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Throughout Santa Cruz's lineup, the Hightower has long been known as a do-it-all trail bike, capable of backcountry endurance adventures in the Santa Cruz mountains, and fast laps at your local trail network when you need to hammer out as many post-workday miles as possible. And while this generation has reached for some new highs and stretched itself out, it maintains the all-mountain feel we love from the ride, just this time it's even more all-mountain-er. For 2020, the Hightower Carbon CC XTR Reserve Mountain Bike pushes the boundaries beyond its predecessor, and even its close cousin, the Hightower LT, reaching for longer and lower geometry than before, elevating confidence of the wagon-wheel 29er, and moving the linkage to a lower position that's akin to the Bronson and Nomad, which alone tells us the story of its new found descending prowess. But don't let it fool you into thinking its meant for a life of shuttles and lift laps alone -- Santa Cruz equips it with a flip chip for customizable geometry that remains lively under power, so you can eat up square bumps on technical climbs, and reach the summit with an ear-to-ear grin, eager to gobble up the rugged descent to follow. The new Hightower remains an all-mountain machine, but as a more capable bike than before, stretching its reach out a 20mm (on sizes small through large), offering more room in the cockpit to play with, while a more relaxed head tube elevates confidence on the descent. The new head tube angle sits a full 1. 5-degrees slacker than the previous Hightower in High mode, and 1. 8-degrees slacker in low, stretching things out to power over bigger rocks and chunder than ever before. And while this stretched out cockpit can come at the cost of pedal efficiency, Santa Cruz designers mitigate sluggish climbing by moving the seat tube to a steeper angle, adding an additional 2. 3-degrees in low setting, or 2. 8-degrees in high. The results are a bike that's steeper and more capable than the LT...

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