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Introducing the Santa Cruz Highball Carbon 29er hardtail

29er Cross Country News

It’s hard to believe, but the new Highball is the first true cross country/trail hardtail bike to come from Santa Cruz Bicycles. Sure they’ve had the Chameleon for years, but it’s not the bike you’d choose for an XC race or a long day of climbing. The fact that their first XC hardtail is a 29er should really come as no surprise either. The benefits of 29 inch wheels on a hardtail are undeniable.


There are still those times and places where the best way to light the fuse and blow everyone else into the weeds is by riding a hardtail. Bigger wheels have revived the venerable double diamond design, and by mixing the smooth rolling hoops with a feathery 2.4-pound carbon fiber frame, we’ve come up with a potent race weapon. Anyone who complains about a bad day climbing while riding this bike needs to find another sport. The Highball is insanely light, razor sharp, nimble but surefooted, stiff as a plank, and designed to do two things: 1. Race. 2. Win.

Available in Matte Carbon/Grey or Gloss Carbon/Red

$1899 US MSRP frame only – Complete bikes from $3099

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Check out the discussion thread about these new bikes in the Santa Cruz Forum!

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