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Santa Cruz Bicycles Highball Carbon CC 27.5 XT Complete Mountain Bike - 2016

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    With mid-sized wheels, Shimano's durable, race-ready XT drivetrain, and Santa Cruz's peerless Carbon CC construction, the Highball Carbon CC 27.5 XT Complete Mountain Bike boasts a versatility equal to the brutal climbs and twisting, techy descents of XC courses like Albstadt, but at a price point that's more palatable to the self-sponsored racer. After all, we don't all get to tour the Euro pro scene, but that doesn't mean that the trails and courses in our backyards — and our own efforts on them — are any less worthy of the same level of world class racing platform.

    The latest Highball Carbon CC frame is built with the same Carbon CC construction as its predecessor. It features a higher modulus carbon than the Carbon C model, so less material is required to hit the same strength and stiffness numbers. Less material equates to a lighter chassis that needs fewer watts to propel, and the watts that you do pour into it are transferred with greater efficiency courtesy of the increased stiffness.

    The whole frame is also 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, buttressing the frame and dissipating the force from impacts and pedaling load. Translated into trail talk, this means it hits the bricks when you stomp on the pedals and dampens high-speed chatter — all with a low-weight that makes any full-suspension bike's climbing and sprinting feel as sharp as an overripe banana.

    Santa Cruz justifies retaining the 69-degree head tube angle for the new model year by citing the line-holding benefits of high rake combined with mid-sized wheels. Compared to the original 29er Highball, the 27.5-inch model has a lower, longer geometry, so it's tethered to lines both on the way up and the way down. Despite its long wheelbase, the Highball 27.5 has shorter chainstays then the 29er, so it capitalizes on the stiff, carbon hardtail and 12x142mm rear axle for efficient power transfer that lends itself to pushing through grades and carrying speed out of switchbacks.

    The Highball XT's new Shimano XT M8000 drivetrain isn't just a cosmetic makeover. Of the group's new updates, most notable may be the side-swing action of the front derailleur, which is classic Shimano in that it addresses an issue that we all though was just part of riding a double. The derailleur's actuation moves with the chain's motion, swinging forward and out as it pulls the chain up into the big ring for shifting that's as sharp as the rear derailleur. The build is finished with some standby kit: WTB rims mated to DT Swiss's legendary hubs.

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    Tech Specs

    Frame Material
    Carbon CC
    FOX Racing Shox 32 Float Factory
    Front Travel
    100 mm
    Cane Creek 40
    Shimano XT M8000 SL
    Front Derailleur
    Shimano XT M8025
    Rear Derailleur
    Shimano XT M8000 GS
    ISCG Tabs
    yes, ISCG 05
    26 / 36 t Shimano XT M8000
    Bottom Bracket
    BSA threaded
    Crank Arm Length
    175 mm
    11 - 40 t Shimano XT M8000
    Shimano HG700
    Shimano XT
    Brake Type
    hydraulic disc
    160 mm Shimano RT86 Ice-Tech
    Santa Cruz Carbon
    Handlebar Width
    720 mm
    Santa Cruz Palmdale Lock-On
    Race Face Turbine Basic
    WTB Silverado Team
    Easton EC70
    [rims] WTB Asym i19
    DT Swiss 350
    Front Axle
    Rear Axle
    Maxxis Ikon
    Tire Size
    29 x 2.2 in
    not included
    Recommended Use
    Manufacturer Warranty
    lifetime on frame

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