In recent times bicycle brands have put great effort into honing 29″ geometry to create bikes that have become Swiss army knife like quiver killers, the single bike to rule all bikes.
The idea that all you need to own now is one bike that can do virtually everything you want to do has become the mantra for frame and suspension designers throughout the industry.
Santa Cruz had the Hightower, a very strong candidate for that title. Not content with having one, they promised a better option, more finely tuned and more versatile to the broad reaching demands of a single bike to conquer all.
The cycling world held its breath, then shazam , the Hightower LT was released into the wild.
Vital MTB have done a long term test on this bike and what makes this an interesting read is that fact that they played with the build, changing out stock build parts for performance seeking alternatives, the results of which are not completely as expected
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