Santa Cruz Hightower

 The Santa Cruz Hightower, our greatest hits compiled into one bike, just hit play.

If ever a bike resembled your most cherished mix tape compilation, the Santa Cruz 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. More maneuverable than its longer-travel sibling, the Megatower, and more at home in the steep-and-chunky than its snappy cousin Tallboy, 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 and maintains the kind of progressivity normally reserved for our V10 DH bike!  

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 “Oh sh*t 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. 

 

  • Available in:Aluminum, Carbon C & Carbon CC 
  • Wheel size:29″ 
  • Front travel:150mm 
  • Rear travel:140mm

D KIT Aluminum

Fork: RockShox 35 Gold RL 150mm 29″

Shock: FOX Float Performance DPS

Groupset: SRAM SX Eagle 12v

Brakes: SRAM Guide T

3250 €

R KIT Aluminum

Fork: RockShox Yari RC 150mm 29″

Shock: Fox Float Performance DPS

Groupset: SRAM NX Eagle

Brakes: SRAM Guide R

3690 €

S KIT Aluminum

Fork: RockShox Lyrik Select+ 150mm 29″

Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe Select+

Groupset: SRAM GX Eagle

Brakes: SRAM Code R

R KIT Carbon C

Fork: RockShox Yari RC 150mm 29″

Shock: FOX Float Performance DPS

Groupset: SRAM NX Eagle

Brakes: SRAM Guide R

4390 €

S KIT Carbon C

Fork: RockShox Lyrik Select+ 150mm 29″

Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe Select+

Groupset: SRAM GX Eagle

Brakes: SRAM Code R

5090 €

X01 KIT Carbon CC

Fork: RockShox Lyrik Ultimate 150mm 29″

Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate

Groupset: SRAM XO1 Eagle

Brakes: SRAM Code RSC

6690 €

XTR RESERVE KIT Carbon CC

Fork: RockShox Lyrik Ultimate 150mm 29″

Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate

Groupset: Shimano XTR

Brakes: Shimano XTR

XX1 AXS RESERVE KIT Carbon CC

Fork: RockShox Lyrik Ultimate 150mm 29″

Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate

Groupset: SRAM XX1 AXS Eagle

Brakes: SRAM Code RSC

Geometry & Sizing

 
  SMLXLXXL
 Reach425mm450mm470mm490mm515mm
 Stack603mm612mm621mm639mm662mm
 Head Angle65.2°65.2°65.2°65.2°65.2°
 Seat Tube380mm405mm430mm460mm500mm
 Front Center745mm774mm798mm827mm862mm
 BB Height340mm340mm340mm340mm340mm
 BB Drop33mm33mm33mm33mm33mm
 Wheelbase1179mm1208mm1232mm1261mm1296mm
 Chainstay434mm434mm434mm434mm440mm
 Head Tube90mm100mm110mm130mm155mm
 Top Tube567mm596mm619mm646mm680mm
 Seat Angle76.7°76.6°76.5°76.3°76.0°
 Standover699mm713mm713mm713mm704mm
       
 
 Seatpost Length125mm150mm170mm170mm170-200mm
 Stem Length40mm50mm50mm50mm50mm
 Crank Length170mm170mm170mm170mm170mm
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Frame Sizing
S: 155 — 165cm   M: 165 — 175cm
L: 175 — 185cm   XL: 185 — 193cm XXL: 193 — 201cm