With the retirement of the popular Tallboy LT, Santa Cruz needed a replacement for the longish travel, 29” category. So, Santa Cruz unleashed the entirely new Hightower. The Hightower is a truly modern trail bike. Taking cues from the Nomad, the Hightower is given a slacker head angle, longer reach, and shorter chainstays than its predecessor. Making a modern bike also means making a bike that is versatile, and able to adapt to a variety of terrain. The boost rear end of the Hightower allows you to run either 29er or a 27.5+ wheel and tire sizes, and a flip chip on the upper link let you change the geometry depending on the wheel size you choose. If straight line speed, rallying through rock gardens and sprinting out of turns is your bag, then 29” wheels are the big ticket. When conditions get loose and the traction just isn’t there, you’ll want to reach for bigger 27.5+ tires.
Santa Cruz’s C level carbon frames offer a high level of performance with outstanding strength and stiffness at a minimal weight penalty when compared to their CC level frames. Adding to the frames refinements are internal cable routing that maintain a sleek appearance while shielding your cables from the elements to help keep your shifting smooth. ICSG-05 tabs let you run your favorite chainguide, and water bottle cage mounts, because well, every bike should have water bottle cage mounts.
The Hightower’s 135mm of travel is supplied though its time tested and proven VPP linkage system. Now in its third generation, the VPP mini-link suspension has been well refined. Just like the Nomad, the Hightower’s lower link is nicely tucked in the frame supplying greater clearance, and keeping it from striking against obstacles. Pedaling is always efficient while remaining smooth through the chatter, and a bottomless feel has you plow through the bigger stuff.
Santa Cruz has expertly outfitted the Hightower with SRAM’s elite GX Eagle Drivetrain. Eagle brings the best SRAM has to offer. You will enjoy the crisp shifts and plentiful 12-speed gear range as you charge the trail. When it comes time to slow things down, SRAM’s Guide R hydraulic disc brakes will get you slowed down quickly with predictable control. Fox Float Performance suspension is smooth over the chop, and easily sucks up the big hits. The Race Face wheels wrapped in Maxxis Minion rubber supply the traction and confidence needed to mash through rock gardens and rail high speed corners. Topped off with a capable cockpit and Rock Shox Reverb dropper post, the Hightower is ready to tackle any trail.
Pink Bike - ”The faster you go the more it comes alive, urging you to let off the brakes and see just how hard you can push the rear wheel into a turn.” - Mike Kazimer
Dirt Rag - ”To put it simply, this is one of the best mountain bikes I’ve ever ridden. It just does it all, does it well, and keeps doing it with a minimum of fuss.” - Gary Perkin
Santa Cruz C Carbon Frame with all the strength and stiffness you would expect from Santa Cruz.
135mm of VPP Suspension time tested to provide efficient pedaling while maintaining bump compliance and ground hugging traction.
Boost 12x148 hub spacing provides improved handling and allows the option of running 29” or 27.5+ wheels.
High/Low chip on the upper link lets you customized BB height to suit your choice of wheel size.
Fox Float Performance Suspension Fork with 140mm of travel with rebound and 3 position compression adjustment, is plush through the chop and soaks up the big hits.
SRAM GX Eagle Drivetrain provides precise shifts with a huge gear range to tackle all terrain.
Rock Shox Reverb Dropper post with 150mm of travel, gets the saddle out of the way for technical terrain.
Santa Cruz Carbon C, 135mm VPP, 12x148mm thru axle
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