The Hightower has the versatility to deal with whatever appears on the horizon. Running either proven 29" wheels or the new monster-truck 27.5”+ standard, Hightower seamlessly adapts to the trails and style you ride, no matter where you are in the world.
So the big question, 27.5+ or 29?
If straight line speed, rallying through rock gardens and sprinting out of turns is your bag, then 29” wheels are the big ticket. Upgrade to the new Santa Cruz Reserve carbon rims and you have a precision instrument on your hands.
When conditions get loose and the traction just ain’t there, you’ll want to reach for bigger tires. 27.5+ elevates Hightower to a whole different level, enabling you to rise above the fray, rail the soft spots, and carry momentum where standard tires bog down.
No matter what size you run, geometry remains optimized thanks to a “High/Low” setting on the upper link that flips to adjust bottom bracket height*. Hightower’s 67° head angle, longer reach and trim chain stays combine to create an altogether different class of dreadnought in any configuration. Meanwhile, 150mm of seat dropper, a water bottle mount, and internal routing reflect an armada of killer details.
135mm of VPP travel is reinforced by a 148 rear axle spacing and the kind of linkage arrangement and swingarm design we reserve for the heaviest hitters in our model line up. The resulting package leaves Hightower standing head and shoulders above anything else out there.
*Please note: 140mm fork comes standard on the 29” kits, and is exchanged for a 150mm version on the 27+ builds to keep the 67° head angle consistent.
|Weight||14.03kg / 30.93lbs|
|Fork||RockShox Revalation RC 150|
|Shock||FOX Float Performance DPS|
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM NX Long Cage|
|Crankset||Race Face Aeffect 30T (170mm XS-S, 175mm M-XXL)|
|Cassette||SRAM XG1150 CS 10-42T|
|Brakes||SRAM Level T|
|Brake Rotors||Avid Centerline 180mm|
|Headset||Cane Creek 10 IS Integrated Headset|
|Bars||Race Face Aeffect R 35x780 20mm Rise|
|Stem||Race Face Ride 50mm|
|Grips||Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips|
|Front Hub||Novatec D711 Front Hub 15x110|
|Rear Hub||Novatec D462 Rear Disc Hub 12x148 (XD)|
|Rims||Race Face AR 40 27.5 32h|
|Spokes||DT Competition (28)|
|Front Tire||Maxxis Rekon 27.5x2.8 EXO TR|
|Rear Tire||Maxxis Rekon 27.5x2.8 EXO TR|
|Tubes||Stans Sealant 2oz|
|Seat Post||RockShox Reverb Stealth 31.6|
|Nipples||Sapim Secure Lock Brass Nipples 14mm (28)|
|Saddle||RF Aeffect 31.6|
|WTB Volt Race|
Measured with a fork with a 561mm axle-to-crown measurement and a 51mm offset.
|Head Tube Angle||66.8°||66.8°||66.8°||66.8°||66.8°|
|Seat Tube Length||390mm||420mm||450mm||490mm||510mm|
|Head Tube Length||90mm||95mm||100mm||110mm||130mm|
|Top Tube Length||575mm||602mm||623mm||651mm||689mm|
|Seat Tube Angle||74.1°||74.1°||74.1°||74.1°||74.1°|
|Gloss Mango and Orange / Small|
|Gloss Mango and Orange / Medium|
|Gloss Mango and Orange / Large|
|Gloss Mango and Orange / X-Large|
|Gloss Mango and Orange / XX-Large|
|Gloss Cannery Grey and Blue / Small||58-18127-057-2-496-163001||40605|
|Gloss Cannery Grey and Blue / Medium||58-18127-057-3-496-163001||40604|
|Gloss Cannery Grey and Blue / Large||58-18127-057-4-496-163001||40603|
|Gloss Cannery Grey and Blue / X-Large||58-18127-057-5-496-163001||40606|
|Gloss Cannery Grey and Blue / XX-Large||58-18127-057-6-496-163001||40602|