The Mountain Bike, Distilled.
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, and 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.
- 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.
- One-Piece Swingarm
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 a more premium suspension.
- Carbon Mastery
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.
SRAM Eagle Transmission - stronger, better shifting, wirelessly
The next generation SRAM Eagle Transmission specced on our CC-carbon models is a radically robust, fully integrated and interdependent wireless transmission. Built around the universal constant of the wheel axle itself, the Full Mount hangerless attachment creates a far stronger connection to the frame and the super strong derailleur provides unprecedented strength. Shifting under load is made possible due to a combination of X-SYNC technology and cassette mapping, creating seamless shifts even during your hardest power output. The new AXS Pods are extremely ergonomic and highly customizable, so shifting gears is light and intuitive. It's simply the most advanced transmission and nearly as tough as the mountain itself.
Hightower 3 Highlights:
VPP™ suspension can be optimized to strike the right balance between pedaling efficiency and all-out bump-chomping prowess. That means wherever you see "VPP" you know it's tuned to perform exactly how it should for the purpose it's designed for.
- 145mm VPP travel
Looking for something good at climbing, downhill, and going round and round your local trails? Say hello to Hightower. 145mm in the rear paired with 150mm up front is your perfect combo.
- Suspension sensitivity
Compared to the last Hightower, we reduced the anti-squat in the first 40% of travel. This noticeably improves suspension sensitivity in both climbing and descending scenarios due to reduced chain influence on the suspension.
- Suspension consistency
Hightower's leverage curve is relatively straight, with added progression towards the end of the travel. This provides improved bottom-out resistance with more consistent damping and support.
Place your ride essentials securely beneath a new high-quality latch and panel in the Hightower's downtube. The Glovebox comes with a fitted Tool Wallet and Tube Purse, tailored for the frame to keep your tools close to hand.
- Sag window
A window allows easier suspension sag and setup. The details are completed by a neat mud flap to protect the rear shock plus tidy cable routing within the frame and swingarm, and rubberized DT protectors to shrug off strikes.
- Flip chip
In the Low position, the shock rate becomes more progressive, particularly at the end of the stroke, and there’s some bottom-out resistance to be gained. In the High setting, the bike rides a little higher in its travel and supplies the rider with more mid-stroke support. Tweakers and finicky shredders can adapt the suspension feel to their needs and desires.
- 29-inch wheels
Hightower features fast-rolling, bump-easing 29-inch wheels front and rear. On high-end builds, we spec Reserve 30|HD carbon rims laced to premium hubs, which are built and hand-tuned in our Santa Cruz, Calif. factory. See Reserve 30|HD wheels.
|Reach | hi/lo (mm)||430/427||455/452||475/472||495/492||520/517|
|Stack | hi/lo (mm)||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 (mm)||380||405||430||460||500|
|Front Center | hi/lo (mm)||752/752||783/783||807/807||836/836||867/867|
|BB Height | hi/lo (mm)||342/339||342/338||342/338||342/338||342/338|
|BB Drop | hi/lo (mm)||31/34||31/34||31/34||31/34||31/34|
|Wheelbase | hi/lo (mm)||1183/1183||1217/1218||1244/1245||1276/1276||1310/1311|
|Rear Center | hi/lo (mm)||431/432||434/435||437/438||440/441||443/444|
|Head Tube Length (mm)||100||115||125||145||160|
|Top Tube Length | hi/lo (mm)||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 (mm)||706/701||708/703||711/706||714/709||719/714|
|Frame Size||Rider Height (in)||Rider Height (cm)|
|Small||5'1" - 5'5"||155 - 165|
|Medium||5'5" - 5'9"||165 - 175|
|Large||5'9" - 6'1"||175 - 185|
|X-Large||6'1" - 6'4"||185 - 193|
|XX-Large||6'4" - 6'7"||193 - 201|
|Fork||RockShox Lyrik Base, 150mm|
|Rear Shock||FOX Float Performance, 210x55|
|Rims||RaceFace AR Offset 30, 29"|
Front: SRAM MTH 716, 15x110, Torque Cap, 6-Bolt 32h
Rear: SRAM MTH 746, 12x148, HG, 6-Bolt, 32h
Front: Maxxis Minion DHR II 29"x2.4", 3C MaxxGrip, EXO
Rear: Maxxis Minion DHR II 29"x2.4", 3C MaxxTerra, EXO
|Bottom Bracket||SRAM DUB 68/73mm Threaded BB|
|Crankset||SRAM Descendant Eagle 148 DUB 32t|
|Shifters||SRAM NX Eagle, 12spd|
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM NX Eagle, 12spd|
|Cassette/Freewheel||SRAM PG1230, 12spd, 11-50t|
|Chain||SRAM NX Eagle, 12spd|
|Brakes||SRAM G2 R|
Front: Avid Centerline, 200mm
Rear: Avid Centerline, 180mm
|Handlebars||RaceFace Aeffect R|
|Tape/Grips||Santa Cruz Bicycles House Grips|
|Stem||Burgtec Enduro MK3, 42mm|
|Headset||FSA IS-2/47/42 ACB or Cane Creek 10 IS Integrated|
|Seatpost||SDG Tellis Dropper, 31.6|
|Saddle||WTB Silverado, CroMo|
* Subject to change without notice.
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