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    Here's my new toy - 2013 Santa Cruz Highball Carbon - XTR - Enve - Photos Attached

    Been in the market for a 29" hard tail for XC racing and because I have new bike fever... After doing my research I went for the Santa Cruz Highball Carbon. Built with XTR 2x10, Enve XC Wheels, Bar & Stem, and Rocket Rons set up tubeless. Weighs in at 20.89 Lbs with pedals and Garmin mount. First ride tomorrow AM...
    Here's my new toy - 2013 Santa Cruz Highball Carbon - XTR - Enve - Photos Attached-i-tgsfwqs-l.jpg
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    Nicely done.

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    Sick bike! Let us know how it rides
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    Great looking bike, enjoy your new toy.
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    Sweet effin' bike, man. Just the other day, I was exploring the possibility of building an Alu SS highball for general riding with my kids & occasional trail use. Enjoy!
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    Re: Here's my new toy - 2013 Santa Cruz Highball Enve

    Should have gone with steel. Totally kidding, nice ride.

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    that thing is beautiful... congrats

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    Just had the first ride. I'm coming from a 26" Ibis Mojo SL so this was my first ride on 29" wheels and on a hard tail. Both were amazing. The 29" wheels roll tight over rocks like they're not there. When I accelerate the take off is amazing. It's stiff and power transfers instantly. I felt like I was in a Lamborghini. There are some downhill switchbacks I used to have trouble with and I went right through them no problem. Very confidence inspiring. I didn't have time for a proper ride today and only did 13 miles today. Meeting some friends in Marin tomorrow and should get in 40+. Love this thing!

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    Holy crap, pretty sure I just creamed myself looking at the bike pics. Sick build!
    I'm always looking for new people to ride with. If you are on the Front Range, shoot me a PM and let's go ridin'.

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    That is how it's done! Damn!
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    Today I had my first real ride. This thing is no joke! I rode 35 miles at China Camp in Marin on a trail I've done a tons of times. I shaved MINUTES off my PRs. On a 9 mile loop I dropped almost 4 minutes. Holy sheet!

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    JoshF - just the profile I was looking for. Someone with a Mojo and a Highball.

    Been deciding between both bikes and just recently pulled the trigger on a highball.

    Can you compare the technical climbing ability between both bikes. I know they are Apples and Oranges - but I'm very curious. Which bike do you prefer climbing up long technical climbs.

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    Bike Porn alert and nicely done!! Enjoy the ride.
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    Hi 40mtns,

    On any climb I'd take the Highball - hands down. Not sure how technical you're talking but I usually lock out my fork on all climbs.

    I'm not sure I'll be spending much, if any time on the Ibis and may list it for sale.

    That's how much I like my Highball.


    Quote Originally Posted by 40mtns View Post
    JoshF - just the profile I was looking for. Someone with a Mojo and a Highball.

    Been deciding between both bikes and just recently pulled the trigger on a highball.

    Can you compare the technical climbing ability between both bikes. I know they are Apples and Oranges - but I'm very curious. Which bike do you prefer climbing up long technical climbs.

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    Cool - good insights regarding Mojo vs Highball. thx JoshF.

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    Just got my second ride in on one of these carbon highballs after years of riding steel 29 HT.

    I have a Vassago Jabberwocky SS and a Salsa El Mar 1 x 10 and this highball rides really nice.

    coming in at 21lb 5oz its over 2 lbs lighter than both my steel rides and its set up all xtr w/ Formula R1's 3 x 10.

    I really enjoyed today's ride. 2.5 hrs and 25mi mixed single track and fireroad. I am demo-ing from a co-rider friend and I may have to add this to my stable of HT's. (3) May have to put the Salsa up for adoption sometime soon though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 40mtns View Post
    JoshF - just the profile I was looking for. Someone with a Mojo and a Highball.

    Been deciding between both bikes and just recently pulled the trigger on a highball.

    Can you compare the technical climbing ability between both bikes. I know they are Apples and Oranges - but I'm very curious. Which bike do you prefer climbing up long technical climbs.
    I have both, and I'm interested to hear what you consider a long, technical climb in the SJ area. When the going gets rough, the Mojo is better on the climbs, in the sense that it won't beat you up so much, and the rear end tracks and grips up and over roots and rocks much better. It can often mean the difference between making the climb and spinning out and having to walk, depending on how technical it is. The HB is great for going fast when it is not so rough; it is very light and efficient on the climbs.

    For some local context, take Santa Teresa park. If I'm climbing Boundary, Joice, or Hidden Springs to Coyote peak, I much prefer the HB. If I'm climbing Rocky Ridge or Stile Ranch, the Mojo would be my choice.

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    Is that a 2.25 Rocket Ron in the back?
    Is there space for 2.25 Rocket Ron and allow for some clearance? Can you post a pic of the stays?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goran_injo View Post
    Is that a 2.25 Rocket Ron in the back?
    Is there space for 2.25 Rocket Ron and allow for some clearance? Can you post a pic of the stays?
    It is a 2.25. No clearance issues.Here's my new toy - 2013 Santa Cruz Highball Carbon - XTR - Enve - Photos Attached-screen-shot-2013-06-06-6.24.06-am.jpg

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    Thanks - appreciated.

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    I don't ride in the South Bay much so I can't help you there.
    Quote Originally Posted by Diesel~ View Post
    I have both, and I'm interested to hear what you consider a long, technical climb in the SJ area. When the going gets rough, the Mojo is better on the climbs, in the sense that it won't beat you up so much, and the rear end tracks and grips up and over roots and rocks much better. It can often mean the difference between making the climb and spinning out and having to walk, depending on how technical it is. The HB is great for going fast when it is not so rough; it is very light and efficient on the climbs.

    For some local context, take Santa Teresa park. If I'm climbing Boundary, Joice, or Hidden Springs to Coyote peak, I much prefer the HB. If I'm climbing Rocky Ridge or Stile Ranch, the Mojo would be my choice.

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    Hey JoshF-old forum I know, but I had too many burning questions that I think you could help with. I was looking to pick up the same bike with similar build, but Enve handlebars and stem weren't part of the package off of the Santa Cruz website, so did you buy those separate or is there somewhere where I can get the whole Enve cockpit and wheel package together? Also, how are you liking the XTR 2x10, I'm deciding between the 2x10 and XX1 and they just both seem so good, any insight would be appreciated, thanks!

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    Hey Bacon - I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this bike. The bike came with an Easton bar & stem. I got the ENVE cockpit on my own. I went with the XTR 2x10 since I have a Stages power meter which is not available on XX1. XX1 looks slick but I won't give up the PM. Hope this helps!

    Quote Originally Posted by BaconIsland17 View Post
    Hey JoshF-old forum I know, but I had too many burning questions that I think you could help with. I was looking to pick up the same bike with similar build, but Enve handlebars and stem weren't part of the package off of the Santa Cruz website, so did you buy those separate or is there somewhere where I can get the whole Enve cockpit and wheel package together? Also, how are you liking the XTR 2x10, I'm deciding between the 2x10 and XX1 and they just both seem so good, any insight would be appreciated, thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoshF View Post
    Hey Bacon - I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this bike. The bike came with an Easton bar & stem. I got the ENVE cockpit on my own. I went with the XTR 2x10 since I have a Stages power meter which is not available on XX1. XX1 looks slick but I won't give up the PM. Hope this helps!
    Thanks for taking the time to reply to this! I can't say I know too many people with such a decked out race rocket I can go to so I'm glad somebody knows a little somethin. I had no idea about the PM not being compatible with XX1 so I'll keep that in mind as I've always been a shimano fanboy and I guess that's another reason to stay. While I was too busy drooling over those Enve parts, I didn't even notice that you were running the Rocket Rons. I just picked up a pair about a week ago and the reviews I've read have been like night and day, you either love em or hate em. How did you like them? I'm pretty skeptical about durability and how they hold up after a few months so I'd like to hear anything you've got to say about them!

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