Hightower D Aluminum

2022 santa-cruz Hightower D Aluminum





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If ever a bike resembled your most cherished mix tape compilation, the Hightower is it.  Featuring our lower-link mounted shock design, updated, adjustable geometry, this “Engineering Best Of...” assembles some of our biggest design pleasers into one belter of a road-trip companion. The Hightower has been a does-it-all-well trail bike since its inception. More maneuverable than its longer-travel sibling, the Megatower, and more at home in the steep-and-chunky than its snappy cousin Tallboy, Hightower excels when the route covers ‘all points in between,’ and descents come courtesy of some big-ass climbs. The VPP suspension’s lower-link-mounted shock creates a nearly linear leverage curve, meaning it mops up bumps of all sizes and maintains the kind of progressivity normally reserved for our V10 DH bike!   145mm of rear travel complemented by a 150mm front end gives Hightower just a bit more front and rear travel over the first generation model. Combined with a slacker 65-degree head tube angle, the Hightower still sits squarely in the Goldilocks zone, but with a touch more “Oh sh*t get me out of here” capability when the porridge gets too hot! Balancing stiffness and weight savings in all the right places is a hallmark of all Santa Cruz carbon frames and the Hightower flies the flag yet higher. The advanced composite chassis tracks well across all trail surfaces, holds a line, and is reactive to rider directions while isolating pedal-influenced inputs. The Hightower also has a bonus disc to heighten the experience—the flip chip. In the High setting, the BB height is a little higher for those tricky tech trails and/or when Plus sized tires are required. In the Low position the shock rate is more progressive, to provide additional bottom-out resistance. Whatever mood you’re in, the tone of the Hightower can be adapted to meet your individual taste. And speaking of taste, there’s a room for a water bottle inside the main frame and a threaded BB for convenience. There’s refined cable routing for better shifting performance, simpler installation, and no cable rub. On top of that, there’s a tailgate shuttle guard, downtube protector, shock fender, and noise-canceling chainstay protector keeping things quiet. The lifetime frame warranty, lifetime pivot bearing replacement policy, and lifetime guarantee on the optional Reserve carbon wheels assures you that the Hightower will keep delivering the hits for years to come. 

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Build Kit

ForkRockShox 35 Gold RL, 150mm, 29"
Rear ShockFOX Float Performance DPS
GripsSanta Cruz House Grips or Burgtec Bartender Pro Grip Minnaar
HandlebarsRaceFace Aeffect R
SaddleWTB Silverado Comp Saddle or WTB
SeatpostSDG Tellis
StemRaceFace Ride
Front BrakesSRAM Guide T
Rear BrakesSRAM Guide T
Bottom BracketSRAM DUB 68/73mm
ChainSRAM SX Eagle, 12spd
Chain Rings-
CranksetSRAM X1 Eagle DUB, 30t
Front Derailleur-
Rear DerailleurSRAM SX Eagle, 12spd
ShiftersSRAM NX Eagle, 12spd
Front Hub-
Rear Hub-
SpokesSapim Race
Front TireMaxxis Minion DHR II 29"x2.4", 3C, MaxxGRIP, EXO, TR
Rear TireMaxxis Minion DHR 29"x2.4", 3C, EXO, MaxxTerra
Front Wheel-
Rear Wheel-


BB Drop ?2929292929
BB Height ?344344344344344
Chainstay Length ?-----
Crank Length-----
Fork Length-----
Fork Rake Offset ?-----
Front Center745774798827862
Handlebar Width-----
Headtube Angle ?65.5°65.5°65.5°65.5°65.5°
Headtube Length ?90100110130155
Reach ?428453473493518
Saddle Width-----
Seatpost Length-----
Seat Tube Angle ?77.1°77.0°76.8°76.6°76.3°
Seat Tube Length ?380405430460500
Stack ?601610619637660
Standover Height704718717718709
Stem Length-----
Top Tube Length ?566594618645679
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