Santa Cruz Megatower 1 CC 2021

The ultimate power-wheeling, bump-chewing sidekick

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2021 Santa Cruz Megatower 1 CC

The Megatower is the fusion of big wheels and the biggest-hitting suspension system. It’s a modern-day brawler, as suited to diehard racers as it is to riders wanting to conquer their hometown trails.

Tracing its roots to the Hightower, and now featuring the lower link-driven VPP suspension derived from the V10, the Megatower is the most capable, confidence-inspiring 29er trail bike in our line-up. The lower-link mounted shock configuration – designed for compatibility with both air and coil shocks – provides a progressive shock rate that has unmatched traction and bottom-out resistance, making it ideal for taming the longest descents and rowdiest hits.

In order to make the Megatower stride confidently across the globe, it has an enormous amount of clever adjustability hidden in its bones. A tidy and concealed flip-chip in the lower-link adjusts bottom bracket height and changes progressivity of the rear suspension. A second, in the rear dropouts, allows for a 10mm fore-aft adjustment in chainstay length to dial in the rider’s rearward weight distribution - either set for a play or for stability. The flip chips are a robust mechanism for riders looking to tune their ride according to their needs without compromising reliability and durability. No wackadoo mousetraps and frail proprietary shocks here.

The Megatower isn’t all fight and fury, it’s smart and savvy too. It has a sharp, 76-degree seat tube angle for winching to the top of the kinds of descents were having a roomier cockpit and a 65-degree head tube angle will come in handy. And you can still carry around a full water bottle inside the frame (even with a piggyback shock), and the frame is well protected with a shock fender, shuttle guard, downtube protector and ribbed chainstay protector.

2021 Santa Cruz Megatower 1 CC XO1 Reserve

Fork
Fox 36 Float Performance Elite 160mm 29" - Fox 38 Float Performance Elite 180mm 29"
Shock
RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate - RockShox Super Deluxe Coil Ultimate (400 S, 450 M, 500 L-XL, 550 XXL)
Handlebar
Santa Cruz Bicycles AM Carbon Bar 35x800
Stem
Race Face Aeffect R 40mm
Headset
Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset
Brakes
SRAM Code RSC
Shifters
SRAM X01 Eagle
Crankset
SRAM X1 Eagle 148 DUB, 30t - 170mm
Rear Derailleur
SRAM X01 Eagle
Cassette
SRAM XG1295 Eagle 10-50T
Chain
SRAM X01 Eagle 12 SPD
Seatpost
RockShox Reverb Stealth 31.6
Saddle
WTB Silverado Team Saddle
Front Hub
DT 350 15x110 28H
Rear Hub
DT 350 148x12 28h XD
Spokes
DT Competition (28)
Rims
Santa Cruz Reserve 30 Carbon Rim
Tyres
Maxxis Assegai 29"x2.5" EXO+ TR

2021 Santa Cruz Megatower 1 CC XO1

Fork
Fox 36 Float Performance Elite 160mm 29" - Fox 38 Float Performance Elite 180mm 29"
Shock
RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate - RockShox Super Deluxe Coil Ultimate (400 S, 450 M, 500 L-XL, 550 XXL)
Handlebar
Santa Cruz Bicycles AM Carbon Bar 35x800
Stem
Race Face Aeffect R 40mm
Headset
Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset
Brakes
SRAM Code RSC
Shifters
SRAM X01 Eagle
Crankset
SRAM X1 Eagle 148 DUB, 30t - 170mm
Rear Derailleur
SRAM X01 Eagle
Cassette
SRAM XG1295 Eagle 10-50T
Chain
SRAM X01 Eagle 12 SPD
Seatpost
RockShox Reverb Stealth 31.6
Saddle
WTB Silverado Team Saddle
Front Hub
DT 350 15x110 28H
Rear Hub
DT 350 148x12 28h XD
Spokes
DT Competition (28)
Rims
Race Face ARC Offset 30 29" Rims
Tyres
Maxxis Assegai 29"x2.5" EXO+ TR

2021 Santa Cruz Megatower 1 CC XTR Reserve

Fork
Fox 36 Float Factory 160mm 29" - Fox 38 Float Factory 180mm 29"
Shock
RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate - RockShox Super Deluxe Coil Ultimate (400 S, 450 M, 500 L-XL, 550 XXL)
Handlebar
Santa Cruz Bicycles AM Carbon Bar 35x800
Stem
i9 A35
Headset
Chris King DropSet 3 Black
Brakes
Shimano XTR M9120
Shifters
Shimano XTR M9100 SL, 12spd, I-Spec
Crankset
E13 LG1r, 30T, Boost, 170mm
Rear Derailleur
Shimano XTR M9100 SGS, 12spd
Cassette
Shimano XTR, 12spd, 10-51
Chain
Shimano XTR, 12spd, w/Quick Link
Seatpost
RockShox Reverb Stealth 31.6
Saddle
WTB Silverado Team Saddle
Front Hub
i9 Hydra, 15x110, 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 Assegai 29"x2.5" EXO+ TR

2021 Santa Cruz Megatower 1 CC XX1 AXS RESERVE

Fork
Fox 36 Float Factory 160mm 29 - Fox 38 Float Factory 180mm 29"
Shock
RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate - RockShox Super Deluxe Coil Ultimate (400 S, 450 M, 500 L-XL, 550 XXL)
Handlebar
Santa Cruz Bicycles AM Carbon Bar 35x800
Stem
i9 A35
Headset
Chris King DropSet 3 Black
Brakes
SRAM Code RSC
Shifters
SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS 12spd
Crankset
SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS 148 DUB, 30t - 170mm
Rear Derailleur
SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS 12spd
Cassette
SRAM XG1299 Eagle Rainbow 12spd 10-50t
Chain
SRAM XX1 Eagle 12spd
Seatpost
RockShox Reverb Stealth 31.6
Saddle
WTB Silverado Team Saddle
Front Hub
i9 Hydra, 15x110, 28h
Rear Hub
i9 Hydra, 12x148, XD, 28h
Spokes
DT Competition Race (28)
Rims
Santa Cruz Reserve 30 Carbon Rim - 29 28h
Tyres
Maxxis Assegai 29"x2.5" EXO+ TR
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Santa Cruz have a reputation for making some of the finest carbon fiber 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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