There are still those times and places where the best way to light the fuse and blow everyone else into the weeds is by riding a hardtail. Bigger wheels have revived the venerable double diamond design, and by mixing the smooth rolling hoops with a feathery 2.4-pound carbon fiber frame, Santa Cruz has come up with a potent race weapon. Anyone who complains about a bad day climbing while riding this bike needs to find another sport. The Highball Carbon is insanely light, razor sharp, nimble but surefooted, stiff as a plank, and designed to do two things: 1. Race. 2. Win.
The frame features a tapered head tube, short chainstays, 142x12mm thru axle, and disc tabs molded into frame during proprietary one piece layup. Lighter, stronger, stiffer.