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Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy 29 R1x Complete Mountain Bike - 2017

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Item # SNZ00BH

Trail Ready

The Santa Cruz Tallboy R complete mountain bike is built to take on big rides wherever you like. Poised, balanced, and more capable than its short travel nature might suggest, it's an outstanding option for big trail rides, quick jaunts, and perhaps even the occasional cross country race should the mood strike you.

Many of you will remember the commotion that the original Tallboy caused, but if you missed that boat or forgot, here's a refresher: Its lively handling immediately dispelled a mountain of preconceived notions about how 29-inch wheels were supposed to handle. The latest iteration of the Tallboy retains its praiseworthy handling with an added dash of versatility and a pinch of aggressive intent that takes the Tallboy into uncharted territory.

Part of Tallboy’s success is due to its ability to blur the lines between cross country rocket and surefooted trail bike. To that end, the Tallboy was built to accommodate 27.5+ wheels as well as 29-inch 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 ever when you hit the trail.

The Tallboy generates 110mm of travel through the latest version of Santa Cruz’s VPP technology. As with all VPP bikes, the Tallboy’s counter-rotating links are carefully arranged to resist activation by pedaling forces, all but eliminating unwanted bobbing under power. This being the latest iteration of VPP, it’s tuned to provide more midstroke support than previous generations of the VPP platform, giving the rider a better feel for the terrain and a livelier ride feel.

While the excellent suspension plays a large role, a key part of the Tallboy’s secret sauce is its carefully tuned geometry. At 68 degrees, the head angle is sufficiently nimble for whipping through tight chicanes, while remaining relaxed enough to stay composed at high speed. The 17-inch chainstays enhance the ability to change directions quickly while retaining enough length to provide ample traction when the trail points skyward. The moderately roomy cockpit positions the rider in a stable spot between the wheels, making for reflexive handling with a minimum of effort.

This build of the Tallboy includes an assortment of carefully chosen components that enhance its trail friendly nature. It starts with a worthy suspension package from Fox: a 34 Rhythm fork paired with a FLOAT DPS Performance air shock. This setup offers a supple stroke, on-the-fly adjustments at the flip of a lever, and easy tuning. SRAM’s NX 11 speed groupset provides a wide gear range, while the Level T brakes keep speeds in check. The Race Face cockpit ensures control, no matter what the trail throws your way.

  • A trail bike that pushes the boundaries of short travel 29ers
  • Responsive pedaling platform with 4.5in of VPP travel
  • Spacious geometry for a comfortable pedaling position
  • Flip chip is compatibile with 27.5+ and 29in wheels
  • Aluminum construction is durable and lightweight
  • SRAM NX 11 speed drivetrain for a wide gear range

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
Aluminum
Suspension:
VPP
Rear Shock:
FOX FLOAT DPS Performance
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
Crankset:
Race Face Aeffect
Bottom Bracket:
Race Face
Cassette:
10 - 42t SRAM NX
Chain:
SRAM NX
Brakeset:
SRAM Level T
Rotors:
SRAM Centerline
Handlebar:
Race Face Ride
Handlebar Width:
760mm
Grips:
Santa Cruz Palmdale
Stem:
Race Face Ride
Saddle:
WTB Volt
Seatpost:
Race Face Aeffect
Seat Collar:
Santa Cruz
Wheelset:
[rims] WTB i23 TCS
Hubs:
Novatec
Front Axle:
15 x 110mm Boost
Rear Axle:
12 x 148mm Boost
Tires:
Maxxis Crossmark
Tire Size:
29 x 2.25in
Pedals:
not included
Recommended Use:
Trail
Manufacturer Warranty:
lifetime on frame
Actual Weight:
Grey/Rust, M: 14030g

sizing chart

Tallboy size by rider height

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Geometry chart

Santa Cruz

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

(HTo)

Seat Tube Angle

(STo)

Bottom Bracket Drop

(BBD)

Chainstay

(CS)

Wheelbase
S 15.3in 22.6in 23.4in 15.9in 27.7in 3.5in 68o 73o 1.6in 17in 43.9in
M 16.5in 23.7in 23.7in 16.9in 27.8in 3.9in 68o 73o 1.6in 17in 45.1in
L 17.7in 24.5in 23.7in 17.7in 27.8in 3.9in 68o 73o 1.6in 17in 45.9in
XL 18.9in 25.7in 24.5in 18.7in 27.9in 4.5in 68o 73o 1.6in 17in 47in
XXL 20.1in 27.1in 25.7in 19.9in 27.7in 5.1in 68o 73o 1.6in 17in 48.5in
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

(HTo)

Seat Tube Angle

(STo)

Bottom Bracket Drop

(BBD)

Chainstay

(CS)

Wheelbase
S 15.3in 22.6in 23.4in 15.9in 27.6in 3.5in 68o 73o 1.3in 17in 44.1in
M 16.5in 23.8in 23.8in 16.8in 27.7in 3.9in 68o 73o 1.3in 17in 45.2in
L 17.7in 24.6in 23.8in 17.6in 27.7in 3.9in 68o 73o 1.3in 17in 46in
XL 18.9in 25.7in 24.4in 18.6in 27.8in 4.5in 68o 73o 1.3in 17in 47.2in
XXL 20.1in 27.1in 24.9in 19.8in 27.5in 5.1in 68o 73o 1.3in 17in 48.6in

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