Hightower CC 135mm VPP Travel - 27.5+ or 29"

  • Frame: £2,849
  • Custom Builds from £5,199
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Hightower has the versatility to deal with whatever appears on the horizon.Running either proven 29" wheels or the new monster-truck 27.5”+ standard, Hightower seamlessly adapts to the trails and style you ride, no matter where you are in the world.

So the big question, 27.5+ or 29?

29
If straight line speed, rallying through rock gardens and sprinting out of turns is your bag, then 29” wheels are the big ticket. Upgrade to carbon rims and you have a precision instrument on your hands. 

27.5+
​When conditions get loose and the traction just ain’t there, you’ll want to reach for bigger tires. 27.5+ elevates Hightower to a whole different level, enabling you to rise above the pow, rail the soft spots and carry momentum where standard tires bog down.

No matter what size you run, geometry remains optimized thanks to a neat little “High/Low” setting on the upper link that flips to adjust bottom bracket height*.Hightower’s 67° head angle, longer reach and trim chain stays combine to create an altogether different class of dreadnought in any configuration.Meanwhile, 150mm of seat dropper, a water bottle mount, and internal routing reflect an armada of killer details.

135mm of VPP® travel is reinforced by a 148 rear axle spacing and the kind of Nomad-syle linkage arrangement and swingarm design we reserve for the heaviest hitters in our model line up.The resulting package leaves Hightower standing head and shoulders above anything else out there. 

This CC-level carbon frame is every bit as stiff and strong as our C-level frame, but weighs about 230 grams less, due to the use of some lighter, stronger, and more expensive carbon fiber. Using this material in key places allowed us to use less material overall, which is what shaves off half a pound from the frame.

*Please note: 140mm fork comes standard on the 29” kits, and is exchanged for a 150mm version on the 27+ builds to keep the 67° head angle consistent.

Frame Features

  • 135mm (5.3") VPP™ suspension
  • 148mm Rear Axle Spacing
  • 15mm thru-axle fork
  • 27.5+ or 29" wheels
  • Bottle cage mount within front triangle fits piggyback shocks
  • Carbon C and Carbon CC frame options
  • Double sealed pivots for long bearing life
  • Integrated Headset (IS41; IS52)
  • Internal carbon tubes ensure precise and hassle-free routing of derailleur and seat post cables
  • ISCG-05 tabs for chainguide compatibility
  • Threaded Bottom Bracket

Shock Setup

Shock: Rock Shox Monarch RT3

Rider WeightAir PressureShock Sag
100lbs (45.5kg)125 psi15-18 mm
120lbs (54.4kg)145 psi15-18 mm
140lbs (63.5kg)165 psi15-18 mm
160lbs (72.6kg)185 psi15-18 mm
180lbs (81.8kg)205 psi15-18 mm
200lbs (90.7kg)225 psi15-18 mm
220lbs (99.8kg)245 psi15-18 mm
240lbs (108.8kg)265 psi15-18 mm
260lbs (117.9kg)285 psi15-18 mm
280lbs (127kg)305 psi15-18 mm

Geometry

Geometry Chart

Low - 29er Standard

Hightower 29er Geometry
  S M L XL XXL
Chip Position LOW LOW LOW LOW LOW
Reach 405mm - 15.94" 430mm - 16.93" 450mm - 17.72" 475mm - 18.7" 505mm - 19.88"
Stack 604mm - 23.78" 604mm - 23.78" 613mm - 24.13" 623mm - 24.53" 641mm - 25.23"
Head Tube Angle 67° 67° 67° 67° 67°
Head Tube Length 90mm - 3.54" 90mm - 3.54" 100mm - 3.94" 110mm - 4.33" 130mm - 5.11"
Seat Tube Angle 74.3° 74.3° 74.3° 74.3° 74.3°
Seat Tube Length 390mm - 15.35" 420mm - 16.54" 450mm - 17.72" 490mm - 19.29" 510mm - 20.08"
Front Center 703mm - 27.67" 730mm - 28.74" 752mm - 29.61" 781mm - 30.75" 818mm - 32.20"
BB Height 337mm - 13.27" 337mm - 13.27" 337mm - 13.27" 337mm - 13.27" 337mm - 13.27"
BB Drop 33mm - 1.3" 33mm - 1.3" 33mm - 1.3" 33mm - 1.3" 33mm - 1.3"
Wheelbase 1138mm - 44.80" 1165mm - 45.87" 1187mm - 46.73" 1215mm - 47.83" 1254mm - 49.37"
Chainstay Length 435mm - 17.13" 435mm - 17.13" 435mm - 17.13" 435mm - 17.13" 435mm - 17.13"
Top Tube Length 574mm - 22.59" 601mm - 23.66" 622mm - 24.49" 650mm - 25.59" 685mm - 26.96"
Standover Height 710mm - 27.95" 710mm - 27.95" 713mm - 28.07" 720mm - 28.35" 727mm - 28.62"

 

High - 27.5+ Standard

Hightower 27.5+ Geometry
  S M L XL XXL
Chip Position LOW HIGH HIGH HIGH HIGH
Reach 403mm - 15.86" 428mm - 16.85" 448mm - 17.64" 473mm - 18.62" 503mm - 19.80"
Stack 606mm - 23.85" 610mm - 24.02" 615mm - 24.21" 624mm - 24.57" 643mm - 25.31"
Head Tube Angle 66.8° 66.8° 66.8° 66.8° 66.8°
Head Tube Length 90mm - 3.54" 90mm - 3.54" 100mm - 3.94" 110mm - 4.33" 130mm - 5.11"
Seat Tube Angle 74.1° 74.1° 74.1° 74.1° 74.1°
Seat Tube Length 390mm - 15.35" 420mm - 16.54" 450mm - 17.72" 490mm - 19.29" 510mm - 20.08"
Front Center 707mm - 27.83" 734mm - 28.9" 756mm - 29.76" 784mm - 30.87" 822mm - 32.36"
BB Height 334mm - 13.19" 334mm - 13.19" 334mm - 13.19" 334mm - 13.19" 334mm - 13.19"
BB Drop 27mm - 1.06" 27mm - 1.06" 27mm - 1.06" 27mm - 1.06" 27mm - 1.06"
Wheelbase 1141mm - 44.92" 1168mm - 45.98" 1190mm - 46.85" 1219mm - 47.99" 1257mm - 49.48"
Chainstay Length 434mm - 17.09" 434mm - 17.09" 434mm - 17.09" 434mm - 17.09" 434mm - 17.09"
Top Tube Length 574mm - 22.59" 602mm - 23.7" 623mm - 24.53" 651mm - 25.63" 689mm - 27.12"
Standover Height 707mm - 27.83" 707mm - 27.83" 710mm - 27.95" 717mm - 28.23" 724mm

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

Size Guide

M
5'4"5'9"
L
5'9"6'1"
XL
6'1"6'6"

Complete Bikes

All upgrade prices are relative to the standard component price.

Stock Colours:

Build Kit:

Shock:

Fork:

Additional Upgrades

803

Can I mount a front derailleur?

No, this bike is not compatible with a front derailleur. Single ring only!

Is the 148x12 derailleur hanger the same as the 142x12 hanger?

No, it's not. We had to make a new derailleur hanger to go with the new dropout. They look similar, but the easiest way to tell them apart is the finish. Our 142x12mm hangers have a bead-blasted finish, while the 148x12mm hangers have a smooth, machined finish.

What Kind of Headset Do I Need?

This bike uses an integrated headset with drop-in bearings and molded-in bearing races. The SHIS measurement is IS41 (upper) and IS52 (lower).

What size bottom bracket shell does this bike use?

We use a standard 73mm threaded BB. Nearly any crank on the market (besides BB30 cranks) will fit.

What size seatpost do I need?

This bike uses a 31.6mm seatpost. Always ensure it is inserted into the frame a minimum of 4" (100mm).

What's the Biggest 27.5+ Tire I Can Fit?

2.8in tires fit really nicely in the Hightower, and 3.0s will fit, but they can be a bit tight. If you have a lower-profile tire, and don't see a lot of mud, you can definitely run a 3.0. If you're looking for more aggressive rubber, or ride in muddy conditions regularly, you'll want to stick to 2.8s.

What's With The Chip?

The reversible chip at the shock mount on Hightower is designed to maintain the frame's geometry when swapping between standard 29-inch tires and 27.5+ tires. The "Low" setting is designed for 29er use, and the "High" setting for 27.5+. While 27.5+ tires have a diameter that's similar to the 29er tire, it's not quite equal, so reversing the chip is a must to maintain the handling characteristics.

Suspension SystemVPPTM
Front DerailleurNo compatibility
Headset/HeadtubeIntegrated; IS41 upper, IS52 lower
Seat Post31.6mm
Seat Clamp36.4mm
Eye to Eye length200mm
Fork Compatibility140mm, 150mm
BB ShellStandard
Max Tire Size3.0"
Brake TypesIS-mount disc
Water Bottle Mounts1 main triangle