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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

 

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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