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The mountain bike distilled.

The newest version of the Hightower remains Santa Cruz's greatest hits of engineering - now further refined and bottled into our most all-terrain of bikes. Big on wheels, medium on travel, short on fuss, this is the do-it-all model that does it over and over again thanks to a versatile balance of geo, spec and durability. If you’re not looking for extremes, just something extremely good, the Hightower is your elevator.

Engineering Details

Santa Cruz Hightower Mountain Bike

Santa Cruz's Engineers’ Greatest Hits

Not all frames are created equal. Hightower represents Santa Cruz’s greatest hits, showcasing our design, engineering, and performance prowess.

Lower Link Assembly

The highly-sculpted and optimized Lower Link (A) houses a geometry adjusting Flip Chip (B) and beefy Pivot Axles (C) to virtually eliminate lateral flex.

Santa Cruz Hightower Mountain Bike
Santa Cruz Hightower Mountain Bike

Upper Link Assembly

Santa Cruz only uses the highest quality Enduro MAX or TPX sealed, radial bearings (A) and premium fasteners (B) for our linkage assemblies. They’re easy to properly torque and maintain, plus we offer free replacement bearings for life.

One-Piece Swingarm

VPP suspension utilizes a one-piece swingarm that eliminates the need for pivots on the stays, creating a stout, bulletproof rear end for accurate tracking and superior performance

Santa Cruz mountain bike
Santa Cruz mountain bike

Carbon Mastery

The Sag Window (A), Glovebox (B) and internal cable tunnels (not shown) demonstrate Santa Cruz’s expertise at combining practical function with carbon design and manufacturing artistry.

The Sum of the Parts

In isolation, all these things are great—together with fanatical suspension tuning, a premium build spec, and a meticulous attention-to-detail, they’re transcendent.

Santa Cruz mountain bikes

Specifications

Kit S
Price $6799USD
Weight 14.51kg / 31.98lbs
Material Carbon C
Fork FOX 36 Float Performance, 150mm, 29"
Shock Rockshox Super Deluxe Select+ 210x55
Rear Derailleur SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd
Shifters SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd
Crankset SRAM GX Eagle 148 DUB 30t
Cassette SRAM XG1275 Eagle, 12spd, 10-50t
Chain SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd
Bottom Bracket SRAM DUB 68/73mm Threaded BB
Brakes SRAM Code R
Brake Rotors Avid Centerline 180mm
Headset Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset
Bars Burgtec RideWide Alloy Bar, 800mm
Stem Burgtec Enduro MK3, 42mm
Grips Santa Cruz Bicycles House Grips
Front Hub DT Swiss 370, 15x110, 28h
Rear Hub DT Swiss 370, 12x148, XD, 36t, 28h
Rims RaceFace AR Offset 30 29"
Front Tire Maxxis Minion DHR II 29"x2.4", 3C MaxxGrip, EXO, TR
Rear Tire Maxxis Minion DHR II 29"x2.4", 3C Maxx-Terra, EXO, TR
Tubes Reserve Tubeless Sealant
Seat Post RockShox Reverb Stealth, 31.6
Saddle WTB Silverado Medium CroMo

Geometry

High

S M L XL XXL
Reach 430 455 475 495 520
Stack 611 625 634 652 665
Head Tube Angle 64.8° 64.8° 64.8° 64.8° 64.8°
Seat Tube Length 380 405 430 460 500
Front Center 752 783 807 836 867
BB Height 342 342 342 342 342
BB Drop 31 31 31 31 31
Wheelbase 1183 1217 1244 1276 1310
Rear Center 431 434 437 440 443
Head Tube Length 100 115 125 145 160
Top Tube Length 571 599 626 647 674
Seat Tube Angle 77° 77° 76.7° 76.9° 76.9°
Standover Height 706 708 711 714 719

Low

S M L XL XXL
Reach 427 452 472 492 517
Stack 613 627 636 654 668
Head Tube Angle 64.5° 64.5° 64.5° 64.5° 64.5°
Seat Tube Length 380 405 430 460 500
Front Center 752 783 807 836 867
BB Height 339 338 338 338 338
BB Drop 34 34 34 34 34
Wheelbase 1183 1218 1245 1276 1311
Rear Center 432 435 438 441 444
Head Tube Length 100 115 125 145 160
Top Tube Length 572 600 627 648 675
Seat Tube Angle 76.7° 76.7° 76.4° 76.6° 76.7°
Standover Height 701 703 706 709 714

Santa Cruz Hightower 3 S-Kit Carbon 29er Mountain Bike

Hightower 3 S-Kit Carbon 29er Mountain Bike

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The mountain bike distilled.

The newest version of the Hightower remains Santa Cruz's greatest hits of engineering - now further refined and bottled into our most all-terrain of bikes. Big on wheels, medium on travel, short on fuss, this is the do-it-all model that does it over and over again thanks to a versatile balance of geo, spec and durability. If you’re not looking for extremes, just something extremely good, the Hightower is your elevator.

Engineering Details

Santa Cruz Hightower Mountain Bike

Santa Cruz's Engineers’ Greatest Hits

Not all frames are created equal. Hightower represents Santa Cruz’s greatest hits, showcasing our design, engineering, and performance prowess.

Lower Link Assembly

The highly-sculpted and optimized Lower Link (A) houses a geometry adjusting Flip Chip (B) and beefy Pivot Axles (C) to virtually eliminate lateral flex.

Santa Cruz Hightower Mountain Bike
Santa Cruz Hightower Mountain Bike

Upper Link Assembly

Santa Cruz only uses the highest quality Enduro MAX or TPX sealed, radial bearings (A) and premium fasteners (B) for our linkage assemblies. They’re easy to properly torque and maintain, plus we offer free replacement bearings for life.

One-Piece Swingarm

VPP suspension utilizes a one-piece swingarm that eliminates the need for pivots on the stays, creating a stout, bulletproof rear end for accurate tracking and superior performance

Santa Cruz mountain bike
Santa Cruz mountain bike

Carbon Mastery

The Sag Window (A), Glovebox (B) and internal cable tunnels (not shown) demonstrate Santa Cruz’s expertise at combining practical function with carbon design and manufacturing artistry.

The Sum of the Parts

In isolation, all these things are great—together with fanatical suspension tuning, a premium build spec, and a meticulous attention-to-detail, they’re transcendent.

Santa Cruz mountain bikes

Specifications

Kit S
Price $6799USD
Weight 14.51kg / 31.98lbs
Material Carbon C
Fork FOX 36 Float Performance, 150mm, 29"
Shock Rockshox Super Deluxe Select+ 210x55
Rear Derailleur SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd
Shifters SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd
Crankset SRAM GX Eagle 148 DUB 30t
Cassette SRAM XG1275 Eagle, 12spd, 10-50t
Chain SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd
Bottom Bracket SRAM DUB 68/73mm Threaded BB
Brakes SRAM Code R
Brake Rotors Avid Centerline 180mm
Headset Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset
Bars Burgtec RideWide Alloy Bar, 800mm
Stem Burgtec Enduro MK3, 42mm
Grips Santa Cruz Bicycles House Grips
Front Hub DT Swiss 370, 15x110, 28h
Rear Hub DT Swiss 370, 12x148, XD, 36t, 28h
Rims RaceFace AR Offset 30 29"
Front Tire Maxxis Minion DHR II 29"x2.4", 3C MaxxGrip, EXO, TR
Rear Tire Maxxis Minion DHR II 29"x2.4", 3C Maxx-Terra, EXO, TR
Tubes Reserve Tubeless Sealant
Seat Post RockShox Reverb Stealth, 31.6
Saddle WTB Silverado Medium CroMo

Geometry

High

S M L XL XXL
Reach 430 455 475 495 520
Stack 611 625 634 652 665
Head Tube Angle 64.8° 64.8° 64.8° 64.8° 64.8°
Seat Tube Length 380 405 430 460 500
Front Center 752 783 807 836 867
BB Height 342 342 342 342 342
BB Drop 31 31 31 31 31
Wheelbase 1183 1217 1244 1276 1310
Rear Center 431 434 437 440 443
Head Tube Length 100 115 125 145 160
Top Tube Length 571 599 626 647 674
Seat Tube Angle 77° 77° 76.7° 76.9° 76.9°
Standover Height 706 708 711 714 719

Low

S M L XL XXL
Reach 427 452 472 492 517
Stack 613 627 636 654 668
Head Tube Angle 64.5° 64.5° 64.5° 64.5° 64.5°
Seat Tube Length 380 405 430 460 500
Front Center 752 783 807 836 867
BB Height 339 338 338 338 338
BB Drop 34 34 34 34 34
Wheelbase 1183 1218 1245 1276 1311
Rear Center 432 435 438 441 444
Head Tube Length 100 115 125 145 160
Top Tube Length 572 600 627 648 675
Seat Tube Angle 76.7° 76.7° 76.4° 76.6° 76.7°
Standover Height 701 703 706 709 714
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Product Data

  • Green / Medium 5'5"-5'9": 1-SC8121012 1-SC8121012
  • Purple / Large 5'9"-6'2": 1-SC8121011 1-SC8121011