The Best, Refreshed

Want the same bike, with smaller wheels? Check out the Highball 27.5.

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Key Features:

  • Wheel size: 29"
  • Rear travel: Hardtail
  • Designed for: XC & XC Race

Geometry & Sizing

Rollover table below to highlight frame dimensions.

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

Head Tube Angle70°70°70.5°70.5°70.5°70.5°70.5°70.5°70.5°70.5°
Seat Tube Length406mm15.98"432mm17.01"476mm18.74"533mm20.98"572mm22.52"
Front Center
BB Height314mm12.36"314mm12.36"314mm12.36"314mm12.36"314mm12.36"
BB Drop56mm2.2"56mm2.2"56mm2.2"56mm2.2"56mm2.2"
Chainstay Length435mm17.13"430mm16.93"430mm16.93"430mm16.93"430mm16.93"
Head Tube Length90mm3.54"90mm3.54"100mm3.94"110mm4.33"120mm4.72"
Top Tube Length574mm22.6"600mm23.62"625mm24.61"650mm25.59"675mm26.57"
Seat Tube Angle72.5°72.5°72.5°72.5°72.5°72.5°72.5°72.5°72.5°72.5°
Standover Height731mm28.78"734mm28.9"756mm29.76"801mm31.54"836mm32.91"
Eye to Eye Length

Tech Support

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.