Santa Cruz Megatower: Get the lowdown

Santa Cruz Megatower

The Santa Cruz Megatower is to be released imminently, but what is it? Santa Cruz say:

The Megatower is the fusion of big wheels and the biggest-hitting suspension system. It’s a modern day brawler, as suited to diehard racers as it is to riders wanting to conquer their hometown trails.”

This sounds great, but lets look in to it a in a bit more detail. 

Looking at the specs, it is quite clear what the Santa Cruz Megatower is made for. It replaces the Hightower LT, which was for riders that wanted a Hightower with more travel. The Megatower is now Santa Cruz’s enduro bike that has been designed with what they learned developing the V10, Bronson and Nomad.

  • Wheelsize: 29″
  •  Travel: 160mm
  • Head angle: 65° or 64.7°
  • Chainstay length: 435mm or 445mm
  • Threaded bottom bracket
  • 12 x 148mm rear spacing
  • Fork offset: 44mm
  • Coil or air shock options, 230 x 57.5mm
  •  Sizes: S – XXL
  • Colors: black, green
  • Weight (claimed): 30.8 lb / 14 kg

Geometry

The designers experimented with different geometries after testing out the slackest bikes on the market. They came up with a modern but not extreme geometry, with a 470mm reach for a size large, and either a 65 or 64.7-degree head angle with a 160mm fork.

On the medium in the ‘High’ setting you’ll get a 450mm reach and a 65 degree head angle, 76.8 degree seat angle and an adjustable wheelbase.This ranges from from 1207 to 1217mm. When you change it to ‘Lo’,you lose a few millimetres in reach but gain some in wheelbase, while the head angle drops to 64.7 and the seat tube angle to 76.4 degrees. The changes are more pronounced the high up the size range you go.

Santa Cruz mega tower

Riding the Santa Cruz Megatower

Unfortunately my poky little website isn’t at a point where Santa Cruz will just lend me a bike to test. But I found this video from MBR, who did manage to ride one. (I should really be schmoozing my Santa Cruz contacts in Morzine more, I’ll keep you posted).

The Santa Cruz Megatower Range

The range includes seven complete bikes starting at £4,499.99 for the C R, rising to an eye-watering £9,499.00 for the CC XX1 AXS Reserve model. Rockshock Super Deluxe coil and air shock options are available from the C S model upwards. A CC frame-only option is available for £3,299.99.

Santa Cruz Megatower CC XX1 AXS

Here we have the Megatower CC XX1 AXS. For a measly £9,499.00 this could be sitting in the corner of your bedroom. 

You get the top of the range CC carbon frame, a Fox Float 36 Factory fork, Rockshox Super Deluxe Ultimate shock, and full SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS everything else including the Reverb. Stopping power comes from SRAM Code RSCs. You will be rolling on i9 hubs laced to Santa Cruz Reserve 30 rims via DT Swiss Competiton spokes. Finishing kit includes a Santa Cruz AM carbon bar and a WTB Silverado saddle. Beautiful.

Santa Cruz Megatower CC XTR

If you don’t fancy electronic shifting or can’t quite justify almost ten grand on a bike, you can save some money with this. 

The Santa Cruz Megatower CC XTR has a Reverb dropper, an eThirteen LG1r crank and an XTR groupset. Other than that, you get the same kit as the pricier model above. You can use the money you save to try it out on a proper mountain bike holiday.

Santa Cruz Megatower CC XO1 Reserve

The Santa Cruze Megatower CC XO1 Reserve is the cheapest of the top end carbon framed models with carbon wheels. Cheaper than the XTR model and a hell of a lot cheaper than the XX1 AXS shod range-topper, it certainly is less eye-wateringly pricey. You can choose between air and coil shocked versions too.

As the name suggests, you get the top end carbon frame, full SRAM XO1 Eagle 12 speed drive and the Santa Cruz Reserve wheels, the latter mate to DT Swiss 350 hubs rather than the i9 Torch models. Forks are Fox Float 36 units but the Performance damper instead of the Factory option.

Santa Cruz Megatower CC XO1

The cheapest of the CC framed Megatowers comes in at £6,599.99.

It is has DT Swiss 350 hubs and RaceFace’s ARC Offset 30 rims. This makes it  £1,100 cheaper than the Reserve version. This will probably be the most popular version.

Santa Cruz Megatower C S Reserve

The Santa Cruz Megatower C S Reserve has posh carbon wheels  the wheels but not the top of the range carbon frame. 

This one is the the same price as the CC XO1 (£6,599.99) but has the Reserve wheels on DT Swiss 370 hubs, a SRAM GX Eagle 12 speed drive, a SRAM Style 7k crank and losing the Santa Cruz AM carbon bar to a RaceFace Aeffect offering.

Santa Cruz Megatower C R

There is no such thing as a budget Santa Cruz bike but the CR is the cheapest Megatower here and still quite impressive. You don’t get a choice of coil or air shock on this one like you do with the others. You get a Rockshox Super Deluxe Select, which isn’t exactly rubbish..

This base model Megatower has a full SRAM NX Eagle 12 speed drive, SRAM MTH hubs on WTB i29 rims and Guide RE brakes. Finishing kit is very much the same as the other C models.

Santa Cruz Megatower C S

The C S model comes in at £5,399.99. This is mainly down to the RaceFace AR Offset rims, instead of the Reserve rims.

You get SRAM GX Eagle 12 speed drive, DT Swiss 370 hubs, SRAM Code R brakes, a Stylo 7k crank and a hosed Reverb is pretty much the same as the Reserve model.

What do you think?

Are Santa Cruz bikes overpriced and overrated? I know many people that won’t ride anything else. Are you one of these people? Let me know in the comments below. Also, if you want a Santa Cruz bike, but want to know where to get the best deals, click on the button below.

 

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