• 06-20-2011
    CTD
    highball build thread and pics
    Just waiting for mine to be delivered. :D

    Has anyone got theres yet? What do they think? And what kind of specs and weights are people building?
  • 06-21-2011
    rtcage
    I picked up a medium matte frame and Fox fork this weekend. Probably going XTR 2x10. Going to take my time finishing this one but will post more details later.
  • 06-21-2011
    Just J
    Looking forward to seeing some more of these built up :)
  • 06-21-2011
    brumos
    Let's see how low on the weight scale you guys can get them :thumbsup:
  • 06-22-2011
    velez3000
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    Here's mine
    swamped right now, haven't had a chance to post. I will spend some good time reviewing it and posting the build when i get a chance. The thing hauls ass. Seriously stable at fast downs, carves the tight twisties and did I mention fast?

    A bunch of reviews said that it was so stiff (good) that they were worried about long term comfort. I've put in some rooty, rocky rides on it and it is compliant enough to were your butt doesn't hurt but it absolutely feels like it turns every ounce of effort out of your legs into speed. highlights on the build are the XTR brakes (trail) paid the weight penalty to get servowave, 2012 fox rlc, and 2x10 set up. Time will tell but my favorite brakes so far.

    Switching to flat bar and negative rise stem to get the cockpit dialed in

    So weight...size medium with big air can and harness on seat post, computer mount, 2 bottle cages, Time ATAC's and garmin sensor and serious brakes....21.8 lbs:thumbsup:
  • 06-22-2011
    Just J
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by velez3000 View Post
    swamped right now, haven't had a chance to post. I will spend some good time reviewing it and posting the build when i get a chance. The thing hauls ass. Seriously stable at fast downs, carves the tight twisties and did I mention fast?

    A bunch of reviews said that it was so stiff (good) that they were worried about long term comfort. I've put in some rooty, rocky rides on it and it is compliant enough to were your butt doesn't hurt but it absolutely feels like it turns every ounce of effort out of your legs into speed. highlights on the build are the XTR brakes (trail) paid the weight penalty to get servowave, 2012 fox rlc, and 2x10 set up. Time will tell but my favorite brakes so far.

    Switching to flat bar and negative rise stem to get the cockpit dialed in

    So weight...size medium with big air can and harness on seat post, computer mount, 2 bottle cages, Time ATAC's and garmin sensor and serious brakes....21.8 lbs:thumbsup:

    What an amazing bike, the more I see these coming through the more I want one!

    I'm a big guy though, I like to ride hard with little skill so I'm wondering how one would fair up for me?...
  • 06-22-2011
    CTD
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by velez3000 View Post
    swamped right now, haven't had a chance to post. I will spend some good time reviewing it and posting the build when i get a chance. The thing hauls ass. Seriously stable at fast downs, carves the tight twisties and did I mention fast?

    A bunch of reviews said that it was so stiff (good) that they were worried about long term comfort. I've put in some rooty, rocky rides on it and it is compliant enough to were your butt doesn't hurt but it absolutely feels like it turns every ounce of effort out of your legs into speed. highlights on the build are the XTR brakes (trail) paid the weight penalty to get servowave, 2012 fox rlc, and 2x10 set up. Time will tell but my favorite brakes so far.

    Switching to flat bar and negative rise stem to get the cockpit dialed in

    So weight...size medium with big air can and harness on seat post, computer mount, 2 bottle cages, Time ATAC's and garmin sensor and serious brakes....21.8 lbs:thumbsup:

    Totally stunning bike dude. Im going with a similar set up on mine. Cant make my mind up whether to run fox 100s or 120s. What are you running?

    Aiming to get mine under 21lbs if im lucky. Going to run enve stem, bars and seatpost. Undecided on wheelset at present, might go with enves built onto industry nine hubs but it depends on funds.
  • 06-22-2011
    velez3000
    Thanks
    Thank you,
    Went with the 100. Suits the bike nicely. Guess you could always go TALAS and flip between 95 and 120.
    This thing will build up sub 21 with some carbon thrown at it. I had a set of crests laced to 240's built up using sturdy comps and it was still a nice light build. i weigh 160 and they are stiff, don't notice any flex. The Rocket ron on the front is the bomb for SE terrain
  • 06-22-2011
    rtcage
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by velez3000 View Post
    swamped right now, haven't had a chance to post. I will spend some good time reviewing it and posting the build when i get a chance. The thing hauls ass. Seriously stable at fast downs, carves the tight twisties and did I mention fast?

    A bunch of reviews said that it was so stiff (good) that they were worried about long term comfort. I've put in some rooty, rocky rides on it and it is compliant enough to were your butt doesn't hurt but it absolutely feels like it turns every ounce of effort out of your legs into speed. highlights on the build are the XTR brakes (trail) paid the weight penalty to get servowave, 2012 fox rlc, and 2x10 set up. Time will tell but my favorite brakes so far.

    Switching to flat bar and negative rise stem to get the cockpit dialed in

    So weight...size medium with big air can and harness on seat post, computer mount, 2 bottle cages, Time ATAC's and garmin sensor and serious brakes....21.8 lbs:thumbsup:

    Nice build and great looking bike. Thanks for posting. I'm about to build mine up. I also have a medium. I notice the setback post. How tall are you? Did you fit it to your knee over the spindle or do you just prefer the setback?
  • 06-23-2011
    velez3000
    was fitted
    I'm 5'9" with a 33" inseam. Longer legs than torso. Plum lline and a pretty long fitting showed I definitely needed the set back.

    This will also be the first time I'm changing my trusty cockpit set up from a zero degree 90mm stem with a low rise xc bar to a 100mm negative 10mm stem with a flat bar.
  • 06-23-2011
    dubdryver
    I am just waiting to see the first Full XX, Edge wheels, and Lefty fork build.
  • 06-25-2011
    rensho
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    18.54 with pedals.

    Found a magic gear(30x20), but not quite high enough for me. Will fit a 31x19 next.
  • 06-26-2011
    Falcon2000
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    They are not mine but I thought that both deserved to be posted up. Custom builds from Airpark Bike in Scottsdale, AZ.
  • 06-26-2011
    WilliamK
    Nice bike Rensho. I am looking at one of these as my first 29er and have been thinking of doing it as an SS as well. How do you like the Highball in SS? It must be awesome, stiff, light and shoots forward no doubt? Let me know how it rides mate? Thanks.
  • 06-26-2011
    Mike T
    How are those frames in green and pink decals? - quite different than the two stock colors shown on SCB's website.

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Falcon2000 View Post
    They are not mine but I thought that both deserved to be posted up. Custom builds from Airpark Bike in Scottsdale, AZ.

  • 06-26-2011
    Falcon2000
    Yeah

    Airpark Bikes makes all their own decals custom. They do them for any bike brand. It makes the bike more original. Individualizing the bike is kind of cool and it's nice to be a little different from everyone else.
  • 06-27-2011
    rtcage
    Mine came in at an even 22lbs. I could shed at least a pound between tires, saddle, grips, and pedals but I won't. These are habits/comforts that I won't sacrifice plus I'm probably too heavy for ti pedals. I will post pics once the fit is done, but here are the specs so far:

    Highball Medium
    Fox F29 100 RLC FIT Tapered QR15 Kashima
    Cane Creek 40 Headset
    Full XTR Drivetrain (40/28, 11-36)
    XTR Race Pedals
    XTR Brakes (previous generation) with Magoura Storm 160/180mm rotors
    Roval Carbon Wheels
    Specialized Captain Control 29x2.0 rear and Purgatory Control 29x2.2 front
    Enve Riser Bar
    Edge Carbon Post
    WTB Rocket saddle
    ODI Rogue grips
    Thomson stem (for now)
  • 07-01-2011
    rensho
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by rensho View Post
    18.54 with pedals.

    Found a magic gear(30x20), but not quite high enough for me. Will fit a 31x19 next.

    Got 2 rides in on the HBLefty.

    It loves to climb, and it is smooooth. Rear seatstay bridge is a little tight with the RK 2.2 tire I run, so I hear some rocks hitting it.

    Magic gear is 34x20 as well, but it is tight, so a stretched chain is needed. Given that a 30x20 is loose, and 34x20 is tight (different number of links of course), then the 31x19 is a dead on magic gear, along with a 29x17.

    With a Lefty, the bar is about 1" too high for my liking.
  • 07-10-2011
    rensho
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    3rd ride on the HB today.

    I love that the BB is nice and stiff and the rest of the frame is pretty compliant.
  • 07-11-2011
    rtcage
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by rensho View Post
    3rd ride on the HB today.

    I love that the BB is nice and stiff and the rest of the frame is pretty compliant.

    I agree. I have about 100 miles or so on mine. It is very stiff under power and maintains traction on steep stuff better than any bike I have ridden. I was mentally preparing myself for a harsh ride and it's just not. It's no full suspension, but it's surprisingly compliant.
  • 07-11-2011
    DMFT
    ? Rensho
    - What about that Euro-Made BB with built-in eccentric? Can't remember the name....may add a couple grams but would give a little adjustment. Just a thought...

    Nice Highballls ya'll!!
  • 07-20-2011
    rensho
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by DMFT View Post
    - What about that Euro-Made BB with built-in eccentric? Can't remember the name....may add a couple grams but would give a little adjustment. Just a thought...

    Nice Highballls ya'll!!


    This here.
    http://www.thebikebiz.com/Tr_ckstuff...-acc-tr!ck.htm
    I remember when they came out. Bux, but it does fix the issues.

    Best gear for me is right around 34x20. When I get around to doing the 31x19, all will be good. That or I'll sell it and get a Niner Air9c to try. ;)
  • 07-21-2011
    jibboo










    Coming from full squish 26er, I don't find the ride harsh at all. Great bike. Couldn't be happier.
  • 07-22-2011
    Surfdog93
    Coming from full squish 26er, I don't find the ride harsh at all. Great bike. Couldn't be happier.[/QUOTE]

    Sweet looking bike man !
  • 08-15-2011
    TDubinator
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    Light is Right
    This is a new build and one of the best 29er hardtails I have ever spent my days riding trail on.
    Blows away the Superfly and is "point and shoot" like the Stumpjumper.

    Build: 2x10 XO and XX (crankset), Fox RLC 29 Float fork, and FSA stem/bars, Crank Bros Pedals, two water bottle cages, Ergon Grips, No Tubes Race 29er Wheelset with ZTR Hubs
    the bike weighs in at 20.5 lbs.

    Descending:The bike is very well balanced and very stable on the knarliest hairball chowdered trail you can find. Steep fast loose = No Worries

    Climbing: like a goat. Again, well balanced and seems to gravitate up the trail. Running No Tubes wheelset with low pressure (24-26 psi) it flies uphill. Light is Right.

    I have spent a year on a Superfly, and 1/2 a season on a Stumpjumper S-Works. This bike runs circles around both of these bikes and actually quite simply BLOWS THEM AWAY. Very pleased with its performance, THE HIGHBALL RIPS. :thumbsup:

    Ride ON!
  • 08-15-2011
    velez3000
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    updated cockpit, few more miles
    A few hundred miles and I have been really pleased. The ride is super stable and the geometry feels spot on. The BB is low which make is a ripper, i just need to be a little more careful with the pedal strikes. I switched to a negative rise Thomson x4 and an enve flat xc bar and couldn't be happier. The new xtr is great but the brakes steal the show (XTR trail) Maybe most folks have tried 2x10 by now, but it is super sweet. crest wheels have been bomber and the lighter weight is noticeable over the same build with arch's (240'/supercomps) The new Kashima's are buttery smooth and I'm getting almost all of my travel while not diving like crazy on braking or bobbing while mashing out of the saddle. Relaly like the crank brothers foam lock on grips. If you're looking for good water bottle cages arundel's are the way to go. Light , inexpensive , vicelike grip and the easiest entry. Any way, love it. Want a xc race bike? fast trail bike? here you go. I maybe old school, but no FS design can match the aesthetic beauty of a well executed HT
  • 08-15-2011
    jbrowne
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by rensho View Post
    18.54 with pedals.

    Found a magic gear(30x20), but not quite high enough for me. Will fit a 31x19 next.

    How did you go about making it single speed?
  • 08-25-2011
    rensho
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jbrowne View Post
    How did you go about making it single speed?

    Just fit the 31x19 combo with a new chain and everything slides right in.
  • 09-01-2011
    dickt3030
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by rensho View Post
    18.54 with pedals.

    Found a magic gear(30x20), but not quite high enough for me. Will fit a 31x19 next.

    White Industries Eno?
  • 09-03-2011
    blaadd
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    This one rides like a charm. Stiff but not harsh, which is great (something that some other carbon based frames are missing). Climbing is simply awesome! A great bike!

    I am not in the best shape after nearly 6 weeks of no rides, etc. Yesterday I rode 52.5 KM, 680 meters of total climbing with average speed of 19 KM/H! My fastest on that particular loop.

    My build:

    Santa Cruz Highball size medium
    Rock Shox Sid 29 XX with remote lock
    Full SRAM XX
    Stan Arch + American Classic Hubs
    Ritchey WCS carbon handlebar and seat post, WCS aluminum stem (-17D)
    Specialized romin saddle
    XTR race pedals
    Zefal water bottle cages (20grams each)

    All comes to the amazing total of 9.66 Kg equals to 21.296 lbs (can loose some more weight on the build, but currently that's it).

    Enjoy,
    Ofir
  • 09-06-2011
    theboybeckham
    Any smaller guys (5'6" ish) running highballs? How do you find em?
  • 09-08-2011
    monolith
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    Built this up today. Only been for a quick ride, but first impressions are very good. I need to swap my stem and lower the bar, but apart from that it feels great.
  • 09-08-2011
    blaadd
    Looks great! It is a rocket. Love mine!
    Ofir
  • 09-16-2011
    dexter.ale
    Hello guys this is the first time I write, I wanted to ask you what you think of the color gloss carbon / red shortly, but I'm undecided on the color to order.....hello all
    :thumbsup:
  • 09-19-2011
    dexter.ale
    There is no one who can give me some advice?Can you tell me if the color red is more delicate to be subjected to so to have more scratches over time?ciaooooooooooo :confused:
  • 09-20-2011
    rogeronquest
    Hello from Portugal this one is mine, my first 29er love it, I really love it:thumbsup::D
    Thank you SantaCruz, great bike!!!!!

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  • 09-20-2011
    monolith
    The colour red is significantly faster than any other. The matte finish has the ability to absorb the hopes and dreams of your competitors.

    Either way, a good choice.
  • 09-24-2011
    dexter.ale
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by monolith View Post
    Built this up today. Only been for a quick ride, but first impressions are very good. I need to swap my stem and lower the bar, but apart from that it feels great.

    Ciao a tutti, mi chiedevo... sulla highball che tipo di manubrio mi consigliate di metterci ho visto della ENVE che c'e 2 tipi uno senza rise e uno con la piega piu alta ovviamente escludendo il DH e poi stessa cosa per il reggi sella ENVE diritto o con la leggera curvatura ? non so in base a cosa devo fare la scelta

    Saluti alessio :madmax:
  • 09-25-2011
    monolith
    I'm now using an Easton EC70 flat bar @ 685mm. I've used the ENVE Sweep bar too, and it's very nice. As for the flat/riser question, it simply depends on your personal preference - obviously you won't get the front end as low with a riser bar as you would with a flat, but whether that's an issue for you or not I don't know.

    Thanks google.:p
  • 09-26-2011
    dor
    sc highball - reccomended fork
    hello everyone.
    im about to run my HB with a fox terralogic 29 2012 fork. the only issue is choosing between the 100mm travel & 15mm axle or the 80mm travel & qr.

    any recommendations, from experience with the frame?

    thanks!
  • 09-28-2011
    Clintox50


    After a season of racing and riding I finally posted my review of the Highball. All the build spec's are in there too, check it out if you'd like! Clint Claassen: Santa Cruz Highball Carbon 29er Review
  • 09-28-2011
    blaadd
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Clintox50 View Post


    After a season of racing and riding I finally posted my review of the Highball. All the build spec's are in there too, check it out if you'd like! Clint Claassen: Santa Cruz Highball Carbon 29er Review

    I agree, it is a rocket!

    Love every minute on board!

    Ofir
  • 09-28-2011
    Just J
    SC have just posted a video this afternoon on their facebook page showing one of their engineers talking about how the Highball is quite capable of jumps and drops etc which is exactly the info I needed to hear! :)

    Santa Cruz Highball - Eurobike 2011 // Mountain Biking Videos
  • 10-03-2011
    edgerat
    Any new builds or updates fellas? I am between a HB, A9C, Hunter custom, and possibly the Scott offering.
    Isaac
  • 10-09-2011
    robdeanhove
    My Highball is simply the best hardtail I've ever owned (my Tallboy is fighting it for best bike!). It comes in at 21.85lbs at the moment, but the weight shaving has already begun and it'll be under 21lbs in a week or two!

    More details build pics and specs on my blog here









  • 10-09-2011
    SOG
    I love my XL Highball. It took awhile (1-2 mo) to get used to it but I love this bike. There is nothing like reeling 6 inch travel bikes with poppy seat-posts on the DH and completely destroying people on the climbs.Good times and there are some sweet builds here :thumbsup:
  • 10-10-2011
    scandal
    hallo
    frame size?
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Clintox50 View Post


    After a season of racing and riding I finally posted my review of the Highball. All the build spec's are in there too, check it out if you'd like! Clint Claassen: Santa Cruz Highball Carbon 29er Review

  • 11-15-2011
    enr1co
    My medium frame arrived last FRI.





    Cannibalizing parts from my Tallboy...




    Threw down for a new King headset today. Was going to go basic black (again) but
    was mesmerized by a shiny blue one in the glass case at Diablo Mtn Cyclery ( great shop in Walnut Creek CA). Thought it went nicely with the blue top knobs of the fork.

  • 11-15-2011
    1-bar
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by rogeronquest View Post
    Hello from Portugal this one is mine, my first 29er love it, I really love it:thumbsup::D
    Thank you SantaCruz, great bike!!!!!

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    Nice build! I'm loving the rotor crankset and C29ssmax wheels. Did you weigh it yet?
  • 11-15-2011
    1-bar
    Monolith,

    Sick ride and I can tell you built her nice and light. It seem Rotor cranks are the cats meow on the Highball. :thumbsup:



    We definitely need to see more Highballs!
  • 11-16-2011
    monolith
    Thanks. I quite like the Rotor setup - I'm running the 27/40 rings, and find them very good. I had my first race aboard the Highball on Sunday, and had heaps of fun :thumbsup:
  • 11-22-2011
    jonscookin
    Hey nice rig! I was looking at the picture and I thought that it looked like home! Then I saw the Habitat sticker...stoked!
  • 11-23-2011
    PointBoy
    I just ordered mine today; got 20% off the SPX XC kit with no tax and free shipping. Couldn't pass up this deal. Cant wait to add it to my stable!
  • 11-23-2011
    edgerat
    Point, where did you get that deal????????????
  • 11-23-2011
    1-bar
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by rensho View Post
    18.54 with pedals.

    Found a magic gear(30x20), but not quite high enough for me. Will fit a 31x19 next.

    Nice magic gear, the bikes looks super clean like that. However in my experience using a magic gear can cause excessive wear on the hub bearings because the amount of tension that is created. Not saying it will for yours, but the chain looks tight.
  • 11-23-2011
    edgerat
    Magic gear done incorrectly maybe, but that goes for any single-speed setup, you have to have proper chain tension.
  • 12-23-2011
    rideandshoot
    That's the way I like it
    I made the CF leap.

    I think it looks pretty good, even with my older parts and em... personal component preferences









    First ride will be tomorrow:D
  • 12-23-2011
    PointBoy
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    Here's mine!
  • 12-23-2011
    fc
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    Here it is... 7.4 kilos
  • 12-24-2011
    dmx1
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by francois View Post
    Here it is... 7.4 kilos

    nice bike François, how do you tension that chain ? Exzentriker ?
  • 12-24-2011
    twindaddy
    I'm really enjoying this bike - as I expected I would. Did a 34 mile ride on it this morning and it was just perfect - climbed like mad, railed the turns and soaked up the rough pretty well for a hard tail. Granted it wasn't a terribly technical ride, but 3 hours in the saddle of a hard tail was never this comfortable for me in the past.



    Built mostly out of spare parts in the garage - a set of Charger Expert wheels, Reba RLT Ti w/20mm, Noir cranks 1x9 with X.9, Easton EC90 seatpost and Havoc bars, Elixir 7sl 185f/160r. 23.5 pounds with a hefty Nevegal up front. Feels and rides lighter than it weighs.



  • 12-25-2011
    dexter.ale
    Questa è la mia fidanzata :thumbsup:
  • 12-25-2011
    dexter.ale
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    eccolaaaa :thumbsup:
  • 12-25-2011
    dexter.ale
    3 Attachment(s)
    :eek::D
  • 12-26-2011
    jcospoco
    hey PointBoy, is that a size Large? and i see the XT cranks...did you order the bike with SPX xc build kit? what is total weight?
  • 12-26-2011
    PointBoy
    Yes that's the kit and it's a large it weighed 23.3 lbs when I initially built it.
  • 01-07-2012
    dexter.ale
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    Hello guys I can advise which type of stem should I put?
    I currently have a trial set in 6 ° 90mm negative.
    I do not know what to choose whether to put a 75mm or 90mm ..... you say that? this is my current setting will put a picture ....
    I state that I have already paid in order to stem ENVE well so I have to decide which one to choose :rolleyes:
  • 01-07-2012
    enr1co
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by dexter.ale View Post
    Hello guys I can advise which type of stem should I put?
    I currently have a trial set in 6 ° 90mm negative.
    I do not know what to choose whether to put a 75mm or 90mm ..... you say that? this is my current setting will put a picture ....
    I state that I have already paid in orde r to stem ENVE well so I have to decide which one to choose :rolleyes:

    If you flip over the 90 mm you have, it will provide a closer reach and provide an idea of what a 75 mm could feel like.

    If you are trying to achieve a lower more agressive position, you may want to try some flat bars rather than the risers that appear in the photo.

    In any case, its difficult to provide advice on your stem length as its a personal preference with your positioning and fit.
  • 01-07-2012
    dexter.ale
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by enr1co View Post
    If you flip over the 90 mm you have, it will provide a closer reach and provide an idea of what a 75 mm could feel like.

    If you are trying to achieve a lower more agressive position, you may want to try some flat bars rather than the risers that appear in the photo.

    In any case, its difficult to provide advice on your stem length as its a personal preference with your positioning and fit.

    The bar is flat and not that of ENVE Another question is raised ... you know where can I buy Maxxis beaver from 60 tpi?:confused:
  • 05-24-2012
    davidbfunk
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    Highball Build
    Just finished my maiden ride on mine. This is an XL frame.

    It weighed in at 21.5 without pedals and 22.3 with XT's.

    Built with Stans Arch EX stock wheels, Racing Ralph 2.25s, XTR 2x10 crank, shifters and derailleurs, Elixer 9 brakes, Thomson Masterpiece post, Thomsom X4 stem, WTB Silverado SLT seat, Noir T30 700mm carbo bar, Cane Creek 110 headset, salsa collar, and SID XX 100mm fork.

    I was going to run Crests but went for the strength over weight on that one. This will get trail ridden and raced and wanted reliability. Crests are nice but Arches are pretty bullet proof. I've run these stock Stan's on three other bikes and have had reat luck with them.

    I sold a Santa Cruz Blur and Superlight before building this. I've been riding a Niner One9 full rigid (see pics of niners) all year and using it against the geared guys at the races and the Santa Cruz's weren't getting any love. I'm sold on 29'ers now.

    BTW, the Niners are 18.5 and 17.25 without pedals and no major weight weenie parts. My wife has fork now and is still sub 20.

    Off to the races this weekend to check her out.
  • 05-25-2012
    SOG
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    My Highball
  • 06-14-2012
    cale399
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by rideandshoot View Post
    I made the CF leap.

    I think it looks pretty good, even with my older parts and em... personal component preferences









    First ride will be tomorrow:D

    looks like u r in the box!?!
  • 06-18-2012
    cbx
    Alright, I too will play along... Here's mine! Xt/XTR build. Notable parts are e13 XCX Cranks and BB, Easton EC70 Carbon Flat Wide Bar and Crest 29 handbuilt wheels (laced with tougher spokes). 21.75lbs as she sits! Love it... I once said "If love is what makes a Subaru a Subaru...then LUST is what makes a Santa Cruz"

    Enjoy!



  • 06-24-2012
    argibson
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    Here I am with my new highball, full xtr build with some weight weenieness to boot, including carbon roval wheels. 19.5 lbs in size large. Love this bike! Won Boggs 2P male 8hr on this...I put in 54 miles that day and was surprised how comfy it was after all those miles.

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  • 10-17-2012
    SBirch
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    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.
  • 10-18-2012
    MondoRides
    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 :thumbsup:

    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 :D)

    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!

  • 10-19-2012
    SBirch
    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 :thumbsup:[/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.
  • 10-26-2012
    neveo
    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
  • 10-29-2012
    kuuk
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    " width="549">Just finished this build, looking forward to the first ride. 23.5 lbs.
  • 10-31-2012
    neveo
    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


  • 11-11-2012
    kevocastro
    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
  • 11-30-2012
    newportl
    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)
  • 11-30-2012
    zion zig zag
    " width="549">

    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.
  • 12-01-2012
    argibson
    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.
  • 12-03-2012
    Killowatt
    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!
  • 12-03-2012
    argibson
    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.
  • 12-03-2012
    MondoRides
    Yup
    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.
  • 12-03-2012
    kevocastro
    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

  • 12-04-2012
    tiflow_21
    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.
  • 12-08-2012
    nafrod
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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.
  • 12-09-2012
    goodoljake
    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.
  • 12-09-2012
    nafrod
    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.
  • 12-12-2012
    jdubb12
    Just built up my highball with
    XX1
    China carbon rims
    21.03lb
    This is running my winter tires nobby nicks, will lose at least another 100g with race tires!
  • 12-12-2012
    Killowatt
    Sounds sweet jdubb12... we need pics!
  • 12-13-2012
    jdubb12
    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!
  • 12-22-2012
    kevocastro
    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



  • 12-23-2012
    danridesbikes
    nice, about 1lb of spare steerer though?
  • 12-23-2012
    kevocastro
    Quote:

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


    I'm on it :o
  • 12-26-2012
    goodoljake
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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.
  • 12-30-2012
    thanft
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    20.83 lbs w/out pedals...