HIGHTOWER: THE MOUNTAIN BIKE, DISTILLED
The newest version of the Hightower continues its legacy as Santa Cruz's greatest engineering hits compilation–now further refined and improved. Big on wheels, medium on travel, and short on fuss, this do-it-all model shines with a versatile balance of geometry, spec and durability. If you’re not looking for extremes, just something extremely good at just about everything, the Hightower is your elevator.
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THE SWEETEST SWEET-SPOT
With big 29-inch wheels, fully modern geometry, and 145mm of rear Virtual Pivot Point (VPP) suspension balanced with a 150mm-travel fork, the Hightower is almost always in its element. All these artificial, nit picky, uber specific riding genres mean nothing to Hightower–it's made for all-around mountain biking, kitchy labels be damned.
Thanks to the combination of VPP's extreme tunability and the bike’s balanced ambitions, Hightower has always been easy to get on with. Now in it’s third iteration, Santa Cruz has evolved the bike’s kinematics as well, resulting in truly refined on-trail performance.
STASHABILITY COMES STANDARD
Hightower comes with Santa Cruz’s Glovebox–an in-frame storage solution that includes a set of well thought-out pouches for tools and tubes. The compartment is topped by a hatch that secures with a Swiss watch-quality latching mechanism–pretty trick.
Proportional geometry means that certain attributes are scaled up as the frame size gets larger so that whatever your stature, there is no compromise when it comes to fit, balance and suspension performance. The larger the frame, the longer the Hightower's chainstay length, and the steeper the effective seat tube angle.
When Santa Cruz moved to a lower link-driven shock configuration, everything about their bikes got better…except the ability to see how much sag you were running. With the addition of their new sag window, the issue is solved and setting sag is a snap.
LEVEL-UP TO RESERVE CARBON
High-end Hightower builds include Reserve carbon wheelsest that take your riding experience to the next level. Supple and responsive, Reserves are the perfect blend of comfort and performance, and they come with a lifetime warranty.
LIFETIME WARRANTY AND SUPPORT
Like all Santa Cruz bikes, Hightower comes with a lifetime warranty on the frame, and Reserve carbon rims. It also comes with free replacement pivot bearings for life, and the support of our legendary Rider Support team.