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    highball build thread and pics

    Quote Originally Posted by BShow View Post
    The bike itself Looks nice except for the tensioner and crooked looking chain! I'm also not a fan of the negative rise stem used in conjunction with riser bars(but can appreciate that he may still be dialing in position). While I agree that a tensioner can be an adequate band-aid for not having a SS capable frame, I've yet to see one that looks good In my opinion. If you like the extraneous dong hanging there, hey man... Whatever floats your boat! :-)
    Since it seems there is no good magic gear for the Highball - you'd rather go derailleur than tensioner?
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    How is that working out? Any slipping?

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    Re: highball build thread and pics

    Quote Originally Posted by Sava Brec Madak View Post
    How is that working out? Any slipping?
    I have mine set up with a soulcraft convert. I'm not crazy about running a tensioner, but it does work. Since the convert keeps constant tension, no... There is no slipping.
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    Has anyone tried a reverb dropper post in their Highball Carbon? im wondering if a 420mm will be fine or if I should get the 380mm length

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrewfuzzy View Post
    Has anyone tried a reverb dropper post in their Highball Carbon? im wondering if a 420mm will be fine or if I should get the 380mm length
    The overall length will be dictated by how tall you are and how much exposed seatpost you need to accommodate your height. What others are doing doesn't have any bearing in that regard. Start by measuring from the top of the seat collar to the center of the saddle rails on your existing setup, and go from there. Desired travel (100mm vs 125mm on non-stealth) is more subjective.

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    Re: highball build thread and pics

    Quote Originally Posted by Andrewfuzzy View Post
    Has anyone tried a reverb dropper post in their Highball Carbon? im wondering if a 420mm will be fine or if I should get the 380mm length
    I'm 6/4 on an XL and run a 385mm kind shock.

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    if anybody is looking for a deal on a highball frame let me know. I got a large 2013 that I am trying to unload. just inbox me I don't want to clutter this thread up with a bunch of non related stuff.

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    Thanks

    I knew it was a bit of a 'how long is a piece of string' question...with Santa saying 100mm in to the frame i wondered if it had a bearing on the =dropper posts people were using...had a good deal on a reverb but ive ordered both sizes and will measure once its built up then send unused back.

    Quote Originally Posted by Diesel~ View Post
    The overall length will be dictated by how tall you are and how much exposed seatpost you need to accommodate your height. What others are doing doesn't have any bearing in that regard. Start by measuring from the top of the seat collar to the center of the saddle rails on your existing setup, and go from there. Desired travel (100mm vs 125mm on non-stealth) is more subjective.

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    Just finished my 2014 HBC build. Been able to get a few rides out on it. Like all the reviews said, it's super fast and compliant. LOVE! this bike. Large Frame weighed just over 1100grams, and total bike weight is just under 22lbs with dropper post and 2.25 tires.

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    Hi guys, was wondering if anyone tried running a fork that is less than the recommended length (100mm). Iwas thinking of running 90mm and was wondering if anyone is running this configuration and how does it feel ? My fork can't be converted and would rather use it with -10mm than getting a longer one. Any thoughts ? I will run it as SS config btw.

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    i have a sid xx 100mm, and with 10mm sag (bc of the way i set up the psi) i'm technically getting 90mm everything feels fine. i hope this helps

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    Im 6.5, 105kgs and ride an XXL SCHBc. I love it and is the first bike I can ride with a straight post, short stem and wide bars- I fit so well. Im close to 50 years old and my rides and terrain are fine with a HT

    Rather than get another bike- FS I would like to make this my one bike. I would like the front end to be more plush and thinking of running a 120mm fork. Currently I have a SID world cup carbon XC fork which feels undergunned with my weight and riding.

    Thinking of a Fox 34 Float @ 120. I had the XFusion 34 Tracer on my Pivot which was nice and stiff. Cant see I would get much out of upgrading to another 32 fork.

    I dont race, have one bike and get out a couple of times a week at best.

    Who has run 120mm on their HBs. Will I notice the thicker stantions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Motivated View Post
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    Snow on the trails is clearing, so I'm getting a better idea of how this bike rides. I'm really enjoying it. The frame is so intuitive - great balance of stiffness and damping. The build concept is awesome so far. Wide rims (I'm converted for life on these), stiff and light wheels, voluminous tires, 1x11. Simple but very versatile and capable climbing, descending, just riding trails. I love the hardtail responsiveness like in a tall gear nailing it up a rocky climb there is no wallow or loss of efficiency. I love the overall lateral stiffness, especially the fork - the Trace with unicrown is a huge improvement over a Fox 32mm

    Only issue so far is the steering. I'd call it a bit darty. I'm not sure if it's the 51mm offset fork, the stem length, or adjusting to wide bars. The steering is sensitive, quick to oversteer and demands a lot of attention. I've had a touch of hand numbness, and my shoulders are sore after riding. I *think* I need to get my weight back a touch. I'll probably switch to a 12deg sweep bar from this 9deg, then a shorter stem.
    are the Trace forks at 120mm buddy?
    try a shorter stem- the bars are fine.
    Thought about a dropper post?

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    Second the dropper post. I'm a little shorter, but heavier than you and the dropper sealed the deal for me. Sold my full suspension shortly after. I run a SID XX 100 mm just fine. The other key for me is a wide rim.

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    Well took the plunge and upgraded the front to new Fox 34s @120mm. So much better, cant believe how stiff they are compared to World Cup Sids.
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    Highball Build thread & pics

    My 2013 frame cracked at the Seatpost collar

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    Santa Cruz warranty replaced with this new 2015 frame

    The 2015 is bit more compliant and the internal cable and brake routing is nice, otherwise very similar....slightly shorter chain stays are barely noticeable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by borbntm View Post
    My 2013 frame cracked at the Seatpost collar

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    Santa Cruz warranty replaced with this new 2015 frame

    The 2015 is bit more compliant and the internal cable and brake routing is nice, otherwise very similar....slightly shorter chain stays are barely noticeable.
    can you post picture of the cracked? what cause the cracked?

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    Highball Build Thread & Pics

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    can you post picture of the cracked? what cause the cracked?
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    This crack started below the seat post collar after a long ride and spread to about twice the length shown in the photo over a short time afterwards.

    Collar was tighten with a torque wrench at LBS....Apparently the seat tube was slightly oversized in the area where the crack appeared...Frame was replaced with no hassle. Santa Cruz now has a life time customer!
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