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Sat 22nd Jun at Mountain Trax - Wokingham
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hightower 135mm VPP Travel - 29"

MBUK Winner

Built for big days in big terrain.

The Hightower brings versatility and brawn to the game while hitting a sweet spot for aggressive trail riding. It sports 135mm of rear travel, fast-rolling 29er wheels, and a 67-degree head angle. 

The Hightower gives you the extra bit of confidence to let off the brakes and let 'er rip through the rough stuff. It feels well-balanced in the air and corners like a champ. At the same time, it is has impeccable trail manners and pedals efficiently, so you won’t get that ‘too much bike’ feeling if you end up doing an extra lap or pushing your ride further into the hills.

Frame Features

  • Available in: Carbon C & Carbon CC
  • Wheel size: 29"
  • Rear travel: 135mm
Colour
Matte Carbon
  • Matte Carbon
  • Mustard
Build
Hightower C R
  • Hightower C R
  • Hightower C S
  • Hightower C S RESERVE
  • Hightower CC X01
  • Hightower CC X01 Reserve
  • Hightower CC XX1 Reserve
  • Hightower CC XTR Reserve
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Build Options

Hightower CC Frame Only: from £2,999

Full Builds

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  • Hightower C
    R
    £3,999
  • Wheelsize
  • 29
  • Colours
  • Matte Carbon
    Mustard
  • Fork
  • RockShox Revalation RC, 140mm, 29"
  • Shock
  • FOX Float Performance DPS
  • Rear Derailleur
  • SRAM NX Eagle, 12spd
  • Shifters
  • SRAM NX Eagle, 12spd
  • Crankset
  • SRAM NX Eagle 148 DUB, 30t - 170mm (S)
    SRAM NX Eagle 148 DUB, 30t - 175mm (M,L,XL)
  • Cassette
  • SRAM PG1230, 12spd, 11-50t
  • Chain
  • SRAM NX Eagle, 12spd
  • Brakes
  • SRAM Guide T
  • Rotors
  • Avid Centerline 180mm
  • Handlebar
  • Race Face Aeffect R
  • Stem
  • Race Face Ride {stem}
  • Grips
  • Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips
  • Headset
  • Cane Creek 10 IS Integrated Headset
  • Seatpost
  • Race Face Aeffect, 31.6
  • Saddle
  • WTB Silverado Race Saddle
  • Front Tyre
  • Maxxis Minion DHF, 29"x2.3", EXO TR
  • Rear Tyre
  • Maxxis Minion DHR2, 29"x2.3", EXO TR
  • Wheels
  • F: SRAM MTH 716, 15x110, Torque Cap, 32h
    R: SRAM MTH 746, 12x148, 32h
    Rim: WTB ST i25 TCS 2.0 29"
    Spokes: DT Swiss Competition
  • Sealant
  • Stan's Sealant
  • Hightower C
    S
    £4,899
  • Wheelsize
  • 29
  • Colours
  • Matte Carbon
    Mustard
  • Fork
  • FOX 36 Float Performance, 140mm, 29"
  • Shock
  • FOX Float Performance DPS
  • Rear Derailleur
  • SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd
  • Shifters
  • SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd
  • Crankset
  • SRAM Stylo 7K 148 DUB, 32t - 170mm (S)
    SRAM Stylo 7K 148 DUB, 32t - 175mm (M,L,XL)
  • Cassette
  • SRAM XG1275 Eagle, 12spd, 10-50t
  • Chain
  • SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd
  • Brakes
  • SRAM Guide R
  • Rotors
  • Avid Centerline 180mm
  • Handlebar
  • Race Face Aeffect R
  • Stem
  • Race Face Aeffect R, 50mm
  • Grips
  • Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips
  • Headset
  • Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset
  • Seatpost
  • RockShox Reverb Stealth, 31.6
  • Saddle
  • WTB Silverado Pro Saddle
  • Front Tyre
  • Maxxis Minion DHF, 29"x2.3", 3C EXO TR
  • Rear Tyre
  • Maxxis Minion DHR2, 29"x2.3", EXO TR
  • Wheels
  • F: DT Swiss 370, 15x110, 32h
    R: DT Swiss 370, 12x148, XD, 32h
    Rim: RaceFace AR Offset 27 29"
    Spokes: DT Swiss Competition
  • Sealant
  • Stan's Sealant
  • Hightower C
    S RESERVE
    £5,999
  • Wheelsize
  • 29
  • Colours
  • Matte Carbon
    Mustard
  • Fork
  • FOX 36 Float Performance, 140mm, 29"
  • Shock
  • FOX Float Performance DPS
  • Rear Derailleur
  • SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd
  • Shifters
  • SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd
  • Crankset
  • SRAM Stylo 7K 148 DUB, 32t - 170mm (S)
    SRAM Stylo 7K 148 DUB, 32t - 175mm (M,L,XL)
  • Cassette
  • SRAM XG1275 Eagle, 12spd, 10-50t
  • Chain
  • SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd
  • Brakes
  • SRAM Guide R
  • Rotors
  • Avid Centerline 180mm
  • Handlebar
  • Race Face Aeffect R
  • Stem
  • Race Face Aeffect R, 50mm
  • Grips
  • Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips
  • Headset
  • Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset
  • Seatpost
  • RockShox Reverb Stealth, 31.6
  • Saddle
  • WTB Silverado Pro Saddle
  • Front Tyre
  • Maxxis Minion DHF, 29"x2.3", 3C EXO TR
  • Rear Tyre
  • Maxxis Minion DHR2, 29"x2.3", EXO TR
  • Wheels
  • F: DT Swiss 370, 15x110, 28h
    R: DT Swiss 370, 12x148, XD, 28h
    Rim: Santa Cruz Reserve 27 29" Carbon
    Spokes: DT Swiss Competition Race
  • Sealant
  • Stan's Sealant
  • Hightower CC
    X01
    £5,999
  • Wheelsize
  • 29
  • Colours
  • Matte Carbon
    Mustard
  • Fork
  • FOX 36 Float Performance Elite, 140mm, 29"
  • Shock
  • FOX Float Performance Elite DPS
  • Rear Derailleur
  • SRAM X01 Eagle, 12spd
  • Shifters
  • SRAM X01 Eagle, 12spd
  • Crankset
  • SRAM X1 Eagle 148 DUB, 30t - 170mm (S)
    SRAM X1 Eagle 148 DUB, 30t - 175mm (M,L,XL)
  • Cassette
  • SRAM XG1295 Eagle, 12spd, 10-50t
  • Chain
  • SRAM X01 Eagle, 12spd
  • Brakes
  • SRAM Guide RSC
  • Rotors
  • Avid Centerline 180mm
  • Handlebar
  • SCB AM Carbon
  • Stem
  • Burgtec
  • Grips
  • Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips
  • Headset
  • Hope Headset
  • Seatpost
  • KS Lev Integra w/ Remote
  • Saddle
  • WTB Volt Race
  • Front Tyre
  • Maxxis Minion DHF, 29"x2.3", 3C EXO TR
  • Rear Tyre
  • Maxxis Minion DHR2, 29"x2.3", EXO TR
  • Wheels
  • F: DT Swiss 350, 15x110, 28h
    R: DT Swiss 350, 12x148, XD, 28h
    Rim: RaceFace ARC Offset 27 29"
    Spokes: DT Swiss Competition
  • Sealant
  • Stan's Sealant
  • Hightower CC
    X01 Reserve
    £7,199
  • Wheelsize
  • 29
  • Colours
  • Matte Carbon
    Mustard
  • Fork
  • FOX 36 Float Performance Elite, 140mm, 29"
  • Shock
  • FOX Float Performance Elite DPS
  • Rear Derailleur
  • SRAM X01 Eagle, 12spd
  • Shifters
  • SRAM X01 Eagle, 12spd
  • Crankset
  • SRAM X1 Eagle 148 DUB, 30t - 170mm (S)
    SRAM X1 Eagle 148 DUB, 30t - 175mm (M,L,XL)
  • Cassette
  • SRAM XG1295 Eagle, 12spd, 10-50t
  • Chain
  • SRAM X01 Eagle, 12spd
  • Brakes
  • SRAM Guide RSC
  • Rotors
  • Avid Centerline 180mm
  • Handlebar
  • SCB AM Carbon
  • Stem
  • Burgtec
  • Grips
  • Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips
  • Headset
  • Hope Headset
  • Seatpost
  • KS Lev Integra w/ Remote
  • Saddle
  • WTB Volt Race
  • Front Tyre
  • Maxxis Minion DHF, 29"x2.3", 3C EXO TR
  • Rear Tyre
  • Maxxis Minion DHR2, 29"x2.3", EXO TR
  • Wheels
  • F: DT Swiss 350, 15x110, 28h
    R: DT Swiss 350, 12x148, XD, 28h
    Rim: Santa Cruz Reserve 27 29" Carbon
    Spokes: DT Swiss Competition Race
  • Sealant
  • Stan's Sealant
  • Hightower CC
    XX1 Reserve
    £7,999
  • Wheelsize
  • 29
  • Colours
  • Matte Carbon
    Mustard
  • Fork
  • FOX 36 Float Factory, 140mm, 29"
  • Shock
  • FOX Float Factory Kashima DPS
  • Rear Derailleur
  • SRAM XX1 Eagle, 12spd
  • Shifters
  • SRAM XX1 Eagle, 12spd
  • Crankset
  • SRAM XX1 Eagle 148 DUB, 30t - 170mm (S)
    SRAM XX1 Eagle 148 DUB, 30t - 175mm (M,L,XL)
  • Cassette
  • SRAM XG1295 Eagle, 12spd, 10-50t
  • Chain
  • SRAM XX1 Eagle, 12spd
  • Brakes
  • SRAM Guide Ultimate
  • Rotors
  • Avid Centerline 180mm
  • Handlebar
  • SCB AM Carbon
  • Stem
  • Burgtec
  • Grips
  • Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips
  • Headset
  • Hope Headset
  • Seatpost
  • KS Lev Integra w/ Remote
  • Saddle
  • WTB Silverado Team
  • Front Tyre
  • Maxxis Minion DHF, 29"x2.3", 3C EXO TR
  • Rear Tyre
  • Maxxis Minion DHF, 29"x2.3", 3C EXO TR
  • Wheels
  • F: I9, 15x110, 28h
    R: I9, 12x148, XD, 28h
    Rim: Santa Cruz Reserve 27 29" Carbon
    Spokes: DT Swiss Competition Race
  • Sealant
  • Stan's Sealant
  • Hightower CC
    XTR Reserve
    £8,099
  • Wheelsize
  • 29
  • Colours
  • Matte Carbon
    Mustard
  • Fork
  • FOX 36 Float Factory, 140mm, 29"
  • Shock
  • FOX Float Factory Kashima DPS
  • Rear Derailleur
  • Shimano XTR M9100 SGS, 11/12spd
  • Shifters
  • Shimano XTR M9100 SL, 12spd, I-Spec
  • Crankset
  • Race Face Carbon Next R, 30t - 170mm (S)
    Race Face Carbon Next R, 30t - 175mm (M,L,XL)
  • Cassette
  • Shimano XTR, 12spd, 10-51t
  • Chain
  • Shimano XTR, 12spd, w/ Quick Link
  • Brakes
  • Shimano XTR M9120
  • Rotors
  • Shimano XTR Ice. Tech Rotors, Centerlock, 180mm
  • Handlebar
  • SCB AM Carbon
  • Stem
  • Burgtec
  • Grips
  • Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips
  • Headset
  • Hope Headset
  • Seatpost
  • KS Lev Integra w/ Remote
  • Saddle
  • WTB Silverado Team
  • Front Tyre
  • Maxxis Minion DHF, 29"x2.3", 3C EXO TR
  • Rear Tyre
  • Maxxis Minion DHF, 29"x2.3", 3C EXO TR
  • Wheels
  • F: DT Swiss 240, 15x110, Centerlock, 28h
    R: DT Swiss 240, 12x148, HG, Centerlock, 28h
    Rim: Santa Cruz Reserve 27 29" Carbon
    Spokes: DT Swiss Competition Race
  • Sealant
  • Stan's Sealant

Geometry

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  • Imperial
  • Metric

29 - Low

    S M L XL XXL
A Reach 405mm15.94" 430mm16.93" 450mm17.72" 475mm18.7" 505mm19.88"
B Stack 604mm23.78" 609mm23.98" 613mm24.13" 623mm24.53" 641mm25.24"
C Head Tube Angle 67°67° 67°67° 67°67° 67°67° 67°67°
D Seat Tube Length 390mm15.35" 420mm16.54" 450mm17.72" 490mm19.29" 510mm20.08"
E Front Center 703mm27.68" 730mm28.74" 752mm29.61" 781mm30.75" 818mm32.2"
F BB Height 337mm13.27" 337mm13.27" 337mm13.27" 337mm13.27" 337mm13.27"
G BB Drop 33mm1.3" 33mm1.3" 33mm1.3" 33mm1.3" 33mm1.3"
H Wheelbase 1138mm44.8" 1165mm45.87" 1187mm46.73" 1215mm47.83" 1255mm49.41"
I Chainstay Length 435mm17.13" 435mm17.13" 435mm17.13" 435mm17.13" 435mm17.13"
J Head Tube Length 90mm3.54" 95mm3.74" 100mm3.94" 110mm4.33" 130mm5.12"
K Top Tube Length 574mm22.6" 601mm23.66" 622mm24.49" 650mm25.59" 685mm26.97"
L Seat Tube Angle 74.3°74.3° 74.3°74.3° 74.3°74.3° 74.3°74.3° 74.3°74.3°
M Standover Height 710mm27.95" 710mm27.95" 713mm28.07" 720mm28.35" 727mm28.62"
N Eye to Eye Length          

* Effective top tube
** Seat Tube length measured from center of BB to top of seat tube

Size Guide

s
5'2"157 — 5'5"165cm
m
5'5"165 — 5'9"175cm
l
5'9"175 — 6'1"185cm
xl
6'1"185 — 6'3"191cm
xxl
6'3"191 — 6'6"198cm

Shock Setup

Shock: Fox Float Factory

Rider WeightAir PressureShock Sag
100lbs (45.5kg)110 psi14-17 mm
120lbs (54.4kg)135 psi14-17 mm
140lbs (63.5kg)160 psi14-17 mm
160lbs (72.6kg)185 psi14-17 mm
180lbs (81.8kg)210 psi14-17 mm
200lbs (90.7kg)230 psi14-17 mm
220lbs (99.8kg)250 psi14-17 mm
240lbs (108.8kg)270 psi14-17 mm
260lbs (117.9kg)290 psi14-17 mm
280lbs (127kg)310 psi14-17 mm

FAQS

Can I mount a front derailleur?

No, this bike is not compatible with a front derailleur. Single ring only!

Is the 148x12 derailleur hanger the same as the 142x12 hanger?

No, it's not. We had to make a new derailleur hanger to go with the new dropout. They look similar, but the easiest way to tell them apart is the finish. Our 142x12mm hangers have a bead-blasted finish, while the 148x12mm hangers have a smooth, machined finish.

What Kind of Headset Do I Need?

This bike uses an integrated headset with drop-in bearings and molded-in bearing races. The SHIS measurement is IS41 (upper) and IS52 (lower).

What Hope Headset do I need?

The code for a Hope Headset is : Hope 7 J

What size bottom bracket shell does this bike use?

We use a standard 73mm threaded BB. Nearly any crank on the market (besides BB30 cranks) will fit.

What size seatpost do I need?

This bike uses a 31.6mm seatpost. Always ensure it is inserted into the frame a minimum of 4" (100mm).

What's the Biggest 27.5+ Tire I Can Fit?

2.8in tires fit really nicely in the Hightower, and 3.0s will fit, but they can be a bit tight. If you have a lower-profile tire, and don't see a lot of mud, you can definitely run a 3.0. If you're looking for more aggressive rubber, or ride in muddy conditions regularly, you'll want to stick to 2.8s.

What's With The Chip?

The reversible chip at the shock mount on Hightower is designed to maintain the frame's geometry when swapping between standard 29-inch tires and 27.5+ tires. The "Low" setting is designed for 29er use, and the "High" setting for 27.5+. While 27.5+ tires have a diameter that's similar to the 29er tire, it's not quite equal, so reversing the chip is a must to maintain the handling characteristics.

Frame Specs

Suspension System
VPP
Front Derailleur
No compatibility
Headset/Headtube
Integrated; IS41 upper, IS52 lower
Seat Post
31.6mm
Seat Clamp
36.4mm
Eye to Eye length
7.875
Stroke
2.0
Fork Compatibility
140-150mm
BB Shell
73mm Threaded
Max Tire Size
2.4"
Max Chainring Size
34t
Chainline Spec
Boost
Brake Types
IS-mount disc
Water Bottle Mounts
1 water bottle mount inside main triangle
Shock Mounting Bushing Front
22x8
Shock Mounting Bushing Rear
22x8

Bearing Adjustment & Service Documents

Updated Bearing Adjustment Guide View Here

For more tech and service documents please Click Here