity for three bottle cages, the ever-reliable threaded BB and, of course, the lifetime warranty that comes standard with all Santa Cruz bikes, it’s the kind of bike that’ll go far.
Fork: FOX SC 32 Float Performance, 100mm, 29", w/ Remote
Rear Derailleur: SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd
Shifters: SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd
Crankset: SRAM Stylo 7k 148 DUB, 34t - 170mm (S), SRAM Stylo 7k 148 DUB, 34t - 175mm (M,L,XL)
Cassette: SRAM XG1275 Eagle, 12spd, 10-50t
Chain: SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd
Brakes: SRAM Level TL
Rotors: Avid Centerline 160mm
Handlebar: RaceFace Aeffect
Stem: RaceFace Aeffect
Grips: ESI Chunky Grips
Headset: Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset
Seatpost: Race Face Next Carbon, 27.2
Saddle: WTB Silverado Pro Saddle
Front Tyre: Maxxis Aspen, 29"x2.25", EXO TR
Rear Tyre: Maxxis Aspen, 29"x2.25", EXO TR
Wheels: F: DT Swiss 370, 15x110, 32h, R: DT Swiss 370, 12x148, XD, Rim: RaceFace AR Offset 25 29", Spokes: DT Swiss Competition
Sealant: Stan's Sealant