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Santa Cruz EX-DEMO Hightower C S - 2020 - Blue

RRP £5,399.00£4,319.00 (Save 20%)

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The Hightower has been a does-it-all-well trail bike since its inception. More maneuverable than its longer-travel sibling, the Megatower, and more at home in the steep-and-chunky than its snappy cousin Tallboy, Hightower excels when the route covers ‘all points in between,’ and descents come courtesy of some big-ass climbs. The VPP suspension’s lower-link-mounted shock creates a nearly linear leverage curve, meaning it mops up bumps of all sizes and maintains the kind of progressivity normally reserved for the V10 downhill bike.

140mm of rear travel complemented by a 150mm front end gives Hightower just a bit more front and rear travel over the first generation model. Combined with a slacker 65-degree head tube angle, the Hightower still sits squarely in the Goldilocks zone, but with a touch more “Oh sh*t get me out of here” capability when the porridge gets too hot!

Balancing stiffness and weight savings in all the right places is a hallmark of all Santa Cruz carbon frames and the Hightower flies the flag yet higher. The advanced composite chassis tracks well across all trail surfaces, holds a line, and is reactive to rider directions while isolating pedal-influenced inputs.

The Hightower also has a bonus to heighten the experience—the flip chip. In the High setting, the BB height is a little higher for those tricky tech trails and/or when Plus sized tires are required. In the Low position the shock rate is more progressive, to provide additional bottom-out resistance. Whatever mood you’re in, the tone of the Hightower can be adapted to meet your individual taste.

And speaking of taste, there’s a room for a water bottle inside the main frame and a threaded BB for convenience. There’s refined cable routing for better shifting performance, simpler installation, and no cable rub. On top of that, there’s a tailgate shuttle guard, downtube protector, shock fender, and noise-canceling chainstay protector keeping things quiet.

The lifetime frame warranty and lifetime pivot bearing replacement policy assures you that the Hightower will keep delivering the hits for years to come. 

Condition: This particular ex-demo bike had around 10 rides and been fully re-built so it is in perfect working order. There are some scratches and other cosmetic defects in keeping with a used bike, as shown in the images. For any further details, please get in touch.

Product code: HRBIP4AL0160 | Colour: Blue


Ex-Demo bikes are based in our Glentress shop where they are used through the season to allow prospective customers the chance to ride a particular bike before buying their own. The bikes have no more than 30 seperate rides (often much less) before being cleaned up for sale, which includes the following:

  • Fitting clear protective tape over high wear areas to keep the paint work looking smart
  • Replacing any parts that appear worn or damaged. Typically this includes new tyres, chain, cassette, cables and brake pads, plus inspection and replacement if necessary of various bearings and components.
  • Full service before sale. This includes a full strip down to the bare frame before the bike is rebuilt by our professional mechanics to manufacturer's tolerances. This often includes suspension and dropper post servicing.

All this means that our ex-demo and ex-hire bikes are in perfect condition and ready to ride straight away. Realistically there will be some minor cosmetic damage, but in terms of performance, you can purchase safe in the knowledge the bike is 100% fit for purpose.

Each Santa Cruz ex-demo bike comes with a full Lifetime Warranty on the frame and bearings.

Want to know more? Contact our Glentress store directly via email to glentress@alpinebikes.co.uk. We can then provide a more accurate description for each bike, including pictures of any scuffs or scrapes.

If you wish to order an ex-demo bike online, here's the process:

  • On receipt of your order, our team will contact you to discuss delivery times. It may be necessary to order replacement parts for the bike before shipping or collection, so if you need the bike ASAP, please contact us first to discuss.
  • The bike will be made ready for collection or delivery in the timescale discussed.

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Size guide

Rider Height155-165cm165-175cm175-185cm183-193cm193-201cm
Head Tube Angle65.2°65.2°65.2°65.2°65.2°
Seat Tube Length380mm405mm430mm460mm500mm
Front Center745mm774mm798mm827mm862mm
BB Height340mm340mm340mm340mm340mm
BB Drop33mm33mm33mm33mm33mm
Chainstay Length434mm434mm434mm434mm434mm
Head Tube Length90mm100mm110mm130mm155mm
Top Tube Length567mm596mm619mm646mm680mm
Seat Tube Angle76.7°76.6°76.5°76.3°76.0°
Standover Height699mm713mm713mm713mm704mm
Seatpost Length125mm150mm170mm170mm170-200mm
Stem Length50mm50mm50mm50mm50mm
Crank Length170mm170mm170mm170mm170mm

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