Highball 29 Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame - 2017 by Santa Cruz Bicycles
Don't call it a comeback, 29ers have been here for years and with recent suspension designs and geometry tweaks, wagon wheels are now roosting into primetime for the trail, enduro, and even downhill segments of the market. 29ers have been the go-to wheel size for cross-country riders for over a decade and if you've ever ridden one, there's no real substitute for the speed and agility of a steeper angled 29-inch hardtail. Santa Cruz Bicycles has done its own work on the 29er suspension front, but the Highball 29 Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame remains a pure cross-country speed machine. Riding a hardtail is such a treat because, with no squish and the reduced weight, the bike is so efficient and easy to propel uphill. Santa Cruz's Carbon CC construction also maximizes weight loss and stiffness, further contributing to the rocket ship qualities that made us first fall in love with 29ers all those years ago. The Highball 29er's frame is a single-piece layup of carbon fiber instead of a jigsaw puzzle of individually-cured carbon tubes. This allows Santa Cruz to wrap the fibers continuously around structurally important junctures like the head tube and bottom bracket, strengthening the frame, dissipating the force from impacts and pedaling loads, and allowing for comparable strength with less material. Translated into trail talk, this means it blasts forward when you stomp on the pedals, damps high-speed chatter, and carves corners like it's on rails. All of that while coming in at a low weight that'll give any full-suspension bike an eating disorder. The Highball does somewhat address the lack of rear suspension with a diminished seatpost, slimmed down to 27. 2 millimeters. While this doesn't quite equate to the square-edge hit capabilities of the Tallboy or a Hightower, it does help to muffle trail chatter that will otherwise accumulate over the course of a long ride. Up front, the 29-inch model has a sharper head tube angle than the Highball 27. 5 so it dances nimb...
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