Santa Cruz Bicycles

Hightower

Gloss Mango & Orange
Gloss Cannery Grey & Blue

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?

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. 

27.5+
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.

Features:

  • 135mm (5.3") VPP™ suspension
  • 148mm Rear Axle Spacing
  • 15mm thru-axle fork
  • 27.5 Plus-Compatible
  • 29" wheels
  • Bottle cage mount within front triangle fits piggyback shocks
  • Carbon C and Carbon CC frame options
  • Double sealed pivots for long bearing life
  • Integrated Headset (IS41; IS52)
  • Internal carbon tubes ensure precise and hassle-free routing of derailleur and seat post cables
  • ISCG-05 tabs for chainguide compatibility
  • Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL
  • Threaded Bottom Bracket

Build & Price

Geometry & Sizing

S
5'2" — 5'5"
M
5'5" — 5'9"
L
5'9" — 6'1"
XL
6'1" — 6'3"
XXL
6'3" — 6'7"

Low - 29er Standard

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

SMLXLXXL
Reach405mm15.94"430mm16.93"450mm17.72"475mm18.7"505mm19.88"
Stack604mm23.78"609mm23.98"613mm24.13"623mm24.53"641mm25.24"
Head Tube Angle67°67°67°67°67°67°67°67°67°67°
Seat Tube Length390mm15.35"420mm16.54"450mm17.72"490mm19.29"510mm20.08"
Front Center703mm27.68"730mm28.74"752mm29.61"781mm30.75"818mm32.2"
BB Height337mm13.27"337mm13.27"337mm13.27"337mm13.27"337mm13.27"
BB Drop33mm1.3"33mm1.3"33mm1.3"33mm1.3"33mm1.3"
Wheelbase1138mm44.8"1165mm45.87"1187mm46.73"1215mm47.83"1255mm49.41"
Chainstay Length435mm17.13"435mm17.13"435mm17.13"435mm17.13"435mm17.13"
Head Tube Length90mm3.54"95mm3.74"100mm3.94"110mm4.33"130mm5.12"
Top Tube Length574mm22.6"601mm23.66"622mm24.49"650mm25.59"685mm26.97"
Seat Tube Angle74.3°74.3°74.3°74.3°74.3°74.3°74.3°74.3°74.3°74.3°
Standover Height710mm27.95"710mm27.95"713mm28.07"720mm28.35"727mm28.62"

High - 27.5+ Standard

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

SMLXLXXL
Reach403mm15.87"428mm16.85"448mm17.64"473mm18.62"503mm19.8"
Stack606mm23.86"610mm24.02"615mm24.21"624mm24.57"642mm25.28"
Head Tube Angle66.8°66.8°66.8°66.8°66.8°66.8°66.8°66.8°66.8°66.8°
Seat Tube Length390mm15.35"420mm16.54"450mm17.72"490mm19.29"510mm20.08"
Front Center707mm27.83"734mm28.9"756mm29.76"784mm30.87"822mm32.36"
BB Height335mm13.19"335mm13.19"335mm13.19"335mm13.19"335mm13.19"
BB Drop27mm1.06"27mm1.06"27mm1.06"27mm1.06"27mm1.06"
Wheelbase1141mm44.92"1168mm45.98"1190mm46.85"1219mm47.99"1257mm49.49"
Chainstay Length434mm17.09"434mm17.09"434mm17.09"434mm17.09"434mm17.09"
Head Tube Length90mm3.54"95mm3.74"100mm3.94"110mm4.33"130mm5.12"
Top Tube Length575mm22.64"602mm23.7"623mm24.53"651mm25.63"689mm27.13"
Seat Tube Angle74.1°74.1°74.1°74.1°74.1°74.1°74.1°74.1°74.1°74.1°
Standover Height707mm27.83"707mm27.83"710mm27.95"717mm28.23"725mm28.54"

Tech & Support

Tech Info

Suspension SystemVPPTM
Front DerailleurNo compatibility
Headset/HeadtubeIntegrated; IS41 upper, IS52 lower
Seat Post31.6mm
Seat Clamp36.4mm
Eye to Eye length200mm
Stroke51mm
Fork Compatibility140mm, 150mm
BB ShellStandard
Max Tire Size3.0"
Brake TypesIS-mount disc
Water Bottle Mounts1 main triangle

Shock Info

Shock: Fox Float Factory

Rider WeightAir PressureShock Sag
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

Warranty & Registration

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! 

Handlebars

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 our Warranty Claim Form to file a warranty claim. We'll do everything we can to get you back to riding as fast as possible. 

 

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

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