Added a comment about feature Why That Bike? Santa Cruz Hightower 3/23/2017 3:19 PM

Thanks for the input man. And I agree with you--I've since had a chance to ride a medium and a large Hightower back to back, and the large felt better to me overall. Sure, the medium felt a bit more 'playful' casually goofing about, but the newer geo and riding position that comes with it centered me over the bike a lot better on the size large. On the trail the large was more stable, still nimble, and felt like I could just hammer the hell out of it and still come out upright on the other end.

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Added a comment about feature Why That Bike? Santa Cruz Hightower 1/15/2017 4:07 PM

I'm 5'10", 30" inseam. Long torso. Medium Tallboy stock is too small, but swapping to a +6 60mm stem and some low rise bars made it rideable, but not great. I know the Tallboy v Hightower is not apples to apples, so I guess I'll just have to track down a medium HT to test--with a longer wheelbase, the medium HT might just feel better than the Tallboy. Appreciate your input!

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Added a comment about feature Why That Bike? Santa Cruz Hightower 1/14/2017 1:32 AM

I appreciate the reply! I know someone else in your area that is my same height, and just went with the large (over the medium) too. Straight line point-n-shoot stuff I'd say yes to, but trying to maneuver in even the parking lot felt cumbersome...so it's the tight stuff I'm worried about. But your response is one more nod toward the size Large it seems. Thanks for the input, and beautiful bike.. damn I'm jealous!

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Liked a comment on the item Why That Bike? Santa Cruz Hightower 1/14/2017 1:25 AM

I'll chime in on my bike check. A shade under 183cm and I chose the XL. Maybe big for some but my style is more point and shoot and not flashy. I feel more centered on the bike and able to slam the dropper on top of the seat tube for the lowest attack position.

Liked a comment on the item Why That Bike? Santa Cruz Hightower 1/13/2017 9:21 PM

This is a cool format. I like reading why people going one way or another with customizations and bike choices in general.

Added a comment about feature Why That Bike? Santa Cruz Hightower 1/13/2017 9:21 PM

Any chance we can get some rider stats other than age? Important to me is rider height/frame size. I'm 180cm, so really right on that line once again between M or L. Have parking lot ridden the Large and seems like a monster truck, and that's coming from another 29r. On the other hand, I'm told with this newer geo that one really rides more 'off the front', whatever that means. Any input?

Great article and cool bikes. This is the kind of stuff that makes me love bikes like I was a kid all over again!

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