Highball 29 XC

The Highball is now available in 29” and 27.5”.  You pick. We tried to keep the handling characteristics the same between the two bikes, and let the wheel size’s traits shine through. One difference –the 27.5” version has a size small, while the 29er does not, and that the 29er has an XXL, while the 27.5” does not. On the 29er, we shortened the chainstays by almost a half-inch, and stretched out the front end of the bike by about the same. This allows you to run a more modern stem/bar combo and makes the bike a little quicker in the corners. A lot of folks want to talk about head tube angle when they talk about hardtails, but we rode a lot of different options, and decided the 70.5-degree angle we used on the first Highball was spot-on. It strikes the right balance of quick handling and stability, and won’t wander on you when you’re climbing.

Despite our commitment to carbon fiber engineering and manufacturing, we know the allure of a metal bike. Perfect welds, proper heft, and a certain tangible quality makes metal an attractive materail. It's also more amenable to the placement of bolts and other hardware than carbon is, which is why we offer a single-speed dropout kit in the alloy version of the Highball, but not the carbon. If you want to get your hammerhead on, we think this is the best way to do it. In addition, we reduced the seat post size to 27.2mm, which adds some compliance you’ll appreciate when you’re 80 miles in to a 100-mile race.

The Highball is unapologetically fast, surprisingly fun, and every bit a Santa Cruz mountain bike.

Frame Features

  • 15mm thru-axle fork
  • Full carbon frame
  • 29" wheels
  • Bottle cage mount
  • 142mm rear axle spacing
Colour
Gloss Grey / Red
  • Gloss Grey / Red
  • Matte Black / White
Build
Highball 29 C R
  • Highball 29 C R
  • Highball 29 C S
  • Highball 29 CC X01
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Build Options

Highball 29 CC Frame Only: from £1,699

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  • Highball 29 C
    R
    £2,699
  • Wheelsize
  • 29
  • Colours
  • Gloss Grey / Red
    Matte Black / White
  • Fork
  • RockShox Reba RL 100 - 29
  • Shock
  • Rear Derailleur
  • SRAM NX 11 speed Long Cage
  • Shifters
  • SRAM NX 11 speed
  • Crankset
  • Race Face Aeffect 32t - 175mm (M,L,XL)
  • Cassette
  • SRAM XG1150 CS 10-42t
  • Chain
  • SRAM PC1110
  • Brakes
  • SRAM Level T
  • Rotors
  • Avid Centerline - 160mm
  • Handlebar
  • Race Face Evolve Flat Bar - 31.8x720mm
  • Stem
  • Race Face Ride Stem
  • Grips
  • Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips - Black
  • Headset
  • Cane Creek 10 IS Integrated Headset
  • Seatpost
  • Race Face Ride
  • Saddle
  • WTB Volt Race
  • Front Tyre
  • Maxxis Crossmark DC EXO TR - 29x2.1"
  • Rear Tyre
  • Maxxis Crossmark DC EXO TR - 29x2.1"
  • Wheels
  • F: Novatec D711 - 15x110mm
    R: Novatec D462 - 12x142mm (XD)
    Rims: WTB STP i19 TCS - 29
    Spokes: DT Competition
  • Sealant
  • Stan's Sealant
  • Highball 29 C
    S
    £2,999
  • Wheelsize
  • 29
  • Colours
  • Gloss Grey / Red
    Matte Black / White
  • Fork
  • RockShox SID RL 100 - 29
  • Shock
  • Rear Derailleur
  • SRAM GX Eagle 12 speed
  • Shifters
  • SRAM GX Eagle 12 speed
  • Crankset
  • SRAM GX Eagle 32t - 175mm (M,L,XL)
  • Cassette
  • SRAM XG1275 Eagle 10-50t
  • Chain
  • SRAM GX Eagle 12 speed
  • Brakes
  • SRAM Level TL
  • Rotors
  • Avid Centerline - 160mm
  • Handlebar
  • Race Face Evolve Flat Bar - 31.8x720mm
  • Stem
  • Race Face Ride Stem
  • Grips
  • Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips - Black
  • Headset
  • Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset
  • Seatpost
  • Race Face Ride
  • Saddle
  • WTB Volt Race
  • Front Tyre
  • Maxxis Crossmark DC EXO TR - 29x2.1"
  • Rear Tyre
  • Maxxis Crossmark DC EXO TR - 29x2.1"
  • Wheels
  • F: Novatec D641 - 15x110mm
    R: Novatec D642 - 12x142mm (XD)
    Rims: Race Face AR 24 - 29
    Spokes: DT Competition
  • Sealant
  • Stan's Sealant
  • Highball 29 CC
    X01
    £4,299
  • Wheelsize
  • 29
  • Colours
  • Gloss Grey / Red
    Matte Black / White
  • Fork
  • Rock Shox SID RLC 100 - 29"
  • Shock
  • Rear Derailleur
  • SRAM X01 Eagle 12 speed
  • Shifters
  • SRAM X01 Eagle
  • Crankset
  • SRAM X1 Eagle Carbon 32t - 175mm (M,L,XL)
  • Cassette
  • SRAM XG1295 Eagle 10-50t
  • Chain
  • SRAM X01 Eagle 12 speed
  • Brakes
  • SRAM Level TLM
  • Rotors
  • Avid Centerline - 160mm
  • Handlebar
  • Santa Cruz XC Carbon - 31.8 x 750mm
  • Stem
  • KS Ether
  • Grips
  • Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips - Black
  • Headset
  • Hope
  • Seatpost
  • Thomson Elite
  • Saddle
  • WTB Volt Race
  • Front Tyre
  • Maxxis Ikon TR EXO - 27.5x2.2"
  • Rear Tyre
  • Maxxis Ikon TR EXO - 27.5x2.2"
  • Wheels
  • F: Hope Pro 4 - 15x110mm, 32h
    R: Hope Pro 4 TA - 12x142mm, 32h (XD)
    Rims: WTB Frequency Team TCS i23 - 29
    Spokes: DT Competition
  • Sealant
  • Stan's Sealant
  • Available Upgrade:Bottom Bracket
    Hope Stainless BB
    + £60
  • Available Upgrade:Seatpost
    KS LEV
    + £200
  • Available Upgrade:Wheels
    SCB Reserve 25 Carbon Wheels (DT 350 Hubs) - 29
    + £1,200

Geometry

Geometry Chart
505 axle-crown (w/ 13mm stack height)
  M L XL XXL
Top Tube Length 599.9mm 625.3mm 649.8mm 675.2mm
Seat Tube Length 431.8mm 476.3mm 533.4mm 571.5mm
Head Tube Angle 70.5° 70.5° 70.5° 70.5°
Seat Tube Angle 71.0° 71.0° 71.0° 71.0°
BB Height 314.0mm 314.0mm 314.0mm 314.0mm
Wheelbase 1079.0mm 1099.8mm 1129.7mm 1155.4mm
Head Tube Length 90.0mm 100.0mm 110.0mm 120.0mm
Chainstay Length 430.0mm 430.0mm 430.0mm 430.0mm
Effective ST Angle 72.5° 72.5° 72.5° 72.5°
Standover Height 733.7mm 756.0mm 801.2mm 835.6mm
Reach 406.4mm 428.8mm 450.3mm 472.8mm
Stack 613.8mm 623.2mm 632.6mm 642.1mm

* Effective top tube
** Seat Tube length measured from center of BB to top of seat tube

Size Guide

29er

M
5'5"5'10"
L
5'10"6'1"
XL
6'1"6'4"
XXL
6'4"6'7"

FAQS

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 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 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.

Bearing Adjustment & Service Documents

Updated Bearing Adjustment Guide View Here

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