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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.
|Available in:||Carbon C and Carbon CC|
Highball Frame Specifications
|Front Derailleur||No compatibility|
|BB Shell||73mm Threaded|
|Max Tire Size||2.4"|
|Max Chainring Size||38t|
|Water Bottle Mounts||3|
|Brake Mount||160 PM|
All units are in millimeters or degrees.
|Head Tube Angle||67°||67°||67°||67°|
|Seat Tube Length||405||430||470||530|
|Head Tube Length||95||105||115||135|
|Top Tube Length||595||619||642||677|
|Seat Tube Angle||73.5°||73.5°||73.5°||73.5°|
If you're on the cusp between the recommended height range of two sizes, the absolute best thing is to try to ride them both. At a minimum, check the stack/reach measurements on your current bike and compare it to the new model you are looking at to get an idea of a fit you are already comfortable with. If riding the bike is not an option, consider the following.