Hightower LT Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame by Santa Cruz Bicycles
Santa Cruz altered the trail game in 2016 with its Hightower. Riders seeking an aggressive machine with the ability to run 29er or plus wheels clamored to it and were rewarded with a well-mannered, all-around ride. Eventually the bike was pushed through its paces with many riders hitting up enduro races aboard their steeds and while it was still quite capable with 135mm of travel many riders were over forking and over stroking their suspension in an effort to coax out a little more travel, and around this same time Santa Cruz's pro enduro riders were asking the engineers for something just a bit more too. The result was a new rear end and suspension linkage with a slightly longer shock that created the Hightower LT Carbon CC mountain bike frame, and Santa Cruz proves that a touch more travel and slack angles can make a Hightower even more capable. Six inches of supple VPP suspension provides higher speeds and a bigger safety margin over the standard Hightower and if you loathe equipment holding you back, this is your frame. It appears that 29ers have come in and out of fashion in the past decade, hardly anyone will deny that they are fast, but wheels, tires, and frame geometry weren't stiff, durable, or quite dialed for the aggressive set. However, now that everything is up to snuff, we're seeing more riders falling victim to that increased rollover ability and opportunity to cover ground quicker that only comes from larger diameter wheels. Enduros are now commonplace for wagon wheels and we're even seeing them on World Cup DH courses. As such, it's no surprise that Santa Cruz followed up the Hightower with a highly specialized 29er built for the world of enduro, and we're confident it's the shape of things to come. The original Hightower, while still loved for its speed and ability to roll over rocks that would have smaller wheels pinballing off course, was a little under gunned by aggressive riders and now the 150mm Hightower LT should set things straight. Lo...
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