Saturday, 3 November 2012

New Bike In The House & It's Not Mine - Santacruz Highball 29er Hardtail in Size Small

Grace's Shiny New Highball 29er
Earlier in the year Grace got her first 29er, a lovely black and green Superlight 29er. It was such a success, she would go on to become only the second woman to complete the 202 miles and 25'700ft of climbing of the South Downs Double. A challenge that has a success rate of <30% of the men who have started it in recent years. If you want to read more about her epic ride, you can find it all on BikeMagic here, or Cyclist No.1 here. If you want to read about a lovely little 29er hardtail, well, read on.

Having gone 29er, it was just a matter of time before the, now abandoned, hardtail went that way too. Inevitably a lovely white and green Santacruz Highball Alloy frame, in size small, dropped through the letterbox thanks to the lovely guys at Suntacruz UK, much to everyone's great excitement....

The bike was built up to suit Grace's "compact" size and the fact girls are built differently to boys. It was also built with a good amount of green components to colour match the graphics where practically possible. Everybody knows pretty bikes are fastest! Here are a few details that make the bike a great, and alarmingly fast to try and follow through the woods, bike to ride: 
Women's specific WTB Deva saddle for a comfy bottom and a happy girlfriend
A green Lezyne Caddy saddlebag adds some colour co-ordination
Mt Zoom's lightweight wide, flat bar, cut down for the small owner, a great option for a fast 29er build
Diminutive 45mm Controltech FX stem, with colour matched (hollow aluminium!) stem bolts, top cap and top cap bolt. Pimp.
Ergon grips in small and, arguably more importantly, greenXT brakes adjustable for reach and bite point, critical for the riders small hands
XTR cranks, light and stiff in shorter 170mm flavour, there's a green BB in there too
2×9 drivetrain with lightweight (and green) chainring bolts
Weight is saved everywhere, including the Mt Zoom ultralight 5g seatclamp. In green natch'

Green chainstay guard and that gear cable is clipped in with green zipties!

The bike also features an Alfine dynamo hub (soon to be upgraded to a lighter SP PD-7 switchable dynamo) and an Exposure Revo dynamo light, as it's coming up to winter and riding at night is the norm. This enables full brightness lights all day (and night), all winter.

Exposure Revo standlight, still burning bright despite all my faffing taking photos
Alfine dynamo hub providing light power 24/7, also one of the new breed of disc brake dynamos allowing colour matching of the discs too, with a green alligator aries lightweight rotor
I'm pretty chuffed with the finished bike, as is its proud new owner, it seems to ride pretty well too, making short work of the fabled Stanmer Park singletrack of the BrightonBigDog and Stilettos on Wheels races.

If you're still reading and just must know more, the full build spec is:

Frame: Santa Cruz Highball 29er, size small
Fork: RockShox Reba RL, 29er 9mm QR
Wheels: Superstar rear hub, Alfine dynamo front hub, DT Revolution spokes, Al nipples, NoTubes Crest 29er 32H rim, run tubeless with yellow tape, NoTubes valves & Green KCNC dust caps
QR Skewers: Titanium with green levers
Tyres: Kenda Karma 2.2" 29er run tubeless with latex
Seatpost: USE Sumo 27.2 with shim
Seatclamp: Mt Zoom Ultralight 5g Green + Ti Bolt
Saddle: WTB Deva SLT
Stem: ControlTech FX 45mm + Green Aluminium Bolts
Handlebar: Mt Zoom Wide Flat Carbon Bar
Grips: Ergon GX1 Lightweight Ergonomic Grips (green)
Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT + KCNC Green Jockeywheels
Front Deraileur: SRAM X0 2s (for maximum mud clearance)
Shifters: Shimano XT 9s
Cassette: Shimano XTR Titanium 9s 11-32
Chainset: Shimano XTR M970 170mm + 22/32 Double ring + KCNC green alloy bolts
Pedals: Shimano XTR M970
Brakes: Shimano XT with Ti bolts
Brake Discs: Alligator Aries Rotor 160mm Green + Green Ti fixing Bolts

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