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Santa Cruz's greatest hits compiled into one bike—just hit play.

If ever a bike resembled your most cherished mix tape compilation, the Hightower is it. Featuring Santa Cruz's lower-link mounted shock design, updated, adjustable geometry, this “Engineering Best Of...” assembles some of our biggest design pleasers into one belter of a road-trip companion.

The Hightower has been a does-it-all-well trail bike since its inception. More maneuverable than its longer-travel sibling, the Megatower, and more at home in the steep-and-chunky than its snappy cousin Tallboy, Hightower excels when the route covers ‘all points in between,’ and descents come courtesy of some big-ass climbs. The VPP suspension’s lower-link-mounted shock creates a nearly linear leverage curve, meaning it mops up bumps of all sizes and maintains the kind of progressivity normally reserved for our V10 DH bike!

145mm of rear travel complemented by a 150mm front end gives Hightower just a bit more front and rear travel over the first generation model. Combined with a slacker 65-degree head tube angle, the Hightower still sits squarely in the Goldilocks zone, but with a touch more “Oh sh*t get me out of here” capability when the porridge gets too hot!

Balancing stiffness and weight savings in all the right places is a hallmark of all Santa Cruz carbon frames and the Hightower flies the flag yet higher. The advanced composite chassis tracks well across all trail surfaces, holds a line, and is reactive to rider directions while isolating pedal-influenced inputs.

The Hightower also has a bonus disc to heighten the experience—the flip chip. In the High setting, the BB height is a little higher for those tricky tech trails and/or when Plus sized tires are required. In the Low position the shock rate is more progressive, to provide additional bottom-out resistance. Whatever mood you’re in, the tone of the Hightower can be adapted to meet your individual taste.

And speaking of taste, there’s a room for a water bottle inside the main frame and a threaded BB for convenience. There’s refined cable routing for better shifting performance, simpler installation, and no cable rub. On top of that, there’s a tailgate shuttle guard, downtube protector, shock fender, and noise-canceling chainstay protector keeping things quiet.

The lifetime frame warranty, lifetime pivot bearing replacement policy, and lifetime guarantee on the optional Reserve carbon wheels assures you that the Hightower will keep delivering the hits for years to come.

Specifications

    Kit
S
    Price
$5949USD
    Weight
14.54kg / 32.04lbs
    Material
Carbon C
    Fork
FOX 36 Float Performance, 150mm, 29"
    Shock
RockShox Super Deluxe Select+
    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
    Brakes
SRAM Code R
    Brake Rotors
Avid Centerline 180mm
    Headset
Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated
    Bars
Burgtec Alloy Bar, 800mm, 30mm Rise
    Stem
Burgtec Enduro MK3, 42.5mm
    Grips
Santa Cruz House Grips or Burgtec Bartender Pro Grip Minnaar
    Front Hub
DT Swiss 370, 15x110, 6 bolt, 28h or E13 SL, 15x110, 6 bolt, 28h
    Rear Hub
DT Swiss 370, 12x148, XD, 28h or E13 SL, 12x148, XD, 28h
    Rims
RaceFace AR Offset 30 29"
    Rim Options
    Spokes
Sapim Race
    Front Tire
Maxxis Minion DHR II 29"x2.4", 3C, MaxxGRIP, EXO, TR
    Rear Tire
Maxxis Minion DHR 29"x2.4", 3C, EXO, MaxxTerra
    Tubes
Stan's Sealant
    Seat Post
RockShox Reverb Stealth
    Saddle
WTB Silverado Pro Saddle or WTB Volt

 

Santa Cruz Hightower Carbon S-Kit 29er Mountain Bike (2022)

Hightower Carbon S-Kit 29er Mountain Bike (2022)

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Santa Cruz's greatest hits compiled into one bike—just hit play.

If ever a bike resembled your most cherished mix tape compilation, the Hightower is it. Featuring Santa Cruz's lower-link mounted shock design, updated, adjustable geometry, this “Engineering Best Of...” assembles some of our biggest design pleasers into one belter of a road-trip companion.

The Hightower has been a does-it-all-well trail bike since its inception. More maneuverable than its longer-travel sibling, the Megatower, and more at home in the steep-and-chunky than its snappy cousin Tallboy, Hightower excels when the route covers ‘all points in between,’ and descents come courtesy of some big-ass climbs. The VPP suspension’s lower-link-mounted shock creates a nearly linear leverage curve, meaning it mops up bumps of all sizes and maintains the kind of progressivity normally reserved for our V10 DH bike!

145mm of rear travel complemented by a 150mm front end gives Hightower just a bit more front and rear travel over the first generation model. Combined with a slacker 65-degree head tube angle, the Hightower still sits squarely in the Goldilocks zone, but with a touch more “Oh sh*t get me out of here” capability when the porridge gets too hot!

Balancing stiffness and weight savings in all the right places is a hallmark of all Santa Cruz carbon frames and the Hightower flies the flag yet higher. The advanced composite chassis tracks well across all trail surfaces, holds a line, and is reactive to rider directions while isolating pedal-influenced inputs.

The Hightower also has a bonus disc to heighten the experience—the flip chip. In the High setting, the BB height is a little higher for those tricky tech trails and/or when Plus sized tires are required. In the Low position the shock rate is more progressive, to provide additional bottom-out resistance. Whatever mood you’re in, the tone of the Hightower can be adapted to meet your individual taste.

And speaking of taste, there’s a room for a water bottle inside the main frame and a threaded BB for convenience. There’s refined cable routing for better shifting performance, simpler installation, and no cable rub. On top of that, there’s a tailgate shuttle guard, downtube protector, shock fender, and noise-canceling chainstay protector keeping things quiet.

The lifetime frame warranty, lifetime pivot bearing replacement policy, and lifetime guarantee on the optional Reserve carbon wheels assures you that the Hightower will keep delivering the hits for years to come.

Specifications

    Kit
S
    Price
$5949USD
    Weight
14.54kg / 32.04lbs
    Material
Carbon C
    Fork
FOX 36 Float Performance, 150mm, 29"
    Shock
RockShox Super Deluxe Select+
    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
    Brakes
SRAM Code R
    Brake Rotors
Avid Centerline 180mm
    Headset
Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated
    Bars
Burgtec Alloy Bar, 800mm, 30mm Rise
    Stem
Burgtec Enduro MK3, 42.5mm
    Grips
Santa Cruz House Grips or Burgtec Bartender Pro Grip Minnaar
    Front Hub
DT Swiss 370, 15x110, 6 bolt, 28h or E13 SL, 15x110, 6 bolt, 28h
    Rear Hub
DT Swiss 370, 12x148, XD, 28h or E13 SL, 12x148, XD, 28h
    Rims
RaceFace AR Offset 30 29"
    Rim Options
    Spokes
Sapim Race
    Front Tire
Maxxis Minion DHR II 29"x2.4", 3C, MaxxGRIP, EXO, TR
    Rear Tire
Maxxis Minion DHR 29"x2.4", 3C, EXO, MaxxTerra
    Tubes
Stan's Sealant
    Seat Post
RockShox Reverb Stealth
    Saddle
WTB Silverado Pro Saddle or WTB Volt

 

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