Hightower LT Carbon CC X01 Eagle Reserve Complete Mountain Bike by Santa Cruz Bicycles
Conquer new lines at higher speeds afforded by bigger wheelswith the Enduro World Series-bred Santa Cruz Hightower LT Carbon CC X01 EagleReserve Complete Mountain Bike. Built off of the critically acclaimedHightower, the LT ups the ante and adds travel and slack angles to improve thehandling on the most brutal enduro race courses that still pedals with urgencyand is playful in the park when you're not desperately trying to stop the clockwith a quickness. The original Hightower is a shining example of anall-arounder whereas the Hightower LT is a little more puffed up and was bornof the needs of Santa Cruz's Enduro World Series racers, who are about asgifted as they come and need just a little something extra than the Hightower tocompete on the highest stage. Firstly, the travel got bumped up to 150mmrequiring a new rear triangle and linkage, and in the process forgoes theHightower's 27. 5 Plus compatibility. Considering that Plus tires lack thedurability and thus hasn't found acceptance with racers at the sport's toplevels, we're inclined to agree that the Hightower LT's move to a dedicated29-inch chassis is the correct choice for a bike of this nature. Thisdedication to 29-inch wheels also means that the LT does away with theHightower's adjustable geometry, courtesy of a flip chip, in favor of a fixedposition upper link that's been updated to provide the aggressive feel demandedby some of the fastest enduro racers on earth. The LT's 150mm of travel has been painstakingly refined,drawing lessons from every aspect of Santa Cruz's enviable racing organization.As with all VPP bikes, the LT's counter-rotating links are carefully arrangedto resist activation by pedaling forces, all but eliminating unwanted bobbingunder power. This being the latest iteration of VPP, it's tuned to provide moremidstroke support than previous generations of the VPP platform, giving therider a better feel for the terrain, and a slightly more get-up-and-go ridefee...
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