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Santa Cruz Bicycles
Tallboy Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame - 2015

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The 2015 Santa Cruz Tallboy Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame isn't different from the just-redesigned 2014 model, with the exception of some new colors, and to that we say: great. The current Tallboy is one of the most capable, balanced, and overachieving framesets extant. Its neutral geometry and solid construction make it a cross-country rocket and a trail-crusher all at once — an easy recommendation to a wide variety of riders, so we're just fine with it as-is.

When revising the Tallboy last year, Santa Cruz made sure that any improvements were exactly that — improvements. After all, why mess with a good thing? Rather than make changes to the geometry on its best-selling model, Santa Cruz instead looked at ways to shave weight and improve stiffness. The resulting frame is significantly lighter than comparable designs on the market. But, saving weight isn't everything, which is why Santa Cruz managed to also make the Tallboy stiffer. You'll also find that Santa Cruz incorporated the same collet-style pivot hardware that's become standard for Santa Cruz's suspension bikes. This means that your pivots will stay tight, while also making service a breeze. Santa Cruz's spirit of improvement is furthered with some of the Tallboy's more subtle details.

The first improvement that you'll notice in the saddle is the modified suspension rate. Specifically, the progressivity at the end of the stroke has been reduced in comparison to the original Tallboy. In translation, modern shocks are more capable of resisting bottoming-out than they were during the genesis of the Tallboy. So, this revised suspension layout provides full travel with the current generation of suspension dampers. More specifically, it's tuned for the FOX Racing Shox FLOAT CTD shock, which features FOX's CTD adjustment for simplified suspension tuning. And, piggy-backing off of improved suspension action, the overall efficiency receives a boost as well.

The suspension is a refinement of Santa Cruz's dual-link, counter-rotating VPP suspension design. When compressing the suspension from the beginning of the stroke, most of the rotation happens in the stiff aluminum top link, which pulls the wheel closer to the bottom bracket. That keeps the Tallboy soft off of the top, making for a supremely smooth ride. And, once you pass the sag point and get deeper into the travel, the forged aluminum lower link handles most of the rotation. This means that the rear wheel is traveling away from the bottom bracket, so it's better equipped to handle larger, square-edged impacts. VPP is also incredibly effective at neutralizing braking forces, which prevents either stiffening or extending under hard braking. But, the main benefit that you'll notice with this suspension platform is that it isolates pedaling forces in order to keep the bike from bobbing. The lower link has easily accessible grease ports, once again increasing the ease of service.

Perhaps the biggest change is that Santa Cruz is providing the Tallboy in a size Small. Previous iterations of the Tallboy weren't available in sizes smaller than Medium, because the suspension platform provided a limited stand-over. Stand-over is of particular importance to smaller riders, especially on bikes with 29-inch wheels. However, the updated suspension layout lowered the shock mount enough to provide plenty of stand-over for a Small size to be added. Not surprisingly, this provides the same fit that you'd expect from Santa Cruz's other models.

Those with considerable saddle time on the Tallboy platform know that despite its modest 100mm wheel travel, this is a bike that begs to be pushed hard. That's why the geometry was designed to pair the VPP with either a 100mm- or 120mm-travel fork. Additionally, the Tallboy receives stealth routing for dropper seatposts. So, you have several options if you're looking for more control on descents and technical sections. For compatibility with tapered forks, the mixed-tapered 44/56mm head tube carries over, as does the 142x12mm thru-axle rear end. Both traits not only boost the stiffness of the frame, but of the bike as a whole. This equates to a precise level of tracking, which is particularly noticeable on rough lines and off-camber sections. The Tallboy is equipped with a direct mount for the front derailleur and a standard mount at the rear. The frame also features a 73mm threaded bottom bracket, 34.9mm seat collar, and two water bottle mounts.

The 2015 Santa Cruz Tallboy Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame is available in five sizes from Small to XX-Large and in the colors White/burgundy and Satin Black/aqua blue.


  • 100mm of VPP-controlled travel
  • Compatible with 100 or 120mm forks
  • 142x12mm thru-axle
  • Stealth dropper post routing
  • Item #SNZ001S
Frame Material
Carbon CC
Rear Shock
FOX FLOAT CTD with Kashima
Rear Travel
100 mm
Head Tube Diameter
ZS44/EC49 mixed tapered
Headset Included
Bottom Bracket Type
73 mm English
yes, ISCG 05
Cable Routing
Front Derailleur Mount
high direct mount
Derailleur Pull
top pull
Seatpost Diameter
30.9 mm
Seat Collar
34.9 mm
Rear Axle
142 mm thru-axle
Claimed Weight
[size S, with shock] 2236 g
Recommended Use
cross country
Manufacturer Warranty
5 years

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