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2024 Santa Cruz Hightower C 29 S-Kit
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THE MOUNTAIN BIKE, DISTILLED
The newest version of the Hightower remains our greatest hits of engineering - now further refined and bottled into our most all-terrain of bikes. Big on wheels, medium on travel, short on fuss, this is the do-it-all model that does it over and over again thanks to a versatile balance of geo, spec and durability. If you’re not looking for extremes, just something extremely good, the Hightower is your elevator.
|Available in:||Carbon CC|
OUR ENGINEERS’ GREATEST HITS
Not all frames are created equal. Hightower represents Santa Cruz’s greatest hits, showcasing our design, engineering, and performance prowess.
LOWER LINK ASSEMBLY
The highly-sculpted and optimized Lower Link (A) houses a geometry adjusting Flip Chip (B) and beefy Pivot Axles (C) to virtually eliminate lateral flex.
UPPER LINK ASSEMBLY
We only use the highest quality Enduro MAX or TPX sealed, radial bearings (A) and premium fasteners (B) for our linkage assemblies. They’re easy to properly torque and maintain, plus we offer free replacement bearings for life.
VPP suspension utilizes a one-piece swingarm that eliminates the need for pivots on the stays, creating a stout, bulletproof rear end for accurate tracking and superior performance.
Santa Cruz offers top-end CC Carbon, which is lighter and comes paired with more premium suspension.
The Sag Window (A), Glovebox (B) and internal cable tunnels (not shown) demonstrate Santa Cruz’s expertise at combining practical function with carbon design and manufacturing artistry.
THE SUM OF THE PARTS
In isolation, all these things are great—together with fanatical suspension tuning, a premium build spec, and a meticulous attention-to-detail, they’re transcendent.
All units are in millimeters or degrees.
|Reach | hi/lo||430/427||455/452||475/472||495/492||520/517|
|Stack | hi/lo||611/613||625/627||634/636||652/654||665/668|
|Head Tube Angle | hi/lo||64.8°/64.5°||64.8°/64.5°||64.8°/64.5°||64.8°/64.5°||64.8°/64.5°|
|Seat Tube Length||380||405||430||460||500|
|Front Center | hi/lo||752/752||783/783||807/807||836/836||867/867|
|BB Height | hi/lo||342/339||342/338||342/338||342/338||342/338|
|BB Drop | hi/lo||31/34||31/34||31/34||31/34||31/34|
|Wheelbase | hi/lo||1183/1183||1217/1218||1244/1245||1276/1276||1310/1311|
|Rear Center | hi/lo||431/432||434/435||437/438||440/441||443/444|
|Head Tube Length||100||115||125||145||160|
|Top Tube Length | hi/lo||571/572||599/600||626/627||647/648||674/675|
|Seat Tube Angle | hi/lo||77°/76.7°||77°/76.7°||76.7°/76.4°||76.9°/76.6°||76.9°/76.7°|
|Standover Height | hi/lo||706/701||708/703||711/706||714/709||719/714|
If you're on the cusp between the recommended height range of two sizes, the absolute best thing is to try to ride them both. At a minimum, check the stack/reach measurements on your current bike and compare it to the new model you are looking at to get an idea of a fit you are already comfortable with. If riding the bike is not an option, consider the following.
The Hightower is available in sizes small - extra extra large (S-XXL).
A larger size frame will be more stable, and will give you more room to move without upsetting the weight-balance of the bike. The larger size will put the front wheel further in front of you, which gives the feeling of security and conversely, it will require more significant body movements when you WANT to shift the weight-bias of the bike. Think hard about your riding style and how active/intuitive you want it to be vs stable and speedy. You'll need to work a bit harder to muscle the larger bike around.
Not all bodies at a given height are the same. If you have longer legs and a shorter torso than the average person your height, that may push you towards the smaller of the recommended sizes. If you're all torso and arms, most likely you'll want to size up.