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Old 09-07-2018, 12:30 PM
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Santa Cruz Highball

new Highball 29er. I dig it.
Upgrade from a 27.5 Highball, which was great. Slightly longer fit, smoother ride, lighter-weight and purple. This was the my first time assembling with hydro brakes - though tricky at first, I learned a lot and feel way more confident in the routing, trimming, bleeding, etc.
It's a svelte trail-worthy build with Fox Factory 32 100mm, XX1 Eagle, Stan's Podium SRD, Maxxis Ardent Race 2.35 and a curated set of contact points...about 19.5lbs. The Ergon GA3 grips bring a surprising improvement in comfort despite their insubstantial profile.
In all this is perfect for the wide variety of trails that I ride.





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Old 09-07-2018, 12:57 PM
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Nice, I like it. I am curious on your thoughts on the differences between the 27.5 and the 29 in terms of handling. I just ordered a 27.5 HT
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Old 09-07-2018, 01:02 PM
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I approve. Any plans for a dropper or not needed for the trails you ride?
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Old 09-07-2018, 01:14 PM
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Nice, I like it. I am curious on your thoughts on the differences between the 27.5 and the 29 in terms of handling. I just ordered a 27.5 HT
There may be something to the argument that 27.5 is more nimble, but in transitioning to this 29er I am not feeling less nimble. The handling feels familiar.
The more pronounced quality of this bike is the increase in ride compliance. This bike is just smoother on familiar trails - I reluctantly admit that there is something meaningful happening in the new SC frame construction, the HiFlex seatpost and the Stan's 'RiACT' radial deflection.
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Old 09-07-2018, 01:22 PM
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I approve. Any plans for a dropper or not needed for the trails you ride?
A droppah?
Maybe. Friendly opinions suggest that my hardtail is adorable in its simplicity. Though I might relent and try a nifty shifty post on this bike because I've experienced their handling benefits before. That said, a static carbon post is way more compliant than a stiff aluminum dropper post when your backside is actually seated...Perhaps that's not a factor when rear suspension is added to the system.
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Old 09-07-2018, 01:23 PM
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drop the dropper.
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Old 09-07-2018, 06:23 PM
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The bike looks awesome and at that weight must be an awesome trail ride!

I am very impressed with what Santa Cruz is putting out and this is just another spectacular looking bike!


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Old 09-08-2018, 08:38 PM
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Excellent build Steve and really like the colors! I am big fan of SC, despite not a whole lot of time on their bikes; just like what they are doing and the simplicity and clean looks to all their bikes. I had the 27.5 version for a short time and find myself searching for one time to time. That 5010 here caught my eye

Interested in hearing your longer term impression too on the 29 vs 27.5 especially with being an East Coast guy. Enjoy! Should be a great bike especially when fall sets in around here...
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Old 09-10-2018, 11:30 PM
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Nice build. I'm a huge fan of the ergon grips too. I just put the basic ones without the big flair on my mtb and it got rid of all hand numbness and pain I was getting with ESI's.
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