Hightower LT 150mm VPP Travel - 29"

Built for big days in big terrain.

Hightower LT is designed for maximum speed in the biggest mountains. It’s truly race-bred, its design the result of the demands of racing at the EWS, Crankworx, and Andes Pacifico.

Midway through 2016, Mark Scott came to us with a request to eke more travel out of the bike. The stock 135mm wasn’t quite enough to maintain his speed on some of the rougher tracks. Our engineering team designed a new set of links that pushed travel to 146mm at the expense of some compatibility, but because Mark’s setup was a known variable, we could be very precise. We machined two sets on site, gave one to Mark, and the other to Iago Garay, a racer much more likely to take the fun line than tuck for speed.

The links went through a few iterations to find a balance of spring rate, travel, and shock compatibility. Toward the end of 2016, it became apparent that the best way to get the performance and travel required was to design a new swingarm to pair with the links, like we did with the V10. At this point the bike got a name—Hightower LT—and we pushed the travel to a full 150mm.

Starting from the Enduro World Series in Wicklow, the Santa Cruz | SRAM team have been racing on Wicklow Green production bikes—savvy internet commenters noticed the post-mount rear brake straightaway, and it's also been seen under the elusive Ratboy at Peaty's Steel City DH, Crankworx, and Megavalanche.

Frame Features

  • 148mm Rear Axle Spacing
  • 150mm (6") VPP™ suspension
  • 15mm thru-axle fork
  • 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
  • Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL
  • Threaded Bottom Bracket
Colour
Gloss Slate / Grey
  • Gloss Slate / Grey
  • Gloss Wicklow Green / Black
Build
Hightower LT C R
  • Hightower LT C R
  • Hightower LT C S
  • Hightower LT C XE
  • Hightower LT CC X01
  • Hightower LT CC XX1
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Build Options

Hightower LT CC Frame Only: from £2,999

Full Builds

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  • Hightower LT C
    R
    £3,949
  • Wheelsize
  • 29
  • Colours
  • Gloss Wicklow Green / Black
    Gloss Slate / Grey
  • Fork
  • RockShox Revelation RC 150 - 29
  • Shock
  • Fox Float Performance DPS
  • Rear Derailleur
  • SRAM NX 11 speed Long Cage
  • Shifters
  • SRAM NX 11 speed
  • Crankset
  • Race Face Aeffect 30t - 170mm
    Race Face Aeffect 30t - 175mm (M,L,XL)
  • Cassette
  • SRAM XG1150 CS 10-42t
  • Chain
  • SRAM PC1110
  • Brakes
  • SRAM Level T
  • Rotors
  • Avid Centerline - 180mm
  • Handlebar
  • Race Face Aeffect R - 35x780mm, 20mm Rise
  • Stem
  • Race Face Ride - 50mm
  • Grips
  • Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips - Black
  • Headset
  • Cane Creek 10 IS Integrated Headset
  • Seatpost
  • Race Face Aeffect - 31.6x125mm (S-M), 150mm (L-XXL)
  • Saddle
  • WTB Volt Race
  • Front Tyre
  • Maxxis Minion DHF 3C EXO TR - 29x2.3"
  • Rear Tyre
  • Maxxis Minion DHR 3C EXO TR - 29x2.4"
  • Wheels
  • F: Novatec D711 - 15x110mm
    R: Novatec D462 - 12x148mm (XD)
    Rims: WTB STP i29 TCS - 29
    Spokes: DT Competition
  • Sealant
  • Stan's Sealant
  • Hightower LT C
    S
    £4,899
  • Wheelsize
  • 29
  • Colours
  • Gloss Wicklow Green / Black
    Gloss Slate / Grey
  • Fork
  • FOX 36 F150 Performance - 29
  • Shock
  • Fox Float Performance DPS
  • Rear Derailleur
  • SRAM GX Eagle 12 speed
  • Shifters
  • SRAM GX Eagle 12 speed
  • Crankset
  • SRAM GX Eagle 30t - 170mm (S)
    SRAM GX Eagle 30t - 175mm (M,L,XL,XXL)
  • Cassette
  • SRAM XG1275 Eagle 10-50t
  • Chain
  • SRAM GX Eagle 12 speed
  • Brakes
  • SRAM Guide R
  • Rotors
  • Avid Centerline - 180mm
  • Handlebar
  • Race Face Aeffect R - 35x780mm, 20mm Rise
  • Stem
  • Race Face Aeffect R - 50mm
  • Grips
  • Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips - Black
  • Headset
  • Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset
  • Seatpost
  • RockShox Reverb Stealth - 31.6x125mm (S), 150mm (M-L), 170mm (XL-XXL)
  • Saddle
  • WTB Volt Race
  • Front Tyre
  • Maxxis Minion DHF 3C EXO TR - 29x2.3"
  • Rear Tyre
  • Maxxis Minion DHR 3C EXO TR - 29x2.4"
  • Wheels
  • F: Novatec D641 - 15x110mm
    R: Novatec D642 - 12x148mm (XD)
    Rims: E13 TRS 30mm - 29
    Spokes: DT Competition
  • Sealant
  • Stan's Sealant
  • Hightower LT C
    XE
    £5,699
  • Wheelsize
  • 29
  • Colours
  • Gloss Wicklow Green / Black
    Gloss Slate / Grey
  • Fork
  • FOX 36 Float Performance Elite 150 - 29
  • Shock
  • Fox Float Performance Elite DPX
  • Rear Derailleur
  • Shimano XT M8000
  • Shifters
  • Shimano XT M8000
  • Crankset
  • Race Face Turbine 30t - 170mm (S)
    Race Face Turbine 30t - 175mm (M,L,XL,XXL)
  • Cassette
  • E13 TRS Race 11 speed 9-46t
  • Chain
  • Shimano SLX M7000
  • Brakes
  • Shimano XT M8000
  • Rotors
  • Shimano RT86 Ice Tech - 180mm
  • Handlebar
  • Santa Cruz AM Carbon Bar - 35x800mm
  • Stem
  • Race Face Aeffect R - 50mm
  • Grips
  • Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips - Black
  • Headset
  • Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset
  • Seatpost
  • RockShox Reverb Stealth - 31.6x125mm (S), 150mm (M-L), 170mm (XL-XXL)
  • Saddle
  • WTB Volt Race
  • Front Tyre
  • Maxxis Minion DHF 3C EXO TR - 29x2.3"
  • Rear Tyre
  • Maxxis Minion DHR 3C EXO TR - 29x2.4"
  • Wheels
  • F: Novatec D641 - 15x110mm
    R: Novatec D642 - 12x148mm (XD)
    Rims: E13 TRS 30mm - 29
    Spokes: DT Competition
  • Sealant
  • Stan's Sealant
  • Hightower LT CC
    X01
    £6,199
  • Wheelsize
  • 29
  • Colours
  • Gloss Slate / Grey
    Gloss Wicklow Green / Black
  • Fork
  • FOX 36 Float Performance Elite 150 - 29
  • Shock
  • Fox Float Performance Elite DPX
  • Rear Derailleur
  • SRAM X01 Eagle 12 speed
  • Shifters
  • SRAM X01 Eagle
  • Crankset
  • SRAM X1 Eagle Carbon 32t - 170mm (S)
    SRAM X1 Eagle Carbon 32t - 175mm (M,L,XL)
  • Cassette
  • SRAM XG1295 Eagle 10-50t
  • Chain
  • SRAM X01 Eagle 12 speed
  • Brakes
  • SRAM Guide RSC
  • Rotors
  • Avid Centerline - 180mm
  • Handlebar
  • Santa Cruz AM Carbon Bar - 35x800mm
  • Stem
  • Burgtec Enduro
  • Grips
  • Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips - Black
  • Headset
  • Hope
  • Seatpost
  • KS LEV Integra with Southpaw - 125mm (S)
    KS LEV Integra with Southpaw - 150mm (M,L)
    KS LEV Integra with Southpaw - 175mm (XL,XXL)
  • Saddle
  • WTB Volt Race
  • Front Tyre
  • Maxxis Minion DHF 3C EXO TR - 29x2.3"
  • Rear Tyre
  • Maxxis Minion DHR 3C EXO TR - 29x2.4"
  • Wheels
  • F: Hope Pro 4 - 15x110mm, 32h
    R: Hope Pro 4 - 12x148mm, 32h (XD)
    Rims: WTB ASYM TCS i29 - 29
    Spokes: Double Butted
  • Sealant
  • Stan's Sealant
  • Available Upgrade:Bottom Bracket
    Hope Stainless BB
    + £60
  • Available Upgrade:Wheels
    SCB Reserve 30 AM Carbon Wheels (DT 350 Hubs) - 29
    + £1,200
  • Hightower LT CC
    XX1
    £6,699
  • Wheelsize
  • 29
  • Colours
  • Gloss Slate / Grey
    Gloss Wicklow Green / Black
  • Fork
  • FOX 36 F150 Factory Kashima - 29
  • Shock
  • Fox Float Factory DPX Kashima
  • Rear Derailleur
  • SRAM XX1 Eagle 12 speed
  • Shifters
  • SRAM XX1 Eagle 12 speed
  • Crankset
  • SRAM XX1 Eagle 32t - 170mm (S)
    SRAM XX1 Eagle 32t - 175mm (M,L,XL)
  • Cassette
  • SRAM XG1295 Eagle 10-50t
  • Chain
  • SRAM XX1 Eagle 12 speed
  • Brakes
  • SRAM Guide Ultimate
  • Rotors
  • Avid Centerline - 180mm
  • Handlebar
  • Santa Cruz AM Carbon Bar - 35x800mm
  • Stem
  • Burgtec Enduro
  • Grips
  • Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips - Black
  • Headset
  • Hope
  • Seatpost
  • KS LEV Integra with Southpaw - 125mm (S)
    KS LEV Integra with Southpaw - 150mm (M,L)
    KS LEV Integra with Southpaw - 175mm (XL,XXL)
  • Saddle
  • WTB Volt Team
  • Front Tyre
  • Maxxis Minion DHF 3C EXO TR - 29x2.3"
  • Rear Tyre
  • Maxxis Minion DHR 3C EXO TR - 29x2.4"
  • Wheels
  • F: Hope Pro 4 - 15x110mm, 32h
    R: Hope Pro 4 - 12x148mm, 32h (XD)
    Rims: WTB ASYM TCS i29 - 29
    Spokes: Double Butted
  • Sealant
  • Stan's Sealant
  • Available Upgrade:Bottom Bracket
    Hope Stainless BB
    + £60
  • Available Upgrade:Wheels
    SCB Reserve 30 AM Carbon Wheels (i9 Hub) - 29
    + £1,200

Geometry

Geometry Chart

Measured with a fork with a 561mm axle-to-crown measurement.

Hightower LT Geometry
  S M L XL XXL
Reach 398mm 423mm 443mm 468mm 498mm
Stack 609mm 614mm 618mm 628mm 646mm
Head Tube Angle 66.4° 66.4° 66.4° 66.4° 66.4°
Head Tube Length 90mm 95mm 100mm 110mm 130mm
Seat Tube Angle 73.7° 73.7° 73.7° 73.7° 73.7°
Seat Tube Length 390mm 420mm 450mm 490mm 510mm
Rear Center 438mm 438mm 438mm 438mm 438mm
Front Center 706mm 733mm 755mm 784mm 822mm
BB Height 338mm 338mm 338mm 338mm 338mm
BB Drop 32mm 32mm 32mm 32mm 32mm
Top Tube Length 577mm 605mm 626mm 653mm 692mm
Standover 710mm 710mm 713mm 720mm 727mm

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

Size Guide

S
5'2"5'5"
M
5'5"5'9"
L
5'9"6'1"
XL
6'1"6'3"
XXL
6'3"6'7"

Shock Setup

Shock: Fox Float Performance

Rider WeightAir PressureShock Sag
100lbs (45.5kg)130 psi16-19 mm
120lbs (54.4kg)150 psi16-19 mm
140lbs (63.5kg)165 psi16-19 mm
160lbs (72.6kg)185 psi16-19 mm
180lbs (81.8kg)200 psi16-19 mm
200lbs (90.7kg)220 psi16-19 mm
220lbs (99.8kg)235 psi16-19 mm
240lbs (108.8kg)255 psi16-19 mm
260lbs (117.9kg)270 psi16-19 mm
280lbs (127kg)290 psi16-19 mm

Shock: Fox Float DPX

Rider WeightAir PressureShock Sag
100lbs (45.5kg)145 psi16-19 mm
120lbs (54.4kg)165 psi16-19 mm
140lbs (63.5kg)180 psi16-19 mm
160lbs (72.6kg)200 psi16-19 mm
180lbs (81.8kg)215 psi16-19 mm
200lbs (90.7kg)235 psi16-19 mm
220lbs (99.8kg)250 psi16-19 mm
240lbs (108.8kg)270 psi16-19 mm
260lbs (117.9kg)285 psi16-19 mm
280lbs (127kg)305 psi16-19 mm

Frame Specs

Suspension SystemVPPTM
Front DerailleurNo compatibility
Headset/HeadtubeIntegrated; IS41 upper, IS52 lower
Seat Post31.6mm
Seat Clamp36.4mm
Fork Compatibility150mm
BB ShellStandard
Max Tire Size2.5"
Brake TypesPost mount disc
Water Bottle Mounts1 main triangle