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highball XC/Endurance 29

Build
Highball C R
  • Highball C R
  • Highball C S
  • Highball CC X01
  • Highball CC X01 Reserve
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Wide open, dawn to dusk.

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

More capable than a pure endurance bike, more composed than most XC race-rigs, the Highball has evolved to be easier to ride harder for longer. We fine-tuned the carbon layup process and the low-angle, bridgeless seatstays join the seat tube below the top tube junction in order to curb trail chatter.

Built around a 27.2mm diameter seat post, the whole package combines to take the “hard” out of hardtail riding. It has the mindset of a race bike but it’s prepared for more. With capacity for three bottle cages, the ever-reliable threaded BB and, of course, the lifetime warranty that comes standard with all Santa Cruz bikes, it’s the kind of bike that’ll go far.  

  • Fancy suspension? The Blur straps on 100mm of travel to flatten the trails and arrow you to the podium.

Frame Features

  • Wheel size: 29"
  • Front travel: 100mm
  • Rear travel: Hardtail
  • Designed for: Endurance, XC & XC Race

Bike Weights

  • R10.9kg / 24.03lbs
  • S10.1kg / 22.26lbs
  • XE10.11kg / 22.29lbs
  • XO19.23kg / 20.34lbs
  • XO1 w/ Reserves re9.2kg / 20.28lbs
  • XX1 w/ Reserves8.99kg / 19.82lbs

Demo A Bike

The Demo Tour is the perfect opportunity to try our bikes on your local trails.

View Our 2020 Tour Dates

Demo At These Dealers

Many of our dealers carry a selection of demo bikes. Give your nearest dealer a call to find out more.

Build Options

Highball CC Frame Only: £1,599Highball CC Frame Only: £1,699

Full Build Specs

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  • Highball C
    R
    £2,899
  • Wheelsize
  • 29
  • Colours
  • Ember
  • Fork
  • FOX Rhythm 32, 100mm, 29", w/ Remote
  • Shock
  • Front Derailleur
  • FOX Remote Lever, 2-position
  • Rear Derailleur
  • SRAM NX Eagle, 12spd
  • Shifters
  • SRAM NX Eagle, 12spd
  • Crankset
  • SRAM NX Eagle 148 DUB, 34t - 170mm (S)
    SRAM NX Eagle 148 DUB, 34t - 175mm (M,L,XL)
  • Bottom Bracket
  • SRAM DUB
  • Cassette
  • SRAM PG1230, 12spd, 11-50t
  • Chain
  • SRAM NX Eagle, 12spd
  • Brakes
  • SRAM Level T
  • Rotors
  • Avid Centerline 160mm
  • Handlebar
  • RaceFace Aeffect
  • Stem
  • RaceFace Aeffect
  • Grips
  • ESI Chunky Grips
  • Headset
  • Cane Creek 10 IS Integrated
  • Seatpost
  • RaceFace Ride
  • Saddle
  • WTB Silverado Race
  • Front Tyre
  • Maxxis Rekon 29"x2.25", 3C, EXO, TR
  • Rear Tyre
  • Maxxis Rekon 29"x2.25", 3C, EXO, TR
  • Wheels
  • F: SRAM MTH 716, 15x110, 32h
    R: SRAM MTH 746, 12x148, 32h
    Rims: WTB ST i25 TCS 2.0 29"
    Spokes: Sapim Race
  • Sealant
  • Stan's Sealant
  • Highball C
    S
    £3,599
  • Wheelsize
  • 29
  • Colours
  • Ember
  • Fork
  • FOX 32 Step-Cast Float Performance, 100mm, 29"(2), w/ Remote
  • Shock
  • Front Derailleur
  • FOX Remote Lever, 2-position
  • Rear Derailleur
  • SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd
  • Shifters
  • SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd
  • Crankset
  • SRAM GX Eagle 148 DUB, 34t - 170mm (S)
    SRAM GX Eagle 148 DUB, 34t - 175mm (M,L,XL)
  • Bottom Bracket
  • SRAM DUB
  • Cassette
  • SRAM XG1275 Eagle, 12spd, 10-50t
  • Chain
  • SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd
  • Brakes
  • SRAM Level TL
  • Rotors
  • Avid Centerline 160mm
  • Handlebar
  • RaceFace Aeffect
  • Stem
  • RaceFace Aeffect
  • Grips
  • ESI Chunky Grips
  • Headset
  • Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated
  • Seatpost
  • RaceFace Next
  • Saddle
  • WTB Silverado Pro
  • Front Tyre
  • Maxxis Rekon 29"x2.25", 3C, EXO, TR
  • Rear Tyre
  • Maxxis Rekon 29"x2.25", 3C, EXO, TR
  • Wheels
  • F: DT Swiss 370, 15x110, 32h
    R: DT Swiss 370, 12x148, XD, 32h
    Rims: RaceFace AR Offset 25 29"
    Spokes: Sapim Race
  • Sealant
  • Stan's Sealant
  • Highball CC
    X01
    £4,599
  • Wheelsize
  • 29
  • Colours
  • Ember
  • Fork
  • FOX 32 Step-Cast Float Factory, 100mm, 29"(2), w/ Remote
  • Shock
  • Front Derailleur
  • FOX Remote Lever, 2-position
  • Rear Derailleur
  • SRAM X01 Eagle, 12spd
  • Shifters
  • SRAM X01 Eagle, 12spd
  • Crankset
  • SRAM X1 Eagle Carbon 148 DUB, 34t - 170mm (S)
    SRAM X1 Eagle Carbon 148 DUB, 34t - 175mm (M,L,XL)
  • Bottom Bracket
  • SRAM DUB
  • Cassette
  • SRAM XG1295 Eagle, 12spd, 10-52t
  • Chain
  • SRAM X01 Eagle, 12spd
  • Brakes
  • SRAM Level TLM
  • Rotors
  • SRAM CLX Center Lock 160mm
  • Handlebar
  • Santa Cruz Bicycles Carbon Flat - 760mm
  • Stem
  • Syntace LiteForce
  • Grips
  • ESI Chunky Grips
  • Headset
  • Hope
  • Seatpost
  • Syntace P6 Carbon HiFlex
  • Saddle
  • WTB Silverado Team
  • Front Tyre
  • Maxxis Rekon 29"x2.25", 3C, EXO, TR
  • Rear Tyre
  • Maxxis Rekon 29"x2.25", 3C, EXO, TR
  • Wheels
  • F: DT Swiss 350, 15x110, Centerlock, 28h
    R: DT Swiss 350, 12x148, Centerlock, XD, 28h
    Rims: RaceFace ARC Offset 25 29"
    Spokes: Sapim Race
  • Sealant
  • Stan's Sealant
  • Highball CC
    X01 Reserve
    £5,799
  • Wheelsize
  • 29
  • Colours
  • Ember
  • Fork
  • FOX 32 Step-Cast Float Factory, 100mm, 29"(2), w/ Remote
  • Shock
  • Front Derailleur
  • FOX Remote Lever, 2-position
  • Rear Derailleur
  • SRAM X01 Eagle, 12spd
  • Shifters
  • SRAM X01 Eagle, 12spd
  • Crankset
  • SRAM X1 Eagle Carbon 148 DUB, 34t - 170mm (S)
    SRAM X1 Eagle Carbon 148 DUB, 34t - 175mm (M,L,XL)
  • Bottom Bracket
  • SRAM DUB
  • Cassette
  • SRAM XG1295 Eagle, 12spd, 10-52t
  • Chain
  • SRAM X01 Eagle, 12spd
  • Brakes
  • SRAM Level TLM
  • Rotors
  • SRAM CLX Center Lock 160mm
  • Handlebar
  • Santa Cruz Bicycles Carbon Flat - 760mm
  • Stem
  • Syntace LiteForce
  • Grips
  • ESI Chunky Grips
  • Headset
  • Hope
  • Seatpost
  • Syntace P6 Carbon HiFlex
  • Saddle
  • WTB Silverado Team
  • Front Tyre
  • Maxxis Rekon 29"x2.25", 3C, EXO, TR
  • Rear Tyre
  • Maxxis Rekon 29"x2.25", 3C, EXO, TR
  • Wheels
  • F: DT Swiss 350, 15x110, Centerlock, 28h
    R: DT Swiss 350, 12x148, Centerlock, XD, 28h
    Rims: Reserve 25 29" Carbon
    Spokes: Sapim D-Light
  • Sealant
  • Stan's Sealant

Video Reviews

  • Bikeradar Long-Term Test
  • Take a ride onboard with Guy Kesteven

Geometry

View In:
  • Imperial
  • Metric
    S M L XL
A Reach 405mm15.94" 430mm16.93" 450mm17.72" 480mm18.9"
B Stack 596mm23.46" 606mm23.86" 615mm24.21" 634mm24.96"
C Head Tube Angle 69.5°69.5° 69.5°69.5° 69.5°69.5° 69.5°69.5°
D Seat Tube Length 405mm15.94" 430mm16.93" 470mm18.5" 530mm20.87"
E Front Center 662mm26.06" 690mm27.17" 714mm28.11" 751mm29.57"
F BB Height 314mm12.36" 314mm12.36" 314mm12.36" 314mm12.36"
G BB Drop 56mm2.2" 56mm2.2" 56mm2.2" 56mm2.2"
H Wheelbase 1088mm42.83" 1116mm43.94" 1140mm44.88" 1177mm46.34"
I Chainstay Length 430mm16.93" 430mm16.93" 430mm16.93" 430mm16.93"
J Head Tube Length 90mm3.54" 100mm3.94" 110mm4.33" 130mm5.12"
K Top Tube Length 587mm23.11" 615mm24.21" 638mm25.12" 674mm26.54"
L Seat Tube Angle 73°73° 73°73° 73°73° 73°73°
M Standover Height 708mm27.87" 715mm28.15" 740mm29.13" 756mm29.76"

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

Size Guide

s
5'1"155 — 5'5"165cm
m
5'5"165 — 5'9"175cm
l
5'9"175 — 6'1"185cm
xl
6'1"185 — 6'5"196cm

FAQS

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 Highball 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 downtubeand one on the bottom of the downtube as a spare.
It's dropper post compatible and the options are plentiful. Just make sure you get a 27.2 diameter post.
Running a chain guide is an option. We recommend an excellent one from OneUp.

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 the newest model of this bike?

We'll have the newest version available 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.

Frame Specs

Suspension SystemHardtail
Headset/HeadtubeIntegrated, IS41/ IS52
Seat Post27.2mm
Seat Clamp31.8mm
Fork Compatibility100-120mm
BB ShellStandard
Max Tire Size2.4"
Brake TypesPost Mount, 160mm
Water Bottle Mounts3 Bottles: Seat tube, downtube, bottom of downtube

Bearing Adjustment & Service Documents

Updated Bearing Adjustment Guide View Here

For more tech and service documents please Click Here

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