Review: Santa Cruz Megatower Mountain Bike

Not many bikes have enough travel to tackle any world cup course and retain the ability to make it up every climb. The Santa Cruz Megatower checks all the boxes. Santa Cruz's deep heritage in World Cup downhill racing, helped the California-based company create the perfect bike for anyone who likes to ride without limits.

The mountain biking community has been waiting for it, and it finally has arrived. After Santa Cruz incorporated their downhill bike suspension design into their 27.5” Nomad and Bronson full suspension bikes, it was only time until the company brought the platform into the mold of a long travel 29er. Santa Cruz has once again created a bike that descends and plows like a downhill bike but can still pedal to the top of the mountain. The V-10 design provides feather-light small bump sensitivity, mid-stroke support, and overall progression you typically only experience on a longer-travel downhill bike. In other worlds, the bike smooths out the rockiest rocks and can easily take the big hits and drops.

Even though the new Megatower looks like a mini-DH bike, it still climbs incredibly. The steep seat tube angle will keep you pedaling efficiently and room for a 170mm dropper will get that seat out of the way for those rowdy descents. The Megatower perfectly balances the benefits of a modern downhill bike with the efficiency of a short travel 29” trail bike. It’s a long and low shred sled that still loves to push up the climbs.


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