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Some would question the need for a dual-squish 29er with the amount of travel that the Santa Cruz Tallboy LT boasts. After all, the bigger wheels already offer significant rolling advantages. Yet before the engineers at Santa Cruz ruled out making a burlier version of their successful and capable Tallboy for eager all-mountain riders, they seemingly asked themselves, 'Why not?' With the arrival of the Tallboy LT, we have surmised that they couldn't find a satisfactory reason to deprive the mountain community of a big-wheeled gravity glutton.

The Tallboy LT is made of aluminum, with Santa Cruz's signature hydroformed top and down tubes. It's a little heavier than its carbon brother, but its price is much friendlier. Looking at the geometry, the Tallboy LT is longer and taller than the original Tallboy—but to keep that in perspective, the original Tallboy's short chainstays and ultra-compact head tube make it one of the most nimble full-suspension 29ers out there. The Tallboy LT maintains similar dimensions and adds 35mm of rear travel (135mm total) while accommodating a 130-150mm front fork. The head tube angle has been slackened a bit, to a more stable 69.5 degrees. Throw in the inherent rolling advantages of 29 inch wheels and you have a bike that conquers the sketchiest descents with aplomb.

Santa Cruz Tallboy LT DetailThe VPP rear-suspension on the Tallboy LT utilizes patented counter-rotating shock links that allow for a variable feel throughout the suspension travel. When sag is set correctly, the Tallboy LT is extremely responsive to small- and medium-sized bumps. For larger hits that push it deeper into its travel, it becomes more stubborn, a necessity to avoid harsh bottom-out. It's also a crisp, efficient pedaler, even in the small chainring. Another big plus of VPP suspension is its durability; Santa Cruz guarantees the pivot bearings for life. The suspension is sprung by a light and custom-tuned Fox Float RP23 with a slick Kashima coating. Its three-position ProPedal lever lets you select an appropriate amount of platform damping for the terrain you're riding. Select more damping for tame singletrack, or leave it wide-open for plushness over hairy sections.

With the Tallboy LT, Santa Cruz didn’t simply tweak the geometry of the original Tallboy and call it a day. This frame has received some insightful upgrades. Recognizing that the Tallboy LT will see heavy-duty, bone-rattling action, ISCG05 tabs were added to the bottom bracket shell to accommodate a chainguide. Additionally, the lower suspension link is asymmetrical to ensure chainguide clearance. The grease ports on the lower link are recessed to keep them out of harm's way.

The Santa Cruz Tallboy LT has a 1-1/8 to 1-1/2 inch tapered head tube. Like all of Santa Cruz's bikes, it has a user-friendly threaded bottom bracket shell. The rear dropout accepts a standard 135mm QR only. IS brake mounts make adding your favorite brakes as easy as possible. You'll need to pair the frame with a 30.9mm seatpost and a 34.9mm bottom-swing, top-pull front derailleur. The Tallboy LT comes in sizes Medium through X-Large and in two color options: Gulf blue/orange and Gun black/black.

Tech Specs

Suspension Linkage:
Virtual Pivot Point
Pivot Type:
Collet axle pivots
Recommended Fork Travel:
130 - 150 mm
Rear Travel:
135 mm
Virtual Pivot Point
Rear Shock:
Fox Float RP23
Rear Spacing:
135 mm
Head Tube Diameter:
1.125 - 1.5 in
Seatpost Diameter:
30.9 mm
Front Derailleur Mount:
34.9 mm bottom-swing, top-pull
Bottom Bracket Width:
73 mm
Replaceable Rear Derailleur Hanger:
Frame-Only Weight:
[medium] 5.35 lbs
Recommended Use:
mountain biking
Manufacturer Warranty:
2 years

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Unanswered Question

Hi Just wanted to make sure that this...


Just wanted to make sure that this aluminum frame has a 142 rear, rp23 shocks (kashima?) and weighs 5.35lbs?


Unanswered Question

Hi Is the weight listed accurate? 5.35lbs...


Is the weight listed accurate? 5.35lbs for the aluminium version?