Santa Cruz Hightower Carbon Bike - S-Kit - 2021

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Santa Cruz Hightower Carbon Bike - S-Kit - 2021


The Hightower has been a does-it-all-well trail bike since its inception. More maneuverable than its longer-travel sibling, the Megatower, and more at home in the steep-and-chunky than its snappy cousin Tallboy, Hightower excels when the route covers ‘all points in between,’ and descents come courtesy of some big-ass climbs. The VPP suspension’s lower-link-mounted shock creates a nearly linear leverage curve, meaning it mops up bumps of all sizes and maintains the kind of progressivity normally reserved for our V10 DH bike!

140mm of rear travel complemented by a 150mm front end gives Hightower just a bit more front and rear travel over the first generation model. Combined with a slacker 65-degree head tube angle, the Hightower still sits squarely in the Goldilocks zone, but with a touch more “Oh sh*t get me out of here” capability when the porridge gets too hot!

Balancing stiffness and weight savings in all the right places is a hallmark of all Santa Cruz carbon frames and the Hightower flies the flag yet higher. The advanced composite chassis tracks well across all trail surfaces, holds a line, and is reactive to rider directions while isolating pedal-influenced inputs.

The Hightower also has a bonus disc to heighten the experience—the flip chip. In the High setting, the BB height is a little higher for those tricky tech trails and/or when Plus sized tires are required. In the Low position the shock rate is more progressive, to provide additional bottom-out resistance. Whatever mood you’re in, the tone of the Hightower can be adapted to meet your individual taste.

And speaking of taste, there’s a room for a water bottle inside the main frame and a threaded BB for convenience. There’s refined cable routing for better shifting performance, simpler installation, and no cable rub. On top of that, there’s a tailgate shuttle guard, downtube protector, shock fender, and noise-canceling chainstay protector keeping things quiet.

The lifetime frame warranty, lifetime pivot bearing replacement policy, and lifetime guarantee on the optional Reserve carbon wheels assures you that the Hightower will keep delivering the hits for years to come.


  • Frame Material Carbon Fiber
  • Frame Material Details Carbon C, molded chainstay and down tube (shuttle guard plus lower guard) protection
  • Rear Travel 140mm
  • Rear Shock RockShox Super Deluxe Select+, 210mm x 52.5mm
  • Fork FOX FLOAT 36 Performance
  • Fork Travel 150mm
  • Head Tube Diameter Tapered, 1.125" top, 1.5" bottom
  • Headset Cane Creek 40 IS integrated, IS41 upper, IS52 lower
  • Handlebar Burgtec Alloy
  • Stem Burgtec Enduro MK3, 40mm length (SM), 50mm length (MD/LG/XL)
  • Grips Santa Cruz Palmdale
  • Brakes SRAM Code R, 4-piston, Avid CenterLine 180mm rotors
  • Brake Levers SRAM Code R
  • Drivetrain 1x
  • Shifters SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed
  • Front Derailleur N/A
  • Rear Derailleur SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed
  • ISCG Tabs ISCG05
  • Chainguide N/A
  • Cranks SRAM GX Eagle DUB
  • Length: 170mm (SM/MD/LG), 175mm (XL)
  • Chainrings SRAM GX Eagle, 30 tooth
  • Bottom Bracket SRAM DUB, 73mm threaded
  • Pedals N/A
  • Chain SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed
  • Cassette SRAM GX Eagle XG-1275, 12-speed, 10-50 tooth
  • Rims Race Face AR Offset 30, 32 hole
  • Hubs Front: DT Swiss 370, 32 hole, 110x15mm Boost
  • Rear: DT Swiss 370, 32 hole, 148x12mm Boost, XD driver
  • Spokes Sapim Race
  • Tires Front: Maxxis Minion DHR II, 3C MaxxGrip, EXO, TR, 29" x 2.4"
  • Rear: Maxxis Minion DHR II, 3C, EXO, TR, 29" x 2.4"
  • Saddle WTB Silverado Pro
  • Seatpost RockShox Reverb Stealth dropper
  • Drop: 125mm (SM), 150mm (MD), 170mm (LG/XL)
  • Seatpost Diameter 31.6mm
  • Seatpost Clamp Single bolt, 36.4mm
  • Rear Dropout / Hub Dimensions 148x12mm Boost
  • Max. Tire Size 29" x 2.4" or 27.5" x 2.8"
  • Bottle Cage Mounts One inside front triangle
  • Colors Smoke Grey and Ivory, Ember and Carbon
  • Warranty Lifetime frame and bearings
  • Weight 32 lb 12.2 oz (14,860 g)
  • Lower Link VPP suspension
  • Geometry adjustable via flip chip in lower link shock mount
  • Includes shock fender
  • Includes Stan's NoTubes tire sealant
  • Compatible with 27.5+ wheels