The 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!
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° 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.
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 or when Plus sized tires are required. In the Low position the shock rate is more progressive, to provide additional bottom-out resistance.
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 chainstay protector keeping things quiet.
|Product Name:||Santa Cruz HIGHTOWER RESERVE CC XX1 AXS - 29" Carbon Mountainbike - 2021 - smoke grey|
|Manufacturer:||Santa Cruz Bikes|
|usage bikesport:||MTB, All-Mountain|
|hubs:||i9 Hydra | 15x110mm / 12x148mm|
|chain:||SRAM XX1 Eagle|
|cassette:||SRAM XG1299 Eagle|
|shifter:||SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS|
|rear derailleur:||SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS|
|bottom bracket:||SRAM DUB|
|crankset:||SRAM X1 Eagle|
|brakes:||SRAM Code RSC|
|wheels:||Reserve 30 Carbon|
|seat post:||RockShox Reverb Stealth|
|saddle:||WTB Silverado Team|
|handle bar:||Santa Cruz Bicycles Carbon Riser|
|fork:||FOX 36 Float Factory|
|headset:||Chris King DropSet 3|
|number of chainrings:||1|
|brake type:||Disc Brake|
|wheel size:||27,5" / 650B (584mm)|
|grips:||Santa Cruz Palmdale|
|shock:||RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate|
|frame type:||Full Suspension|
|tires:||Maxxis Minion DHR II | 29x2.4"|
|fork construction:||Classic Suspension Fork|
|manufacturer item code:||6410961|