A few weeks ago Dirt Rag was lucky enough to check out the new Maverick from Juliana. You can read all about it here. Santa Cruz, Juliana’s parent (or maybe big brother) company, also released a new bike: the 2nd generation Hightower. Both bikes are made for that grey space between cross country and gravity riding. They are the perfect bike for those rides that start with hours of climbing, but finish with hours of descent. From flowy to showy, chunky to chuck-it, these bikes are made to adapt on the fly for a perfect ride.
The 140mm of VPP® lower-link-driven rear travel is paired with a 150mm fork, and momentum-maintaining, rock-eating, 29-inch wheels. Both bikes get a variety of material choices, spec, Reserve upgrade options, and will fit a water bottle in the main triangle.
As with all Santa Cruz and Juliana Bicycles, the frames have a lifetime warranty, as well as free lifetime bearing replacement. And if you upgrade to Reserve wheels, you get one more lifetime warranty—even if you break them like Danny.
The main difference between the two bikes is that the Hightower has an XL and an XXL sizing option, and the suspension for the Maverick is factory tuned for a lighter rider. Plus, Juliana bikes help support women’s cycling endeavors. Hightowers are sold aluminum frame-only for $2,000 or carbon frame-only for $3,300, and complete bikes range from $2,900 to $10,500. The Maverick is available in Carbon only, and only as a complete build, and range from $4,300 to $8,300.