Santa Cruz Hightower Plus
When folks come into GBS looking for a wickedly versatile trail bike, it’s inevitable that the Hightower is mentioned. With just the right combination of suspension travel, sharp geometry, and useful features - the Hightower is always a front runner for the one-bike-to-do-it-all customer.
|Front Derailleur||No compatibility|
|Headset/Headtube||Integrated; IS41 upper, IS52 lower|
|Eye to Eye length||200mm|
|Fork Compatibility||140mm, 150mm|
|Max Tire Size||3.0"|
|Brake Types||IS-mount disc|
|Water Bottle Mounts||1 - main triangle|
|SM||5’3” - 5’7”|
|MD||5’7" - 5’11"|
|LG||5’11" - 6’3"|
|XL||6’3" - 6'6"|
"I rented one of these bikes last summer to do a big multi-day ride with my friends in the high country. I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into, but the bike certainly looked fun, and seemed to fit me well. All I knew was that I certainly needed something better than my old hardtail for what we were going to be doing. By the end of day three, I was so tuned-in to this bike with the big tires, and felt surprisingly good (better than my buddies - I could tell) After that trip, I was convinced. I sold my hardtail and got a Hightower".
Dan S. - GBS Bike rental customer
The Hightower is right at home in the Rocky Mountains.
With a 27.5+ pair of shoes, this billy goat will dance it's way up any trail.
Santa Cruz's optimized frame construction creates a unified structure.
Refined over decades, Santa Cruz does Virtual Pivot Point better than anyone else.
Bomber linkage axles and bearings run smooth and last a very long time.
The adjustable BB height couldn't be simpler. Just one 6mm hex key required.
The cable routing is stellar. Your mechanic will love you for buying this bike.
Integrated, rubberized protection in key areas.
2018 Hightowers are running the big mama - a Fox 36.
This Performance series fork uses an Air Spring, and the simplified GRIP damper. and yes, it locks out.
The all-black rear shock gives you a supportive but plush ride, with near-full lockout capability.
the C S Hightower, and all other 12-spped kits use a 30t chainring for plenty-low gearing.
A SRAM Type 3 rear derailleur keeps your chain on the straight and narrow.
All the range, for all the adventures!
The C Series Hightowers get a hub upgrade for 2018 in the DT Swiss 370.
Raceface AR40 rims are light, tubeless, and the decals peel right off if you want a blacked-out look.
The little details like the black ano valve stems make it clear that Santa Cruz cares.
All the bells and whistles in the front tire - triple compound, puncture protection, and a supple ride.
The rear rubber is spec'd for toughness and longer wear life.
A versatile tread pattern on the Rekon + with incredible braking traction.
A stout cockpit, and nicely set up.
A smart, and powerful brake spec with 180mm rotors front and rear.
The fun button.
Rapid, precise and reliable shifting.
The WTB Volt saddle is a popular option - there's a chance you'll like it.
150mm reverb on this size medium build
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