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Santa Cruz Hightower CC XX AXS RSV

Santa Cruz Hightower CC XX AXS RSV
  • Color: Gloss Ocean Blue
  • Color: Matte Cardinal Red
Size: Medium
Wheel Size: 29-inch
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The newest version of the Hightower remains our greatest hits of engineering - now further refined and bottled into our most all-terrain of bikes. Big on wheels, medium on travel, and short on fuss, this is the do-it-all model that does it over and over again thanks to a versatile balance of geo, spec, and durability. If you're not looking for extremes, just something extremely good, the Hightower is your elevator.

Engineering Details:

Not all frames are created equal. Hightower represents Santa Cruz's greatest hits, showcasing our design, engineering, and performance prowess.

The highly-sculpted and optimized Lower Link (A) houses a geometry-adjusting Flip Chip (B) and beefy Pivot Axles (C) to virtually eliminate lateral flex.

We only use the highest quality Enduro MAX or TPX sealed, radial bearings (A) and premium fasteners (B) for our linkage assemblies. They're easy to properly torque and maintain, plus we offer free replacement bearings for life.

VPP suspension utilizes a one-piece swingarm that eliminates the need for pivots on the stays, creating a stout, bulletproof rear end for accurate tracking and superior performance.

Santa Cruz offers top-end CC Carbon, which is lighter and comes paired with more premium suspension.

The Sag Window (A), Glovebox (B), and internal cable tunnels (not shown) demonstrate Santa Cruz's expertise at combining practical function with carbon design and manufacturing artistry.

In isolation, all these things are great—together with fanatical suspension tuning, a premium build spec, and meticulous attention to detail, they're transcendent.

SRAM Eagle Transmission - stronger, better shifting, wirelessly
The next generation SRAM Eagle Transmission specced on our CC-carbon models is a radically robust, fully integrated, and interdependent wireless transmission. Built around the universal constant of the wheel axle itself, the Full Mount hangerless attachment creates a far stronger connection to the frame and the super strong derailleur provides unprecedented strength. Shifting under load is made possible due to a combination of X-SYNC technology and cassette mapping, creating seamless shifts even during your hardest power output. The new AXS Pods are extremely ergonomic and highly customizable, so shifting gears is light and intuitive. It's simply the most advanced transmission and nearly as tough as the mountain itself.

Hightower 3 Highlights:

VPP™ suspension can be optimized to strike the right balance between pedaling efficiency and all-out bump-chomping prowess. That means wherever you see "VPP" you know it's tuned to perform exactly how it should for the purpose it's designed for.

145mm VPP travel
Looking for something good at climbing, and downhill, and going round and round your local trails? Say hello to Hightower. 145mm in the rear paired with 150mm up front is your perfect combo.

Suspension sensitivity
Compared to the last Hightower, we reduced the anti-squat in the first 40% of travel. This noticeably improves suspension sensitivity in both climbing and descending scenarios due to reduced chain influence on the suspension.

Suspension consistency
Hightower's leverage curve is relatively straight, with added progression towards the end of the travel. This provides improved bottom-out resistance with more consistent damping and support.

Place your ride essentials securely beneath a new high-quality latch and panel in the Hightower's downtube. The Glovebox comes with a fitted Tool Wallet and Tube Purse, tailored for the frame to keep your tools close to hand.

Full carbon CC frame
Carbon CC frames use the very best materials and production processes available, are made in our own factory, and have a lifetime warranty.

Sag window
A window allows easier suspension sag and setup. The details are completed by a neat mud flap to protect the rear shock plus tidy cable routing within the frame and swingarm, and rubberized DT protectors to shrug off strikes.

Flip chip
In the Low position, the shock rate becomes more progressive, particularly at the end of the stroke, and there’s some bottom-out resistance to be gained. In the High setting, the bike rides a little higher in its travel and supplies the rider with more mid-stroke support. Tweakers and finicky shredders can adapt the suspension feel to their needs and desire.

Proportional geometry
Chainstay length and seat angle is matched to the frame size so every rider, no matter their height, gets the same balanced geometry. Across all sizes however, the headtube angle has been slackened to help stability at speed, lowered the bottom bracket to compliment the better supported suspension, and increased stack in favor of modern handlebar setups.

Geometry Chart:
FRAME SIZESmallMediumLargeX-LargeXX-Large
REACH (mm) 430 455 475 495 520
STACK (mm) 611 625 634 652 665
HEADTUBE ANGLE (deg) 64.8° 64.8° 64.8° 64.8° 64.8°
HEADTUBE LENGTH (mm) 100 115 125 145 160
SEAT TUBE ANGLE (deg) 77° 77° 76.7° 76.9° 76.9°
SEAT TUBE LENGTH (mm) 380 405 430 460 500
REAR CENTER (mm) 431 434 437 440 443
FRONT CENTER (mm) 752 783 807 836 867
BB HEIGHT (mm) 342 342 342 342 342
BB DROP (mm) 31 31 31 31 31
WHEELBASE (mm) 1183 1217 1244 1276 1310
TOPTUBE LENGTH (mm) 571 599 626 647 674
STANDOVER (mm) 706 708 711 714 719
Geometry Chart:
FRAME SIZESmallMediumLargeX-LargeXX-Large
REACH (mm) 427 452 472 492 517
STACK (mm) 613 627 636 654 668
HEADTUBE ANGLE (deg) 64.5° 64.5° 64.5° 64.5° 64.5°
HEADTUBE LENGTH (mm) 100 115 125 145 160
SEAT TUBE ANGLE (deg) 76.7° 76.7° 76.4° 76.6° 76.7°
SEAT TUBE LENGTH (mm) 380 405 430 460 500
REAR CENTER (mm) 432 435 438 441 444
FRONT CENTER (mm) 752 783 807 836 867
BB HEIGHT (mm) 339 338 338 338 338
BB DROP (mm) 34 34 34 34 34
WHEELBASE (mm) 1183 1218 1245 1276 1311
TOPTUBE LENGTH (mm) 572 600 627 648 675
STANDOVER (mm) 701 703 706 709 714
SizeHeight (inches)Height (cm)
Small 5’1” - 5’5” 155 - 165cm
Medium 5’5” - 5’9” 165 - 175cm
Large 5’9” - 6'1” 175 - 185cm
X-Large 6’1” - 6’4” 185 - 193cm
XX-Large 6’4” - 6’7” 193 - 201cm


Fork RockShox Lyrik Ultimate, 150mm
Hubs Front: Industry Nine Hydra, 15x110, Torque Cap, 6-Bolt, 28h
Rear: Industry Nine Hydra, 12x148, XD, 6-Bolt, 28h
Rims Reserve 30|HD 29"
Stem Industry Nine A35, 40mm
Chain SRAM XX Eagle T-Type, Flattop, 12spd
Tires Front: Maxxis Minion DHR II 29"x2.4", 3C MaxxGrip, EXO
Rear: Maxxis Minion DHR II 29"x2.4", 3C MaxxTerra, EXO
Brakes Code Ultimate Stealth
Rotors SRAM HS2 180mm
Saddle WTB Silverado Medium, Ti
Headset Chris King DropSet 3 Integrated Headset
Crankset SRAM XX Eagle DUB T-Type Crankset, 32t
Seatpost OneUp V2 Dropper Post, 31.6
Shifters SRAM AXS Pod Ultimate Bridge
Handlebars Santa Cruz 35 Carbon Bar, 800mm
Rear Shock RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate, 210x55
Tape/Grips Santa Cruz Bicycles House Grips
Bottom Bracket SRAM DUB 73mm MTB Wide BB
Rear Derailleur SRAM XX Eagle AXS T-Type, 12spd
Accessories & Extras SRAM eTap Powerpack 1 Battery
Cassette/Freewheel SRAM XX Eagle T-Type, 10-52t

* Subject to change without notice.

Part Numbers

Option UPC MPN
Matte Cardinal Red / Medium / 29-inch 192219344218 58-24269-188-3-795-323002
Gloss Ocean Blue / Medium / 29-inch 192219344201 58-24269-188-3-794-323002