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Santa Cruz Bicycles
Hightower R Mountain Bike - 2022

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$4,299.00
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Why We Like The Hightower R Mountain Bike

For riders who are graduating to their first full-suspension bike or for those who prefer the feel of aluminum, the Hightower R Mountain Bike is among our top picks thanks to its incredible versatility. The 29in wheels carry momentum over jagged rocks and sandstone ledges, while Santa Cruz’s VPP rear linkage offers one of the most supportive pedaling platforms in the game. A 64.2-degree head tube angle (in the low setting) provides a modern, slack feel for stability at speed without going over the top to retain an agile feel that dissects technical climbs and near-vertical descents with equal prowess.


The Hightower boasts 145mm of lower-link VPP suspension that’s modeled after the longer travel bikes in the Santa Cruz line to provide a secure ride-feel that sits right in the sweet spot of the travel while descending. The most notable feature of VPP is its ability to stay high in the travel as we climb for an ultra-responsive pedaling platform that encourages us to get out of the saddle and attack technical uphill stacks of boulders. This particular build boasts an impressive value with a reliable NX Eagle groupset from SRAM for crisp shifting, and 4-piston G2 R brakes for reliable stopping power whether navigating Sedona’s slickrock slabs or Park City’s bike park trails.


*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

  • Mid-travel bike suited for aggressive trail riding and high-alpine epics
  • 145mm of VPP suspension offers solid bottom-out resistance
  • 150mm RockShox Yari RC fork soaks up big hits
  • Aluminum frame absorbs vibration and costs less than carbon
  • RaceFace AR Offset wheels built to stand up to use and abuse
  • Grippy Maxxis rubber offers excellent cornering traction
  • Steep 76.8-degree seat tube angle for an efficient climbing position
  • Fox Float Performance DPS shock supplies a wide range of adjustment
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Frame Material
aluminum
Suspension
VPP
Rear Shock
Fox Float Performance DPS
Rear Travel
145mm
Fork
RockShox Yari RC
Front Travel
150mm
Headset
Cane Creek 10 IS Integrated
Shifters
SRAM NX Eagle, 12-speed
Rear Derailleur
SRAM NX Eagle, 12-speed
ISCG Tabs
ISCG-05
Crankset
SRAM Descendant Eagle DUB
Chainring Sizes
30t
Crank Arm Length
[small, medium, large] 170mm, [x-large] 175mm
Bottom Bracket
SRAM DUB 68/73mm
Cassette
SRAM PG1230, 12-speed
Cassette Range
11-50t
Chain
SRAM NX Eagle, 12-speed
Brakeset
SRAM G2 R
Brake Type
4-piston hydraulic disc
Rotors
Avid Centerline
Handlebar
RaceFace Aeffect R
Handlebar Width
780mm
Grips
Santa Cruz House or Burgtec Bartender Pro Grip Minaar
Stem
Burgtec Enduro MK3
Stem Length
42.5mm
Saddle
WTB Silverado Race or WTB Volt
Seatpost
SDG Tellis
Seatpost Travel
[small] 125mm, [medium] 150mm, [large, x-large] 170mm
Wheelset
RaceFace AR Offset 30
Hubs
[front] SRAM MTH 746, [rear] SRAM MTH 746
Front Axle
15 x 110mm Boost
Rear Axle
12 x 148mm Boost
Tires
[front] Maxxis Minion DHRII, 3C, MaxxGrip, EXO, [rear] Maxxis Minion DHR II 3C EXO MaxxTerra
Tire Size
29 x 2.4in
Pedals
not included
Extras
downtube protector, chainstay protector, shock fender
Claimed Weight
34lb 2.1oz
Activity
trail
Manufacturer Warranty
[frame] lifetime

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