The Santa Cruz Hightower LT C XE Mountain Bike 2018 has been designed for maximum speed in the biggest mountains. It's truly race-bred, its design the result of the demands of racing at the EWS, Crankworx, and Andes Pacifico. The Hightower roared onto the scene in 2016, capturing the attention of everyone looking for the speed that big wheels deliver in big terrain. But there was always an inkling that the Hightower had more to offer, the stock travel wasn't quite enough to hit rougher tracks flat out. Enter the Santa Cruz Hightower LT with its 150mm VPP suspension. With the help of some of the fastest & most stylish riders around, the Hightower LT came to be. The links went through a few iterations, eventually reaching that sweet spot of spring rate, travel, and shock compatibility. Just like what was done with the V10, the LT receives a completely redesigned swingarm to match the new links. The LT's geometry is extremely close to the regular Hightower, as the bikes share a front triangle. The increased travel means the reach is slightly (7mm) shorter, the head angle a half-degree slacker, and the seat angle a half-degree slacker, as well. The rear triangle retains the dual upright design, but adds a post-mount rear brake. Unlike the regular Santa Cruz Hightower, you can't run 27.5+ sized tyres in the LT, and there's no flip chip to change the suspension. Instead, the 2018 Santa Cruz Hightower LT is focused entirely on going fast and giving you a bigger margin of error when taking on heavy hitting terrain. Santa Cruz Hightower LT 2018 Features Truly race-bred design is the result of the demands of racing at the EWS, Crankworx, and Andes Pacifico 150mm VPP travel has been built around a 29er only platform. Designed specifically to go fast on big terrain Redesigned rear triangle finds the perfect balance of spring rate, travel & shock compatibility Santa Cruz Hightower LT C XE 2018 Build Highlights Fox 36 Float Performance Elite 150mm fork Shimano XT M8000 groupset Shimano XT M8000 brakes E13 TRS 30mm rims with Novatec hubs Santa Cruz Hightower LT Frame Features 148mm Rear Axle Spacing 150mm (6) VPP™ suspension 15mm thru-axle fork 29 wheels Bottle cage mount within front triangle fits piggyback shocks Double sealed pivots for long bearing life Integrated Headset (IS41; IS52) Internal carbon tubes ensure precise and hassle-free routing of derailleur and seat post cables ISCG-05 tabs for chainguide compatibility Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL Threaded Bottom Bracket Santa Cruz Hightower LT C Frame The C-Level carbon frame found on the Santa Cruz Hightower LT boasts the same level of stiffness and strength as the higher tiered CC-level frame, but with the sacrifice of a bit more weight (280 grams heavier than the CC frame) to ensure the proper reinforcement is provided.