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Santa Cruz has just announced an all-new mountain bike in their lineup: the Hightower 27.5+/29er. This new rig is available stock in both wheel size configurations and can be switched between the two without making any negative geometry compromises. The Hightower steps into the noticeable gap that was left by the discontinuation of the Tallboy LT 29er back in July.

All photos courtesy of Santa Cruz.

All photos courtesy of Santa Cruz.

All versions of the bike feature 135mm of proven VPP rear suspension, but the amount of suspension up front changes depending on the wheel size: 140mm for the 29er, 150mm for the 27.5+. Also, in order to accommodate the slight shift, the Hightower has two bolting positions for the rear shock: the low position, for the 29er, and the high position, for the 27.5+.

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In order to accommodate the plus-size wheels, all of the hub spacings for both models are Boost-compatible: 148mm rear, 110mm front. Both versions of the bike are available in both the lower cost C carbon and the lighter, higher cost CC version.

If you buy one version of the bike and then are interested in switching to the other wheel size, you’re on your own as far as purchasing components: Santa Cruz isn’t offering and doesn’t plan to offer wheel/fork conversion kits. Also do note: if you’re planning to swap wheels but you don’t want to change the fork, Santa Cruz advises that compromising and going with a 150mm fork with 29er wheels is a much better option than using the 140mm fork with 27.5+ wheels–in fact, they strongly discourage the latter configuration.

Below are the various stock build kits that Santa Cruz is offering for the Hightower. If you’re interested in going frame-only, you can pick up a Hightower CC carbon frameset with RockShox Monarch RT3 shock for $2,899. As with their other bikes, the lower-cost C carbon frame isn’t available as a frame-only option.

27.5+ Models

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With the 150mm fork installed and the geometry chip in the high position, the Hightower 27.5+ provides a 66.8-degree head tube angle and a 74.1-degree seat tube angle.

Build kit info and pricing, from Santa Cruz:

Hightower CC XX1 – $7,799

  • Santa Cruz CC Frameset, 135mm VPP Travel
  • SRAM XX1 Drivetrain / Race Face Next SL Crankset
  • RockShox Pike RCT3 Solo Air 150 Fork
  • RockShox Monarch RT3 Shock
  • Easton ARC 40/Industry Nine Hubs (110f/148r)
  • Maxxis Rekon 3C (f)/ Ikon (r) 27.5 x2.8 EXO TR
  • Weight: 27.18lbs

Hightower CC X01 – $6,499

  • Santa Cruz CC Frameset, 135mm VPP Travel
  • SRAM X01 Drivetrain / Race Face Turbine Crankset
  • RockShox Pike RCT3 Solo Air 150 Fork
  • RockShox Monarch RT3 Shock
  • Easton ARC 40/DT 350s Hubs (110f/148r)
  • Maxxis Rekon 3C (f)/ Ikon (r) 27.5 x2.8 EXO TR
  • Weight: 27.96lbs

Hightower C S – $4,599

  • Santa Cruz C Frameset, 135mm VPP Travel
  • SRAM GX1 Drivetrain / Race Face Aeffect Crankset
  • RockShox Pike RC Solo Air 150 Fork
  • RockShox Monarch RT Shock
  • Easton AR 40/SRAM MTH Hubs (110f/148r) 10
  • Maxxis Rekon 3C (f)/ Ikon (r) 27.5 x2.8 EXO TR
  • Weight: 29.67lbs

29er Models

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With a 140mm fork installed and the shock set to the low setting, the 29er model provides a 67-degree head tube angle and a 74.3-degree seat tube angle.

Build kit info and pricing, from Santa Cruz:

Hightower CC XX1 – $7,799

  • Santa Cruz CC Frameset, 135mm VPP Travel
  • SRAM XX1 Drivetrain / Race Face Next SL Crankset
  • RockShox Pike RCT3 Solo Air 140 Fork
  • RockShox Monarch RT3 Shock
  • Easton ARC 27/Industry Nine Hubs (110f/148r)
  • Maxxis Minion 29 x 2.3 DHR2 TR (3C front)
  • Weight: 26.93lbs

Hightower CC X01 – $6,499

  • Santa Cruz CC Frameset, 135mm VPP Travel
  • SRAM X01 Drivetrain / Race Face Turbine Crankset
  • RockShox Pike RCT3 Solo Air 140 Fork
  • RockShox Monarch RT3 Shock
  • Easton ARC 27/DT 350s Hubs (110f/148r)
  • Maxxis Minion 29 x 2.3 DHR2 TR (3C front)
  • Weight: 28.05lbs

Hightower C S – $4,599

  • Santa Cruz C Frameset, 135mm VPP Travel
  • SRAM GX1 Drivetrain / Race Face Aeffect Crankset
  • RockShox Pike RC Solo Air 140 Fork
  • RockShox Monarch RT Shock
  • Easton AR 27/SRAM MTH Hubs (110f/148r) 9
  • Maxxis Minion 29 x 2.3 DHR2 TR (3C front)
  • Weight: 29.73lbs

Even More Photos of the New Santa Cruz Hightower:

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COYHAIQUE - 9 December 2015 - during a recce in Patagonia, Chile for Santa Cruz Bicycles with Chris Ball, Will Ockelton, Joe Graney & Matias Del Solar. Photo by Gary Perkin

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SCB, Patagonia, Chile, Baller, HT

SCB, Patagonia, Chile, Baller, HT

SCB, Patagonia, Chile, Baller, HT

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# Comments

    • Aaron Chamberlain

      You will probably be waiting a very long time. There would be some serious compromises to the geometry for a bike like that.

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