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Hightower Carbon CC X01 Eagle Mountain Bike

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Why We Like The Santa Cruz Hightower Carbon CC X01 Eagle Mountain Bike

We choose the Santa Cruz Hightower Carbon CC X01 Eagle Mountain Bike because it lets us keep up with our buddies with long-travel enduro bikes on the descents and spin with the XC crowd on the climbs. The updated leverage curve on the VPP rear linkage makes the 145mm of travel somehow feel bottomless for plowing down demanding descents, yet still feels insanely supported when we’re grinding away on alpine fire roads. This third-generation Hightower gets the longer, slacker, better treatment with a 64.5-degree head tube angle (low position, 150mm fork) that helps us navigate steep skid trails and high-speed jumplines with tons of stability. For getting back up to the top, the 76.4-degree seat tube angle puts us in the perfect position to spin our hearts away over singletrack miles. The star of the show with the Hightower V3 is the new Glovebox integrated frame storage which lets us stow away the included Tool Wallet and Tube Purse right in the downtube along with a spare pair of gloves and even a snack.

This particular Hightower offers a strong set of components without going completely over the top, starting with the Carbon CC frame construction that’s impressively light, strong, and responsive. The X01 Eagle 12-speed drivetrain sets the performance standard across the industry for a reason, with reliable shifting and minimal maintenance. We love seeing top-tier suspension products like the RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate shock and Fox 36 Float Factory fork which boasts 150mm of confidence-inspiring travel. Rock-solid aluminum ARC 30 Offset wheels from Race Face instill confidence on rough and rowdy trails, while Code RSC brakes provide enduro-level stopping power for increased descending confidence. The Hightower features 29in wheels which help us carry momentum over tricky trail features like tall roots, jagged rocks, and square edges making it perfect for rugged backcountry trails.

*Due to a high demand in the global supply chain and bike industry since the start of the pandemic, material weight and exact components are subject to change. We are working diligently to keep tech specs updated, and any adjustments will be of equal or better spec level. If you have any questions, reach out to a Gearhead by chatting online or calling 1-888-276-7130.


  • Mid-travel trail bike boasts premium components set for rallying trails
  • 145mm of lower-link VPP travel tracks well for climbing and cornering
  • Fox 36 Float Factory fork boasts 150mm of ground-hugging traction
  • SRAM X01 Eagle 12-speed drivetrain is lightweight with a great range
  • Carbon CC frame is the lightest frame construction from Santa Cruz
  • Race Face ARC 30 Offset aluminum wheels are lightweight and durable
  • Glovebox integrated frame storage quietly stashes tools
  • Adjustable frame geo lets you fine-tune for your trails or riding style
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Frame Material
Carbon CC
Rear Shock
RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate
Rear Travel
Fox 36 Float Factory
Front Travel
Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated
SRAM X01 Eagle, 12-speed
Rear Derailleur
SRAM X01 Eagle, 12-speed
SRAM X1 Eagle Carbon DUB
Chainring Sizes
Crank Arm Length
[small, medium, large] 170mm, [x-large, xx-large] 175mm
Bottom Bracket
SRAM DUB 68/73mm, english threaded
SRAM XG-1275
Cassette Range
GX Eagle Chain
Brake Type
4-piston hydraulic disc
Avid Centerline 180mm
Santa Cruz 35 Carbon
Handlebar Rise
Handlebar Width
Santa Cruz House
Burgtec Enduro MK3
Stem Length
WTB Silverado Medium Ti
RockShox Reverb Stealth, 31.6mm
Seatpost Travel
[small] 125mm, [medium] 150mm, [large] 175mm, [x-large, xx-large] 200mm
Race Face ARC Offset 30
Industry Nine 1/1
Front Axle
15 x 110mm Boost
Rear Axle
12 x 148mm Boost
Tire Clearance
[rear, maximum] 29 x 2.5in
[front] Maxxis Minion DHRII, 3C, MaxxGrip, EXO, [rear] Maxxis Minion DHRII, 3C, MaxxTerra, EXO
Tire Size
[front, rear] 29 x 2.4in
not included
Glovebox integrated frame storage, tool wallet, tube purse, downtube protector, shuttle guard, chainstay protector, shock fender
Claimed Weight
trail, enduro
Manufacturer Warranty
[frame, handlebar] limited lifetime, [paint, finishes, decals] limited 3 year

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