The Santa Cruz Hightower LT is designed for maximum speed in the biggest mountains. It's truly race-bred, its design the result of the demands of racing at the EWS, Crankworx, and Andes Pacifico. Midway through 2016, Mark Scott came to Santa Cruz with a request to eke more travel out of his Hightower bike. The stock 135mm Hightower wasn't quite enough to maintain his speed on some of the rougher tracks. The Santa Cruz engineering team designed a new set of links that pushed travel to 146mm at the expense of some compatibility, but because Mark's setup was a known variable, they could be very precise. Santa Cruz machined two sets on site, gave one to Mark, and the other to Iago Garay, a racer much more likely to take the fun line than tuck for speed. The links went through a few iterations to find a balance of spring rate, travel, and shock compatibility. Toward the end of 2016, it became apparent that the best way to get the performance and travel required was to design a new swingarm to pair with the links, like Santa Cruz did with the V10. At this point the bike got a name, Hightower LT, and the travel was pushed to a full 150mm. Details include 150mm VPP suspension, internal cable routing, 148mm rear thru-axle spacing, chainstay and downtube protector, ISCG-05 carbon tabs and a 73mm threaded BB for creak-free riding. Only compatible with single chainring drivetrain designs.