One of the most loved trail bikes in the world just got a major facelift. Santa Cruz took the Hightower frame and incorporated the low-pivot suspension design that is now present in much of the companies full-suspension lineup. The low-pivot design provides feather-light small bump sensitivity, mid-stroke support, and a perfect progression curve. The Hightower has become one of the most capable 29” trail bikes while retaining is fun playful nature and goat-like climbing abilities. The steep seat tube angle allows you to climb with ease, and the new linkage allows you to glide down every descent. With 140mm of travel, the new Hightower finds the perfect balance between agility, stability, and performance.
As with all Santa Cruz bikes, every Hightower model features a great list of components for the price. The Hightower AL-R comes with a RockShox Yari RC fork and FOX Float Performance DPS rear shock which provide a smooth and supple ride, the SRAM NX Eagle 12-speed drivetrain provides all the gears you need to make it up the steepest climbs, and SRAM Guide R brakes provide incredible stopping power when it comes time to slow down or stop. The WTB i29 wheels wrapped in Maxxis rubber supply the traction and confidence needed to mash through rock gardens and rail high speed corners.
If you are looking for a bike that is a true all-around’er, the Santa Cruz Hightower needs to be your next bike. From fast flowy single track to technical rock sections and everything in between, the Hightower was designed to turn any trail into your new favorite trail. Limitation isn’t a word the Hightower understands.
Pink Bike - "It hits the sweet spot, where there's enough travel to deal with rougher trails, while still remaining entertaining on smoother, flowier trails. Achieving that balance can be tricky, but the Hightower gets it right. It's more bike than the previous model, but it hasn't lost that sturdy, dependable nature." - Mike Kazimer
Vital MTB - "The lower link VPP design brings an extra element of smoothness to the rear end where previous versions would sometimes hang up. Even with all these changes, the latest VPP design stays true to its renowned pedaling efficiency." - Dylan Stucki
Low-pivot suspension design offers incredible small bump sensitivity, mid stroke support, and progression
140mm of rear travel with a 150mm fork is ready for both rowdy and flowy trails
Fast rolling 29” wheels provide great roll-over characteristics and momentum retaining qualities
NX Eagle 12-speed drivetrain provides ultra-wide range to get you up the steepest climbs
SRAM Guide R brakes give you consistent stopping power
Race Face Aeffect dropper seat post provides an effortless transition between climbing and descending
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