Hightower LT Carbon CC X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike by Santa Cruz Bicycles
When the Hightower arrived back in 2016, it turned the industry on its ear by showcasing just what a big wheel ripper was capable of. Of course, you can never have too much of a good thing and owners were already tweaking away at their HT's in an attempt to eke out a little more travel, making them a bit more composed in enduro arenas. Around that same time, images started circulating showing Santa Cruz enduro racers on special Hightower machines that certainly had different linkages and rear ends. And before we knew it, Santa Cruz had production ready Hightower LT's and enduro racers and aggressive trail riders had a new bike to aspire to own. This version, the Hightower LT Carbon CC X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike offers the increased suspension travel, with its premium CC carbon frame that provides stiffness and lightness that truly shines on all-mountain and enduro trails, and pairs it with SRAM's smooth shifting and rangy X01 Eagle groupset, and plush FOX suspension. Since the Hightower LT uses the same front triangle as the OG HT, the two bikes share a similar riding experience. Of course the 15 additional millimeters of travel out back and 10 up front, along with the half-degree slacker head and seat tube angles come into play when the trail turns steep, rough, and fast. The slacker geo and increased travel comes curtesy of the all-new rear triangle and a redesigned linkage to handle a longer stroke shock to maintain the well-loved VPP kinematics. Managing the rear squish duties is a FOX Float Performance Elite DPX shock that's specifically tuned for this latest iteration of VPP suspension that dials in more mid-stroke support for pedaling efficiency and allows the bike to ride higher in its travel so its intended geo numbers can shine and you don't smash a pedal on every rock outcropping. Its wide range of adjustability lets you easily tune the ride that caters to your weight, riding terrain, and style. The chainstays remarkably only grow 2mm more tha...
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