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Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy Carbon CC 27.5+ X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2017

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The latest Tallboy Carbon CC 27.5+ X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike is an enigma. On one hand, it's a Tallboy, which originally became a wagon-wheel staple because the always-planted nature of its VPP suspension has long made it ride the way we want a 29er to ride. On the other hand, SC's inclusion of a flip chip in the upper linkage means it can toggle between the OG wagon wheel posture and this 27.5+ set-up. This effectively bends the bars of the previous Tallboy's XC-only cage, giving it more freedom to explore the open pastures of all-mountain riding.

This free-range tendency is further reinforced by the new Tallboy's longer, slacker, and more travel-ier frame, and the addition of SRAM's X01 Eagle 12-speed, one-by drivetrain is yet more mark in the more-than-just-XC column. See? An enigma. And rather than try to pigeonhole it in an arbitrary category based on travel and head tube angle, we find the best way to treat the new free-range Tallboy is to give it free reign on any trail this side of gnarly DH courses.

Given the revolutionary 27.5+ status it confers on the Tallboy, it's worth pausing to dwell on the flip chip. First seen on the five-inch Hightower, the flip chip was developed to allow riders to switch between 29er and 27.5+ wheel sizes. This results in a slight change in head tube angle on the Hightower; however, Santa Cruz has fine-tuned this technology to allow the geometry to remain exactly the same across each wheel size on the Tallboy. This means, depending on the day, your Tallboy 3 could be barreling with stability through gouged-up grassy trails and rock gardens, or floating over root-latticed switchbacks with the plush, quiet confidence of 27.5+ as it's setup here.

Either way, the new Tallboy's head tube angle leans it towards the trail side of the spectrum by dropping from its predecessor's traditional 70.2 degrees to a more relaxed 68 degrees, and Santa Cruz managed to shave a little over 13mm off the chainstay length to bring them down to 17.01in. This, coupled with a longer reach and shorter stem, results in a bike with the snappiness you'll need to dice through the tight and twisties and a stable, confident front end for diving off the XC course and into the white-knuckle stuff.

Geometry is only half the story, of course, and with such extensive changes, change-averse Tallboy fans will be pleased to learn that the Third Generation VPP suspension platform the Tallboy uses didn't undergo any earth-shattering changes. In fact, it's the same VPP that the Bronson 2.0 and 5010 2.0 received, inspired by the burlier Nomad, which means you get links that stay out of the way to accommodate a piggyback shock's external can without giving up the bottle cage. Because of this, Santa Cruz was able to build the frame with more ground clearance, lower standover, and a stiffer design to complement the already stiff Boost back end.

Third generation VPP also receives a few tweaks to its tuning compared to older version, with its new curve deviating from the previous "U" shape and moving towards more of a flattened check mark, with less dramatic ramping on either end of the arc. This improves the suspension's traction and compliance early and towards the middle of the stroke, lending more consistency and grip across root-laced, inconsistent trails. These changes thankfully don't have any impact on acceleration, so the Tallboy remains just as nimble and responsive as its predecessors with an overall increase in consistency and bump compliance throughout your ride.

For all the changes listed above, the Tallboy's Carbon CC construction remains the same. As with previous Carbon CC frames, the Tallboy requires less material to hit Santa Cruz's stiffness targets without sacrificing any of the responsiveness of the less expensive, heavier Carbon C models. Both triangles are constructed as whole, monocoque pieces, which also contributes to keeping weight low because the carbon can be wrapped through junctures and around joints. This eliminates the artificial weak points of bonded frames and actually requires less material in the process. While it's being cured, the frame is compacted from inside and out. This final step eliminates excess material and resin pooling, resulting in more structural integrity and, of course, additional weight savings.

  • A low-travel race bike that refuses to be caged as XC-only
  • 4.3in of the latest VPP suspension keeps tires glued to the trail
  • Longer, slacker geometry adds more party to the Tallboy's ride
  • Santa Cruz's CC construction redefines our expectations of carbon
  • Flip chip in linkage preserves geometry on 27.5+ and 29in wheels
  • SRAM's 12-speed drivetrain features the ultimate bailout gear
  • Santa Cruz Bicycles is never afraid to mess with success in pursuit of improvement

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
Carbon CC
Suspension:
VPP
Rear Shock:
FOX Float Performance Elite
Rear Travel:
110 mm
Fork:
FOX 34 Float Performance Elite
Front Travel:
130 mm
Headset:
Cane Creek 40
Shifters:
SRAM X01 Eagle
Front Derailleur:
n/a
Rear Derailleur:
SRAM X01 Eagle
ISCG Tabs:
no
Crankset:
32 t SRAM X01 Eagle Carbon
Bottom Bracket:
73mm threaded
Cassette:
10 - 50 t SRAM XG-1295
Chain:
SRAM X01 Eagle PowerLock
Brakeset:
SRAM Level TLM
Brake Type:
hydraulic disc
Rotors:
180 / 180 mm Avid Centerline
Handlebar:
Santa Cruz Carbon flat bar
Handlebar Width:
[sizes small - medium] 750 mm, [sizes large - xx-large] 780 mm
Grips:
Santa Cruz Palmdale lock-on
Stem:
Race Face Turbine Basic
Saddle:
WTB Silverado Team
Seatpost:
[size small] RockShox Reverb Stealth 125mm, [sizes medium - x-large] RockShox Reverb Stealth 150mm, [size xx-large] RockShox Reverb Stealth 170mm
Seatpost Diameter:
31.6 mm
Wheelset:
[rims] Race Face ARC 40
Hubs:
DT Swiss 350
Front Axle:
15 x 110mm Boost
Rear Axle:
12 x 148mm Boost
Tires:
[front] Maxxis Rekon EXO 3C, [rear] Maxxis Rekon EXO
Tire Size:
27.5 x 2.8 in
Pedals:
not included
Recommended Use:
cross country, trail
Manufacturer Warranty:
lifetime on frame
Actual Weight:
Gloss Yellow/Emerald, M: 12570g

sizing chart

Tallboy size by rider height

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Geometry chart

Santa Cruz

Geometry Chart

 

Hightower 1C
29er
 

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
M 16.5in 23.7in 23.8in 16.9in 27.9in 3.5in 67o 74.3o 1.3in 17.1in 45.9in
L 17.7in 24.5in 24.1in 17.2in 28.1in 3.9in 67o 74.3o 1.3in 17.1in 46.7in
XL 19.3in 25.6in 24.5in 18.7in 28.3in 4.3in 67o 74.3o 1.3in 17.1in 47.8in
27.5+
 

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

M

16.5in 23.7in 24in 16.8in 27.8in 3.5in 66.8o 74.1o 1.1in 17.1in 46in
L 17.7in 24.5in 24.2in 17.6in 27.9in 3.9in 66.8o 74.1o 1.1in 17.1in 46.8in
XL 19.3in 25.6in 24.6in 18.6in 28.2in 4.3in 66.8o 74.1o 1.1in 17.1in 48in

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Tall Drink of Water

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This bike EATS ROCKS! It's super fun, if love cruising over rocks with ease. I've demoed a lot of different bike profiles. I really like the climb, so I expected to get a climbing bike. But, I could never get my mind off the 27.5+ tires, since they are so much fun and easy. So, I decided to ride them this year and it's been nothing but smiles.



It's definitely a playful bike, and the components are effortless. I will always support putting money in components, and they really effect your over all game.



This really is for crushing up rocks on the down hill, with a soft ride uphill. My photo doesn't do this bike justice, but it's all I have, right now. These tires are definitely not ideal for a single track. But, who cares?! It will go anywhere.



Also, I feel fine, on the uphill, which is important to me because I love to climb. So, it's really been a good balance of everything. I also like that I can put 29 in wheels on this, if I want to. So, this bike feels like so much FREEDOM!

Tall Drink of Water

Killer

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was given the pleasure of demoing the SANTA CRUZ TALLBOY CARBON CC 27.5+ X01 EAGLE - 2017. I went into it with some biased opinions (27.5+ are slow, sluggish, and a more of a dad style bike) I could not of been more wrong. I had this bike for a week and put it thru the wringer. I rode a good amount of trails in Utah from cross country rides to trails with more technical downhills and jumps. One ride required over 2000 feet of climbing. Also went on a weekend trip to Grand Junction and Fruita, Colorado, and rode many of the classic trails at each. This bike rips!! It handles everything unbelievably, from long climbs to techey down hills. My two previous bikes were the Giant Reign Advanced and the Scott Genius. Both of which are longer travel bikes, the reign coming in at 160mm of travel. I thought I was going to be limited to the trails I could ride because the tallboy has 130mm of travel... I was wrong once again. The plus size wheel made the suspension feel like it had more travel on the down hills. Because of the tire width, it held awesome in the corners and crushed over rocks down and uphill. It may have felt a little more sluggish on some longer climbs but that is a trade off for the confidence you feel from the wider tire on the way up and down. If you are strictly looking for the speed and gravity aspect of riding, I might suggest staying with a 27'5. If you are riding for fun and looking for a bike that can do it all while giving you a little extra confidence with a wider tire, the SANTA CRUZ TALLBOY is epic. If you have any questions hit me at 801-523-4075 or email me at borloski@backcountry.com

Killer