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Santa Cruz 2016 Hightower C S AM 29er - Black

Santa Cruz 2016 Hightower C S AM 29er - Black

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RRP £3,999.00

Web Price £3,999.00

The 2016 Santa Cruz Hightower C S AM 29er offers a high quality carbon fibre frame designed to run either 27 Plus or 29” wheels. This build is spec’d with the 29 inch wheels and SRAM’s GX one-by drivetrain.

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The 2016 Santa Cruz Hightower C S AM 29er offers a high quality carbon fibre frame designed to run either 27 Plus or 29” wheels. This build is spec’d with the 29 inch wheels and SRAM’s GX one-by drivetrain.

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From only £99.98 per month With 10% Deposit (£399.90)
Finance Term Interest Cost P/M Total
6 Months 0% £0 £3,999.00
12 Months 0% £0 £3,999.00
18 Months 0% £0 £3,999.00
24 Months 0% £0 £3,999.00
36 Months 0% £0 £3,999.00



Hightower has the versatility to deal with whatever appears on the horizon.  Running either proven 29" wheels or the new monster-truck 27.5”+ standard, Hightower seamlessly adapts to the trails and style you ride, no matter where you are in the world.  


So the big question, 27.5+ or 29?

If straight line speed, rallying through rock gardens and sprinting out of turns is your bag, then 29” wheels are the big ticket. Upgrade to carbon rims and you have a precision instrument on your hands. 


When conditions get loose and the traction just ain’t there, you’ll want to reach for bigger tires. 27.5+ elevates Hightower to a whole different level, enabling you to rise above the pow, rail the soft spots and carry momentum where standard tires bog down.


No matter what size you run, geometry remains optimized thanks to a neat little “High/Low” setting on the upper link that flips to adjust bottom bracket height*.  Hightower’s 67° head angle, longer reach and trim chain stays combine to create an altogether different class of dreadnought in any configuration.  Meanwhile, 150mm of seat dropper, a water bottle mount, and internal routing reflect an armada of killer details.


135mm of VPP® travel is reinforced by a 148 rear axle spacing and the kind of Nomad-style linkage arrangement and swingarm design we reserve for the heaviest hitters in our model line up.  The resulting package leaves Hightower standing head and shoulders above anything else out there. 


This CC-level carbon frame is every bit as stiff and strong as our C-level frame, but weighs about 230 grams less, due to the use of some lighter, stronger, and more expensive carbon fiber. Using this material in key places allowed us to use less material overall, which is what shaves off half a pound from the frame.  


*Please note: 140mm fork comes standard on the 29” kits, and is exchanged for a 150mm version on the 27+ builds to keep the 67° head angle consistent.


Click here to read why Outside said 'Santa Cruz's Hightower Is the Future of MTBs'



  • Carbon C frame
  • Ability to run 27+ wheels (with fork change)
  • Pike RC SA 140 29" fork
  • Rock Shox Monarch RT rear shock
  • SRAM GX 11 speed drivetrain components
  • RockShox Reverb Stealth 150mm seatpost
  • Race Face stem, cranks and handlebars
  • Tubeless ready wheels & tyres
  • Shimano SLX brakes


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Additional Information

Model Number SCHTCSAM29BLKMY16
Brands Santa Cruz
Gender Mens
Age Adult
Model Year 2016
Colour Black
Frame Carbon C
Fork Pike RC SA 140 29"
Rear Shock Rock Shox Monarch RT
Shifters SRAM GX 11sp (rear only)
Derailleur (Rear) SRAM GX 1x11
Brakes Shimano SLX M675
Crankset Raceface Aeffect SL 32t 175mm w/BB
Cassette SRAM XG1150 CS 10-42
Chain SRAM PC1130
Hub Front Sram MTH 716 15x110
Hub Rear Sram MTH 746 148x12
Rims Easton AR 27 32h
Tyres Maxxis Minion DHR2 29x2.3, Tubeless Ready
Handlebar Raceface Chester 35x785
Stem Raceface Turbine Basic
Headset Cane Creek 40 integrated
Saddle WTB Volt Race
Seatpost Rockshox Reverb Stealth, 150mm travel
Pedal None incl.
Wheel Size 29inch
Number of Gears 11
Ready to ride
Every bike from Start Fitness is fully checked & assembled before despatch and will arrive, almost, ready to ride. Each bike is assembled by one of our CyTech accredited mechanics and then packed into one of our custom boxes. Minimal assembly, with basic tools, is required before you can ride. Assembly tools are not usually included. More details can be found here.
Please note: Some bikes are not supplied with pedals. Manufacturers don’t know if you want flat or clipless pedals, rather than send the bike with the wrong type, they leave the choice for you to make.
This process has a lead time of around 2-3 working days
Unfortunately during peak times this may be slightly delayed. We will however, aim to despatch your bike as quickly as possible.
Making sure you are home
Once fully checked and boxed, we will contact you to book a delivery date. Our bikes are despatched on a next working day service (excludes weekends & bank holidays) for UK mainland orders, or a two day service to Northern Ireland and outlying Scottish areas. European bike deliveries usually take approximately one week.

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