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Santa Cruz Highball Carbon 29er Hardtail

4.8/5 (5 Reviews)
MSRP : $2097.95

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Product Description

Aside from skipping the complexity and weight of rear suspension, hardtails also forgo long wheelbases for the lightest, most nimble 29er platform. Sure, there's terrain that favors an FS platform, but in its element, nothing's going to match the speed and rewarding behavior of a nicely spec'd...

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by schwangster

Date Reviewed: October 14, 2013

Strengths:    Smooth ride, great handling, hill-climbing hero. This bike is better than I am at doing ugly climbs and nasty root infested descents. It doesn't stop until I screw up the pedal mashing.

Weaknesses:    the rider

Bottom Line:   
This is the bike I wished I had 20 years ago. Would have been killing the pack. At 53 years old this is the bike to ride for 'sane' trails. (including a lot of North Shore stuff) It makes you pick a good line, not blast through stuff I have no business being in. It rewards any little bit of effort I put in, which only drives me to put in more effort. What an awesome training partner!
Mine is built with XT triple rings, but an 1X11 would be nice.... but the XT works flawless.
I highly recommend this bike to anyone wanting to ENJOY riding.
Have a Highball and Enjoy Life!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Mark

Date Reviewed: June 6, 2013

Strengths:    Smooth ride
Very stable
The way it rolls over rocks, roots...
Climbs like a goat

Weaknesses:    A little pricey but worth it

Bottom Line:   
Ditto what Crisco said. 1st 29er, 1st carbon and 1st hardtail in many years. Have been a mountain bike rider for about 35 years (60 year old geezer!) and have never ridden anything like this. It is an unbelievable trail bike. Only downside is that my 26 inch Superlight is feeling very neglected these days!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Crisco

Date Reviewed: June 4, 2013

Strengths:    Light, strong, fast, fantastic geometry. Comfortable whether ascending or descending. Climbs like a mountain goat.

Weaknesses:    Expensive?

Bottom Line:   
This bike is a lot of firsts for me: first 29er, first carbon frame, first hardtail in about 20 years. That said, i love this thing! It's super quick but also stable. They definitely nailed the geometry. The bike feels solid as a rock until you hit a bump, and then it just soaks it up...unbelievable!
Minus 1 Chili on the value because it's far from the cheapest bike in its category....doesn't mean i wouldn't spend the money again in a heartbeat, though!

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Matahari a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: April 26, 2013

Strengths:    Climbs like a goat, descending is superb, overall feels good, cornering feels very stable.

Weaknesses:    Abit bouncy when goes over bump.

Bottom Line:   
Am proud to own this Highball Carbon, will introduce friends to own it too...

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Favorite Trail:   Tiger Hill

Duration Product Used:   4 weeks

Purchased At:   Penang , Malaysia

Bike Setup:   Highball Carbon frame, Sram XO drivetrain, XTR brake, Mavic SLR wheelset, Fox fork.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by helifitz

Date Reviewed: April 16, 2013

Strengths:    Light, stiff, and rides well. It doesn't rattle your teeth like some other carbon hardtails. It is also stealthy quite compared to other carbon hardtail frames I've ridden.

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
This is probably the best handling hardtail that I've ridden. The bike is meant to be an XC machine, but rides so well that I've been using it for 100 milers and everyday trail riding. Well done Santa Cruz! Now if only there was a SS friendly carbon version.

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