Megatower Carbon CC X01 Eagle Air Reserve Mountain Bike by Santa Cruz Bicycles
The Megatower Carbon CC X01 Eagle Air Reserve Complete Bike from Santa Cruz completely addresses the elephant in the room we had with the Hightower LT, that being it was a bandage for a proper 29er enduro rig. Don't get us wrong, the LT is still a fantastic bike that a bunch of cyclists still shred on. Our real qualm with that bike was it was essentially slapping a 150mm fork and some new linkage on what is essentially a Hightower front triangle which leads to two geometric shortcomings: notably a taller bottom bracket and a slacker seat tube angle. If you follow modern mountain bike geometry whatsoever, you'll know that tall bottom bracket heights and slack seat tubes are off the back and with this new bike, we'd dare say the Megatower is one of the most aggressive Santa Cruz to date. We carry a bunch of great mountain bikes from various brands and pretty much all of them have a heavy-hitting 29er in their arsenal and for good reason. Big wheels simply carry more speed in almost every riding situation and with modern geometry, these bikes are free to exploit their high-speed stability through the gnar, while remaining agile and nimble, comfortable in the air, while still climbing with authority. If that sounds like a good recipe for an enduro race bike, you'd be exactly right and that's exactly where the Megatower positions itself. With some of the longest reach numbers, steepest seat tube angles, and longer wheelbases we've seen come out of the firm's headquarters, this is one progressive 29er and one that likes to get rowdy.While the LT might have been a quick fix to get its sponsored riders competitive in enduro races, the Megatower started life as an enduro weapon built from the ground up and represents a two-year project to address the needs of the modern enduro racer and big hit trail rider. Part of this has to do with its transition to a lower-link driven VPP design like the one found on the Nomad, Bronson, and V10. Besides it generous 160mm of rear trav...
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