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Hightower Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame

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Why We Like The Hightower Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame

Straddling the line between trail and enduro, the Hightower Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame is a great starting point for building out our next all-mountain steeds. With a freshly revamped leverage curve, this latest iteration of the VPP linkage from Santa Cruz really lets the 145mm of travel shine. The Hightower stands up in its travel in a way that climbs like a much shorter travel bike as we grind up grueling alpine ascents, yet provides a bottomless feel on the way down. The third-generation Hightower also sees a slacked-out 64.5-degree headtube angle (low position, 150mm fork) that truly elevates its descending capabilities to enduro-worthy levels. It’s no slouch on the climbs either, with a steep 76.4-degree seat tube angle (low position, large) that delivers a perfectly comfortable climbing position for long, arduous grunts in all kinds of terrain from punchy climbs to sustained.

The real star of the show with this latest round of Hightowers is without a doubt the new downtube-integrated frame storage solution—Glovebox technology. Santa Cruz even includes a pouch for tools and another for a tube that ensure your tools live in your bike rattle-free, and even with them inside the bike there’s still room for an extra windbreaker or snack. We’ve also really come to appreciate the durability of the Carbon CC frame construction from Santa Cruz, which also delivers a lightweight, responsive feel on the trail. Flip-chip technology lets us fine-tune the bike for the terrain at hand, and the included RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate Air shock provides enduro-ready performance and adjustability.


  • Mid-travel trail frame perfect for all-mountain MTB builds
  • 145mm of VPP travel is capable of trail and enduro riding
  • 29in wheels carry momentum over root mazes and rock rolls
  • Super Deluxe Ultimate shock delivers top-tier performance
  • Carbon CC frame construction is burly, lightweight, and stiff
  • Boost spacing accommodates most modern MTB wheelsets
  • Glovebox integrated frame storage quietly stashes tools
  • Internal cable routing provides a clean cockpit
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Frame Material
Carbon CC
Wheel Size
Rear Shock
RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate Air
Rear Travel
Fork Travel
[recommended] 150mm
Head Tube Diameter
1 1/8 - 1 1/2in tapered
Headset Included
none, [compatibility] IS 41/28.6 IS 52/40
Bottom Bracket Type
English threaded 73mm
Cable Routing
Front Derailleur Mount
Brake Type
post-mount 180mm
Seatpost Diameter
Rear Axle
12 x 148mm Boost
Tire Clearance
29 x 2.5in
Glovebox integrated frame storage, tool wallet, tube purse, downtube protector, shuttle guard, chainstay protector, shock fender
trail, enduro
Manufacturer Warranty