If ever a bike resembled your most cherished mix tape compilation, the Santa Cruz Hightower is it. Featuring the new lower-link mounted shock design, updated, adjustable geometry, this "Engineering Best Of..." assembles some of Santa Cruz's biggest design pleasers into one belter of a road-trip companion.
The Hightower has been a do-it-all-well trail bike since its inception. More maneuverable than its longer-travel sibling, the Megatower, and more at home in the steep-and-chunky than its snappy cousin Tallboy, Hightower excels when the route covers all points in between and descents come courtesy of some big climbs. The VPP suspension's lower-link-mounted shock creates a nearly linear leverage curve, meaning it mops up bumps of all sizes and maintains the kind of progressivity normally reserved for the V10 DH bike.
140mm of rear travel complemented by a 150mm front end gives the Hightower just a bit more front and rear travel over the first generation model, and features a slacker 65-degree head tube angle. Balancing stiffness and weight savings in all the right places is a hallmark of all Santa Cruz carbon frames and the Hightower flies the flag yet higher. The advanced composite chassis tracks well across all trail surfaces, holds a line, and is reactive to rider directions while isolating pedal-influenced inputs.
The Hightower also has a flip chip. In the High setting, the BB height is a little higher for those tricky tech trails and/or when Plus sized tires are required. In the Low position the shock rate is more progressive, to provide additional bottom-out resistance. Whatever mood you're in, the tone of the Hightower can be adapted to meet your individual taste. And speaking of taste, there's a room for a water bottle inside the main frame and a threaded BB for convenience. There's refined cable routing for better shifting performance, simpler installation, and no cable rub. On top of that, there's a tailgate shuttle guard, downtube protector, shock fender, and noise-canceling chainstay protector keeping things quiet. The lifetime frame warranty, lifetime pivot bearing replacement policy, and lifetime guarantee on the optional Reserve carbon wheels assures you that the Hightower will keep delivering the hits for years to come.
Frame: Aluminum 29/27+ 140mm Travel VPP
Rear Shock: FOX Float Performance DPS
Fork: RockShox 35 Gold RL, 150mm, 29"
Headset: Cane Creek 10 IS Integrated
Wheels: WTB ST i29 TCS 2.0 29" rims laced to SRAM MTH 716, 15x110 Torque Cap front hub and SRAM MTH 746, 12x148 rear hub
Front Tire: Maxxis Minion DHR 29"x2.4", 3C EXO TR, Tubeless ready
Rear Tire: Maxxis Minion DHR 29"x2.4", 3C EXO TR, Tubeless ready
Cassette: SRAM PG1210, 12spd, 11-50t
Chain: SRAM SX Eagle, 12spd
Rear Derailleur: SRAM SX Eagle, 12spd
Crankset: SRAM SX Eagle 148 DUB, 30t - 165mm (XS), 170mm (S), 175mm (M-XXL)
Shifter: SRAM SX Eagle, 12spd
Brakes: SRAM Guide T with Avid Centerline 180mm rotors
Handlebars: Race Face Aeffect R
Stem: Race Face Ride
Grips: Santa Cruz Palmdale
Seatpost: Race Face Aeffect, 31.6
Saddle: WTB Silverado Race
Weight: 34.85 lbs
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