Hightower Carbon CC 29 XX1 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 by Santa Cruz Bicycles
With long, low geometry and a unique flip chip shock mount, the 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower Carbon CC 29 XX1 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike pushes its capability beyond the usual trail delineations. Though it's built here as a race-able 29er, it also has the versatility to swap out for 27. 5+ wheels when winter rolls around. The stiff boost axle widths are complemented by SRAM's groundbreaking one-by 12-speed XX1 Eagle drivetrain and Race Face hoops for a light, snappy ride that climbs like a trail bike and blasts through terrain more like an all-mountain shredder. As with the ability to swap wheel sizes, the Hightower's mid-range, 5. 3in travel belies its true nature. Though its travel and wheel clearance may initially inspire comparisons with the more moderate 5010 or the Tallboy LT, Santa Cruz instead encourages us to "think of it as the Bronson's taller brother." Yep, that Bronson. The 29er Hightower's 67-degree head tube angle, generous tire clearance, and reworked Virtual Pivot Point suspension all mean that it's capable of cleaning lines that would make the steep-angled Tallboy stop in its tracks. Santa Cruz is so intent on proving the Hightower's outsized merit over rock gardens that it bypassed the Bronson and went straight to the 6. 5in Nomad for suspension inspiration. Besides the obvious big-hit benefits, one result of this is that the link stays out of the way, which may be why the Hightower can accommodate both a bottle cage and a piggyback shock--yet another indication that it thrives on XC hardpack and enduro shuttle loops. The Hightower's two triangles are joined by the latest generation of VPP suspension. Santa Cruz refers to it in-house as third generation VPP, but it's essentially the same VPP we know and love with the Nomad-inspired updates mentioned above. A repositioned lower link now shelters above the bottom bracket, increasing ground clearance to decrease the chance of rock strikes while indulging the Hightower's desire to mastic...
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