The newest version of the Hightower remains our greatest hits of engineering - now further refined and bottled into our most all-terrain of bikes. Big on wheels, medium on travel, short on fuss, this is the do-it-all model that does it over and over again thanks to a versatile balance of geo, spec and durability. If you’re not looking for extremes, just something extremely good, the Hightower is your elevator.
Available in: Carbon C and Carbon CC
Wheel Size: 29
Front Travel: 150mm
Rear Travel: 145mm
OUR ENGINEERS’ GREATEST HITS
Not all frames are created equal. Hightower represents Santa Cruz’s greatest hits, showcasing our design, engineering, and performance prowess.
LOWER LINK ASSEMBLY
The highly-sculpted and optimized Lower Link (A) houses a geometry adjusting Flip Chip (B) and beefy Pivot Axles (C) to virtually eliminate lateral flex.
UPPER LINK ASSEMBLY
We only use the highest quality Enduro MAX or TPX sealed, radial bearings (A) and premium fasteners (B) for our linkage assemblies. They’re easy to properly torque and maintain, plus we offer free replacement bearings for life.
VPP suspension utilizes a one-piece swingarm that eliminates the need for pivots on the stays, creating a stout, bulletproof rear end for accurate tracking and superior performance.
C AND CC CARBON
Santa Cruz offers two grades of carbon—top-end CC Carbon and value-minded C Carbon. Though they have the same stiffness and performance, CC is lighter and comes paired with more premium suspension.
The Sag Window (A), Glovebox (B) and internal cable tunnels (not shown) demonstrate Santa Cruz’s expertise at combining practical function with carbon design and manufacturing artistry.
THE SUM OF THE PARTS
In isolation, all these things are great—together with fanatical suspension tuning, a premium build spec, and a meticulous attention-to-detail, they’re transcendent.
Weight: 14.1kg / 31.09lbs
Material: Carbon CC
Fork: FOX 36 Float Factory, 150mm, 29"
Shock: Rockshox Super Deluxe Ultimate 210x55
Rear Derailleur: SRAM X01 Eagle, 12spd
Shifters: SRAM X01 Eagle, 12spd
Crankset: SRAM X1 Eagle Carbon 148 DUB 32t
Cassette: SRAM XG1295 Eagle, 12spd, 10-50t
Chain: SRAM X01 Eagle, 12spd
Bottom Bracket: SRAM DUB 68/73mm Threaded BB
Brakes: SRAM Code RSC
Brake Rotors: Avid Centerline 180mm
Headset: Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset
Bars: Santa Cruz 35 Carbon Bar, 800mm, 35mm Rise
Stem: Burgtec Enduro MK3, 42mm
Grips: Santa Cruz Bicycles House Grips
Front Hub: i9 1/1, 15x110, 28h
Rear Hub: i9 1/1, 12x148, XD, 28h
Rims: RaceFace ARC Offset 30 29"
Front Tire: Maxxis Minion DHR II 29"x2.4", 3C MaxxGrip, EXO, TR
Rear Tire: Maxxis Minion DHR II 29"x2.4", 3C Maxx-Terra, EXO, TR
Tubes: Reserve Tubeless Sealant
Seat Post: RockShox Reverb Stealth, 31.6
Saddle: WTB Silverado Medium Ti
All units are in millimeters or degrees.
|Reach | hi/lo||430/427||455/452||475/472||495/492||520/517|
|Stack | hi/lo||611/613||625/627||634/636||652/654||665/668|
|Head Tube Angle | hi/lo||64.8°/64.5°||64.8°/64.5°||64.8°/64.5°||64.8°/64.5°||64.8°/64.5°|
|Seat Tube Length||380||405||430||460||500|
|Front Center | hi/lo||752/752||783/783||807/807||836/836||867/867|
|BB Height | hi/lo||342/339||342/338||342/338||342/338||342/338|
|BB Drop | hi/lo||31/34||31/34||31/34||31/34||31/34|
|Wheelbase | hi/lo||1183/1183||1217/1218||1244/1245||1276/1276||1310/1311|
|Rear Center | hi/lo||431/432||434/435||437/438||440/441||443/444|
|Head Tube Length||100||115||125||145||160|
|Top Tube Length | hi/lo||571/572||599/600||626/627||647/648||674/675|
|Seat Tube Angle | hi/lo||77°/76.7°||77°/76.7°||76.7°/76.4°||76.9°/76.6°||76.9°/76.7°|
|Standover Height | hi/lo||706/701||708/703||711/706||714/709||719/714|