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Santa Cruz Bicycles Highball 29 Carbon CC XTR Complete Mountain Bike - 2016

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    Break up with bob.

    There are times when full suspension mountain bikes are a definite necessity, but if your focus is less on enduro pro DH bombing runs and more on speed, then you probably won't miss the 6in of marshmallow suspension Santa Cruz's Highball 29er Carbon CC XTR Complete Mountain Bike forgoes with its hardtail and big-wheeled aggression. One thing you might miss, though, is bobbing up and down on smooth singletrack or steep climbs, and the Highball Carbon CC's hardtail is even more efficient than the heavier, more pedestrian Carbon C model. Say goodbye to Bob, once and for all.

    As with its predecessor, the new Highball frame's carbon layup is a single piece instead of a jigsaw puzzle of individually-cured carbon tubes. This allows Santa Cruz to wrap the fibers continuously around structurally important junctures like the head tube and bottom bracket, strengthening the frame, dissipating the force from impacts and pedaling load, and allowing for comparable strength with less material. Translated into trail talk, this means it hits the bricks when you stomp on the pedals, dampens high-speed chatter, and holds lines like a cat on carpet — all with a low weight that makes any full-suspension bike look like a bloated DH slug.

    The Highball somewhat addresses the lack of rear suspension with a diminished seatpost, slimmed down to 27.2 millimeters. While this doesn't quite equate to the square-edge hit capabilities of the Nomad or Bronson, it does help to eat up chatter that will otherwise accumulate over the course of a long ride. Up front, the 29-inch model has a sharper head tube angle than the Highball 27.5 so it dances nimbly through switchbacks and technical sections. Although it has longer chainstays than the 27.5 version, The Highball 29er actually has a shorter wheelbase, courtesy of that head tube angle, which contributes to the confident handling when quarters get tight.

    For 2016, Santa Cruz is finally building the Highball XTR as a true, all-XTR affair. The previous generation's Race Face crank has been replaced with Shimano's flagship XTR double crankset. While the enduro crowd is falling over themselves to hop on the one-by bandwagon, cyclists who are interested in every aspect of the ride — both up and down — will appreciate the expanded range of gearing options afforded by a double chainring mated to an 11-40t cassette. The rest of the kit remains largely the same in the new model year, including the standout DT Swiss 240 hubs and FOX Racing Shox 32 Float fork.

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    Tech Specs

    Frame Material
    Carbon CC
    Fork
    FOX Racing Shox 32 Float Factory
    Front Travel
    100 mm
    Headset
    Cane Creek 110
    Shifters
    Shimano XTR M9000
    Front Derailleur
    Shimano XTR M9025
    Rear Derailleur
    Shimano XTR M9000
    ISCG Tabs
    yes, ISCG 05
    Crankset
    26 / 36 t Shimano XTR M9000
    Bottom Bracket
    BSA threaded
    Cassette
    11 - 40 t Shimano XTR M9000
    Chain
    Shimano XTR M9000
    Brakeset
    Shimano XTR M9000
    Brake Type
    hydraulic disc
    Rotors
    160 mm Shimano RT86 Ice-Tech
    Handlebar
    Santa Cruz Carbon Rise
    Handlebar Width
    720 mm
    Grips
    ESI Racer's Edge
    Stem
    Syntace F109
    Saddle
    WTB Silverado SLT
    Seatpost
    Syntace P6
    Wheelset
    [rims] WTB Asym i19
    Hubs
    DT Swiss 240s
    Front Axle
    15x100mm
    Rear Axle
    12x142mm
    Tires
    Maxxis Ikon
    Tire Size
    29 x 2.2 in
    Pedals
    not included
    Recommended Use
    cross-country
    Manufacturer Warranty
    lifetime on frame

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    Highball's occupy that space in the MTB world that is a bit forgotten. Hardtails are fast and can charge all day. While the lack of rear suspension may scare off people who think they're going to be dropping 15 footers and jumping gaps, most people want a fast, efficient bike. If you like to pedal, this is your bike. Give me a shout directly if you'd like to know more. btowery@backcountry.com 801-204-4557