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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?

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.

Key Features:

  • Available in: Carbon C & Carbon CC More Info
  • Wheel size:
    29" or 27.5"+
  • Rear travel: 135mm
  • Priced from $3999 (MSRP)

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Geometry & Sizing

Rollover table below to highlight frame dimensions.

Low - 29er Standard

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

SMLXLXXL
Rider Height5'2"+1.57m+5'5"+1.65m+5'9"+1.75m+6'1"+1.85m+6'3"+1.91m+
AReach405mm15.94"430mm16.93"450mm17.72"475mm18.7"505mm19.88"
BStack604mm23.78"609mm23.98"613mm24.13"623mm24.53"641mm25.24"
CHead Tube Angle67°67°67°67°67°67°67°67°67°67°
DSeat Tube Length390mm15.35"420mm16.54"450mm17.72"490mm19.29"510mm20.08"
EFront Center703mm27.68"730mm28.74"752mm29.61"781mm30.75"818mm32.2"
FBB Height337mm13.27"337mm13.27"337mm13.27"337mm13.27"337mm13.27"
GBB Drop33mm1.3"33mm1.3"33mm1.3"33mm1.3"33mm1.3"
HWheelbase1138mm44.8"1165mm45.87"1187mm46.73"1215mm47.83"1255mm49.41"
IChainstay Length435mm17.13"435mm17.13"435mm17.13"435mm17.13"435mm17.13"
JHead Tube Length90mm3.54"95mm3.74"100mm3.94"110mm4.33"130mm5.12"
KTop Tube Length574mm22.6"601mm23.66"622mm24.49"650mm25.59"685mm26.97"
LSeat Tube Angle74.3°74.3°74.3°74.3°74.3°74.3°74.3°74.3°74.3°74.3°
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.

Is the 148x12 derailleur hanger the same as the 142x12 hanger?

No, it's not. We had to make a new derailleur hanger to go with the new dropout. They look similar, but the easiest way to tell them apart is the finish. Our 142x12mm hangers have a bead-blasted finish, while the 148x12mm hangers have a smooth, machined finish.