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THE MOUNTAIN BIKE, DISTILLED

The newest version of the Hightower remains our greatest hits of engineering - now further refined and bottled into our most all-terrain of bikes. Big on wheels, medium on travel, short on fuss, this is the do-it-all model that does it over and over again thanks to a versatile balance of geo, spec and durability. If you’re not looking for extremes, just something extremely good, the Hightower is your elevator.

Key Features:

Available in: Carbon C and Carbon CC
Wheel Size: 29
Front Travel: 150mm
Rear Travel: 145mm

Engineering Details

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OUR ENGINEERS’ GREATEST HITS

Not all frames are created equal. Hightower represents Santa Cruz’s greatest hits, showcasing our design, engineering, and performance prowess.

LOWER LINK ASSEMBLY

The highly-sculpted and optimized Lower Link (A) houses a geometry adjusting Flip Chip (B) and beefy Pivot Axles (C) to virtually eliminate lateral flex.

UPPER LINK ASSEMBLY

We only use the highest quality Enduro MAX or TPX sealed, radial bearings (A) and premium fasteners (B) for our linkage assemblies. They’re easy to properly torque and maintain, plus we offer free replacement bearings for life.

ONE-PIECE SWINGARM

VPP suspension utilizes a one-piece swingarm that eliminates the need for pivots on the stays, creating a stout, bulletproof rear end for accurate tracking and superior performance.

C AND CC CARBON

Santa Cruz offers two grades of carbon—top-end CC Carbon and value-minded C Carbon. Though they have the same stiffness and performance, CC is lighter and comes paired with more premium suspension.

CARBON MASTERY

The Sag Window (A), Glovebox (B) and internal cable tunnels (not shown) demonstrate Santa Cruz’s expertise at combining practical function with carbon design and manufacturing artistry.

THE SUM OF THE PARTS

In isolation, all these things are great—together with fanatical suspension tuning, a premium build spec, and a meticulous attention-to-detail, they’re transcendent.

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£4,899 GBP  
Weight: 31.75 lbs / 14.4 kg

Please note: Price, Weight, and Parts Spec information is subject to change.

 

R

£4,899 GBP  

31.75 lbs / 14.4 kg

S

£5,699 GBP  

31.61 lbs / 14.34 kg

GX AXS

£6,899 GBP  

 

GX AXS RSV

£7,899 GBP  

 

X0 AXS

£7,999 GBP  

30.9 lbs / 14.02 kg

X0 AXS RSV

£8,999 GBP  

30.8 lbs / 13.97 kg

XX AXS RSV

£10,399 GBP  

30.4 lbs / 13.79 kg

Frame

£3,599 GBP  

6.36 lbs / 2.89 kg

Material
Carbon C

Our C Carbon frames use the same proprietary processes of the highest spec CC Carbon frames to match the same legendary strength and stiffness standards. But the use of a different grade of carbon material results in a minimal weight gain.

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Material
Carbon C

Our C Carbon frames use the same proprietary processes of the highest spec CC Carbon frames to match the same legendary strength and stiffness standards. But the use of a different grade of carbon material results in a minimal weight gain.

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Material
Carbon C

Our C Carbon frames use the same proprietary processes of the highest spec CC Carbon frames to match the same legendary strength and stiffness standards. But the use of a different grade of carbon material results in a minimal weight gain.

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Material
Carbon C

Our C Carbon frames use the same proprietary processes of the highest spec CC Carbon frames to match the same legendary strength and stiffness standards. But the use of a different grade of carbon material results in a minimal weight gain.

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Material
Carbon CC

CC denotes our highest grade carbon fiber frames. Use of the very best materials in the composite results in the lightest, best handling bikes. CC level bikes are also specced with the best wheels, drivetrains and suspension on these models.

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Material
Carbon CC

CC denotes our highest grade carbon fiber frames. Use of the very best materials in the composite results in the lightest, best handling bikes. CC level bikes are also specced with the best wheels, drivetrains and suspension on these models.

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Material
Carbon CC

CC denotes our highest grade carbon fiber frames. Use of the very best materials in the composite results in the lightest, best handling bikes. CC level bikes are also specced with the best wheels, drivetrains and suspension on these models.

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Material
Carbon CC

CC denotes our highest grade carbon fiber frames. Use of the very best materials in the composite results in the lightest, best handling bikes. CC level bikes are also specced with the best wheels, drivetrains and suspension on these models.

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Travel
145mm

Travel
145mm

Travel
145mm

Travel
145mm

Travel
145mm

Travel
145mm

Travel
145mm

Travel
145mm

Wheel Size
29

Wheel Size
29

Wheel Size
29

Wheel Size
29

Wheel Size
29

Wheel Size
29

Wheel Size
29

Wheel Size
29

Rear Shock
FOX Float Performance, 210x55

Rear Shock
RockShox Super Deluxe Select+, 210x55

Rear Shock
RockShox Super Deluxe Select+, 210x55

Rear Shock
RockShox Super Deluxe Select+, 210x55

Rear Shock
RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate, 210x55

Rear Shock
RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate, 210x55

Rear Shock
RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate, 210x55

Rear Shock
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Fork
RockShox Lyrik Base, 150mm

Fork
FOX 36 Float Performance, 150mm

Fork
RockShox Lyrik Select+, 150mm -or- Fox 36 Performance Elite

Fork
RockShox Lyrik Select+, 150mm -or- Fox 36 Performance Elite

Fork
RockShox Lyrik Ultimate, 150mm -or- FOX 36 Float Factory

Fork
RockShox Lyrik Ultimate, 150mm -or- FOX 36 Float Factory

Fork
RockShox Lyrik Ultimate, 150mm -or- FOX 36 Float Factory

Fork
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Rear Derailleur
SRAM NX Eagle, 12spd

Rear Derailleur
SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd

Rear Derailleur
SRAM GX Eagle AXS T-Type, 12spd

Rear Derailleur
SRAM GX Eagle AXS T-Type, 12spd

Rear Derailleur
SRAM X0 Eagle AXS T-Type, 12spd

Rear Derailleur
SRAM X0 Eagle AXS T-Type, 12spd

Rear Derailleur
SRAM XX Eagle AXS T-Type, 12spd

Rear Derailleur
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Right Shifter
SRAM NX Eagle, 12spd

Right Shifter
SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd

Right Shifter
SRAM AXS Pod Bridge

Right Shifter
SRAM AXS Pod Bridge

Right Shifter
SRAM AXS Pod Bridge

Right Shifter
SRAM AXS Pod Bridge

Right Shifter
SRAM AXS Pod Ultimate Bridge

Right Shifter
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Cassette
SRAM PG1230, 12spd, 11-50t

Cassette
SRAM XG1275 Eagle, 12spd, 10-50t

Cassette
SRAM GX Eagle T-Type, 10-52t

Cassette
SRAM GX Eagle T-Type, 10-52t

Cassette
SRAM X0 Eagle T-Type, 10-52t

Cassette
SRAM X0 Eagle T-Type, 10-52t

Cassette
SRAM XX Eagle T-Type, 10-52t

Cassette
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Chain
SRAM NX Eagle, 12spd

Chain
SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd

Chain
SRAM GX Eagle T-Type, Flattop, 12spd

Chain
SRAM GX Eagle T-Type, Flattop, 12spd

Chain
SRAM X0 Eagle T-Type, Flattop, 12spd

Chain
SRAM X0 Eagle T-Type, Flattop, 12spd

Chain
SRAM XX Eagle T-Type, Flattop, 12spd

Chain
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Bottom Bracket
SRAM DUB 68/73mm Threaded BB

Bottom Bracket
SRAM DUB 68/73mm Threaded BB

Bottom Bracket
SRAM DUB 73mm MTB Wide BB

Bottom Bracket
SRAM DUB 73mm MTB Wide BB

Bottom Bracket
SRAM DUB 73mm MTB Wide BB

Bottom Bracket
SRAM DUB 73mm MTB Wide BB

Bottom Bracket
SRAM DUB 73mm MTB Wide BB

Bottom Bracket
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Headset
FSA IS-2/47/42 ACB or Cane Creek 10 IS Integrated

Headset
Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset

Headset
Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset

Headset
Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset

Headset
Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset

Headset
Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset

Headset
Chris King DropSet 3 Integrated Headset

Headset
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Rear Tire
Maxxis Minion DHR II 29"x2.4", 3C MaxxTerra, EXO

Rear Tire
Maxxis Minion DHR II 29"x2.4", 3C MaxxTerra, EXO

Rear Tire
Maxxis Minion DHR II 29"x2.4", 3C MaxxTerra, EXO

Rear Tire
Maxxis Minion DHR II 29"x2.4", 3C MaxxTerra, EXO

Rear Tire
Maxxis Minion DHR II 29"x2.4", 3C MaxxTerra, EXO

Rear Tire
Maxxis Minion DHR II 29"x2.4", 3C MaxxTerra, EXO

Rear Tire
Maxxis Minion DHR II 29"x2.4", 3C MaxxTerra, EXO

Rear Tire
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Front Tire
Maxxis Minion DHR II 29"x2.4", 3C MaxxGrip, EXO

Front Tire
Maxxis Minion DHR II 29"x2.4", 3C MaxxGrip, EXO

Front Tire
Maxxis Minion DHR II 29"x2.4", 3C MaxxGrip, EXO

Front Tire
Maxxis Minion DHR II 29"x2.4", 3C MaxxGrip, EXO

Front Tire
Maxxis Minion DHR II 29"x2.4", 3C MaxxGrip, EXO

Front Tire
Maxxis Minion DHR II 29"x2.4", 3C MaxxGrip, EXO

Front Tire
Maxxis Minion DHR II 29"x2.4", 3C MaxxGrip, EXO

Front Tire
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Front Hub
SRAM MTH 716, 15x110, Torque Cap, 6-Bolt 32h

Front Hub
DT Swiss 370, 15x110, 6-Bolt, 28h

Front Hub
DT Swiss 370, 15x110, Torque Cap, 6-Bolt, 28h

Front Hub
DT Swiss 370, 15x110, Torque Cap, 6-Bolt, 28h

Front Hub
Industry Nine 1/1, 15x110, Torque Cap, 6-Bolt, 28h

Front Hub
Industry Nine 1/1, 15x110, Torque Cap, 6-Bolt, 28h

Front Hub
Industry Nine Hydra, 15x110, Torque Cap, 6-Bolt, 28h

Front Hub
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Front Rim
RaceFace AR Offset 30, 29"

Front Rim
RaceFace AR Offset 30, 29"

Front Rim
RaceFace ARC Offset 30 29"

Front Rim
Reserve 30|HD 29"

The Reserve 30|HD is specially designed for aggressive trail riding. They feature a 30mm width for use with 2.5 tires and a redesigned inner rim bed that takes the hassle out of seating new tires. The Reserve 30|HD is the ultimate mountain bike rim.

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Front Rim
RaceFace ARC Offset 30 29"

Front Rim
Reserve 30|HD 29"

The Reserve 30|HD is specially designed for aggressive trail riding. They feature a 30mm width for use with 2.5 tires and a redesigned inner rim bed that takes the hassle out of seating new tires. The Reserve 30|HD is the ultimate mountain bike rim.

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Front Rim
Reserve 30|HD 29"

The Reserve 30|HD is specially designed for aggressive trail riding. They feature a 30mm width for use with 2.5 tires and a redesigned inner rim bed that takes the hassle out of seating new tires. The Reserve 30|HD is the ultimate mountain bike rim.

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Front Rim
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Rear Hub
SRAM MTH 746, 12x148, HG, 6-Bolt, 32h

Rear Hub
DT Swis 370, 12x148, XD, 6-Bolt, 36t, 28h

Rear Hub
DT Swis 370, 12x148, XD, 6-Bolt, 36t, 28h

Rear Hub
DT Swis 370, 12x148, XD, 6-Bolt, 36t, 28h

Rear Hub
Industry Nine 1/1, 12x148, XD, 6-Bolt, 28h

Rear Hub
Industry Nine 1/1, 12x148, XD, 6-Bolt, 28h

Rear Hub
Industry Nine Hydra, 12x148, XD, 6-Bolt, 28h

Rear Hub
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Rear Rim
RaceFace AR Offset 30, 29"

Rear Rim
RaceFace AR Offset 30, 29"

Rear Rim
RaceFace ARC Offset 30 29"

Rear Rim
Reserve 30|HD 29"

The Reserve 30|HD is specially designed for aggressive trail riding. They feature a 30mm width for use with 2.5 tires and a redesigned inner rim bed that takes the hassle out of seating new tires. The Reserve 30|HD is the ultimate mountain bike rim.

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Rear Rim
RaceFace ARC Offset 30 29"

Rear Rim
Reserve 30|HD 29"

The Reserve 30|HD is specially designed for aggressive trail riding. They feature a 30mm width for use with 2.5 tires and a redesigned inner rim bed that takes the hassle out of seating new tires. The Reserve 30|HD is the ultimate mountain bike rim.

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Rear Rim
Reserve 30|HD 29"

The Reserve 30|HD is specially designed for aggressive trail riding. They feature a 30mm width for use with 2.5 tires and a redesigned inner rim bed that takes the hassle out of seating new tires. The Reserve 30|HD is the ultimate mountain bike rim.

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Rear Rim
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Front Rotor
Avid Centerline, 200mm

Front Rotor
Avid Centerline, 180mm

Front Rotor
SRAM HS2 180mm

Front Rotor
SRAM HS2 180mm

Front Rotor
SRAM HS2 180mm

Front Rotor
SRAM HS2 180mm

Front Rotor
SRAM HS2 180mm

Front Rotor
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Rear Rotor
Avid Centerline, 180mm

Rear Rotor
Avid Centerline, 180mm

Rear Rotor
SRAM HS2 180mm

Rear Rotor
SRAM HS2 180mm

Rear Rotor
SRAM HS2 180mm

Rear Rotor
SRAM HS2 180mm

Rear Rotor
SRAM HS2 180mm

Rear Rotor
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Brakes
SRAM G2 R

Brakes
SRAM Code R

Brakes
SRAM Code Bronze Stealth

Brakes
SRAM Code Bronze Stealth

Brakes
SRAM Code Silver Stealth

Brakes
SRAM Code Silver Stealth

Brakes
Code Ultimate Stealth

Brakes
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Crankset
SRAM Descendant Eagle 148 DUB 32t

Crankset
SRAM GX Eagle 148 DUB 32t

Crankset
SRAM GX Eagle DUB T-Type Crankset, 32t

Crankset
SRAM GX Eagle DUB T-Type Crankset, 32t

Crankset
SRAM X0 Eagle DUB T-Type Crankset, 32t

Crankset
SRAM X0 Eagle DUB T-Type Crankset, 32t

Crankset
SRAM XX Eagle DUB T-Type Crankset, 32t

Crankset
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Handlebars
RaceFace Aeffect R

Handlebars
Burgtec RideWide Alloy

Handlebars
Santa Cruz Carbon

Handlebars
Santa Cruz Carbon

Handlebars
Santa Cruz 35 Carbon Bar, 800mm

Handlebars
Santa Cruz 35 Carbon Bar, 800mm

Handlebars
Santa Cruz 35 Carbon Bar, 800mm

Handlebars
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Stem
Burgtec Enduro MK3, 42mm

Stem
Burgtec Enduro MK3, 42mm

Stem
Burgtec Enduro MK3, 42mm

Stem
Burgtec Enduro MK3, 42mm

Stem
Burgtec Enduro MK3, 42mm

Stem
Burgtec Enduro MK3, 42mm

Stem
Industry Nine A35, 40mm

Stem
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Saddle
WTB Silverado, CroMo

Saddle
WTB Silverado, CroMo

Saddle
WTB Silverado Medium, CroMo

Saddle
WTB Silverado Medium, CroMo

Saddle
WTB Silverado Medium, Ti

Saddle
WTB Silverado Medium, Ti

Saddle
WTB Silverado Medium, Ti

Saddle
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Seatpost
SDG Tellis Dropper, 31.6

Seatpost
OneUp V2 Dropper Post, 31.6 or RockShox Reverb, 31.6

Seatpost
OneUp V2 Dropper Post, 31.6 -or- Reverb Stealth -or- Fox Transfer

Seatpost
OneUp V2 Dropper Post, 31.6 -or- Reverb Stealth -or- Fox Transfer

Seatpost
OneUp V2 Dropper Post, 31.6 -or- RockShox Reverb Stealth -or- Fox Transfer

Seatpost
OneUp V2 Dropper Post, 31.6 -or- RockShox Reverb Stealth -or- Fox Transfer

Seatpost
OneUp V2 Dropper Post, 31.6 -or- RockShox Reverb Stealth -or- Fox Transfer

Seatpost
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Grips
Santa Cruz Bicycles House Grips

Our House Grips have an aggressive knurl pattern for all-weather grip, finger ridges for added control and soft, yet durable rubber compound. They come in either 30 or 32mm width and have an inboard snap-on lock ring to keep them tight but no ring on the outboard side so they’re super comfortable. And they’ll do your taxes* *not true. But they are really good.

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Grips
Santa Cruz Bicycles House Grips

Our House Grips have an aggressive knurl pattern for all-weather grip, finger ridges for added control and soft, yet durable rubber compound. They come in either 30 or 32mm width and have an inboard snap-on lock ring to keep them tight but no ring on the outboard side so they’re super comfortable. And they’ll do your taxes* *not true. But they are really good.

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Grips
Santa Cruz Bicycles House Grips

Our House Grips have an aggressive knurl pattern for all-weather grip, finger ridges for added control and soft, yet durable rubber compound. They come in either 30 or 32mm width and have an inboard snap-on lock ring to keep them tight but no ring on the outboard side so they’re super comfortable. And they’ll do your taxes* *not true. But they are really good.

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Grips
Santa Cruz Bicycles House Grips

Our House Grips have an aggressive knurl pattern for all-weather grip, finger ridges for added control and soft, yet durable rubber compound. They come in either 30 or 32mm width and have an inboard snap-on lock ring to keep them tight but no ring on the outboard side so they’re super comfortable. And they’ll do your taxes* *not true. But they are really good.

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Grips
Santa Cruz Bicycles House Grips

Our House Grips have an aggressive knurl pattern for all-weather grip, finger ridges for added control and soft, yet durable rubber compound. They come in either 30 or 32mm width and have an inboard snap-on lock ring to keep them tight but no ring on the outboard side so they’re super comfortable. And they’ll do your taxes* *not true. But they are really good.

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Grips
Santa Cruz Bicycles House Grips

Our House Grips have an aggressive knurl pattern for all-weather grip, finger ridges for added control and soft, yet durable rubber compound. They come in either 30 or 32mm width and have an inboard snap-on lock ring to keep them tight but no ring on the outboard side so they’re super comfortable. And they’ll do your taxes* *not true. But they are really good.

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Grips
Santa Cruz Bicycles House Grips

Our House Grips have an aggressive knurl pattern for all-weather grip, finger ridges for added control and soft, yet durable rubber compound. They come in either 30 or 32mm width and have an inboard snap-on lock ring to keep them tight but no ring on the outboard side so they’re super comfortable. And they’ll do your taxes* *not true. But they are really good.

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Grips
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Battery Charger
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Battery Charger
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Battery Charger
SRAM eTap Powerpack 1 Battery

Battery Charger
SRAM eTap Powerpack 1 Battery

Battery Charger
SRAM eTap Powerpack 1 Battery

Battery Charger
SRAM eTap Powerpack 1 Battery

Battery Charger
SRAM eTap Powerpack 1 Battery

Battery Charger
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SRAM Eagle Transmission - stronger, better shifting, wirelessly

The next generation SRAM Eagle Transmission specced on our CC-carbon models is a radically robust, fully integrated and interdependent wireless transmission. Built around the universal constant of the wheel axle itself, the Full Mount hangerless attachment creates a far stronger connection to the frame and the super strong derailleur provides unprecedented strength. Shifting under load is made possible due to a combination of X-SYNC technology and cassette mapping, creating seamless shifts even during your hardest power output. The new AXS Pods are extremely ergonomic and highly customizable, so shifting gears is light and intuitive. It's simply the most advanced transmission and nearly as tough as the mountain itself.

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Geometry

All units are in millimeters or degrees.

SMLXLXXL
Reach | hi/lo430/427455/452475/472495/492520/517
Stack | hi/lo611/613625/627634/636652/654665/668
Head Tube Angle | hi/lo64.8°/64.5°64.8°/64.5°64.8°/64.5°64.8°/64.5°64.8°/64.5°
Seat Tube Length 380405430460500
Front Center | hi/lo752/752783/783807/807836/836867/867
BB Height | hi/lo342/339342/338342/338342/338342/338
BB Drop | hi/lo31/3431/3431/3431/3431/34
Wheelbase | hi/lo1183/11831217/12181244/12451276/12761310/1311
Rear Center | hi/lo431/432434/435437/438440/441443/444
Head Tube Length 100115125145160
Top Tube Length | hi/lo571/572599/600626/627647/648674/675
Seat Tube Angle | hi/lo77°/76.7°77°/76.7°76.7°/76.4°76.9°/76.6°76.9°/76.7°
Standover Height | hi/lo706/701708/703711/706714/709719/714

Frame Sizing

If you're on the cusp between the recommended height range of two sizes, the absolute best thing is to try to ride them both. At a minimum, check the stack/reach measurements on your current bike and compare it to the new model you are looking at to get an idea of a fit you are already comfortable with. If riding the bike is not an option, consider the following.

The Hightower is available in sizes small - extra extra large (S-XXL).

Personal Preference

A larger size frame will be more stable, and will give you more room to move without upsetting the weight-balance of the bike. The larger size will put the front wheel further in front of you, which gives the feeling of security and conversely, it will require more significant body movements when you WANT to shift the weight-bias of the bike. Think hard about your riding style and how active/intuitive you want it to be vs stable and speedy. You'll need to work a bit harder to muscle the larger bike around.

Body Dimension

Not all bodies at a given height are the same. If you have longer legs and a shorter torso than the average person your height, that may push you towards the smaller of the recommended sizes. If you're all torso and arms, most likely you'll want to size up.

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VPP™

VPP™ suspension can be optimized to strike the right balance between pedaling efficiency and all-out bump chomping prowess. That means wherever you see "VPP" you know it's tuned to perform exactly how it should for the purpose it's designed for.

145mm VPP travel

Looking for something good at climbing, and downhill, and going round and round your local trails? Say hello to Hightower. 145mm in the rear paired with 150mm up front is your perfect combo.

Suspension sensitivity

Compared to the last Hightower, we reduced the anti-squat in the first 40% of travel. This noticeably improves suspension sensitivity in both climbing and descending scenarios due to reduced chain influence on the suspension.

Suspension consistency

Hightower's leverage curve is relatively straight, with added progression towards the end of the travel. This provides improved bottom-out resistance with more consistent damping and support.

Glovebox

Place your ride essentials securely beneath a new high-quality latch and panel in the Hightower's downtube. The Glovebox comes with a fitted Tool Wallet and Tube Purse, tailored for the frame to keep your tools close to hand.

Full carbon C and CC frame

CC frames use the very best materials and production processes available. Our size-specific frame stiffness standards help tie together our ride quality goals by achieving a tailored front triangle flex characteristic for every size.

Sag window

A window allows easier suspension sag and setup. The details are completed by a neat mud flap to protect the rear shock plus tidy cable routing within the frame and swingarm, and rubberized DT protectors to shrug off strikes.

Flip chip

In the Low position, the shock rate becomes more progressive, particularly at the end of the stroke, and there’s some bottom-out resistance to be gained. In the High setting, the bike rides a little higher in its travel and supplies the rider with more mid-stroke support. Tweakers and finicky shredders can adapt the suspension feel to their needs and desire.

Proportional geometry

Chainstay length and seat angle is matched to the frame size so every rider, no matter their height, gets the same balanced geometry. Across all sizes however, the headtube angle has been slackened to help stability at speed, lowered the bottom bracket to compliment the better supported suspension, and increased stack in favor of modern handlebar setups.

29-inch wheels

Hightower features fast-rolling, bump-easing 29-inch wheels front and rear. On high-end builds we spec Reserve 30|HD carbon rims laced to premium hubs, which are built and hand-tuned in our Santa Cruz, Calif. factory. See Reserve 30|HD wheels

Hightower Frame Specifications

Suspension SystemVPP
Front DerailleurNo compatibility
Headset/HeadtubeIntegrated (IS41/52)
Seat Post31.6mm
Seat Clamp36.4mm
Eye to Eye length210mm
Stroke55mm
Fork Compatibility150-160mm
Fork Offset44mm
Brake Mount180 PM
BB Shell73mm Threaded
Max Tire Size2.5"
Max Chainring Size34t
Water Bottle Mounts1
Shock Mounting Bushing Front30x8
Shock Mounting Bushing Rear30x8 (bearing compatible)

Suspension Setup

Take a look at detailed sag, high/low rebound, and high/low compression recommendations for shocks and forks in each build.

X0 AXS

Rockshox Lyrik Ultimate 150

Rider WeightPressure (psi)Rebound (from closed)Compression: LSC,HSC (from center)
100lbs (45.5kg)4015-2,0
120lbs (54.4kg)5013-2,0
140lbs (63.5kg)6012-2,0
160lbs (72.6kg)7011-2,0
180lbs (81.8kg)8010-2,0
200lbs (90.7kg)909-2,0
220lbs (99.8kg)1008-2,0
240lbs (108.8kg)1106-2,0

Rockshox Super Deluxe Ultimate

Rider WeightPressure (psi)Sag (%, mm on shock)Rebound (from closed)Compression: LSC, HSC (from closed)
100lbs (45.5kg)9528-30%, 15-17mm7-1/-1
120lbs (54.4kg)12028-30%, 15-17mm7-1/-1
140lbs (63.5kg)14028-30%, 15-17mm6-1/-1
160lbs (72.6kg)16528-30%, 15-17mm6-1/-1
180lbs (81.8kg)18528-30%, 15-17mm5-1/-1
200lbs (90.7kg)21028-30%, 15-17mm5-1/-1
220lbs (99.8kg)23028-30%, 15-17mm4-1/-1
240lbs (108.8kg)25528-30%, 15-17mm4-1/-1
260lbs (117.9kg)27528-30%, 15-17mm3-1/-1

X0 AXS RSV

Rockshox Lyrik Ultimate 150

Rider WeightPressure (psi)Rebound (from closed)Compression: LSC,HSC (from center)
100lbs (45.5kg)4015-2,0
120lbs (54.4kg)5013-2,0
140lbs (63.5kg)6012-2,0
160lbs (72.6kg)7011-2,0
180lbs (81.8kg)8010-2,0
200lbs (90.7kg)909-2,0
220lbs (99.8kg)1008-2,0
240lbs (108.8kg)1106-2,0

Rockshox Super Deluxe Ultimate

Rider WeightPressure (psi)Sag (%, mm on shock)Rebound (from closed)Compression: LSC, HSC (from closed)
100lbs (45.5kg)9528-30%, 15-17mm7-1/-1
120lbs (54.4kg)12028-30%, 15-17mm7-1/-1
140lbs (63.5kg)14028-30%, 15-17mm6-1/-1
160lbs (72.6kg)16528-30%, 15-17mm6-1/-1
180lbs (81.8kg)18528-30%, 15-17mm5-1/-1
200lbs (90.7kg)21028-30%, 15-17mm5-1/-1
220lbs (99.8kg)23028-30%, 15-17mm4-1/-1
240lbs (108.8kg)25528-30%, 15-17mm4-1/-1
260lbs (117.9kg)27528-30%, 15-17mm3-1/-1

XX AXS RSV

Rockshox Lyrik Ultimate 150

Rider WeightPressure (psi)Rebound (from closed)Compression: LSC,HSC (from center)
100lbs (45.5kg)4015-2,0
120lbs (54.4kg)5013-2,0
140lbs (63.5kg)6012-2,0
160lbs (72.6kg)7011-2,0
180lbs (81.8kg)8010-2,0
200lbs (90.7kg)909-2,0
220lbs (99.8kg)1008-2,0
240lbs (108.8kg)1106-2,0

Rockshox Super Deluxe Ultimate

Rider WeightPressure (psi)Sag (%, mm on shock)Rebound (from closed)Compression: LSC, HSC (from closed)
100lbs (45.5kg)9528-30%, 15-17mm7-1/-1
120lbs (54.4kg)12028-30%, 15-17mm7-1/-1
140lbs (63.5kg)14028-30%, 15-17mm6-1/-1
160lbs (72.6kg)16528-30%, 15-17mm6-1/-1
180lbs (81.8kg)18528-30%, 15-17mm5-1/-1
200lbs (90.7kg)21028-30%, 15-17mm5-1/-1
220lbs (99.8kg)23028-30%, 15-17mm4-1/-1
240lbs (108.8kg)25528-30%, 15-17mm4-1/-1
260lbs (117.9kg)27528-30%, 15-17mm3-1/-1

Geometry

All units are in millimeters or degrees.

SMLXLXXL
Reach | hi/lo430/427455/452475/472495/492520/517
Stack | hi/lo611/613625/627634/636652/654665/668
Head Tube Angle | hi/lo64.8°/64.5°64.8°/64.5°64.8°/64.5°64.8°/64.5°64.8°/64.5°
Seat Tube Length 380405430460500
Front Center | hi/lo752/752783/783807/807836/836867/867
BB Height | hi/lo342/339342/338342/338342/338342/338
BB Drop | hi/lo31/3431/3431/3431/3431/34
Wheelbase | hi/lo1183/11831217/12181244/12451276/12761310/1311
Rear Center | hi/lo431/432434/435437/438440/441443/444
Head Tube Length 100115125145160
Top Tube Length | hi/lo571/572599/600626/627647/648674/675
Seat Tube Angle | hi/lo77°/76.7°77°/76.7°76.7°/76.4°76.9°/76.6°76.9°/76.7°
Standover Height | hi/lo706/701708/703711/706714/709719/714
Hightower Frame Render

Frame Sizing

If you're on the cusp between the recommended height range of two sizes, the absolute best thing is to try to ride them both. At a minimum, check the stack/reach measurements on your current bike and compare it to the new model you are looking at to get an idea of a fit you are already comfortable with. If riding the bike is not an option, consider the following.

The Hightower is available in sizes small - extra extra large (S-XXL).

Personal Preference

A larger size frame will be more stable, and will give you more room to move without upsetting the weight-balance of the bike. The larger size will put the front wheel further in front of you, which gives the feeling of security and conversely, it will require more significant body movements when you WANT to shift the weight-bias of the bike. Think hard about your riding style and how active/intuitive you want it to be vs stable and speedy. You'll need to work a bit harder to muscle the larger bike around.

Body Dimension

Not all bodies at a given height are the same. If you have longer legs and a shorter torso than the average person your height, that may push you towards the smaller of the recommended sizes. If you're all torso and arms, most likely you'll want to size up.

Hightower 3 Size Chart
Hightower 3 Size Chart

FAQ's

What is the recommended fork?

The Hightower geometry is based off of a 150mm fork with a 42 or 44mm offset. We wouldn't recommend less travel than that, as the BB will get a bit low. Up to 160mm is fine if that's your preference.

Is there chainguide compatibility?

Yes, this bike is equipped with ISCG-05 tabs for easy chainguide mounting. Most guides that follow the ISCG-05 standard should fit.

Can I convert the Hightower to 27.5" or MX wheels?

No, the Hightower is built exclusively for 29" wheels and tires front and rear. The geometry is not setup for any 27.5" front or rear conversions.

What kind of headset does this bike use?

This bike uses integrated headset cups. The upper up is 41mm and the lower cup is 52mm. The SHIS name is IS 41/28.6 IS 52/40.For Chris King this is a DropSet.3

I want to change my rear shock. Any limitations?

The Hightower fits most shocks on the market, with some exceptions. Fox Float X2, Cane Creek DB Air, and all coil shocks are not compatible. We recommend the Rockshox Super Deluxe, Deluxe, Fox Float X, Fox Float DPS.

What size tire will fit?

the Hightower is designed for 29" x 2.5" max

Should I ride in the High or Low shock flip-chip setting?

You should definitely try both, but we typically recommend starting in High. In the High setting, the bike rides a little higher in its travel and supplies the rider with more mid-stroke support. In the Low position, the shock rate becomes more progressive, particularly at the end of the stroke, and there’s some bottom-out resistance to be gained.

Does the Hightower use the SRAM Universal Derailleur Hanger (UDH)?

The frame is UDH-compatible, but comes with our own machined aluminum hanger. You can replace it with another Santa Cruz hanger or a SRAM UDH.

What can I store in the glovebox?

The Hightower comes with two bags - a tube purse and a tool wallet. You should be able to fit a superlight tube, a small pump, tire lever, and misc odds and ends in these two bags.

Exploded Diagrams

Lower Link Hardware and Lower Shock Bolt

Hightower 3 Exploded Diagram 1
Hightower 3 Exploded Diagram 1

Seat Collar, Upper Shock Bolt, and Upper Link Hardware

Hightower 3 Exploded Diagram 2
Hightower 3 Exploded Diagram 2

Globebox Door, Bezel, and Hardware

Hightower 3 Exploded Diagram 3
Hightower 3 Exploded Diagram 3

Downtube Protector and Shuttle Guard

Hightower 3 Exploded Diagram 4
Hightower 3 Exploded Diagram 4

Rear Fender

Hightower 3 Exploded Diagram 5
Hightower 3 Exploded Diagram 5

Rear Axle, Deraillaur Hanger, and Chainstay Protector

Hightower 3 Exploded Diagram 6
Hightower 3 Exploded Diagram 6

Upper Link

Hightower 3 Exploded Diagram Upper Link
Hightower 3 Exploded Diagram Upper Link

Lower Link

Hightower 3 Exploded Diagram Lower Link
Hightower 3 Exploded Diagram Lower Link