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Hightower Carbon R Mountain Bike

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Why We Like the Hightower Carbon R Mountain Bike

Situated between the short-travel Tallboy and the long-legged Megatower, the Hightower is the most versatile 29er in Santa Cruz's lineup. Boasting 145mm of rear travel, 150mm up front, and well-balanced geometry figures, the Hightower is ready for big climbs, chunky descents, and everything in between. The lower-link VPP suspension pedals very efficiently, and offers a smooth, predictable feel when you're charging through rocks and roots. Santa Cruz likes to think of the Hightower as their greatest hits album, incorporating all of their best design elements into one extremely capable steed.


The Hightower has long been known as a do-it-all trail bike, capable of backcountry endurance adventures in the Santa Cruz mountains, and fast laps at your local trail network when you need to hammer out as many post-workday miles as possible. The current generation remains as that, but is ultimately a more capable bike than before, stretching its reach out 20mm (on sizes small through large), offering more room in the cockpit to play with, along with a more relaxed 65.2-degree head tube that elevates confidence on the downhills. You might think this stretched out cockpit comes at the cost of pedaling efficiency, but the Santa Cruz designers mitigate sluggish climbing by moving the seat tube to a steeper 76.7-degrees, putting you in a more comfortable position for tackling steep climbs and hammering out high-mileage days.


While previous versions of the Hightower used an upper-link VPP configuration, the current bike enjoys the increased bump compliance and glued-to-the-trail traction you'll only get with a lower-link mounted shock. This lower-link VPP platform is something that's previously been reserved for gravity-fueled sleds like the Nomad and Bronson but has slowly trickled down to the rest of Santa Cruz's lineup, the reason being that it simply rides better in every situation while also lowering the bike's center of gravity to ensure confident, predictable handling.


Santa Cruz combines the new lower-link suspension with flip-chip technology for adaptable geometry, allowing you to slacken things out for park laps with your crew, or steepen things up for taking on epic backcountry missions with thousands of feet of vertical gain. The switch is easy to make with the turn of a hex key, and changes the geometry quite significantly. The bike comes to you in Low mode, with a head tube angle that sits low and long at 65.2-degrees, perking up to 65.5 in High mode, while the seat tube angle shifts from 76.7 in Low, up to 77.1-degrees in High for a pedal-friendly position that's ready to attack the climbs.


*Due to unprecedented demand in the global supply chain and the bike industry over the last 18 months, material weight and exact components are subject to change. We are working diligently to keep tech specs updated, and any adjustments will be minor. If you have any questions, reach out to a Gearhead by chatting online or calling 1-888-276-7130.


Details

  • Santa Cruz's mid-travel 29in trail bike can handle it all
  • 5.7-inches of rear travel eats up rocks, roots, and log rolls
  • Lower-link driven suspension improves small bump compliance
  • Long and low geometry increases stability on fast descents
  • Steep seat tube angle boosts your pedaling efficiency
  • Flip-chip lets you tune the geometry to match the terrain
  • Carbon C frame is stiff and strong with an excellent ride feel
  • Built with reliable components that won't break the bank
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Frame Material
Carbon C
Suspension
VPP
Rear Shock
FOX Float Performance DPS
Rear Travel
145mm
Fork
RockShox Yari RC
Front Travel
150mm
Headset
Cane Creek 10 IS
Shifters
SRAM NX Eagle, 12-speed
Rear Derailleur
SRAM NX Eagle, 12-speed
ISCG Tabs
ISCG-05
Crankset
SRAM NX Eagle 148 DUB
Chainring Sizes
30t
Crank Arm Length
[small, medium, large] 170mm, [x-large, xx-large] 175mm
Bottom Bracket
SRAM DUB
Cassette
SRAM PG-1230 NX Eagle, 12spd
Cassette Range
11 - 50t
Chain
SRAM NX Eagle, 12-speed
Brakeset
SRAM G2 R
Brake Type
hydraulic disc
Rotors
Avid Centerline 180mm
Handlebar
Race Face Aeffect R
Handlebar Width
800mm
Grips
Santa Cruz Palmdale
Stem
Race Face Ride
Stem Length
[small] 40mm, [medium, large, x-large, xx-large] 50mm
Saddle
WTB Silverado Race
Seatpost
SDG Tellis dropper
Wheelset
[rims] WTB ST i30 TCS 2.0, [spokes] Sapim Race
Hubs
[front] SRAM MTH 716, Torque Cap, 32h, [rear] SRAM MTH 746, 32h
Front Axle
15 x 110mm Boost
Rear Axle
12 x 148mm Boost
Tires
[front] Maxxis Minion DHR II 3C MaxxGrip EXO TR, [rear] Maxxis Minion DHR 3C EXO TR
Tire Size
29 x 2.4in
Pedals
not included
Extras
downtube protector, shuttle guard, swingarm protector, shock fender
Claimed Weight
33lb 2.4oz
Activity
enduro, trail
Manufacturer Warranty
[frame] lifetime