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The Highball is our flagship carbon hardtail race thoroughbred, and a dark horse in XC versatility.

More capable than a pure endurance bike, more composed than most XC race-rigs, the Highball has evolved to be easier to ride harder for longer. We fine-tuned the carbon layup process and the low-angle, bridgeless seatstays join the seat tube below the top tube junction in order to curb trail chatter.

Built around a 27.2mm diameter seat post, the whole package combines to take the “hard” out of hardtail riding. It has the mindset of a race bike but it’s prepared for more. With capacity for three bottle cages, the ever-reliable threaded BB and, of course, the lifetime warranty that comes standard with all Santa Cruz bikes, it’s the kind of bike that’ll go far.


Key Features:

Available in: Carbon C and Carbon CC
Wheel Size: 29er
Front Travel: 100mm


  • 10.46kg / 23.07lbs
  • Carbon C
  • RockShox Sid SL Select+, 100mm w/ Remote
  • Shimano XT M8100, 12spd
  • Shimano XT M8100, 12spd
  • Shimano XT M8120 34t
  • Shimano XT M8100, 12spd, 10-51t
  • SRAM OneLoc
  • SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd
  • Shimano XT 68/73mm Threaded BB
  • Shimano XT 8100
  • Shimano XT, Ice Tech, Centerlock, 160mm
  • Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated
  • Santa Cruz Bicycles Carbon Flat Bar
  • SRAM Atmos Stem, 60mm
  • ESI Chunky
  • Industry Nine 1/1, 110x15, Centerlock, 28h
  • DT 350, 12x148, MicroSpline, Centerlock, 28h
  • RaceFace ARC Offset 27 29" Rims
  • Sapim D-light
  • Maxxis Aspen, 29"x2.4WT, EXO, TR
  • Maxxis Aspen, 29"x2.35, EXO, TR
  • Stan's Sealant
  • RaceFace Next
  • WTB Silverado Medium Cromoly SL Fusion Saddle or WTB Volt

Santa Cruz Highball XT Carbon C 29