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The Highball is our flagship carbon hardtail race thoroughbred, and a dark horse in XC versatility.

On paper it’s a whip-cracking alternative to the Blur; the racer’s hardtail for high intensity assaults. But settle down for a long haul and it’s immediately clear the Highball is at home in a range of cross country environments—from XC sprints to 24-hour sufferfests.

The low-angle seat stays join the seat tube below the top tube junction. This new placement works in tandem with a bridgeless seat stay design to curb trail chatter. Built around a 27.2mm-diameter seat post, the whole package combines to take the “hard” out of hardtail riding.

The composite development team behind our MacAskill-proof carbon Reserve wheels were the same folks responsible for the Highball’s superior ride feel.  Meticulous application of carbon in only the most needed areas allows us to tune a really light frame that retains bags of torsional stiffness for the high-torque pedalers and strength for those braving the sketchy lines.  This is what compliance without compromise looks like.

The all new Highball is a half-pound lighter than before, yet manages to maintain all the rider favorites of threaded BB reliability, internally routed cables, and 3 water bottle mounts.  All backed up with a genuine lifetime frame and carbon wheel warranty.  Complemented by a multitude of build options to suit your aspiration level, the Highball’s got everything you need to go forth and conquer.

Key Features:

  • Available in: Carbon C & Carbon CC More Info
  • Wheel size: 29"
  • Front travel: 100mm
  • Rear travel: Hardtail
  • Designed for: Endurance, XC & XC Race

Build & Price

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Geometría y dimensiones

Rollover table below to highlight frame dimensions.

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Rider5'1"+1.55m+5'5"+1.65m+5'9"+1.75m+6'1"+1.85m+
AAlcanzar405mm15.94"430mm16.93"450mm17.72"480mm18.9"
BApilar596mm23.46"606mm23.86"615mm24.21"634mm24.96"
CÁngulo del tubo de dirección69.5°69.5°69.5°69.5°69.5°69.5°69.5°69.5°
DLongitud del tubo de dirección405mm15.94"430mm16.93"470mm18.5"530mm20.87"
EFront Center662mm26.06"690mm27.17"714mm28.11"751mm29.57"
FAltura eje del pedalier al suelo (BB Height)314mm12.36"314mm12.36"314mm12.36"314mm12.36"
GBB Drop56mm2.2"56mm2.2"56mm2.2"56mm2.2"
HDistancia entre ejes1088mm42.83"1116mm43.94"1140mm44.88"1177mm46.34"
ILongitud de vaina430mm16.93"430mm16.93"430mm16.93"430mm16.93"
JLongitud del tubo de dirección90mm3.54"100mm3.94"110mm4.33"130mm5.12"
KLongitud del tubo superior587mm23.11"615mm24.21"638mm25.12"674mm26.54"
LÁngulo del tubo de dirección73°73°73°73°73°73°73°73°
MAltura conducción más levantada708mm27.87"715mm28.15"740mm29.13"756mm29.76"
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Tech Support

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 Tallboy.

How does Highball spec compare to other bikes in your range?

You can compare builds and bikes right from our Bike Builder on this page. Just scroll up to the Bike Builder and click the button with two opposing arrows (next to FIND A DEALER and below the weight). Add the Highball, click Keep Browsing, and then click through to the product page of a bike you’d like to compare. Add that bike using the same method and then you’ll be able to see the builds side-by-side.

What are the options for seat posts, bottles, and chain guides?

The Blur 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 downtube, and one on the bottom of the downtube as a spare.
  • It's dropper post compatible (internal if you like) and the options are plentiful. Just make sure you get a 27.2mm diameter post.
  • The Highball isn’t designed for a chain guide.

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.

Where can I demo a Highball?

We’ll have the Highball for demo at the Factory in Santa Cruz, California. We also suggest contacting your local Santa Cruz retailer to check for demo availability in your area.

Where can I find information about an older version of the Highball?

Not a problem. Just click this link and head over to the Bike Archive. We’re constantly adding information to the Archive. If you don’t see something you need, shoot us an email here.