2024 Santa Cruz Highball CC 29 Frameset

C$2,949.00
SKU: 68-24258-2-804-0099

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The Highball is our race-bred XC hardtail.

When the trail (or the competition) calls for the direct drive efficiency that only a hardtail can offer, the Highball is the choice. It looks straightforward but that belies the high-tech features and design hidden within. This is a modern take on the simple machine that many still choose to put battery acid in their thighs and fire in their lungs in order to conquer something. Whether you’re chasing medals, personal demons, or just some riding buddies, this is a hardtail you’ll be happy to log long hours upon.

Key Features:

Available in: Carbon CC
Wheel Size: 29er
Front Travel: 100mm

Hard on the throttle, soft on the body

Hardtails are about as subtle as bikes come, and in the case of the Highball, simplistic refinement belies engineering effort. We’ve learned from our road biking pals that a great deal of a hardtail’s compliance comes from the seatpost: the smaller the diameter, the softer the feel, and with more seat post exposed to daylight, more compliance is had— which is the reason the Highball features low slung top tube and the smaller, 27.2mm diameter post. But you need not be sitting to recognize the ‘soft’ feel of the Highball— the dropped seat stays are made of custom laminate, finely tuned here in Santa Cruz for vertical compliance— and they’re oriented to isolate the top tube from high speed trail chatter, reducing feedback to the, uh, engine.

SPECS:

Frame
Carbon CC 29" Hardtail
Max Tire Width 29 x 2.4
Hub Spacing Boost 148mm
Brake Rotor Size
160 Post Mount
Bottle Cage Mounts 3
Bottom Bracket
73mm Threaded - Not Included
Derailleur Hanger Included
Headset
IS - Not Included
 

Geometry

All units are in millimeters or degrees.

  S M L XL
Reach 415 440 460 490
Stack 596 605 614 633
Head Tube Angle 67° 67° 67° 67°
Seat Tube Length 405 430 470 530
Front Center 693 719 743 781
BB Height 313 313 313 313
BB Drop 60 60 60 60
Wheelbase 1119 1145 1169 1207
Rear Center 426 426 426 426
Head Tube Length 95 105 115 135
Top Tube Length 595 619 642 677
Seat Tube Angle 73.5° 73.5° 73.5° 73.5°
Standover Height 707 704 739 755
 

Frame Sizing

  • 152 - 165cm - S
  • 165 - 178cm - M
  • 178 - 185cm - L
  • 185 - 198cm - XL

If you're on the cusp between the recommended height range of two sizes, the absolute best thing is to try to ride them both. At a minimum, check the stack/reach measurements on your current bike and compare it to the new model you are looking at to get an idea of a fit you are already comfortable with. If riding the bike is not an option, consider the following.

Personal Preference

A larger size frame will be more stable, and will give you more room to move without upsetting the weight-balance of the bike. The larger size will put the front wheel further in front of you, which gives the feeling of security and conversely, it will require more significant body movements when you WANT to shift the weight-bias of the bike. Think hard about your riding style and how active/intuitive you want it to be vs stable and speedy. You'll need to work a bit harder to muscle the larger bike around.

Body Dimension

Not all bodies at a given height are the same. If you have longer legs and a shorter torso than the average person your height, that may push you towards the smaller of the recommended sizes. If you're all torso and arms, most likely you'll want to size up.