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Highball 29

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Frame Color

  • Matte Black & Red
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Shock

Fork

  • Rock Shox Recon Silver TK 29 100
  • Rockshox Recon Gold TK 100
  • Fox 32 Float 29 Performance 100
  • Fox 32 Float 29 Factory 100

ENVE Wheels

  • White
  • Grey
  • Yellow
  • Orange
  • Blue
  • Red
  • Black
  • Magenta
  • Light Blue
  • Lime Green
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  • Mint
  • Emerald
  • Orange
  • White
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  • Blue
  • Mint
  • No ENVE
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Build Kit Options

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From $1649 USD

  • Shimano 2x10 drivetrain, SRAM brakes and hubs
  • Rock Shox Recon Silver TK 29 100 Fork
  • SLX Derailleur
  • SRAM DB1 Brakes
  • Shimano Deore M617, 22/36t Cranks
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From $1999 USD

  • Shimano 2x10 drivetrain, SRAM hubs, and Shimano brakes
  • Rockshox Recon Gold TK 100 Fork
  • XT Derailleur
  • Shimano Deore M615 Brakes
  • Shimano Deore M617, 22/36t Cranks

Overview

The Highball is now available in 29” and 27.5”.  You pick. We tried to keep the handling characteristics the same between the two bikes, and let the wheel size’s traits shine through. One difference –the 27.5” version has a size small, while the carbon 29ers do not, but the aluminum bike is available in a small frame. On the 29er, we shortened the chainstays by almost a half-inch, and stretched out the front end of the bike by about the same. This allows you to run a more modern stem/bar combo and makes the bike a little quicker in the corners. A lot of folks want to talk about head tube angle when they talk about hardtails, but we rode a lot of different options, and decided the 70.5-degree angle we used on the first Highball was spot-on. It strikes the right balance of quick handling and stability, and won’t wander on you when you’re climbing.

Despite our commitment to carbon fiber engineering and manufacturing, we know the allure of a metal bike. Perfect welds, proper heft, and a certain tangible quality makes metal an attractive materail. It's also more amenable to the placement of bolts and other hardware than carbon is, which is why we offer a single-speed dropout kit in the alloy version of the Highball, but not the carbon. If you want to get your hammerhead on, we think this is the best way to do it. In addition, we reduced the seat post size to 27.2mm, which adds some compliance you’ll appreciate when you’re 80 miles in to a 100-mile race. 

The Highball is unapologetically fast, surprisingly fun, and every bit a Santa Cruz mountain bike. 

Build Kit Options

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From $2699 USD

  • Shimano 2x10 drivetrain, SRAM hubs, and Shimano brakes
  • Rockshox Recon Gold TK 100 Fork
  • XT Derailleur
  • Shimano Deore M615 Brakes
  • Shimano Deore M617, 22/36t Cranks
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From $3299 USD

  • SRAM's new GX 1x11 drivetrain with SLX brakes
  • Fox 32 Float 29 Performance 100 Fork
  • SRAM GX 1x11 Derailleur
  • Shimano SLX M675 Brakes
  • Raceface Aeffect SL 32t Cranks

Overview

The Highball is now available in 29” and 27.5”.  You pick. We tried to keep the handling characteristics the same between the two bikes, and let the wheel size’s traits shine through. One difference –the 27.5” version has a size small, while the 29er does not, and that the 29er has an XXL, while the 27.5” does not. On the 29er, we shortened the chainstays by almost a half-inch, and stretched out the front end of the bike by about the same. This allows you to run a more modern stem/bar combo and makes the bike a little quicker in the corners. A lot of folks want to talk about head tube angle when they talk about hardtails, but we rode a lot of different options, and decided the 70.5-degree angle we used on the first Highball was spot-on. It strikes the right balance of quick handling and stability, and won’t wander on you when you’re climbing.

The carbon layup changed a bit, too, particularly in the seat stays and seat tube, and we reduced the seat post size to 27.2mm, which adds some compliance you’ll appreciate when you’re 80 miles in to a 100-mile race. All the cables route internally, now, but that doesn’t mean multiple obscenity-laden nights in the garage to get it set up. Everything has either a tunnel or an easy-to-route cable guide to make it as hassle-free as possible. This C-level carbon Highball has all the strength, stiffness, and durability of our top-end, CC-level carbon frames, but we use a little bit more, less expensive material to get there. Real-world result? 280 grams or so. It'll ride every bit as well as the CC version, just a bit heavier.

The Highball is unapologetically fast, surprisingly fun, and every bit a Santa Cruz mountain bike. 

Build Kit Options

X01

From $4799 USD

  • One-by SRAM drivetrain with Shimano XT brakes and DT Swiss hubs
  • Fox 32 Float 29 Factory 100 Fork
  • SRAM X01 Derailleur
  • Shimano XT Brakes
  • Raceface Turbine, 32t Cranks
XT

From $4399 USD

  • Shimano's XT M8000 group with DT Swiss hubs
  • Fox 32 Float 29 Factory 100 Fork
  • Shimano XT M8000 GS Derailleur
  • Shimano XT Brakes
  • Shimano XT M8000 26/36 Cranks
XTR

From $6599 USD

  • A full-on race kit with Shimano's XTR group
  • Fox 32 Float 29 Factory 100 Fork
  • XTR Derailleur
  • Shimano XTR M9000 Brakes
  • XTR 2x Cranks
XX1

From $6299 USD

  • No-holds-barred, one-by XC race kit
  • Fox 32 Float 29 Factory 100 Fork
  • XX1 Derailleur
  • Shimano XTR M9000 Brakes
  • Raceface Next Cranks

Overview

The Highball is now available in 29” and 27.5”.  You pick. We tried to keep the handling characteristics the same between the two bikes, and let the wheel size’s traits shine through. One difference –the 27.5” version has a size small, while the 29er does not, and that the 29er has an XXL, while the 27.5” does not. On the 29er, we shortened the chainstays by almost a half-inch, and stretched out the front end of the bike by about the same. This allows you to run a more modern stem/bar combo and makes the bike a little quicker in the corners. A lot of folks want to talk about head tube angle when they talk about hardtails, but we rode a lot of different options, and decided the 70.5-degree angle we used on the first Highball was spot-on. It strikes the right balance of quick handling and stability, and won’t wander on you when you’re climbing.

The carbon layup changed a bit, too, particularly in the seat stays and seat tube, and we reduced the seat post size to 27.2mm, which adds some compliance you’ll appreciate when you’re 80 miles in to a 100-mile race. All the cables route internally, now, but that doesn’t mean multiple obscenity-laden nights in the garage to get it set up. Everything has either a tunnel or an easy-to-route cable guide to make it as hassle-free as possible. This CC carbon Highball represents the pinnacle of our engineering and carbon fiber manufacturing capabilities. It's been trimmed, optimized, strengthened, and dialed in just right, so that we can use the least amount of material possible and still deliver you a bike that's as stiff, fast, strong, and durable as you expect it to be. 

The Highball is unapologetically fast, surprisingly fun, and every bit a Santa Cruz mountain bike. 

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Customizations
Frame MaterialAluminum
ForkRock Shox Recon Silver TK 29 100
Shock
AboutShimano 2x10 drivetrain, SRAM brakes and hubs
Front DérailleurShimano M618
Rear DérailleurShimano SLX M675 GS Shadow Plus
ShiftersShimano Deore SL
CranksetShimano Deore M617, 22/36t
Bottom BracketIncluded w/ crankset
CassetteShimano Deore HG50, 10sp, 11-36
ChainKMC X10.93, 10sp
BrakesSRAM DB1
Brake RotorsAvid G2; 160mm
HeadsetCane Creek 10 series tapered, cartridge bearing
BarsRaceface Evolve Flat 720, 31.8mm clamp
StemRaceface Ride
GripsSanta Cruz Palmdale Lock-on
Front HubSram MTH 716 15x100
Rear HubSram MTH 746 142x12
RimsWTB STi19 TCS
Front TireMaxxis Crossmark 29x2.1
Rear TireMaxxis Crossmark 29x2.1
TubesMaxxis 29x2 Presta Valve
Seat PostRaceface Ride, 27.2x375mm
SaddleWTB Volt Sport
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Customizations
Frame MaterialAluminum
ForkRockshox Recon Gold TK 100mm Solo Air w/15mm through axle and tapered steerer
Shock
AboutShimano 2x10 drivetrain, SRAM hubs, and Shimano brakes
Front DérailleurShimano M618
Rear DérailleurShimano XT M786 GS Shadow Plus
ShiftersShimano SLX M670
CranksetShimano Deore M617, 22/36t
Bottom BracketIncluded w/ crankset
CassetteShimano SLX HG81, 10sp, 11-36
ChainKMC X10.93, 10sp
BrakesShimano Deore M615
Brake RotorsShimano RT66; 160mm
HeadsetCane Creek 10 series tapered, cartridge bearing
BarsRaceface Evolve Flat 720, 31.8mm clamp
StemRaceface Ride
GripsSanta Cruz Palmdale Lock-on
Front HubSram MTH 716 15x100
Rear HubSram MTH 746 142x12
RimsWTB STi19 TCS
SpokesDT Swiss Champion
Front TireMaxxis Ikon 29x2.2, Tubeless Ready
Rear TireMaxxis Ikon 29x2.2, Tubeless Ready
TubesStans Sealant
Seat PostRaceface Ride, 27.2x375mm
SaddleWTB Volt Race
Launch Bike Builder
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Customizations
Frame MaterialCarbon C
ForkRockshox Recon Gold TK 100mm Solo Air w/15mm through axle and tapered steerer
Shock
AboutShimano 2x10 drivetrain, SRAM hubs, and Shimano brakes
Front DérailleurShimano M618
Rear DérailleurShimano XT M786 GS Shadow Plus
ShiftersShimano SLX M670
CranksetShimano Deore M617, 22/36t
Bottom BracketIncluded w/ crankset
CassetteShimano SLX HG81, 10sp, 11-36
ChainKMC X10.93, 10sp
BrakesShimano Deore M615
Brake RotorsShimano RT66; 160mm
HeadsetCane Creek 10 series tapered, cartridge bearing
BarsRaceface Evolve Flat 720, 31.8mm clamp
StemRaceface Ride
GripsSanta Cruz Palmdale Lock-on
Front HubSram MTH 716 15x100
Rear HubSram MTH 746 142x12
RimsWTB STi19 TCS
SpokesDT Swiss Champion
Front TireMaxxis Ikon 29x2.2, Tubeless Ready
Rear TireMaxxis Ikon 29x2.2, Tubeless Ready
TubesStans Sealant
Seat PostRaceface Ride, 27.2x375mm
SaddleWTB Volt Race
Launch Bike Builder
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Customizations
Frame MaterialCarbon C
ForkFox 32 Float 29 Performance 100
Shock
AboutSRAM's new GX 1x11 drivetrain with SLX brakes
Front DérailleurN/A
Rear DérailleurSRAM GX 1x11
ShiftersSRAM GX
CranksetRaceface Aeffect SL 32t
Bottom BracketIncluded w/ crankset
CassetteSRAM XG1150 10-42
ChainSRAM PC1130
BrakesShimano SLX M675
Brake RotorsShimano RT66; 160mm
HeadsetCane Creek 40
BarsRaceface Evolve Flat 720, 31.8mm clamp
StemRaceface Turbine Basic
GripsSanta Cruz Palmdale Lock-on
Front HubSram MTH 716 15x100
Rear HubSram MTH 746 142x12
RimsEaston AR 24
SpokesDT Swiss Champion
Front TireMaxxis Ikon 29x2.2, Tubeless Ready
Rear TireMaxxis Ikon 29x2.2, Tubeless Ready
TubesStans Sealant
Seat PostRaceface Ride, 27.2x375mm
SaddleWTB Volt Race
Launch Bike Builder
X01
Customizations
Frame MaterialCarbon CC
ForkFox 32 Float 29 Factory 100
Shock
AboutOne-by SRAM drivetrain with Shimano XT brakes and DT Swiss hubs
Front DérailleurN/A
Rear DérailleurSRAM X01
ShiftersSram X01 1x11
CranksetRaceface Turbine, 32t
Bottom BracketIncluded w/ crankset
CassetteSram XG1180, 11sp, 10-42
ChainSRAM PC1130
BrakesShimano XT
Brake RotorsShimano RT86 Ice-Tech; 160mm
HeadsetCane Creek 40 series tapered, cartridge bearing
BarsSanta Cruz Carbon Rise Bar, 720mm, 31.8mm clamp
StemRaceface Turbine Basic
GripsSanta Cruz Palmdale Lock-on
Front HubDT Swiss 350 15x100DT 240s
Rear HubDT Swiss 350 142x12DT 240s
RimsEaston ARC 24m50/50 ENVE Rims with custom color options
SpokesDT Swiss Competition Double-Butted
Front TireMaxxis Ikon 29x2.2, Tubeless Ready
Rear TireMaxxis Ikon 29x2.2, Tubeless Ready
TubesStans Sealant
Seat PostEaston EC70, 27.2x400mm
SaddleWTB Silverado Team
Launch Bike Builder
XT
Customizations
Frame MaterialCarbon CC
ForkFox 32 Float 29 Factory 100
Shock
AboutShimano's XT M8000 group with DT Swiss hubs
Front DérailleurShimano XT M8025
Rear DérailleurShimano XT M8000 GS
ShiftersShimano XT M8000 SL
CranksetShimano XT M8000 26/36
Bottom BracketIncluded w/ crankset
CassetteShimano XT M8000, 11-40t
ChainShimano HG700 11-speed
BrakesShimano XT
Brake RotorsShimano RT86 Ice-Tech; 160mm
HeadsetCane Creek 40 series tapered, cartridge bearing
BarsSanta Cruz Carbon Rise Bar, 720mm, 31.8mm clamp
StemRaceface Turbine Basic
GripsSanta Cruz Palmdale Lock-on
Front HubDT Swiss 350 15x100DT 240s
Rear HubDT Swiss 350 142x12DT 240s
RimsEaston ARC 24m50/50 ENVE Rims with custom color options
SpokesDT Swiss Competition Double-Butted
Front TireMaxxis Ikon 29x2.2, Tubeless Ready
Rear TireMaxxis Ikon 29x2.2, Tubeless Ready
TubesStans Sealant
Seat PostEaston EC70, 27.2x400mm
SaddleWTB Silverado Team
Launch Bike Builder
XTR
Customizations
Frame MaterialCarbon CC
ForkFox 32 Float 29 Factory 100
Shock
AboutA full-on race kit with Shimano's XTR group
Front DérailleurShimano XTR M9025
Rear DérailleurShimano XTR M9000 GS
ShiftersShimano XTR M9000
CranksetShimano XTR M9020 2x11 26/36
Bottom BracketIncluded w/ crankset
CassetteShimano XTR M9000, 11sp, 11-40
ChainShimano XTR M9000, 11sp
BrakesShimano XTR M9000
Brake RotorsShimano RT86 Ice-Tech; 160mm
HeadsetCane Creek 110 series tapered, cartridge bearing
BarsSanta Cruz Carbon Rise Bar, 720mm, 31.8mm clamp
StemSyntace F109
GripsESI Racer's Edge
Front HubDT 240s 15x100DT 240s
Rear HubDT Swiss 240s 142x12DT 240s
RimsEaston ARC 24m50/50 ENVE Rims with custom color options
SpokesDT Swiss Competition Double-Butted
Front TireMaxxis Ikon 29x2.2, Tubeless Ready
Rear TireMaxxis Ikon 29x2.2, Tubeless Ready
TubesStans Sealant
Seat PostSyntace P6, 27.2x400mm
SaddleWTB Silverado SLT
Launch Bike Builder
XX1
Customizations
Frame MaterialCarbon CC
ForkFox 32 Float 29 Factory 100
Shock
AboutNo-holds-barred, one-by XC race kit
Front DérailleurN/A
Rear DérailleurSram XX1 11sp
ShiftersSram XX1 1x11
CranksetRaceface Next SL Carbon, 32t Narrow/Wide ring
Bottom BracketIncluded w/ crankset
CassetteSram XG1195 11sp, 10-42
ChainSram XX1, 11sp
BrakesShimano XTR M9000
Brake RotorsShimano RT86 Ice-Tech; 160mm
HeadsetCane Creek 110 series tapered, cartridge bearing
BarsSanta Cruz Carbon Rise Bar, 720mm, 31.8mm clamp
StemSyntace F109
GripsESI Racer's Edge
Front HubDT 240s 15x100DT 240s
Rear HubDT Swiss 240s 142x12DT 240s
RimsEaston ARC 24m50/50 ENVE Rims with custom color options
SpokesDT Swiss Competition Double-Butted
Front TireMaxxis Ikon 29x2.2, Tubeless Ready
Rear TireMaxxis Ikon 29x2.2, Tubeless Ready
TubesStans Sealant
Seat PostSyntace P6, 27.2x400mm
SaddleWTB Silverado SLT
Launch Bike Builder

Frame Only Options

  • Carbon CC Frame: $1899 USD
  • Aluminum Frame: $750 USD

Model Info

Features

  • 15mm thru-axle fork
  • Full carbon frame
  • 29" wheels
  • Bottle cage mount
  • 142mm rear axle spacing
  • Aluminum frame option
  • Sizes: M, L, XL, XXL

Tech Info

Front DerailleurDirect to Frame
Headset/Headtubemixed taper 1.5" Lower, 1'1/8" upper
Seat Post27.2mm
Fork Compatibility100, 120
BB ShellStandard
Max Tire Size2.3"
Brake Typesdisc
Water Bottle Mounts2

Geometry

All measurements based on a 505mm axle-to-crown measurement (Fox 32 100mm fork)
XXL size only available in carbon

SMLXLXXL
Top Tube Length574mm22.6"600mm23.62"625mm24.61"650mm25.59"675mm26.57"
Seat Tube Length406mm15.98"432mm17.01"476mm18.74"533mm20.98"572mm22.52"
Head Tube Angle70°70°70.5°70.5°70.5°70.5°70.5°70.5°70.5°70.5°
Seat Tube Angle72.5°72.5°72.5°72.5°72.5°72.5°72.5°72.5°72.5°72.5°
BB Height314mm12.36"314mm12.36"314mm12.36"314mm12.36"314mm12.36"
BB Drop56mm2.2"56mm2.2"56mm2.2"56mm2.2"56mm2.2"
Wheelbase1059mm41.69"1079mm42.48"1100mm43.31"1130mm44.49"1155mm45.47"
Head Tube Length90mm3.54"90mm3.54"100mm3.94"110mm4.33"120mm4.72"
Chainstay Length435mm17.13"430mm16.93"430mm16.93"430mm16.93"430mm16.93"
Standover Height731mm28.78"734mm28.9"756mm29.76"801mm31.54"836mm32.91"
Reach381mm15"406mm15.98"429mm16.89"450mm17.72"473mm18.62"
Stack612mm24.09"614mm24.17"623mm24.53"633mm24.92"642mm25.28"

Sizing

M
5'5" — 5'10"
L
5'10" — 6'1"
XL
6'1" — 6'4"
XXL
6'4" — 6'7"

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Support

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 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 27.2mm seatpost in there.

What Kind of Derailleur Does The Highball Use?

The carbon fiber Highballs (both 27.5 and 29-inch versions) use a high direct-mount, bottom pull front derailleur. The aluminum version uses a 34.9mm clamp-on bottom swing/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 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 rear hub do I need?

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

What size seat collar do I need?

Bikes with a 27.2mm seatpost require a 31.8mm seat collar. 

What size seatpost do I need?

This bike uses a 27.2mm seatpost.  Always ensure it is inserted a minimum of 4" (100mm)

What's the largest chainring I can use on the HIghball?

If you want to use a single-chainring drivetrain on our new Highball, a maximum of a 36-tooth ring is your best bet. A 38-tooth ring will fit, but it's very tight. Any double-chainring drivetrain will work; we've checked a 42/30 combo, and it's no problem at all.  

Warranty & Registration

Lifetime 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 lifetime of the original, registered owner. In order to confirm that you are the original owner, please register using the form below at the time of purchase. Frames purchased prior to May 1, 2015 will be covered under the previously existing 5 year warranty. Warranties do not cover custom finishes. 

Lifetime Bearing Warranty

Santa Cruz Bicycles pivot bearings are warranted for life to the original owner of the bike. The return process is simple: fill out the Warranty Bearing Replacement Form, upload a copy of your purchase receipt, and we'll get a new set of bearings out to you within 48 hours! 

Handlebars

Santa Cruz carbon handlebars are warranted for a period of five years from the date of purchase. 

No-Fault Replacement

Santa Cruz Bicycles will make replacement frame 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.

File a Warranty Claim

Something not right? Use our Warranty Claim Form to file a warranty claim. We'll do everything we can to get you back to riding as fast as possible. 

 

If you have any other questions, or would like to follow up on a warranty claim, contact our Warranty Department.