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Santa Cruz Megatower C - Storm Grey

Santa Cruz Megatower C - Storm Grey

Go big or go home

Now one of the most in demand high-end full suspension bikes on the market, the Megatower is one epic machine!

Take all that was great from the award winning Hightower, giving it steroids and you have the most confidence-inspiring 29” wheeled trail bike. Santa Cruz have added the lower link-driven VPP suspension derived from Santa Cruz’s Downhill bike, the V10, this lower-link mounted shock configuration designed for compatibility with both air and coil shocks provides a progressive rear shock rate that has unmatched traction as well as bottom out resistance.

Adjustability? Yes! a tidy and concealed flip chip in the lower-link adjusts bottom bracket height and changes the progressiveness of the rear suspension. A second, in the rear dropouts, allows for a 10mm fore-aft adjustment in chainstay length to dial in the riders rearward weight distribution - either set for play or for stability. The flip chips are a robust mechanism for riders looking to tune their ride according to their needs without compromising reliability and durability.

The Megatower isn't all fight and fury, it's smart and savvy too. It has a sharp, 76-degree seat tube angle for winching to the top of the kinds of descents where having a roomier cockpit and a 65-degree head tube angle will come in handy. And you can still carry around a full water bottle inside the frame (even with a piggyback shock), and the frame is well protected with a shock fender, shuttle guard, down-tube protector and ribbed chain stay protector.

Complementary DMR Vaults with all Santa Cruz

Custom Build your own Megatower here on the Bike Builder

We have a Storm Grey R-Kit in Large coming in end of March

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Flip Chips

The Megatower has two flip chips; one in the lower link adjusts geo and shock rate. The second, in the dropout, allows for 10mm adjustment in chainstay length. The chip in the lower link allows for 3.5mm difference in BB height to allow riders to fine-tune their ride height and people wishing to over-fork (+10mm travel) can preserve the BB height by using the Lo setting. Worth noting: You do get a larger HTA change (1-degree slacker) if you go from Hi to Lo and up-fork by 10mm at the same time. The dropout flip chip allows for riders to fine-tune their wheelbase and rear center +/- 10mm, something that’s particularly pertinent for riders on the larger size bikes who’ll benefit from an optimized climbing position and wider weight distribution for traction. While these changes may seem slight, and certainly won’t change the bike from an XC bike to park bike, using flip chips is a robust mechanism for riders looking to tweak their ride according to their needs without compromising the reliability and durability of the bike. No wack-a-do mousetraps and proprietary shocks here. Furthermore, switching between Lo and Hi will have an affect on shock rate, with the Lo position giving it slightly more progressive rate and a bit more bottom out resistance. Again, tweakers and finicky riders can adapt the suspension feel to their needs and desires. Lower-link


A lot’s happened in the past 18 years, but SC been hard at work on VPP the whole time. Conceptually, it’s no different than it was back in 2001 (when we started using VPP), but they've incrementally improved the ride characteristic with the introduction of each new model. The lower-link mounted shock first appeared on the V10—a bike free of constraints like that pesky front derailleur, and stayed there for a while. The lower link-mounted shock configuration gives a very progressive-linear rate with excellent small bump, mid-stroke support and great bottom out resistance. Sounds rad, right? It is. What’s more, short, counter-rotating links connect the front and rear triangles to create an extremely robust chassis. Simple linkages contain the pivot points to prevent slop from developing over time; grease ports make it serviceable; and pivots run on large diameter axles and bearings, which Santa Cruz offer free lifetime replacement for.

• Wheel Size: 29” • Size Range: S, M, L, XL, XXL

• Materials: C and CC carbon

• Rear Travel: 160mm, Front Travel: 160mm

• Suspension: Lower-link mounted VPP

• Dropout flip chip allows 10mm chainstay length adjustment

• Flip chip in lower-link for geo adjustment (-/+ 3.5mm BB height) - preserves BB height for over-forkers and allows even the most sensitive riders the ability to fine-tune their ride.

• 76-degree seat tube angle • Fits water bottle and piggyback shock

• Leverage curve designed to work equally well with coil or air shocks (both offered at most builds). Metric sizing and works with bearing shock eyelet

• Shock fender, shuttle guard, downtube protector and ribbed chainstay protector

• ISCG-05 mounts • 36T max chainring

• Lifetime warranty on frame and Reserve wheels




Megatower C R - Kit

Fork: RockShox Yari RC, 160mm, 29"

Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe Select

Chainguide: E.13 TRS Race SL, ISCG05

Rear Derailleur: SRAM NX Eagle, 12spd

Shifters: SRAM NX Eagle, 12spd

Crankset: SRAM NX Eagle 148 DUB 30t - 170mm

Cassette: SRAM PG1230, 12spd, 11-50t

Chain: SRAM NX Eagle, 12spd

Brakes: SRAM Guide RE

Rotors: Avid Centerline 200mm

Handlebar: E.13  Base

Grips: SC Palmdale Grips

Headset: Cane Creek 10 IS Integrated Headset

Seatpost: SDG Tellis

Saddle: WTB Silverado Race Saddle

Front Tyre: Maxxis Assegai 27.5"x2.5", 3C EXO+ TR

Rear Tyre: Maxxis Assegai 27.5"x2.5", 3C EXO+ TR

Wheels: F: SRAM MTH 716, 15x110, Torque Cap, 32h
R: SRAM MTH 746, 12x148, 32h
Rim: WTB ST i29 TCS 2.0 29"
Spokes: DT Swiss Competition

Sealant: Stan's Sealant

Megatower C S - Kit

Fork: FOX 36 Float Performance, 160mm, 29"

Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe Select+ / RockShox Super Deluxe Coil Select+

Chainguide: One Up Bash

Rear Derailleur: SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd

Shifters: SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd

Crankset: SRAM GX Eagle 148 DUB, 30t - 170mm

Cassette: SRAM XG1275 Eagle, 12spd, 10-50t

Chain: SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd

Brakes: SRAM Code R

Rotors: Avid Centerline 200mm

Handlebar: Burgtec Alloy

Stem: Burgtec Enduro MK3

Grips: Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips

Headset: Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset

Seatpost: RockShox Reverb Stealth, 1X Lever, MatchMaker, 31.6

Saddle: WTB Silverado Pro Saddle

Front Tyre: Maxxis Assegai 27.5"x2.5", 3C EXO+ TR

Rear Tyre: Maxxis Assegai 27.5"x2.5", 3C EXO+ TR

Wheels: F: DT Swiss 370, 15x110, 32h
R: DT Swiss 370, 12x148, XD, 32h
Rim: RaceFace AR Offset 30 29"
Spokes: DT Swiss Competition

Sealant: Stan's Sealant

Megatower C XT - Kit

Fork: FOX 36 F160 Performance Elite, 160mm,

Shock: Rockshox Super Deluxe Select+/ Rockshox Super Coli Deluxe Select+

Chainguide: OneUp Bash

Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT M8100

Shifters: 12spdShimano XT M8100

Crankset: 12spdShimano XT M8100, 30t - 170mmShimano

Chain: XT Shimano

Chassette: Cassette: XT M8100, 12spd, 10-51t

Brakes: Shimano XT, 12spdShimano XT 8120

Rotors: Shimano XT RT-86, Ice Tech, 203mm

Handlebar: Santa Cruz Bicycles Carbon Riser - 760mm

Stem: Burgtec Enduro MK3

Grips: Santa Cruz Palmdale

Headset: Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated

Seat Post: RockShox Reverb Stealth (125mm) (S) / (150mm) (M) / (170mm) (L,XL,XXL)

Saddle: WTB Silverado Team

Tyres: Maxxis Assegai 29"x2.5", 3C, MaxxGRIP, EXO+, TR Maxxis Minion DHR II 29"x2.4", 3C, EXO+F:

Wheels: DT Swiss 350, 15x110, 28h R: DT Swiss 350, 12x148, MicroSpline, 28h

Rims: RaceFace ARC Offset 30 29"

Spokes: Sapim RaceStan's Sealant

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