SANTA CRUZ Santa Cruz Hightower XE/Carbon 2018  Mountain Bike
Santa Cruz Hightower XE/Carbon 2018 Mountain Bike $5,599.00

Santa Cruz Hightower XE/Carbon 2018 Mountain Bike

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As the premiere choice in Santa Cruz's line for conquering formidable alpine terrain, the Hightower Carbon 29 XE Complete Mountain Bike laughs in the face of chunky rock gardens threatening to end your riding season and sketchy descents where falling isn't optional. When it was first introduced, the Hightower represented the longest travel 29er in Santa Cruz's range (now supplanted by the Hightower LT), instantly making it the go-to choice for challenging terrain and high-stakes lines on the mountain. For unmatched versatility, it's configurable with either 27.5+ or 29-inch wheels, courtesy of its flip-chip located along the upper linkage. In this particular 29er set-up, you'll find the Hightower exhibits greater rollover and speed-carrying abilities with its larger wheels.

This version of the Hightower benefits from the significant weight savings of Santa Cruz's resoundingly stiff and strong Carbon C frame. If you're unaware, a stiffer frame transfers rider energy into forward momentum efficiently, giving you snappier acceleration out of corners and spirited climbing prowess when you're earning your turns. The frame's internal cable and dropper post routing lends a cleaner aesthetic, as well as protecting cables from flinging muck and dirt. It's also equipped with a BSA threaded bottom bracket for creak-free performance, especially compared to the press fit bottom brackets.

In 29er form, the Hightower solidifies itself as an aggressive trail machine with its long, low, and slack geometry inspiring confidence at high speeds. The 67-degree head tube angle (in the low 29er setting) maintains composure for opening it up swift downhill sections of trail. The longer reach and wheelbase maintain a comfortable and confident position, ensuring you're never cramped during longer rides and extended descents in the mountains. And although it's longer than many bikes in its respective class, Santa Cruz trimmed down the chainstays to a relatively short 17.1 inches for quicker cornering than what you'd expect from a bike of this category.

As you'd expect from a bike of this pedigree, it's packing Santa Cruz's VPP suspension for an efficient pedaling platform with a progressive feel as you push deep into its travel. The newest iteration of VPP is revised from older versions, with the upper link now connected to the top tube in a configuration inspired by previous generation Nomads. The lower link neatly resides above the bottom bracket, protecting it from flinging rocks and damaging strikes. The revised VPP suspension is more sensitive off-the-top stroke, making it better at absorbing small bumps on the trail and laying down traction on rocky climbs. The mid-stroke is more linear than before for greater support until the end of its travel, at which point it ramps up considerably to prevent you from harshly bottoming out.

Looking into the details of the 29 XE build, you'll find a simplified 1x11 drivetrain with a mixture of Shimano XT, Race Face, and E13 for crisp shifts over a wide range of usable gears. For those coming from a 2x set-up, you'll find there's plentiful low-end for spinning up the steepest of climbs, thanks to the cassette's 46-tooth cog. And to keep up with the Hightower's capable descending, the Fox 36 Performance Elite features a stiff chassis and 140 millimeters of supportive travel.

Santa Cruz's premiere bike for aggressive trail riding
29-inch wheels rollover obstacles and carry more speed
Carbon C frame for high levels of stiffness and strength
135mm of VPP suspension handles big hits and rocky descents
Flip-chip allows you to swap between 27.5+ and 29-inch wheels
Long, low-slung, slack geometry for high-speed composure
Boost axle spacing for stiff wheels and greater tire clearance
Fox 36 Performance Elite 140mm fork and 1x11 drivetrain

Frame Material: Carbon C
Suspension: VPP
Rear Shock: Fox Float Performance Elite DPS
Rear Travel: 135mm
Fork: Fox 36 Performance Elite
Front Travel: 140mm
Headset: Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated
Shifters: Shimano XT M8000
Front Derailleur: n/a
Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT M8000
ISCG Tabs: yes, ISCG-05
Crankset: Race Face Turbine (30t)
Bottom Bracket: BSA threaded
Cassette: E13 TRS Race, 11-speed (9-46t)
Chain: Shimano SLX M7000
Brakeset: Shimano SLX M8000
Brake Type: hydraulic disc
Rotors: Shimano RT86 Ice Tec, 180mm
Handlebar: Santa Cruz AM Flat Bar, 31.8mm
Handlebar Width: 780mm
Grips: Santa Cruz Palmdale
Stem: Race Face Turbine Basic
Stem Length: 50mm
Saddle: WTB Silverado Pro
Seatpost: RockShox Reverb Stealth
Seatpost Diameter: 31.6mm
Wheelset: Race Face AR 24 (32h)
Hubs: [front] Novatec D641, [rear] Novatec D642
Front Axle: 15 x 110mm Boost
Rear Axle: 12 x 148mm Boost
Tires: [front] Maxxis Minion DHF 3C EXO TR, [rear] Maxxis Ardent Race TR EXO
Tire Size: [front] 29 x 2.3in, [rear] 29 x 2.35
Recommended Use: enduro, trail

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