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Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy Carbon CC 29 XT Complete Mountain Bike - 2017

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The speed you need.

The go-to choice for Santa Cruz Factory riders seeking a fast-rolling, terrain-eating bike for racing technical courses such as Downieville, the Tallboy Carbon CC 29 XT Complete Mountain Bike excels when it's pushed to the ragged edge where traditional XC bikes would normally falter. We chalk this up to its more relaxed 68-degree head tube angle paired with 110 millimeters of VPP travel striking the sweet spot between pedaling efficiency and bump-absorbing compliance on the descent. In this 29-inch wheel configuration, you'll find it absolutely steamrolls anything standing in your path by increasing the bike's angle of attack over rocks and roots, complemented with a longer 120-millimeter fork smoothing out the rough stuff.

Not only is the newest Tallboy more capable across rough sections of trail and technical XC courses, but it's also interchangeable between 27.5+ and 29-inch wheels with its flip chip integrated into the upper link. The flip chip maintains its geometry between both wheel sizes, so long as you swap in a 130-millimeter fork in 27.5+ configuration. This is a nice addition to the newest Tallboy, as you can readily swap out the included 29-inch wheels for 27.5+ for greater bump compliance and traction on the trail.

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 platform 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 speed across flats or uphill momentum. Another thing to note, Santa Cruz improved its VPP platform for better grip across root-latticed climbs and rock-strewn terrain. This is especially noticeable on long climbs where you'd normally struggle to gain traction over uneven terrain.

We'd be amiss to forget the Carbon CC frame, which is significantly lighter than Santa Cruz's base-level Carbon C frames, due to the use of a higher modulus carbon lay-up that's trimmed away in key areas to reduce weight, but without sacrificing its strength or stiffness. BOOST spacing increases wheel stiffness for better tracking across rough, rowdy terrain, especially notable for the bigger 29-inch wheels on this build. This XT build enjoys the crisp shifting and wide gear range of its XT 2x11 drivetrain for long races and extended climbs where conserving energy is crucial. Shimano XT M8000 disc brakes provide excellent stopping power and modulation, with Ice Tech Rotors preventing brake fade on descents where heat build-up is normally a major issue.

  • Blurs the line between aggressive XC and trail bike
  • 110mm VPP suspension optimizes efficiency and traction
  • 120mm FOX 34 Float Fork eats up rugged stretches of trail
  • 29in wheels steamroll trail obstacles lying in your way
  • Flip chip allows you to swap between 27.5+ and 29in wheels
  • Carbon CC frame shaves weight without compromising stiffness
  • XT 2x11 drivetrain provides wide gear range and crisp shifts
  • BOOST axle spacing for greater stiffness of 29in wheels

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
Carbon CC
Suspension:
VPP
Rear Shock:
Fox Float Performance Elite
Rear Travel:
110mm
Fork:
Fox 34 Float 29 Performance Elite
Front Travel:
120mm
Headset:
Cane Creek 40, Integrated
Shifters:
Shimano XT M8000 SL
Front Derailleur:
Shimano XT M8020 Side Swing
Rear Derailleur:
Shimano XT M8000 GS
Crankset:
Race Face Turbine SL
Bottom Bracket:
English threaded
Cassette:
Shimano XT M8000 (11-40t)
Chain:
Shimano SLX M7000
Brakeset:
Shimano XT M8000
Brake Type:
hydraulic disc
Rotors:
Shimano RT86 Ice Tech, 180mm
Handlebar:
Santa Cruz Carbon Flat Bar, 31.8mm clamp
Handlebar Width:
[S/M] 750mm, [L/XXL] 780mm
Grips:
Santa Cruz Palmdale lock-on
Stem:
Raceface Turbine Basic
Saddle:
WTB Silverado Pro
Seatpost:
Rock Shox Reverb Stealth, 125mm (S), 150mm (M/L/XL), 170mm (XXL)
Seatpost Diameter:
31.6mm
Wheelset:
Race Face ARC 24
Hubs:
DT Swiss 350
Front Axle:
15 x 110mm BOOST thru-axle
Rear Axle:
12 x 148mm BOOST thru-axle
Tires:
[front] Maxxis Minion DHF EXO 3C, [rear] Maxxis Ardent Race EXO
Tire Size:
[front] 29 x 2.3in, [rear] 29 x 2.35in
Recommended Use:
trail, cross-country
Manufacturer Warranty:
lifetime on 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

(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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  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

A few years ago the tallboy brought me back to mountain biking, it was fun to ride on the dirt again. They have improved the TB since then and it's never disappointed. VPP suspension make it actually ride really well in any direction. Boost spacing just adds more the the whole equation of great handling on this bike. The bike is fast, it will let you go fast, and when you are at speed you'll really feel confident in your ride. between my son and I we've really ridden the TB through about everything and not taken it easy. As will all the Santa Cruz bikes I've owned it's been incredibly solid, with a lifetime warranty it better be. I have run 27.5+ and 29 on this bike and my personal preference is 29, again totally personal preference. The tallboy ranks at the top of my short list all day long. If you have any questions on specifics or sizing feel free to contact me directly at kylebrown@competitivecyclist.com or 801-204-4699.