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 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 pow, rail the soft spots and carry momentum where standard tires bog down.
No matter what size you run, geometry remains optimized thanks to a neat little “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 Nomad-style 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.
By using a slightly-less-expensive carbon fiber, we were able to put performance within reach of more riders than ever before, lifting the race pace of World Cup athletes and privateers alike. The stiffness, durability, and strength are identical between the two materials, but the C-level carbon weighs in at about 230 grams more than the top-end, CC carbon
|Fork||Rock Shox Pike 29 RC 140|
|Headset||Cane Creek 40, Integrated|
|Rear Shock||Rock Shox Monarch RT|
|Rims/Wheels||Easton AR 27, 29in, 32 hole|
|Hubs||SRAM MTH 716 110x15 (front); SRAM MTH 746 148x12 (rear)|
|Spokes||DT Swiss Champion|
|Tires||Maxxis Minion DHR2 3c, Tubeless Ready, 29x2.3 (front); Maxxis Minion DHR2, Tubeless Ready, 29x2.3 (rear)|
|Crankset||Race Face Aeffect SL; 30t|
|Bottom Bracket||Included w/ crankset|
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM GX 1x11|
|Rear Cogs||SRAM XG1150 10-42|
|Handlebars||Race Face Ride Lo-Rise; 760mm; 35mm clamp|
|Tape/Grips||Santa Cruz Palmdale Lock-on|
|Stem||Santa Cruz Palmdale Lock-on|
|Brake Levers||Raceface Turbine Basic|
|Brakes||Shimano SLX M675|
|Saddle||WTB Volt Race|
|Seat Post||Rock Shox Reverb Stealth 150mm|
* Subject to change without notice.
|Option||Manufacturer's Part Number|
|Matte Carbon & Mint / S-Kit / Large||58-16127-028-4-537-623301|
|Matte Carbon & Mint / S-Kit / Extra Large||58-16127-028-5-537-623301|
|Sriracha & Red / S-Kit / Large||58-16127-028-4-538-623301|