Geometry and Sizing
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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.
|Head Tube Angle||69.5°||69.5°||69.5°||69.5°|
|Seat Tube Length||405mm||430mm||470mm||530mm|
|Head Tube Length||90mm||100mm||110mm||130mm|
|Top Tube Length||587mm||615mm||638mm||674mm|
|Seat Tube Angle||73°||73°||73°||73°|
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.
A larger size frame will be more stable, and will give you more room to move without upsetting the weight-balance of the bike. The larger size will put the front wheel further in front of you, which gives the feeling of security and conversely, it will require more significant body movements when you WANT to shift the weight-bias of the bike. Think hard about your riding style and how active/intuitive you want it to be vs stable and speedy. You'll need to work a bit harder to muscle the larger bike around.
Not all bodies at a given height are the same. If you have longer legs and a shorter torso than the average person your height, that may push you towards the smaller of the recommended sizes. If you're all torso and arms, most likely you'll want to size up.
Something not right? Use our warranty claim form to file a 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.
Highball Tech Support
|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|
Can I run 27.5 plus wheels with the Highball?
No. The Highball was designed around 29in tires and there isn't enough clearance for a plus setup.
If you're interested in a 29er that can run 27.5 plus tires, check out the Chameleon.
What are the options for seat posts, bottles, and chain guides?
The Highball was designed to allow for setups that accommodate long rides or trail riding.
You can carry three water bottles. One on the seat tube for easy access , one on the downtubeand one on the bottom of the downtube as a spare.
It's dropper post compatible and the options are plentiful. Just make sure you get a 27.2 diameter post.
Running a chain guide is an option. We recommend an excellent one from OneUp.
What kind of riding can I do with the Highball?
The Highball is designed for XC racing; anything from eliminators to sprints to 24-hour sufferfests.
If you know the difference between a wrench and a spanner then we have a host of simple-to-follow guides for the basic service jobs.
We design our bikes to last, to be easy to work on and we make sure to provide the parts and information so you can make your bike last for many lifetimes.