Today, Santa Cruz launch the brand new version of the Megatower - the bike we’ve all been waiting for. Built to be thrashed around the roughest, gnarliest enduro trails Innerleithen can throw at it and the perfect partner for tackling the Enduro World Series come June - the new Megatower is designed to go hard.
Improving on an already outstanding platform was never going to be easy, and while these changes may not look like much to the naked eye, each and every one of them has significantly contributed to making the new Megatower ride even better than its ever popular predecessor. It’s a case of evolution over revolution, and the new Megatower takes performance to the next level, holding up strong to the rides after rides of abuse the Syndicate Downhill team have put it through in training.
So, what’s actually changed?
Firstly, the frame has slightly longer travel, increasing from 160mm to 165mm. While still driven by Santa Cruz’s iconic lower link VPP system, this time the Megatower uses a lower leverage ratio than other Santa Cruz bikes for a more damped controlled feel and the straighter leverage curve provides consistent progression ensuring there’s no surprises on trail.
The head angle is slacker, coming in at 63.5° in the low setting (over 64.7° previously) - paired with a 170mm fork which leaves you feeling confident, almost like you’re ragging a downhill rig. This, partnered with a steeper 77.5° seat tube angle over the previous generation at 76.3° leaves you climbing back up the Golfie moor with ease, ready for your next lap of Repeat Offender.
One of the biggest and noticeable improvements to the Megatower for this year is the introduction of The Glovebox™ frame storage solution - it truly is built with racers in mind. Never starting a ride without all the tools you need, or having to strap them onto your otherwise clean looking frame, the Tool Wallet and Tube Purse is a very much welcomed addition here. It’s perfect for storing all those snacks too!
Santa Cruz gets that it’s important all riders experience the same balanced geometry, regardless of their frame size, and we’re very pleased to see the chainstay lengths here are matched to each frame size, as they are on the 5010 and Bronson models. This is definitely a move in the right direction; this level of attention to detail makes a positive difference to a rider’s experience on trail. On the subject of frame size - the Megatower is available in sizes Small through to XXL, meaning everyone is well catered for and comes with 29” wheels, preferable for those wanting to go fast. Small changes to the geometry to suit can be made via the High/Low flip chip too, and the 200mm rotors specced as standard give all the extra stopping power you could possibly need.
In short, the Megatower geometry and kinematics are meant to provide comfort at speed and give you margin for error when going flat out blind - is this the ultimate enduro race bike? We certainly think it could be and can’t wait to give one a go…
If this sounds like the new bike you’ve been waiting for, then the good news is we have some stock due to land with us fairly soon. As is the way of things in the current climate, stock is looking very limited initially, so we’d advise contacting us as soon as possible so we can do our best to reserve your dream spec for you.
The first bikes to arrive are:
- 1 x Medium GX AXS Build in Trans Blue
- 1 x Large C S Build in Matte Nickel
- 1 x XL C R Build in Trans Blue
If the bike you’re looking for isn’t listed above, that doesn’t mean we can’t source one for you over the coming months - contact us by phone on 01896 831429 or pop into the shop to find out more…