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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. Lifetime warranty. Shock pump is sold separately.

Frame: Carbon C chassis, tapered head tube, forged upper link.
Rear Shock: Fox Float Performance DPS, 150mm
Fork: Fox 36 Performance 150mm
Headset: Cane Creek 40 series tapered, cartridge bearing
Wheels: E13 TRS 29" rims laced to Novatec D641 110x15mm front hub and Novatec D642 148x12mm rear hub with DT 14/15 gauge spokes, alloy nipples
Front Tire: Maxxis Minion DHR 3C EXO 29x2.4, Tubeless Ready
Rear Tire: Maxxis Minion DHR 3C EXO 29x2.4, Tubeless Ready
Cassette: SRAM XG1275 Eagle 10-50t, 12-speed
Chain: SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed
Rear Derailleur: SRAM GX, 12-speed
Crankset: SRAM GX Eagle, 32t
Shifter: SRAM GX Eagle
Brakes: SRAM Guide R with Avid Centerline 180mm Rotors
Handlebars: Race Face Aeffect R 780mm, 35mm clamp
Stem: Race Face Aeffect R
Saddle: WTB Volt Race
Seatpost: Rock Shox Reverb Stealth Dropper
Grips: Santa Cruz Palmdale Lock-on