2020 Santa Cruz Hightower Highland Blue

C$3,899.95
Our greatest hits compiled into one bike—just hit play.
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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 “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 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.

Alloy Specs:

Carbon Specs:

GEOMETRY

LOW POSITION

 

 

S

M

L

XL

XXL

Reach

 

425mm

450mm

470mm

490mm

515mm

Stack

 

603mm

612mm

621mm

639mm

662mm

Head Tube Angle

 

65.2°

65.2°

65.2°

65.2°

65.2°

Seat Tube Length

 

380mm

405mm

430mm

460mm

500mm

Front Center

 

745mm

774mm

798mm

827mm

862mm

BB Height

 

340mm

340mm

340mm

340mm

340mm

BB Drop

 

33mm

33mm

33mm

33mm

33mm

Wheelbase

 

1179mm

1208mm

1232mm

1261mm

1296mm

Chainstay Length

 

434mm

434mm

434mm

434mm

440mm

Head Tube Length

 

90mm

100mm

110mm

130mm

155mm

Top Tube Length

 

567mm

596mm

619mm

646mm

680mm

Seat Tube Angle

 

76.7°

76.6°

76.5°

76.3°

76.0°

Standover Height

 

699mm

713mm

713mm

713mm

704mm

Seatpost Length

 

125mm

150mm

170mm

170mm

170-200mm

Stem Length

 

40mm

50mm

50mm

50mm

50mm

Crank Length

 

170mm

170mm

170mm

170mm

170mm

 

 

HIGH POSITION

 

 

S

M

L

XL

XXL

Reach

 

428mm

453mm

473mm

493mm

518mm

Stack

 

601mm

610mm

619mm

637mm

660mm

Head Tube Angle

 

65.5°

65.5°

65.5°

65.5°

65.5°

Seat Tube Length

 

380mm

405mm

430mm

460mm

500mm

Front Center

 

745mm

774mm

798mm

827mm

862mm

BB Height

 

344mm

344mm

344mm

344mm

344mm

BB Drop

 

29mm

29mm

29mm

29mm

29mm

Wheelbase

 

1178mm

1207mm

1231mm

1260mm

1301mm

Chainstay Length

 

433mm

433mm

433mm

433mm

439mm

Head Tube Length

 

90mm

100mm

110mm

130mm

155mm

Top Tube Length

 

566mm

594mm

618mm

645mm

679mm

Seat Tube Angle

 

77.1°

77.0°

76.8°

76.6°

76.3°

Standover Height

 

704mm

718mm

717mm

718mm

709mm

Seatpost Length

 

125mm

150mm

170mm

170mm

170-200mm

Stem Length

 

40mm

50mm

50mm

50mm

50mm

Crank Length

 

170mm

170mm

170mm

170mm

170mm