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Santa Cruz 2017 Hightower 29 CC XO1-AM Pike RCT3 140
Hightower has the versatility to deal with whatever appears on the horizon. Running either proven 29" wheels or the new monster-truck 27.5”+ standard, Hightower seamlessly adapts to the trails and style you ride, no matter where you are in the world.
So the big question, 27.5+ or 29?
If straight line speed, rallying through rock gardens and sprinting out of turns is your bag, then 29” wheels are the big ticket. Upgrade to carbon rims and you have a precision instrument on your hands.
When conditions get loose and the traction just ain’t there, you’ll want to reach for bigger tires. 27.5+ elevates Hightower to a whole different level, enabling you to rise above the pow, rail the soft spots and carry momentum where standard tires bog down.
No matter what size you run, geometry remains optimized thanks to a neat little “High/Low” setting on the upper link that flips to adjust bottom bracket height*. Hightower’s 67° head angle, longer reach and trim chain stays combine to create an altogether different class of dreadnought in any configuration. Meanwhile, 150mm of seat dropper, a water bottle mount, and internal routing reflect an armada of killer details.
135mm of VPP® travel is reinforced by a 148 rear axle spacing and the kind of Nomad-style linkage arrangement and swingarm design we reserve for the heaviest hitters in our model line up. The resulting package leaves Hightower standing head and shoulders above anything else out there.
By using a slightly-less-expensive carbon fiber, we were able to put performance within reach of more riders than ever before, lifting the race pace of World Cup athletes and privateers alike. The stiffness, durability, and strength are identical between the two materials, but the C-level carbon weighs in at about 230 grams more than the top-end, CC carbon
*Please note: 140mm fork comes standard on the 29” kits, and is exchanged for a 150mm version on the 27+ builds to keep the 67° head angle consistent.
|Fork||Rock Shox Pike 29 RCT3 140|
|Rear Shock||Rock Shox Monarch RT3|
|Front Hub||DT Swiss 350 110x15 Torque Cap|
|Rear Hub||DT Swiss 350 148x12|
|Spokes||DT Swiss Competition Double-Butted|
|Rims||Race Face ARC 27|
|Headset||Cane Creek 40, Integrated|
|Inner Tubes||Stans Sealant|
|Front Tire||Maxxis Minion DHF Exo 3c; 29x2.3|
|Rear Tire||Maxxis Minion DHR2 TR; 29x2.3|
|Crankset||SRAM X1 Carbon|
|Bottom Bracket||Included w/ crankset|
|Shift Levers||SRAM X01 Eagle|
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM X01 Eagle|
|Chainring Size||30 Tooth|
|Cassette||SRAM XG1295; 10-50t|
|Chain||SRAM X01 Eagle Powerlock|
|Brakes||SRAM Guide RSC|
|Brake Rotors||Avid Centerline; 180mm|
|Handlebars||Santa Cruz Carbon Flat Bar, 31.8mm clamp, 780mm|
|Grips||Santa Cruz Palmdale Lock-on|
|Stem||Raceface Turbine Basic|
|Saddle||WTB Silverado Pro|
|Seatpost||Rock Shox Reverb Stealth; 150mm travel (M-L), 170mm (XL)|