Santa Cruz

2016 Santa Cruz Highball Carbon 27.5 Custom Build

This bike is amazing and we are thankful to have had the chance to build it.

The story...

A daughter of some good friends of the shop has been racing in the NICA league here in Harrisonburg for about two years. She rides an older bike with outdated components; however, that hasn't stopped her from doing extremely well. But as she looks to take it to the next level it was evident that her bike was holding her back.

Her parents wanted to surprise her with a new bike and they had their eyes set on a Santa Cruz Highball 27.5.

We were happy to find one (they're hard to come by) and what seemed like an eterneity we had it in and built. To fit this bike perfectly to our friends' daughter we made some custom tweaks to the build.

  • We added a completely custom wheel set made up of Industry Nine Hubs, DT Swiss Spokes, and WTB KOM Rims. Dave even went the extra mile to add baby blue spoke nipples and valve stem to the wheel set to match the frame of the bike.
  • The bike has a 1X drivetrain and to address the number of steep hills on our local trails we swapped out the 32 tooth chainring for a 28 tooth chainring. This gives her some easier gears, while sacrificing some of the "road" gears. As she gets stronger we can add in a 30 tooth or even the original 32 tooth.
  • Our local trails are also known for their rocks. This means we needed to make a smart tire choice. The Highball comes with a nice pair of Ikons, which, are great tires for racing. However, we changed out the front tire for an Ardent to give her a little more grip. We left the Ikon on the rear.
  • When it comes to racing, water intake is extremely important. We added some stainless steel King Cages that in our years of experience have never dropped a bottle.

The unveiling of the bike was last night and once we get some riding shots, we'll be sure to add them. All we've heard so far is that there were tears - happy tears.

Santa Cruz Demo Day Recap

This past Sunday we arranged for the Santa Cruz Bicycles Demo Truck to meet us out at Massanutten's Western Slope mountain bike trails. With over 70 bikes demoed from noon-6pm, we were slammed, but we wouldn't have had it any other way - it was a blast.

First of all, Jason, the Santa Cruz Demo Truck driver is a total machine. He was in Asheville, NC the day before and arrived in Harrisonburg at 1am Sunday morning. He camped in the demo truck and had all the bikes out of his trailer and ready to demo by 10am. 

We had Nomads, Bronsons, 5010s, Tallboys, and Highballs out for demo. From noon until 6pm there was a line for bikes and each one came back with a smiling rider.

Each Santa Cruz was running flawlessly and spec'd to be the most fun that they could be. Every bike was running Enve Composite wheels and XT drivetrains were the starting point.

But, it was a Demo Day and the bikes were supposed to be the main attraction, but they were only part of the fun. The people who came out to ride, really made the event a party. We had a constant stream of people hanging out and riding bikes. People from DC, Tennessee, North Carolina, RVA, and, of course, plenty of Harrisonburg locals.

To spice up the event we hid little treasures on the trails and it was fun to see people bring them back in. The trail treasures were anything from a shirt, to gift cards, to nutrition items. We'll definitely be doing that again.

Kyle burnt the bacon, blaming it on too many good distractions, but thankfully we had enough hot dogs to feed an army, which we did.

The local brews were on point and the ice cold cokes hit the spot on the hot day.

We're already making plans to do another Demo Day in the Fall and we'll definitely do it again in the Spring of 16. So keep an eye out for final dates.

Thanks again to all who came out, we hope you had as much fun as we did!

Dream Build Santa Cruz Tallboy LT Carbon

Santa Cruz Tallboy LT Carbon

We had the pleasure of building this beautiful blue Santa Cruz Tallboy LT for a local friend and loyal customer. 


  • Carbon CC Frame
  • VPP Suspension
  • Pike RCT3
  • Float CTD Kashima
  • Reverb Dropper
  • SRAM XX1 Drivetrain
  • Carbon Santa Cruz Bars
  • Industry Nine Enduro Wheels
  • XT Brakes
  • XTR Pedals

What's your dream build? Call us or stop by and we can help you make it a reality.

Santa Cruz Demo Fleet

We're excited to have a Santa Cruz Demo Fleet at the shop! Choose from their extremely popular and successful Bronson, a 650b wheeled bike with lots of travel (6"), their big wheeled Tallboy LT, a 29er with 5" of travel, and the "do everything bike" the 5010, a 650b with 5" of travel.

Call us to take one out today. In addition to personal demos, we'll be hosting Demo Nights with out fleet out at Massanutten's Western Slopes. Watch our event calendar and social media accounts for the exact date and times of those events.

Create a great adventure!