Santa Cruz Highball 3 Carbon 29 - XE Kit - Eggplant - 2018

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keyboard_arrow_right Description

Santa Cruz Highball 3 Carbon - XE Kit

More capable than a pure endurance bike, more comfortable than an XC race-rig, they put a lot of work into this bike to make the frame lighter and ride smoother. It isn’t just another stripped back, anemic, cross-country hardtail that’s uncomfortable and uneasy at speed. The Highball has evolved to become easier to ride harder for longer.
The Highball’s stats on paper tell only half the story. Santa Cruz leveraged their in-house R&D lab to engineer more vertical compliance in the Highball’s rear end than any previous Santa Cruz hardtail. They didn’t just tune the carbon layup process, but fine-tuned the architecture of the frame by experimenting with tube profiles, shapes, and structures. They found that lowering the angle of the seatstays, offsetting them to the top tube, and forgoing a bridge allowed more vertical flex. It seems straightforward but they had to balance it with enough torsional stiffness to perform when under power. And the result is a bike that goes straight forward quickly but is still a joy to ride.
The Highball isn’t just for flat out assaults on race courses and personal records. Sure, it’s got the mindset to be used as a raceready setup (the frame’s a half-pound lighter than the previous Highball), but they gave it the capacity for up to three bottle cages, kept the ever-reliable threaded BB as standard, hid the cables internally and, of course, offer the legendary lifetime warranty that comes as standard with all Santa Cruz bikes.

keyboard_arrow_right Features

  • 29er hardtail
  • 69.5° HT
  • 100mm fork 
  • Boost axle spacing 
  • 27.2 seatpost
  • Integrated headset 
  • 3 bottle bosses 
  • 1x drivetrain specific, internal cables, threaded BB
  • Carbon only 
  • Made for: XC, XC Endurance
  • At home on: Race courses and the great wide yonder 

keyboard_arrow_right Specifications

  • Frame: C Carbon 29” Hardtail
  • Shock: N/A
  • Fork: FOX Step-Cast 32 Performance 100 Remote
  • R. Derailleur: Shimano XT M8000, 11spd
  • F. Derailleur: N/A
  • Chainguide: N/A
  • Shifters: Shimano XT M8000, 11spd
  • Brakes: Shimano XT M8000
  • Rotors: Shimano RT86 Ice Tech - 160mm
  • Crankset: Shimano XT M8000 32t - 170mm (S), 175mm (M-XL)
  • Cassette: E13 TRS Race - 11spd, 9-46t
  • Chain: Shimano SLX M7000 11spd
  • Handlebar: SCB XC Carbon Flat Bar - 31.8x750mm
  • Stem: Race Face Turbine Basic
  • Grips: ESI Chunky Grips
  • Headset: Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated
  • Seatpost: Easton EC70 Carbon Zero - 27.2mm
  • Saddle: WTB Silverado NiCro
  • Front Tire: Maxxis Aspen TR EXO - 29x2.25
  • Rear Tire: Maxxis Aspen TR EXO - 29x2.25
  • Tubes/Sealant: Stan's Sealant
  • Front Hub: DT 370 - 15x110mm, 32h
  • Rear Hub: DT 370 - 12x148mm, XD, 32h
  • Rim: Race Face AR 24 29 - 32h
  • Spokes: DT Competition

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