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  • Santa Cruz Bicycles 27.5+ R Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
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Santa Cruz BicyclesTallboy
27.5+ R Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
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The latest Tallboy continues to gain legions of new fans and excite riders that have owned previous versions. Bigger hit riders have the Nomad. The Hightower, and its bigger brother the LT, are more enduro. That positions the Tallboy 27.5+ R Complete Mountain Bike as the trail rider's bike—fast enough to toe an XC line and capable enough to tackle backcountry epics. The VPP platform pedals efficiently on the ups and still rips going down.

Santa Cruz blessed the Tallboy with the ability to transform from 27+ to 29-inch wheels fairly effortlessly. All you need are the wheels (a given) and an air spring to adjust the fork's travel +/-10mm depending on which wheel size you are going to. Besides that, a flip chip sits in the upper link and can be rotated, allowing the shock mounting point to adjust. Re-positioning this attachment point effectively accounts for the 9mm difference in radii between 27.5+ and 29-inch tires, keeping the geometry as static as possible across wheel sizes. This model is built with SRAM's NX shifty bits and FOX suspension. Paired with the aluminum frame, this kit offers a great value Tallboy and a super fun, super reliable bike that is ready to tackle some rad trails with you.

Plus wheels bring undeniable traction and fun to trails. The Tallboy 3 takes fun, progressive geometry and lets you fit high-volume, low-pressure tires so you can float over roots and rocks and corner with authority on kitty litter. Of course, the Tallboy 29er is one of Santa Cruz's most loved models, so naturally it retains the ability to roll on wagon wheels as well.

Compared to the previous Tallboy, the Tallboy 3 kicks the head tube out 2.2 degrees, going from the old-school 70.2 degrees to a more stable 68 degrees. Thanks to the flip-chip, that number stays the same whether you're running 29-inch wheels with a 120mm fork or—as setup here—27.5+ with 130mm. The frame's chainstays and reach also join the modern geometry movement; the stays are shorter by 13.3mm and the reach bumps up dramatically, gaining an average of 40mm across the sizes. These geometry tweaks add up to a chassis that's far more capable in every trail situation than its predecessor.

The VPP design is the same updated version featured on the Bronson 2.0 and 5010 2.0. The result is that the links stay out of the way throughout the frame's travel, which lets the Tallboy 3 accommodate a piggyback shock and clear a water bottle. The re-positioned links also allow for more ground clearance, a lower standover height, and an additional boost in stiffness to the already stiff Boost rear end.

The latest VPP's changes aren't limited to just a reposition of links, though; the system's kinematics have also been tuned. Where the old suspension curve described a deep "U," the new VPP's curve resembles a flattened check mark, with less dramatic ramping on either end of the arc. The results are that, during the initial and mid stroke, it boasts increased bump compliance to keep the tires glued to the trail for more traction across uneven rock gardens and up root latticed climbs. It also maintains the predecessor's firm feel during accelerations, so it doesn't dampen the Tallboy's spirited kick while jockeying for position during a mass start or in a finishing sprint. The shock's ramp-up arc doesn't dramatically alter as the shock compresses, so the pedaling platform stays consistent through travel, with less wallowing, bobbing, and bottom-outs even as the Boost axle's path turns rearward to absorb bigger hits deep in its travel.

The Tallboy can work with a front derailleur mounted directly to the frame, but this SRAM NX 1x drivetrain works so well, we hardly see the point. The threaded bottom bracket is another feature that we've come to just expect from the California-based brand, and it's a strong selling point for those who don't like dealing with the tricky tolerances and creaky interface of press-fit models. The Tallboy's 27.5+ mode accommodates every manufacturer's 2.8-inch tires, but some 3-inch models may have clearance issues.

  • An alloy mountain bike for all your trail adventures
  • 4.3in of aggressively fast VPP travel
  • Flip-chip enables compatibility with 29in and 27.5+ wheels
  • 74-degree seat tube angle optimizes pedaling efficiency
  • Longer cockpit and slacker mien provide better stability
  • Aluminum frame lives for trail abuse and overcooked lines
  • Workhorse drivetrain offers gear range and value
Tech SpecsGeometryWeight
Tech Specs
Frame Material
aluminum
Suspension
VPP
Rear Shock
FOX Float Performance DPS
Rear Travel
110mm
Fork
FOX Rhythm 34
Front Travel
130mm
Headset
Cane Creek 10 IS
Shifters
SRAM NX
Front Derailleur
n/a
Rear Derailleur
SRAM NX long cage
Crankset
30t Race Face Aeffect
Bottom Bracket
SRAM
Cassette
10 - 42T SRAM XG1150 CS
Chain
SRAM PC-1110
Brakeset
SRAM Level T
Brake Type
hydraulic disc
Rotors
180mm Avid Centerline
Handlebar
Race Face Ride
Handlebar Rise
25mm
Handlebar Width
760mm
Grips
Santa Cruz Palmdale
Stem
Race Face Ride
Stem Length
50mm
Saddle
WTB Volt Race
Seatpost
Race Face Aeffect
Seatpost Diameter
31.6mm
Seat Collar
35.0mm
Wheelset
[rims] Race Face AR 40, [spokes] DT Competition, [nipples] Sapim Secure Lock Brass
Hubs
[front] Novatec D711, [rear] Novatec D462
Front Axle
15 x 110mm thru-axle
Rear Axle
12 x 148mm thru-axle
Tires
Maxxis Rekon EXO TR
Tire Size
27.5 x 2.8in
Pedals
not included
Recommended Use
cross-country, trail
Manufacturer Warranty
lifetime on frame
Geometry

29 - 120mm Travel Fork

 
SMLXLXXL
a Seat Tube
15.35in16.54in17.72in18.9in20.08in
b Effective Top Tube
22.6in23.74in24.53in25.71in27.13in
c Stack
23.39in23.74in23.74in24.29in24.84in
d Reach
15.94in16.93in17.72in18.7in19.88in
e Stand Over
27.76in27.8in27.83in27.91in27.72in
f Head Tube
3.54in3.94in3.94in4.53in5.12in
g Head Tube Angle
6868686868
h Seat Tube Angle
7373737373
i Bottom Bracket Height
     
j Bottom Bracket Drop
1.57in1.57in1.57in1.57in1.57in
k Chainstay
17.01in17.01in17.01in17.01in17.01in
l Wheelbase
43.94in45.08in45.87in47.05in48.46in

27.5+ - 130mm Travel Fork

 
SMLXLXXL
a Seat Tube
15.35in16.54in17.72in18.9in20.08in
b Effective Top Tube
22.64in23.78in24.57in25.75in27.13in
c Stack
23.43in23.82in23.82in24.37in24.92in
d Reach
15.87in16.85in17.64in18.62in19.8in
e Stand Over
27.64in27.68in27.72in27.8in27.56in
f Head Tube
3.54in3.94in3.94in4.53in5.12in
g Head Tube Angle
6868686868
h Seat Tube Angle
7373737373
i Bottom Bracket Height
     
j Bottom Bracket Drop
1.3in1.3in1.3in1.3in1.3in
k Chainstay
17.01in17.01in17.01in17.01in17.01in
l Wheelbase
44.09in45.2in45.98in47.2in48.62in
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Does it have a seat popper

Hey Ryan! It most definitely does, yeah! This one comes with a Race Face Aeffect dropper post, so it should be perfect. Let me know if you have any other questions, contact details above!