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

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

Blurring the boundaries.

Whereas the original incarnation of the Tallboy aimed squarely at XC domination, the newest Santa Cruz Tallboy Carbon 29 S Complete Mountain Bike blurs the boundary between XC swiftness and trail-devouring composure with its reinvigorated geometry that's slacker and more confident dropping into aggressive terrain. That being said, it's still an incredibly responsive machine that's more than eager to accelerate out of corners and fly past heavier enduro rigs on steep climbs where pedaling efficiency is paramount. You'll find it's the go-to choice of the Santa Cruz Factory Team when they're racing technical courses with thousands of feet of brutal climbing combined with precipitously steep, rocky descents, such as the infamous Downieville Classic.

We chalk this boundary-blurring virtuosity to a more relaxed 68-degree head tube angle paired with 110 millimeters of VPP travel balancing pedaling efficiency with bump-smoothing composure. In this 29-inch configuration, you'll find it absolutely steamrolls anything lying in its path by carrying greater momentum and increasing the angle of attack over larger rocks and roots. The momentum-carrying capability of 29-inch wheels is aided by a longer 120-millimeter fork, which smooths out trail impediments and absorbs mid-sized drops without fuss.

Not only is the newest Tallboy more capable than ever when the going gets rough and rocky, but it's also interchangeable between 27.5+ and 29-inch wheels. This ability to swap wheel sizes is due to a flip-chip located along the upper link. The flip-chip maintains its geometry between both wheel sizes, so long as you swap in a 130-millimeter fork when you're converting to 27.5+ wheels. This is a nice addition to the newest Tallboy, as the 27.5+ wheels provide greater bump compliance and tons of grip over loose, drifty trail surfaces.

The Tallboy employs the third generation of Santa Cruz's VPP suspension platform, which attaches the upper link to the top tube for greater stiffness and increased stand-over height. The lower link configuration is revised as well, now tucked above the bottom bracket to prevent rock strikes and flinging debris from damaging it. The third-gen VPP suspension retains the praised pedaling efficiency you've come to love from VPP, making it an ideal platform for XC racing and trail riding without pedal bob sapping your forward momentum across flats or slowing uphill progress on long climbs. Another thing to note, Santa Cruz improved its VPP platform for this third iteration with better compliance over small bumps, as well as preventing it from settling in the middle of its travel, so it feels more active and tracks to the ground noticeably better.

We'd remiss to forgot mentioning the provided Carbon C frame, which is both stout and snappy at accelerating, due to its impressive level of stiffness. This Carbon C frame is incredibly tough when you're thrashing it on the trail, as backed by an impressive lifetime warranty. Internal cable and stealth dropper routing clean up the frame's aesthetic while protecting cables from dirt and debris. Moreover, this "S" kit comes with SRAM's newest GX Eagle drivetrain, which gives you a massive 500 percent gear range without having to deal with a pesky front derailleur.

  • Blurs the line between XC quickness and trail composure
  • 110mm of VPP suspension optimizes efficiency and traction
  • 120mm FOX 34 Performance fork smooths out rough terrain
  • Flip-chip allows you to swap between 27.5+ and 29in wheels
  • Carbon C frame is impressively stiff for acceleration
  • GX Eagle 1x12 drivetrain with massive 500% gear range
  • BOOST axle spacing for greater stiffness of 29in wheels

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
Carbon C
Suspension:
VPP
Rear Shock:
Fox Float Performance DPS
Rear Travel:
110mm
Fork:
Fox Float Performance
Front Travel:
120mm
Headset:
Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated
Shifters:
SRAM GX Eagle
Front Derailleur:
n/a
Rear Derailleur:
SRAM GX Eagle
Crankset:
SRAM GX Eagle (32t)
Bottom Bracket:
BSA threaded
Cassette:
SRAM XG1275 Eagle (10-50t)
Chain:
SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed
Brakeset:
SRAM Level TL
Brake Type:
hydraulic disc
Rotors:
Avid Centerline, 180mm
Handlebar:
Race Face Evolve Flat Bar (31.8mm)
Handlebar Width:
720mm
Grips:
Santa Cruz Palmdale lock-on
Stem:
Race Face Aeffect R
Stem Length:
50mm
Saddle:
WTB Volt Race
Seatpost:
RockShox Reverb Stealth dropper
Seatpost Diameter:
31.6mm
Wheelset:
Race Face AR 24 (32h)
Hubs:
[front] Novatec D641, [rear] Novatec D642
Front Axle:
15 x 110mm Boost
Rear Axle:
12 x 148mm Boost
Tires:
[front] Maxxis Minion DHF 3C EXO TR, [rear] Maxxis Ardent Race TR EXO
Tire Size:
[front] 29 x 2.3in, [rear] 29 x 2.35in
Recommended Use:
cross-country, trail
Manufacturer Warranty:
lifetime on frame

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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