Santa Cruz Hightower
Ride it before you buy it! SM-XXL available to demo Call for Availability $100 / 24hrs
SM 5'2"-5'5" | MD 5'5"-5'9" | LG 5'9"-6'1" | XL 6'1"-6'3"
It feels so balanced over the duration of longer rides. The 135mm travel in the back stays active while pedalling but gives just the right amount of support for extended climbs of any kind. On any kind of technical climbing, I just can’t get over how fun it is to motor over crap on this bike! With the 3” plus tires on it, running like 14psi makes you feel unstoppable! Basically, I could, or would never blame this bike for holding me back on the climbs! Steering and seating geometry is dialed for steep climbs, and I feel like it ends up saving a lot of energy compared to some other longer travel bikes would.
All in all, the Hightower is a great choice for someone who rides up, just as much as they ride down, and wants to do so with no huge compromise on either end, and maybe a slight bias toward fun over efficiency.
Hightower is a bike that begs to be ridden, and ridden hard.
This build is a modified version of the CC X01 build kit. ENVE M60/40 plus wheels are a factory upgrade.
The tale of the tape on this build: 135mm rear travel - 150mm front travel - 66.8 degree head tube angle - 74.1 deg seat tube angle.
The Rear chassis is a boost spaced double-wishbone rear triangle,With 435mm Long chainstay. and a 12mm thru axle.
The low-slung top tube and short seat tube allow for a little extra breathing room and More fit options for more riders. The bike backs up its athletic stance With all the performance you'd expect.
Santa Cruz's Frame manufacturing process results and a strong stiff reliable frame that's well engineered and free from hassles. Hence, Santa Cruz offers a lifetime warranty on their carbon fiber frames and the suspension linkage bearings.
The Matt carbon with mint and orange highlights is A unique combination.The other option is a gloss hot sauce red.
The CC level frame represents Santa Cruz's highest level of carbon fiber manufacturing. CC level bikes are available in SRAM X01 and XX1 configurations, with the optional Enve upgrade.
Linkage bolts are easily serviceable, and alloy links are machineed stiff, strong and light. Enduro Max sealed bearings provide a long service life by resisting lateral and preload forces.
All of Santa Cruz's frames look clean and neat thanks to combination of well-thought-out internal and external cable routing.
SRAM guide RSC brakes provide excellent stopping with 180mm rotors front and rear.
A set of ENVE carbon hoops takes this bike to the next level.Unbelievable lightweight, solid performance from tip to tail. These wheels are built, and custom decal'd in-house at the California headquarters.
MAXXIS Rekon + 2.8 tires are stock equipment on the Hightower X01+ kit - These 3.0 Schwalbes bring another boost in volume.
Set this bike up at 30% sag and get ready to rally! Rockshox suspension makes it an easy process.
Adjustable geometry allows you keep bb height consistent when you swap from 29 inch wheels two 27.5+ wheels.
Tire clearance seems to be not an issue...
Slick cable routing combined it with a clean cockpit makes for pleasant driving experience.
Santa Cruz 800 mm carbon riser handlebars within 35mm clamps size, and a race face Haven stem are aftermarket custom upgrades on this build.
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All photos by Nick Prendergast IG:@303nickp for Golden Bike Shop.