Santa Cruz Hightower CC pro bike gallery: Steve Peat's "everyday bike"

Top-spec dream ride for downhill racing legend

USWE recently invited me to deepest, darkest mid-Wales to check out its new trail backpacks — review incoming soon — and to ride with sponsored athlete and childhood hero of mine, Steve Peat.

While the opportunity to try and keep up with someone I admired very much as a yoof was a slightly surreal experience, getting to ogle over the legend’s bike up close was perhaps equally as exciting.

Steve described the bike as his everyday bike. Not a bad whip for razzing around the woods on!
Steve described the bike as his everyday bike. Not a bad whip for razzing around the woods on!

And what a bike it is — this Santa Cruz Hightower was described as Steve’s “everyday bike” and it was great to see a ride that really sees a lot of abuse.

From the full — and very used — Shimano XTR mechanical groupset and ENVE M70 wheels to a ton of Syndicate and 50-01 branded kit, there’s a lot to enjoy on this top-spec bike.

  • Frame: Santa Cruz Hightower CC
  • Fork: Fox Float 36 Factory
  • Shock: Fox Float X
  • Headset: Chris King NoThreadSet with CaneCreek 40 upper cup
  • Brakes: Shimano XTR M9000
  • Shifter lever: Shimano XTR M9000
  • Rear derailleur: Shimano XTR M9000
  • Cassette: Shimano XTR M9000 11-40
  • Chain: Shimano XTR M9000
  • Crankset: Shimano XTR M9000, 30T chainring
  • Wheelset: ENVE M70 wheels laced to blue Chris King ISO hubs
  • Tyres: Maxxis Minion DHR II 2.30 front, Maxxis Ardent 2.25 rear
  • Handlebars: ENVE Downhill bar
  • Stem: ENVE mountain stem, 50mm
  • Pedals: Crank Brothers Mallet DH
  • Saddle: WTB Rocket Santa Cruz Syndicate
  • Seat post: Rockshox Reverb Stealth
  • Grips: Lizard Skinz Peaty grips with Minnaar lockrings
  • Other accessories: 50-01 front mudguard
Jack Luke

Staff Writer, UK
Jack has been riding and fettling with bikes for his whole life. Always in search of the hippest new niche in cycling, Jack is a self-confessed gravel dork and thinks nothing of bivouacking on a beach after work. Also fond of cup and cone bearings, skids and tan wall tyres.
  • Discipline: Long days in the saddle by either road or mountain bike
  • Preferred Terrain: Happiest when on a rural road by the coast or crossing a remote mountain pass. Also partial to a cheeky gravel adventure or an arduous hike-a-bike.
  • Current Bikes: Custom Genesis Croix de Fer all road adventure wagon, Niner EMD 9.
  • Dream Bike: A rigid 44 Bikes Marauder, all black please.
  • Beer of Choice: Caesar Augustus
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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