2019 SANTA CRUZ MEGATOWER CC

The 2019 Santa Cruz Megatower CC long travel 29er mountain bike is the perfect tool for the job when EWS courses are the only thing on the docket.

The Megatower CC features a lower link-driven VPP suspension platform. Not unlike what’s found on the Santa Cruz Nomad, it gives the Megatower a linear suspension curve with just a hint of progressive ramping. Want something a bit more progressive? Use the flip chip; instead of simply changing head and seattube angles, the chip instead adjusts the spring curve to make the rear end feel more progressive. In it’s lower setting, the spring curve is plusher off the top, and firmer at the middle and end of it’s travel. Other features include tubes that the internally-routed brake and derailleur lines pass through for simple installation, a removable downtube protector for shuttle days, a rear shock mudguard to deflect trail debris, a threaded bottom bracket for greater serviceability, and the ultralight CC-grade carbon frame and swingarm.

That said, the Megatower isn’t designed to be a trail bike. A 65 degree headtube angle, 76.6 degree seattube angle, 160 mm travel front and rear. The bike, like the Nomad, is designed to fit either a coil shock or air shock, with suspension kinematics to match. Like the Nomad, the Megatower is imbued with a fair bit of flexibility. There’s a lower-link flip chip is offered to adjust head and seattube angles 0.3 degrees, while a flip chip at the rear axle allows the rear wheel to be moved fore and aft 10 mm. In it’s longer setting, the Megatower can fit up to a 29 x 2.6″ tire. It’s combination of swappable wheelbases, slack-but-not-slow head angle, and 29″ wheels portends a bike that plows through rock gardens, grips like crazy, and gets through an enduro course like few others.

The 2019 Santa Cruz Megatower CC is available in five sizes (S-XXL), two colorways (Blackout and FS Green), and two build kits:

2019 Santa Cruz Megatower CC X01 – FOX 36 Float Performance Elite 160 mm fork, RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate 160 mm shock, SRAM X01 Eagle drivetrain with a 10/50t 12-speed cassette, SRAM Code RSC brakes, Santa Cruz AM Carbon flat bars, MRP AMg V2 Alloy chainguide, Rock Shox Reverb dropper seatpost, and an option for a RockShox Super Deluxe Coil Ultimate coil shock. It retails for $7,199, or $8,399 with Santa Cruz Reserve carbon wheels.

2019 Santa Cruz Megatower CC XTR – FOX 36 Float Factory 160 mm fork, RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate 160 mm shock, Shimano XTR M9100 drivetrain with a 10/51t 12-speed cassette, Shimano XTR M9120 brakes, Santa Cruz AM Carbon flat bars, MRP AMg V2 Alloy chainguide, Rock Shox Reverb dropper seatpost, and an option for a RockShox Super Deluxe Coil Ultimate coil shock. It retails for $9,799 with Santa Cruz Reserve carbon wheels.

2019 Santa Cruz Megatower CC XX1 – FOX 36 Float Factory 160 mm fork, RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate 160 mm shock, SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS wireless drivetrain with a 10/50t 12-speed cassette, SRAM Code RSC brakes, Santa Cruz AM Carbon flat bars, MRP AMg V2 Alloy chainguide, Rock Shox Reverb dropper seatpost, and an option for a RockShox Super Deluxe Coil Ultimate coil shock. It retails for $10,499 with Santa Cruz Reserve carbon wheels.

CC X01 models receive RaceFace AR Offset 30 Rims to DT Swiss 350 and Maxxis Minion DHF 2.5″/Minion DHR 2.4″ tires, with the option to upgrade to Santa Cruz Reserve 30 rims laced to DT Swiss 350 hubs. CC XTR models receive Santa Cruz Reserve 30 rims laced to Industry Nine Hydra hubs and Maxxis Minion DHF 2.5″/Minion DHR 2.4″ tires. CC XTR models receive Santa Cruz Reserve 30 rims laced to Industry Nine Torch hubs and Maxxis Minion DHF 2.5″/Minion DHR 2.4″ tires. Santa Cruz offers a lifetime warranty for each frameset they sell.

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