Highball Carbon R Complete Mountain Bike by Santa Cruz Bicycles
Despite all the advancements in frame technology and suspension designs, a full-suspension frame still can't hold a candle to the brutal efficiency and featherweight ride of a hardtail. Construct that frame out of carbon fiber and that chasm widens. If the thought of cross-country racing gets your pulse pounding and you still want a fun bike to trail ride on, sans number plate, have a look at the Santa Cruz Highball Carbon R Mountain Bike and prepare to hop aboard a lightweight whippet that will have you ripping it up every climb while remaining surprisingly adept in handling a good portion of technical singletrack on the way back down. It's no surprise that cross-country races are so often won on the climbs and this bike makes no concessions to gravity, slashing the time it takes you to reach the top while putting the competition in the hurt locker. But to maintain that lead, you need something comfortable, especially during endurance events, surefooted and durable enough that you don't feel the need to tip-toe it down every descent. And most importantly, fun. Not every ride is a race, so it's important that you find a bike that improves your riding experience based on your style, desire, and terrain. Like with every new generation reboot of a Santa Cruz model, it manages to roll out some small but significant improvements that hone the bike and this third-generation Highball Carbon 29er is no exception. Santa Cruz's engineers looked at new frame construction techniques to lower the weight through a meticulous application of carbon in zones critical to stiffness and structural integrity, while trimming the frame down in all other areas for the utmost in weight savings. In this proof of Santa Cruz's mastery of the black material, it built a frame weighing a half-pound or 200-grams lighter than previous versions allowing this Highball Carbon R build with SRAM NX components and FOX Rhythm fork to barely trouble the scales at 24 pounds. The value-packed build gets o...
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