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All Hail The Megatower – Santa Cruz’ Brand New Long Travel 29er Enduro Bike!

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Nicely a long-travel 29er is THE bike that everybody has been anticipating from Santa Cruz Bicycles. However did anybody anticipate it to be referred to as the ‘Megatower’?

Too dangerous when you didn’t (and bonus factors in case you did!) as a result of that’s the identify of Santa Cruz’ model new, 160mm journey, full suspension bike 29er enduro shredding beast; the Megatower!

Massive Wheels, Huge Journey

Up till right now, the longest journey 29er mountain bike from Santa Cruz was the 150mm Hightower LT – a motorcycle that was launched simply shy of two years in the past. The Hightower LT wasn’t solely a brand new bike although. Its mainframe was truly shared with the common 135mm journey Hightower. A unique swingarm, VPP hyperlinks and an extended stroke shock helped to eke out the extra journey as per the calls for of EWS racers who needed a succesful huge wheeler for competitors use.

Whereas the Hightower LT has been doing its factor during the last couple of years, Santa Cruz has been busy revamping its 27.5in-wheeled bikes. That features the newest 170mm journey Nomad and 150mm journey Bronson – each bikes that now function the gravity-oriented VPP linkage, which positions the shock decrease within the body, the place it’s pushed by the decrease VPP hyperlink, somewhat than the higher VPP hyperlink.

santa cruz megatower vpp coilThe shock is pushed by the decrease shock mount, identical to the V-10, Nomad and Bronson.

Gravity-Type VPP Suspension

This alteration in orientation purportedly improves small-bump sensitivity, whereas boosting each mid-stroke and end-stroke help – good issues for a motorcycle that’s meant to be blasted down ugly, technical singletrack as quick as potential.

Whereas the brand new Nomads and Bronsons have been doing very properly for themselves, numerous riders and enduro racers on the market have been nonetheless asking the query; when will we see a 29er model?

Properly, that query is answered in the present day by this absolute brute of a motorcycle.

santa cruz megatower 29er endurosanta cruz megatower 29er enduroThe Megatower is Santa Cruz’ new 160mm journey 29er enduro racer.

Based mostly upon the new-school VPP linkage design that we’ve seen trickle down from the V-10 into the newest Nomad and Bronson, the Megatower is pitched as a full-blown EWS machine. It comes with a burly wanting full carbon fibre frameset, with each C & CC choices out there. Nevertheless, Santa Cruz gained’t be producing an alloy model.

You’ll discover on-trend, descending-centric geometry, in addition to adjustable chips within the rear shock mount and on the dropouts for altering BB peak and chainstay size respectively. Need extra adjustability? You can too match a 160mm or 170mm journey fork up entrance for tweaking the journey peak even additional.

Santa Cruz Megatower Options

  • Carbon fibre lengthy journey enduro 29er
  • C & CC carbon fibre body choices
  • Decrease-link mounted VPP suspension design
  • Suitable with coil and high-volume air shocks
  • Hello/Lo geometry positions by way of decrease shock mount flip chip
  • Designed for 160-170mm fork journey
  • 64.7 – 65° head angle
  • 75.eight – 76.eight° seat angle
  • Attain: 425mm (S), 450mm (M), 470mm (L), 490mm (XL), 515mm (XXL)
  • Dropout flip chip to regulate chainstay size: 435-445mm
  • Max tyre clearance: 29×2.6in (with chainstays in longest setting)
  • 73mm threaded backside bracket shell
  • ISCG 05 chainguide tabs
  • Lifetime body guarantee
  • Megatower CC Body RRP: £three,299
  • Full bikes RRP: £Four,499 – £9,399

santa cruz megatower geometry shock coilsanta cruz megatower geometry shock coilThere’s a flip chip on the decrease shock mount with Hello/Lo geometry settings.santa cruz megatower adjustable chainstay dropoutsanta cruz megatower adjustable chainstay dropoutThere’s 10mm of adjustment for the chainstay size.santa cruz megatower geometrysanta cruz megatower geometrySanta Cruz Megatower geometry.

Geometry & Adjustability

Offering loads of scope for adjusting the bike to a rider’s terrain and private preferences, you’ll discover a Hello/Lo geometry chip within the decrease shock mount that not solely lifts or drops the BB peak by three.5mm, but in addition modifications the top and seat angles by zero.three°. Throw the longer 170mm fork on there although, and the angles chill even additional.

Then there’s the offset dropout design, which we first noticed on the brand new V-10 downhill race bike. This includes an alloy chip on both sides of the dropouts, which could be flipped to vary the chainstay size by 10mm – one thing that Santa Cruz states is especially essential for taller riders.

Different options on the brand new Megatower body embrace guided inner cable routing, bolt-on downtube stomach armour, and closely finned chainstay armouring that has additionally been introduced over from the brand new V-10.

cable routing internal santa cruz megatowercable routing internal santa cruz megatowerInner cable routing by way of the downtube and swingarm.armour santa cruz megatowerarmour santa cruz megatowerBolt-on stomach armour is there to guard the body when tailgate shuttling.santa cruz megatower chainstay guard armoursanta cruz megatower chainstay guard armourRibbed for quietness.

Construct Kits

Santa Cruz will probably be providing the Megatower in a frame-only choice based mostly across the higher-end CC body, together with quite a few construct package choices ranging from the entry-level £Four,499 Megatower C R construct, and going all the best way as much as the £9,399 Megatower CC XX1 AXS Reserve construct, full with wi-fi shifting and carbon fibre every little thing. Phew!

Right here’s a take a look at the totally different spec choices (and pricing) out there for the 2019 Megatower vary:

santa cruz megatower axs wirelesssanta cruz megatower axs wirelessThe highest-end Megatower construct comes with SRAM’s new wi-fi digital AXS drivetrain. Take a look at it shine!

Santa Cruz Megatower CC XX1 AXS Reserve

  • Body // CC Carbon Fibre, 160mm Journey
  • Shock // RockShox Tremendous Deluxe Final
  • Fork // Fox 36 Float Manufacturing unit Collection, GRIP2 Damper, 160mm Journey
  • Wheels // Santa Cruz Reserve 30 Carbon Rims & Business 9 Torch Hubs
  • Tyres // Maxxis Minion DHF 3C EXO+ 2.5in Entrance & DHR II 3C EXO+ 2.4in Rear
  • Drivetrain // SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS 1×12 w/XX1 DUB Cranks & 30t Chainring
  • Brakes // SRAM Code RSC w/200mm Centerline Rotors
  • Cockpit // Santa Cruz AM Carbon Bars, Race Face Turbine R Stem, RockShox Reverb AXS Wi-fi Dropper Publish & WTB Silverado Staff Saddle
  • Claimed Weight // 13.9kg / 30.64lb
  • RRP // £9,399

Santa Cruz Megatower CC XTR Reserve

  • Body // CC Carbon Fibre, 160mm Journey
  • Shock // RockShox Tremendous Deluxe Final
  • Fork // Fox 36 Float Manufacturing unit Collection, GRIP2 Damper, 160mm Journey
  • Wheels // Santa Cruz Reserve 30 Carbon Rims & Business 9 Hydra Hubs
  • Tyres // Maxxis Minion DHF 3C EXO+ 2.5in Entrance & DHR II 3C EXO+ 2.4in Rear
  • Drivetrain // Shimano XTR 1×12 w/E*13 LGR1r Cranks & 30t Chainring
  • Brakes // Shimano XTR Enduro Four-Piston w/200mm Centerlock Rotors
  • Cockpit // Santa Cruz AM Carbon Bars, Race Face Turbine R Stem, RockShox Reverb Stealth Dropper Publish & WTB Silverado Staff Saddle
  • Claimed Weight // 13.78kg / 30.9lb
  • RRP // £eight,399

santa cruz megatower code rsc brakesanta cruz megatower code rsc brakeAnticipate highly effective Four-piston brakes on ever construct, full with 200mm rotors.

Santa Cruz Megatower CC X01 Reserve

  • Body // CC Carbon Fibre, 160mm Journey
  • Shock // RockShox Tremendous Deluxe Final
  • Fork // Fox 36 Float Efficiency Elite Collection, GRIP2 Damper, 160mm Journey
  • Wheels // Santa Cruz Reserve 30 Carbon Rims & DT Swiss 350 Hubs
  • Tyres // Maxxis Minion DHF 3C EXO+ 2.5in Entrance & DHR II 3C EXO+ 2.4in Rear
  • Drivetrain // SRAM X01 Eagle 1×12 w/X1 DUB Cranks & 30t Chainring
  • Brakes // SRAM Code RSC w/200mm Centerline Rotors
  • Cockpit // Santa Cruz AM Carbon Bars, Race Face Aeffect R Stem, RockShox Reverb Stealth Dropper Submit & WTB Silverado Workforce Saddle
  • Claimed Weight // 13.98kg / 30.83lb
  • RRP // £7,699

Santa Cruz Megatower CC X01

  • Body // CC Carbon Fibre, 160mm Journey
  • Shock // RockShox Tremendous Deluxe Final
  • Fork // Fox 36 Float Efficiency Elite Collection, GRIP2 Damper, 160mm Journey
  • Wheels // Race Face ARC Offset 30 Rims & DT Swiss 350 Hubs
  • Tyres // Maxxis Minion DHF 3C EXO+ 2.5in Entrance & DHR II 3C EXO+ 2.4in Rear
  • Drivetrain // SRAM X01 Eagle 1×12 w/X1 DUB Cranks & 30t Chainring
  • Brakes // SRAM Code RSC w/200mm Centerline Rotors
  • Cockpit // Santa Cruz AM Carbon Bars, Race Face Aeffect R Stem, RockShox Reverb Stealth Dropper Submit & WTB Silverado Staff Saddle
  • Claimed Weight // 14.1kg / 31.09lb
  • RRP // £6,599

santa cruz megatower rockshox super deluxesanta cruz megatower rockshox super deluxeThe Megatower is suitable with high-volume air shocks, and coil shocks too.

Santa Cruz Megatower C S Reserve

  • Body // C Carbon Fibre, 160mm Journey
  • Shock // RockShox Tremendous Deluxe Choose+
  • Fork // Fox 36 Float Efficiency Collection, GRIP Damper, 160mm Journey
  • Wheels // Santa Cruz Reserve 30 Carbon Rims & DT Swiss 370 Hubs
  • Tyres // Maxxis Minion DHF 3C EXO+ 2.5in Entrance & DHR II 3C EXO+ 2.4in Rear
  • Drivetrain // SRAM GX Eagle 1×12 w/Stylo 7K DUB Cranks & 30t Chainring
  • Brakes // SRAM Code R w/200mm Centerline Rotors
  • Cockpit // Race Face Aeffect R Bars & Stem, RockShox Reverb Stealth Dropper Submit & WTB Silverado Professional Saddle
  • Claimed Weight // 14.58kg / 32.15lb
  • RRP // £6,599

santa cruz megatowersanta cruz megatowerAll Megatower builds will include a 160mm Fox or RockShox fork. You’ll be able to go as much as 170mm in case you like although.

Santa Cruz Megatower C S

  • Body // C Carbon Fibre, 160mm Journey
  • Shock // RockShox Tremendous Deluxe Choose+
  • Fork // Fox 36 Float Efficiency Collection, GRIP Damper, 160mm Journey
  • Wheels // Race Face AR Offset 30 Rims & DT Swiss 370 Hubs
  • Tyres // Maxxis Minion DHF 3C EXO+ 2.5in Entrance & DHR II 3C EXO+ 2.4in Rear
  • Drivetrain // SRAM GX Eagle 1×12 w/Stylo 7K DUB Cranks & 30t Chainring
  • Brakes // SRAM Code R w/200mm Centerline Rotors
  • Cockpit // Race Face Aeffect R Bars & Stem, RockShox Reverb Stealth Dropper Publish & WTB Silverado Professional Saddle
  • Claimed Weight // 14.72kg / 32.46lb
  • RRP // £5,399

Santa Cruz Megatower C R

  • Body // C Carbon Fibre, 160mm Journey
  • Shock // RockShox Tremendous Deluxe Choose
  • Fork // RockShox Yari RC, 160mm Journey
  • Wheels // WTB ST i29 Rims & SRAM MTH Hubs
  • Tyres // Maxxis Minion DHF 3C EXO+ 2.5in Entrance & DHR II 3C EXO+ 2.4in Rear
  • Drivetrain // SRAM NX Eagle 1×12 w/NX Eagle DUB Cranks & 30t Chainring
  • Brakes // SRAM Information RE w/200mm Centerline Rotors
  • Cockpit // Race Face Aeffect R Bars, Chester Stem & Aeffect Dropper Submit, WTB Silverado Race Saddle
  • Claimed Weight // 15.13kg / 33.35lb
  • RRP // £Four,499

santa cruz megatowersanta cruz megatowerThe Megatower is designed as a purpose-built enduro race machine.

And there you might have it – the brand new lengthy journey 29er from Santa Cruz!

We’d like to know what you people consider the identify, and in addition what you consider the bike. Is that this the large wheeler you’ve been ready for? Or are you continue to on Group Nomad/Bronson? Tell us your ideas within the feedback part under!

For extra info, head to the Santa Cruz Bicycles web site, and to learn how it rides, be sure to take a look at our first experience evaluate proper right here.