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    Quote Originally Posted by SBirch View Post
    Just finished building my new Highball. Took it for it's first ride today and first impressions are good. Need to put a few more miles on it though. It's a large with XTR groupset, Formula R1 brakes, SID XX forks and BOR wheels (1380g for the pair!). Comes in at 20lb14oz with Garmin and light brackets. Most of the parts came off my old 26" hardtail but the frame, fork, saddle, wheels and tyres are new.
    Very nice! Crazy light weight on those BOR wheels. Had to Google them to get the story on those rims. Nice wallpaper too

    I just finished building my Highball a couple weeks ago and also used my 26" XC bike as the donor (Large polished Blur Classic frame for sale if anyone is interested )

    XTR/X0 9sp drive train, Stan's ZTR Arch EX wheels, Fox Float 130 (will be installing spacers to bring down to 120 or possibly 100mm), Formula RX discs, and assorted Chris King, Thomson & Race Face bits. My build came in just over 22lbs once I got the front shifter/derailleur installed. Just 2 real rides in and loving it so far!


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    Quote Originally Posted by MondoRides View Post
    Very nice! Crazy light weight on those BOR wheels. Had to Google them to get the story on those rims. Nice wallpaper too [/IMG]
    Yeah the wheels are scarily light especially considering they're eyeleted unlike Stans rims. I've heard good things about them and they stood up to the first test ride fine. The whole bike is 1lb 6oz lighter than my old 26" hardtail (Stumpjumper Carbon) mainly because of the wheels but the frame and fork are a tiny bit lighter too.

    Liking the red bits on your Highball. Looks like the Highball might not be my race bike for next year so I'm thinking I'll extended the forks to 120mm and put my Reverb on it. It already climbs better than my Stumpjumper did so I don't think extending the fork will do much harm.

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    weighed mine yesterday without the saddle and it came in a tad under 21.5.
    xl frame
    fox float ctd 100mm
    i9 with stan arches
    schalbe nobby nics 2.25 tubeless
    chris king bb and headset
    xtr pedals
    xx drivetrain
    formula r1 levers and rx calipers, 180/160 rotors
    thomson post and x4- 90mm stem{ might drop it to 70}
    easton haven bars

    will post pics this weekend

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    [IMG][/IMG]Just finished this build, looking forward to the first ride. 23.5 lbs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kuuk View Post
    Just finished this build, looking forward to the first ride. 23.5 lbs.
    Looks nice
    Here is mine , going to swap the 90 stem to a 70... Absolutely love this bike, perfect compliment to my tb LTc


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    The new matte/lime scheme looks sick, I just got a matte/grey but would like to get some stickers or custom paint to make it just like the new one
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    Just finished building up my Highball (thanks SC virtual garage sale!). I've been on a few rides so far and I'm very impressed. I've spent the last year solely riding a One9 SS (sus then rigid since June 12). My initial plan was to build up an Air9 Carbon RDO. But, the garage sale happened and after I observed that the geometry was very similar I jumped on a L frame. Some things from the picture have since been changed. Selle Italia Flite Gel flow saddle and a Ritchey 120mm stem -6.

    I really like the bike. Handling is a tad bit slower than my One9 with a niner carbon fork, but I've adjusted. It climbs so quickly and the rear end just flips around on demand. Super fun but still stable on descents. On another note - the XTR clutch type rear derailleur is amazing. So quiet.



    Build list:

    Frame : Highball Carbon L Frame, Red/Black
    Wheelset : Easton Carbon Haven
    Fork : SID 29" RCT3, 15QR

    XT Brakes, Shifters, Front Derailleur
    XTR 42/30 Crank and Rear Derailleur

    Bontrager RXL Bar, Ritchey Stem, Thompson Elite seatpost, Selle Italia Flite Gel Flow

    Bontrager bottle cage and XT pedals.

    Schwalbe Racing Ralph SS, Nobby Nic SS.

    22.82lbs with pedals, cages, fresh sealant, and a bit of dirt . (on a Feedback Sports bike scale)

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    [IMG][/IMG]

    Sorry about the indoor pic.
    Large Highball C bought from the garage sale.
    XT brakes and cranks, SS at 32/20 ratio.
    Weighs in at 21.3 pounds with tubes and pedals.
    I love this bike, the handling is so spot on.

    Oh, and I'm using a Philcentric to tension the chain, and yes it's been adjusted since this pic.

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    Anyone rocking a dropper and 120 fork? I have a tbltc for the rough stuff, but do still enjoy technical terrain on the highballc and put a 120 on it....missing the dropper though when stuff gets techy or with any steps/drops.
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    A little late to the 29er HT game but finally bought one. Subscribing to this thread for bike porn and to see if argibson's question gets answered!

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    Well, decided to put my tbltc dropper on the highball since it is a super easy r&r. Rode china camp yesterday on the backside tricky stuff and loved it! Too muddy to know if it is faster on moderate terrain (surely the tbltc is when it gets real chunky), but plan to ride the hb with dropper and 120 ctd fox for a week or so on know trails with strava times to see which is faster. Def more fun and I didn't notice the pound of weight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by argibson View Post
    Anyone rocking a dropper and 120 fork? I have a tbltc for the rough stuff, but do still enjoy technical terrain on the highballc and put a 120 on it....missing the dropper though when stuff gets techy or with any steps/drops.
    Like yourself, I appreciate having a dropper post for the steeper and chunkier stuff so I have a KS i900 125mm dropper on my Highball with a 130mm Fox Float up front. I was planning to install spacers to drop the front fork down to 120 or 100mm once it's due for it's next service but, to be quite honest, I think I like the way it rides with the current setup.

    That said, I just picked up a Tallboy AL from the Santa Cruz Parking Lot Sale that I plan to build up over the Winter. Depending on my final parts selection I may end up moving the post and fork over to the new bike and setting up the Highball for less technical riding.

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    Parts keep coming, hope to get it all together by the end of the next week

    That Truvativ Noir Team seatpost is kinda heavy for being carbon

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    Recently pulled the trigger on a matte XXL. Absolutely dig my current Ti frame, but will drop 2+ pounds going to this frame. Racing the fast guys I need any advantage I can get. Was glad to get ahold of last year's model since it has normal rear dropouts... wheel swaps will be much easier across bikes. Hopefully it'll be a worthy rocket for the 2013 race season! Haven't seen many santa cruz's in the midwest, it'll be my first. Will post pics once I get parts swapped over.

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    Just took my Highball out for its first ride. So stoked. Glad to be riding a Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz, went up to UCSC this afternoon with the wife and explored some single tracks. I'm really blown away by the bike's handling.

    Running full XT drive train, XT Brakes, RockShox SID RTC3 solo air 120mm (like the ((relatively)) big travel), Sun Ringle Black Flag Comp wheelset, S Works Captain 2.2 in front, Fast Track 2.0 rear (on first impression the rear tire felt too narrow) set up tubeless.
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    Likin' the forum

    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


    Really liking this forum. I have my new Matte finish XL in the garage waiting for a few parts. the XX build is the bomb. looks great as do all of them. I am gonna go 1x10 with a swap from a current bike.

    two questions:

    1) do you still have the 90mm stem? I want it!
    2) anyone who bough a frame only, did it come with anything like the chainstay protector? cable guides, etc.? I got nothing in my box.

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    goodoljake,

    i picked up the frame from Santa Cruz Bicycles in Santa Cruz and pretty much received the frame only. As I was pulling away from the building, a mechanic runs over and gives me a goody bag with a chainstay protector, carbon adhesive compound and a sheet of cable rub stickers. The secretary forgot to give them to me. If you didn't receive those items, especially the trade mark chainstay protector, shoot them an email and I'm sure they will send you one along with the other odds and ends.

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    Just built up my highball with
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    China carbon rims
    21.03lb
    This is running my winter tires nobby nicks, will lose at least another 100g with race tires!

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    Sounds sweet jdubb12... we need pics!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Killowatt View Post
    Sounds sweet jdubb12... we need pics!
    If someone wants to give me there email I can send them to you to post cause I can't do it. This is by far the best bike I have ever riden and this is my 3rd carbon hard tail I have owned, this bike will for sure help me get my pro license this season!

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    Recently got a Highball frame and just finished the build, haven't had a chance to test it as I should yet.

    It should be around 23 lb range



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    nice, about 1lb of spare steerer though?

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    Quote Originally Posted by danridesbikes View Post
    nice, about 1lb of spare steerer though?

    I'm on it
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    Can't wait to ride this dang thing!

    Transferred most of the components from my Aluminum Kona King Kahuna to this. Haven't had it out yet though.
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    20.83 lbs w/out pedals...
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