Steve Peat may be retired from professional downhill racing, but this definitely does not stop him from having as much fun on the bike as possible.
Steve is still a big part of the Santa Cruz Syndicate, and recently took part in the Trans-Maderia enduro, a five day race that features 25 stages of blind racing and covers over 200km of wild terrain. His bike of choice for that event was a Hightower LT, Santa Cruz's 150mm 29er.
I was convinced that it would be too slack until I demo’d one. Once I demo’d one I realized that it was perfect.
Out of curiosity, you guys calculated or measured this?
This picture seems to tell the full story, looks pretty horrendous - cdnmos-bikeradar.global.ssl.fastly.net/images/news/2017/05/26/steve-peats-santa-cruz-hightower-cc-2-_-1495797858883-10nlfk5pijbhy-630-354.jpg
This was only after I test rode one at 3 different SC demo days and was surprised at how it felt compared to how it looked. I bought one after that.
For comparison, the actual STA on my Tallboy3 is slacker by approx 0.5deg.
I’ve spent plenty of time on bikes with steeper STAs and never got on with a 75deg STA because my center of mass was too far forward on rolling trails. Also, my knees would hit the bars when riding turning steep, switchbacky trails (owned a Honzo ST and Honzo C). Sure, the HTLT takes more attention to keep the front wheel down on straight up steep climbs but it is better balanced everywhere else.
Other designs I’ve ridden tend to cause an odd reward weighshift on steep climbs but I admit that I didn’t take much time to dial them in because they weren’t mine. With my SC bikes I’ve spent time setting up the forks and shocks really well (volume spacers, air pressure, damper settings).
Is this also a feature of the VPP design, sort of like sitting in a hammock? I don't not like the way the bike rides fast but it seems to have its shortcomings on slower speed, chunky terrain. Probably an east coast thing.
But f*ck it, lets just ride canti-brakes and rigid forks, climb better that way.
@WAKIdesigns: The DM stem looks alright. Appears their DH carbon bar is being run by The Syndicate now. I notice none of their products state the country of origin; unlike Hope, etc.
Likely a lot of UK Fanboi-ism going on with Burgtec; similar to us Greasy Canadians and our love for all things Chromag.
Been liking the Renthal stuff as of late too. Have 3 sets of bars on various bikes. Tried out the traction grips, getting some push-ons soonish. Might get the Apex stem instead of a Chromag Ranger V2.
No idea what Rideworks is.
@rickcd: show me a company that didn’t started from love for bikes? Most of them did Specialized, Trek, Race Face One Up
See these pedals(and other Burgtec components also) in real and come tell us if you see Nukeproof or Superstar quality.. I say they are way better than Hope.
That paired with a 35% weight reduction makes us the difference between fine and finest.
I've been a long time Santa Cruz fan but this is a deal breaker. Integrated headsets are trash.
160 for sure!
How dare he choose function over style!
A segway to a siege. Why?
I say Guile... (...you say Sonic Boom.)"
Sorry. I'll see myself out.
It seems some People (mainly from Trump-Land?) are quite narrow minded when it comes to nother languages than english. You should be aware that there is more on this planet.
I think it's cool Greg took a name from the language of the ancestors of his country.
(Again, the USA seems to have sometimes forgotten about their ancestors)
Again though, I love that this is actually a bike that's chosen for purpose and not to look pretty for the sponsors.
1. Looks like a session
2. Specialized will sue you
3. Norbs got robbed
Get used to it.
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