While as potent as the standard Santa Cruz Hightower all mountain bike was all over the trail, many riders wanted more travel. For whatever reason, Santa Cruz Bicycles was mum on the subject. That’s no longer the case, and the Santa Cruz Hightower LT CC long travel 29er mountain bike has made its grand entrance as a ultra fast all-rounder designed for more aggressive riding. Not only is the new Hightower LT designed specifically for 29” wheels, but it has 150mm of rear travel and a burlier build kit than the original Hightower.
Santa Cruz started from the back forward upon creating the Santa Cruz Hightower LT CC. The front triangle and VPP suspension kinematics are the same as the standard bike, the rear swingarm changes to accommodate the longer shock. It’s not a night and day difference, but enough added capability to be a different bike. The rear end has slightly longer chainstays (438mm from 435mm) to accommodate the longer shock. Accompanying the 29er only wheelset option is a 150mm travel fork (compared to 140mm), which slackens out the headtube angle to 66.4 degrees. The rest of the frame remains the same as the critically-acclaimed Hightower, but due to a longer fork ends up with a slacker headtube. The Hightower LT CC frame is 250-280 grams (0.6 lbs) lighter per frame, and coupled with the (Virtual Pivot Point) VPP suspension kinematics makes for an extremely well-rounded long travel 29er mountain bike.
Simply put, the Santa Cruz Hightower LT CC feels just as quick at low speeds as its shorter travel sibling. It climbs better than nearly any other competing bike thanks to it’s VPP kinematics, which leave a firm pedaling platform that is still plush enough to use all of it’s travel. When gravity takes over the slightly more relaxed geometry and extra travel makes it even easier to maintain speed through really rough sections of trail. This is the perfect companion for any rider looking to a companion for long rides that include and equal bit of climbing and descending. The Santa Cruz-SRAM Enduro team have shown the benefit of these updates through continual success in the Enduro World Series; its tuned for high speeds on rough tracks that the standard Hightower can’t match, but maintains the standard model’s climbing prowess. It’s an all-rounder, just as happy during lower speeds as it is going down a fast sweeper.
The Santa Cruz Hightower LT CC is available in five sizes (S-XXL), two colorways (Sky Blue & Gold and Clay & Carbon), and in three build kits:
- Santa Cruz Hightower X01 – Fox 34 Float Performance Elite 150mm fork, Fox Float Performance Elite DPS 150mm shock, Sram X01 Eagle drivetrain with a 10/50t cassette, SRAM Guide RSC brakes, Santa Cruz AM Carbon flat bars, and a Rock Shox Reverb Stealth dropper seatpost. It retails for $6799, or $7999 with Santa Cruz Reserve 30 to DT 350 wheelset.
- Santa Cruz Hightower XX1 Reserve – Fox 34 Float Factory 150mm fork, Fox Float Factory DPX2 Kashima 150mm shock, Sram XX1 Eagle drivetrain with a 10/50t cassette, SRAM Code RSC, Santa Cruz AM Carbon flat bars, and a Rock Shox Reverb Stealth dropper seatpost. It retails for $9299.
- Santa Cruz Hightower XTR Reserve – Fox 34 Float Factory 150mm fork, Fox Float Factory DPX2 Kashima 150mm shock, Shimano XTR drivetrain with a 10/51t cassette, Shimano XTR brakes, Santa Cruz AM Carbon flat bars, and a Rock Shox Reverb Stealth dropper seatpost. It retails for $9599.
Santa Cruz offers a lifetime warranty for each frameset they sell.
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