Santa Cruz 2021 Hightower 2 AL 29 R

  • $4,749.99


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 Yari RC, 150mm, 29"

Shock                

FOX Float Performance DPS

Rear Derailleur  

SRAM NX Eagle, 12spd

Shifters              

SRAM NX Eagle, 12spd

Crankset            

SRAM NX Eagle 148 DUB, 30t

Cassette            

SRAM PG1230, 12spd, 11-50t

Chain                 

SRAM NX Eagle, 12spd

Bottom Bracket

SRAM DUB 68/73mm

Brakes               

SRAM G2 R                                                                                   

Brake Rotors    

Avid Centerline 180mm

Headset             

Cane Creek 10 IS Integrated Headset

Bars                   

RaceFace Aeffect R

Stem                  

RaceFace Ride                                                                              

Grips                  

Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips

Front Hub          

SRAM MTH 716, 15x110, Torque Cap, 32h

Rear Hub           

SRAM MTH 746, 12x148, 32h

Rims                  

WTB ST i30 TCS 2.0 29"

Spokes              

Sapim Race                                                                                   

Front Tire          

Maxxis Minion DHR II 29"x2.4", 3C, MaxxGRIP, EXO, TR

Rear Tire            

Maxxis Minion DHR 29"x2.4", 3C, EXO, TR

Tubes                

Stan's Sealant                                                                               

Seat Post           

SDG Tellis                                                                                      

Saddle               

WTB Silverado Race Saddle