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Hightower

Words by Hargroves Cycles

on 02/03/2020 12:25:00

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!

140mm 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.

  • Key Features
  • Available in: Aluminum, Carbon C & Carbon CC
  • Wheel size: 29"
  • Front travel: 150mm
  • Rear travel: 140mm
  • Priced from £3199 (MSRP)

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Summary

  • SelectedD / Aluminum / 29
  • Price£3099 GBP (MSRP)
  • Weight15.81kg / 34.85lbs
Frame Only Pricing:

Hightower A - $1999

Hightower CC - $3299

Please Note: Price and Weight information is subject to change.
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Summary

  • SelectedD / Aluminum / 29
  • Price£3099 GBP (MSRP)
  • Weight15.81kg / 34.85lbs
Frame Only Pricing:

Hightower A - $1999

Hightower CC - $3299

Please Note: Price and Weight information is subject to change.

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  • D
  • £3099GBP
  • 15.81kg / 34.85lbs
  • Aluminum
  • RockShox 35 Gold RL 150mm 29"
  • FOX Float Performance DPS
  • SRAM SX Eagle 12spd
  • SRAM SX Eagle
  • SRAM SX Eagle 148 DUB, 30t - 170mm (S-L), 175mm (XL-XXL)
  • SRAM CS PG1210 Eagle, 11-50t
  • SRAM CN SX Eagle 12spd
  • SRAM DUB 68/73mm Threaded BB
  • SRAM Guide T
  • Avid Centerline 180mm
  • Cane Creek 10 IS Integrated Headset
  • Race Face Aeffect R 35x780
  • Race Face Ride 50mm
  • Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips
  • SRAM MTH 716, 15x110, Torque Cap, 32h
  • SRAM MTH 746, 12x148, 32h
  • WTB ST i29 TCS 2.0 29" Rims
  • --
  • DT Competition (32)
  • Maxxis Minion DHR2 29"x2.4" 3C EXO TR
  • Maxxis Minion DHR2 29"x2.4" 3C EXO TR
  • Stans Sealant 2oz
  • Race Face Aeffect 150mm
  • WTB Silverado Race Saddle
  • R
  • £3599GBP
  • 15.64kg / 34.48lbs
  • Aluminum
  • RockShox Yari RC 150mm 29"
  • FOX Float Performance DPS
  • SRAM NX Eagle
  • SRAM NX Eagle
  • SRAM NX Eagle 148 DUB, 30t - 170mm (S-L), 175mm (XL-XXL)
  • SRAM PG1230 11-50t
  • SRAM NX Eagle
  • SRAM DUB 68/73mm Threaded BB
  • SRAM Guide R
  • Avid Centerline 180mm
  • Cane Creek 10 IS Integrated Headset
  • Race Face Aeffect R 35x780
  • Race Face Ride 50mm
  • Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips
  • SRAM MTH 716, 15x110, Torque Cap, 32h
  • SRAM MTH 746, 12x148, 32h
  • WTB ST i29 TCS 2.0 29" Rims
  • --
  • DT Competition (32)
  • Maxxis Minion DHR2 29"x2.4" 3C EXO TR
  • Maxxis Minion DHR2 29"x2.4" 3C EXO TR
  • Stans Sealant 2oz
  • Race Face Aeffect 150mm
  • WTB Silverado Race Saddle
  • S
  • £4399GBP
  • 15.43kg / 34.02lbs
  • Aluminum
  • RockShox Lyrik Select+ 150mm 29"
  • RockShox Super Deluxe Select+
  • SRAM GX Eagle
  • SRAM GX Eagle
  • SRAM NX Eagle 148 DUB, 30t - 170mm (S-L), 175mm (XL-XXL)
  • SRAM XG1275 Eagle 10-50T
  • SRAM GX Eagle 12 SPD
  • SRAM DUB 68/73mm Threaded BB
  • SRAM Code R
  • Avid Centerline 180mm
  • Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset
  • Race Face Aeffect R 35x780
  • Race Face Ride 50mm
  • Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips
  • DT 370 15x110 32H
  • DT 370 12x148 XD 32h
  • Race Face AR Offset 30 29" Rims
  • --
  • DT Competition (32)
  • Maxxis Minion DHR2 29"x2.4" 3C EXO TR
  • Maxxis Minion DHR2 29"x2.4" 3C EXO TR
  • Stans Sealant 2oz
  • RockShox Reverb Stealth 31.6
  • WTB Silverado Race Saddle
  • R
  • £4499GBP
  • 14.56kg / 32.1lbs
  • Carbon C
  • RockShox Yari RC 150mm 29"
  • FOX Float Performance DPS
  • SRAM NX Eagle
  • SRAM NX Eagle
  • SRAM NX Eagle 148 DUB, 30t - 170mm (S-L), 175mm (XL-XXL)
  • SRAM PG1230 11-50t
  • SRAM NX Eagle
  • SRAM DUB 68/73mm Threaded BB
  • SRAM Guide R
  • Avid Centerline 180mm
  • Cane Creek 10 IS Integrated Headset
  • Race Face Aeffect R 35x780
  • Race Face Ride 50mm
  • Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips
  • SRAM MTH 716, 15x110, Torque Cap, 32h
  • SRAM MTH 746, 12x148, 32h
  • WTB ST i29 TCS 2.0 29" Rims
  • --
  • DT Competition (32)
  • Maxxis Minion DHR2 29"x2.4" 3C EXO TR
  • Maxxis Minion DHR2 29"x2.4" 3C EXO TR
  • Stans Sealant 2oz
  • Race Face Aeffect 150mm
  • WTB Silverado Race Saddle
  • S
  • £5399GBP
  • 14.3kg / 31.53lbs
  • Carbon C
  • RockShox Lyrik Select+ 150mm 29"
  • RockShox Super Deluxe Select+
  • SRAM GX Eagle
  • SRAM GX Eagle
  • SRAM Stylo 7k 148 DUB, 30t - 170mm (S-L), 175mm (XL-XXL)
  • SRAM XG1275 Eagle 10-50T
  • SRAM NX Eagle
  • SRAM DUB 68/73mm Threaded BB
  • SRAM Code R
  • Avid Centerline 180mm
  • Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset
  • Race Face Aeffect R 35x780
  • Race Face Ride 50mm
  • Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips
  • DT 370 15x110 32H (28H w/Reserve upgrade)
  • DT 370 12x148 32H (28H w/Reserve upgrade)
  • Race Face AR Offset 30 29" Rims
  • Santa Cruz Reserve 30 Carbon Rim
  • DT Competition (32)
  • Maxxis Minion DHR2 29"x2.4" 3C EXO TR
  • Maxxis Minion DHR2 29"x2.4" 3C EXO TR
  • Stans Sealant 2oz
  • RockShox Reverb Stealth 31.6
  • WTB Silverado Race Saddle
  • X01
  • £6599GBP
  • 13.59kg / 29.96lbs
  • Carbon CC
  • RockShox Lyrik Ultimate 150mm 29"
  • RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate
  • SRAM X01 Eagle
  • SRAM X01 Eagle
  • SRAM X1 Eagle 148 DUB, 30t - 170mm (S-L), 175mm (XL-XXL)
  • SRAM XG1295 Eagle 10-50T
  • SRAM X01 Eagle 12 SPD
  • SRAM DUB 68/73mm Threaded BB
  • SRAM Code RSC
  • Avid Centerline 180mm
  • Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset
  • Santa Cruz Bicycles AM Carbon Bar 35x800
  • Race Face Aeffect R 50mm
  • Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips
  • DT 350 15x110 28H Torque Cap
  • DT 350 148x12 28h XD
  • Race Face ARC Offset 30 29" Rims
  • Santa Cruz Reserve 30 Carbon Rim
  • DT Competition Race (28)
  • Maxxis Minion DHR2 29"x2.4" 3C EXO TR
  • Maxxis Minion DHR2 29"x2.4" 3C EXO TR
  • Stans Sealant 2oz
  • RockShox Reverb Stealth 31.6
  • WTB Silverado Team Saddle
  • XTR Reserve
  • £8399GBP
  • 13.34kg / 29.41lbs
  • Carbon CC
  • RockShox Lyrik Ultimate 150mm 29"
  • RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate
  • Shimano XTR M9100 SGS, 11/12spd
  • Shimano XTR M9100 SL, 12spd, I-Spec
  • E13 TRSr, 30T, Boost, 170mm (S-L), 175mm (XL-XXL)
  • Shimano XTR, 12spd, 10-51
  • Shimano XTR, 12spd, w/Quick Link
  • E13 BSA BB
  • Shimano XTR M9120
  • Shimano XTR Ice. Tech Rotors, Centerlock, 180mm
  • Chris King DropSet 3 Black
  • Santa Cruz Bicycles AM Carbon Bar 35x800
  • i9 A35
  • Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips
  • i9 Hydra, 15x110, Torque Cap, Centerlock, 28h
  • i9 Hydra, 12x148, MicroSpline, Centerlock, 28h
  • Santa Cruz Reserve 30 Carbon Rim - 29 28h
  • --
  • DT Competition Race (28)
  • Maxxis Minion DHR2 29"x2.4" 3C EXO TR
  • Maxxis Minion DHR2 29"x2.4" 3C EXO TR
  • Stans Sealant 2oz
  • RockShox Reverb Stealth 31.6
  • WTB Silverado Team Saddle
  • XX1 AXS Reserve
  • £9399GBP
  • 13.44kg / 29.63lbs
  • Carbon CC
  • RockShox Lyrik Ultimate 150mm 29"
  • RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate
  • SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS 12spd
  • SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS 12spd
  • SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS 148 DUB, 30t - 170mm (S-L), 175mm (XL-XXL)
  • SRAM XG1299 Eagle Rainbow 12spd 10-50t
  • SRAM XX1 Eagle 12spd
  • SRAM DUB 68/73mm Threaded BB
  • SRAM Code RSC
  • Avid Centerline 180mm
  • Chris King DropSet 3 Black
  • Santa Cruz Bicycles AM Carbon Bar 35x800
  • i9 A35
  • Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips
  • i9 Hydra, 15x110, Torque Cap, 28h
  • i9 Hydra, 12x148, XD, 28h
  • Santa Cruz Reserve 30 Carbon Rim - 29 28h
  • --
  • DT Competition Race (28)
  • Maxxis Minion DHR2 29"x2.4" 3C EXO TR
  • Maxxis Minion DHR2 29"x2.4" 3C EXO TR
  • Stans Sealant 2oz
  • RockShox Reverb Stealth 31.6
  • WTB Silverado Team Saddle

Frame Sizing

S
5'1"155 — 5'5"165cm
M
5'5"165 — 5'9"175cm
L
5'9"175 — 6'1"185cm
XL
6'0"183 — 6'4"193cm
XXL
6'4"193 — 6'7"201cm


  • SMLXLXXL
    AReach428mm16.85"453mm17.83"473mm18.62"493mm19.41"518mm20.39"
    BStack601mm23.66"610mm24.02"619mm24.37"637mm25.08"660mm25.98"
    CHead Tube Angle65.5°65.5°65.5°65.5°65.5°65.5°65.5°65.5°65.5°65.5°
    DSeat Tube Length380mm14.96"405mm15.94"430mm16.93"460mm18.11"500mm19.69"
    EFront Center745mm29.33"774mm30.47"798mm31.42"827mm32.56"862mm33.94"
    FBB Height344mm13.54"344mm13.54"344mm13.54"344mm13.54"344mm13.54"
    GBB Drop29mm1.14"29mm1.14"29mm1.14"29mm1.14"29mm1.14"
    HWheelbase1178mm46.38"1207mm47.52"1231mm48.46"1260mm49.61"1301mm51.22"
    IChainstay Length433mm17.05"433mm17.05"433mm17.05"433mm17.05"439mm17.28"
    JHead Tube Length90mm3.54"100mm3.94"110mm4.33"130mm5.12"155mm6.1"
    KTop Tube Length566mm22.28"594mm23.39"618mm24.33"645mm25.39"679mm26.73"
    LSeat Tube Angle77.1°77.1°77.0°77.0°76.8°76.8°76.6°76.6°76.3°76.3°
    MStandover Height704mm27.72"718mm28.27"717mm28.23"718mm28.27"709mm27.91"
    NEye to Eye Length




     

    Seatpost Length125mm125mm150mm150mm170mm170mm170mm170mm170-200mm170-200mm

    Stem Length40mm40mm50mm50mm50mm50mm50mm50mm50mm50mm

    Crank Length170mm170mm170mm170mm170mm170mm170mm170mm170mm170mm

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