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Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower LT Carbon CC 29 X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2018

$6,799.00

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Outstandinger.

We've been in love with the Hightower since its release back in 2016, but with the constant progression that comes along with the bike industry, it doesn't take long for us to start nit picking details, and dreaming up ways we think an outstanding bike can become outstandinger. We know we can't be alone with the feelings of always pining for more, because Santa Cruz answered our dreams in just a year from the original Hightower's release with the new Santa Cruz Hightower LT Carbon CC 29 X01 Eagle complete mountain bike. With the increased suspension the Hightower LT blew us out of the water with its true all mountain and enduro capability, and paired with SRAM's generous gearing and smooth shifting of the X01 Eagle groupset, we're having a hard time thinking of a way to beat it.

Ultimately the Hightower LT remains mostly similar to the original Hightower in overall geometry. In fact, the two frames share the same front triangle all together. The key changes are those 15 additional millimeters of travel and the head and seat tubes, both of which are half a degree slacker. While increasing the travel on the bike is a quick and easy way to spot the change in the way a bike rides, the most significant difference between the Hightower and the Hightower LT's geometry is seen in the rear triangle. It maintains the same dual-upright design as before, but saw a redesign in the linkage and a new swingarm, which proved to be necessary in order to keep the well-loved VPP characteristics present with the new rear shock. The new FOX Float Factory DPX Kashima coated rear shock is paired with the most up to date iteration of VPP to dial in more mid-stroke support, so you don't have to worry about sinking through all of your travel too quickly when sending it down rock gardens or big drops. FOX's kashima coating on the Float lends itself to unmatched smoothness as you (ahem) float through your travel without jolts and harsh snags.

The chainstays are stretched by a miniscule 2mm beyond the compact 435mm stays on the Hightower, so you won't have to worry about increased difficulty and strain on technical climbs full of big power moves. At 1mm higher when unloaded, the bottom bracket did see a small lift, but once sagged-out, the bottom bracket should sit even with or slightly lower than the bottom bracket of the Hightower. The flip chip present on the Hightower and Tallboy is lost on the LT, since the bike is intended to stay in race-ready geometry at all times and it's no longer built for 27.5+ wheels. While the shift away from plus compatibility may be alarming to some riders, plus wheels and tires currently lack the resilience that 29ers have when sending it through chunder, and Santa Cruz saw this flaw. Since the bike is intended for much more aggressive riding, it's critical to know that your tire won't burp under you if you need to hit a drop to flat. With that said, the bike is still able to roll with up to a generous 2.5in tire, enabling a substantial amount of rubber to keep contact to the ground, so you don't need to worry about getting squirly on shale and blown out corners.

Santa Cruz chose to pair this particular build with SRAM's Eagle X01 groupset for precise shifting, light weight, and unsurpassed gear ratios. With a 10-50 tooth cassette, you'll find you're well taken care of with most of the standard gearing you'd find in an standard 11 speed cassette, but with the extra generous 50-tooth bailout cog. While it might remain largely unused for the majority of your riding, the bailout cog can be an ultimate lifesaver on long and punchy climbs where a 42 tooth just doesn't offer you enough give to make it to the top. This particular build uses SRAM's GX eagle cassette, which was recently released as an alternative to X01 and XX1, it's slightly heavier in weight, but saves quite a bit on price, knocking you down from the more expensive X01 cassette option.

Carbon construction has always been something that Santa Cruz has taken seriously, and it set the bar high with its CC level carbon. CC carbon frames are a full 250-280g lighter than their C level counterparts, so you can shed some extra weight while maintaining the same stiffness and durability you've learned to expect from Santa Cruz. Years of experience and trial and error have produced a meticulous method for one-piece carbon layups using unidirectional carbon to reduce excess material in overlapping joints. The front triangle is assembled as one piece together, rather than separate tubes bonded together in a mess of resin as an afterthought.

This clean construction, done with an internal bladder that presses outwards against the mold while the carbon cures, also incorporates perfect ports for internal cable routing and running dropper posts, so routing is easy. Internal cable routing also makes for a bike that's easy to clean and maintain, with the perk of being aesthetically pleasing. In a testament to quality, Santa Cruz stands by its carbon construction with a lifetime warranty on the frame, which extends to the bearings in the linkage, so you can ride with confidence into new and rougher terrain.

  • Go faster on rougher trails with 6in of travel
  • New VPP linkage and swingarm for suspension that feels bottomless
  • Feel bombproof on descents with slacker 66.4-degree head tube angle
  • Eagle X01 groupset offers smooth shifting and unmatched gearing
  • Unmatched stiffness and super light weight from CC level carbon
  • Designed for extreme riders who need more travel from their 29er enduro sled

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
Carbon CC
Suspension:
VPP
Rear Shock:
FOX Float Performance Elite DPX
Rear Travel:
150mm
Fork:
FOX 36 Float Performance Elite 150
Front Travel:
150mm
Headset:
Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset
Shifters:
SRAM X01 Eagle
Rear Derailleur:
SRAM X01 Eagle
ISCG Tabs:
ISCG-05
Crankset:
SRAM X1 Eagle Carbon 30T
Bottom Bracket:
SRAM GXP Team BB
Cassette:
SRAM XG1295 Eagle 10-50T
Chain:
SRAM X01 Eagle 12 SPD
Brakeset:
SRAM Guide RSC
Brake Type:
hydraulic disc
Rotors:
Avid Centerline 180mm
Handlebar:
Santa Cruz Bicycles AM 35mm Carbon Bar
Handlebar Width:
800mm
Grips:
Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips
Stem:
Race Face Aeffect R
Stem Length:
50mm
Saddle:
WTB Silverado Pro
Seatpost:
RockShox Reverb Stealth
Seatpost Diameter:
31.6mm
Wheelset:
E13 TRS+ 29 28h 30mm
Hubs:
[front] DT 350 28H, [rear] DT 350 28h, XD
Front Axle:
15 x 110mm
Rear Axle:
12 x 148mm
Tires:
[front] Maxxis Minion DHR 3C EXO TR [rear] Maxxis Minion DHR 3c EXO TR
Tire Size:
[front and rear] 29 x 2.4in
Recommended Use:
enduro, trail
Manufacturer Warranty:
lifetime on frame and bearings
Actual Weight:
Gloss Wicklow Green/Black, L: 13130g

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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. New for 2018 Santa Cruz is offering their house brand of carbon wheels called Santa Cruz Reserve. They are available on certain builds.

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.

MORE TRAVEL!

    Do you find yourself really getting after it on the descents, and feel limited by the amount of travel standard Hightower has? Then check this beast out, the Hightower LT!! This bike is rad. Absolutely shredder on descents. It offers more travel in the rear and front than the standard Hightower. That slacks out the head tube a bit, making it a bit more stable on descents, allowing you to plow through those rock gardens. It will climb a bit different than the standard Hightower, but the Hightower Lt is still pretty efficient on the climbs with the VPP suspension design. I highly recommend this bike if you like to go downhill more than uphill and rip those technical trails.