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Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy Carbon 27.5+ S Complete Mountain Bike - 2018

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Made For Adventure

The Santa Cruz Tallboy Carbon S 27.5+ complete mountain bike is arguably an ideal intersection of impeccable handling and sensational grip. Built with components that offer no-nonsense reliability, this machine is more than capable of taking you on memorable rides in big terrain every weekend of the year.

Many of you will remember the commotion that the original Tallboy caused, what with its lively handling that 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 the story of the 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. And the way the moderately roomy cockpit positions the rider between the wheels makes for reflexive handling with a minimum of effort.

This frame used in this particular build uses Santa Cruz's Carbon C construction, which although slightly less svelte than the premium Carbon CC construction (by roughly 240g), lays claim to an equivalent degree of strength and stiffness. Using this Carbon C construction results in a more modest asking price, at the expense of a weight penalty that is noticeable on a correctly calibrated scale, but will almost certainly go unnoticed on the trail.

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 FLOAT 34 Performance 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 GX Eagle 12 speed groupset provides a truly massive gear range that encourages you to push farther into the wilderness, while the Level TL brakes keep speeds in check. The Race Face cockpit ensures control, no matter what the trail throws your way. And it rolls on a handbuilt wheelset comprised of Novatec hubs laced to Plus tire-optimized Race Face AR 40 rims.

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
C Carbon Fiber
Suspension:
VPP
Rear Shock:
FOX FLOAT DPS Performance
Rear Travel:
110mm
Fork:
FOX FLOAT 34 Performance
Front Travel:
130mm
Headset:
Cane Creek 40
Shifters:
SRAM GX Eagle
Rear Derailleur:
SRAM GX Eagle
Crankset:
SRAM GX Eagle
Bottom Bracket:
SRAM GXP
Cassette:
SRAM GX Eagle 10-50t
Chain:
SRAM GX Eagle
Brakeset:
SRAM Level TL
Rotors:
SRAM Centerline
Handlebar:
Race Face Evolve Flat Bar
Handlebar Rise:
0mm
Handlebar Width:
720mm
Grips:
Santa Cruz Palmdale
Stem:
Race Face Aeffect R
Saddle:
WTB Volt Race
Seatpost:
Rockshox Reverb Stealth
Seat Collar:
Santa Cruz
Wheelset:
Race Face AR 40
Hubs:
Novatec
Tires:
Maxxis Rekon Plus
Tire Size:
27.5 x 2.8
Recommended Use:
Trail
Manufacturer Warranty:
Lifetime (frame)

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Geometry chart

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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

(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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