Santa Cruz Release Their New Hightower Into the Wild.

The third generation Santa Cruz Hightower sees geometry and kinematic changes as well as some subtle tweaks in construction and details.

Santa Cruz’s do-it-all weapon, the Hightower, gets the longer, lower, slacker treatment alongside size-specific frame construction and chainstays. Sag windows and frame storage completes the third gen tweaks.

Photo by Sterling Laurence

The latest Santa Cruz Hightower sees the second gen gone over with a fine-toothed comb to find anything and everything that could be improved upon. You still get the lower link driven VPP travel with a 150mm fork out front but that is about where the similarities end.

Frame construction, as well as chainstays, are now size-specific, with a view to fine-tuning how each size rides. For the third gen Hightower you also get a slacker head angle, down to 64.5 degrees on the ‘Low’ setting, while reach grows across the sizes (452mm on the Medium in ‘Low’) while stack increase to suit the cockpit most riders are running, and the BB height increases (338mm in ‘Low’).

Leverage ratios have been changed to provide a more linear opening stroke with less anti-squat for better small bump sensitivity, while the end stroke sees the progressivity ramp up for improved end stroke support. Travel also increase by 5mm to 145mm.

The Glovebox storage now comes with two frame bags for stowage of your spares etc. The frame also comes with a sag window so you can check where the sag O-ring is on your shock.

Six models will be available in the UK, four Carbon C and two Carbon CC offerings. Prices start at £5,399 for the Carbon C R, rising to £9,599 for the Carbon CC XO1 AXS Reserve. Interestingly, the Shimano XT option is no longer available.

Geometry

The Hightower MkIII is available in Small, Medium, Large, XLarge and XXLarge.

Reach on the Medium in ‘Low’ is 452mm with a seat tube of 405mm. Head angle in ‘Low’ is 64.5 with a seat tube angle of 76.7. Chainstays on the Medium are 435mm with a wheelbase of 1218mm.

Santa Cruz Hightower MkIII models

Hightower C R

Key features:

  • Rockshox Lyrik Base 150mm fork
  • Fox Float DPS Performance shock
  • SRAM NX Eagle 12-speed drive
  • SRAM G2 R brakes
  • RaceFace AR Offset 30 on SRAM MTH hubs
  • SDG Tellis dropper
  • £5,399.00 RRP

Hightower C S

Key features:

  • Fox 36 Float Performance 150mm fork
  • Rockshox Super Deluxe Select+ shock
  • SRAM GX Eagle 12-speed drive
  • SRAM Code R brakes
  • RaceFace AR Offset 30 on DT Swiss 370 hubs
  • Rockshox Reverb Stealth dropper
  • £6,499.00 RRP

Hightower C GX AXS

Key features:

  • Fox 36 Float Performance Elite 150mm fork
  • Rockshox Super Deluxe Select+ shock
  • SRAM GX AXS 12-speed drive
  • SRAM Code RS brakes
  • RaceFace ARC Offset 30 on i9 1/1 hubs
  • Rockshox Reverb Stealth dropper
  • £7,799.00

Hightower C GX AXS Reserve

Key features:

  • Fox 36 Float Performance Elite 150mm fork
  • Rockshox Super Deluxe Select+ shock
  • SRAM GX AXS 12-speed drive
  • SRAM Code RS brakes
  • Reserve 30 HD rims on i9 1/1 hubs
  • Rockshox Reverb Stealth dropper
  • £8,899.00 RRP

Hightower CC XO1

Key features:

  • Fox 36 Float Factory 150mm fork
  • Rockshox Super Deluxe Ultimate shock
  • SRAM XO1 Eagle 12-speed drive
  • SRAM Code RSC brakes
  • RaceFace ARC Offset 30 on i9 1/1 hubs
  • Rockshox Reverb Stealth dropper
  • £8,299.00 RRP

Hightower CC XO1 AXS Reserve

Key features:

  • Fox 36 Float Factory 150mm fork
  • Rockshox Super Deluxe Ultimate shock
  • SRAM XO1 AXS Eagle 12-speed drive
  • SRAM Code RSC brakes
  • Reserve 30 HD on i9 1/1 hubs
  • Rockshox Reverb Stealth dropper
  • £9,599.00 RRP

You can check out the third gen Hightower over on Santa Cruz’s website here.