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Two New Bikes For Spring!22nd FEB 2012

It has become something of a spring tradition at Santa Cruz Bicycles to spring some new bikes on an unsuspecting public. While it might be a bit early in the year, there are blossoms on trees around here and we're optimistic that spring is beginning to be sprung, so what the heck, let's introduce two new big wheel bikes.

HIGHBALL in Aluminium

Yes indeedy, the skinny carbon fiber killing machine has now been joined by a new ALUMINUM brother (and therefore will now be known as the Highball C). Taking the swift and light intent of our 29" wheeled carbon Highball and crafting it out of aluminum, we’ve added a couple very notable other features: value and versatility. The proprietary aluminum tubing allows for a strong, respectably light frame, and features the same responsive geometry as our carbon race bike. Riders have the option of running a fixed position rear dropout for geared use, or a pivoting, adjustable dropout for single speed use. Clean lines and super-versatility aside, this is also one of our most affordable bikes, redefining the notion of "bang for your buck." Check out these features:

S, M, L, XL sizes (note that the 22.2" top tube length and 28.3 standover on our small is shorter and lower than that claimed on some other "extra-small" bikes)

  • Fixed or swinger SS dropouts
  • Tapered headtube
  • Hydroformed top- and downtubes
  • Asymmetrical forged chainstay yoke (for optimal strength, stiffness, and chainring clearance)
  • Brake strut on non-driveside for vibration-free braking
  • Two bottle mounts
  • Threaded bb shell (we think this is still the best, most user-friendly, widely compatible, globally serviceable way to install a bottom bracket.)

Available Colours

Pearl white/green

Traffic blue/orange


We've been wanting to build this bike for a while now. Combining the proven value and performance of the legendary Superlight with the smooth rolling stability of larger wheels, we present the Superlight29. Custom hydroformed aluminum tubing, a reliable, efficient, responsive single pivot suspension design offering 100mm of travel, terrain eating 29" wheels and kickass value for money all add up to a timeless sweetheart of a bike. The big wheel Superlight is also available in a small size with the lowest standover in this class of bike, and is packed with features that would be at home on much more expensive bikes:

S, M, L, XL sizes (note that the 22.2" top tube length and 27.3 standover on our small is shorter than what some other folks are calling "extra-small", and lower than anything else in this class)

  • Hydroformed top- and downtubes
  • Tapered headtube
  • Replaceable derailleur hanger
  • 100mm travel
  • 7.875x2" shock and "large" swingarm for L and XL sizes
  • 6.5"x1.5" shock and "small" swingarm for S and M sizes (better for standover clearance)
  • 15mm collet axle pivot hardware
  • Custom tuned Fox Float RL shock
  • Continuous cable routing, dropper post routing
  • Threaded bb shell (we think this is still the best, most user-friendly, widely compatible, globally serviceable way to install a bottom bracket.)

Available Colours

Gloss burnt orange/silver


Gloss black/green

UK pricing on these new models, and available builds, should be ready by the beginning of March; we'll also know the exact date the first models will arrive in the UK in the next few days. if you're interested in one of these fantastic new models please contact your local Santa Cruz dealer.

More coverage, photos and impressions

Singletrack : Santa Cruz Highball Alloy – First Ride
Singletrack : Santa Cruz Superlight 29 – First Ride
Bike Radar: Santa Cruz launch Superlight 29 & Highball Alloy
Bike Rumor : First look at the Santa Cruz Superlight 29 & Highball Alloy
MTBR : Santa Cruz Highball Alloy
MTBR : Santa Cruz Superlight 29
PinkBike : Santa Cruz Superlight 29 Reborn

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