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Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy Carbon 29 R Complete Mountain Bike - 2018

Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy Carbon 29 R Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
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Description

Beyond the beyond.

It has been a few years since the Tallboy's debut into the market. Stealing the hearts of many, this 29er was able to handle so many different kinds of terrain, it truly showed us versatility from a mid-travel bike with 29-inch wheels. Over time it did see some changes to geometry, with riders fine tuning it to host a slackened head tube angle, shorter chainstays, steeper seat tube, and a little more travel for handling bigger terrain with more control and comfort than before. The Tallboy Carbon 29 R Complete mountain bike is ready to prove to you that it's still got what it takes to bounce from trail to trail, whether just banging out maximum miles on a cross country trail or exploring beyond the groomed and maintained trail networks into what lies beyond the beyond.

A significant reason that the Tallboy has carried so much steam over the years is because of its ability to transform from a lightning-fast cross-country bike to a confidence inspiring trail bike. For this reason, with hub standards already widening with the acceptance of BOOST spacing, designers at Santa Cruz made the decision to alter the geometry slightly to allow for a lofty 27.5+ wheel to be accommodated. This multi-use capability 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. Because a 27.5+ wheel sits just slightly smaller in diameter than 29ers, plus wheels pair with the “high” setting, allowing for similar clearance between the bottom bracket and the ground. The flip-chip technology allows you to alter the geometry on the fly, should you choose to snag a second wheelset to bounce this 29er to 27.5+ from time to time.

Santa Cruz gives the Tallboy 110mm of their latest version of VPP suspension to absorb the rocks and roots you encounter. As with all VPP bikes, the Tallboy’s counter-rotating links are carefully arranged to resist activation by pedaling forces, while minimizing the ever-dreaded pedal bob. This being the latest model of VPP, Santa Cruz's engineers altered the design to provide more midstroke support than previous generations of the VPP platform, aiming to give the rider a better feel for the terrain, the ability to soak up square edge bumps, but not soak through all of your travel too early on.

There's no doubt that suspension design affects the way a bike feels, and largely directs it's purpose, but the geometry on the Tallboy is a key deciding factor for the way the Tallboy handles terrain. At 68 degrees, the head angle sits in a perfectly balanced spot for cross-country and trail riding, nimble enough to handle tight switchbacks with ease, while remaining relaxed enough to handle fast descents with confidence. The 17-inch chainstays enhance the ability to change directions quickly, while retaining enough length to provide ample traction when you encounter seemingly endless punchy climbs The cockpit manages to remain roomy, and positions the rider between the wheels in a stance that makes for responsive handling with ease.

The frame on the Tallboy Carbon R build uses Santa Cruz's Carbon C construction, which is Santa Cruz's second tier carbon level, it's equally as strong as the higher CC level carbon, though a little bit heavier. The carbon manufacturing remains nearly the same, just with a different carbon sheet that's a bit more budget friendly, which is why they're able to land the Carbon C at a much more modest asking price, all you sacrifice is a modest 240-grams.

The Carbon C R build comes with an assortment of hand picked components from Santa Cruz, designed to be a solid trail build without sticker shock. It begins with a suspension package from FOX: a Rhythm 34 fork paired with a FLOAT Float Performance DPS air shock. This setup offers a responsive and supportive stroke, on-the-fly adjustments at the flip of a lever, and easy tuning. SRAM’s NX 11 speed groupset provides a massive gear range from a small 10-tooth to large 42-tooth cog that encourages you to push yourself to your limits, exploring what lies beyond the pristinely groomed single track. A Race Face cockpit ensures control, no matter what the trail throws your way. The whole bike rolls nicely ontop of hand-built wheels from Santa Cruz, featuring Novatec hubs, WTB ST i23 rims, and DT's Competition spokes.

  • A versatile 29er that seamlessly transitions trail to XC
  • 110mm of responsive VPP suspension
  • Flip-chip for running 29er or 27.5+ wheels
  • Reliable carbon construction reduces weight
  • Spacious cockpit for charging lines

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
C carbon fiber
Suspension:
VPP
Rear Shock:
FOX Float Performance DPS
Rear Travel:
110mm
Fork:
FOX Rhythm 34
Front Travel:
120mm
Headset:
Cane Creek 10 IS Integrated Headset
Shifters:
SRAM NX
Rear Derailleur:
SRAM NX Long Cage
Crankset:
Race Face Aeffect 30T
Bottom Bracket:
SRAM GXP
Cassette:
SRAM XG1150 CS 10-42T
Chain:
SRAM PC1110
Brakeset:
SRAM Level T
Brake Type:
hydraulic disc
Rotors:
Avid Centerline 180mm
Handlebar:
Race Face Ride 35mm bar
Handlebar Width:
760mm
Grips:
Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips
Stem:
Race Face Ride
Stem Length:
50mm
Saddle:
WTB Volt Race
Seatpost:
Race Face Aeffect
Seatpost Diameter:
31.6
Wheelset:
WTB ST i23 TCS 29, DT Competition spokes
Hubs:
[front] Novatec D711, [rear] Novatec D462
Front Axle:
15 x 110mm
Rear Axle:
12 x 148mm
Tires:
[front] Maxxis Minion DHF EXO TR 29 x 2.3 [rear] Maxxis Crossmark II DC EXO TR 29 x 2.25
Tire Size:
[front] 29 x 2.3in, [rear] 29 x 2.25in
Recommended Use:
cross-country, trail
Manufacturer Warranty:
lifetime on frame and bearings

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

(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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