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Build Kit Options

D

From $1699 USD

  • A curated mix of Shimano SLX and SRAM components.
  • Rockshox Recon Gold TK 100 Fork
  • SLX Derailleur
  • Sram DB1 xc Brakes
  • Deore 2x Cranks
R

From $1999 USD

  • A curated mix of Shimano XT, Deore and SRAM components.
  • Rockshox Recon Gold TK 100 Fork
  • XT Derailleur
  • Deore xc Brakes
  • Deore 2x Cranks

Build Kit Options

XT

From $4299 USD

  • A curated mix of Shimano XT and SRAM components.
  • Fox 32 Float 100 Kashima Fork
  • XT Derailleur
  • XT xc Brakes
  • XT 2x Cranks
XO

From $4699 USD

  • A curated mix of SRAM X1 and Shimano XT components
  • Fox 32 Float 100 Kashima Fork
  • X1 Derailleur
  • XT xc Brakes
  • Raceface Turbine Cranks
XX1

From $6799 USD

  • A curated mix of SRAM XX1 and Shimano XTR components.
  • Fox 32 Float 100 Kashima Fork
  • XX1 Derailleur
  • XTR xc Brakes
  • Raceface Next Cranks
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Customizations
Frame MaterialAluminum
ForkRockshox Recon Gold TK 100mm Solo Air w/15mm through axle and tapered steerer
Shock
AboutA curated mix of Shimano SLX and SRAM components.
Front DérailleurShimano Deore
Rear DérailleurShimano SLX M675 GS Shadow Plus
ShiftersShimano Deore M610
CranksetShimano Deore M615 2x10 24/38
Bottom BracketIncluded w/ crankset
CassetteShimano Deore HG50 10sp 11-36
ChainKMC X10.93 10speed
BrakesSram DB1 w /Sram G2 CS 160mm Rotors
HeadsetCane Creek 10 series tapered, cartridge bearing
BarsRaceface Evolve Flat 31.8x720
StemRaceface Ride
GripsSanta Cruz Palmdale Lock-on
Front HubSram MTH 716 15x100 hub
Rear HubSram MTH 746 142 x 12
RimsWTB STi19 TCS
SpokesDT Champion 2.0 Spokes
Front TireMaxxis Crossmark 29x2.1
Rear TireMaxxis Crossmark 29x2.1
TubesMaxxis 29x2" Presta Valve
Seat PostRaceface Ride, 27.2x 375
SaddleWTB Volt Race
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Customizations
Frame MaterialAluminum
ForkRockshox Recon Gold TK 100mm Solo Air w/15mm through axle and tapered steerer
Shock
AboutA curated mix of Shimano XT, Deore and SRAM components.
Front DérailleurShimano Deore
Rear DérailleurShimano XT M786 GS Shadow Plus
ShiftersShimano Deore M610
CranksetShimano Deore M615 2x10 24/38
Bottom BracketIncluded w/ crankset
CassetteShimano SLX HG81 10sp 11-36
ChainShimano SLX HG75
BrakesShimano Deore M615 w/ Shimano RT66 160mm Rotors
HeadsetCane Creek 10 series tapered, cartridge bearing
BarsRaceface Evolve Flat 31.8x720
StemRaceface Ride
GripsSanta Cruz Palmdale Lock-on
Front HubSram MTH 716 15x100 hub
Rear HubSram MTH 746 142 x 12
RimsWTB STi19 TCS
SpokesDT Competition double butted spokes and alloy nipples
Front TireMaxxis Ikon 29x2.2, Tubeless Ready
Rear TireMaxxis Ikon 29x2.2, Tubeless Ready
TubesStans Sealant
Seat PostRaceface Ride, 27.2x 375
SaddleWTB Volt Race
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XT
Customizations
Frame MaterialCarbon C
ForkFox 32 Float CTD Adjust Factory Kashima 100mm w/15mm through axle and tapered steerer
Shock
AboutA curated mix of Shimano XT and SRAM components.
Front DérailleurShimano XT
Rear DérailleurShimano XT M786 GS Shadow Plus
ShiftersShimano XT M780
CranksetShimano XT M785 2x10 24/38
Bottom BracketIncluded w/ crankset
CassetteShimano XT M771 10sp 11-36
ChainShimano SLX HG75
BrakesShimano XT M785 w/Shimano RT86 ICE TECH 160mm Rotors
HeadsetCane Creek 40 series tapered, cartridge bearing
BarsSanta Cruz Carbon 720mm Flat Bar, 31.8mm clamp
StemRaceface Turbine Basic
GripsSanta Cruz Palmdale Lock-on
Front HubDT Swiss 350 15x100DT 240s
Rear HubDT Swiss 350 142 x12DT 240s
RimsWTB Asym i19m50/50 ENVE Rims with custom color options
SpokesDT Competition double butted spokes and alloy nipples
Front TireMaxxis Ikon 29x2.2, Tubeless Ready
Rear TireMaxxis Ikon 29x2.2, Tubeless Ready
TubesStans Sealant
Seat PostEaston EC70, 27.2x400
SaddleWTB SIlverado Team
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XO
Customizations
Frame MaterialCarbon C
ForkFox 32 Float CTD Adjust Factory Kashima 100mm w/15mm through axle and tapered steerer
Shock
AboutA curated mix of SRAM X1 and Shimano XT components
Front DérailleurN/A
Rear DérailleurSram X1 1x11
ShiftersSram X01
CranksetRaceface Turbine Cinch, with 32t Narrow/Wide Ring
Bottom BracketIncluded w/ crankset
CassetteSram XG1180 11 speed, 10-42
ChainSram XX1
BrakesShimano XT M785 w/Shimano RT86 ICE TECH 160mm Rotors
HeadsetCane Creek 40 series tapered, cartridge bearing
BarsSanta Cruz Carbon 720mm Flat Bar, 31.8mm clamp
StemRaceface Turbine Basic
GripsSanta Cruz Palmdale Lock-on
Front HubDT Swiss 350 15x100DT 240s
Rear HubDT Swiss 350 142 x12DT 240s
RimsWTB Asym i19m50/50 ENVE Rims with custom color options
SpokesDT Competition double butted spokes and alloy nipples
Front TireMaxxis Ikon 29x2.2, Tubeless Ready
Rear TireMaxxis Ikon 29x2.2, Tubeless Ready
TubesStans Sealant
Seat PostEaston EC70, 27.2x400
SaddleWTB SIlverado Team
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XX1
Customizations
Frame MaterialCarbon C
ForkFox 32 Float CTD Adjust Factory Kashima 100mm w/15mm through axle and tapered steerer
Shock
About A curated mix of SRAM XX1 and Shimano XTR components.
Front DérailleurN/A
Rear DérailleurSram XX1 11sp
ShiftersSram XX1 11sp
CranksetRaceface Next SL Carbon, 32t Narrow/Wide ring
Bottom BracketIncluded w/ crankset
CassetteSram XG1195 11sp, 10-42
ChainSram XX1
BrakesShimano XTR M9000 w/Shimano RT86 ICE TECH 160mm Rotors
HeadsetCane Creek 110 series tapered, cartridge bearing
BarsSanta Cruz Carbon 720mm Flat Bar, 31.8mm clamp
StemSyntace F109
GripsESI Racers Edge
Front HubDT Swiss 240 15x100 hubDT 240s
Rear HubDT Swiss 240 142 x 12DT 240s
RimsWTB Asym i19m50/50 ENVE Rims with custom color options
SpokesDT Competition double butted spokes and alloy nipples
Front TireMaxxis Ikon 29x2.2, Tubeless Ready
Rear TireMaxxis Ikon 29x2.2, Tubeless Ready
TubesStans Sealant
Seat PostEaston EC70, 27.2x400
SaddleWTB SIlverado SLT titanium
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Frame Only Options

  • Aluminum Frame: $750 USD
  • Carbon C Frame: $2099 USD

Model Info

Highball

The Highball has been out bombing the competition at races since it was brought into commission.

There are still those times and places where the best way to light the fuse and blow everyone else into the weeds is by riding a hardtail.

Bigger wheels have revived the venerable double diamond design, and by mixing the smooth rolling hoops with a feathery 2.4-pound carbon fiber frame, we've come up with a potent race weapon.

Anyone who complains about a bad day climbing while riding this bike needs to find another sport. The Highball is insanely light, razor sharp, nimble but surefooted, stiff as a plank, and designed to do two things: 1. Race. 2. Win.

Considering 29" wheels and suspension to boot?  Check out the Tallboy.

Looking for a 27.5" hardtail instead?  The new Chameleon now fits that bill.

 

Features

  • Full carbon frame
  • 29" wheels
  • Full carbon dropouts and disk mounts
  • Bottle cage mounts
  • Stealth and external seatpost cable routing
  • 142mm rear axle spacing
  • Threaded BB for creak-free riding and easy installation
  • ISCG-05 tabs for chainguide compatibility
  • Aluminum frame option
  • Sizes: M, L, XL, XXL (carbon only)

Frame Geometry

Highball AL - 505 axle-crown (w/ 13mm stack height)

Cham

SMLXL
Top Tube Length574mm22.6"600mm23.62"625mm24.61"650mm25.59"
Seat Tube Length406mm15.98"432mm17.01"483mm19.02"533mm20.98"
Head Tube Angle70°70°70°70°70°70°70°70°
Seat Tube Angle71°71°71°71°71°71°71°71°
BB Height314mm12.36"314mm12.36"314mm12.36"314mm12.36"
Wheelbase1059mm41.69"1080mm42.52"1100mm43.31"1130mm44.49"
Head Tube Length90mm3.54"90mm3.54"100mm3.94"110mm4.33"
Chainstay Length430mm16.93"430mm16.93"430mm16.93"430mm16.93"
Standover Height731mm28.78"748mm29.45"786mm30.94"824mm32.44"
Reach381mm15"406mm15.98"429mm16.89"450mm17.72"
Stack612mm24.09"614mm24.17"623mm24.53"633mm24.92"

Highball ( carbon c ) 505 axle-crown (w/ 13mm stack height)& 100mm fork

MLXLXXL
Top Tube Length584mm22.99"610mm24.02"635mm25"658mm25.91"
Seat Tube Length445mm17.52"495mm19.49"533mm20.98"571mm22.48"
Head Tube Angle70.5°70.5°70.5°70.5°70.5°70.5°70.5°70.5°
Seat Tube Angle73°73°73°73°73°73°73°73°
BB Height305mm12.01"305mm12.01"305mm12.01"305mm12.01"
Wheelbase1075mm42.32"1100mm43.31"1126mm44.33"1150mm45.28"
Head Tube Length100mm3.94"100mm3.94"110mm4.33"120mm4.72"
Chainstay Length439mm17.28"439mm17.28"439mm17.28"439mm17.28"
Standover Height740mm29.13"778mm30.63"796mm31.34"825mm32.48"
Reach390mm15.35"416mm16.38"438mm17.24"644mm25.35"
Stack634mm24.96"634mm24.96"644mm25.35"653mm25.71"

Frame Size Information

m
5'5" — 5'10"
l
5'10" — 6'1"
xl
6'1" — 6'4"
xxl
6'4" — 6'7"

Tech Info

Suspension SystemHardtail
Front DerailleurClamp
Headset/Headtubemixed taper 1.5" Lower, 1'1/8" upper
Seat Post27.2mm x 400mm
Fork Compatibility100-120mm
BB ShellStandard
Max Tire Size2.3"
Brake TypesDisc, 185mm rear rotor max
Water Bottle Mounts2x bottle cage mounts

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Tech Info

F.A.Q.

Can I mount a chainguide to my bike?

Yes, this bike was designed to easily accept a BB mount chainguide. For a more XC setup, you can use top-only guides like the MRP 1x or e13 XCX. For full chainguidance, we recommend the E13 LG1 Tr, MRP Lopes guide or Mini G SL. For dual ring guides, try the E13 TRS+Dual or MRP 2x guides. These should fit with minimal or no modification.

Should I grease the headset cups when I install them?

Yes, we recommend this. Do not use the Carbon Assembly Compound on the headset, as it will make it more difficult to remove from the frame.

What fork sizes are recommended?

We recommend a 100 or 120mm fork. 100mm will be better if you want a quicker, more XC feel- while 120mm will offer a more forgiving ride and stability.

What is the torque spec for the front derailleur?

Torque the front derailleur to 45 in/lbs.

What is the torque spec for the seat collar?

We don't provide a torque spec for the seatpost, because it really depends on what seatpost you are using. Some seatposts are slippery, and require more torque to stay put, and others are very thin- and can be crushed by overzealous tightening. Some are both slippery and thin... Make sure you use the Carbon Assembly Compound included with your frame, and use some common sense.

You will not damage your frame by overtightening the seat collar, assuming you have a 30.9mm seatpost in it.

What kind of front derailleur do I need?

This bike uses a 34.9mm Bottom Swing (high clamp), Top Pull front derailleur.

What kind of headset does this bike use?

We use a headset generally referred to as "mixed tapered". This is a 44mm internal upper cup, with an external 49mm lower cup. The SHIS name is ZS44/28.6 EC49/40.

What kind of rear brake adaptor do I need?

This frame uses a standard IS rear brake mount. Just pick your rotor size and order the correct adaptor to go from IS to post mount (all modern brakes).

What q-factor should I use for the cranks?

On any crank with optional Q-factor, choose the wider version.  166 for Sram XX, or 168 for XX1.  For Shimano doubles, we recommend the M980.  

What size bottom bracket shell does this bike use?

We use a standard 73mm threaded BB. Nearly any crank on the market (besides BB30 cranks) will fit.

What size hub do I need?

This bike uses a 142x12 through-axle rear hub, and includes a DT RWS axle.

What size seatpost do I need?

We use a 30.9mm seatpost. Always ensure it is inserted into the frame a minimum of 100mm (4").

Why does this frame use a standard thread-in bottom bracket, when many of your competitors use press-in style (BB30, Pressfit 30, BB90, BB92, BB86)

It is true that there are some slight weight savings available with the various pressfit bb designs (exact weight savings obviously vary depending on system, frame manufacturing techniques, and crank model), but we don't feel this small savings make up for the inconveniences. We are still able to make a frame that is lighter than most of our competitors, while still using a heavier bb system. There are a number of disadvantages that exist with press fit systems:

1) Special installation and removal tools are required for these parts, including a headset press. This is not convenient for most home mechanics, and they are quite expensive. Traditional external BB's can be installed or removed with a simple $10 hand tool.

2) "Permanently installed cups". Shimano doesn't recommend removing and re-installing their press in bb cups (as they may become damaged), so moving parts from bike to bike is no longer an option. http://techdocs.shimano.com/media/techdocs/content/cycle/SI/SI_0053A_001...

3) Creaking or shifting bb's can be common with these systems. Since the bearing is pressed into a cup, which is then pressed into the frame- it can be hard to get all of the press fits snug- without being too tight on the bearing or too loose in the frame.

4) Reasonable tube sizes. One of the most commonly claimed advantages of a larger bb shell is the larger diameter downtube that goes with it. This may be an advantage on road bikes, where tubes can be incredibly thin and large for optimal stiffness. On a mountain bike, this area of the frame sees a lot of abuse from rocks and crashing, and needs to have a certain amount of wall thickness to survive actual use. Using what we consider a "safe" wall thickness and carbon layup, and a fairly typical tube diameter, we get an exceedingly stiff, light, durable product. If we used a larger downtube, we would either have a heavier frame (same wall thickness but larger diameter), or a less durable product (thinner walls and larger diameter).

5) Chain clearance. Take a look at some of our competitors frames with press in bb shells. The down tube comes so close to the chainrings that many frames have chainsuck guards on the downtube! In our mind, the chain should be able to fall off on a mountain bike and not get jammed between your crank and thin-walled carbon downtube.

6) Backwards compatibility: Many of our customers purchase a frame and build it up with their choice of parts, or parts from an old bike. By using a standard bb, we are compatible with everything without requiring confusing adaptors.

7) Chainguide compatibility: While it may seem strange to talk about putting chainguides on a short travel bike, it is becoming more common now with 10 speed drivetrains. Thread in bb's mean the frame is compatible with bb mount chainguides. We like versatility....

Warranty & Registration

Five Year Frame Warranty

Santa Cruz Bicycles will repair or replace at its option any frame it determines to be defective. The warranty will be in effect for five years from the date of sale and applies to the original owner. This warranty does not cover custom finishes.

Lifetime Bearing Warranty

Santa Cruz Bicycles frame bearings are warranted for life to the original owner of the bike. The return process is simple: send your used bearings back to Santa Cruz Bicycles in an envelope marked "Warranty Bearing Replacement", and be sure to include your return address. We'll turn your package around within 48 hours, and cover the shipping back to you. That's it!

No-Fault Replacement

Santa Cruz Bicycles will make replacement parts available to the original owner at a minimal charge in the event of a crash or other non-warranty situation for the life of the bike.