The Santa Cruz Hightower 3 is the do-it-all all-mountain bike that does it repeatedly thanks to a versatile balance of geo, spec and durability. Big on wheels, medium on travel, and short on fuss, this is the perfect choice for riders who want a bike that can do it all.
With 29-inch wheels for rolling over obstacles and maintaining momentum, 140mm of rear travel for soaking up bumps and providing a smooth ride, and a versatile geometry that's equally at home on climbs and descents, the Hightower 3 is the perfect bike for exploring all that the mountains have to offer.
Whether you're railing berms, climbing technical trails, or just exploring the woods, the Hightower 3 is up for the task.
The Santa Cruz Hightower 3 is the perfect choice for riders who want a capable all-mountain bike that can handle anything they throw at it." - BikeRadar
"The Hightower 3 is a versatile and capable all-mountain bike that's sure to please riders of all levels." - Mountain Bike Review
"The Santa Cruz Hightower 3 is the best all-mountain bike on the market." - Pinkbike
Not all frames are created equal. Hightower represents Santa Cruz’s greatest hits, showcasing our design, engineering, and performance prowess.
The highly-sculpted and optimized Lower Link (A) houses a geometry-adjusting Flip Chip (B) and beefy Pivot Axles (C) to eliminate lateral flex virtually.
Santa Cruz only uses the highest quality Enduro MAX or TPX sealed radial bearings (A) and premium fasteners (B) for our linkage assemblies. They’re easy to torque and maintain properly, plus we offer free replacement bearings for life.
VPP suspension utilizes a one-piece swingarm that eliminates the need for pivots on the stays, creating a stout, bulletproof rear end for accurate tracking and superior performance.
Santa Cruz offers two grades of carbon—top-end CC Carbon and value-minded C Carbon. Though they have the same stiffness and performance, CC is lighter and comes paired with a more premium suspension.
The Sag Window (A), Glovebox (B) and internal cable tunnels (not shown) demonstrate Santa Cruz’s expertise in combining practical function with carbon design and manufacturing artistry.
THE SUM OF THE PARTS
In isolation, all these things are great—together with fanatical suspension tuning, a premium build spec, and meticulous attention to detail, they’re transcendent.
Suspension System VPP
Front Derailleur No compatibility
Headset/Headtube Integrated (IS41/52)
Seat Post 31.6mm
Seat Clamp 36.4mm
Eye to Eye length 210mm
Fork Compatibility 150-160mm
Fork Offset 44mm
Brake Mount 180 PM
BB Shell 73mm Threaded
Max Tire Size 2.5"
Max Chainring Size 34t
Water Bottle Mounts 1
Shock Mounting Bushing Front 30x8
Shock Mounting Bushing Rear 30x8 (bearing compatible)