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. 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 “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.
This Hightower CC XX1 AXS Reserve brings together the best of what's available now in the bike industry. SRAM's XX1 AXS drivetrain provides flawless electronic shifting throughout the 12-speed range, while Code RSC four-piston brakes stop you in the most demanding conditions. A RockShox Lyrik Ultimate fork, complemented by a Super Deluxe Select Ultimate shock keep you firmly planted through the rough stuff while handling big hits with nary a flinch. Santa Cruz's Reserve 30 Carbon rims come standard on this build, backed by i9 Hydra hubs and venerable Maxxis Minion DHR2 rubber for confident tracking through the chunder and quick acceleration out of the hole. A Reverb Stealth dropper, i9 A35 stem, and Santa Cruz AM Carbon 800 x 35mm bar complete this dream build.
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.
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.
Pedals sold separately
|Fork||RockShox Lyrik Ultimate 150mm 29"|
|Headset||Chris King DropSet 3 Black|
|Rear Shock||RockShox Super Deluxe Select Ultimate|
Front: 110 x 15mm
Rear: 148 x 12mm
|Rims/Wheels||Santa Cruz Reserve 30 Carbon Rim - 29"|
Front: i9 Hydra, Torque Cap, 28h
Rear: i9 Hydra, XD, 28h
|Spokes||DT Competition Race|
|Tires||Maxxis Minion DHR2 29 x2.40 3C EXO TR|
|Crankset||SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS 148 DUB - 170mm (S-L), 175mm (XL-XXL)|
|Bottom Bracket||SRAM DUB 68/73mm Threaded BB|
|Chain||SRAM XX1 Eagle 12spd|
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS 12spd|
|Cassette/Rear Cogs||SRAM XG1299 Eagle Rainbow 12spd 10-50T|
|Shifters||SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS 12spd|
|Handlebars||Santa Cruz Bicycles AM Carbon Bar 35x800mm|
|Tape/Grips||Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips|
|Brakes||SRAM Code RSC, Avid Centerline rotors 180mm|
|Saddle||WTB Silverado Team Saddle|
|Seat Post||RockShox Reverb Stealth 31.6mm|
|Accessories & Extras||Stans Sealant 2oz|
* Subject to change without notice.
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