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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.
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- 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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|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|
|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|
|Number of Gears||11|