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Missing Link - Hightower Long Travel Link

Missing Link - Hightower Long Travel Link



Unlock the hidden performance of your Hightower! It becomes a fire breathing enduro race machine!

With the Missing Link you can upgrade your standard Santa Cruz Hightower to a long travel version. You will need to purchase a 210x55 shock with 8mm x 22mm bushings (identical at each end) separately.

The stock flip chip is used to achieve 150mm or 145mm of travel. The 145mm setting (shock bolt in lower position) provides more tire clearance for larger tires (generally 2.4" and up).

The link comes with Enduro bearings installed, which are the same ones found on the stock link. It is compatible with the linkage axles and dust caps, which are re-used when you install the Missing Link. Please follow the Santa Cruz link service procedures. The large pivot axle torque setting is 60 in-lb.

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Refer to the geometry chart in the images. The position of the suspension (with sag) may vary depending on your suspension settings.

Hightower LT?

The Missing Link is compatible with the LT frame, and uses a 210 x 55 shock. Note: The travel will remain at 150mm as will the stock geometry. You might want to consider this option if you are looking to upgrade to a metric coil or air shock.


You can install any shock that fits, but many customers go with the Fox X2 or DPX2, DVO Topaz, and Rock Shox Super Deluxe Coil or Air. Note: Trunion mount shocks or those with large bearings at the eyelets will not fit.


Fox retailers should be able to order a X2 or DPX2 even if they are not stocked. We recommend to contact your local bike shop or an online retailer.

DVO (direct)

Rock Shox

We recommend to contact your local bike shop to source a shock from Rock Shox. These are harder to find compared to Fox, but they are available.

Cane Creek (direct)

Push Industries (direct)

Avalanche Downhill Racing (direct, call for metric sizes)