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Santa Cruz Hightower 27.5+ Carbon CC X01 Kit
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?
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 carbon rims and you have a precision instrument on your hands.
?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 pow, rail the soft spots and carry momentum where standard tires bog down.
No matter what size you run, geometry remains optimized thanks to a neat little “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 Nomad-style 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.
This CC-level carbon frame is every bit as stiff and strong as our C-level frame, but weighs about 230 grams less, due to the use of some lighter, stronger, and more expensive carbon fiber. Using this material in key places allowed us to use less material overall, which is what shaves off half a pound from the frame.
*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.
|Frame Material||Carbon Fiber|
|Frame Material Details||Carbon CC with Double Sealed Pivots and Internal Carbon Tube Routing of Derailleur and Seat Post Cables|
|Rear Shock||RockShox Monarch RT3|
|Fork||RockShox Pike 29 RCT3|
|Head Tube Diameter||Tapered|
|Headset||Cane Creek 40, Integrated|
|Handlebar||Santa Cruz Carbon Flat Bar: 780mm Width x 31.8mm Clamp|
|Stem||Race Face Turbine Basic|
|Grips||Santa Cruz Palmdale Lock-on|
|Brakes||SRAM Guide RSC with 180mm Avid Centerline Rotors|
|Brake Levers||SRAM Guide RSC|
|Shifters||SRAM X01 Eagle|
|Front Derailleur||N/A (Not Compatibile)|
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM X01 Eagle|
|ISCG Tabs||ISCG 05|
|Cranks||SRAM X1 Carbon|
|Bottom Bracket||Included with Crankset|
|Chain||SRAM X01 Eagle Powerlock|
|Cassette||SRAM XG1295; 10-50 Tooth|
|Rims||Race Face ARC 40 (Upgrade: m60/40 ENVE Rims with Custom Color Options)|
|Hubs||DT Swiss 350, 110x15 Torque Cap Front // DT Swiss 350, 148x12 (or DT Swiss 350 142x12) Rear|
|Spokes||DT Swiss Competition Double-Butted|
|Tires||Maxxis Rekon EXO 3C, Tubeless Ready, 27.5"x2.8" Front // Maxxis Rekon EXO, 27.5"x2.8" Rear|
|Saddle||WTB Silverado Pro|
|Seatpost||RockShox Reverb Stealth: 150mm (M-L), 170mm (XL) Travel|
|Seatpost Clamp||36.4mm Standard Single Bolt|
|Rear Dropout / Hub Dimensions||12mm x 148mm|
|Max. Tire Size||3.0"|
|Bottle Cage Mounts||Yes: In Front Triangle, Fits Piggyback Shocks|
|Colors||Matte Carbon/Mint, Sriracha/Red|
|Warranty||Lifetime Frame, Lifetime Bearing|
|Weight||28 lb 12.0 oz (13,040 g)|
|Miscellaneous||The 2017 Santa Cruz Hightower accepts either 29 or 27.5+ wheels. Reversible chip at the shock mount is designed to maintain the frame's geometry when swapping between standard 29-inch tires and 27.5+ tires. The "Low" setting is designed for 29er use, and the "High" setting for 27.5+.|