Santa Cruz Bicycles - Hightower LT Mountain Bike - Slate
Santa Cruz Bicycles - Hightower LT Mountain Bike - Wicklow
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This one goes to 150.

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.

Key Features:

  • Available in: Carbon C & Carbon CC More Info
  • Wheel size: 29"
  • Rear travel: 150mm
  • Designed for: All Mtn

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Geometry & Sizing

Rollover table below to highlight frame dimensions.

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

SMLXLXXL
Rider5'2"+1.57m+5'5"+1.65m+5'9"+1.75m+6'1"+1.85m+6'3"+1.91m+
AReach398mm15.67"423mm16.65"443mm17.44"468mm18.43"498mm19.61"
BStack609mm23.98"614mm24.17"618mm24.33"628mm24.72"646mm25.43"
CHead Tube Angle66.4°66.4°66.4°66.4°66.4°66.4°66.4°66.4°66.4°66.4°
DSeat Tube Length390mm15.35"420mm16.54"450mm17.72"490mm19.29"510mm20.08"
EFront Center706mm27.8"733mm28.86"755mm29.72"784mm30.87"822mm32.36"
FBB Height338mm13.31"338mm13.31"338mm13.31"338mm13.31"338mm13.31"
GBB Drop32mm1.26"32mm1.26"32mm1.26"32mm1.26"32mm1.26"
HWheelbase1146mm45.12"1173mm46.18"1195mm47.05"1223mm48.15"1261mm49.65"
IChainstay Length438mm17.24"438mm17.24"438mm17.24"438mm17.24"438mm17.24"
JHead Tube Length90mm3.54"95mm3.74"100mm3.94"110mm4.33"130mm5.12"
KTop Tube Length577mm22.72"605mm23.82"627mm24.69"653mm25.71"692mm27.24"
LSeat Tube Angle73.7°73.7°73.7°73.7°73.7°73.7°73.7°73.7°73.7°73.7°
MStandover Height710mm27.95"710mm27.95"713mm28.07"720mm28.35"727mm28.62"
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Tech Support

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.

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.