I'm relatively new to the world of full suspension bikes, and the Hightower in a 27.5+ was the plushest ride yet. A weekend's worth of riding in Moab put this bike (and rider!) to the test.
The 27.5+ platform (stock spec with a 2.8" tire) allowed me to roll over e-v-e-r-y-thing. The jeep road sections of Moab's Whole Enchilada trail have a lot of off-size rock and sand. The plus size tires gave me valuabe traction on the sandy sections, and just cruised over the loose rock climbs. The VPP suspension allowed for minimal loss of power on those short and punchy climbs throughout.
I was really impressed with the handling of the Hightower. It felt incredibly responsive and snappy, a crucial help on the twitchy and technical portions of the Porcupine Rim Trail, where there are rocks and drops a plenty, coupled with tight turns to avoid, oh, the edge of the cliff.
The Eagle X01 Group is a dream, shifting flawlessly over any terrain, through days of riding in sandy, windy weather. The stock RockShox Reverb Stealth post is incredible, as always, and was quick to pop lock and drop, getting the post in the right position very quickly.
This is a great bike for those looking for a workhorse trail bike, which can handle anything you throw at it.
At 5'6", I went with the small, though also feel comfortable on the medium frame.
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