Santa Cruz Superlight 29er and Highball Alloy 29er – Actual Weights & Geometry Charts

Santa Cruz Superlight 29er full suspension mountain bike actual weight size small

Once the tech bits for Santa Cruz’s new Superlight 29er and Highball alloy 29er were posted, we threw a size run of each bike on the scale. The Superlights were mainly built up with their D/XC spec, which includes a Shimano Deore crankset, shifters and front mech and the SLX rear derailleur. It rolls on WTB’s new Frequency rims mated to Shimano hubs. Brakes are Avid Elixir 1 with 160mm rotors, and fork is Rockshox Reba. Rear shock on all models is from Fox. This is their lowest end stock build option and usually comes with a full Easton alloy cockpit, but these bikes had Truvativ stem and bar.

The other key difference, which is likely adding about a pound to the total weights shown here are the Maxxis Ardent tires. They’re run tubeless, but they’re some heavy all-mountain treads. The D/XC kit comes stock with Maxxis Crossmark wire bead tires and lightweight tube, but the rims are pre-taped with Stan’s NoTubes rim tape and include the tubeless valve cores. In other words, it’ll come in a bit lighter than what you see here and you can very easily drop another 1/4 to 1/2 pound by throwing some lightweight tubeless XC tires on there.

Click through for weights for each size and geometry charts. The Small Superlight 29 came in at 27lbs 3oz. All weights are without pedals…

Santa Cruz Superlight 29er full suspension mountain bike actual weight size medium

The Mediume came in at 27lbs 1oz, and here’s why it’s lighter: It’s got higher end Thomson stem and Easton Haven carbon handlebar. Otherwise spec is the same.

Santa Cruz Superlight 29er full suspension mountain bike actual weight size large

Large is 27lbs 5oz. Notice the different size swing arms between the small/medium and the large/XL sizes.

Santa Cruz Superlight 29er full suspension mountain bike actual weight size XL

XL came in at 27lbs 11oz. Honestly, there’s no reason why these bikes can’t be built down to 24.5lbs without breaking the bank. Santa Cruz made no mention of it, but man wouldn’t it be something to see this in a carbon frame? That would conflict with the idea of the Superlight as their budget full susser, but still.

Santa Cruz Superlight 29er full suspension mountain bike geometry chart

HIGHBALLa ACTUAL WEIGHTS:

Santa Cruz Highball alloy 29er hardtail mountain bike actual weight size small

The size small Highball-alloy hardtail 29er came in at 24lbs 3oz. These were built up with their SPX/XC build kit, which includes a full XT drivetrain and Icetech brakes, Thomson Elite seat post, Easton alloy stem and carbon handlebar and a lighter WTB Silverado Team saddle. The spec list says they get Mavic rims laced to DT Swiss hubs, but these were rockin’ Frequency rims and unspecified hubs and the same heavy duty Ardent tires. This small version had the brakes off it, which is why they’re hanging from the saddle during weigh in, so it might have been an ounce or so heavier with adapter and mounting hardware.

Santa Cruz Highball alloy 29er hardtail mountain bike actual weight size Medium

Medium is 24lbs 10oz but had a heavier stem. Parts were being swapped around frequently to get the riders fit properly.

Santa Cruz Highball alloy 29er hardtail mountain bike actual weight size large

The large is 24lbs 8oz.

Santa Cruz Highball alloy 29er hardtail mountain bike actual weight size XL

XL was 24lbs 10oz. To see how these stack up, you can check the Highball Carbon weigh-in from last year.

Santa Cruz Highball alloy 29er hardtail mountain bike actual weight size frame only

The frame here is either Medium or Large, they weren’t marked and quite honestly look very similar. It’s weighed with seat collar and the singlespeed swinger dropouts, so a standard geared setup with the stock dropouts would be a bit lighter. Weight is 3lbs 14oz.

Santa Cruz Highball alloy 29er hardtail mountain bike geometry chart

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Chris
Chris
10 years ago

Your digital scale needs to be vertical to get an accurate weight. I have the same scale. The inside chain should not be touching the outer tube.

Ernst
Ernst
10 years ago

I just love the alu Highball in blue… would even consider trading my carbon Blur… :S

Strawberry Sram
Strawberry Sram
10 years ago

Re SHOOT with the scale being used properly

RE SHOOT

notapro
10 years ago

it’s cool, tyler. no need to re-weigh ’em for me. it won’t make one bit of difference to skill or fitness.

Evan
Evan
10 years ago

Too bad they increased the BB height on the Superlight 29. The low BB on the 26″ Superlight was one of the reasons it has stood the test of time!

Wil
Wil
10 years ago

I have the same scale as well and have always clamped the head unit itself. With the grippers it hangs on pretty well without much compression from the stand. Hanging the scale vertically will have given a different weight as other have said.

Kovas
Kovas
10 years ago

I second the motion for a carbon Superlight 29er. I’d bite.

Would it then be called the SuperDuperlight 29?

Adam
Adam
10 years ago

Tyler,
I scanned the Carbon Highball article and it doesn’t mention which built kit is used, only that it’s not that Chi-chi.
Looking at the photos, I think I spy a SRAM rear der in the Carbon article. But it would be helpful for an actual comparison.

Thanks!

fuzzy
fuzzy
10 years ago

Like you bozo’s would be able to tell the 1/10th of a pound of difference that would *really* make. One good coat of mud would take care of that for you on trail.

Mengul
Mengul
10 years ago

I agree; if the scale is worth a darn it would only be a tiny amount that you would not notice. That being said you are entitled to your comments. I love Santa Cruz does and can’t wait to get out for a spin on these new rides!

gasnit
gasnit
10 years ago

…elevated chain-stays, the best that 1990 has to offer 🙂

Brett
Brett
10 years ago

The bikes are lovely. The weights feeling about right because you weigh a lot of stuff? Come on, man.

ParisLeBon
ParisLeBon
7 years ago

All the weights are way off. XL superlight is 31.5 pounds.

Erik
Erik
1 year ago

I bought a 2013 santa cruz Superlight 29 from a yard sale. But I still don’t know if the bike is a small or medium or any sticker that says so. Any idea? Can anyone help me out with that ? Thanks