The perfect all rounder for Tweed Valley riding, the Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower is the original do it all one bike quiver 29" wheel machine. A popular choice amongst our team, and ridden for launch by Tweed Valley Bikes founder Chris Ball, the Hightower has been a part of the fabric of the Tweed Valley from its inception. Fast and efficient enough for a lap of the Glentress Red Route, a blast down Berm Baby Berm or an enduro assault at the Golfie on every trail from Flat White to Waterworld with some uplifts on Angry Sheep thrown in. If you want one bike for everything, the Hightower is the best you'll find.
Here's what Santa Cruz has to say about it...
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 chain stay 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.
Frame: C grade carbon
Fork: Fox 36 Float Performance, 150mm, 29"
Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe Select+
Shifter: SRAM GX Eagle, 12 speed
Rear Derailleur: SRAM GX Eagle, 12 speed
Crankset: SRAM GX Eagle DUB 30t - (170mm S,M,L) and (175mm XL,XXL)
Bottom Bracket: SRAM DUB 68/73mm Threaded BB
Cassette: SRAM XG1275 Eagle, 12 speed, 10-50t
Chain: SRAM GX Eagle, 12 speed
Brakes: SRAM Code R
Rotors: Avid Centerline 180mm
Handlebar: Burgtec Alloy Bar, 800mm, 30mm Rise
Stem: Burgtec Enduro MK3, 42.5mm
Grips: Santa Cruz House Grips or Burgtec Bartender Pro Grip Minnaar
Headset: Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset
Seatpost: RockShox Reverb Stealth, 31.6
Saddle: WTB Silverado Pro Saddle or WTB Volt
Front Tyre: Maxxis Minion DHR II 29"x2.4", 3C, MaxxGrip, EXO, TR
Rear Tyre: Maxxis Minion DHR 29"x2.4", 3C, EXO, MaxxTerra
Wheelset: F: DT Swiss 370, 15x110, 6 bolt, 28h or E13 SL, 15x110, 6 bolt, 28h R: DT Swiss 370, 12x148, XD, 28h or E13 SL, 12x148, XD, 28h Rims: RaceFace AR Offset 30 29" Spokes: Sapim Race