Santa Cruz Hightower 2 CC 2020

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2020 Santa Cruz Hightower Version 2 CC

If ever a bike resembled your most cherished mix tape compilation, the Hightower is it.  Featuring our lower-link mounted shock design, updated, adjustable geometry, this “Engineering Best Of...” assembles some of our biggest design pleasers into one belter of a road-trip companion.

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. 

Hightower CC v2 X01

Frame
Carbon CC
Fork
RockShox Lyrik Ultimate 150mm 29"
Shock
RockShox Super Deluxe Select Ultimate
Headset
Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset
Handlebar
Santa Cruz Bicycles AM Carbon Bar 35x800
Stem
Race Face Aeffect R 50mm
Seatpost
RockShox Reverb Stealth 31.6
Saddle
WTB Silverado Team Saddle
Brakes
SRAM Code RSC
Front Deraileur
-
Rear Derailleur
SRAM X01 Eagle
Shifters
SRAM X01 Eagle
Cassette
SRAM XG1295 Eagle 10-50T
Chain
SRAM X01 Eagle 12 SPD
Crankset
SRAM X1 Eagle 148 DUB, 30t - 170mm (S), 175mm (M-XXL)
Front Hub
DT 350 15x110 28H Torque Cap
Rear Hub
DT 350 148x12 28h XD
Spokes
DT Competition Race (28)
Rims
Race Face ARC Offset 30 29" Rims
Tyres
Maxxis Minion DHR2 2.4 / Maxxis Minion DHR2 2.4

Hightower CC v2 X01 Reserve

Frame
Carbon CC
Fork
RockShox Lyrik Ultimate 150mm 29"
Shock
RockShox Super Deluxe Select Ultimate
Headset
Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset
Handlebar
Santa Cruz Bicycles AM Carbon Bar 35x800
Stem
Race Face Aeffect R 50mm
Seatpost
RockShox Reverb Stealth 31.6
Saddle
WTB Silverado Team Saddle
Brakes
SRAM Code RSC
Front Deraileur
-
Rear Derailleur
SRAM X01 Eagle
Shifters
SRAM X01 Eagle
Cassette
SRAM XG1295 Eagle 10-50T
Chain
SRAM X01 Eagle 12 SPD
Crankset
SRAM X1 Eagle 148 DUB, 30t - 170mm (S), 175mm (M-XXL)
Front Hub
DT 350 15x110 28H Torque Cap
Rear Hub
DT 350 148x12 28h XD
Spokes
DT Competition Race (28)
Rims
Santa Cruz Reserve 30 Carbon Rim
Tyres
Maxxis Minion DHR2 2.4 / Maxxis Minion DHR2 2.4

Hightower CC v2 XX1 AXS Reserve

Frame
Carbon CC
Fork
RockShox Lyrik Ultimate 150mm 29"
Shock
RockShox Super Deluxe Select Ultimate
Headset
Hope
Handlebar
Santa Cruz Bicycles AM Carbon Bar 35x800
Stem
i9 A35
Seatpost
RockShox Reverb Stealth 31.6
Saddle
WTB Silverado Team Saddle
Brakes
SRAM Code RSC
Front Deraileur
-
Rear Derailleur
SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS 12spd
Shifters
SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS 12spd
Cassette
SRAM XX1 Eagle 12spd
Chain
SRAM XG1299 Eagle Rainbow 12spd 10-50t
Crankset
SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS 148 DUB, 30t - 170mm (S), 175mm (M-XXL)
Front Hub
i9 Hydra, 15x110, Torque Cap, 28h
Rear Hub
i9 Hydra, 12x148, XD, 28h
Spokes
DT Competition Race (28)
Rims
Santa Cruz Reserve 30 Carbon Rim - 29 28h
Tyres
Maxxis Minion DHR2 2.4 / Maxxis Minion DHR2 2.4

Hightower CC v2 XTR Reserve

Frame
Carbon CC
Fork
RockShox Lyrik Ultimate 150mm 29"
Shock
RockShox Super Deluxe Select Ultimate
Headset
Hope
Handlebar
Santa Cruz Bicycles AM Carbon Bar 35x800
Stem
i9 A35
Seatpost
RockShox Reverb Stealth 31.6
Saddle
WTB Silverado Team Saddle
Brakes
Shimano XTR M9120
Front Deraileur
-
Rear Derailleur
Shimano XTR M9100 SGS, 11/12spd
Shifters
Shimano XTR M9100 SL, 12spd, I-Spec
Cassette
Shimano XTR, 12spd, 10-51
Chain
Shimano XTR, 12spd, w/Quick Link
Crankset
E13 TRSr, 30T, Boost, 170mm (S), 175mm (M-XXL)
Front Hub
i9 Hydra, 15x110, Torque Cap, Centerlock, 28h
Rear Hub
i9 Hydra, 12x148, MicroSpline, Centerlock, 28h
Spokes
DT Competition Race (28)
Rims
Santa Cruz Reserve 30 Carbon Rim - 29 28h
Tyres
Maxxis Minion DHR2 2.4 / Maxxis Minion DHR2 2.4

 

Santa Cruz have a reputation for making some of the finest carbon fibre mountain bikes money can buy. It's well deserved. Their VPP Suspension system is neat, highly effective and tuneable allowing a different character to be designed into each model in the range, it's easy to look after too. Whilst their top of the line CC range has no expense spared, the same technology trickles down into the rest of the range at a more attainable price point. You're also covered by a lifetime warranty for complete piece of mind. 

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