2020 Santa Cruz Hightower, Highland Blue/ Desert

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
  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
  Eye to Eye Length          
 
  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
  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
  Eye to Eye Length          
 
  Seatpost Length 125mm 150mm 170mm 170mm 170-200mm
  Stem Length 40mm 50mm 50mm 50mm 50mm
  Crank Length 170mm 170mm 170mm 170mm 170mm