Santa Cruz Hightower 2 C S Mountain Bike 2021 - Smoke Grey
If ever a bike resembled your most cherished mix tape compilation, the Hightower is it.
Featuring Santa Cruz's lower-link mounted shock design, and updated, adjustable geometry, this “Engineering Best Of...” assembles some of Santa Cruz's biggest hits 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 huge
climbs. The VPP suspension’s lower-link-mounted shock shock position creates a nearly linear leverage curve, meaning it mops up bumps of all sizes and maintains the kind of progressivity normally reserved for the 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 - you'll ride out of trouble wherever you find it.
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 cancelling 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.
Santa Cruz Hightower Features:
- Fork Travel : 150mm
- Fork Compatibility : 150mm-160mm
- Frame Travel : 140mm
- Shock Size : 210x52.5
- ICSG-05 Tabs : Yes
- Headset : Integrated (IS41/52)
- Seatpost Diameter : 31.6mm
- Seat Clamp Diameter : 36.4mm
- BB Shell : 73mm Threaded
- Max Tyre Size : 2.4"
- Max Chaingring Size : 36t
- Shock Mounting Bushing Front : 20X8
- Shock Mounting Bushing Rear : 30X8
- Water Bottle Mounts : 1
- Coil Shock Compatible? : No
- Adjustable Geometry : Yes, Hi/Lo settings, adjusted with flipchip on lower link
Build kit highlights:
- Hightower C Carbon frame
- Fox 36 Float Performance, 150mm, 29"
- RockShox Super Deluxe Select+
- SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd
- SRAM Code R hydraulic brakes
- RockShox Reverb Stealth dropper
|Frame||Hightower 2 C carbon frame|
|Fork||Fox 36 Float Performance, 150mm, 29"|
|Rear Shock||RockShox Super Deluxe Select+|
|Shifters||SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd|
|Derailleur (Rear)||SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd|
|Brakes||SRAM Code R w/ Avid Centerline 180mm|
|Crankset||SRAM GX Eagle 148 DUB, 30t|
|Cassette||SRAM PG1230, 12spd, 11-50t|
|Chain||SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd|
|Hub Front||DT Swiss 370, 15x110, 32h|
|Hub Rear||DT Swiss 370, 12x148, XD, 32h|
|Rims||RaceFace AR Offset 30 29"|
|Tyres||Front Tyre Maxxis Minion DHR II 29x2.4, 3C,, MaxxGRIP, EXO, TR /// Rear Tyre Maxxis Minion DHR II 29x2.4, EXO, TR|
|Stem||Burgtec Enduro Mk3|
|Headset||Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset|
|Saddle||WTB Silverado Pro|
|Seatpost||RockShox Reverb Stealth|
|Wheel Size||29 inch|
|Number of Gears||12|
Ready to rideEvery bike from Start Fitness is fully checked & assembled before despatch and will arrive, almost, ready to ride. Each bike is assembled by one of our CyTech accredited mechanics and then packed into one of our custom boxes.
This process has a lead time of 7 working days. Unfortunately during peak times this may be slightly delayed. We will however, aim to despatch your bike as quickly as possible. Minimal assembly, with basic tools, is required before you can ride. Assembly tools are not usually included. Please note: Some bikes are not supplied with pedals. Manufacturers don’t know if you want flat or clipless pedals - rather than send the bike with the wrong type, they leave the choice for you to make.
Making sure you are homeOnce fully checked and boxed, we will contact you to book a delivery date. Our bikes are despatched on a next working day service (excludes weekends & bank holidays) for UK mainland orders, or a two day service to Northern Ireland and outlying Scottish areas. European bike deliveries usually take approximately one week.
Taking DeliveryAny mechanical or cosmetic issues need to be reported to us within one week of the delivery date. If you do not plan on using the bike straight away, we advise that you remove it from the box and check it over ASAP as we cannot be responsible for any reported issues (other than standard warranty issues) later than one week from the date that the bicycle was delivered.
First ServiceAfter a few weeks of riding (we recommend around 6-8 weeks, regardless of how much the bike has been used), a new bike will need a service to make final adjustments and to re-check all nuts and bolts. This is necessary as the bike goes through a ‘bedding in’ phase, after which, final adjustment may be necessary. We recommend that this is carried out by a CyTech qualified mechanic.
It is important to have these checks carried out to prevent any avoidable problems which may not be covered by warranty and to ensure the smooth running of your bicycle. If you’re local to us, we’re able to offer this first service free of charge* at our Newcastle store (NE1 6JE). You’ll just need to call our workshop on 0191 917 3825 to book your service in, and don’t forget to bring your proof of purchase when you drop the bike off with us.
If you’ve had the bike delivered, it will be your responsibility to ensure a first service is carried out at a trusted bike shop local to you, preferably by a Cytech certified mechanic. Start Fitness are unfortunately not able to cover any costs associated with this service if carried out by another store.
*Please note that this complimentary check-over does not include any labour to replace worn parts or to fit new accessories. All bikes should be delivered to us in a clean and serviceable condition, or a £15 cleaning charge will be payable.
Bike ServicingBicycles need to be serviced regularly, as a guideline we would advise on at least one full service per year and/or a standard service twice a year. If the bike is used regularly in adverse conditions, more regular servicing may be required.
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