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    Santa Cruz 2021 Hightower 

    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!

    145mm 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.


    Smoke Grey & Ivory


    14.76kg / 32.54lbs
    Carbon C
    FOX 36 Float Performance Elite, 150mm, 29"
    RockShox Super Deluxe Select+
    Shimano XT M8100, 12spd
    Shimano XT M8100, 12spd
    Shimano XT M8100, 30t
    Shimano XT M8100, 12spd, 10-51t
    Shimano XT, 12spd
    Shimano XT 68/73mm
    Shimano XT
    Shimano XT RT-86, Ice Tech, 203mm/180mm
    Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated
    Santa Cruz Bicycles Carbon Riser
    Burgtec Enduro MK3
    Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips
    DT Swiss 350, 15x110, 28h
    DT 350, 12x148, MicroSpline, 28h
    RaceFace ARC Offset 30 29"
    Santa Cruz Reserve 30 Carbon Rim
    Sapim Race
    Maxxis Minion DHR II 29"x2.4", 3C, MaxxGRIP, EXO, TR
    Maxxis Minion DHR 29"x2.4", 3C, EXO, TR
    Stan's Sealant
    RockShox Reverb Stealth
    WTB Silverado Team

    S M L XL XXL
    Reach 428mm 453mm 473mm 493mm 518mm
    Stack 601mm 610mm 619mm 637mm 660mm
    Head Tube Angle 65.5° 65.5° 65.5° 65.5° 65.5°
    Seat Tube Length 380mm 405mm 430mm 460mm 500mm
    Front Center 745mm 774mm 798mm 827mm 862mm
    BB Height 344mm 344mm 344mm 344mm 344mm
    BB Drop 29mm 29mm 29mm 29mm 29mm
    Wheelbase 1178mm 1207mm 1231mm 1260mm 1301mm
    Rear Center 433mm 433mm 433mm 433mm 439mm
    Head Tube Length 90mm 100mm 110mm 130mm 155mm
    Top Tube Length 566mm 594mm 618mm 645mm 679mm
    Seat Tube Angle 77.1° 77.0° 76.8° 76.6° 76.3°
    Standover Height 704mm 718mm 717mm 718mm 709mm


    *Please note that our specifications may be impacted by running substitution changes, we highly recommend confirming the specifications of our products at the time of sale. *Recommended Retail Prices are subject to change without notice and may vary from store to store depending on freighting and assembly costs. Please read our Terms & Conditions

    *Giant & Liv Bicycles are available for purchase online, but due to warranty regulations, must be shipped to qualified Giant dealers, as bicycles must be assembled by a qualified bike mechanic in an approved store - This is an international policy and usually will require an additional fee to build the bike. This will be confirmed by one of our online staff after purchase of the bike.

    *Specialized Bicycles are available for home delivery nation wide.

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