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Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy Carbon CC 29 X01 Complete Mountain Bike - 2017

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Do it all.

At the moment, the buzzy, hyperbolic headlines and glory shots littering the covers of the glossies might have you believing that burly all-mountain and enduro bikes are the ones to watch this season, but a closer look across disciplines would reveal that it's not just long-and-low, terrain-devouring rigs that are changing expectations across the mountain world. The definition of XC has quietly become more fluid every year, and with the all-new 2017 Tallboy Carbon CC 29 X01 Complete Mountain Bike, Santa Cruz demonstrates that it's possible for an XC bike to enjoy rough and rocky terrain every bit as much as smooth ribbons of singletrack.

To put it simply, the new Tallboy is a more capable, versatile bike that doesn't stray far from the design that earned it so many loyal devotees. Though the new version counts plenty of notable changes compared to its predecessor, its major changes include a more relaxed, spacious geometry and the improved performance of a reworked linkage that all of Santa Cruz's latest models have received. Santa Cruz also made important modifications to its flip chip technology, first seen on the Hightower, to ready it for use on the Tallboy 3. Flip chip was developed to allow riders to switch between 29 and 27.5+ wheel sizes, and on the Hightower, necessitated a slight change in head tube angle. However, Santa Cruz was able to fine-tune the technology to allow the geometry to remain exactly the same across each wheel size. This means, depending on the day, your Tallboy 3 could be barreling with stability through gouged-up grassy trails and rock gardens, or floating over root-latticed switchbacks with plush, quiet confidence of 27.5+.

By XC standards, the Tallboy 3's head tube angle takes it leaning towards the trail side of things, from a traditional 70.2 degrees to a more relaxed 68 degrees, and Santa Cruz managed to shave a little over 13mm off the chainstay length to bring them down to 17.01in. This, coupled with a significantly longer reach, results in a rear triangle with the snappiness you'll need to dice through the tight and twisties, and a stable, confident front end for diving off the XC course and into the white-knuckle stuff.

Geometry is only half the story, of course, and with such extensive changes, change-averse Tallboy fans will be pleased to learn that the Third Generation VPP suspension platform the Tallboy uses didn't undergo any earth-shattering changes. In fact, it's the same VPP that the Bronson 2.0 and 5010 2.0 received, inspired by the burlier Nomad, which means you get links that stay out of the way to accommodate a piggyback shock's external can without giving up the bottle cage. Because of this, Santa Cruz was able to build the frame with more ground clearance, lower standover, and a stiffer design to complement the already stiff Boost back end.

Third generation VPP also received a few tweaks to its tuning compared to older version, with its new curve deviating from the previous "U" shape and moving towards more of a flattened check mark, with less dramatic ramping on either end of the arc. This improves the suspension's traction and compliance early and towards the middle of the stroke, lending more consistency and grip across root-laced, inconsistent trails. These changes thankfully don't have any impact on acceleration, so the Tallboy 3 remains just as nimble and responsive as its predecessors in case you find yourself on the starting line of a weekend race, with an overall increase in consistency and bump compliance throughout your ride.

Seeing no need to change such a rock-solid construction process, Santa Cruz continues to shape its top-tier Carbon CC frames with a higher modulus carbon than the Carbon C models, allowing engineers to use less material to achieve ideal strength and stiffness levels. That high-modulus carbon is then used to shape each triangle as a whole piece, allowing engineers to continuously shape high-stress junctures and avoid creating weak points or areas of the frame with less structural integrity. Before completion, the carbon is also compacted from the inside as well, eliminating excess material build-up inside the tubing and saving even more weight over quicker, less precise construction methods.

Showing where it believes the future of mountain drivetrains is heading, Santa Cruz allowed the reworked linkage of the Tallboy to define it as one-by only, but it did include ISCG 05 tabs. We still can't speak highly enough about the threaded bottom brackets Santa Cruz specs its bikes with, promising far less creaking and eliminating the headache of dealing with tricky tolerances and inconsistencies of press fit. The Tallboy 3's 27.5+ mode accommodates every manufacturer's 2.8in tires, but you may have issues with some 3in models. Its clearance will decrease as a 29er, of course, but you'll still receive Maxxis' 2.35in Ardent tires out of the box, which are more than capable of providing traction in loose and slick corners and a hearty dose of plushness on the harder stuff.

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
CC carbon fiber
Suspension:
VPP
Rear Shock:
Fox Float Performance Elite
Rear Travel:
110 mm
Fork:
FOX FLOAT 34 Float 29 Performance Elite
Front Travel:
120 mm
Headset:
Cane Creek 40 Integrated
Shifters:
SRAM X01 (11-speed)
Rear Derailleur:
SRAM X01
ISCG Tabs:
no
Crankset:
30 t Race Face Turbine
Bottom Bracket:
73mm BSA threaded
Cassette:
10 - 42 t SRAM XG1180
Chain:
SRAM PC1130
Brakeset:
SRAM Level TLM
Brake Type:
hydraulic disc
Rotors:
180 / 180 mm Avid Centerline
Handlebar:
Santa Cruz Carbon Flat Bar
Handlebar Width:
750 mm
Grips:
Santa Cruz Palmdale lock-on
Stem:
Race Face Turbine Basic
Stem Length:
55 mm
Saddle:
WTB Silverado Team
Seatpost:
RockShox Reverb Stealth 150mm travel (125mm on size small)
Wheelset:
Easton ARC 24
Hubs:
DT Swiss 350
Front Axle:
15 x 110mm Boost
Rear Axle:
12 x 148mm Boost
Tires:
[front] Maxxis Minion DHF Exo 3c, [rear] Maxxis Ardent Race Exo
Tire Size:
[front] 29 x 2.3 in, [rear] 29 x 2.35 in
Pedals:
not included
Recommended Use:
cross country
Manufacturer Warranty:
lifetime on frame
Actual Weight:
Yellow/Emerald, S: 12000g

sizing chart

Tallboy size by rider height

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Geometry chart

Santa Cruz

Geometry Chart

 

Tallboy 29
120mm Travel Fork
 

Seat Tube

(c-t)

Effective Top Tube

(eTT)

Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Stand Over

Head Tube

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HTo)

Seat Tube Angle

(STo)

Bottom Bracket Drop

(BBD)

Chainstay

(CS)

Wheelbase
S 15.3in 22.6in 23.4in 15.9in 27.7in 3.5in 68o 73o 1.6in 17in 43.9in
M 16.5in 23.7in 23.7in 16.9in 27.8in 3.9in 68o 73o 1.6in 17in 45.1in
L 17.7in 24.5in 23.7in 17.7in 27.8in 3.9in 68o 73o 1.6in 17in 45.9in
XL 18.9in 25.7in 24.5in 18.7in 27.9in 4.5in 68o 73o 1.6in 17in 47in
XXL 20.1in 27.1in 25.7in 19.9in 27.7in 5.1in 68o 73o 1.6in 17in 48.5in
Tallboy 27.5+
130mm Travel Fork
 

Seat Tube

(c-t)

Effective Top Tube

(eTT)

Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Stand Over

Head Tube

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HTo)

Seat Tube Angle

(STo)

Bottom Bracket Drop

(BBD)

Chainstay

(CS)

Wheelbase
S 15.3in 22.6in 23.4in 15.9in 27.6in 3.5in 68o 73o 1.3in 17in 44.1in
M 16.5in 23.8in 23.8in 16.8in 27.7in 3.9in 68o 73o 1.3in 17in 45.2in
L 17.7in 24.6in 23.8in 17.6in 27.7in 3.9in 68o 73o 1.3in 17in 46in
XL 18.9in 25.7in 24.4in 18.6in 27.8in 4.5in 68o 73o 1.3in 17in 47.2in
XXL 20.1in 27.1in 24.9in 19.8in 27.5in 5.1in 68o 73o 1.3in 17in 48.6in

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This bike rips

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had this bike for about a month and a half now. I traded up from a Pivot Mach 429 and have been very pleased. It rides a bit different and took some getting used to but I've been very pleased.

I would generally consider myself a trail rider who dabbles in some XC endurance racing. This bike is relatively light and it's easy to put in the miles. It excelles riding both downhill and uphill. Santa Cruz knocked it out of the park with this bike.

I'm 6'0" and fall right on the border of the L and XL (just a heads up the sizing chart listed on this page is not correct and the correct chart can be found on Santa Cruz's site). Based off the measurements for current bikes I own, I opted to go with the L. This has proven to be the correct choice.

I'll likely upgrade to Industry 9 wheels but have been relatively pleased with the DT340/Easton Rim combo. I initially identified this as weak point that has actually turned out to be a serviceable wheel set.

current stock

    We do have a few medium and larges currently in stock finally as of 6/27. If you have question specifically on how this version compares to previous versions feel free to contact me direct.
    We do have a few of the 27.5 X01 versions in stock as well.
    Wes Branham- Account Manager-Bike
    801-204-4542
    wbranham@competitivecyclist.com

    Avg. ride time: 6h 33m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    Is there a geometry chart for the new Tallboy?

    Hey Dave - Check out the picture below for the geometry chart for the 2017 Tallboy. The specs are slightly different depending on if you build it up as a 29er or a 27.5+. You will need to zoom in but these specs are also available on Santa Cruz's website. Feel free to contact me directly if you are interested in ordering this bike or with any additional questions.

    - Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead - klivingston@backcountry.com - 801-736-4337

    Hey Dave - Check out the picture below for the geometry chart for the 2017 Tallboy. The specs are slightly different depending on if you build it up as a 29er or a 27.5+. You will need to zoom in but these specs are also available on Santa Cruz's website. Feel free to contact me directly if you are interested in ordering this bike or with any additional questions. 
- Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead - klivingston@backcountry.com - 801-736-4337

    Pre-ride impressions, confirmed weight!

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    This is the bike I have been waiting on for about 3 years! Having ridden my original Santa Cruz Blur for 12 years, I was beyond excited to hear that the heir apparent to the heir apparent of my beloved Blur has finally materialized. I have been asked a few times regarding the claimed weight, as it seems a bit on the low side for a bike with aluminum rims and a dropper post. When I checked with a shop scale, I was surprised to see 26.10lbs, slightly lighter than the listed 26.45 (12,000 grams) that we have listed! Now I'm even more convinced that this may be my next MTB! The bike could pretty easily brought down to be a very "raceable" 25lbs. This may be the do-it-all bike I've been looking for!

    Ed Kilbourn

    Gearhead - Bike

    Office: 801–736-6396 x4670

    ekilbourn@backcountry.com

    Pre-ride impressions, confirmed weight!