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Since its inception, the Tallboy platform has become Santa Cruz's best seller, and with its efficient suspension and neutral handling, it's easy to see why. But, for those who aren't carbon-obsessed, the Santa Cruz Tallboy AL Frame with FLOAT CTD gives you the same legendary VPP suspension, and all of the modern compatibility standards, only in a durable aluminum platform. So, whether you're racing or trail riding, the Tallboy 142 is built to take it.

Much of what makes the Tallboy so widely beloved is its highly refined VPP suspension. VPP uses two counter-rotating links in order to achieve a balance between pedaling efficiency and bump absorption. The upper-link provides most of the rotation as the bike compresses into the sag point. This yields a vertical wheel path, which you'll notice in the form of a firm feel during acceleration. As the bike compresses deeper into the suspension, the lower-link activates, moving the axle path rearward. The rearward axle path enables the rear wheel to move out of the way of impacts more effectively. So, the ride remains smooth, not jarring. You'll also find the same collet-style pivot hardware that has become standard for Santa Cruz's suspension bikes. This means that your pivots stay tight and are a breeze to service.

The Tallboy is tuned for the FOX's FLOAT CTD Evolution shock, which gives you adjustable rebound and compression damping for supreme tune-ability. It receives a custom tune, which enables it to work harmoniously with the Tallboy's VPP suspension. The result is a bike that remains active under braking, is smooth over rough terrain, and provides tons of traction while climbing. Thankfully, this all achieved without any watt-wasting pedal bob.

You'll find a mixed tapered 44/56mm head tube in order to provide compatibility with tapered forks. For the uninitiated, tapered forks make a massive difference in steering precision, especially under hard braking. The rear dropouts accept a 142x12mm thru-axle rear hub, which boosts the stiffness on this already responsive machine. The 73mm English threaded bottom bracket shell ensures a creak-free crankset and ease of service. And the 30.9mm seatpost and 34.9mm front derailleur are both standard items. So, you'll be safe from the headaches associated with finding proprietary parts.

The Santa Cruz Tallboy AL Frame with CTD is available the sizes Medium, Large, and X-Large and in the colors Black, Raw/bare, Red, Satin Black, Satin Clear, and White.

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
Pivot Type:
angular contact bearings
Rear Travel:
100 mm
Rear Shock:
Recommended Fork Travel:
120 mm
Rear Axle:
12x142 mm thru-axle
Head Tube Diameter:
ZS44/EC49 mixed tapered
Headset Included:
Bottom Bracket Type:
73 mm English
ISCG Tabs:
Front Derailleur Mount:
34.9mm high clamp
Derailleur Pull:
Seatpost Diameter:
30.9 mm
Seat Collar:
34.9 mm Santa Cruz QR
Cable Routing:
Replaceable Rear Derailleur Hanger:
Compatible Components:
Recommended Use:
mountain biking
Manufacturer Warranty:
5 years on frame

sizing chart

Bike size by rider height


Geometry chart

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Head Tube


Head Tube Angle


Seat Tube Angle


Bottom Bracket Drop


Chainstay Length



44 44.0cm 51.5cm


36.3cm 72.1cm


72.0 deg 75.0 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 97.1cm
47 47.0cm 53.0cm


37.0cm 74.1cm 13.0cm 72.5 deg 74.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 97.7cm
50 50.0cm 54.5cm 54.0cm 37.0cm 76.0cm 14.0cm 73.0 deg 73.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 97.6cm
53 53.0cm 56.0cm 56.0cm 37.9cm 78.3cm 16.0cm 73.5 deg 73.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 98.6cm
55 55.0cm 57.5cm 58.0cm 38.9cm 80.1cm 18.0cm 73.5 deg 73.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 100.1cm
58 58.0cm 59.0cm 60.1cm 39.7cm 82.1cm 20.0cm 74.0 deg 73.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm


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Avg. ride time: 9m per week
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Not your everyday XC rig

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

This frameset has been great for me. The VPP suspension design is efficient, but will soak up small bumps at the same time very well. One of my favorite aspects of the VPP suspension is that they never seem to have any type of harsh bottom out, which is especially nice with only 100mm of travel. This, paired with the range of fork travel options on this frameset, allow it to tackle a wide variety of terrain and riding styles. Weight of my complete bike with moderate parts (SLX drivetrain, aluminum cockpit, and tubeless tires) came in at 29lbs w/pedals.

Not your everyday XC rig