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    Santa Cruz Hightower 27+

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    There's no way I can justify a long travel bike for my wimpy style of riding but it sure looks awesome.

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    Same here! Sure does look tough and ready to rip!!
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    Santa Cruz Hightower - Mtbr.com
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    135mm is long travel?

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    It's 140 or 150 on the front. Its predecessor, the Tallboy LT, was 135 in the rear as well

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    Looks like a very fun bike. As a short rider (5'5") who is now hooked on the benefits of the 29 and excited about 27.5+, I was a bit disappointed that there isn't going to be a small size. However investigating further it appears that Santa Cruz recommends their medium for people down to 5'4". It has a 430mm reach! I'd be very interested to see how I would fit on that bike. I've own/ridden both medium and small frames through the years and find for me the size small usually works better. I hate being told I should be on smaller wheels because I'm short. My height doesn't change the trail. However it seems many manufactures are doing this now.

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    Smart strategy to accommodate both 29 and 27.5+ for potential buyers that are bewildered by the various wheel/tire options out today. A lot of people considering spending between $4,800 to $7,800 would prefer a bike that accommodates more than one of these new options if there are few downsides to doing so. Necessary or not, we're gonna see more of these dual-duty rigs coming out

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    Quote Originally Posted by StumpyandhisBike View Post
    Looks like a very fun bike. As a short rider (5'5") who is now hooked on the benefits of the 29 and excited about 27.5+, I was a bit disappointed that there isn't going to be a small size. However investigating further it appears that Santa Cruz recommends their medium for people down to 5'4". It has a 430mm reach! I'd be very interested to see how I would fit on that bike. I've own/ridden both medium and small frames through the years and find for me the size small usually works better. I hate being told I should be on smaller wheels because I'm short. My height doesn't change the trail. However it seems many manufactures are doing this now.
    It's worth looking in to. Unlike the Tallboy LT, the seat tube is very short and the head tube stack is low too. The key is reach and top tube length for you. There's a Pacenti 35mm stem if the stock 50mm is too long for you.

    Also, you'll probably go to a 125mm dropper instead of the 150mm. I'm 5'8" with 30 inseam and I have an inch of exposed seatpost on 150mm Reverb dropper.
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    One thing cool with Boost and Plus bikes now is they can trade shoes with 29ers. I did this the other day and it fit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    One thing cool with Boost and Plus bikes now is they can trade shoes with 29ers. I did this the other day and it fit.
    Unfortunately, that only works if you buy a bunch of new bikes! Otherwise you are left with the opposite problem, a new bike that can't swap wheels with anything else in the fleet, because they are all 135/142.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikeny View Post
    Unfortunately, that only works if you buy a bunch of new bikes! Otherwise you are left with the opposite problem, a new bike that can't swap wheels with anything else in the fleet, because they are all 135/142.
    There is a company making end caps to get older hubs to work in boosted bikes
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