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When the buzzer goes off and the gate drops on your next cross-country race, you're already a mile ahead of the competition because you're sitting on the Santa Cruz Highball 27.5 Carbon CC X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike. This hardtail XC machine is feather light, lightning fast, and tough enough to handle the most challenging races. The geometry chart shows us immediately what the Highball's all about, with a fairly steep 69.5-degree head angle, choppy chainstays, and a short wheelbase making for delicate handling, the Highball fights for the lead right from the start while remaining stable enough to handle all-out efforts at the finish line.
Santa Cruz built this bike around a significant 56mm bottom bracket drop, which keeps the rider positioned in the bike to ensure that the handling is nimble but not skittish. The focused intent is on display throughout the Highball frame from its oversized bottom bracket area, which ensures maximum power transfer to the stiffness-enhancing thru-axle out back. Counterintuitively, the rear thru-axle also allows for sleeker, smoother-riding seatstays, ensuring that this hardtail race rocket won't beat its driver up excessively on the longest races. To that end, the Highball also has a 27.2in seat tube, which was chosen to open the option of a more flexible, and thus more comfortable, seatpost. It pairs well with the threaded bottom bracket, proving that sometimes the old designs are still the best.
The Highball is built using Santa Cruz's top-tier CC carbon fiber construction. By using some of the finest, and strongest, raw materials available, Santa Cruz is able to make its CC level frames extremely lightweight, while maintaining outstanding impact resistance, exceptional stiffness, and just the right amount of finely tuned flex to cancel out trail chatter. The result is a frame that will hold up to years of hard riding, will provide a comfortable ride, and will do so at a very competitive weight. The X01 Reserve build of the Highball is ready to race right out of the box. The RockShox SID RLT fork provides comfort and control for the bike's leading edge. SRAM's excellent X01 Eagle drivetrain provides a massive gear range, while Level TLM brakes keep speed in check on the descents. And it rolls on Santa Cruz's new Reserve carbon wheels laced to DT Swiss 350 hubs. As with all of Santa Cruz's carbon fiber frames, the Highball is backed by a lifetime warranty.
- Podium-chasing hardtail for cross country specialists
- 73-degree seat tube angle for efficient power transfer
- 69.5-degree head tube angle balances snappy handling with composure
- Threaded bottom bracket for creak-free reliability
- Huge gear range from X01 Eagle offers a gear for every climb
- Carbon CC frame saves weight without sacrificing strength
- SRAM X01 Eagle drivetrain provides the ultimate bailout gear
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