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Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower LT Carbon 29 R Complete Mountain Bike - 2018

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Go Long.

Santa Cruz's team riders racing enduros on modified Hightowers didn't go unnoticed. Amongst the tinkerers of the general populous, they tweaked their personal Hightowers to eke out a little more travel, and for the rest of us, we waited patiently for Santa Cruz to release the burlier version of this big-wheeled machine. There is simply no denying the momentum carrying ability of 29-inch wheels that's simply not possible on other wheel sizes. Santa Cruz was able to quickly bring the frame to market by reconfiguring the original Hightower into this long-travel beast that's ready to go toe-to-toe with any long-travel 29er sled on the market. The Hightower LT Carbon 29 R Complete Mountain Bike is the most value-focused bike in Santa Cruz's Hightower LT line, but will charge just as hard as any of the models.

Under testing and racing scenarios, Santa Cruz realized that a total redesign wasn't necessary and the LT uses the Hightower's front triangle. Thankfully, it retains many of the riding characteristics inherent to the original 29-inch bike. The bike simply blitzes through rough terrain and the low bottom bracket ensures that it rails berms with authority and keeps things cool and confident when you are at your limit. The original 29er Hightower has 135-millimeters of rear travel and came stock with a 140-millimeter fork up front. By contrast, the Hightower LT has 150-millimeters of travel front and rear. This kicks the head tube angle to a slack 66.4-degrees and it offers a slightly longer wheelbase. Get the new LT on some demanding trails and you'll instantly notice the bigger bike brings an unflappable level of confidence on steep, black diamond descents with hub-deep rock gaps and slippery off-camber roots.

One difference stepping up to the LT designation, is that it's intended for 29-inch applications only. Gone is the flip-chip switching it to 27.5+ for trail use but what it does do is make it a more refined 29er and an enduro slayer at that. To reconfigure the Hightower to LT status, the links and swingarm were redesigned to accommodate the extra travel and longer shock stroke. This preserves Santa Cruz's lauded VPP suspension, offering a firm pedaling platform without wallowing like many long-travel sleds on the market. On the descents, the 150-millimeters of VPP suspension turns the Hightower into a monster and you can smash through chunky rock gardens and sail off big jumps like a pro. We hope that you enjoy crushing PR's and stealing KOM's, because with this bike, we damn near guarantee that you will.

Its build kit is competent, value packed, and matches the Hightower LT's aggressive design. Santa Cruz's R build features a 780-millimeter Race Face Aeffect R riser bar and WTB rims for greater support with their 29-millimeter internal profile. Maxxis Minion DHRs are a solid spec with awesome braking and driving traction and offer plenty of cornering confidence. The Rock Shox Revalation fork might not sport all the bells and whistles of the Pike or 36 but it's close, and is a hell of a gateway drug. The drivetrain gets SRAM NX 1x11 which works great and offers a ton of usable gears so you can sprint to stop the clock and still have plenty of range to head over to the next stage and do it over again.

  • Santa Cruz's long-travel 29er is more aggressive than ever
  • Designed for the extremes of professional enduro racing
  • 150-millimeters of VPP travel smooths out rough trails
  • Slacker 66.4 degree head tube for high-speed composure
  • New VPP linkage and swingarm eliminates previous flip-chip
  • Carbon C frame offers high levels of stiffness and strength
  • Rock Shox Revalation fork offer plush travel rough terrain
  • SRAM NX 11-speed drivetrain provides great range

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
C Carbon
Suspension:
VPP
Rear Shock:
FOX Float Performance DPS
Rear Travel:
150mm
Fork:
Rock Shox Revalation RC
Front Travel:
150mm
Headset:
Cane Creek 10 IS
Shifters:
SRAM NX
Rear Derailleur:
SRAM NX Long Cage
ISCG Tabs:
ISCG-05
Crankset:
Race Face Aeffect 30t
Bottom Bracket:
Race Face
Cassette:
SRAM XG1150 CS 10-42t
Chain:
SRAM PC1110
Brakeset:
SRAM Level T
Brake Type:
hydraulic disc
Rotors:
Avid Centerline 180mm
Handlebar:
Race Face Aeffect R
Handlebar Rise:
20mm
Handlebar Sweep:
8-degrees
Handlebar Width:
780mm
Grips:
Santa Cruz Palmdale
Stem:
Race Face Ride
Stem Length:
50mm
Saddle:
WTB Volt Race
Seatpost:
Race Face Aeffect
Seatpost Diameter:
31.6mm
Seat Collar:
35.0mm
Wheelset:
[rims] WTB STP i29 TCS 29, [spokes] DT Competition, [nipples] Sapim Secure Lock Brass Nipples 14mm
Hubs:
[front] Novatec D711, [rear] Novatec D462
Front Axle:
15 x 110 thru-axle
Rear Axle:
12 x 148 thru-axle
Tires:
Maxxis Minion DHR II EXO TR
Tire Size:
29 x 2.4in.
Pedals:
not included
Recommended Use:
enduro, trail
Manufacturer Warranty:
lifetime on frame
Actual Weight:
Gloss Wicklow Green/Black, L: 15640g

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Geometry Chart

 

Hightower LT
150mm Travel Fork
 

Seat Tube

(c-t)

Effective Top Tube

(eTT)

Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Stand Over

Head Tube

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HT°)

Seat Tube Angle

(ST°)

Bottom Bracket Drop

(BBD)

Chainstay

(CS)

Wheelbase
S 15.3in 22.7in 24in 15.7in 27.9in 3.5in 66.4° 73.7° 1.25in 17.2in 45.1in
M 16.5in 23.8in 24.2in 16.6in 27.9in 3.7in 66.4° 73.7° 1.25in 17.2in 46.2in
L 17.7in 24.6in 24.3in 17.4in 28.1in 3.9in 66.4° 73.7° 1.25in 17.2in 47in
XL 19.3in 25.7in 24.7in 18.4in 28.3in 4.3in 66.4° 73.7° 1.25in 17.2in 48.1in
XXL 20.1in 27.2in 25.4in 19.6in 28.6in 5.1in 66.4° 73.7° 1.25in 17.2in 49.6in

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Hightower LT is finally here!

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In early 2016 Santa Cruz released the revolutionary Hightower which quickly became one of their best sellers. The Hightower was versatile and could accept both 29” and 27.5+ wheel configurations. Many people found the 29er version to be a fast, highly capable trail-slayer. Soon there was demand for a more aggressive version of the bike as evidenced by many riders attempt at long-shocking their Hightower’s to get more rear travel (a modification not recommended by Santa Cruz). Enter the new Hightower LT- a bike that heeds the rider’s call for a more aggressive machine. The Hightower LT utilizes a new rear triangle and linkage with the same front triangle, yielding 150mm of travel with a longer wheelbase and slacker geometry. One thing worth noting: the Hightower LT does not accept 27.5+ wheels and tires- it’s 29er only.

I’ve been riding the original Hightower for the past 8 months. That bike has helped make me a faster rider both up and down the mountain not to mention it’s an absolute blast to ride. I enjoy the rolling speed of the 29” wheels and Santa Cruz nailed the geometry with an ideal balance between high-speed stability and nimble handling. When the shiny new Hightower LT showed up at our office I was eager to take it out on my favorite gravity-focused Park City trails. I noticed right away that the new LT was noticeably more composed on high speed sections, rough trails and descents. It provided some extra stability in places where the shorter travel Hightower felt slightly under-gunned, without sacrificing much of the nimble handling. It felt like it climbed almost as well as my Hightower, though you do notice the longer wheelbase.
Nevertheless, this bike is no slouch on the uphills and I have no doubt that it can handle all day cross-country rides involving significant climbing.

It’s worth mentioning the perks of purchasing a Santa Cruz bike. You get a lifetime warranty with free lifetime bearing replacement for the original owner. You also get a threaded bottom bracket which means easier serviceability and reduced creaking compared to PressFit BB’s. The frames have molded tubes for internal cable routing which makes the cable routing process a lot easier, no need to fish for cables inside the frame. Santa Cruz frames are built to last and have held up better for me than other brands. It’s a bike you can ride hard, put away dirty, and not feel bad about it.

Who is the ideal rider for the Hightower LT? Riders that want a capable 29er all-mountain bike that won’t hold them back when the going gets rough. Riders looking for a bike that is comfortable enough to pedal around all day but won’t shy away from the gnarliest trails. If you are focused on speed and live for the descents this bike could be your best friend. If you do any Enduro racing this bike would be a great choice. Why would you choose something like this over the Bronson or Nomad? Well that would depend on your preference between 29” and 27.5” wheels.

If you have any questions or want to see if this is the right bike for you, call me at 801 736 6396 ext. 4801 or shoot me an email at brprice@competitivecyclist.com. I’m happy to answer questions or have a discussion on this bike.