It’s not a Fat Bike, it’s a Plus bike.
The Hightower C is the first plus version released from Santa Cruz.
The “C” standing for Carbon, this model replaces the Tallboy LTc 29er.
This is of course the 27.5+ version with the new SRAM GX drivetrain.
Weight as Tested: 30 lbs 10 oz.
Frame Santa Cruz C carbon, 135mm-travel, 148 x 12mm thru-axle
Fork Rock Shox Pike RC 150mm-travel, 110 x 15mm thru-axle
Rear Shock Rock Shox Monarch RT
Rims/Wheels Easton AR 40, 27.5in, 32 hole
Hubs Front: SRAM MTH 716 110×15;
Rear: SRAM MTH 746 148×12
Spokes DT Swiss Champion
Tires Front: Maxxis REKON+
Tires Rear: Maxxis REKON+
Crankset: Race Face Aeffect SL 30T
Rear Derailleur: SRAM GX 1×11
Rear Cogs: SRAM XG1150 10-42
Shifters: SRAM GX
Handlebars: Race Face Ride Lo-Rise; 760mm; 35mm clamp
Grips: Santa Cruz Palmdale Lock-on
Stem: Raceface Turbine Basic
Brake Levers: Shimano SLX
Brakes: Shimano SLX M675, 180mm rotors
Saddle: WTB Volt Race
Seat Post: Rock Shox Reverb Stealth, 150mm-travel
What we liked:
With quite a bit of travel – 150MM (6″) – for a fairly short wheelbase bike, it gives you a great playful feeling. It’s fairly light and responsive.
The new entry level Gx 1×11 series gives you the ability to run a 1x without the high price tag of XX1 or XX0.
The stock Reverb seat post is one of the only hydraulic actuated ones out there.
No worries of snapping a cable. The fact that the bike comes stock with a dropper is even better!
The rear shock feels great and combined with the proven VPP suspension.
We’re glad they carried that over from the Tallboy LT.
Wide rims and plus size tires running at lower pressure gives you incredible grip.
Out of the box this bike get’s you into a full suspension, carbon, 1×11 Santa Cruz bike for a great deal. That’s a big win!
What we didn’t like:
“What we didn’t like” sounds too harsh. We do hear amazing things about the 27.5+ when it comes to traction. Personally speaking, the buzz out there is all about PLUS sized bikes, admittedly we’re not so sure just yet.
Give us a little time on the bike and we’ll probably become raving 27.5+ fans.
Let’s just say we’re a little apprehensive right now.
That said, this bike could easily convert over to a standard 29er, so there’s always that.
Who is this best for?
This bike is perfect for someone looking for a fun fire road / trail bike.
Want to bomb down washboard fire trails and skim over the sandy areas? This might be the bike for you.
Compare to: Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp Carbon 6Fattie