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Santa Cruz Highball Bike Reviews

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The Santa Cruz Highball is this company’s first hardtail for cross-country bikers. This bike is also the first model made by Santa Cruz with frames entirely made from carbon fiber and without full suspension. The Santa Cruz Highball designed for one thing, to win! It is a bicycle that is designed to get up to speed in as few pedal strokes as possible, even with its big mountain bike wheels.


Santa Cruz Highball Aluminum R XC Complete Bike

This model features swinging rear dropouts that can be used in either geared cycling or for single speed biking. The headtube is tapered and ultra-stiff. Its forged chainstay yoke features an assymmetrical design that gives this bike impressive strength, stiffness, and chainring clearance. Cyclists will love the hydroformed top-tube and down-tube due to their hot look and super-stiff front triangle. This model is also quite serviceable due to the threaded bottom bracket shell, a universal design for a reason.


Santa Cruz Bicycles Highball Bike – SPX XC Build Kit

The Shimano XT Dyna-Sys drivetrain allows cyclists to always achieve the perfect ratio due to its thirty possible gearing combinations. A Fox Shox F29 RLC fork also keeps your forearms from getting excessively tired by taking the brunt of all the bumps and, thanks to Avid Elixir CR brakes, you can be sure that you have all the stopping power you need, despite it’s lightweight appearance. Easton and Thomson components give the best of both worlds by allowing super toughness with ultra-lightweight materials. The DT Swiss 350 hubs and Mavic TN719 rims also make sure that your wheels can take any amount of punishment.


Santa Cruz Bicycles Highball – SPX XC – 2012

Thanks to a Fox Float 29 FIT fork, you arms won’t burst into flames from the many bumps while riding. The Shimano XT group also combines toughness and lightness with reliability. DT Swiss 350 hubs laced to Mavic rims mean that your wheelset can take any punishment and Shimano’s IceTech rotors are good, durable breaks. With a ten-speed cassette and a 36-tooth granny gear you can be sure that this mountain bike has the right gear ratio for you.

The Santa Cruz Highball has impressive geometry and its design leads to stiff pedaling and steering. However, this is not a comfortable ride. The Santa Cruz Highball has a slacker head angle, short chainstays, and a low bottom bracket. Santa Cruz is known for producing well-behaved bicycles and their Highball model is great for cross-country racers and for bikers looking for a bike for short travel trails.

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