John Kutcherwrote a review of Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame - 2017 on July 17, 2017
Familiarity: I've used it several times
I feel as though if you are looking at this bike, you have already heard the hype. I must say I was pretty skeptical of all the raving reviews chalking it up to a hype train.
Now after getting a few rides on one I have become a believer.
I am coming from a Bronson 2.0 which I LOVE. It has been very hard for me to part with it but I am really beginning to love the 29ers. They really do pick up speed like crazy and roll over just about anything. I was worried about struggling with them in tighter corners but haven't noticed any loss in nimbleness.
I did notice on the up when going slower through technical sections the front can get away from me but I think the more I ride the bike and get used to it that will get better.
I was also worried about the 135mm rear travel after coming from the Bronson's 150mm but I haven't noticed too much of a difference yet. I would say for 99.9% of people 99.9% of the time 135 is more than enough. Not to mention it rides like way more. I also built mine up with the 29 inch wheels but with a 150 fork. I LOVE IT!
I only have a few days on the bike so far but am looking forward to putting in more miles and really finding out what this thing can do.