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Santa Cruz BicyclesTallboy
29 D Mountain Bike - 2019
Sale 20% Off$2,159.99 $2,699.00

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Description

A whole lot of bike for the money.

If you're looking to hit the trails on one of the most versatile bikes in our lineup without breaking the bank, have a look at the Santa Cruz Tallboy 29 D Complete Mountain Bike. Its aluminum frame, with the same VPP platform found on the costlier carbon models, and smart component spec will get you rallying the singletrack while saving plenty in the bank for trips and upgrades down the road. This is seriously one capable machine that has us doing a double take at its asking price.

A little less than a decade ago, the original Tallboy caused quite a stir in the mountain bike world as a wagon wheel machine that had lively handling and dispelled any preconceived notions folks had about how 29in wheels were supposed to ride. This latest v3 model of the Tallboy retains that praiseworthy handling and adds a bit more versatility and a slightly more trail centric demeanor allowing it to handle more aggressive trails while still pedaling quite efficiently when linking up the fun bits.

With this version, Santa Cruz offers the ability to perform as a cross-country rocket and a surefooted trail bike. The bike alone is that versatile, however, it becomes even more so since its built to accommodate 27.5+ wheels as well as 29in wheels, as it's presented here. This split personality is enabled by the reversible “flip chip” at the upper link. Setting the flip chip to the “low” mode relaxes the head angle by roughly half a degree and lowers the bottom bracket, which makes for an ideal setup when paired with the slightly larger diameter of 29-inch wheels. The slightly smaller 27.5+ wheels pair with the “high” setting, allowing for similar clearance between the bottom bracket and the ground. The upshot is headache-free swaps between wheel sizes, which gives you more options than when hitting the trail.

The Tallboy sports 110mm of travel and its governed through the latest version of Santa Cruz’s VPP suspension platform. As with all VPP bikes, the Tallboy’s counter-rotating links are carefully arranged to resist activation by pedaling forces, which all but eliminates unwanted bobbing under power. This being the latest iteration of VPP, it’s tuned to provide more mid stroke support than previous generations, so it resists wallowing about in the meat of its travel while still offering sensitive off the top performance and enough progression to prevent harsh bottom outs.

Excellent suspension gets you far, however, another extremely important supporting role has to go to that of its carefully tuned geometry. At 68 degrees, the head angle sits at a sweet spot making it nimble enough that it's still active and responsive on tight trails, yet slack enough to offer stability and confidence on faster, rougher, and steeper ones. Furthermore, the 17-inch chainstays also enhance its versatility, allowing it to change directions quickly while retaining enough length to provide ample traction when the trail points skyward. Both the head tube and the chainstays mate to a moderately roomy cockpit, positioning the rider in, rather than on, the bike for intuitive handling.

As we stated above, this version of the Tallboy is built from aluminum, which is a boatload cheaper than carbon and is highly resistant to impact damage. This choice of material is still lightweight and stiff making the Tallboy D a fitting partner for both new riders and seasoned cyclists. The build kit continues the value trend with a trail-ready suspension package comprising of a 120mm RockShox Recon RL fork and FOX's Float Performance DPS rear shock. This combination offers easy set-up, on the fly adjustments, and a smooth, controlled feel. SRAM's NX drivetrain and Level brakes handle shifting and braking duties, with cockpit pieces coming from Race Face, and last but not least, a wheelset with WTB ST i23 TCS rims laced to SRAM hubs.

  • A cross country 29er with trail capabilities
  • 4.3in of plush and efficient VPP travel
  • 74-degree seat tube angle optimizes pedaling efficiency
  • Longer reach inspires confidence on steep and fast trails
  • Aluminum construction is durable and lightweight
  • Flip-chip enables compatibility with 29in and 27.5+ wheels
  • SRAM NX drivetrain provides a wide gear range
Tech SpecsGeometryWeight
Tech Specs
Frame Material
aluminum
Suspension
VPP
Rear Shock
FOX Float Performance DPS
Rear Travel
110mm
Fork
RockShox Recon RL
Front Travel
120mm
Headset
Cane Creek 10 IS Integrated
Shifters
SRAM NX (11-speed)
Rear Derailleur
SRAM NX Long Cage (11-speed)
Crankset
Race Face Ride
Chainring Sizes
30t
Crank Arm Length
[x-small - small] 170mm, [medium - x-large] 175mm
Bottom Bracket
Race Face
Bottom Bracket Type
BSA threaded
Cassette
SRAM PG1130 (11-speed)
Cassette Range
11 - 42t
Chain
SRAM PC1110 (11-speed)
Brakeset
SRAM Level
Brake Type
hydraulic disc
Rotors
180mm Avid Centerline
Handlebar
Race Face Ride
Grips
Santa Cruz Palmdale
Stem
Race Face Ride
Saddle
WTB Silverado Comp
Seatpost
Race Face Ride
Wheelset
WTB ST i25 TCS 2.0
Hubs
[front] SRAM MTH 716, [rear] SRAM MTH 746
Front Axle
15mm Boost
Rear Axle
12 x 148mm
Tires
[front] Maxxis Minion DHF 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
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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30lb 9oz

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Easy assembly, and great setup by staff

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

The bike was well set up, and a bunch of small things made a good impression. For example, they had just installed stan's notubes so it wasn't stale, and even sent extra bottles. There were tools for assembly, but not much assembly required (headset bolted on, adjust lever position to liking, insert seat, install wheels). It was also packed really well- lots of padding and zip ties so shipping is safe.

As for the bike, well there are plenty of reviews out there and it just seems to ride great in both XC and Trail categories, and can do more than its limited travel suggests. I'm very pleased.