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    My Friend Highball

    This is a my friend Paulo Novo Highball . Very excusive. Very Cool.

    Ride 29er !!!

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    My Highball and Tallboy

    My new Highball SPX. Got a deal that was too good to pass up.
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    Finally got one too.

    Can't wait until dryer weather to try out this new ride! Thanks to Chad@Redbarn for the complete built.
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    New Highball addition...

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    not many of the 2013 models up yet so i thought i'd share mine

    8.8kg (about 19.5 pounds for those stuck in old money) as you see it, incl pedals and 2.25" tyres... its fast!

    taking it easy on the descents for the couple of rides i've had on it so far since i'm coming from a 26" FS so its a bit of an adjustment. i don't think it will be holding me back any once i get a few more rides in though
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    ^^^ SUH-WEEEEET!!!

    I have everything to build my Highball...except my Highball.

    Back-ordered blowout frames from Competitive kept getting pushed back and pushed back. Finally gave up. I love the new darker color scheme though. It'll go nicely with all the EA70 and EC70 stuff I have to build it with.

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    Where??

    Where are people getting their Highballs? I want one! Large with XO 2X10 I assume.

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    posted this on the SS forum, but it fits here as well, hope you like it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wagon boy View Post
    posted this on the SS forum, but it fits here as well, hope you like it!
    Dig the Build

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    Quote Originally Posted by wagon boy View Post

    posted this on the SS forum, but it fits here as well, hope you like it!
    That's a sweet build. I was wondering how you were tensioning your chain with the thru axle, but then saw you have a devise coming from the hanger. How's that working out for you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eonicks View Post
    That's a sweet build. I was wondering how you were tensioning your chain with the thru axle, but then saw you have a devise coming from the hanger. How's that working out for you?
    It's ok, not perfect but it works :-/ I am thinking about going xtr cranks and an excentrizer, but unsure. they seems to be fairly reliable but I just don't know.

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    Hi All, I'm tempted to buy one of the 2012 Highballs that are on sale right now. I'm 5'10" and am used to racing road bikes. Do you think the large would be the right size choice? According to the SC size charts, I'm on the borderline between med and lg. Any other 5'10" or shorter people with a large frame? Unfortunately nobody in my city stocks Highballs, so I have no way to actually sit on one before I buy.

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    i'm 6'1" and find the large perfect which would suggest that the medium would be better for you
    really its a lot more complicated than that though... depends on your body proportions and personal fit preferences

    i've got long legs relative to my torso so you'll see in the pic i posted earlier i have a lot of seatpost even on a large. SC bikes seem to have shorter top tubes than many brands so work well for me

    i'd suggest comparing the geometry charts to a bike you know or one you can get a demo on (not a roadie as fit differs so much)
    if in doubt its generally safest to err on the small side - better to use a long, setback seatpost and long stem than try to shrink things (though i like a relatively short stem too)

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    Quote Originally Posted by wheel-addict View Post
    Hi All, I'm tempted to buy one of the 2012 Highballs that are on sale right now. I'm 5'10" and am used to racing road bikes. Do you think the large would be the right size choice? According to the SC size charts, I'm on the borderline between med and lg. Any other 5'10" or shorter people with a large frame? Unfortunately nobody in my city stocks Highballs, so I have no way to actually sit on one before I buy.
    Lots of posts by people around 5 10.

    I am 510 on a large with no offset thomson post with seat in nuetral position. I ran a 70mm stem for the first month, now a 90 for the last couple weeks. I think I will settle on an 80. Now that I've had it, I also think I would be fine on a medium with a 90 stem and seat slightly pushed back.

    5 10 is really a flip of the coin or a choice between you like a smaller bike w longer stem and more seatpost or stretched out a bit more and less post. I chose the large b/c I knew I could dial it in w the stem. If I went medium I was worried about going beyond 90 as I didn't want a layback post.

    Hope that helps!

    Oh... And the bike rips! Love mine with 120mm fork.

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    Thank fror the replies pk1 and jhardeman. My only current mountain bike has a 23.5" TT, and I don't feel that it is too short and could be a bit longer. The SC sizing is pretty unusual with either 23.0 TT or 24.0 TT. So it seems like I could go either way. It would probably be wiser to opt for a medium if I have to buy blind. Unfortunately, there are no mediums left in the smoking hot 2012 frame closeout deals.

    Just noticed some big differences between the 2012 and 2013 frames. In particular 142x12 thru axel and a 73 deg seat tube angle on 2013 vs 135 QR and 71 deg on 2012. I much prefer both of these new 2013 specs, so I'm not going to pull the trigger on a 2012 closeout deal frame even though they are 1/2 price.
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    same problem here. im 5'10'' and i went with the large b/c thats all they have available at Competitive Cyclist. couldnt pass up on the discount.

    hope it works out. im in process of building it. i'll upload some pics soon. waiting on some parts to come in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by montross View Post
    same problem here. im 5'10'' and i went with the large b/c thats all they have available at Competitive Cyclist. couldnt pass up on the discount.

    hope it works out. im in process of building it. i'll upload some pics soon. waiting on some parts to come in.
    A local shop actually had a built up 2012 highball in med. I gave a test ride and it is way too short in the top tube for me (5'10"). I think the large will be perfect. I'm currently debating going with a 2012 Highball or a 2012 Niner Air 9 RDO which are also on clearance. They look like almost the same bike spec wise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wheel-addict View Post
    I'm currently debating going with a 2012 Highball or a 2012 Niner Air 9 RDO which are also on clearance. They look like almost the same bike spec wise.
    I was on the same boat as you and ended up getting the Highball only because was less expensive, lighter (few grams) and the threaded bottom bracket on the Highball.

    RDO is a pretty damn sweet frame but you can't go wrong with the Highball
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    I almost wish the Jet 9 RDOs weren't on sale right now, because it's making me second-guess my resolve to try a 29er HT. I'm going to try owning only one mtb this year. On the quick demo I did of the medium High Ball, there was a good amount of vertical compliance in the frame, but I wasn't able to try any real trails to see how harsh (or hopefully smooth) it would be.

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    Just pulled the trigger on the 2012 Highball in black/red, size large!

    I also ordered a black Fox Float 100 OEM fork at the same time. I called Santa Cruz and found out that only authorized dealers have access to the black Float fork. Backcountry.com has the OEM forks on hand, but can only sell them with a new Santa Cruz, so I added one to the order (price is OK). Couldn't stand the thought of a white fork on this frame. I'm building this bike completely from scratch, so I'll be doing a lot of research for the rest of the build.

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    After a quick wash

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    Nice looking bike kevocastro! I'm now thinking about wheels. What do you think of those Black Flags? Are thoses the Black Flag Pro SLs? My only concern as that the rim i.d. is fairly narrow and I want to run tubeless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wheel-addict View Post
    Nice looking bike kevocastro! I'm now thinking about wheels. What do you think of those Black Flags? Are thoses the Black Flag Pro SLs? My only concern as that the rim i.d. is fairly narrow and I want to run tubeless.
    Thanks, actually I'm coming back from the LBS and had the chance to get the weight 10.30kg as shown.

    Wheels are Blackflag Expert and the have held great on XC and they roll smooth, I've running them tubeless ever since without an issue.
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    22.7 lbs. That's very good. Those wheels are a respectable 1900 g (listed), and you could easily drop 300 g (0.66 lbs) with a lighter set such as the Pro SLs. I've never built a mtb under 30 lbs (was into free-ride stuff), so this will be my first time trying to go light. Normally I would stay away from SunRingle, but they have been getting great reviews on the Blackflag wheels.

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    sun ringle wheels are awesome. I've beaten on a set of charger pros for two years and no problems not even a truing and I'm well over 200lbs. just picked up a set of pro sl to try to wreck and they will look sick on my matte highball.

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    Well this is my first set of Sunringlé wheels and easily see myself getting a new set for a different build.

    Being 22.7lb my Highball handles pretty wel but I've been bitten by the weight weenie bug, I'd like to get the bike sub 22lb replacing my steel bolts, SLX (360gr cassette) and a lighter set of pedals (Shimano M540)
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    Finally!!!!!!

    After being backordered for months with Competitive I cancelled my order and got the last Matte Grey Colorado Cyclist had in stock. Whew!!!

    Build: 1X10 setup
    Cranks: XT
    Pedals: Time ATAC
    RD: XT
    Shifter: XT
    Brakes/Rotors: XT
    Cassette: XT
    Wheels: EA70
    Tires: Specialized Ground Control UST 2.3 (heavy but bullet proof)
    Shock: Fox Float 100
    Bars: EC70
    Stem: 2013 Haven
    Post: Niner RDO
    Cages: Chris King SS
    Saddle: Selle italia SLR Flow
    HS: Chris King
    BB: Chris King
    Grips: ODI Rogue

    Not the superlight everyone on here seems to be building. It came in at a hair over 24 pounds. A lot of that is tire. 930 grams each for the Ground Control 2.3 UST (that's heavier than the wheelset!). I'll race something lighter.
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    ^^^^^ This is great. Gathering my parts for a similar build. Will be contacting you for some tips.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wheel-addict View Post
    I'm 5'10" and am used to racing road bikes. Do you think the large would be the right size choice? According to the SC size charts, I'm on the borderline between med and lg. Any other 5'10" or shorter people with a large frame?
    I'm 5'10" with a 32" inseam, just got a large 2013 Highball with a 70mm stem. Feels great, leans nicely in turns and handles responsively. Not overly stretched on seated climbs. Plus you spend a lot of time out of the saddle because it's so darn easy to do on this bike, and a little extra top tube room can be helpful in that case.
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    That's good to hear. Honestly, I was considering returning this frame because I'm concerned about the reach. My other concern is with the long seat-tube given a 32" inseam. The longer seat tube, means a lot less exposed seat post which means a somewhat harsher ride. How are you finding the ride quality? I'm building this bike to race 50+ mi endurance races, but am worried about ride comfort.

    Quote Originally Posted by slacker666 View Post
    I'm 5'10" with a 32" inseam, just got a large 2013 Highball with a 70mm stem. Feels great, leans nicely in turns and handles responsively. Not overly stretched on seated climbs. Plus you spend a lot of time out of the saddle because it's so darn easy to do on this bike, and a little extra top tube room can be helpful in that case.

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    I don't have a lot by way of comparison b/c this is my first high quality hard tail. My other rides for the last year have been fs carbon and, shall we say, more vertically compliant. I've really enjoyed the fine tuned feeling of the trail on the Highball, and have not found comfort a problem, but then again it still has "that new bike smell" for me. (I have a Selle Italia SLR saddle, alu post, EC70 bars, and 70mm alu stem, fwiw. And tubeless crossmarks on the stock alloy rims, at ~25 psi.)

    The Highball is usually pretty neutral, honestly I forget that I'm supposed to be thinking "this is a harsh ride." I wouldn't call it supple. But it only feels harsh on sun baked adobe clay with thousands of cattle hoof craters in it. Standing, seated, whatever -- those stretches rattle my teeth going down.
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    My aforementioned Highball build

    In keeping with this thread...

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    Large 2013 frame, SPX 2x10 build as indicated on the SC web site. All XT drivetrain (26-38 x 11-36) and brakes. Modifications:

    * Selle Italia SLR Ti saddle
    * Xpedo mountain force ti/ti pedals
    * Thomson Elite X4 stem, 70mm

    About 23 pounds, trail ready. I got it for the legal trails on Mt Diablo and foothills, basically. It's stupid fast compared to my other bikes, about 15% faster than a short travel TallboyC up some of the iconic climbs in my area. And stupid fun to hammer the cranks and jump forward.
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    what front chain ring are you using? I see you don't have a chain catcher...any issues?

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    The front rings are 26 and 38 teeth. No chain catcher, and no problems...yet. I keep the clutch on the shadow plus rear der engaged, and that makes the chain nice and taut. That might have something to do with it staying put on the rings, at least eliminating chain jumps due to slap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by neveo View Post
    Looks nice
    Here is mine , going to swap the 90 stem to a 70... Absolutely love this bike, perfect compliment to my tb LTc




    been on my fs for the past few months, but today i swapped out the 90 stem to a 70 and changed the saddle to a wtb sliverado. its even better than before...

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    Hope its done!!

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    hi everyone - after two months, my highball project is finally done.

    2012 highball large frame
    XT brakes/shifters
    XTR cranks/rear derailuer
    chris king headest + BB
    Mavic Crossmax 29 ST
    nobby nics for the winter, then switching out to rocket rons later.

    just finished. Going on on first ride now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmacattak View Post
    what front chain ring are you using? I see you don't have a chain catcher...any issues?
    I actually have a chain guide, but I had to switch from a low-mount to a high-mount. the picture was right after we discovered that the one off my Gary Fisher wasn't going to work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by montross View Post
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    hi everyone - after two months, my highball project is finally done.

    2012 highball large frame
    XT brakes/shifters
    XTR cranks/rear derailuer
    chris king headest + BB
    Mavic Crossmax 29 ST
    nobby nics for the winter, then switching out to rocket rons later.

    just finished. Going on on first ride now.
    What is the rear hub spec on these wheels? I'm trying to order some but they are unsure which ones I need. And I'm not too experience with bicycle stuff. Tks.

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    I love these highballs! This is the only bike that would have me switch from a 26''!

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    Finally non cell phone pics





















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    I don't have any really pretty pictures of the bike, so here it is dirty.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/slonie/8499708256/" title="Devil's Kitchen, Sedona AZ (and yes, that's a bell) by Slonie, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8096/8499708256_1e1e3669a5_o.jpg" width="612" height="612" alt="Devil's Kitchen, Sedona AZ (and yes, that's a bell)"></a>

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    Hi can i see pictures of your bike .I am planning on building 29er with XX1 ,just picking a frame.What Q 156 or 168 you went with.Thank Ales

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    You for sure want to get 156Q. If you have a road bike, 156Q is much closer to the same Q-factor. The highball frame takes 156 Q-factor no problem. XX1 is awesome! Love mine.

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    you guys use down tube protection for Highball carbon? and is it safe to carry the highball carbon with Thule proride 591? thank you

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    I'm proud owner of Highball Carbon.
    Rockshox SID XX dual air
    WTB I19
    Thomson seatpost
    XT front and rear derailleur
    SLX shifter
    Elixir 5

    the whole bike weight 26lbs without pedals and water bottle cage. It is pretty heavy for carbon frame. I want to get it under 24lbs later on. can you guys help me what i can do to lighten up the bike thank you
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    Mine. Just need the snow to go away so I can try it out on a trail.
    19.89lbs ready to ride.

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    I am ridic.

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    lighter wheelset
    lighter handlebars and stem would help

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    how is wtb i19? i thought it was a pretty decent wheel

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    dbigfot111 to get your weight down in a low part count I would look into you wheels in the cranks. while you do have i19's they are not the Frequany i19's if memory serves me right are about 100 grams lighter per rim, THAT IS HUGE!. while your current rims ahould be pretty strong so I wouldn't worry about that. The other part I would look into are you cranks. you can easily lose about 100 grams there as well while getting better performance.

    other than that handle bar and stem are a good area as well but you are only getting pure weight reductions without other performance gains.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ol' Dirty Biker View Post
    Mine. Just need the snow to go away so I can try it out on a trail.
    19.89lbs ready to ride.
    Very nice; what are you doing for tension?
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    Anyone know where to get a 2012 medium Highball frame, or 2012 built bike that is discounted? Searched hard on the web and it seems I'm a bit late to the party. Anyone know of any nooks where one is hiding?

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    ebay and pinkbike. backcountry.com and a few others search Google

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    I am in the process of building mine up now. For those of you with the 2012 frames I am trying to make sure I order the right wheels and they are available in 12 x 142 or 10 x 135. Which one works on the 2012 frames? Thanks

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    2012 is a 10x135 rear. 2013 is when they started the 12x142. Post some pics once you are done!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by goodoljake View Post
    2012 is a 10x135 rear. 2013 is when they started the 12x142. Post some pics once you are done!!
    Crap that's what I thought. My Easton EA70 XCT wheels just arrived and I ordered them in a 12 x 142. Is there a simple conversion to get them back to 10 x 135 or am I going to have to send the wheel back?

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    Can't help you there unless you have a red XL 2012. Cuz then I would take it off your hands so you could get the 2013 to match your wheels. Assuming you don't like that idea just call Easton. I called them last week about a similar conversion issue. They answer the phone pretty quick.

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    Finally got my Highball built up over the weekend. It's an XL with a 1 x 10 drivetrain; 120 fork; and dropper post, so should be pretty capable for a hardtail. No long miles on it yet, but damn this bike is fast. I was pretty happy with the weight - only 21.9 lbs with pedals.
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    #2

    I like my XX Highball so much I built another one with XX1 this time. Time to have a garage sale to cover the tab though!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kingfisher509 View Post
    Anyone know where to get a 2012 medium Highball frame, or 2012 built bike that is discounted? Searched hard on the web and it seems I'm a bit late to the party. Anyone know of any nooks where one is hiding?
    Benidorm Bikes in Canton, CT had a medium frame when I was in there last week.
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    I was wondering if anyone is using a bash guard or some type of protection for the down tube? I noticed a small chip in the paint already after only a few rides.

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    I bought this but haven't installed it yet so can't really speak to how well it works. It was designed for the Tallboy but would basically work for any bike downtube.

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    Thanks MonodoRides. I was looking at Santa Cruz as well, I was surprised not to see anything specifically for the highball. Although, you are right, those will fit any bike with a downtube. Does it looks like you can easily cut it down if needed? Let me know how it fits/looks whenever you install it.

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    one of my local shops sells 3m tape by the foot in 2,3, & 4" widths. stuff is awesome and clear so you can put it anywhere. I cut it into small pieces for cable rub spots, etc. as well as along the bottom of the downtube.

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    i use lizard skin $15 on ebay. works good so far.

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    hi is yours a 135 mm rear end santa cruz highball 2012? the new ones are 142 mm rear spacing i am also building it up xx1 this week but a concerned wondering how your build turned out thanks art arthurho@mac.com

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    I have a 2012 model with xx1 and haven't had any issues. Was there something in particular that you were worried about?

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    Just got my new Highball Carbon from a shop in Asheville NC on Monday. the owner had it for about a little over a month. I kept looking at it and he hooked me up. 2013 frame with new I9 wheels(black and green to match the Santa Cruz colors), 2013 XTR build set up as a 1 x 10, Easton carbon ghost bar and Thompson seat post and stem, they even theough in a titanium water bottle cage. Awesome. Comes in at around 21.7 lbs. Finally took it out on the trail system in Ducktown TN(Oocoee whitewater center) where they held the 1996 Olympic(whitewater). Tough climbs and even better downhills. This bike is fast, this is my first 29er and I am hooked. My girl just got a new Jamis Dakota pro and I wanted to keep up with her. The I9 wheels are stupid light and fast. The only change I made was to the Fox 32, I dropped it from 120 mm to 100 mm, the extra travel was a little more than I needed. This thing is a rocket ship. Can't wait to ride more.
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    wow very nice bike. Do you mind telling me how much you got the bike for? you can pm me thank you

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    2012 XL Highball

    Finally done.


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    Better Pics.

    Here are some better pics of my new ride. I love the matte black and yellow, it rocks.

    Fox Float 29 120mm (changed to 100mm)
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    without the pedals right at 21.7 lbs.
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    2013 Highball Carbon Build

    I managed to swing a few great deals and put this together over the winter. It's a rougher ride than the Blur XCc but feels really fast and stiff. Still sorting out how to ride a hard tail after 7-8 years on full suspension.

    2013 Highball Carbon (L)
    Fox F29 100mm Fit (Adjust)
    King headset and BB
    XTR 980/985 Drivetrain, brakes (XT Ice-Tech rotors) and pedals
    ENVE Wheelset with 28 hole King hubs
    Schwalbe 29x2.25 Rocket Ron tires running tubeless with Stans.
    ENVE sweep bar and 27.2 post (with custom carbon shim to 30.9)
    Thomson 100mm 0deg stem.

    Total build as pictured 20.96lbs

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    Very nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by back40 View Post
    I managed to swing a few great deals and put this together over the winter. It's a rougher ride than the Blur XCc but feels really fast and stiff. Still sorting out how to ride a hard tail after 7-8 years on full suspension.

    2013 Highball Carbon (L)
    Fox F29 100mm Fit (Adjust)
    King headset and BB
    XTR 980/985 Drivetrain, brakes (XT Ice-Tech rotors) and pedals
    ENVE Wheelset with 28 hole King hubs
    Schwalbe 29x2.25 Rocket Ron tires running tubeless with Stans.
    ENVE sweep bar and 27.2 post (with custom carbon shim to 30.9)
    Thomson 100mm 0deg stem.

    Total build as pictured 20.96lbs

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    NICE looking ride, but you should have considered going with an XL frame. If that seatpost gets any longer, you will have to attach bar ends to your handlebar just to reach it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by imtheant View Post
    NICE looking ride, but you should have considered going with an XL frame. If that seatpost gets any longer, you will have to attach bar ends to your handlebar just to reach it!
    I'm 6' tall but have long legs. It's a perfect fit to the bars for me. I tired a friends XL Tallboy and it felt too long and I could not get the bars low enough even with a 6deg stem flipped over. One advantage to the long 27.2mm dia post is a little extra flex to take the edge off the bumps.

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    So I have an extra Thomson 27.2 mm post just sitting around, does it really take some of the edge off the bumps. I've seen a few guys doing it but never realized that was the reason. I would assume I would need some sort of shim to use with it, what did you do and does it work well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by breakcontact View Post
    So I have an extra Thomson 27.2 mm post just sitting around, does it really take some of the edge off the bumps. I've seen a few guys doing it but never realized that was the reason. I would assume I would need some sort of shim to use with it, what did you do and does it work well?
    I made my own carbon adapter sleeve but you could use one of these.
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    I have a feeling seat post extension has a greater effect than the post diameter. If you have the post, get a shim and see if you can feel a difference. That being said, tire pressure probably has a much larger impact on ride comfort than any post flexing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by back40 View Post
    I made my own carbon adapter sleeve but you could use one of these.
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    I have a feeling seat post extension has a great effect than the post diameter. If you have the post, get a shim and see if you can feel a difference. That being said, tire pressure probably has a much larger impact on ride comfort than any post flexing.
    I don't feel that great a difference in post changes though others say it makes huge difference. I agree with the above that tire pressure is king. I run my tires a full 5lbs lower now after owning a full rigid and seeing the advantages. That makes a huge difference and really helps negotiate roots and rocks. Even at 190lb I run 23/21 on my One9. I run a Thomson masterpiece on my highball and niner RDO on my One9. Both feel great but the highball is a much plusher ride. The niner race team shims down there posts for greater flex so there is a reason to do it. I also agree that extension length is greater factor and that driven by frame dimensions. Good technique cures all evil though.

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    First ride

    Finally took it out. And I've got to say I really like it. Rides smooth and accelerates quickly. Couple tweaks to dial it in and it'll be great.


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    Still loving my Highball! I've just started posting on Instagram using #highball. If there's another good place I should post there let me know.

    She'll be doing her 4th race Sunday at CCCX in Ft Ord, CA.

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    That's a nice build! What's what's the weight coming in at?

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    highball build thread and pics

    Here's my Highball C, a bike that I thought I'd never own....

    Spec
    Frame: Medium Matte Black 142x12mm
    Fork: Fox F29 RLC 100mm FiT Taper/15mm (custom "stealth" decals)
    Headset: Cane Ck 110
    Bars: Thomson AM Carbon 730mm/12mm
    Stem: Thomson X4 70mm
    Grips: ESI
    Seatpost: Thomson Masterpiece
    Saddle: Charge Spoon Ti
    Seatclamp: Salsa Fliplock QR
    Cranks: Deore Black (only 48g heavier than XT)
    Chainring: 30t Widgit
    Pedals: Wellgo MG1 Ti axles
    Derailluer: XT Shadow 10spd
    Brakes: Hope Race Evo X2 F&amp;R
    Rotors: Clarks Floating Rotors
    Wheels: Crest Rims/Hope P2 Hubs
    Tyre: Maxxis Ignitor/Ikon setup tubeless
    Weight: 22.5lbs

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    That black looks great Gripo

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    Hi Gripo, well I never. Didn't think you would go one to. You have the same tyre choice. Pretty amazing ride, goes so fast and rolls and rolls. In some places it goes faster than my FS, when it shouldn't considering the terrain. And the grip level in flat corners is surprising on tiny tires. Just goes to show that the longer tread patch of a 29er tyre adds to the level of grip.

    I found that the more familiar you get with this ride the more your extract from it - it has a lot to offer.

    Cool bike, I love the stealth.

    Have a look at the Syntace P6 seat post later on. It works, that designed in flex helps smooth the ride - a little.

    Have fun mate.

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    This is my second Highball c - I sold the first one about a year ago, and knew if I ever decided to get back into XC racing I'd end up with another. This is pretty much the same spec as my last one apart from the paint job, and 15 minutes into my first ride I felt like I'd just bumped into a long-lost friend.
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    I got out for a great ride in the rain yesterday - just a couple of laps of my local, but it was super fun to get out on a hardtail for the first time in a while.

    I'd forgotten how fast the Highball is up hills - it felt amazing
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    what is the biggest size on rear tire without rubbing? it seems very narrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WilliamK View Post
    Have a look at the Syntace P6 seat post later on. It works, that designed in flex helps smooth the ride - a little.

    Have fun mate.
    William...really it's my roadie, a dirt roadie..

    I've put a 40k backroads ride on it with the 2nd wheelset as in the pic below with some 700x33cc Schwalbe Smart Sam cyclocross mini knobs....

    Btw how much difference has the Syntace Hi Flex post made to comfort, I was considering a Thomson 27.2 Masterpiece and a seatpost shim....

    I'd look forward to logging some great long distance rides on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbigfot111 View Post
    what is the biggest size on rear tire without rubbing? it seems very narrow.
    I've used a 2.25" Maxxis Ardent in the rear, but wouldn't want to go much bigger.

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    can you post up pictures and the psi your running? i'm on 2.1 maxxis crossmark. i love the traction but i want to test out wider tires.

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    I am currently running the Michelin grip'r 2.25 with about 30 psi

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    I run a Racing Ralph 2.25 on a 24mm internal width rim. There is ample visible space, but because I am a larger rider and tend to flex my frames and wheels under extreme load I get a little rubbing occasionally.

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    I weight 165 with wtb i19 st, i guess i'll probably stick with 2.25 as my next upgrade. thank you guys

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gripo View Post
    William...really it's my roadie, a dirt roadie..

    I've put a 40k backroads ride on it with the 2nd wheelset as in the pic below with some 700x33cc Schwalbe Smart Sam cyclocross mini knobs....

    Btw how much difference has the Syntace Hi Flex post made to comfort, I was considering a Thomson 27.2 Masterpiece and a seatpost shim....

    I'd look forward to logging some great long distance rides on it.

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    would a 650B wheelset be a good option for the highball? no 650B hardtails from SCB so far...???

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    Quote Originally Posted by saddle pimp View Post
    would a 650B wheelset be a good option for the highball? no 650B hardtails from SCB so far...???
    I would say no, IMO -- because it would at best lower the BB, and at worse, mess with the geometry. But if you have a set of 650b wheels sitting around or know someone who will let you try theirs, I say give it a try! Numbers are just numbers and you never really know 'till you try it right? :-)
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    I'm running racing ralph 2.25s on 23mm inner width rims. The clearance is decent, but I wouldn't want to go a whole lot bigger.

    I had a very muddy race this past weekend and the bb area in front of the tire clogged up fairly bad. I have no issues when dry, but a little more clearance would be good if you ride much in the mud.

    Personally I'll take the shorter chainstays over more mud clearance. 2.25 is wide enough for me on the rear of an XC race hardtail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandyeggo View Post
    I would say no, IMO -- because it would at best lower the BB, and at worse, mess with the geometry. But if you have a set of 650b wheels sitting around or know someone who will let you try theirs, I say give it a try! Numbers are just numbers and you never really know 'till you try it right? :-)
    You're right on the BB, nobody wants to lower even more the BB on a Highball... it will hit everywhere
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    highball build thread and pics

    I am running 2.35 nobby nic's on roval control carbons. They're the hookless ones. Inner width is 21mm iirc. They clear safely in the dry but anything sticky would have you stopped up right away. I took some pictures. I'll post them ASAP.
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    please do and what psi are you running Fire_

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevocastro View Post
    You're right on the BB, nobody wants to lower even more the BB on a Highball... it will hit everywhere
    Copy that bro, I have an i23 650B laced with xt and nevegals 2.1 (to be placed in my Superlight tweener conversion) was wondering if it would be ok... thanks for the input!

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