Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy Carbon CC 29 XT ENVE Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 $8,099.00
Born to fly.
The Santa Cruz Tallboy Carbon CC 29 XT ENVE Complete Mountain Bike blurs the lines between aggressive XC whip and terrain-eating trail bike with its reinvigorated geometry that's slacker and more confident on aggressive terrain, yet still fast and efficient for XC racing. It's the go-to choice for Santa Cruz Factory Team Riders when they're racing across technical courses with thousands of feet of brutal climbing with incredibly steep, rocky descents, as backed by its first place finish at Downieville.
We chalk this balanced feel 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 configuration, you'll find it absolutely steamrolls anything standing in your path by carrying momentum and increasing the 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 than ever when the going gets rough, 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 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 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 slowing 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 get 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 that's trimmed away meticulously in key areas to reduce weight, but without sacrificing strength or stiffness. BOOST spacing drastically increases the stiffness of its 29-inch wheels, which is further accentuated when you consider the snappy-stiff ENVE m60/40 wheels on this particular build. Another thing to note, its XT 2x11 drivetrain provides a wide range of usable gears, which is crucial for conserving energy while racing and climbing for long periods of time.
- Straddles the line between aggressive XC and trail
- 110mm of VPP suspension optimizes efficiency and traction
- 120mm FOX 34 Float Fork eats up rugged stretches of trail
- ENVE M60/40 wheels are incredibly stiff and responsive
- 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 range of gears and crisp shifts
- BOOST axle spacing for greater stiffness of 29in wheels