Santa Cruz 2016 Hightower C S Plus - Red

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The Santa Cruz Hightower has the versatility to deal with whatever appears on the horison.  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. 


By using a slightly-less-expensive carbon fibre, we were able to put performance within reach of more riders than ever before, lifting the race pace of World Cup athletes and privateers alike. The stiffness, durability, and strength are identical between the two materials, but the C-level carbon weighs in at about 230 grams more than the top-end, CC carbon.


*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'



  • Santa Cruz Carbon C frame
  • 27.5+ wheels
  • Rock Shox Pike 29 RC 150 fork
  • SRAM GX 1x11 drivetrain components
  • RockShox Reverb Stealth dropper seatpost
  • Tubeless tyre setup
  • Ugraded wheels: WTB i45 Scraper rims on Hope Pro 4 hubs


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More Information
Model Number SCHTCSPLSRD16
Brand Santa Cruz
Colour Red
Gender Mens
Age Adult
Model Year 2016
Frame Santa Cruz Carbon C
Fork Rock Shox Pike RC SA 150 27.5+
Rear Shock Rock Shox Monarch RT
Shifters SRAM GX 11sp (rear only)
Derailleur (Rear) SRAM GX 1x11 RD
Brakes Shimano SLX M675
Crankset Raceface Aeffect SL 32t 175mm w/BB
Cassette SRAM XG1150 CS 10-42
Chain SRAM PC1130
Hub Front Hope Pro 4 15x110mm Boost
Hub Rear Hope Pro 4 12x148mm Boost
Rims WTB i45 Scraper
Tyres Front: Maxxis Minion Rekon 27.5x2.8, Tubeless Ready | Rear: Maxxis Ikon 27.5x2.8, 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 27.5inch
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 between 7 to 10 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.
Taking Delivery
Any mechanical or cosmetic issues need to be reported to us within one week of the delivery date. If you do not plan on using the bike straight away, we advise that you remove it from the box and check it over ASAP as we cannot be responsible for any reported issues (other than standard warranty issues) later than one week from the date that the bicycle was delivered.
First Check-Over
After a few weeks of riding (depending on riding style and conditions), a new bike will need a check-over to make final adjustments and to re-check all nuts and bolts. This is necessary as the bike goes through a ‘bedding in’ phase after which, final adjustment may be necessary. We recommend that this is carried out by a CyTech qualified mechanic. It is important to have these checks carried out to prevent any avoidable problems which may not be covered by warranty and to ensure the smooth running of the bicycle.
We can carry out the first check-over free of charge, at our Newcastle store (NE16JE). If you’ve had the bike delivered, it will be your responsibility to get the bicycle to and from our store for this work to be carried out. This complimentary check-over does not include any labour to replace worn parts or to fit new accessories.
All bikes must be booked in for the first service & must be clean or a £15 cleaning charge will be payable. You can book this by calling 0191 261 4191. Proof of purchase will need to be presented when the bicycle is dropped off for the first check-over.
Bike Servicing
Bicycles need to be serviced regularly, as a guideline we would advise on at least one full service per year and/or a standard service twice a year. If the bike is used regularly in adverse conditions, more regular servicing may be required.
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