Santa Cruz Hightower AL 29 - R Kit - Desert - 2020

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Santa Cruz Hightower AL R-Kit -2020

Our greatest hits compiled into one bike—just hit play.

If ever a bike resembled your most cherished mix tape compilation, the Hightower is it. Featuring our lower-link mounted shock design, updated, adjustable geometry, this “Engineering Best Of...” assembles some of our biggest design pleasers into one belter of a road-trip companion.

The Hightower has been a does-it-all-well trail bike since its inception. 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 “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 chainstay 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.

The Aluminum R build is ready to ride with SRAM's 12-speed NX drivetrain, Guide R hydraulic disc brakes, and wide tubeless-ready WTB ST i29 TCS rims wrapped in Maxxis Minion DHR2 tires. The RockShox Yari RC fork and Fox Float Performance DPS shock supply stiffness and sensitivity where you want it, and a Race Face Ride stem paired to an Aeffect R 780mm bar with 35mm clamp ensures superior handling all the way around.

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  • Frame Hightower Aluminum
  • Fork RockShox Yari RC 150mm 29"
  • Headset Cane Creek 10 IS Integrated Headset
  • Rear Shock FOX Float Performance DPS
  • Axles Front: 110 x 15mm
  • Rear: 148 x 12mm
  • Rims/Wheels WTB ST i29 TCS 2.0 29"
  • Hubs Front: SRAM MTH 716, Torque Cap, 32h
  • Rear: SRAM MTH 746, 32h
  • Spokes DT Competition
  • Tires Maxxis Minion DHR2 29x2.40 3C EXO TR
  • Crankset SRAM NX Eagle 148 DUB - 170mm (S-L), 175mm (XL-XXL)
  • Chainrings 30T
  • Bottom Bracket SRAM DUB 68/73mm Threaded BB
  • Chain SRAM NX Eagle
  • Rear Derailleur SRAM NX Eagle
  • Cassette/Rear Cogs SRAM PG1230 11-50T
  • Shifters SRAM NX Eagle
  • Handlebars Race Face Aeffect R 35x780mm
  • Tape/Grips Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips
  • Stem Race Face Ride 50mm
  • Brakes SRAM Guide R, Avid Centerline rotors 180mm
  • Saddle WTB Silverado Race Saddle
  • Seat Post Race Face Aeffect 150mm
  • Accessories & Extras Stans Sealant 2oz

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