Santa Cruz Bicycles

Hightower LT

Gloss Slate & Grey
Gloss Wicklow Green & Black

Built for big days in big terrain.

Hightower LT is designed for maximum speed in the biggest mountains. It’s truly race-bred, its design the result of the demands of racing at the EWS, Crankworx, and Andes Pacifico.

Midway through 2016, Mark Scott came to us with a request to eke more travel out of the bike. The stock 135mm wasn’t quite enough to maintain his speed on some of the rougher tracks. Our engineering team designed a new set of links that pushed travel to 146mm at the expense of some compatibility, but because Mark’s setup was a known variable, we could be very precise. We machined two sets on site, gave one to Mark, and the other to Iago Garay, a racer much more likely to take the fun line than tuck for speed.

The links went through a few iterations to find a balance of spring rate, travel, and shock compatibility. Toward the end of 2016, it became apparent that the best way to get the performance and travel required was to design a new swingarm to pair with the links, like we did with the V10. At this point the bike got a name—Hightower LT—and we pushed the travel to a full 150mm.

Starting from the Enduro World Series in Wicklow, the Santa Cruz | SRAM team have been racing on Wicklow Green production bikes—savvy internet commenters noticed the post-mount rear brake straightaway, and it's also been seen under the elusive Ratboy at Peaty's Steel City DH, Crankworx, and Megavalanche.

Read more about the Hightower LT's development here

Features:

  • 148mm Rear Axle Spacing
  • 150mm (6") VPP™ suspension
  • 15mm thru-axle fork
  • 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
  • Radial contact bearings maximize stiffness
  • Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL
  • Threaded Bottom Bracket

Build & Price

Frame Only Options

Hightower LT CC with FOX Float Factory DPX - $2999 USD

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"

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

SMLXLXXL
Reach398mm15.67"423mm16.65"443mm17.44"468mm18.43"498mm19.61"
Stack609mm23.98"614mm24.17"618mm24.33"628mm24.72"646mm25.43"
Head Tube Angle66.4°66.4°66.4°66.4°66.4°66.4°66.4°66.4°66.4°66.4°
Seat Tube Length390mm15.35"420mm16.54"450mm17.72"490mm19.29"510mm20.08"
Front Center706mm27.8"733mm28.86"755mm29.72"784mm30.87"822mm32.36"
BB Height338mm13.31"338mm13.31"338mm13.31"338mm13.31"338mm13.31"
BB Drop32mm1.26"32mm1.26"32mm1.26"32mm1.26"32mm1.26"
Wheelbase1146mm45.12"1173mm46.18"1195mm47.05"1223mm48.15"1261mm49.65"
Chainstay Length438mm17.24"438mm17.24"438mm17.24"438mm17.24"438mm17.24"
Head Tube Length90mm3.54"95mm3.74"100mm3.94"110mm4.33"130mm5.12"
Top Tube Length577mm22.72"605mm23.82"627mm24.69"653mm25.71"692mm27.24"
Seat Tube Angle73.7°73.7°73.7°73.7°73.7°73.7°73.7°73.7°73.7°73.7°
Standover Height710mm27.95"710mm27.95"713mm28.07"720mm28.35"727mm28.62"

Tech & Support

Tech Info

Suspension SystemVPPTM
Front DerailleurNo compatibility
Headset/HeadtubeIntegrated; IS41 upper, IS52 lower
Seat Post31.6mm
Seat Clamp36.4mm
Eye to Eye length200
Stroke57
Fork Compatibility150mm
BB ShellStandard
Max Tire Size2.5"
Brake TypesPost mount disc
Water Bottle Mounts1 main triangle

Shock Info

Shock: Fox Float Performance

Rider WeightAir PressureShock Sag
100lbs (45.5kg)130 psi16-19 mm
120lbs (54.4kg)150 psi16-19 mm
140lbs (63.5kg)165 psi16-19 mm
160lbs (72.6kg)185 psi16-19 mm
180lbs (81.8kg)200 psi16-19 mm
200lbs (90.7kg)220 psi16-19 mm
220lbs (99.8kg)235 psi16-19 mm
240lbs (108.8kg)255 psi16-19 mm
260lbs (117.9kg)270 psi16-19 mm
280lbs (127kg)290 psi16-19 mm

Shock: Fox Float DPX

Rider WeightAir PressureShock Sag
100lbs (45.5kg)145 psi16-19 mm
120lbs (54.4kg)165 psi16-19 mm
140lbs (63.5kg)180 psi16-19 mm
160lbs (72.6kg)200 psi16-19 mm
180lbs (81.8kg)215 psi16-19 mm
200lbs (90.7kg)235 psi16-19 mm
220lbs (99.8kg)250 psi16-19 mm
240lbs (108.8kg)270 psi16-19 mm
260lbs (117.9kg)285 psi16-19 mm
280lbs (127kg)305 psi16-19 mm

Tech Info

Can I mount a chainguide to my bike?

Yes, this bike is equipped with ISCG-05 tabs for easy chainguide mounting.  Most chainguides on the market that are made for this standard should work.

Should I grease the headset cups when I install them?

Yes, we recommend this. Do not use the Carbon Assembly Compound on the headset, as it will make it more difficult to remove from the frame.

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 Bike 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. 

Need to register a Juliana? Use the Juliana Bicycles registration form.

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 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! 

Reserve Carbon Wheels

Santa Cruz Reserve carbon wheels carry a warranty for the lifetime of the original, registered owner. Use the Reserve Wheels Registration Form to register your wheels.

Handlebars

Santa Cruz carbon handlebars are warrantied 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 or No-Fault Replacement 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. 

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