2023 Santa Cruz Hightower Posted on 21 June 2022 0 Next in the Santa Cruz lineup to get a revamp is the Hightower. Somewhat a "goldilocks" bike, the Hightower is one of our most popular models - sharing top step with the mixed wheel equivalent, the Bronson. We're pleased to see Santa Cruz describe the new Hightower as "just a bike designed for all-terrain riding. You know, going up, down, along, around and over on trails, tracks and anything gritty, dirty, rough and fun" It's that ideal do-it-all bike, for those of us who just stick kit on and go for a ride. A bit of everything - climbs, descents, all great. Looking for something with more travel, burlier build and DH bike capabilities - check the Megatower. For lighter, sprightlier, see the Tallboy. Otherwise, you'll likely be bang on with a Hightower! The latest incarnation gets all of the updates we expected; - Glovebox downtube storage with tool wallet and tube pouch - longer reaches, slacker head angle, lower BB - size specific chainstay lengths and frame stiffness - suspension tweaks - revised build kits There's then one aspect we didn't really expect - the aluminium version. They'll be super-limited (as ever), but there will be an Aluminium version of the new Hightower following in a few months. In terms of the Carbon builds, we have the following frame/kit combinations confirmed - check the Santa Cruz site for full build kit details - 2023 Santa Cruz Hightower Carbon C R Kit £5400 - 2023 Santa Cruz Hightower Carbon C S Kit £6500 - 2023 Santa Cruz Hightower Carbon C GX AXS Kit £7800 - 2023 Santa Cruz Hightower Carbon C GX AXS Reserve Kit £8900 - 2023 Santa Cruz Hightower Carbon CC XO1 Kit £8300 - 2023 Santa Cruz Hightower Carbon CC XO1 Reserve Kit £9600 - 2023 Santa Cruz Hightower Carbon CC Frameset £3700 The GX AXS kit is worth a closer look - much more than just the swap to AXS! It gets the Performance Elite fork, Industry 9 hubs, Carbon bar and Code RS brakes. More in common with the XO1 build than you might initially think. If you'd prefer an S Kit with just the AXS upgrade - give us a shout! All Hightowers are with an Air shock - if you're thinking along the lines of a Coil setup, then check out the Megatower. The Hightower has been designed around air shocks - both in terms of shock actuation and in maximising dropper post clearance.