If you're looking for the finest possible steed for singletrack adventures to parts unknown, consider the Santa Cruz Hightower CC XX1 Eagle ENVE 27. 5+ complete mountain bike your ride of choice.
It's been widely praised for its instinctive handling, and since it's now shod in Plus size rubber for maximum grip when traction is scarce, there is precious little that this dream ride can't take on with aplomb. The Hightower shines when big rides are guaranteed but nothing else is certain.
Such conditions, whether it's a weekend road trip or a season spent exploring new trails in your own back yard, warrant a machine that's poised, capable, and extremely versatile. To that end, the Hightower has been built to accommodate 27.
5+ wheels and 29in wheels. The major difference between these setups can be found at the upper link, where you'll notice a reversible "flip chip.
" Setting the flip chip to the "low" mode relaxes the head angle by roughly half a degree and lowers the bottom bracket, which makes for an ideal setup when paired with the slightly larger diameter of 29in wheels. The slightly smaller 27.
5+ wheels pair with the "high" setting, allowing for similar clearance between the bottom bracket and the ground. Whether you're likely to pick one wheel size and stick with it, or swap between the two when it strikes your fancy, the Hightower will easily accommodate your needs.
The Hightower develops 5. 3in of travel through the latest version of Santa Cruz's VPP technology.
As with all VPP bikes, the Hightower's counter-rotating links are carefully arranged to resist activation by pedaling forces, all but eliminating unwanted bobbing under power. This being the latest iteration of VPP, it's tuned to provide more midstroke support than previous generations of the VPP platform, giving the rider a better feel for the terrain, and a livelier ride feel.
Despite not topping the 6in mark, the Hightower has become notorious for hitting above its weight. That's largely the p.
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