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Built for big days in big terrain.

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 the new Santa Cruz Reserve 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 fray, rail the soft spots, and carry momentum where standard tires bog down.

No matter what size you run, geometry remains optimized thanks to a “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 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. 

*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.


  • 135mm (5.3") VPP™ suspension
  • 148 mm Hinterbau
  • 15 mm Gabel mit Steckachse
  • 27.5 Plus-Compatible
  • 29" wheels
  • Huckepack-Dämpfer in Flaschenhalter-Befestigung im vorderen Rahmendreieck
  • Carbon C und Carbon CC Rahmenoptionen
  • Doppelt abgedichtete Kugellager für lange Lebensdauer der Lager
  • Integrated Headset (IS41; IS52)
  • Interne Carbonrohre sorgen für eine präzise und problemlose Verlegung der Schaltzüge und Sattelstützenleitungen
  • KIG-05 Aufnahme für Kettenführungskompatibilität
  • Radial contact bearings maximize stiffness
  • Größen: S, M, L, XL, XXL
  • Tretlager mit Gewinde

Build & Price

Frame Only Options

See retailer for pricing.

Geometry & Sizing

5'2" — 5'5"
5'5" — 5'9"
5'9" — 6'1"
6'1" — 6'3"
6'3" — 6'7"

Low - 29er Standard

Measured with a fork with a 551mm axle-to-crown measurement and a 51mm offset.

Front Center703mm27.68"730mm28.74"752mm29.61"781mm30.75"818mm32.2"
Höhe Tretlager337mm13.27"337mm13.27"337mm13.27"337mm13.27"337mm13.27"
BB Drop33mm1.3"33mm1.3"33mm1.3"33mm1.3"33mm1.3"

High - 27.5+ Standard

Measured with a fork with a 561mm axle-to-crown measurement and a 51mm offset.

Front Center707mm27.83"734mm28.9"756mm29.76"784mm30.87"822mm32.36"
Höhe Tretlager335mm13.19"335mm13.19"335mm13.19"335mm13.19"335mm13.19"
BB Drop27mm1.06"27mm1.06"27mm1.06"27mm1.06"27mm1.06"

Tech & Support

Technische Information

Vorderer UmwerferKeine Kompatibilität
Lenkungslager / LenkkopfIntegrated; IS41 upper, IS52 lower
Seat Clamp36.4mm
Gabel-Kompatibilität140mm, 150mm
Max Reifengröße3.0"
BremstypenIS-mount disc
Wasserflaschenhalterung1 main triangle

Shock Info

Dämpfer: Fox Float Factory

100lbs (45.5kg)110 psi14-17 mm
120lbs (54.4kg)135 psi14-17 mm
140lbs (63.5kg)160 psi14-17 mm
160lbs (72.6kg)185 psi14-17 mm
180lbs (81.8kg)210 psi14-17 mm
200lbs (90.7kg)230 psi14-17 mm
220lbs (99.8kg)250 psi14-17 mm
240lbs (108.8kg)270 psi14-17 mm
260lbs (117.9kg)290 psi14-17 mm
280lbs (127kg)310 psi14-17 mm

Technische Information

Kann ich eine Kettenführung an meinem Bike montieren?

Ja, das Bike ist mit einer ISCG05 Befestigung versehen um eine Kettenführun montieren zu können.
Die meisten am Markt befindlichen Kettenführungen mit diesem Standard sollten passen.

Ist das 148x12 und 142x12 Schaltauge gleich?

Nein, sind sie nicht. Wir mussten ein neues Schaltauge machen. Sie sehen ähnlich aus! Am einfachsten erkennt ihr sie am Finish. Unsere 142x12mm Schaltaugen haben ein Perlengestrahltes Finish, während das 148x12mm Schaltauge eine glatte Oberfläche hat.

Garantie & Registrierung

Lifetime Frame Warranty

Santa Cruz Bicycles will repair or replace at its option any frame it determines to be defective. The warranty will be in effect for lifetime of the original, registered owner. In order to confirm that you are the original owner, please register using our Warranty Registration Form at the time of purchase. Frames purchased prior to May 1, 2015 will be covered under the previously existing 5 year warranty. Warranties do not cover custom finishes. 

Lifetime Bearing Warranty

Santa Cruz Bicycles pivot bearings are warranted for life to the original owner of the bike. The return process is simple: fill out the Warranty Bearing Replacement Form, upload a copy of your purchase receipt, and we'll get a new set of bearings out to you within 48 hours! 


Santa Cruz carbon handlebars are warranted for a period of five years from the date of purchase. 

No-Fault Replacement

Santa Cruz Bicycles will make replacement frame parts available to the original owner at a minimal charge in the event of a crash or other non-warranty situation for the life of the bike.

File a Warranty Claim

Something not right? Use one of the forms below to file a claim. We'll do everything we can to get you back to riding as fast as possible. 

Make a Warranty or No-Fault Replacement claim for a Santa Cruz bike or frame
Make a Warranty Claim for Santa Cruz Reserve Wheels

If you have any other questions, or would like to follow up on a warranty claim, contact our Warranty Department

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