Santa Cruz Megatower

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33.51, 35.05, 31.61, 34.07, 31.5 lb
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Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the Santa Cruz Megatower. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

26 reasons to buy

  • The Megatower is coil shock compatible. A coil shock gives riders a more playful and poppy ride.
  • The VPP suspension setup provides excellent mid-stroke support to riders.
  • Big hits are handled easily, with the supportive and supple VPP suspension setup.
  • The Megatower has a low center of gravity that gives riders excellent control through corners and turns.
  • The bike has clearance for 2.6” tires.
  • Geometry adjustments in the chainstay and shock allow riders the ability to adjust the Megatower to meet the needs of the terrain they traverse and their riding style.
  • The Megatower is available in numerous build options with two different carbon frames. The CC version of the frame is lighter, stronger and more expensive.
  • The frame and bearings on the bike have a lifetime warranty. Builds with Santa Cruz’s Reserve wheels also get a lifetime warranty on their wheels.
  • The firm setup of the Megatower requires riders to have an active and engaged riding style on the bike.
  • Experts were surprised to find the bike was comfortable for long climbs in the saddle.
  • Testers rarely found a need to use the shock’s lockout on climbs.
  • The Megatower can utilize a fork up to 180mm and a triple crown fork. This allows riders to better utilize the bike as a downhill bike.
  • The bike has a short seat tube, allowing riders to run a longer dropper post.
  • Internal cabling is clean and quiet on the Santa Cruz Megatower.
  • The centered riding position and slack headtube angle allow riders to easily maneuver the bike through chunky terrain.
  • A ribbed chainstay protector dampens the sound from chain slap on the Megatower.
  • The downtube of the bike has a protector, keeping it from becoming damaged by rocks on the trail.
  • Santa Cruz produces this mountain bike in sizes small through XXL, allowing a wide range of riders to experience this bike.
  • The shock fender protects the shock from being damaged on rides.
  • Santa Cruz specs the Megatower with Maxxis Assagai tires with a durable EXO casing. These are ideal for exploring rough and rowdy terrain.
  • Experts found the bike responded well on flat and flowy terrain when they pumped through rollers and actively guided the Megatower.
  • With 29” wheels, riders will find the Santa Cruz Megatower can easily maintain speeds through obstacles.
  • The bike’s lower-link VPP suspension placement allows room for a water bottle.
  • Testers were pleased to find that, even with a longer wheelbase, the Megatower felt nimble and stable on tight and twisting trails.
  • Large 200mm rotors paired with powerful Shimano or SRAM brakes provide excellent stopping power to riders of the Megatower.
  • A steep seat tube angle helps riders maintain traction on steep terrain.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Most experts agree the Megatower is expensive.
  • The bike is not available with an aluminum frame.
  • Experts found the bike required them to ride actively.

Bottom line

The Megatower is a capable enduro bike that comes alive on the descents. The bike has great mid-stroke support for climbing, with its lower link VPP suspension. The steep seat tube angle and Maxxis Assagai tires help riders maintain traction, even on steep technical climbs. This 29er requires riders to ride actively, but when they do they will be pleased to find how lively the bike can be. The Megatower is coil shock compatible. The bike is expensive but comes with a lifetime warranty on the frame and bearings.

Expert Reviews

70/100 based on 2 rated expert reviews

What Does Vital Think? The New Santa Cruz MEGAtower

The new design adds progression and consistency in the suspension feel while maintaining great pedaling performance. It addresses the sometimes slow-feeling, laggy response that characterized older Santa Cruz models when pushing into the travel, plus it makes the bike compatible with both air and coil shocks – something many enduro racers seek.

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Santa Cruz Megatower C R review

I got on well with the geometry (and the fact that there’s five sizes to choose from) and appreciate that there’s some useful adjustment on offer, but the rear suspension lacks some of the sensitivity and bump swallowing capabilities compared to similar bikes in this category.

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BIKE Magazine

Tested: Santa Cruz Megatower

Santa Cruz has entered the playing field with an option right where it needs to be—it’s modern in every aspect, through and through—but it’s rideable without feeling scaled back, and without any question that it won’t limit anyone. Blindly round a fast corner to find the trail decimated with erosive ruts and so long as you can hang on and loosely suck things up, you’ll batter your way through, explosion evaded.

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Bike Test Santa Cruz Megatower

It’s a 29er but you can get happy on it.

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[Tested] Santa Cruz Megatower

The Megatower is a bike bred for steep trails and terrain, racing, or if you only care to own only one bike, but also desire to hit the bike park now and again.

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Flow Mountain Bike

New Santa Cruz Megatower – Ridden & Rated

The first thing that struck us was how high it rode in its travel and the way it didn’t flinch when we smashed it through sections of repeated hard impacts. It’s like it keeps a card up its sleeve for moments that many bikes might deflect from, the Megatower would hold its line and stay at speed.

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Freehub Magazine

2019 Santa Cruz Megatower CC XO1 // Bike Review

I think this bike is perfect for really active riders, that are looking for a bike that allows them to accentuate their riding style.

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Loam Troopers

Should You Buy The Santa Cruz Megatower In 2020? | Mountain Bike Review

It’s a lot of bike for the average trails.

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Santa Cruz Megatower First Ride Review – The Big Wheel Nomad We’ve Been Waiting For.

Yes, the Santa Cruz Megatower seems like a silly name – at least to me (it sounds like it’s going to convert into a robot at any moment) – but it seems like the sort of bike that might be able to transform itself to suit a whopping range of mountain biking. Time will tell.

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Long Term Santa Cruz Megatower Review

The bike is very confidence-inspiring. It can handle almost anything I’ve thrown at it.

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MTB yumyum

Santa Cruz Megatower Test Ride & Review

For a big bike, it plowed. This is the mega-plower, is what this thing is. And I was really impressed with it.

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Mo and Hannah Awesome MTB

Should You Buy The Santa Cruz Megatower? (Megatower Demo and Visiting Arts Cyclery)

The key word I would use is here is stable, that’s what the Megatower felt like, Very stable platform. I attribute a lot of that to that longer wheelbase.

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MTB Savant

2 Things You Didn’t Know About The 2020 Santa Cruz Megatower // Review

It’s extremely capable and it likes to go really fast.

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Trails Dont Pay Bills

Santa Cruz Megatower 2021 Bike Review

I really enjoy it. I was a bit dubious as to if I should be going to a 29er. I was quite keen on the 27.5”.

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Sam's Bikes

Megatower Santa Cruz – Long Term Review

The stability of these new long, slack and low bikes is just unbelievable.

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This Bike Life

Santa Cruz Megatower Review | California Edition | Guest Rider

It definitely felt much more of a trail bike than I would consider a 160mm bike to feel.

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2019 Santa Cruz Megatower Demo Ride & Review MTB

I couldn’t get it to hit the line that I wanted several times on this trail.

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Best Day Ever MTB

Santa Cruz Megatower Review in Morzine.

It could be the best bike I’ve ever ridden.

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Dialed MTB

Santa Cruz Megatower Review & Initial Thoughts

If the brakes were better, I honestly think this build would be an amazing value.

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Island Bike Life

Santa Cruz Megatower Review

I definitely felt like the ride on the Megatower was a little more engaging. I’m hesitant to say it was funner. It was just different. It took me a little bit to get used to, but it definitely was a very engaging and fun ride.

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2019 Santa Cruz Megatower | Test Ride and Review | How Does It Compare to My La Sal Peak?

It feels really comfortable. You can definitely feel you’re on a big bike though.

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Santa Cruz MegaTower – The Bike I Should Have Bought?

The Megatower…it can do it all.

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Travel the Narrow Trail

Santa Cruz Megatower Ride & Review Dupont 2019

It is made to go downhill and I think it climbs just a touch better than the Hightower LT.

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Mountain Bike Rider

Santa Cruz Megatower: First Ride Review

On small bumps there’s a decent, if not class-leading, level of sensitivity and while square-edge performance is significantly improved with the new lower link design, it isn’t perfect and we still hung up hard enough on one particular rock to almost drag us over the bars.

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Introducing the Santa Cruz Megatower 29 – Ridden in NZ

This feels like a bike that can take a beating and be ridden hard for years to come.

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ENDURO Mountainbike Magazine

Santa Cruz Megatower CC X01 Reserve On Test – The Most Versatile Bike In Santa Cruz’s Portfolio

The handling of the Santa Cruz Megatower is very balanced and a lot of fun to ride on every kind of trail.

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2020 Santa Cruz Megatower

It takes a lot of speed to get this bike to truly come alive. If you enjoy riding fast, steep, long descents, spend a lot of time riding lift-served terrain, and / or race Enduro, you might enjoy the stability and speed this bike has to offer.

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Review: 2019 Santa Cruz Megatower – Stiff & Solid, But Not That Sensitive

The Megatower steamrolled its way onto the scene a few months ago, taking its place as Santa Cruz’s burliest 29er (except for the V10 29, of course), with 160mm of front and rear travel.

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SPOKE Magazine

The Santa Cruz Megatower Is Here And The Rodfather Has Ridden It

I like it. It looks great. Modern geometry without any extremes. Light and stiff it seems. The two adjusting chips are a fantastic option to fine tune the ride. No flaws, great finishing… any Santa Cruz fan will want to own one. A dark liquorice off- black for the bogans and a fruity sea foam green for the metro folk.

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Whistler Mountain Bike

‘2020’ Santa Cruz Megatower

The Megatower is a bully. It demands that you ride it hard. If you’re not regular riding double blacks, hucking features, riding steep slabs and loose fall line with baby head rocks, then maybe the Megatower is not your bike. You simple won’t enjoy it.

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User Ratings

100/100 based on 2 ratings
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