Highball C XT

Highball C XT

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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 comfortable than an XC race-rig, we put a lot of work into this bike to make the frame lighter and ride smoother. It isn’t just another stripped back, anemic, cross-country hardtail that’s uncomfortable and uneasy at speed. The Highball has evolved to become easier to ride harder for longer.

The Highball’s stats on paper tell only half the story. We leveraged our in-house R&D lab to engineer more vertical compliance in the Highball’s rear end than any previous Santa Cruz hardtail. We didn’t just tune the carbon layup process, but refined the architecture of the frame by experimenting with tube profiles, shapes, and structures. We found that lowering the angle of the seatstays, offsetting them to the top tube, and forgoing a bridge allowed more vertical flex. It seems straightforward but we had to balance it with enough torsional stiffness to perform when under power. And the result is a bike that likes to gallop and sprint but is still a joy to ride.

The Highball isn’t just for flat out assaults on race courses and personal records. Sure, it’s got the mindset to be used as a race-ready setup (the frame’s a half-pound lighter than the previous Highball), but we gave it the capacity for up to three bottle cages, kept the ever-reliable threaded BB as standard, hid the cables internally and, of course, offer the legendary lifetime warranty that comes as standard with all Santa Cruz bikes. It’s the kind of bike that’ll go far in life. Wide open, dawn to dusk, wherever you ride it.

SPECS:

Frame Frame Carbon C 29" Hardtail
Fork RockShox Sid SL Select+, 100mm w/ Remote
R. Derailleur Shimano XT M8100, 12spd
F.  Derailleur SRAM OneLoc
Remote Fox Remote Lever, 2-position
Shifters Shimano XT M8100, 12spd
Cassette Shimano XT M8100, 12spd, 10-51t
Chain Shimano XT, 12spd
Bottom Bracket Shimano XT 68/73mm Threaded BB
Headset Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated
Rear Tire Maxxis Aspen, 29"x2.35, EXO, TR
Front Tire Maxxis Aspen, 29"x2.4WT, EXO, TR
Sealant Stan's Sealant
Front Hub Industry Nine 1/1, 110x15, Centerlock, 28h
Rims RaceFace AR Offset 27 29" Rims
Spokes Sapim D-Light
Rear Hub DT 350, 12x148, MicroSpline, Centerlock, 28h
Rotors Shimano XT, Ice Tech, Centerlock, 160mm
Brakes Shimano XT 8100
Crankset Shimano XT M8120 34t
Handlebar Santa Cruz Bicycles Carbon Flat Bar
Stem SRAM Atmos Stem, 60mm
Saddle WTB Silverado Medium Cromoly SL Fusion Saddle or WTB Volt
Seatpost RaceFace Next, 27.5, 400mm
Grips/Bar Tape ESI Chunky Grips