Santa Cruz Highball 2.0 SLX 2017

Price $2,199

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The Highball is now available in 29” and 27.5”. You pick. We tried to keep the handling characteristics the same between the two bikes, and let the wheel size’s traits shine through. One difference –the 27.5” version has a size small, while the carbon 29ers do not, but the aluminum bike is available in a small frame (but no XXL—that one's carbon-only). On the 29er, we shortened the chainstays by almost a half-inch, and stretched out the front end of the bike by about the same. This allows you to run a more modern stem/bar combo and makes the bike a little quicker in the corners. A lot of folks want to talk about head tube angle when they talk about hardtails, but we rode a lot of different options, and decided the 70.5-degree angle we used on the first Highball was spot-on. It strikes the right balance of quick handling and stability, and won’t wander on you when you’re climbing.

Despite our commitment to carbon fiber engineering and manufacturing, we know the allure of a metal bike. Perfect welds, proper heft, and a certain tangible quality makes metal an attractive material. It's also more amenable to the placement of bolts and other hardware than carbon is, which is why we offer a single-speed dropout kit in the alloy version of the Highball, but not the carbon. If you want to get your hammerhead on, we think this is the best way to do it. In addition, we reduced the seat post size to 27.2mm, which adds some compliance you’ll appreciate when you’re 80 miles in to a 100-mile race.

The Highball is unapologetically fast, surprisingly fun, and every bit a Santa Cruz mountain bike.

Product Details

  • Item condition: New
  • Availability: In-store
  • Brand: Santa Cruz
  • Category: Hardtail Mountain Bikes
  • Gender: Unisex
  • Color: Grey, Matte Black
  • Frame in inches: 16", 17", 19", 21"
  • Size: Small, Medium, Large, XL
  • ID: 106517841
  • Riding Style: Cross Country
  • Material: Aluminum
  • Wheel Size: 29"
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano SLX


Frame Material Aluminum
Fork Rock Shox Reba RL 100
Front Dérailleur Shimano SLX M7000; Direct Mount
Rear Dérailleur Shimano SLX M7000 Shadow+
Shifters Shimano SLX M7000 SL
Chainring Size 26/36 tooth
Crankset Shimano SLX M7000
Bottom Bracket Included w/ crankset
Cassette Shimano SLX M7000
Chain Shimano SLX M7000
Brakes SRAM Level T
Brake Rotors Avid Centerline; 160mm
Headset Cane Creek 10 series tapered, cartridge bearing
Bars Raceface Evolve Flat 720, 31.8mm clamp
Stem Raceface Ride
Grips Santa Cruz Palmdale Lock-on
Front Hub Novatec D711; Torque Cap; 15x110mm
Rear Hub Novatec D772; 12x142mm
Rims WTB STP i19 TCS; 32h
Spokes DT Swiss Champion
Front Tire Maxxis Crossmark 29x2.1
Rear Tire Maxxis Crossmark 29x2.1
Tubes Stans Sealant
Seat Post Raceface Ride, 27.2x375mm
Saddle WTB Volt Race

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