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Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame - 2018

Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame - 2018
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Description

Bigger is better.

The Hightower Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame is Santa Cruz's premiere bike for conquering large swaths of imposing alpine terrain where steep, rocky descents pose a significant challenge. When it was first introduced, the Hightower represented the longest travel 29er in Santa Cruz's range (now supplanted by the Hightower LT), making it the go-to choice for handling challenging alpine terrain. For unmatched versatility, it's configurable with either 29-inch or 27.5+ wheels, courtesy of its flip-chip located along the upper linkage. This ability to swap between wheel sizes gives the Hightower speed-carrying, obstacle-rolling abilities as a 29er or voluminous traction and bump-smoothing support in 27.5+ form.

This particular version of the Hightower benefits from the significant weight savings of Santa Cruz's top-flight Carbon CC frame, which saves approximately 230 grams from the less expensive Carbon C frame. Best of all, the frame's weight savings don't sacrifice one bit of the legendary strength and stiffness you've come to associate with Santa Cruz carbon. And because it's the Carbon CC version of the Hightower, you'll find the Fox Float Factory DPS shock is upgraded over the lower-end Float Performance shock with a buttery Kashima coating for improved small-bump compliance.

Regardless of what wheel size you run, the Hightower solidifies its status as an aggressive trail machine with its long, slack geometry inspiring confidence at high speeds. The head tube angle is practically the same between both wheel sizes at 67-degrees, so long as you choose a 140-millimeter fork on the 29er and a 150-millimeter fork in 27.5+ form. Both sizes retain a roomy cockpit and noticeably long wheelbase for a comfortable and confident riding position, also lending stability when you open it up at high speeds. To help offset the longer geometry, Santa Cruz designed the Hightower with relatively short chainstays of 17.1-inches for quick turning capabilities. It's also pretty darn low, with its 13.2-inch bottom bracket keeping you glued to the trail when you're rallying across rock gardens and bombing downhill at high velocities.

As you'd expect from a bike of this pedigree, it's packing Santa Cruz's VPP suspension for an efficient pedaling platform with a plush, almost bottomless feel on the descents. The newest iteration of VPP is revised over older versions, with the upper box-style link attaching to the top tube for greater stiffness and increased stand-over. The lower link sits neatly above the bottom bracket, protecting it from damaging rock strikes when you're riding the Hightower like a monster truck over loose rocks and trail debris. The revised VPP suspension is more sensitive off-the-top stroke, making it better at absorbing small bumps on the trail and laying down traction on rocky climbs. The mid-stroke is more linear than before for greater support until the end-stroke, at which point it ramps up considerably to prevent bottoming out on bigger hits.

  • Santa Cruz's premiere bike for aggressive trail riding
  • Carbon CC frame saves 280 grams without sacrificing stiffness
  • 135mm of VPP suspension handles big hits and steep descents
  • Flip-chip accommodates both 27.5+ and 29-inch wheels
  • Long, slack geometry for composure at higher speeds
  • Fox Float Factory DPS shock with Kashima coating
  • Boost axle spacing clears higher volume tires
  • ISCG-05 tabs for running a chainguide

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
Carbon CC
Suspension:
VPP
Wheel Size:
27.5+, 29in
Rear Shock:
Fox Float Factory DPS
Rear Travel:
135mm
Head Tube Diameter:
1-1/8 - 1-1/2in tapered
Bottom Bracket Type:
BSA threaded
Cable Routing:
internal routing
Brake Type:
disc
Seatpost Diameter:
31.6mm
Rear Axle:
12 x 148mm
Recommended Use:
enduro, trail
Manufacturer Warranty:
lifetime on frame

Geometry Chart

Santa Cruz

Geometry Chart

 

Hightower 1C
29er
 

Seat Tube

(c-t)

Effective Top Tube

(eTT)

Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Stand Over

Head Tube

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HTo)

Seat Tube Angle

(STo)

Bottom Bracket Drop

(BBD)

Chainstay

(CS)

Wheelbase
M 16.5in 23.7in 23.8in 16.9in 27.9in 3.5in 67o 74.3o 1.3in 17.1in 45.9in
L 17.7in 24.5in 24.1in 17.2in 28.1in 3.9in 67o 74.3o 1.3in 17.1in 46.7in
XL 19.3in 25.6in 24.5in 18.7in 28.3in 4.3in 67o 74.3o 1.3in 17.1in 47.8in
27.5+
 

Seat Tube

(c-t)

Effective Top Tube

(eTT)

Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Stand Over

Head Tube

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HTo)

Seat Tube Angle

(STo)

Bottom Bracket Drop

(BBD)

Chainstay

(CS)

Wheelbase

M

16.5in 23.7in 24in 16.8in 27.8in 3.5in 66.8o 74.1o 1.1in 17.1in 46in
L 17.7in 24.5in 24.2in 17.6in 27.9in 3.9in 66.8o 74.1o 1.1in 17.1in 46.8in
XL 19.3in 25.6in 24.6in 18.6in 28.2in 4.3in 66.8o 74.1o 1.1in 17.1in 48in

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