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

Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower LT Carbon CC 29 X01 Eagle Reserve Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
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If big wheels and high speeds are what you’re after, the Enduro World Series-bred Santa Cruz Hightower LT CC X01 Reserve complete mountain bike is a truly worthy steed. Building on the legacy of the critically acclaimed Hightower, the longer travel Hightower LT blends the handling required to be competitive come race day with a playful side that remains inspiring when conditions are somewhat less demanding.

Where the Hightower could be rightly considered an exercise in versatility, the Hightower LT takes a somewhat more focused approach. After all, the LT was born of the needs of Santa Cruz’s Enduro World Series racers, who are perhaps uniquely qualified to push even the supremely capable Hightower outside of its comfort zone. The first ask was more travel, bumping the LT up to 150mm. This necessitated a few changes, most notably in the rear triangle, which forgoes the Hightower’s 27.5 Plus compatibility. Considering that Plus tires have yet to find acceptance with racers at the sport’s top levels, we’re inclined to agree that the Hightower LT’s move to a dedicated 29 inch chassis is the correct choice for a bike of this nature. This dedication to 29-inch wheels also means that the LT does away with the Hightower’s adjustable geometry, courtesy of a flip chip, in favor of a fixed position upper link that’s been updated to provide the aggressive feel demanded by some of the fastest enduro racers on earth.

The LT’s 150mm of travel has been painstakingly refined, drawing lessons from every aspect of Santa Cruz’s enviable racing organization. As with all VPP bikes, the LT’s counter-rotating links are carefully arranged to resist activation by pedaling forces, all but eliminating unwanted bobbing under power. This being the latest iteration of VPP, it’s tuned to provide more midstroke support than previous generations of the VPP platform, giving the rider a better feel for the terrain, and a slightly more energetic ride feel. Based on feedback from team riders, the leverage ratio has been altered slightly, lending more progression at the end of the stroke, for greater resistance to bottoming. It’s a subtle change that’s easily appreciated at maximum speed, when avoiding hard impacts and flat landings is occasionally out of the question.

The LT is born and bred for the grueling format of elite-level enduro racing, but while it’s certainly at home between ribbons of course tape, its far from a one-trick-pony. Looking at the geometry chart reveals a machine that’s very similar to the original Hightower, a bike that’s been praised for its restraint in the face of the trend toward extreme geometry. Plenty of 29 inch enduro bikes push head angles and wheelbase measurements much farther than the Hightower LT. By comparison, the LT retains a lighter steering feel that makes for quicker turn initiation, and an overall spritelier feel than some other bikes in its category.

That said, the LT is certainly not scared when the terrain turns steep and rough. At 66.4 degrees, the head angle is relaxed enough to maintain stability at eyewatering velocity. The chainstays have been lengthened ever-so-slightly to 438mm, which lends a more relaxed demeanor and applies slightly more pressure to the front wheel, further enhancing the LT’s balanced feel. This is a machine that will encourage you to push the envelope, but it won’t punish you for riding at a less than world class pace.

The Hightower LT is built using Santa Cruz’s top tier CC carbon fiber construction. By using some of the finest, and strongest, raw materials available, Santa Cruz is able to make its CC level frames extremely lightweight, while maintaining outstanding impact resistance, exceptional stiffness, and just the right amount of finely tuned flex to cancel out trail chatter. Of course, balancing these factors requires true mastery of carbon fiber, and the design team at Santa Cruz has proven time and time again that their command of carbon fiber construction is unsurpassed in the bike industry. The result is a frame that will hold up to years of hard riding, will provide a comfortable ride, and will do so at a very competitive weight.

Of course, this build of the Hightower LT includes some of the finest components available. It begins with a worthy suspension package, courtesy Fox. The fork is a 36 FLOAT FIT4 Performance Elite unit, paired with the FLOAT DPX2 Performance Elite air shock. This setup offers an incredibly supple stroke, easy on-the-fly adjustments, and a superior range of tuning options that allow both savvy suspension tuners and those less fussy about their setups to achieve exceptional feel with a minimum of effort. SRAM’s phenomenal X01 Eagle 12 speed groupset provides the gear range necessary to tackle huge rides, while the Guide RSC brakes deliver the control and modulation necessary for negotiating technical sections of trail at blinding speed. The Rockshox Reverb dropper post enables the necessary on-the-fly saddle height adjustment, while the Santa Cruz carbon fiber handlebar offers a perfectly tuned balance of stiffness and flex that simply surpasses many of the best aftermarket carbon fiber handlebars available.

And perhaps most exciting, this version of the LT rolls on Santa Cruz’s Reserve carbon rims, laced to a DT Swiss 350 hubset. The Reserve rims showcase Santa Cruz’s carbon fiber expertise, with a highly refined profile and reinforced nipple beads that nearly eliminate any chance of failure. And should you defy those odds, the Reserve rims are backed by a no-nonsense lifetime warranty, just like Santa Cruz’s carbon fiber frames.

  • Enduro World Series inspired ride for control at flat-out speeds
  • 6in VPP travel tuned for extra bottom-out resistance
  • 74-degree seat tube angle optimizes pedaling efficiency
  • Longer reach shifts weight forward for better traction
  • Carbon CC frame saves weight without sacrificing strength
  • X01 Eagle drivetrain and Santa Cruz Reserve 30 AM Carbon Wheels

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
CC Carbon Fiber
Suspension:
VPP
Rear Shock:
FOX FLOAT DPX2 Performance Elite
Rear Travel:
150mm
Fork:
FOX FLOAT 36 FIT4 Performance Elite
Front Travel:
150mm
Headset:
Cane Creek 40 Series
Shifters:
SRAM X01 Eagle
Rear Derailleur:
SRAM X01 Eagle
ISCG Tabs:
ISCG 05
Crankset:
SRAM X1 Eagle
Bottom Bracket:
SRAM GXP Team
Cassette:
SRAM X01 Eagle
Chain:
SRAM X01 Eagle
Brakeset:
SRAM Guide RSC
Handlebar:
Santa Cruz AM Carbon
Handlebar Width:
760mm
Grips:
Santa Cruz Palmdale
Stem:
Race Face Aeffect R
Stem Length:
50mm
Saddle:
WTB Silverado Pro
Seatpost:
RockShox Reverb Stealth
Wheelset:
Santa Cruz Reserve 30 AM Carbon
Hubs:
DT Swiss 350
Tires:
Maxxis Minion DHRII/Maxxis Minion DHF
Tire Size:
29 x 2.3in
Manufacturer Warranty:
lifetime on frame

Geometry Chart

Santa Cruz

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.