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2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower Carbon CC 27.5+ X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike

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2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower Carbon CC 27.5+ X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike

 

We’ve got to hand it to Santa Cruz. Somehow, as the now-legendary California brand continuously alters its lineup, it manages to do so without the slightest hint of redundancy. Though every Santa Cruz bike excels on a colossal range of terrain, each new frame the brand creates sits confidently in its own individual niche. In the case of the Hightower, Santa Cruz filled a geometry void created when the Tallboy was redesigned, then added new tech that riders hadn’t even realized they needed. The 2017 Hightower Carbon CC 27.5+ X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike arrives with all-mountain versatility that's enhanced by its ability to switch between a 27.5+ or 29er geometry and the added advantage of SRAM’s Eagle drivetrain.

When carving out a space for the Hightower, Santa Cruz turned to the most versatile enduro steed in its stable. The Bronson’s redefinition of the all-mountain/enduro category is the subject of trailhead bonding with strangers to this day, and Santa Cruz wanted to bring the same versatility to the Hightower’s frame. On this Hightower's 27.5+ platform, you’ll enjoy a plusher, more stable ride than 29ers provide, so it's more approachable for beginners and more versatile for seasoned veterans. It also still has the same ravenous appetite as the Bronson for spiny rock gardens, rugged slickrock, and root-laced singletrack. If you want to switch to the firmer, faster feel of a 29er, you can; Santa Cruz’s addition of a flip chip in the upper link now gives you the revolutionary choice to switch between wheel sizes without altering geometry.

Santa Cruz’s beloved VPP suspension connects the Hightower’s two triangles, and the third generation of the revered suspension platform delivers the same responsive, glued-to-the-trail feel that’s earned it such a devoted following. In yet another nod to enduro roots, Santa Cruz took inspiration from the Nomad when positioning the suspension, keeping the link out of the way so that the Hightower’s frame can accommodate both a bottle cage and a piggyback shock without any overcrowding issues—a feature that comes in handy on longer bikepacking trips. The repositioned lower link now shelters above the bottom bracket, which raises clearance to lessen surprise jolts against unseen boulders, and the upper link now sits further up on the frame, lowering standover height and stiffening the back end. This setup will allow you to dance your way through a tight, off-camber rock garden one minute and then pedal straight into the next section of mixed roots and rock without bottoming out or wallowing.

Of course, VPP's updates include changes other than just migrating links. The system's suspension curve now describes a flattened check mark shape rather than the “U” shape of old. Though abstract, this comparison essentially means that you’ll feel less dramatic ramping on either side of the pedal stroke. It remains firm during quick accelerations along tacky hero dirt, and keeps the tires glued to the trail when you’re fighting for traction over deep brake bumps and slick root lattices at the end of a long day.

We continued to be spoiled by Santa Cruz's top-end Carbon CC construction method and materials, which allow the engineers to use less carbon but still hit stiffness targets. The frame is every bit as responsive as the less expensive Carbon C version, but its claimed weight is almost 300g less. Both triangles are constructed as whole, monocoque pieces, which also contributes to keeping weight low because the carbon can be wrapped through junctures and around joints. This continuous wrapping eliminates the artificial weak points of bonded frames and actually requires less material in the process. While it's being cured, the frame is compacted from inside and out. This final step eliminates excess material and resin pooling, resulting in more structural integrity and, of course, additional weight savings.

Finally, a necessary note on tire clearance, which is slightly less straightforward in a frame that can accommodate two separate tire standards. In the present 27.5+ mode, the Hightower easily accepts most 2.8in tires for regular trail riding or bikepacking, but may have trouble with some manufacturers’ snow-ready 3in specimens. If you flip the chip and turn your stable sled into a beastly, barreling 29er, the frame will easily clear tires in the 2.4 and 2.5in range, but going any larger risks compatibility issues, depending on the tire manufacturer.

 

2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower Carbon CC 27.5+ X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike

Trail bike bred for all-mountain versatility

5.3in of enduro-inspired VPP suspension

Long-and-low geometry also inspired by enduro models

Irreproachable, top-tier Carbon CC construction

RockShox squish at dropper, fork, and shock

Huge bailout gear with SRAM's 12-speed Eagle drivetrain

Santa Cruz pushes continuously for innovation across the industry

 

2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower Carbon CC 27.5+ X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike

Frame Material:

Santa Cruz Carbon CC

Suspension:

VPP 3

Rear Shock:

Rock Shox Monarch RT3

Rear Travel:

135 mm

Fork:

Rock Shox Pike 29 RCT3

Front Travel:

150 mm

Headset:

Cane Creek 40 Integrated

Shifters:

SRAM X01 Eagle

Rear Derailleur:

SRAM X01 Eagle

Crankset:

30 t SRAM X01 Eagle Carbon

Bottom Bracket:

73mm BSA threaded

Crank Arm Length:

175 mm

Cassette:

10 - 50 t SRAM Eagle XG-1295

Chain:

SRAM X01 Eagle PowerLock

Brakeset:

SRAM Guide RSC

Brake Type:

hydraulic disc

Rotors:

180 / 180 mm Avid Centerline

Handlebar:

Santa Cruz AM Flat Bar Carbon

Handlebar Width:

780 mm

Grips:

Santa Cruz Palmdale

Saddle:

WTB Silverado Team

Seatpost:

Rock Shox Reverb Stealth

Seatpost Diameter:

31.6 mm

Wheelset:

Race Face ARC 40

Hubs:

DT Swiss 350

Front Axle:

15 x 110mm Boost

Rear Axle:

12 x 148mm Boost

Tires:

[front] Maxxis Rekon EXO 3C TR, [rear] Maxxis Rekon EXO TR

Tire Size:

27.5 x 2.8 in

Pedals:

not included

Recommended Use:

all-mountain, enduro, trail

Manufacturer Warranty:

lifetime on frame

Actual Weight:

Matte Black/Mint, L: 12960g

 

GEOMETRY CHART

Hightower 1C

29er

 

Seat Tube

(c-t)

Effective Top Tube

(eTT)

Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Stand Over

Head Tube

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HTo)

Seat Tube Angle

(STo)

Bottom Bracket Drop

(BBD)

Chainstay

(CS)

Wheelbase

M

16.5in

23.7in

23.8in

16.9in

27.9in

3.5in

67o

74.3o

1.3in

17.1in

45.9in

L

17.7in

24.5in

24.1in

17.2in

28.1in

3.9in

67o

74.3o

1.3in

17.1in

46.7in

XL

19.3in

25.6in

24.5in

18.7in

28.3in

4.3in

67o

74.3o

1.3in

17.1in

47.8in

27.5+

 

Seat Tube

(c-t)

Effective Top Tube

(eTT)

Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Stand Over

Head Tube

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HTo)

Seat Tube Angle

(STo)

Bottom Bracket Drop

(BBD)

Chainstay

(CS)

Wheelbase

M

16.5in

23.7in

24in

16.8in

27.8in

3.5in

66.8o

74.1o

1.1in

17.1in

46in

L

17.7in

24.5in

24.2in

17.6in

27.9in

3.9in

66.8o

74.1o

1.1in

17.1in

46.8in

XL

19.3in

25.6in

24.6in

18.6in

28.2in

4.3in

66.8o

74.1o

1.1in

17.1in

48in


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