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Hightower has the versatility to deal with whatever appears on the horizon. Running either of the 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 isn’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 optimised 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 148mm 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 fibre. 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'
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- Top of line CC carbon fibre frame
- 27 Plus wheels for optimum traction
- Ability to run 29" wheels
- RockShox Pike 150 Boost RCT3 fork
- Shimano XT one-by drivetrain
- Shimano XT brakes
- Hope / WTB wheels
- Santa Cruz carbon handlebar
More information is available in the details tab.
|Frame||CC carbon fibre frame|
|Fork||Pike RCT3 SA 150 27.5+|
|Rear Shock||Rock Shox Monarch RT3|
|Shifters||Shimano XT M8000 SL (right hand only)|
|Derailleur (Rear)||Shimano XT M8000 GS RD|
|Brakes||Shimano XT M8000|
|Crankset||Shimano XT M8000 32T w/BB 175mm|
|Cassette||Shimano XT M8000 CS 11-42|
|Hub Front||Hope Pro 2 Evo Boost 110|
|Hub Rear||Hope Pro 2 Evo Boost 148|
|Rims||WTB Scraper 40 TCS|
|Tyres||Front: Maxxis Minion Rekon 27.5x2.8, Tubeless Ready Rear: Maxxis Ikon 27.5x2.8, Tubeless Ready|
|Handlebar||Santa Cruz AM Carbon Bar, 35mm clamp, 780mm width|
|Stem||Burgtec Enduro 2|
|Headset||Cane Creek 40 integrated|
|Saddle||WTB Volt Rac|
|Seatpost||KS LEV Integra w/ Southpaw, 150mm travel|
|Number of Gears||11|