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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.
    Ibis Mojo HD, Santa Cruz Highball-c.
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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.
    Ibis Mojo HD, Santa Cruz Highball-c.
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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.
    Last edited by slacker666; 02-10-2013 at 08:45 AM.
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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.
    Ibis Mojo HD, Santa Cruz Highball-c.
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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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    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.

    Devil's Kitchen, Sedona AZ (and yes, that's a bell)

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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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