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Santa Cruz 2016 Hightower 27+ Sriracha/Red

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  • Santa Cruz 2016 Hightower CC XT AM 27+ Sriracha/Red
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Santa Cruz 2016 Hightower CC XT AM 27+ Sriracha/Red

Web Price £4,249.00

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Quick Overview

The 2016 Santa Cruz Hightower CC XT AM 27+ offers a premium grade carbon fibre frame designed to run either 27 Plus or 29” wheels. This build is spec’d with the 27 plus wheels and Shimano’s XT one-by drivetrain.

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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'

Please note: Image used for illustration only. Please see details for true specification.


  • 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


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Additional Information

Brands Santa Cruz
Gender Mens
Age Adult
Model Year 2016
Colour Red
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
Chain Shimano HG70011
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
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 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.
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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