Hightower LT Carbon 29 R Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 by Santa Cruz Bicycles
Santa Cruz's team riders racing enduros on modified Hightowers didn't go unnoticed. Amongst the tinkerers of the general populous, they tweaked their personal Hightowers to eke out a little more travel, and for the rest of us, we waited patiently for Santa Cruz to release the burlier version of this big-wheeled machine. There is simply no denying the momentum carrying ability of 29-inch wheels that's simply not possible on other wheel sizes. Santa Cruz was able to quickly bring the frame to market by reconfiguring the original Hightower into this long-travel beast that's ready to go toe-to-toe with any long-travel 29er sled on the market. The Hightower LT Carbon 29 R Complete Mountain Bike is the most value-focused bike in Santa Cruz's Hightower LT line, but will charge just as hard as any of the models.Under testing and racing scenarios, Santa Cruz realized that a total redesign wasn't necessary and the LT uses the Hightower's front triangle. Thankfully, it retains many of the riding characteristics inherent to the original 29-inch bike. The bike simply blitzes through rough terrain and the low bottom bracket ensures that it rails berms with authority and keeps things cool and confident when you are at your limit. The original 29er Hightower has 135-millimeters of rear travel and came stock with a 140-millimeter fork up front. By contrast, the Hightower LT has 150-millimeters of travel front and rear. This kicks the head tube angle to a slack 66. 4-degrees and it offers a slightly longer wheelbase. Get the new LT on some demanding trails and you'll instantly notice the bigger bike brings an unflappable level of confidence on steep, black diamond descents with hub-deep rock gaps and slippery off-camber roots.One difference stepping up to the LT designation, is that it's intended for 29-inch applications only. Gone is the flip-chip switching it to 27. 5+ for trail use but what it does do is make it a more refined 29er and an enduro slayer at that. To reconfigure...
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