Hightower Carbon C Mountain Bike Frame - 2018 by Santa Cruz Bicycles
The Hightower Carbon C Mountain Bike Frame might be the most versatile rig in Santa Cruz's lineup, excelling on a wide variety of terrain without ever feeling like you're lugging around too much bike. It can be set up as an unstoppable 29er speed demon, or as rock-crawling 27. 5+ trail machine via a flip chip in the linkage. And with 5. 3-inches of plush yet efficient rear travel, the Hightower confidently handles rugged descents and then happily pedals back to the top for more. When the trails are not so intense, the Hightower feels just as fun winding through flowy singletrack due to its balanced geometry and playful trail manners. With the geometry and travel numbers hitting right in the sweet spot for an aggressive trail bike, the Hightower does have one side effect: ear-to-ear grins while pedaling back to the car after riding almost any trail. Though that's less of a side effect and more a symptom of a successful all-rounder. Regardless of what wheel size you run, the Hightower solidifies its status as an aggressive trail bike with its slack but not too slack 67-degree head angle. This provides the stability needed for high speed descents without causing the front end to wander about on the climbs. The head tube angle is practically the same between both wheel sizes, so long as you choose a 140mm fork on the 29er and a 150mm fork in 27. 5+ form (though you can run it as a 29er with a 150mm fork to slacken things out by roughly half a degree). Both setups retain a roomy cockpit and a reasonably long wheelbase for a comfortable and confident riding position, also lending stability when you open it up at high speeds. To help offset the longer geometry, Santa Cruz designed the Hightower with relatively short chainstays of 17. 1in for quick turning capabilities, as well as nimble handling both on the ground and in the air. It also sits pretty low, with its 13. 2in bottom bracket keeping you glued to the trail when you're rallying across rock gardens and bombing ...
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