Hightower LT Carbon 29 XE Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 by Santa Cruz Bicycles
Santa Cruz isn't one to rest on its laurels. The Hightower is just over a year old and the brand quickly realized that as capable as that bike is, the thought of a Herculean Hightower began to whet the appetite of its enduro racers and legion of owners. The advantages afforded by larger wheels couldn't be denied as more and more riders put saddle time in on the Hightower. However, something with just a touch more travel, slacker angles, and a slightly rangier wheelbase could allow just a little more margin of error whilst mobbing through the timed sections and high-speed hardpack alike. Introducing the Santa Cruz Hightower LT, an outright enduro and trail assassin. FOX Performance suspension and a Shimano XT kit situates the XE Carbon C model as the journeyman's build and offers tremendous value, punching well above its weight relative to other bikes in its category. We are just a few rides in and already prepared to add the Hightower LT to the pantheon of great enduro and trail bikes we've ridden.Santa Cruz's affection for the 29-inch wheel has certainly reached an apex. The love affair began with the Tallboy in 2009, which was arguably the first full-suspension 29er to receive industry acclaim. Big wheels coupled with Santa Cruz's excellent VPP suspension design found a recipe for instant success and riders everywhere headed to the trails to test the capabilities of the Tallboy. Many riders that threw a leg over the original Tallboy wondered if adding a few more ingredients to the mix could spice things up since quality suspension and wagon wheels instilled new-found confidence and speed on sketchy trails. Santa Cruz answered with the Tallboy LT, a bike that enjoyed a cult-like following. Fast forwarding to 2016, Santa Cruz releases the Hightower, a fitting successor to the LT. Loaded with accoutrements befitting a modern trail bike, the frame featured boost spacing, longer, lower, and slacker geometry, and a slight revision to the proven VPP design. The Hight...
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