Santa Cruz 2020 Hightower 2.0 CC 29 XO1

  • $9,349.99


Our greatest hits compiled into one bike—just hit play

If ever a bike resembled your most cherished mix tape compilation, the Hightower is it.  Featuring our lower-link mounted shock design, updated, adjustable geometry, this “Engineering Best Of...” assembles some of our biggest design pleasers into one belter of a road-trip companion.

The Hightower has been a does-it-all-well trail bike since its inception. More maneuverable than its longer-travel sibling, the Megatower, and more at home in the steep-and-chunky than its snappy cousin Tallboy, Hightower excels when the route covers ‘all points in between,’ and descents come courtesy of some big-ass climbs. The VPP suspension’s lower-link-mounted shock creates a nearly linear leverage curve, meaning it mops up bumps of all sizes and maintains the kind of progressivity normally reserved for our V10 DH bike!  

140mm of rear travel complemented by a 150mm front end gives Hightower just a bit more front and rear travel over the first generation model. Combined with a slacker 65-degree head tube angle, the Hightower still sits squarely in the Goldilocks zone, but with a touch more “Oh sh*t get me out of here” capability when the porridge gets too hot!

Balancing stiffness and weight savings in all the right places is a hallmark of all Santa Cruz carbon frames and the Hightower flies the flag yet higher. The advanced composite chassis tracks well across all trail surfaces, holds a line, and is reactive to rider directions while isolating pedal-influenced inputs.

The Hightower also has a bonus disc to heighten the experience—the flip chip. In the High setting, the BB height is a little higher for those tricky tech trails and/or when Plus sized tires are required. In the Low position the shock rate is more progressive, to provide additional bottom-out resistance. Whatever mood you’re in, the tone of the Hightower can be adapted to meet your individual taste.

And speaking of taste, there’s a room for a water bottle inside the main frame and a threaded BB for convenience. There’s refined cable routing for better shifting performance, simpler installation, and no cable rub. On top of that, there’s a tailgate shuttle guard, downtube protector, shock fender, and noise-canceling chainstay protector keeping things quiet.

The lifetime frame warranty, lifetime pivot bearing replacement policy, and lifetime guarantee on the optional Reserve carbon wheels assures you that the Hightower will keep delivering the hits for years to come. 

Fork                                      

RockShox Lyrik Ultimate 150mm 29"

Shock                                   

RockShox Super Deluxe Select Ultimate

Rear Derailleur                    

SRAM X01 Eagle

Shifters                                

SRAM X01 Eagle

Crankset                              

SRAM X1 Eagle 148 DUB, 30t - 170mm (S), 175mm (M-XXL)

Cassette                               

SRAM XG1295 Eagle 10-50T

Chain                                    

SRAM X01 Eagle 12 SPD

Bottom Bracket                   

SRAM DUB 68/73mm Threaded BB

Brakes                                  

SRAM Code RSC

Brake Rotors                       

Avid Centerline 180mm

Headset                                

Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset

Bars                                      

Santa Cruz Bicycles AM Carbon Bar 35x800

Stem                                    

Race Face Aeffect R 50mm

Grips                                     

Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips

Front Hub                            

DT 350 15x110 28H Torque Cap

Rear Hub                              

DT 350 148x12 28h XD

Rims                                     

Race Face ARC Offset 30 29" Rims

Spokes                                 

DT Competition Race (28)

Front Tire                             

Maxxis Minion DHR2 29"x2.4" 3C EXO TR

Rear Tire                              

Maxxis Minion DHR2 29"x2.4" 3C EXO TR

Tubes                                   

Stans Sealant 2oz

Seat Post                             

RockShox Reverb Stealth 31.6

Saddle                                  

WTB Silverado Team Saddle