Santa Cruz Bicycles has the unique luxury of employing two successful race teams: the Santa Cruz Syndicate downhill team, and the Santa Cruz x SRAM Enduro team. Those specialists have a knack for getting the most out of a mountain bike, but they also are instrumental to the development for the brand’s rowdier bikes. And while Santa Cruz’s current offerings have yet to hold their racers back, there’s always room for innovation. The latest product to go through the ringer is the new 2019 Santa Cruz Megatower C long-travel 29er, fresh off a stamp of approval from EWS competition.
There’s clear lineage to other long-travel bikes in the Santa Cruz porfolio. The Megatower features a lower link-driven VPP suspension platform. Not unlike what’s found on the Santa Cruz Nomad, it gives the Megatower a linear suspension curve with just a hint of progressive ramping. Want something a bit more progressive? Use the flip chip; instead of simply changing head and seattube angles, the chip instead adjusts the spring curve to make the rear end feel more progressive. In it’s lower setting, the spring curve is plusher off the top, and firmer at the middle and end of it’s travel. Other features include tubes that the internally-routed brake and derailleur lines pass through for simple installation, a removable downtube protector for shuttle days, a rear shock mudguard to deflect trail debris, and the typical Santa Cruz threaded bottom bracket for greater serviceability.
That said, the Megatower isn’t designed to be a trail bike. A 65 degree headtube angle, 76.6 degree seattube angle, 160 mm travel front and rear. The bike, like the Nomad, is designed to fit either a coil shock or air shock, with suspension kinematics to match. Like the Nomad, the Megatower is imbued with a fair bit of flexibility. There’s a lower-link flip chip is offered to adjust head and seattube angles 0.3 degrees, while a flip chip at the rear axle allows the rear wheel to be moved fore and aft 10 mm. In it’s longer setting, the Megatower can fit up to a 29 x 2.6″ tire. It’s combination of swappable wheelbases, slack-but-not-slow head angle, and 29″ wheels portends a bike that plows through rock gardens, grips like crazy, and gets through an enduro course like few others.
The 2020 Santa Cruz Megatower C is available in five sizes (S-XXL), two colorways (Blackout and FS Green), and two build kits:
- Santa Cruz Megatower C R – RockShox Yari RC 160mm fork, RockShox Super Deluxe Select 160 mm shock, SRAM NX Eagle drivetrain with an 11/50t cassette, SRAM Guide RE brakes, Race Face Aeffect R flat bars, E.13 TRS Race SL chainguide, Race Face Aeffect Dropper seatpost. It retails for $4,499.
- Santa Cruz Megatower C S – FOX 36 Float Performance 160 mm fork, RockShox Super Deluxe Select+ 160 mm shock, SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain with a 10/50t 12-speed cassette, SRAM Code R brakes, Race Face Aeffect R flat bars, MRP AMg V2 Alloy chainguide, Rock Shox Reverb dropper seatpost, and an option for a RockShox Super Deluxe Coil Select+. It retails for $5,399, or $6,599 with Santa Cruz Reserve carbon wheels.
C R models receive WTB ST i29 TCS 29″ Rims to SRAM MTH 746 hubs, and Maxxis Minion DHF 2.5″/Minion DHR tires 2.4″. C S models receive RaceFace AR Offset 30 Rims and Maxxis Minion DHF 2.5″/Minion DHR tires 2.4″ with the option to upgrade to Santa Cruz Reserve 30 rims laced to DT Swiss 370 rims. Santa Cruz offers a lifetime warranty for each frameset they sell.
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