29-Inch Wheel (29ers)
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! 140mm 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 “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. This Hightower Carbon S build pegs the fun meter at 11. You get fantastic front-end control through the stiff and supple RockShox Lyrik Select+ fork, complemented by a Super Deluxe Select+ shock to keep you feeling planted through the roughest rock gardens. SRAM's GX Eagle drivetrain fires off shifts with minimal effort, while SRAM Code R brakes and wide Race Face AR Offset 30 rims — or Santa Cruz's own Reserve 30 Carbon for enhanced performance — wrapped in Maxxis Minion DHR2 tires give you maximum control whether you're railing through the turns or bombing a rowdy descent. A Race Face Ride stem, Aeffect R bar, and RockShox Reverb Stealth dropper post finish the build.
Light enough to scorch hot laps and tough enough to endure a long-distance beating, the Blur does it all without compromise. No matter how demanding your next XC endeavor, the Blur is ready to go full gas, 24/7. Make no mistake, at just 2060g, this is our lightest-ever 100mm full suspension frame. The ultra efficient VPP suspension design, complemented by a dual remote lockout and super stiff carbon frame, means you’ve got more thrust-on-demand than SpaceX. The one-piece carbon VPP rear triangle shares a similar twin upright architecture to our World Cup-winning downhill bikes. Paired with a one-piece carbon front-end it delivers a lateral stiffness and tracking ability you just don’t see on featherweight bikes of this genre. Confidence-inspiring geometry and components worth their salt allow you to shoot through those sketchy overtaking lines that are the difference between getting on the podium or ‘winning’ the wooden spoon. - Carbon CC frame - FOX Step-Cast 34 Float Performance Elite, 110mm fork - FOX Float Performance DPS rear shock - Choice of Race Face ARC Offset 25 rims or Santa Cruz Reserve carbon rims - 12-speed SRAM X01 Eagle drivetrain - RockShox Reverb Stealth dropper seatpost
Top Fuel 9.8 is a high-performance full suspension mountain bike for endurance racers and riders who don't settle for one style of riding. It combines the best qualities of XC and trail bikes for an unbelievably fun, efficient, and capable rig. It's fast on flow, shreds big singletrack, and conquers endurance events. The 9.8 is built with an OCLV Mountain Carbon frame and across-the-board parts upgrades, including a 120mm FOX Performance 34 Step-Cast fork, Shimano XT drivetrain, and carbon wheels and bars. It's right for you if... You want an efficient, capable, short-travel trail bike that excels at endurance and stage racing and can handle rough trails and even XC races. You appreciate the performance advantage of carbon and want a superlight bike with race-level components and suspension. The tech you get A full OCLV Mountain Carbon frame, upgraded 120mm Fox Performance 34 Step-Cast Float fork with GRIP damper, 115mm of rear travel with a FOX Performance Float shock, and a 1x12 Shimano XT drivetrain. Plus, wide carbon Bontrager Kovee Elite 30 wheels with a 54-tooth Rapid Drive hub for fast engagement, TwistLoc dual remote suspension lockout, Bontrager Line Elite Dropper, Bontrager Line Pro OCLV Carbon handlebar, and upgraded Shimano SLX brakes. The final word Top Fuel 9.8 is an efficient, capable, and ridiculously fun short-travel carbon trail bike with the performance boost of upgraded parts like the drivetrain, fork, and brakes. It's built to rip technical terrain and descents, speed through flow sections, and withstand the beating endurance races dole out. Why you'll love it - This bike wants to go fast—it's built with no-nonsense, high-performance parts - You get a Straight Shot down tube for extra stiffness in the rough and Knock Block frame defense to protect against spinning bars and fork crowns - TwistLoc simultaneously locks out front and rear shocks for climbs and sprints with the simple Grip Shift-like motion - Wider Kovee Elite 30 wheels provide better tire support so you can run lower pressure and get more traction - This short-travel trail bike gives you a suspension setup that’s capable in several MTB disciplines, and especially suited to endurance events
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