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Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy Carbon CC XX1 Complete Mountain Bike - 2015

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An unfair advantage.

The 2015 Santa Cruz Tallboy Carbon CC XX1 Complete Mountain Bike is an XC race rocket with a little something extra. Sure, the light, responsive frame is mated to a build kit that would make most pro cross country racers green with envy, but unlike so many race whippets, the Tallboy is built to thrive when things start getting hairy. So whether you’re stomping people in your local race series, or tearing your buddies’ legs off on your after-work hammerfest, this machine will gladly back you up every step of the way.

When revising the Tallboy frame, Santa Cruz made sure that any improvements were exactly that — improvements. After all, why mess with a good thing? Rather than make changes to the geometry on its best-selling model, Santa Cruz instead looked at ways to shave weight and improve stiffness. The resulting frame is significantly lighter than comparable designs on the market. But, saving weight isn't everything, which is why Santa Cruz managed to also make the Tallboy stiffer. You'll also find that Santa Cruz incorporated the same collet-style pivot hardware that's become standard for Santa Cruz's suspension bikes. This means that your pivots will stay tight, while also making service a breeze.

The main improvement that you'll notice in the saddle is the modified suspension rate. Specifically, the progressivity at the end of the stroke has been reduced in comparison to the original Tallboy. In translation, modern shocks are more capable of resisting bottoming-out than they were during the genesis of the Tallboy. So, this revised suspension layout provides full travel with the current generation of suspension dampers. More specifically, it's tuned for the FOX Racing Shox FLOAT CTD shock, which features FOX's CTD adjustment for simplified suspension tuning. And, piggybacking off of improved suspension action, the overall efficiency receives a boost as well.

The suspension is a refinement of Santa Cruz's dual-link, counter-rotating VPP suspension design. When compressing the suspension from the beginning of the stroke, most of the rotation happens in the stiff aluminum top link, which pulls the wheel closer to the bottom bracket. That keeps the Tallboy soft off of the top, making for a supremely smooth ride. And, once you pass the sag point and get deeper into the travel, the forged aluminum lower link handles most of the rotation. This means that the rear wheel is traveling away from the bottom bracket, so it's better equipped to handle larger, square-edged impacts. VPP is also incredibly effective at neutralizing braking forces, which prevents either stiffening or extending under hard braking. But, the main benefit that you'll notice with this suspension platform is that it isolates pedaling forces in order to keep the bike from bobbing. The lower link has easily accessible grease ports, once again increasing the ease of service.

Santa Cruz's industry-leading carbon fiber construction makes its way into Tallboy. For 2015, Santa Cruz is offering two tiers of carbon construction, and this version makes use of the higher grade of carbon fiber. This material is stronger, allowing Santa Cruz to use less of it, so it’s about a pound lighter for a medium frame than the lower end version. Both the front and rear triangles are constructed as a whole, rather than bonding them together from sub-assemblies. In addition to saving weight, it ensures that the Tallboy is as strong as possible. That's because the fibers are uninterrupted by seams, which happens with other construction methods. If you were to cut it in half, you'd find that the inside of the tubes have the same perfectly smooth finish as the outside. That's a result of construction techniques that maximize the compaction of the layers. The benefit is that it's lighter, because any excess epoxy is squeezed from the frame prior to curing, and this ideal degree of compaction optimizes the strength. It keeps the frame weight at just about pounds with shock for a medium frame. And the strength and stiffness are further enhanced with the mechanic-friendly, oversized 15mm collet-style hardware and a 12x142mm thru-axle out back.

The XX1 build pulls out all the stops to deliver a package that is supremely capable. It starts with SRAM’s extraordinary XX1 drivetrain, which ensures a simple, light, and perfectly-shifting system. The exception is the feathery Race Face Next SL crankset, which is as stiff as it is beautiful, not to mention built by hand in Canada. Shimano's proven XTR brakeset delivers unbelievable stopping power without sacrificing weight or reliability. Santa Cruz's own 35mm-clamp carbon bar is used, held up by a Syntace stem, while out back, a Thomson Masterpiece seatpost is crowned by a titanium-railed WTB Silverado saddle. FOX Racing Shox offers up a Factory series suspension package consisting of a 32 FLOAT CTD fork, and a FLOAT CTD rear shock keeping things controlled out back. You'll be rolling on tubeless-ready Maxxis Ikon tires, wrapped around WTB’s supremely lightweight, stunningly stiff Asym i23 rims, laced to DT Swiss hubs.

The 2015 Santa Cruz Tallboy Carbon CC XX1 Complete Mountain Bike is available in five sizes from Small to XX-Large and in the colors White/burgundy and Satin Black/aqua blue.

  • CC-level carbon frame and carbon swingarm
  • 29-inch wheels with WTB Asym i23 rims, DT Swiss hubs
  • SRAM XX1 drivetrain with Race Face Next SL crankset, Shimano XTR brakeset
  • 100mm VPP rear suspension with FOX FLOAT CTD Factory Kashima shock
  • Molded rubber swingarm and downtube protection
  • Stealth dropper post routing
  • 12x142mm thru-axle at rear

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
Carbon CC
Rear Shock:
FOX FLOAT CTD Adjust Kashima
Rear Travel:
100 mm
FOX 32 FLOAT FIT CTD Trail Adjust Kashima
Front Travel:
120 mm
Cane Creek 110 Mixed Tapered
SRAM XX1 11-speed
Front Derailleur:
Rear Derailleur:
SRAM XX1 11-speed
ISCG Tabs:
yes, ISCG 05
32 t Race Face Next SL
Bottom Bracket:
Race Face
SRAM X01 XG-1195
Shimano XT IceTech RT86
Santa Cruz Carbon, 35mm clamp
Handlebar Rise:
0 mm
Handlebar Width:
720 mm
ESI Racers Edge
Syntace F109
WTB Silverado SLT
Thomson Masterpiece
Seat Collar:
Santa Cruz bolt-on
WTB Asym i23
DT Swiss
Maxxis Ikon
Tire Size:
29 in x 2.2 in
not included
Recommended Use:
cross country, trail
Manufacturer Warranty:
5 years on frame

sizing chart

Tallboy size by rider height


Geometry chart

Santa Cruz Bicycles

Geometry Chart
Tallboy 2 Carbon

Seat Tube


Effective Top Tube






Stand Over

Head Tube


Head Tube Angle


Seat Tube Angle


Bottom Bracket Height




S 16.5in 21.9in 24in 14.2in 28.2in 3.5in 70.2o 72.4o 13in 17.5in 41.7in
M 17.5in 23.1in 24.4in 15.4in 28.5in 3.9in 70.2o 72.4o 13in 17.5in 43in
L 18.5in 24.1in 24.4in 16.4in 29in 3.9in 70.2o 72.4o 13in 17.5in 44in
XL 20in 25.1in 24.8in 17.3in 29.5in 4.3in 70.2o 72.4o 13in 17.5in 45in
XXL 21.5in 26in 25.2in 18.0in 30.2in 4.7in 70.2o 72.4o 13in 17.5in 45.9in

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What's the crank arm length on this bike? 170 or 175?

Hey Marcel,

It will depend on the size. Should be 170 for Small and 175 for larger. Contact me directly and I'd love to help you with a bike setup.


The pictures of the bike show an enve wheelset and XTR brakes but the description says it camne with WTB i23 and Xt rotors. What components it came with?

Hey Cesar - The picture is incorrect while the component list is correct. This Tallboy CC comes with WTB Asym i23 Wheels and XTR Brakes (w/XT Rotors). Feel free to contact me directly with any additional questions or if you are interested in ordering this bike. - Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead - - 801-736-4337

What is the weight of the SANTA CRUZ BICYCLES TALLBOY CARBON CC XX1 COMPLETE MOUNTAIN BIKE size small (in stock on sale). I want to pick up for my wife, but want to make sure it is not a tank. Note, this would be the third bike I purchased from you guys in under about 18months.


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Hey Tim,

According to Santa Cruz, the Tallboy CC in the XX1 build weighs in just under 25 lbs. It would be a great all-around cross-country bike for your wife and I would say it is definitely not a tank. Feel free to shoot me any additional questions directly on the Santa Cruz Tallboy or if you are interested in setting up an order.


Expert Gearhead