Hightower Carbon 29 R Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 by Santa Cruz Bicycles
Once relegated to the wheelsize of choice just for the cross country set, more manufactures and riders are experiencing the advantages of the larger wheels on trail bikes while riding demanding terrain. The industry trend towards bigger wheels is building with a momentum akin to what we experience when riding bikes with wagon wheels. The 2018 Santa Cruz Hightower Carbon 29 R is another example of a do-it-all trail bike, and it's dressed up with SRAM's excellent NX componentry and powerful Level T hydraulic brakes. The bike boasts 135mm of super-composed VPP suspension and 140mm of plush travel from the RockShox Revelation fork to get you down the trail quickly and confidently. The 1x only setup on the Hightower allows Santa Cruz to shorten the chainstays to provide near-telepathic handling in tight terrain and crawl up techy climbs with relative ease. When the time comes to bomb back down, a 67-degree head tube angle, the added stiffness afforded by the boost spacing, and the latest version of the excellent VPP suspension allow for a shoot-first-ask-questions-later demeanor. Whether flowing on buff singletrack or rocketing through baby head chunder, the Hightower attacks with speed and grace. Santa Cruz drew inspiration from the Nomad when designing the suspension pivot placements on the Hightower. By doing so, the linkages remain out of the way and have the ability to accommodate a shock with a reservoir and a bottle cage, hinting at the bike's ability to handle enduro racing or backcountry epics alike. If you are looking for a machine that can handle an all-day grindfest one weekend and multiple lifts to the top of the mountain the next, the Hightower is an able and happy playmate. Santa Cruz sets the bar on carbon frame construction, and the top-notch fit and finish is present on this frame. The Hightower Carbon C is fully constructed from carbon fiber and boasts the same ride quality and durability of Santa Cruz's top-of-the-line Carbon CC frame. It packs ...
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