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Santa Cruz 2017 Hightower C S AM 29er - Black

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Santa Cruz Hightower C S AM 29er 2017 - Black

Web Price £3,299.00

RRP £4,399.00

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Quick Overview

The 2017 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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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'


Click here to read why Enduro Mountaibike Magazine said 'If you are looking for a bike for all situations you will love the Hightower!'



  • 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 (170mm on X) seatpost
  • Race Face stem, cranks and handlebars
  • Tubeless ready wheels & tyres
  • SRAM guide R brakes


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Additional Information

Model Number SCHTCSAM29BLKMY17
Brands Santa Cruz
Gender Mens
Age Adult
Model Year 2017
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 SRAM Guide R
Crankset Raceface Aeffect AL 30t 175mm w/BB
Cassette SRAM XG1150 CS 10-42
Chain SRAM PC1130
Hub Front Novatec D541 Torque Cap - 15x110mm, 32h
Hub Rear Novatec D542 - 12x148mm, 32h (XD)
Rims Race Face AR 27 - 29", 32h
Tyres Front: Maxxis Minion DHF 3C EXO TR - 29x2.3" | Rear: Maxxis Minion DHR2 TR - 29x2.3 "
Handlebar Race Face Ride - 35x760mm, Lo-Rise
Stem Raceface Turbine Basic 35mm
Headset Cane Creek 40 IS
Saddle WTB Volt Race
Seatpost Rockshox Reverb Stealth - 31.6x150mm (S-M), 170mm (XL)
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 1-2 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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