Earlier this year I had both my mountain bikes stolen. In need of a replacement for both I was focused on bikes that can do it all. Ultimately, I settled on the Santa Cruz Hightower after considering the Yeti SB130, Evil The Offering, and Ibis Ripmo. Though all these bikes are excellent and you can't go wrong with any of them, I am not disappointed with my decision.
When comparing these bikes I found each had it's merits and own personality. The SB130 goes about it's business with a no frills attitude and excels in just about every trail condition imaginable. It is the quickest bike on offer and has loads of traction when climbing and descending. The The Offering is akin to your wild-child friend that wears Pit Vipers and is always looking for the rowdiest pool party. It likes to party and offers no apologies for doing so. The Ripmo on the other hand is like your your playful Labrador that loves to run. It climbs exceptionally well and descends nearly as well. In comparison the Hightower offers a bit of all these characteristics. When climbing the traction is on par with the SB130, and it offers similar amounts of traction when descending, too. Compared with the The Offering, the Hightower offers a good amount of party but leaves behind the I don't give a Shiz attitude of the Evil. I found running around 25% sag offered a more spirited ride and the bike was eager to hop off every little bump when compared to 30% sag. And, finally, compared to the Ripmo the Hightower was more composed when riding rough, steep, and loose terrain.
Long story short, the Hightower is a great do it all bike. It climbs extremely well, is quick in the rolling terrain, loves to jumps, and isn't afraid of speed. You also get Santa Cruz's Lifetime guarantee on the carbon frame and wheels. As if that's not enough to bring peace of mind when buying one of their bikes, Santa Cruz also offers free bearing replacement for life and the best customer service in the industry. So I'll end my rant by saying Buy One, you won't be disappointed!