The Hightower LT link stretches the capabilities of a really good all around bike even further. These changes to the leverage curve help the suspension absorb chatter even better while also soaking up large hits with ease. As a result, the bike tracks better and stays composed through big impacts. This creates a more confidence inspiring ride that can let you push as if you were on an enduro rig while still maintaining excellent climbing ability. For us, the bike is our go-to set up for big pedal days with big descents. The Hightower LT link also adds mid-stroke support, coupled with some slight geometry changes, lets the bike rail corners even better. Coupled with this link, the Hightower V2 is the perfect enduro race bike for all but the most gnarly locations (Whistler and such).
We have designed the Hightower LT link around the stock 210 x 52.5 mm shock so no changes are necessary to run it. A 55 mm stroke shock (160 mm of travel) can be run if desired, but for people with smaller frames or completely slammed seats tire buzz can be an issue. The link also increases the clearance between the shock and the top of the shock tunnel. This is one of the tightest spots when fitting a coil with the stock link. Increasing clearance here allows coils to fit more comfortably and makes the shock tunnel width the only limiting factor in coil size. Because the Hightower uses a short stroke shock, the required spring rate to avoid harsh bottom outs results in very little sag with the stock link. By increasing the progression and raising the initial leverage ratio the suspension sags properly with the spring rate that’s needed to not bottom out harshly. With this set up, whether or not coil is for you is your call.
The Hightower LT link improves descending performance noticeably with an air shock as well so for a lot of riders the the air shock is the way to go. In fact the air shock is our choice with this link for our local trails.
Set Up FAQs
Recommended Spring Rates and Pressures
|Rider Weight||Spring Rate||Air Pressure|
|100 lbs (45.5 kg)||350 lbs||105 psi|
|120 lbs (54.4 kg)||400 lbs||130 psi|
|140 lbs (63.5 kg)||475 lbs||160 psi|
|160 lbs (72.6 kg)||550 lbs*||180 psi|
|180 lbs (81.8 kg)||600 lbs*||200 psi|
|200 lbs (90.7 kg)||650 lbs*||230 psi|
|220 lbs (99.8 kg)||700 lbs*||250 psi|
|240 lbs (108.8 kg)||–||275 psi|
|260 lbs (117.9 kg)||–||300 psi|
|280 lbs (127 kg)||–||325 psi|
*Note that the largest size spring we can recommend running is a 500 lb Fox SLS spring (52.5 mm OD). Plenty of frames out there can fit a larger spring than this, but because of the variation we’ve seen between frames, a 52.5 mm OD spring is the largest that will fit any frame. If you are interested in running a coil and need a larger OD spring make sure to check the clearance between the spring and the drive side of the shock tunnel. This is where the fit is tightest.