Santa Cruz 2021 Hightower 2 C 29 XT

  • $8,049.99


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                                                     

FOX 36 Float Performance Elite, 150mm, 29"

Shock                                                  

RockShox Super Deluxe Select+

Rear Derailleur                                      

Shimano XT M8100, 12spd

Shifters                                                

Shimano XT M8100, 12spd

Crankset                                              

Shimano XT M8100, 30t

Cassette                                              

Shimano XT M8100, 12spd, 10-51t

Chain                                                   

Shimano XT, 12spd

Bottom Bracket                                    

Shimano XT 68/73mm

Brakes                                                 

Shimano XT

Brake Rotors                                        

Shimano XT RT-86, Ice Tech, 203mm/180mm

Headset                                               

Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated

Bars                                                    

Santa Cruz Bicycles Carbon Riser

Stem                                                    

Burgtec Enduro MK3

Grips                                                    

Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips

Front Hub                                             

DT Swiss 350, 15x110, 28h

Rear Hub                                              

DT 350, 12x148, MicroSpline, 28h

Rims                                                    

RaceFace ARC Offset 30 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                                             

RockShox Reverb Stealth

Saddle                                                 

WTB Silverado Team