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Santa Cruz mixes up a new Highball XC hard tail

SANTA CRUZ; California - March 2018 during the launch of the new Santa Cruz Bicycles Blur and Highball. Photo by Gary Perkin
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It’s new bike Tuesday! Which means in addition to the new hard tail from Rocky Mountain, there are not one, but two new rides from Santa Cruz. Like Rocky, one of those two bikes is  a hard tail – the new Highball 3.

Santa Cruz mixes up a new Highball XC hard tail

Like previous models, the Highball runs 29″ wheels and tires for the makings of a fast hard tail that would be great for racing, or just riding. Up front, the 100mm suspension fork is held at a 69.5º head tube angle – a full degree slacker than previous. You’ll also find internal cable routing with compatibility for internal 27.2mm dropper posts, a 1x specific frame, a threaded bottom bracket, a bolt on down tube protector, three bottle cage mounts, and Boost axle spacing.

Claimed weight is 19.1lbs / 8.9kg for the XX1 Reserve build.

While the Highball will fit up to a 29 x 2.4″ tire, there is not room for 27+ conversions. The frame continues with post mounts inside the rear triangle for a tidy rear end.


Pricing ranges from $2,799 for the Highball 3 C with an R kit to the full $7,999 XX1 Reserve build on the CC frame. The CC frame is also available separately for $1,899. Available now.

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silverlining
silverlining
5 years ago

Is it just me, or is that top tube length sizing a bit longer? I’d likely run a super short (45mm) stem on the medium from first glance. Any additional details on the dropped seat stays design? Ability to run a 120mm fork? Oh, and that gloss fog color is awesome!

JohnK
JohnK
5 years ago

Previous Highball had a 27.5 version (regular 27.5, not plus). New Highball have a 27.5 version?

Jason martin
Jason martin
5 years ago

FAQ’s say 100-120mm fork.

T.T. is .5″ longer than v2

Heffe
Heffe
5 years ago

Sweet. I still maintain more stoke about the next version of the Stigmata, though. Let’s see it!!

Stefan Jost
Stefan Jost
5 years ago

Looks like a BMC Mountain Bike. Not my style more ❗

Pat
Pat
5 years ago

Just bought one!!!!

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