With 135mm of Santa Cruz' proven VPP suspension design and a slacked-out 67-degree head angle, the Hightower shifts the 29er paradigm toward aggressive trail bike standards. Short chainstays and a spacious cockpit ramp-up the fun when railing technical descents and put you in a powerful position for blazing uphill battles. Santa Cruz didn't stop with simple updates in frame design to up this big-wheeler's appeal, though. Adding Boost hub spacing and a clever high/low chip that alters the bike's bottom bracket height allows you to run the stock 29er wheelset or change to 27.5+ for extra traction in sloppy conditions. Bike handling characteristics remain optimized no matter which wheel size you choose thanks to a flip of the chip. The Hightower 29 Carbon C S comes equipped with a Fox 36 140 fork, Fox Float rear suspension, and a 12-speed SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain that offer amazing performance in a mid-level package. For the Carbon C frame, Santa Cruz used a slightly different construction method to keep the cost down, but the stiffness, durability, and strength are identical to the top-level Carbon CC.
What can't you do on a Bronson? You can’t give in, because going hard sweetens the reward. Every drop of sweat, every speck of mud on your face, every battle scar—it all shows your dedication to giving it your best on every ride. Bronson satisfies the need to roam with 150mm of revamped VPP travel that creams crusty sections of trail while retaining a lively, playful feel throughout the travel stroke. The new link design and Boost axle spacing enhance lateral stiffness, while shortened rear chain stays, a longer front-center, and steeper seat tube angle offer increased maneuverability and pedaling efficiency for all-day, all-terrain jaunts in the backcountry. A Fox 36 F150 Performance fork and Fox Float Performance DPS shock keep the tires planted when you need them, and SRAM Guide R brakes paired with 180mm rotors provide plenty of stopping power on point-and-shoot descents. For extra weight reduction, Santa Cruz designed the aluminum-framed Bronson with an integrated headset and nixed ISCG tabs—otherwise, it includes all the features you'd find on the higher-level carbon frames to make an affordable, strong package for bagging epic trails.
Let the trail be your guide on the 5010 Aluminum R from Santa Cruz. The 5010 is built for all-day backcountry adventures with 130mm of VPP travel, a short rear-end, and low bottom bracket that come together to create a playful trail bike that isn't afraid to traverse the unknown. The 67-degree head angle and longer front-center offer precise steering control on fast descents, and a lower bottom bracket height lets you climb and change course with mountain goat agility. The Aluminum R build features the smooth Fox Rhythm 34 fork, SRAM NX 1x drivetrain, and SRAM Level T brakes to maintain performance and reliability at a budget-friendly price. Santa Cruz designed the aluminum-framed 5010 with an integrated headset and all the features you'd find on the higher-level carbon frames to make an affordable, strong package for bagging epic trails.
From cutting through greasy root-strewn climbs to blasting over sandy singletrack, the Tallboy 27+ gives you extra traction and a touch of flotation for increased confidence and agility on challenging trails. Plus-size Maxxis Rekon tires enable more adventurous riding, and with 110mm of VPP suspension in the rear paired to 130mm up front you'll find Tallboy's stance is perfectly matched to the demands of riding technical terrain. For the 27+ Aluminum R build Santa Cruz specs a wide-range SRAM NX 1x11 drivetrain, Level T hydraulic disc brakes, and a Race Face Aeffect dropper post to create a bike that's ready for explorations into the unknown.
From charging up punchy climbs and sprinting across flowing singletrack, to rallying over root-infested descents and ripping through turns, the Tallboy 29 combines all-out speed and rowdy trail-taming agility for nonstop fun everywhere you ride. 110mm of VPP rear suspension lets you mash on the pedals with satisfying response, and with 120mm of Fox suspension up front your point-and-shoot attack is rewarded with predictable, stable handling. Boost hub spacing improves tracking through the rough stuff and, coupled with the geometry-changing Flip Chip, also allows you to run a 27.5+ wheelset for amazing versatility from just one bike. The Tallboy 29 Aluminum R build features SRAM's NX 1x11 transmission, Level T hydraulic disc brakes, and a Race Face Aeffect dropper post to get you on the trails and exploring new terrain.
Today's XC courses are more technical than ever and the Santa Cruz Blur is built to excel from start to finish. The Blur combines 100mm of predictable and responsive VPP rear travel with a 100mm fork and 69-degree headtube angle to give you punchy acceleration and confidence to make your move when others balk at sketchy terrain. SRAM's GX Eagle 12-speed drivetrain has a huge gear range for producing max power, and Level TL brakes paired with 160mm rotors let you carry more speed into turns thanks to precise lever feel and powerful grip. Ground control comes from a sensitive Fox 32 Performance Step-cast fork with remote lockout and Float Performance DPS shock, which harmonize with the ultra-efficient suspension design to ensure your effort translates to podium-worthy times no matter what the course brings. Finishing this Blur S/C build is a Race Face/DT Swiss wheelset wrapped in race-ready Maxxis Aspen tires, giving you second-nature control on your all-out push to the finish.
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