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Santa Cruz BicyclesHightower
Carbon XT Mountain Bike

$6,099.00

Item # SNZK1A9

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Description

Hightower Carbon XT 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.

One thing you can always count on with Santa Cruz is their legendary carbon layups, boasting next-level strength and unwavering stiffness in the face of rock rolls and root lattices. This particular bike utilizes Santa Cruz's Carbon C layup, which makes for a resoundingly stiff frame for swift acceleration and unflappable poise when you're pointing it down lines that question your confidence. It uses a bit more material than Santa Cruz's CC level top-tier carbon, which ads a touch of weight, but comes with some serious price savings that keep your bank account in mind so you can save some of your budget for a bike trip or two. The frame is backed by Santa Cruz's exceptional lifetime warranty, so you'll have extra peace of mind when you're pushing the edge of your limits.

  • Santa Cruz's do-it-all mid-travel trail bike
  • 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, strong, and won't break the bank
  • New XT 12-speed build kit with Fox Performance Elite fork

Tech Specs
Frame MaterialCarbon C
SuspensionVPP
Rear ShockRockShox Super Deluxe Select+
Rear Travel140mm
ForkFox 36 Float Performance Elite
Front Travel150mm
HeadsetCane Creek 40 IS
ShiftersShimano XT M8100, 12-speed
Rear DerailleurShimano XT M8100, 12-speed
ISCG TabsISCG-05
CranksetShimano XT M8100
Chainring Sizes30t
Bottom BracketShimano XT
Bottom Bracket TypeEnglish threaded 73mm
CassetteShimano XT M8100, 12-speed
Cassette Range10 - 51t
ChainShimano XT, 12-speed
BrakesetShimano XT
Brake Typehydraulic disc
Rotors[front] 203mm Shimano XT RT-86 Ice Tech, [rear] 180mm Shimano XT RT-86 Ice Tech
HandlebarSanta Cruz Bicycles Carbon Riser
GripsSanta Cruz Palmdale
StemBurgtec Enduro MK3
SaddleWTB Silverado Team
SeatpostRockShox Reverb Stealth
Wheelset[rims] Race Face ARC Offset 30, [spokes] Sapim Race
HubsDT Swiss 350
Front Axle15 x 110mm Boost
Rear Axle12 x 148mm Boost
Tires[front] Maxxis Minion DHR II 3C MaxxGrip EXO TR, [rear] Maxxis Minion DHR 3C EXO TR
Tire Size29 x 2.4in
Pedalsnot included
Extrasdowntube protector, shuttle guard, swingarm protector, shock fender
Recommended Useenduro, trail
Manufacturer Warranty[frame] lifetime
Geometry

140mm Travel Fork // LOW

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 SMLXLXXL
14.96in15.94in16.93in18.11in19.68in
22.32in23.46in24.37in25.43in26.78in
23.74in24.09in24.45in25.16in26.06in
16.73in17.72in18.5in19.29in20.27in
27.52in28.07in28.07in28.07in27.72in
3.54in3.94in4.33in5.12in6.1in
65.265.265.265.265.2
76.776.676.576.376.6
13.38in13.38in13.38in13.38in13.38in
1.3in1.3in1.3in1.3in1.3in
17.09in17.09in17.09in17.09in17.32in
46.42in47.56in48.5in49.64in51.02in

140mm Travel Fork // HIGH

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 SMLXLXXL
14.96in15.94in16.93in18.11in19.68in
22.32in23.46in24.37in25.43in26.78in
23.67in24.01in24.37in25.08in25.98in
16.85in17.83in18.62in19.41in20.39in
27.72in28.27in28.23in28.27in27.91in
3.54in3.94in4.33in5.12in6.1in
65.565.565.565.565.5
77.17776.876.676.3
13.54in13.54in13.54in13.54in13.54in
1.14in1.14in1.14in1.14in1.14in
17.09in17.09in17.09in17.09in17.09in
46.42in47.56in48.5in49.64in51.22in
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M
14260g
503.01oz
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32lb 8.6oz

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>Rating: 5

an amazing redesign

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
large
Height
5` 11"
Weight
210 lbs

I own(ed) the prior 2018 model of this exact bike, prior to buying the new 2020 Hightower. I'm not one to jump on every new model. Whether it's a bike or piece of technology, more often than not, the changes are barely noticeable--once the "new factor" wears off. But the more I researched the 2020 Hightower, this redesign really stood out to me as a "do over" of sorts--and it did not disappoint. I noticed the differences right away. The bike rides faster, is more pedal efficient (when the shocks are left open), absorbs bumps and drops even better and handles better. I also love the move from SRAM to Shimano. The shifting experience is a huge leap forward. As with the prior model, this all-mountain bike is equally happy on my Texas single track as it is when it heads to the Colorado downhills for a week or so a year.