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Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy 29 R Complete Mountain Bike - 2018

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Assume the unassuming.

Santa Cruz has recently redesigned much of its line. The Nomad is more of a party bike, the Hightower is more of an enduro sled, and the Tallboy Carbon CC 29 R Complete Mountain Bike is more of—well, actually, it's still the same all-purpose trail bike that it was last year. It pedals up and it shreds down so well that we’re inclined to think that it's legacy of sprightly handling and aggressive climbing is part of the reason why so many big-hit sleds are dabbling in the wagon wheel world these days. It's built up here with a combination of beat-'em-up SRAM widgets and FOX suspension, a kit that complements the unassuming reliability of the aluminum frame.

As with perceptions of 29ers, the Tallboy has changed a bit over the years, making it one of Santa Cruz's most commonly tweaked designs. Despite the changes, it's also remained one of the brand's most perennially loved models. Considering its revered status among 29er enthusiasts, a new Tallboy is a big deal, but before we get into the changes it's worth dwelling briefly on the flip chip—even if it may be somewhat old news by now. The flip chip sits in the upper link and can be rotated to allow the shock mount to migrate. Being able to reposition the shock attachment point effectively accounts for the 9mm difference in radii between 27.5+ and 29in tires, keeping the geometry as static as possible across wheel sizes. SC first introduced this feature on the Hightower, but the brand seems to have perfected it for the Tallboy 3; changing the Hightower results in a slight change in head tube angle, but the Tallboy's head tube angle remains the same for 27.5+ and 29in wheels.

Compared to the previous Tallboy, the Tallboy 3 takes just a bit off the top of the head tube, dropping 2.2 degrees to fall from the standard 70.2 to a moderately slack 68 degrees. Courtesy of the Flip Chip's slight geometry alteration, that number stays the same whether you're running 29in wheels with a 120mm fork—as it's set up here—or 27.5+ with 130mm. The frame's chainstays and reach also joined the modern geometry movement during the bike's latest remodel; the stays are shorter by 13.3mm and the reach bumps up dramatically, gaining an average of 40mm depending on the size. (At 34.2mm, Large gained the least, and sizes Small and XX-Large gained the most: 43.8 and 45.6mm, respectively.) All told, the geometry tweaks add up to a chassis that's far more capable in virtually every trail situation than its predecessor.

Despite all the tweaks to geometry, the inclusion of a Flip Chip, and the centimeter of additional travel, the VPP design remains the same updated version featured on frames like the Bronson 2.0 and 5010 2.0. In all cases, the redesign was inspired by the enduro-minded Nomad, and the result is that the links stay out of the way, which lets the Tallboy 3 accommodate a piggyback shock's external can without giving up the bottle cage. The repositioned links also make for more ground clearance, lower standover, and an additional boost in stiffness to the already stiff Boost back end.

The latest VPP's changes aren't limited to wandering links, though; the system's tuning has also been tweaked. 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 lumpy trails and root latticed climbs. It also maintains its predecessor's firm feel during accelerations, so it won't dampen the Tallboy's spirited kick while jockeying for position in a mass start or a finishing sprint. The shock's ramp-up arc doesn't dramatically alter as the shock compresses, so the pedaling platform stays consistent across travel, with less wallowing, bob, and bottom-outs — even while the Boost axle's path turns rearward to absorb bigger hits deep in its travel.

As with the its slacker stablemate, the Hightower, the Tallboy's reworked linkage means it's one-by only, but it still comes equipped with ISCG 05 tabs. 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 2.8in tires, but some 3in models may have clearance issues. Understandably, its clearance decreases as a 29er, but SC still ships it with 2.35in tires, which we think occupy the sweet spot of cush and traction without getting top floppy and muddying trail feel.

  • An alloy trail machine with a penchant for dropping in
  • 5in of aggressively fast VPP travel
  • Flip-chip enables compatibility with 29in and 27.5+ wheels
  • 74-degree seat tube angle optimizes pedaling efficiency
  • Longer reach shifts weight forward for better traction
  • Workhorse drivetrain isn't afraid to get rowdy

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
aluminum
Suspension:
VPP
Rear Shock:
FOX Float Performance DPS
Rear Travel:
110mm
Fork:
FOX Rhythm 34
Front Travel:
120mm
Headset:
Cane Creek 10
Shifters:
SRAM NX
Front Derailleur:
n/a
Rear Derailleur:
SRAM NX long cage
Crankset:
30t Race Face Aeffect
Bottom Bracket:
English threaded
Cassette:
10 - 42t SRAM XG1150
Chain:
SRAM PC1110
Brakeset:
SRAM Level T
Brake Type:
hydraulic disc
Rotors:
180mm Avid Centerline
Handlebar:
Race Face Ride
Handlebar Width:
760mm
Grips:
Santa Cruz Palmdale lock-on
Stem:
Race Face Ride
Stem Length:
50mm
Saddle:
WTB Volt Race
Seatpost:
Race Face Aeffect
Seatpost Diameter:
31.6mm
Wheelset:
[rims] WTB ST i23 TCS
Hubs:
[front] Novatec D711, [rear] Novatec D462
Front Axle:
15 x 110mm Boost
Rear Axle:
12 x 148mm Boost
Tires:
[front] Maxxis Minion, [rear] Maxxis Minion
Tire Size:
[front] 29 x 2.3in, [rear] 29 x 2.25in
Pedals:
not included
Recommended Use:
trail
Manufacturer Warranty:
lifetime on frame
Actual Weight:
Gloss Rust/Black, M: 14260g

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Geometry Chart

 

Tallboy 29
120mm Travel Fork
 

Seat Tube

(c-t)

Effective Top Tube

(eTT)

Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Stand Over

Head Tube

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HT°)

Seat Tube Angle

(ST°)

Bottom Bracket Drop

(BBD)

Chainstay

(CS)

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
Tallboy 27.5+
130mm Travel Fork
 

Seat Tube

(c-t)

Effective Top Tube

(eTT)

Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Stand Over

Head Tube

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HT°)

Seat Tube Angle

(ST°)

Bottom Bracket Drop

(BBD)

Chainstay

(CS)

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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