In a nutshell, the Santa Cruz Megatower is a large wheeled mountain bike (29 x2.4 in) designed for long distanced riding. So if you’re looking for a full suspension mountain bike capable of enduro-racing feats, then this Carbon GX Eagle Mountain Bike might be a good fit. It’s especially great for park riding and big descents, adding more thrill to your biking experience.
While the Megatower’s wheel size and name can be associated with the Santa Cruz family of Hightower bikes, this one distinguishes itself through its flip-chip adjustable geometry as well as a lower-link mounted shock that’s more on par with the newer models of the company, such as the 170mm-travel Nomad and 150mm Bronson. Such features make the Megatower an enduro bike in every way, with parts that provide the ideal balance of both performance and durability without needing to splurge on costs. For these reasons, here are some of the impressive features that make it unlike any enduro racing bike.
One can consider the Megatower to be among the list of the top mountain bikes capable of traversing on demanding trails. However, that’s not all that there is to it. It’s also pretty versatile, fast, and offers the security of a safety net even at high speeds on these trails. It’s also great that, unlike its close competitors, the Megatower almost always works well with any terrain with relative ease due to its seat tube angle. Compared to the Bronson and the 150mm Hightower LT, which was previously its longest-travel 29er, the Megatower’s geometry is more gravity inclined.
It also has two flip-chips that you can adjust to alter the bike’s geometry. One chip can change the chainstay length by at least 10mm, and when in the long position, it makes sufficient space for a 2.6-inch tire. The other chip lets you change between Santa Cruz’s Hi and Lo settings. On a size large at 470mm, it has a 10mm longer reach, unlike the Nomad and 27mm more than the Hightower LT. More than that, it also has a 65-degree head tube angle similar to the Nomad, as well as a 343mm bottom bracket height, making it an all-out enduro racer that can overcome any kind of path.
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Lower-link Mounted VPP Shock
Unlike bikes with an upper-mounted link such as the Tallboy or Hightower, this Carbon GX Mountain Eagle Bike has a lower-link VPP shock that helps drop the center of gravity while increasing stiffness and allowing engineers to adjust the leverage ratio into being linearly progressive. This basically means that the leverage ratio — something that is able to control the rate at which the shock can compress — remains consistent that the bike can function fairly well with coil or air shocks.
Furthermore, its counter-rotating and short links that help connect its rear and front triangles maintain the stiffness of its frame. At the same time, the VPP design is a Santa Cruz trademark known for its capability to suck up bumps while maintaining firm pedaling.