Highball Carbon R Mountain Bike by Santa Cruz Bicycles
When you want to conquer deep and gnarly rock gardens, you reach for a bike built with deep travel that soaks it all up, but when you want to soar up climbs, and lace carefully executed lines through the rough and rubble, you reach for the Santa Cruz Highball Carbon R Complete Mountain Bike. The Highball was built for those who get giddy at the thought of toeing the line on XC race day, but don't want to be limited solely to smooth ribbons of singletrack. It packs in a featherweight carbon layup that's ultra-stiff for a nimble ride that packs immediate power, so you can rip up every steep punch, while remaining surprisingly capable at handling most of the technical singletrack you find when you're soaring back down for the next lap. 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 year's 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 barely 24 pounds to allow this Highball Carbon R build with SRAM NX Eagle components and FOX Rhythm fork to barely trouble the scales. The value-packed build gets out the door at a very affordable price and provides the perfect foundation to toss on upgrade parts down the road if need be. That lightweight frame and drivetrain efficiency does come as a tradeoff and a hardtail will never quite have the smooth ride of suspension nor allow you to take a point-and-shoot approach when selecting lines on the trail. That doesn't mean the bike has to ride harsh though and with the frame redesign, the engineers sought ways to help mute trail chatter and excess vibration too. The new seat stays wishb...
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