2021 Santa Cruz Hightower C XT-Kit

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If ever a bike resembled your most cherished mixtape 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!  

145mm 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. 




Kit: XT

Cost: $8849CDN

Weight: 14.76kg / 32.54lbs

Material: Carbon C

Fork: FOX 36 Float Performance Elite, 150mm, 29"

Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe Select+

Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT M8100, 12spd

Shifter: Shimano XT M8100, 12spd

Crankset: Shimano XT M8100, 30t

Cassette: Shimano XT M8100, 12spd, 10-51t

Chain: Shimano XT, 12spd

Bottom Bracket: Shimano XT 68/73mm

Brakes: Shimano XT

Brake Rotor: Shimano XT RT86 Ice Tech 180mm

Headset: Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated

Bar: Santa Cruz Bicycles Carbon Riser

Stem: Burgtec Enduro MK3

Grips: Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips

Front Hub: DT Swiss 350, 15x110, 28h

Rear Hub: DT 350, 12x148, MicroSpline, 28h

Rims: RaceFace ARC Offset 30 29"

Rim options: Santa Cruz Reserve 30 Carbon Rim

Spokes: Sapim Race

Front tire: Maxxis Minion DHR II 29"x2.4", 3C, MaxxGRIP, EXO, TR

Rear tire: Maxxis Minion DHR 29"x2.4", 3C, EXO, TR

Tubes: Stan's Sealant

Seatpost: RockShox Reverb Stealth

Saddle: WTB Silverado Team



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 1207mm 1260mm 1301mm
Rear Center 433mm 433mm 433mm 433mm 439mm
Head Tube Length 90mm 100mm 110mm 130mm 155mm
Top Tube Length 566mm 594mm 594mm 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 210mm 210mm 210mm 210mm 210mm
Seatpost Length 125mm 150mm 170mm 170mm 170-200mm
Stem Length 40mm 50mm 50mm 50mm 50mm
Crank Length 170mm 170mm 170mm 175mm 175mm