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hightower Trail/Enduro 29

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. 

Frame Features

  • Available in: Aluminum, Carbon C & Carbon CC
  • Wheel size: 29
  • Front travel: 150mm
  • Rear travel: 140mm
Build
Hightower Alloy D
  • Hightower Alloy D
  • Hightower Alloy R
  • Hightower Alloy S
  • Hightower C R
  • Hightower C S
  • Hightower C S Reserve
  • Hightower CC X01
  • Hightower CC X01 Reserve
  • Hightower CC XTR Reserve
  • Hightower CC XX1 AXS Reserve
Colour
Desert
  • Desert
  • Highland Blue
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Build Options

Hightower Alloy Frame Only: £1,899Hightower CC Frame Only: £3,299

Full Builds

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  • Hightower Alloy
    D
    £3,099
  • Wheelsize
  • 29
  • Colours
  • Desert
    Highland Blue
  • Fork
  • RockShox 35 Gold RL, 150mm, 29"
  • Shock
  • FOX Float Performance DPS
  • Rear Derailleur
  • SRAM SX Eagle, 12spd
  • Shifters
  • SRAM SX Eagle, 12spd
  • Crankset
  • SRAM SX Eagle 148 DUB, 30t - 170mm (S,M,L)
    SRAM SX Eagle 148 DUB, 30t - 175mm (XL)
  • Cassette
  • SRAM PG1210, 12spd, 11-50t
  • Chain
  • SRAM SX Eagle, 12spd
  • Brakes
  • SRAM Guide T
  • Rotors
  • Avid Centerline 180mm
  • Handlebar
  • Race Face Aeffect R
  • Stem
  • Race Face Ride
  • Grips
  • Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips
  • Headset
  • Cane Creek 10 IS Integrated Headset
  • Seatpost
  • Race Face Aeffect Dropper, 31.6
  • Saddle
  • WTB Silverado Race Saddle
  • Front Tyre
  • Maxxis Minion DHR 29"x2.4", 3C EXO TR
  • Rear Tyre
  • Maxxis Minion DHR 29"x2.4", 3C EXO TR
  • Wheels
  • F: SRAM MTH 716, 15x110, Torque Cap, 32h
    R: SRAM MTH 746, 12x148, 32h
    Rim: WTB ST i29 TCS 2.0 29"
    Spokes: DT Swiss Competition
  • Sealant
  • Stan's Sealant
  • Hightower Alloy
    R
    £3,599
  • Wheelsize
  • 29
  • Colours
  • Desert
    Highland Blue
  • 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 - 170mm (S)
    SRAM NX Eagle 148 DUB, 30t - 175mm (M,L,XL)
  • Cassette
  • SRAM PG1230, 12spd, 11-50t
  • Chain
  • SRAM NX Eagle, 12spd
  • Brakes
  • SRAM Guide R
  • Rotors
  • Avid Centerline 180mm
  • Handlebar
  • Race Face Aeffect R
  • Stem
  • Race Face Ride
  • Grips
  • Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips
  • Headset
  • Cane Creek 10 IS Integrated Headset
  • Seatpost
  • Race Face Aeffect Dropper, 31.6
  • Saddle
  • WTB Silverado Race Saddle
  • Front Tyre
  • Maxxis Minion DHR 29"x2.4", 3C EXO TR
  • Rear Tyre
  • Maxxis Minion DHR 29"x2.4", 3C EXO TR
  • Wheels
  • F: SRAM MTH 716, 15x110, Torque Cap, 32h
    R: SRAM MTH 746, 12x148, 32h
    Rim: WTB ST i29 TCS 2.0 29"
    Spokes: DT Swiss Competition
  • Sealant
  • Stan's Sealant
  • Hightower Alloy
    S
    £4,399
  • Wheelsize
  • 29
  • Colours
  • Desert
    Highland Blue
  • Fork
  • RockShox Lyrik Select+ 150mm, 29"
  • Shock
  • RockShox Super Deluxe Select+
  • Rear Derailleur
  • SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd
  • Shifters
  • SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd
  • Crankset
  • SRAM NX Eagle 148 DUB, 30t - 170mm (S)
    SRAM NX Eagle 148 DUB, 30t - 175mm (M,L,XL)
  • Cassette
  • SRAM XG1275 Eagle, 12spd, 10-50t
  • Chain
  • SRAM NX Eagle, 12spd
  • Brakes
  • SRAM Code R
  • Rotors
  • Avid Centerline 180mm
  • Handlebar
  • Race Face Aeffect R
  • Stem
  • Race Face Ride
  • Grips
  • Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips
  • Headset
  • Cane Creek 10 IS Integrated Headset
  • Seatpost
  • RockShox Reverb Stealth, 1X Lever, MatchMaker, 31.6
  • Saddle
  • WTB Silverado Race Saddle
  • Front Tyre
  • Maxxis Minion DHR 29"x2.4", 3C EXO TR
  • Rear Tyre
  • Maxxis Minion DHR 29"x2.4", 3C EXO TR
  • Wheels
  • F: DT Swiss 370, 15x110, Torque Cap, 32h
    R: DT Swiss 370, 12x148, XD, 32h
    Rim: RaceFace AR Offset 30 29"
    Spokes: DT Swiss Competition
  • Sealant
  • Stan's Sealant
  • Hightower C
    R
    £4,499
  • Wheelsize
  • 29
  • Colours
  • Desert
    Highland Blue
  • 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 - 170mm (S)
    SRAM NX Eagle 148 DUB, 30t - 175mm (M,L,XL)
  • Cassette
  • SRAM PG1230, 12spd, 11-50t
  • Chain
  • SRAM NX Eagle, 12spd
  • Brakes
  • SRAM Guide R
  • Rotors
  • Avid Centerline 180mm
  • Handlebar
  • Race Face Aeffect R
  • Stem
  • Race Face Ride
  • Grips
  • Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips
  • Headset
  • Cane Creek 10 IS Integrated Headset
  • Seatpost
  • Race Face Aeffect Dropper, 31.6
  • Saddle
  • WTB Silverado Race Saddle
  • Front Tyre
  • Maxxis Minion DHR 29"x2.4", 3C EXO TR
  • Rear Tyre
  • Maxxis Minion DHR 29"x2.4", 3C EXO TR
  • Wheels
  • F: SRAM MTH 716, 15x110, Torque Cap, 32h
    R: SRAM MTH 746, 12x148, 32h
    Rim: WTB ST i29 TCS 2.0 29"
    Spokes: DT Swiss Competition
  • Sealant
  • Stan's Sealant
  • Hightower C
    S
    £5,399
  • Wheelsize
  • 29
  • Colours
  • Desert
    Highland Blue
  • Fork
  • RockShox Lyrik Select+ 150mm, 29"
  • Shock
  • RockShox Super Deluxe Select+
  • Rear Derailleur
  • SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd
  • Shifters
  • SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd
  • Crankset
  • SRAM Stylo 7k 148 DUB, 30t - 170mm (S)
    SRAM Stylo 7k 148 DUB, 30t - 175mm (M,L,XL)
  • Cassette
  • SRAM XG1275 Eagle, 12spd, 10-50t
  • Chain
  • SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd
  • Brakes
  • SRAM Code R
  • Rotors
  • Avid Centerline 180mm
  • Handlebar
  • Race Face Aeffect R
  • Stem
  • Race Face Aeffect R
  • Grips
  • Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips
  • Headset
  • Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset
  • Seatpost
  • RockShox Reverb Stealth, 1X Lever, MatchMaker, 31.6
  • Saddle
  • WTB Silverado Pro Saddle
  • Front Tyre
  • Maxxis Minion DHR 29"x2.4", 3C EXO TR
  • Rear Tyre
  • Maxxis Minion DHR 29"x2.4", 3C EXO TR
  • Wheels
  • F: DT Swiss 370, 15x110, Torque Cap, 32h
    R: DT Swiss 370, 12x148, XD, 32h
    Rim: RaceFace AR Offset 30 29"
    Spokes: DT Swiss Competition
  • Sealant
  • Stan's Sealant
  • Hightower C
    S Reserve
    £6,399
  • Wheelsize
  • 29
  • Colours
  • Desert
    Highland Blue
  • Fork
  • RockShox Lyrik Select+ 150mm, 29"
  • Shock
  • RockShox Super Deluxe Select+
  • Rear Derailleur
  • SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd
  • Shifters
  • SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd
  • Crankset
  • SRAM Stylo 7k 148 DUB, 30t - 170mm (S)
    SRAM Stylo 7k 148 DUB, 30t - 175mm (M,L,XL)
  • Cassette
  • SRAM XG1275 Eagle, 12spd, 10-50t
  • Chain
  • SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd
  • Brakes
  • SRAM Code R
  • Rotors
  • Avid Centerline 180mm
  • Handlebar
  • Race Face Aeffect R
  • Stem
  • Race Face Aeffect R
  • Grips
  • Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips
  • Headset
  • Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset
  • Seatpost
  • RockShox Reverb Stealth, 1X Lever, MatchMaker, 31.6
  • Saddle
  • WTB Silverado Pro Saddle
  • Front Tyre
  • Maxxis Minion DHR 29"x2.4", 3C EXO TR
  • Rear Tyre
  • Maxxis Minion DHR 29"x2.4", 3C EXO TR
  • Wheels
  • F: DT Swiss 370, 15x110, Torque Cap, 28h
    R: DT Swiss 370, 12x148, XD, 28h
    Rim: Santa Cruz Reserve 30 29" Carbon
    Spokes: DT Swiss Competition Race
  • Sealant
  • Stan's Sealant
  • Hightower CC
    X01
    £6,599
  • Wheelsize
  • 29
  • Colours
  • Desert
    Highland Blue
  • Fork
  • RockShox Lyrik Ultimate, 150mm, 29"
  • Shock
  • RockShox Super Deluxe Select Ultimate
  • Rear Derailleur
  • SRAM X01 Eagle, 12spd
  • Shifters
  • SRAM X01 Eagle, 12spd
  • Crankset
  • SRAM X1 Eagle 148 DUB, 30t - 170mm (S)
    SRAM X1 Eagle 148 DUB, 30t - 175mm (M,L,XL)
  • Cassette
  • SRAM XG1295 Eagle, 12spd, 10-50t
  • Chain
  • SRAM X01 Eagle, 12spd
  • Brakes
  • SRAM Code RSC
  • Rotors
  • Avid Centerline 180mm
  • Handlebar
  • Santa Cruz AM Carbon
  • Stem
  • Race Face Aeffect R
  • Grips
  • Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips
  • Headset
  • Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset
  • Seatpost
  • RockShox Reverb Stealth, 1X Lever, MatchMaker, 31.6
  • Saddle
  • WTB Silverado Team Saddle
  • Front Tyre
  • Maxxis Minion DHR 29"x2.4", 3C EXO TR
  • Rear Tyre
  • Maxxis Minion DHR 29"x2.4", 3C EXO TR
  • Wheels
  • F: DT Swiss 350, 15x110, Torque Cap, 28h
    R: DT Swiss 350, 12x148, XD, 28h
    Rim: RaceFace ARC Offset 30 29"
    Spokes: DT Swiss Competition Race
  • Sealant
  • Stan's Sealant
  • Hightower CC
    X01 Reserve
    £7,799
  • Wheelsize
  • 29
  • Colours
  • Desert
    Highland Blue
  • Fork
  • RockShox Lyrik Ultimate, 150mm, 29"
  • Shock
  • RockShox Super Deluxe Select Ultimate
  • Rear Derailleur
  • SRAM X01 Eagle, 12spd
  • Shifters
  • SRAM X01 Eagle, 12spd
  • Crankset
  • SRAM X1 Eagle 148 DUB, 30t - 170mm (S)
    SRAM X1 Eagle 148 DUB, 30t - 175mm (M,L,XL)
  • Cassette
  • SRAM XG1295 Eagle, 12spd, 10-50t
  • Chain
  • SRAM X01 Eagle, 12spd
  • Brakes
  • SRAM Code RSC
  • Rotors
  • Avid Centerline 180mm
  • Handlebar
  • Santa Cruz AM Carbon
  • Stem
  • Burgtec
  • Grips
  • Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips
  • Headset
  • Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset
  • Seatpost
  • RockShox Reverb Stealth, 1X Lever, MatchMaker, 31.6
  • Saddle
  • WTB Silverado Team Saddle
  • Front Tyre
  • Maxxis Minion DHR 29"x2.4", 3C EXO TR
  • Rear Tyre
  • Maxxis Minion DHR 29"x2.4", 3C EXO TR
  • Wheels
  • F: DT Swiss 350, 15x110, Torque Cap, 28h
    R: DT Swiss 350, 12x148, XD, 28h
    Rim: Santa Cruz Reserve 30 29" Carbon
    Spokes: DT Swiss Competition Race
  • Sealant
  • Stan's Sealant
  • Hightower CC
    XTR Reserve
    £8,399
  • Wheelsize
  • 29
  • Colours
  • Desert
    Highland Blue
  • Fork
  • RockShox Lyrik Ultimate, 150mm, 29"
  • Shock
  • RockShox Super Deluxe Select Ultimate
  • Rear Derailleur
  • Shimano XTR M9100 SGS, 11/12spd
  • Shifters
  • Shimano XTR M9100 SL, 12spd, I-Spec
  • Crankset
  • E13 TRSr crank, 30T, Boost, - 170mm (S,M,L)
    E13 TRSr crank, 30T, Boost, - 175mm (XL,XXL)
  • Cassette
  • Shimano XTR, 12spd, 10-51
  • Chain
  • Shimano XTR, 12spd, w/ Quick Link
  • Brakes
  • Shimano XTR M9120
  • Rotors
  • Shimano XTR Ice. Tech Rotors, Centerlock, 180mm
  • Handlebar
  • Santa Cruz AM Carbon
  • Stem
  • i9 A35
  • Grips
  • Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips
  • Headset
  • Hope Integrated Headset
  • Seatpost
  • RockShox Reverb Stealth, 1X Lever, MatchMaker, 31.6
  • Saddle
  • WTB Silverado Team Saddle
  • Front Tyre
  • Maxxis Minion DHR 29"x2.4", 3C EXO TR
  • Rear Tyre
  • Maxxis Minion DHR 29"x2.4", 3C EXO TR
  • Wheels
  • F: i9 Hydra, 15x110, Torque Cap, Centerlock, 28h
    R: i9 Hydra, 12x148, MicroSpline, Centerlock, 28h
    Rim: Santa Cruz Reserve 30 29" Carbon
    Spokes: DT Swiss Competition Race
  • Sealant
  • Stan's Sealant
  • Hightower CC
    XX1 AXS Reserve
    £9,399
  • Wheelsize
  • 29
  • Colours
  • Desert
    Highland Blue
  • Fork
  • RockShox Lyrik Ultimate, 150mm, 29"
  • Shock
  • RockShox Super Deluxe Select Ultimate
  • Rear Derailleur
  • SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS, 12spd
  • Shifters
  • SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS, 12spd
  • Crankset
  • SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS 148 DUB, 30t - 175mm (XL,XXL)
    SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS 148 DUB, 30t -170mm (S,M,L)
  • Cassette
  • SRAM XG1299 Eagle Rainbow, 12spd, 10-50t
  • Chain
  • SRAM XX1 Eagle, 12spd
  • Brakes
  • SRAM Code RSC
  • Rotors
  • Avid Centerline 180mm
  • Handlebar
  • Santa Cruz AM Carbon
  • Stem
  • i9 A35
  • Grips
  • Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips
  • Headset
  • Hope Integrated Headset
  • Seatpost
  • RockShox Reverb Stealth, 1X Lever, MatchMaker, 31.6
  • Saddle
  • WTB Silverado Team Saddle
  • Front Tyre
  • Maxxis Minion DHR 29"x2.4", 3C EXO TR
  • Rear Tyre
  • Maxxis Minion DHR 29"x2.4", 3C EXO TR
  • Wheels
  • F: i9 Hydra, 15x110, Torque Cap, 28h
    R: i9 Hydra, 12x148, XD, 28h
    Rim: Santa Cruz Reserve 30 29" Carbon
    Spokes: DT Swiss Competition Race
  • Sealant
  • Stan's Sealant

Geometry

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  • Imperial
  • Metric

XXL Only Available in Carbon Models

High

    S M L XL XXL
Carbon Only
A Reach 428mm16.85" 453mm17.83" 473mm18.62" 493mm19.41" 518mm20.39"
B Stack 601mm23.66" 610mm24.02" 619mm24.37" 637mm25.08" 660mm25.98"
C Head Tube Angle 65.5°65.5° 65.5°65.5° 65.5°65.5° 65.5°65.5° 65.5°65.5°
D Seat Tube Length 380mm14.96" 405mm15.94" 430mm16.93" 460mm18.11" 500mm19.69"
E Front Center 745mm29.33" 774mm30.47" 798mm31.42" 827mm32.56" 862mm33.94"
F BB Height 344mm13.54" 344mm13.54" 344mm13.54" 344mm13.54" 344mm13.54"
G BB Drop 29mm1.14" 29mm1.14" 29mm1.14" 29mm1.14" 29mm1.14"
H Wheelbase 1178mm46.38" 1207mm47.52" 1231mm48.46" 1260mm49.61" 1301mm51.22"
I Chainstay Length 433mm17.05" 433mm17.05" 433mm17.05" 433mm17.05" 433mm17.05"
J Head Tube Length 90mm3.54" 100mm3.94" 110mm4.33" 130mm5.12" 155mm6.1"
K Top Tube Length 566mm22.28" 594mm23.39" 618mm24.33" 645mm25.39" 679mm26.73"
L Seat Tube Angle 77.1°77.1° 77.0°77.0° 76.8°76.8° 76.6°76.6° 76.3°76.3°
M Standover Height 704mm27.72" 718mm28.27" 717mm28.23" 718mm28.27" 709mm27.91"
N Eye to Eye Length          
 
  Seatpost Length 125mm125mm 150mm150mm 170mm170mm 170mm170mm 170-200mm170-200mm
  Stem Length 50mm50mm 50mm50mm 50mm50mm 50mm50mm 50mm50mm
  Crank Length 170mm170mm 170mm170mm 170mm170mm 170mm170mm 170mm170mm

LOW

    S M L XL XXL
Carbon Only
A Reach 425mm16.73" 450mm17.72" 470mm18.5" 490mm19.29" 515mm20.28"
B Stack 603mm23.74" 612mm24.09" 621mm24.45" 639mm25.16" 662mm26.06"
C Head Tube Angle 65.2°65.2° 65.2°65.2° 65.2°65.2° 65.2°65.2° 65.2°65.2°
D Seat Tube Length 380mm14.96" 405mm15.94" 430mm16.93" 460mm18.11" 500mm19.69"
E Front Center 745mm29.33" 774mm30.47" 798mm31.42" 827mm32.56" 862mm33.94"
F BB Height 340mm13.39" 340mm13.39" 340mm13.39" 340mm13.39" 340mm13.39"
G BB Drop 33mm1.3" 33mm1.3" 33mm1.3" 33mm1.3" 33mm1.3"
H Wheelbase 1179mm46.42" 1208mm47.56" 1232mm48.5" 1261mm49.65" 1296mm51.02"
I Chainstay Length 434mm17.09" 434mm17.09" 434mm17.09" 434mm17.09" 434mm17.09"
J Head Tube Length 90mm3.54" 100mm3.94" 110mm4.33" 130mm5.12" 155mm6.1"
K Top Tube Length 567mm22.32" 596mm23.46" 619mm24.37" 646mm25.43" 680mm26.77"
L Seat Tube Angle 76.7°76.7° 76.6°76.6° 76.5°76.5° 76.3°76.3° 76.0°76.0°
M Standover Height 699mm27.52" 713mm28.07" 713mm28.07" 713mm28.07" 704mm27.72"
N Eye to Eye Length          
 
  Seatpost Length 125mm125mm 150mm150mm 170mm170mm 170mm170mm 170-200mm170-200mm
  Stem Length 50mm50mm 50mm50mm 50mm50mm 50mm50mm 50mm50mm
  Crank Length 170mm170mm 170mm170mm 170mm170mm 170mm170mm 170mm170mm

* Effective top tube
** Seat Tube length measured from center of BB to top of seat tube

Size Guide

S
5'1"155 — 5'5"165cm
M
5'5"165 — 5'9"175cm
L
5'9"175 — 6'1"185cm
XL
6'0"183 — 6'4"193cm
XXL
6'4"193 — 6'7"201cm

Shock Setup

RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate

Rider WeightAir PressureShock Sag
100lbs (45.5kg)95 psi30-33% mm
120lbs (54.4kg)115 psi30-33% mm
140lbs (63.5kg)140 psi30-33% mm
160lbs (72.6kg)160 psi30-33% mm
180lbs (81.8kg)180 psi30-33% mm
200lbs (90.7kg)205 psi30-33% mm
220lbs (99.8kg)225 psi30-33% mm
240lbs (108.8kg)245 psi30-33% mm
260lbs (117.9kg)270 psi30-33% mm
280lbs (127kg)290 psi30-33% mm

FOX Float DPS

Rider WeightAir PressureShock Sag
100lbs (45.5kg)95 psi30-33% mm
120lbs (54.4kg)115 psi30-33% mm
140lbs (63.5kg)140 psi30-33% mm
160lbs (72.6kg)160 psi30-33% mm
180lbs (81.8kg)180 psi30-33% mm
200lbs (90.7kg)205 psi30-33% mm
220lbs (99.8kg)225 psi30-33% mm
240lbs (108.8kg)245 psi30-33% mm
260lbs (117.9kg)270 psi30-33% mm
280lbs (127kg)290 psi30-33% mm

FAQS

Can I mount a chainguide to my bike?

Yes, this bike is equipped with ISCG-05 tabs for easy chainguide mounting. Most chainguides on the market that are made for this standard should work.

Can I put 27.5" wheels on my Hightower?

The Hightower is compatible with 27x 2.8" tires in addition to our typical 29x2.4 spec. If you go this route, you'll most likely want the Hi BB setting and a 160mm fork, to keep the BB height in the right range.

I see the XXL has a longer chainstay length than the other sizes. Is that a different swingarm? Can I swap them out for different sizes?

The 6mm longer chainstay length is built into the front triangle of the XXL- all other parts are identical to other sizes. So there's no unique parts necessary to accomplish the geometry change, or possible adjustments to be made.

I want to change my rear shock. Any limitations?

The Hightower fits most shocks on the market, with some exceptions. Fox Float X2, Cane Creek DB Air, and all coil shocks are not compatible. We recommend the Rockshox Super Deluxe, Deluxe, Fox DPX2, Fox Float DPS.

Should I ride in High or Low setting?

You should definitely try both, but we typically recommend starting in Lo on the Hightower. If you find yourself hitting your pedals too much, give Hi a try!  

The geometry chart shows two settings: how do I adjust that?

There's a "flip chip" on the link where the shock mounts. Just remove the lower shock bolt and flip the chips to the setting you desire

What is the largest chainring I can use on the Hightower?

With a proper boost chainring (52mm chainline), the Hightower will accept a 36t chainring or smaller.

What is the recommended fork?

Our geometry is based off of a 150mm fork with a 42 or 44mm offset. We wouldn't recommend less travel than that, as the BB will get a bit low. 160mm is fine if that's your preference.

What kind of headset does this bike use?

This bike uses integrated headset cups. The upper is 41mm and the lower is 52mm. The SHIS name is IS 41/28.6 IS 52/40.

What size tire will fit?

This varies greatly depending on tire make and model, but 29x2.4" is generally the max you'd want in there. Some 2.5" tires will be fine as well, but not all.

Where can I find additional technical information for my bike?

Frame Specs

Suspension SystemVPP
Headset/HeadtubeIntegrated (IS41/52)
Seat Post31.6mm
Seat Clamp36.4mm
Eye to Eye length210mm
Stroke52.5mm
Fork Compatibility150-170
BB Shell73mm Threaded
Max Tire Size2.4"
Max Chainring Size36t
Chainline SpecBoost
Brake Types180mm Post Mount
Water Bottle Mounts1 Mount on Downtube
Shock Mounting Bushing Front20x8mm
Shock Mounting Bushing Rear30x8mm (Bearing Compatible)
NotesMax tire size also includes 27.5x2.8.

Bearing Adjustment & Service Documents

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