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Santa Cruz Bicycles Highball Carbon 27.5 R1 Complete Mountain Bike - 2017

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    Interrogating the real.

    The Highball Carbon 27.5 R1 Complete Mountain Bike may not be the out-and-out fastest XC machine in Santa Cruz's stable. That honor falls to the Highball 29er—but only in the vacuum of a smooth ribbon of singletrack or a well-kempt fire road. There's no room for honor in the less-than smooth conditions of an actual XC race, and the Highball 27.5's ability to overcome small obstacles with a large angle of attack without sacrificing dexterity while climbing or getting hung-up while interrogating stretches of recalcitrant, enduro-worthy trail furniture mean that it's actually superior outside of virtual speed simulations.

    Though speed is the focus here and squish tends to eat into that, the Highball does address the lack of rear suspension with a diminished seatpost, 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 trail vibrations that tend to accumulate over the course of a long ride. Up front, the 27.5 model has a more moderate head tube angle than the Highball 29er. At just 69 degrees, it rides the divide between slack stability and razor-sharp handling, keeping you in control while helping to control the terrain. Unsurprisingly, it also has shorter chainstays than the 29er version, which maximizes the hardtail rear triangle's efficiency while mashing.

    As with the original 29-inch model, the Highball 27.5 is a single-piece layup of carbon fiber 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 and a lower weight. Translated into trail talk, this means the Highball hits the bricks when you stomp on the pedals, dampen high-speed chatter, and hold lines like a cat on carpet — all with a low-weight that makes any full-suspension bike look like a bloated downhill-only machine.

    Finally, Santa Cruz's approach to the carbon lay-up process deserves a quick mention before we sign off. The carbon is compacted from both inside and out, eliminating voids, preventing delamination, and creating a smooth interior. While that level of aesthetic perfection is a nice idea, even if we can't see it, the real-world benefits of a perfect interior include no resin pools or unintended material abnormalities, which can structurally compromise a frame over time.

    • A cross country bike with a nimble wheel size
    • 27.5in wheels balance agility with rolling aggression
    • Santa Cruz's carbon know-how leads the stiff and light game
    • Long reach and a short stem make for clean handling
    • Steep front end stays on point while grinding out climbs
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    Tech Specs

    Frame Material
    carbon fiber
    Suspension
    hardtail
    Fork
    Rock Shox Reba RL
    Front Travel
    100mm
    Headset
    Cane Creek 10 Series
    Shifters
    SRAM NX
    Front Derailleur
    n/a
    Rear Derailleur
    SRAM NX
    Crankset
    Race Face Aeffect AL
    Bottom Bracket
    BSA threaded
    Cassette
    10-42t SRAM XG-1150
    Chain
    SRAM PC-1110
    Brakeset
    SRAM Level T
    Brake Type
    hydraulic disc
    Rotors
    160mm Avid Centerline
    Handlebar
    Race Face Evolve
    Handlebar Rise
    flat
    Handlebar Width
    720mm
    Grips
    Santa Cruz Palmdale Lock-on
    Stem
    Race Face Ride
    Saddle
    WTB Volt Race
    Seatpost
    Race Face Ride
    Seatpost Diameter
    27.2mm
    Wheelset
    [rims] WTB STP i19 TCS
    Hubs
    [front] Novatec D711, [rear] Novatec D772
    Front Axle
    15 x 110mm Boost
    Rear Axle
    12 x 142mm
    Tires
    Maxxis Crossmark DC EXO
    Tire Size
    27.5 x 2.1in
    Pedals
    not included
    Recommended Use
    cross country
    Manufacturer Warranty
    lifetime on frame

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