Anyway, I've pretty much decided it's going to be my next bike.
Santa Cruz have been dropping hints about the Highball for a while now, so now it's out in the open.
Light (2.4lbs), stiff, razor sharp, nimble and razor sharp. And as Santa Cruz say, designed to do two things, 1. Race 2. Win.
Bikeradar.com have quite a bit of info on the bikes, but I will repeat some of the info they posted....worth reading.
"Santa Cruz have eschewed in-molded carbon headset bearing races – instead fitting the tapered head tube with an inset upper and external lower type headset – saying that the weight to be saved is less than most would expect. They've also specced the bike with a standard threaded alloy bottom bracket shell. The latter, it might be noted, is considered by just about every other player in the super-light carbon 29er hardtail game as a dinosaur that needed to be left behind for weight savings.
Nick Anderson, Santa Cruz’s design engineer, said they could have dropped another 75g or more by using a press-fit design, but it was decided by internal committee that riders would prefer the more convenient compatibility the standard offers. “We do a lot of frame-only sales and we feel like our customers like having a bike with a threaded bottom bracket because it makes it a little more versatile,” said Anderson. “We spent some time talking about whether or not we wanted to make it singlespeed compatible with either an eccentric [bottom bracket] or adjustable dropouts, but you just pay too big of a weight penalty to do that and so we decided just to keep it as a geared race bike."
“It wasn’t important for us to be the absolute lightest,” he continued. “ But we wanted to be lighter than mostly everything. At a certain point there’s a weight/durability trade-off and if you make a bike 10 percent lighter, it’s not 10 percent weaker, it’s like half as strong. So we tried to find a balance where we were as light or lighter than the competition, but not to the point that it’s a road bike.”
Some more info can be found here;
you can call me Al), just like the Tallboy Carbon...but not made of carbon (and no XXL size). So same geometry, same lines, same great suspension (same Bat channel?), a little bit heavier and cheaper.
And for more info click here;
Did I miss anything?