Santa Cruz Highball Mountain Bike Review

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By Aaron Chamberlain    on Apr 19, 2015

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Santa Cruz Highball C
Santa Cruz Highball Carbon
Santa Cruz Highball 27.5 CC
Santa Cruz Highball Aluminum (29er)
Santa Cruz Highball R
Santa Cruz Highball XX1 Reserve

March 2, 2014
Model/Year: Highball carbon / 2012

Pros: Light weight, super supple riding frame, 5yr warranty, climbing and descending

Cons: No single speed option, that's about it.

Recommendation: Awesome bike. I have ridden just about every carbon hard tail out there, and own a Niner Air9 carbon, and none compare to the ride of this frame. While most carbon frames are stuff and unforgiving, this thing soaks up bumps and roots almost like it has 1" of suspension, yet still stays stiff for out of the saddle power. In comparison my air9 rides like a rock. My only complaint is there is no single speed option for the carbon frame.

December 18, 2013
Model/Year: 2013 1.1

Pros: Fast fast fast. Stiff ride. Great colors. 12x142 Rear Axle.

Cons: Little harsh on technical descents.

Recommendation: This bike is built for speed. Before building this bike, the frame itself clocked in at a measly 2.6lbs (with axle and seat collar). It was a joy to ride and climbed so so good. When you needed to get down with some speed it was ready to go and did not disappoint. My only complaint is that is was a little rough on all day epic rides and harsh on technical descents.