The Santa Cruz Highball Carbon 29 XT ENVE Complete Mountain Bike is a razor-sharp XC bike with an astoundingly stiff carbon frame that rockets forward with every turn of the cranks. This particular build benefits immensely from its 29-inch wheel size, which provides an advantage in terms of roll-over clearance when large roots and rocks pose a threat to your forward-surging momentum.
It's hooked up with ENVE m50/50 carbon wheels for blistering acceleration with their absurdly light and stiff carbon lay-up. This wheelset maximizes your racing efficiency with a skinnier internal width (only 21-millimeters) optimized purely for rolling speed and lower volume tires typically used by XC racers.
If you desire to run a bit larger tire, both the wheelset and frame handily accept rubber up to 2. 3-inches, giving you a bit more grip and bump compliance.
Delving into particulars on this Highball's frame, you'll find it gets Santa Cruz's top-flight Carbon CC for a weight savings of approximately 280 grams from the lower-spec Carbon C. Santa Cruz's Carbon CC frames offer the lightest possible weight by trimming off excess carbon in strategic areas with meticulous detail.
This means you'll have a lightweight carbon frame without the compromise in strength or stiffness you've come to expect from XC race bikes. Delving into the Highball 29er's geometry, you'll find its 70.
5-degree head tube angle is purely focused on XC domination, offering up the sharp steering precision demanded for conquering XC courses and the tight, tree-lined trails. The 12.
4-inch bottom bracket height instills low-slung handling characteristics, so you'll stay glued to the trail around sweeping corners and high-speed straights. Sub 17-inch chainstays make the rear end feel snappy and quick to negotiate tight switchbacks where quick directional changes are necessary.
And to ensure a bit more comfort, the thinner stays and seat tube impart a bit more compliance over the pounding rocks and bumpy root se..
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