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2022 Santa Cruz Megatower

2022 Santa Cruz Megatower release date: April 19, 2022

What type of bike is the Santa Cruz Megatower?

The new Santa Cruz Megatower v2 is the ultimate long travel 29er for enduro races, bike parks, and epic all-mountain style adventures. Megatower's stability at speed will have you plowing through rock gardens and owning the steeps. It's predictable, forgiving, and confidence inspiring for when you're riding trails are anything but.

Santa Cruz Megatower 2022

  • Wheel size: 29 inch
  • Front travel: 170mm
  • Rear travel: 165mm
  • Tire clearance: 29x2.5"
  • Size range: S - XXL
  • Frame: C or CC carbon
  • Colors: Trans Blue or Matte Nickel

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Santa Cruz Megatower 2022 through rocks

Who’s it for?

The Santa Cruz Megatower v2 is designed with enduro racers and downhill park enthusiasts in mind. It's built for riders who want to bomb the gnarliest descents on the mountain and crush technical lines with ease.

Just point and shoot. The Megatower doesn't care about your line choice.

Santa Cruz Megatower on rocks

Why you'll love it

The 2022 Megatower has made a big splash among MTBers because of its brawny build designed to absorb huge hits and roll over anything, all while retaining great pedaling and climbing efficiency. 

The 29” wheels increase top speeds while the 165mm shock and 170mm fork chew up anything in your path. And the steeper seat tube angle will make you want to keep climbing back up for another lap.

What's new on the 2022 Santa Cruz Megatower v2?

The Megatower got some sweet upgrades for the new model release. 

Take a look at what's new below.

Santa Cruz Megatower has 170mm of front travel and 165 mm of rear travel

More front and rear travel

The previous version of the Megatower had 160mm of front and rear travel. For 2022, this heavy hitter got even more firepower, sporting a 165mm shock and a 170mm fork. As if you needed another excuse to send it on this rig...


2022 Megatower has improved leverage curves for better performance

new leverage ratio & curve

Santa Cruz made the Megatower more adept at super aggressive riding by tweaking the Megatower's suspension to improve bottom out resistance and damping support. As for what changed, they added a longer 62.5 shock to facilitate a lower overall leverage curve and straightened the end-stroke.

2022 megatower has a more aggressive geometry for tougher trails

More aggressive geometry

The head tube is tad slacker at 63.8/63.5°, and the reach is slightly longer at 475mm in size large. Those little increments add up and help you feel even more confident on steep, techy descents.


2022 megatower has size specific chainstays

Size specific chainstays

Every bike in the lineup now gets size specific chainstays that allow each and every person to have an optimally balanced ride quality.

2022 megatower has internal frame storage for tools

Glovebox frame storage & tool bag

The Glovebox is an exciting feature we've started to see more of. And it makes sense! No bulky bags here, just a super streamlined and clean storage system for your smaller ride essentials. Comes with a tool "wallet" and "purse" that fits nicely inside.

More Megatower specs

Here are some other key specs on the 2022 Santa Cruz Megatower:

Lifetime warranty on frames, pivot bearings, and carbon rims

Max tire width: 29 x 2.5

Boost 148mm spacing

Post mount brakes w/ 200mm rotors

ISCG05 chain guide mounts

Threaded BB

Santa Cruz UDH

IS headset

Santa Cruz Megatower Geometry

The Megatower’s frame perfectly balances stability with responsive handling with a roomy cockpit (475mm in size L), slack 63.8/63.5° head tube angle, and long wheelbase. The sharper 77.8/77.5° seat tube angle boosts efficiency on the climbs. 

The ultimate feature is the two flip chips that switch between the High and Low geometry options, one that changes rear suspension progressivity and one that extends chainstay length. 

Explore the table below that breaks down the more progressive Low setting and more linear High setting.

2022 Megatower Geometry

S
MLXLXXL
Flip Chip SettingHigh / LowHigh / LowHigh / LowHigh / LowHigh / Low
Reach430 / 427mm455 / 452mm475 / 472 mm495 / 492 mm520 / 517mm
Stack616 / 618mm625 / 627mm638 / 640mm656 / 658mm670 / 672mm
Head Tube Angle63.8 / 63.5°63.8 / 63.5°63.8 / 63.5°63.8 / 63.5°63.8 / 63.5°
Head Tube Length90mm100mm115mm135mm150mm
Seat Tube Angle77.2 / 77°77.4 / 77.2°77.8 / 77.5°77.8 / 77.5°77.8 / 77.5°
Seat Tube Length380mm405mm430mm460mm500mm
Rear Center436 / 437mm437 / 438mm440 / 441mm443 / 444mm447 / 448mm
Front Center770mm799mm826mm855mm886mm
BB Height346 / 343mm346 / 343mm346 / 343mm346 / 343mm346 / 343mm
BB Drop27 / 30mm27 / 30mm27 / 30mm27 / 30mm27 / 30mm
Wheelbase1206mm1236mm1266mm1298mm1334mm
Top Tube Length570mm594mm613mm637mm666mm
Standover Height709 / 705mm716 / 712mm723 / 718mm722 / 717mm724 / 720mm

Santa Cruz Megatower Size Chart

Here is the Santa Cruz Megatower size chart. Keep in mind that these are approximations. In order to get the best fit possible, you should consider the geometry chart above, your preferred riding style, and if possible, test ride the bike.

Megatower Frame SizeSMLXLXXL
Suggested Rider Height5'2" - 5'5"5'5" - 5'9"5'9" - 6'1"6'0" - 6'4"6'4" - 6'7"

2022 Santa Cruz Megatower For Sale

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2022 Megatower C R

Frame: Carbon C

Fork: RockShox Zeb

Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe Select

Drivetrain: SRAM NX Eagle

Brakes: SRAM G2 RE

Wheels: RaceFace AR Offset 30

Price: $5,649

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2022 Megatower C S

Frame: Carbon C

Fork: FOX 38 Float Performance

Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe Select+

Drivetrain: SRAM GX Eagle

Brakes: SRAM Code R

Wheels: RaceFace AR Offset 30

Price: $6,799

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2022 Megatower C GX AXS

Frame: Carbon C

Fork: FOX 38 Float Performance Elite

Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe Select+

Drivetrain: SRAM GX Eagle AXS

Brakes: SRAM Code RSC

Wheels: RaceFace ARC Offset 30

Price: $8,499

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2022 Megatower C GX AXS Coil

Frame: Carbon C

Fork: FOX 38 Float Performance Elite

Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe Select+ Coil

Drivetrain: SRAM GX Eagle AXS

Brakes: SRAM Code RSC

Wheels: RaceFace ARC Offset 30

Price: $8,499

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2022 Megatower C GX AXS RSV

Frame: Carbon C

Fork: FOX 38 Float Performance Elite

Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe Select+

Drivetrain: SRAM GX Eagle AXS

Brakes: SRAM Code RSC

Wheels: Reserve 30 29" Carbon Rims

Price: $9,799

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2022 Megatower C GX AXS RSV Coil

Frame: Carbon C

Fork: FOX 38 Float Performance Elite

Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe Select+ Coil

Drivetrain: SRAM GX Eagle AXS

Brakes: SRAM Code RSC

Wheels: Reserve 30 29" Carbon Rims

Price: $9,799

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2022 Megatower CC X01

Frame: Carbon CC

Fork: FOX 38 Float Factory

Shock: FOX Float X2 Factory

Drivetrain: SRAM X01 Eagle

Brakes: SRAM Code RSC

Wheels: RaceFace ARC Offset 30

Price: $9,299

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2022 Megatower CC X01 Coil

Frame: Carbon CC

Fork: FOX 38 Float Factory

Shock: FOX DH X2 Factory Coil

Drivetrain: SRAM X01 Eagle

Brakes: SRAM Code RSC

Wheels: RaceFace ARC Offset 30

Price: $9,299

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2022 Megatower CC X01 AXS RSV

Frame: Carbon CC

Fork: FOX 38 Float Factory

Shock: FOX Float X2 Factory

Drivetrain: SRAM X01 Eagle AXS

Brakes: SRAM Code RSC

Wheels: Reserve 30 29" Carbon Rims

Price: $11,199

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2022 Megatower CC X01 AXS RSV Coil

Frame: Carbon CC

Fork: FOX 38 Float Factory

Shock: FOX DH X2 Factory Coil

Drivetrain: SRAM X01 Eagle AXS

Brakes: SRAM Code RSC

Wheels: Reserve 30 29" Carbon Rims

Price: $11,199

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Santa Cruz Megatower FAQs

How much does a Santa Cruz Megatower cost?

The Santa Cruz Megatower costs between $5,149 for the R model and $10,249 for the highest-end X01 AXS Coil RSV model. Shop all Santa Cruz Megatower models to browse the other options available.

Is Megatower an Enduro bike?

The Santa Cruz Megatower is an enduro race bike designed for mountain bike circuits where climbing is necessary, but the downhill descents are the most important.

How much does the Santa Cruz Megatower weigh?

The Megatower weighs between 14.5 kg and 16.07 kg, depending on the model and frame size.

Can a Megatower climb?

The Megatower is an ultra-capable climber with a 77° seat tube angle to position the rider over the pedals for increased efficiency. The wide-range cassette (11-50t or 10-50t depending on the model) is perfect for steep slopes and there is limited suspension bob while climbing.

Hightower vs Megatower

As the name suggests, the Santa Cruz Megatower is the big sibling of the Hightower. The Hightower comes equipped with a slightly smaller full-suspension package with 150mm fork and 140mm of rear suspension. The frame comes in C or CC carbon like the Megatower, but riders can also choose an aluminum version which is not available on the Megatower.

Both models have flip chips to change between High and Low geometry settings. The Megatower is more robust, and excels in its natural environment of downhill parks and enduro races. The beefier suspension of the Megatower is for riders expecting the hardest-hitting trails.

Megatower vs Bronson

The Santa Cruz Bronson is a mullet bike with 29” front wheel and 27.5” rear wheel, while the Megatower is a purebred 29er. 

The Bronson is an all-mountain bike that has a little less travel but eats up just about any trail and provides playful, snappy handling for riders that enjoy whipping around on two wheels. 

The Megatower is an enduro race bike designed for gnarlier terrain and has a longer wheelbase for extra stability on steep descents or downhill bike parks.