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2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower LT Carbon 29 S Complete Mountain Bike

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2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower LT Carbon 29 S Complete Mountain Bike

 

It’s no secret that Santa Cruz team riders have been spotted enduro racing on modified 29-inch Hightowers, upgrading to this big-wheeled machine after seeing its freakish ability to carry momentum in a way that’s simply not possible on 27.5-inch wheels. Realizing they were onto something after extensive testing, Santa Cruz went to the drawing board to reconfigure the original Hightower into a long-travel beast that’s ready to dominate the most difficult enduro courses in the world. This redesign spawned the addition of the Hightower LT Carbon 29 S Complete Mountain Bike into Santa Cruz’s line, which is something that’s been asked for by aggressive riders seeking a longer-travel alternative to the original Hightower.

Instead of undergoing a drastic redesign, the Hightower LT retains many of the riding characteristics inherent to the original 29-inch bike, namely its ability to roll over anything standing in its path paired with a low-slung geometry that absolutely rails corners and provides instinctive handling when pushed to the limit. Whereas the original had 135-millimeters of travel at the rear and 140-millimeters up front (in 29er form), the Hightower LT has 150-millimeters of travel at the front and rear. In conjunction with a slacker head angle of 66.4 degrees and slightly longer wheelbase, you’ll find the Hightower LT brings an unflappable level of confidence to steep descents peppered with minefield-like boulders and massive roots interlaced across the trail.

Since it’s purely intended as a 29-inch application, the designers at Santa Cruz eliminated the flip-chip, making it more of a fine-tuned machine for enduro racing without the need for switching it to 27.5+ for trail use. The Hightower LT’s links and swingarm are redesigned to accommodate the extra travel, but the front triangle remains the same to retain much of the original Hightower’s geometry. As expected, the Hightower LT employs Santa Cruz’s lauded VPP suspension, which offers a firm pedaling platform without wallowing like many long-travel sleds on the market. On the descent, the 150-millimeters of VPP suspension turns the Hightower into an absolute beast, gobbling up chunky rock sections and absorbing big hits without flinching.

Its build kit complements the Hightower LT’s aggressive design, with Santa Cruz hooking up the “S” package with 780-millimeter Race Face Aeffect R riser bars and E13 TRS wheels for greater support with their 30-millimeter wide profile. Tires are upgraded to burly 2.4-inch Maxxis Minion DHRs, meaning you’ll have heaps of traction and greater bump compliance. Instead of the Pike provided on the previous Hightower, you’ll find a Fox 36 Performance fork giving the Hightower LT added stiffness to its longer legs. The drivetrain is updated as well, with the previous GX 1×11 upgraded to GX Eagle 1×12 for its larger range of usable gears, which is helpful in getting this brute up steep climbs between timed downhill stages.

 

2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower LT Carbon 29 S Complete Mountain Bike

Santa Cruz’s long-travel 29er is more aggressive than ever

Designed for the extremes of professional enduro racing

150-millimeters of VPP travel smooths out rough trails

Slacker 66.4 degree head tube for high-speed composure

New VPP linkage and swingarm eliminates previous flip-chip

Carbon C frame offers high levels of stiffness and strength

FOX 36 Performance fork for stiff tracking over rough terrain

GX Eagle 12-speed drivetrain provides largest 1x gear range

 

2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower LT Carbon 29 S Complete Mountain Bike

Frame Material:

Carbon C

Suspension:

VPP

Rear Shock:

FOX Float Performance DPS

Rear Travel:

150mm

Fork:

FOX 36 Performance

Front Travel:

150mm

Headset:

Cane Creek 40 IS, Integrated

Shifters:

SRAM GX Eagle 12-speed

Front Derailleur:

n/a

Rear Derailleur:

SRAM GX Eagle 12-speed

ISCG Tabs:

yes, ISCG-05 tabs

Crankset:

SRAM GX Eagle (30t)

Bottom Bracket:

SRAM GXP Team

Crank Arm Length:

[S] 170mm, [M-XXL] 175mm

Cassette:

SRAM XG1275 Eagle (10-50t)

Chain:

SRAM GX Eagle 12-speed

Brakeset:

SRAM Guide R

Brake Type:

hydraulic disc

Rotors:

Avid Centerline, 180mm

Handlebar:

Race Face Aeffect R, 35mm

Handlebar Rise:

20mm

Handlebar Width:

780mm

Grips:

Santa Cruz Palmdale lock-on

Stem:

Race Face Aeffect R

Stem Length:

50mm

Saddle:

WTB Volt Race

Seatpost:

RockShox Reverb Stealth

Seatpost Diameter:

31.6mm

Wheelset:

E13 TRS, 30mm

Hubs:

[front] Novatec D641, [rear] Novatec D642

Front Axle:

15 x 110mm BOOST

Rear Axle:

12 x 148mm BOOST

Tires:

Maxxis Minion DHR

Tire Size:

29 x 2.4in

Recommended Use:

enduro, all-mountain

Manufacturer Warranty:

lifetime on frame

Actual Weight:

Cgloss Wicklow Green/Black, L: 13870g

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