Our greatest hits compiled into one bike—just hit play.
If ever a bike resembled your most cherished mix tape compilation, the Hightower is it. Featuring our lower-link mounted shock design, updated, adjustable geometry, this "Engineering Best Of..." assembles some of our biggest design pleasers into one belter of a road-trip companion.
The Hightower has been a does-it-all-well trail bike since its inception. Hightower excels when the route covers 'all points in between,' and descents come courtesy of some big-ass climbs. The VPP suspension’s lower-link-mounted shock creates a nearly linear leverage curve, meaning it mops up bumps of all sizes while maintaining progressivity!
140mm of rear travel complemented by a 150mm front end gives Hightower just a bit more front and rear travel over the first-generation model. Combined with a slacker 65-degree head tube angle, the Hightower still sits squarely in the Goldilocks zone, but with a touch more "Get me out of here!" capability when the porridge gets too hot!
Balancing stiffness and weight savings in all the right places is a hallmark of all Santa Cruz carbon frames and the Hightower flies the flag yet higher. The advanced composite chassis tracks well across all trail surfaces, holds a line, and is reactive to rider directions while isolating pedal-influenced inputs.
The Hightower also has a bonus disc to heighten the experience—the flip chip. In the High setting, the BB height is a little higher for those tricky tech trails and/or when Plus-sized tires are required. In the Low position, the shock rate is more progressive to provide additional bottom-out resistance. Whatever mood you’re in, the tone of the Hightower can be adapted to meet your individual taste.
And speaking of taste, there’s a room for a water bottle inside the main frame and a threaded BB for convenience. There's refined cable routing for better shifting performance, simpler installation, and no cable rub. On top of that, there’s a tailgate shuttle guard, downtube protector, shock fender, and noise-canceling chainstay protector keeping things quiet.
The lifetime frame warranty, lifetime pivot bearing replacement policy, and lifetime guarantee on the optional Reserve carbon wheels assures you that the Hightower will keep delivering the hits for years to come.
- Carbon CC 29/27+ 145mm Travel VPP frame
- FOX 36 Float Factory 150mm fork
- RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate shock
- Santa Cruz Reserve 30 Carbon rims/i9 Hydra hubs
- SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS drivetrain
- SRAM Code RSC brakes
Electronic drivetrain systems deliver excellent shifting, easy set up, and solid battery life. Here are the highlights of today’s electronic shifting systems:
Electronic shifting systems use powerful servomotors to rapidly shift the chain. Because microprocessors and sensors constantly monitor every aspect of the system, they shift with precisely and without chain rub.
Many major systems have customizable shifting. Some have the ability to add remote shifters for common riding positions, and some even allow you to change the functions of the shifting buttons.
Electronic groupsets are responsive and consistent. There are no cables to stretch and wear out, so you get a flawless shift every time. The added bonus is you’ll never have to replace a derailleur cable ever again.
A dropper seatpost allows you to quickly lower and raise your seat to give you an ideal riding position. Dropping your seat creates a lower center of gravity for better control and maneuverability on steep descents, while raising it puts you at normal riding height for efficient pedaling.
Construction can include either hydraulic- or cable-actuated systems and the post’s travel can either be infinitely adjustable or stopped at set intervals, depending on the model.
Dropper seatposts come in standard lengths and diameters and vary by the amount of travel.
Pedals sold separately
|Frame||Carbon CC 29/27+ 145mm Travel VPP|
|Fork||FOX 36 Float Factory, 150mm, 29"|
|Headset||Chris King DropSet 3 Integrated|
|Rear Shock||RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate|
Front: 110 x 15 thru-axle
Rear: 148 x 12mm thru-axle
|Rims/Wheels||Santa Cruz Reserve 30 29" Carbon|
|Hubs||i9 Hydra, 28h, XD|
Front: Maxxis Minion DHR II 29 x 2.4", 3C, MaxxGRIP, EXO, TR
Rear: Maxxis Minion DHR 29 x 2.4", 3C, EXO, TR
|Crankset||SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS 148 DUB|
|Bottom Bracket||SRAM DUB 68/73mm|
|Chain||SRAM XX1 Eagle, 12spd|
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS, 12spd|
|Cassette/Rear Cogs||SRAM XG1299 Eagle, 12spd, 10-52t|
|Shifters||SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS, 12spd|
|Handlebars||Santa Cruz Bicycles Carbon Riser|
|Tape/Grips||Santa Cruz Palmdale|
|Brakes||SRAM Code RSC w/Avid Centerline 180mm rotors|
|Saddle||WTB Silverado Team|
|Seat Post||RockShox Reverb Stealth|
* Subject to change without notice.
|Smoke Grey / Medium||192219166803||58-21202-119-3-704-202302||210000080603|