The Highball is now available in 29‰۝ and 27.5‰۝.åÊ You pick. We tried to keep the handling characteristics the same between the two bikes, and let the wheel size‰۪s traits shine through. One difference ‰ÛÒthe 27.5‰۝ version has a size small, while the 29er does not, and that the 29er has an XXL, while the 27.5‰۝ does not.åÊOn the 29er, we shortened the chainstays by almost a half-inch, and stretched out the front end of the bike by about the same. This allows you to run a more modern stem/bar combo and makes the bike a little quicker in the corners. A lot of folks want to talk about head tube angle when they talk about hardtails, but we rode a lot of different options, and decided the 70.5-degree angle we used on the first Highball was spot-on. It strikes the right balance of quick handling and stability, and won‰۪t wander on you when you‰۪re climbing.

The carbon layup changed a bit, too, particularly in the seat stays and seat tube, and we reduced the seat post size to 27.2mm, which adds some compliance you‰۪ll appreciate when you‰۪re 80 miles in to a 100-mile race. All the cables route internally, now, but that doesn‰۪t mean multiple obscenity-laden nights in the garage to get it set up. Everything has either a tunnel or an easy-to-route cable guide to make it as hassle-free as possible.åÊThis C-level carbon Highball has all the strength, stiffness, and durability of our top-end, CC-level carbon frames, but we use a little bit more, less expensive material to get there. Real-world result? 280 grams or so. It'll ride every bit as well as the CC version, just a bit heavier.

The Highball is unapologetically fast, surprisingly fun, and every bit a Santa Cruz mountain bike.åÊ