The ultimate power-wheeling, bump-chewing sidekick
The Megatower is the fusion of big wheels and the biggest-hitting suspension system. Its a modern day brawler, as suited to diehard racers as it is to riders wanting to conquer their hometown trails.
Tracing its roots to the Hightower, and now featuring the lower link-driven VPP suspension derived from the V10, the Megatower is the most capable, confidence-inspiring 29er trail bike in our line-up. The lower-link mounted shock configuration designed for compatibility with both air and coil shocks provides a progressive shock rate that has unmatched traction and bottom out resistance, making it ideal for taming the longest descents and rowdiest hits.
In order to make the Megatower stride confidently across the globe it has an enormous amount of clever adjustability hidden in its bones. A tidy and concealed flip chip in the lower-link adjusts bottom bracket height and changes progressivity 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. No wackadoo mousetraps and frail proprietary shocks here.
The Megatower isnt all fight and fury, its 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, downtube protector and ribbed chainstay protector.
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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 Santa Cruz 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
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 TRSSTEME.13 TRS
Grips: Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips
Headset: Cane Creek 10 IS Integrated Headset
Seatpost: Race Face Aeffect Dropper, 31.6
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