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Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy 29 Carbon S Complete Mountain Bike

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Description

Sometimes less is more.

Always a perennial favorite for all-around trail domination, Santa Cruz's Tallboy Carbon 29 S Complete Mountain Bike can happily toe the start line at a mid-week cross country race with its sporty 110/120mm travel, and once the weekend comes around, it's happy to do some backwoods trail exploring over rugged terrain. Big wheels and short travel are certainly a recipe that’s been popular on bikes lately, and when paired with the Tallboy's refined geometry, it really shines on the climbs, when pedaling along ridgelines and descending precipitous and aggressive terrain. What always continues to impress us is just how capable it is descending, given its responsive handling and ability to accelerate out of corners and make quick work of steep climbs and long fire roads where pedaling efficiency is prized. There's no doubt that the local trail networks around Santa Cruz's HQ inspired the travel and geo numbers and it's amazing how well that translates to ride feel on such a wide variety of trails around the globe.

First off, the 68-degree head tube angle hits a pretty good sweet spot on a 29er and inspires confidence on the descents without being so slack that it feels lazy for a large portion of the rest of your riding. Out back, 4.3in of VPP travel allows you to pedal along with efficiency while soaking up trail chatter letting you ride for faster and longer with more comfort. The big wheels simply roll over trail furniture better than smaller wheels allowing you to carry more speed and momentum by reducing the angle of attack through rock gardens, braking bumps, and root lattices. Up front, a FOX Float 34 Performance 120mm fork again hits that sweet spot between smoothing out big hits and drops without being a bob-fest, pogo stick for the majority of the ride.

One thing worth mentioning about the 2019 Tallboy, is Santa Cruz isn't offering a plus build kit anymore and instead offering up that ability on the new Bronson and 5010. Not a huge deal since our favorite version of the bike is in its 29er guise. That doesn't mean that the bike isn't compatible anymore, mind you, it's still interchangeable between 27.5+ and 29in wheels thanks to the flip-chip located at the shock's linkage. The flip-chip maintains its geometry between both wheel sizes, but you'll still need to swap in an air spring to take your fork to 130mm when you're converting to 27.5+ wheels. This will be a welcome modification for some Tallboy owners, as the 27.5+ wheels provide greater bump compliance and tons of grip over loose, drifty trail surfaces.

The Tallboy employs the third generation of Santa Cruz's VPP suspension platform, which attaches the FOX Float Performance DPS shock's eyelet and the upper link underneath the top tube for greater stiffness and increased stand-over height. The lower link configuration is revised as well, now tucked above the bottom bracket to prevent rock strikes and flinging debris from damaging it. The third-gen VPP suspension retains the praised pedaling efficiency you've come to love from VPP, making it an ideal platform for XC racing and trail riding without pedal bob sapping your forward momentum across flats or slowing uphill progress on long climbs. Another thing to note, Santa Cruz improved its VPP platform for this third iteration with better sensitivity off the top and over small bumps, as well as preventing it from wallowing in the middle of its travel, so it feels more active and tracks the ground noticeably better.

We'd remiss to forgot mentioning the provided carbon frame, which is both stiff and durable while dropping some serious weight over aluminum ones. This frame features guards on vulnerable areas which offers peace of mind when you're thrashing it on the trail, and SC is so confident in its quality that it's backed by an impressive lifetime warranty. Internal cable and stealth dropper routing clean up the frame's aesthetics while protecting the shift cable and RockShox Reverb dropper hose from dirt and debris. This version's "S" kit comes with SRAM's GX Eagle drivetrain, giving you a massive 500% gear range without having to deal with a clumsy front derailleur. Also from SRAM is its Level TL brakes pinching the 180mm rotors front and back to scrub speed with power and precision.

  • Cross-country fast and trail capable 29er
  • 4.3in of VPP suspension optimizes efficiency and traction
  • 120mm FOX 34 Performance fork smooths out rough terrain
  • Flip-chip allows you to swap between 27.5+ and 29in wheels
  • Carbon C frame is impressively stiff and light
  • GX Eagle 1x12 drivetrain with massive 500% gear range
  • BOOST axle spacing stiffens up the 29in wheels

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
Carbon
Suspension:
VPP
Rear Shock:
FOX Float Performance DPS
Rear Travel:
110mm
Fork:
FOX 34 Float Performance
Front Travel:
120mm
Headset:
Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated
Shifters:
SRAM GX Eagle (12-speed)
Rear Derailleur:
SRAM GX Eagle (12-speed)
Crankset:
SRAM Stylo 7K DUB
Chainring Sizes:
32t
Crank Arm Length:
[x-small - small] 170mm, [medium - x-large] 175mm
Bottom Bracket:
SRAM DUB
Bottom Bracket Type:
BSA threaded
Cassette:
SRAM XG1275 Eagle (12-speed)
Cassette Range:
10 - 50t
Chain:
SRAM GX Eagle (12-speed)
Brakeset:
SRAM Level TL
Brake Type:
hydraulic disc
Rotors:
180mm Avid Centerline
Handlebar:
Race Face Ride
Grips:
Santa Cruz Palmdale
Stem:
Race Face Aeffect R
Stem Length:
50mm
Saddle:
WTB Silverado Pro
Seatpost:
RockShox Reverb Stealth
Wheelset:
RaceFace AR Offset 27
Hubs:
DT Swiss 370
Front Axle:
15mm Boost
Rear Axle:
12 x 148mm
Tires:
[front] Maxxis Minion DHF 3C EXO TR, [rear] Maxxis Crossmark II DC EXO TR
Tire Size:
[front] 29 x 2.3in, [rear] 29 x 2.25in
Pedals:
not included
Recommended Use:
trail
Manufacturer Warranty:
lifetime on frame

Weight

Weight

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27lb 15oz

Geometry Chart

Santa Cruz 

Tallboy 29 / 27.5+
29 - 120mm Travel Fork
 

Seat Tube

Effective Top Tube

Stack

Reach

Stand Over

Head Tube

Head Tube Angle

Seat Tube Angle

Bottom Bracket Height

Bottom Bracket Drop

Chainstay

Wheelbase
S 15.35in 22.6in 23.39in 15.94in 27.76in 3.54in 68° 73°   1.57in 17.01in 43.94in
M 16.54in 23.74in 23.74in 16.93in 27.8in 3.94in 68° 73°   1.57in 17.01in 45.08in
L 17.72in 24.53in 23.74in 17.72in 27.83in 3.94in 68° 73°   1.57in 17.01in 45.87in
XL 18.9in 25.71in 24.29in 18.7in 27.91in 4.53in 68° 73°   1.57in 17.01in 47.05in
XXL 20.08in 27.13in 24.84in 19.88in 27.72in 5.12in 68° 73°   1.57in 17.01in 48.46in
27.5+ - 130mm Travel Fork
 

Seat Tube

Effective Top Tube

Stack

Reach

Stand Over

Head Tube

Head Tube Angle

Seat Tube Angle

Bottom Bracket Height

Bottom Bracket Drop

Chainstay

Wheelbase
S 15.35in 22.64in 23.43in 15.87in 27.64in 3.54in 68° 73°   1.3in 17.01in 44.09in
M 16.54in 23.78in 23.82in 16.85in 27.68in 3.94in 68° 73°   1.3in 17.01in 45.2in
L 17.72in 24.57in 23.82in 17.64in 27.72in 3.94in 68° 73°   1.3in 17.01in 45.98in
XL 18.9in 25.75in 24.37in 18.62in 27.8in 4.53in 68° 73°   1.3in 17.01in 47.2in
XXL 20.08in 27.13in 24.92in 19.8in 27.56in 5.12in 68° 73°   1.3in 17.01in 48.62in

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