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2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower Carbon CC 27.5+ XX1 Eagle ENVE Complete Mountain Bike

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2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower Carbon CC 27.5+ XX1 Eagle ENVE Complete Mountain Bike

 

If you’re looking for the finest possible steed for singletrack adventures to parts unknown, consider the Santa Cruz Hightower CC XX1 Plus complete mountain bike your ride of choice. Widely praised for its instinctive handling, and shod in Plus size rubber for maximum grip when traction is scarce, there is precious little that this dream ride can’t take on with aplomb.

The Hightower shines when big rides are guaranteed, and nothing else is certain. Such conditions, whether it’s a weekend road trip or a season spent exploring new trails in your own back yard, warrant a machine that’s poised, capable, and extremely versatile. To that end, the Hightower has been built to accommodate both 27.5 Plus wheels, as well as 29 inch wheels. The major difference between these setups can be found at the upper link, where you’ll notice a reversible “flip chip.” Setting the flip chip to the “low” mode relaxes the head angle by roughly half a degree and lower the bottom bracket, which makes for an ideal setup when paired with the slightly larger diameter of 29 inch wheels. The slightly smaller 27.5 Plus wheels pair with the “high” setting, allowing for similar clearance between the bottom bracket and the ground. So, whether you’re likely to pick one wheel size and stick with it, or swap between the two when it strikes your fancy, the Hightower will easily accommodate your needs.

The Hightower develops 5.3in of travel through the latest version of Santa Cruz’s VPP technology. As with all VPP bikes, the Hightower’s counter-rotating links are carefully arranged to resist activation by pedaling forces, all but eliminating unwanted bobbing under power. This being the latest iteration of VPP, it’s tuned to provide more midstroke support than previous generations of the VPP platform, giving the rider a better feel for the terrain, and a livelier ride feel.

Despite the modest 135mm of travel, the Hightower has become notorious for hitting above its weight. It’s largely the product of an impeccably tuned formula, from rider position to chassis stiffness, but the suspension itself should not be overlooked. The controlled midstroke keeps the bike planted when rallying into rocky sections at speed, and rides high enough in the travel to be compelling on smoother trails. Of course, the outstanding pedaling efficiency that’s so closely associated with VPP suspension designs remains unchanged, helping the Hightower to make easy work of steep climbs and precarious switchbacks.

More than any other factor, the Hightower’s versatility can be attributed largely to its geometry. While many bikes in its category push certain measurements farther, the Hightower is somewhat more restrained, and in this case, that’s a very good thing. At 67 degrees, the head angle strikes a nice balance between high speed composure and the light steering feel necessary to negotiate quick direction changes. The 17.1 inch chainstays are tucked in just enough to further enhance the Hightower’s willingness to turn, while still being long enough to provide control and traction on steep ascents. The low bottom bracket helps the Hightower carve turns, and it pulls the rider into the bike, lending a nearly invincible feel that’s helpful when the terrain gets downright scary.

The Hightower is built using Santa Cruz’s top tier CC carbon fiber construction. By using some of the finest, and strongest, raw materials available, Santa Cruz is able to make its CC level frames extremely lightweight, while maintaining outstanding impact resistance, exceptional stiffness, and just the right amount of finely tuned flex to cancel out trail chatter. Of course, balancing these factors requires true mastery of carbon fiber, and the design team at Santa Cruz has proven time and time again that their command of carbon fiber construction is unsurpassed in the bike industry. The result is a frame that will hold up to years of hard riding, will provide a comfortable ride, and will do so at a very competitive weight.

This build of this premium Hightower includes some of the finest components available. It begins with an outstanding suspension package from FOX. The fork is a 36 FLOAT FIT4 Factory unit, paired with the FLOAT DPX2 Factory air shock. This setup offers a supple stroke that’s enhanced by its distinctive Kashima treatment, on-the-fly adjustments at the flip of a lever, and easy tuning. SRAM’s phenomenal XX1 Eagle 12 speed groupset provides the gear range necessary to venture into uncharted territory, while the Guide Ultimate brakes provide stopping power when an unexpected switchback catches you off guard. The Rockshox Reverb dropper post enables the necessary on-the-fly saddle height adjustment, while the Santa Cruz carbon fiber handlebar offers a perfectly tuned balance of stiffness and flex that simply surpasses many of the best aftermarket carbon fiber handlebars available.

As the icing on this well appointed cake, you’ll find ENVE’s class leading M60/Forty Plus wheels laced to Industry Nine Classic hubs, which boast a staggering 3 degrees of engagement for precisely timed pedal stroked in tricky terrain.

 

2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower Carbon CC 27.5+ XX1 Eagle ENVE Complete Mountain Bike

Versatile trail bike for long rides and challenging terrain

5in of finely tuned, highly efficient VPP suspension

74-degree seat tube angle optimizes pedaling efficiency

Longer reach shifts weight forward for better traction

Carbon CC frame saves weight without sacrificing strength

Adjustable flip-chip enables compatibility with 29 inch and 27.5 Plus wheels

ENVE M60/Forty Plus wheels for grip when traction is scarce

 

2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower Carbon CC 27.5+ XX1 Eagle ENVE Complete Mountain Bike

Frame Material:

CC Carbon Fiber

Suspension:

VPP

Rear Shock:

FOX FLOAT DPX2 Factory

Rear Travel:

135mm

Fork:

FOX FLOAT 36 FIT4 Factory

Front Travel:

150mm

Headset:

Cane Creek 110

Shifters:

SRAM XX1

Rear Derailleur:

SRAM XX1

ISCG Tabs:

ISCG05

Crankset:

SRAM XX1

Bottom Bracket:

SRAM GXP Team

Cassette:

SRAM XG1295 10-50

Chain:

SRAM XX1

Brakeset:

SRAM Guide Ultimate

Rotors:

SRAM Centerline

Handlebar:

Santa Cruz AM Carbon Flat

Handlebar Rise:

0mm

Handlebar Width:

760mm

Grips:

Santa Cruz Palmdale

Stem:

Easton Haven

Saddle:

WTB Silverado SLT

Seatpost:

Rockshox Reverb Stealth

Seat Collar:

Santa Cruz

Wheelset:

ENVE M60/Forty Plus

Hubs:

Industry Nine Classic

Tires:

Maxxis Rekon Plus

Tire Size:

27.5 x 2.8

Recommended Use:

Trail

Manufacturer Warranty:

Lifetime (frame)

 

GEOMETRY CHART

Hightower 1C
29er
  Seat Tube

(c-t)

Effective Top Tube

(eTT)

Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Stand Over Head Tube

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HTo)

Seat Tube Angle

(STo)

Bottom Bracket Drop

(BBD)

Chainstay

(CS)

Wheelbase
M 16.5in 23.7in 23.8in 16.9in 27.9in 3.5in 67o 74.3o 1.3in 17.1in 45.9in
L 17.7in 24.5in 24.1in 17.2in 28.1in 3.9in 67o 74.3o 1.3in 17.1in 46.7in
XL 19.3in 25.6in 24.5in 18.7in 28.3in 4.3in 67o 74.3o 1.3in 17.1in 47.8in
27.5+
  Seat Tube

(c-t)

Effective Top Tube

(eTT)

Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Stand Over Head Tube

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HTo)

Seat Tube Angle

(STo)

Bottom Bracket Drop

(BBD)

Chainstay

(CS)

Wheelbase
M 16.5in 23.7in 24in 16.8in 27.8in 3.5in 66.8o 74.1o 1.1in 17.1in 46in
L 17.7in 24.5in 24.2in 17.6in 27.9in 3.9in 66.8o 74.1o 1.1in 17.1in 46.8in
XL 19.3in 25.6in 24.6in 18.6in 28.2in 4.3in 66.8o 74.1o 1.1in 17.1in 48in

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