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Santa Cruz BicyclesTallboy
Carbon R Mountain Bike

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Description

Tallboy Carbon R Mountain Bike

There's a really good reason why Santa Cruz's Tallboy enjoys such universal praise. Simply put, it's a 29er that's very at home on such a variety of terrain, and it shows us just how fun a small travel bike can be with big wheels. This v4 version is even more optimized for the trails with its slackened head tube angle, short chainstays, and a steep seat tube. As such, it's better able to cope with bigger terrain while lending more speed, control, and comfort. The Tallboy Carbon R Mountain Bike is ready to be your go-to ride, racking up the miles on your well-traveled trails as well as exploring new singletrack and tackling fresh lines for the first time.

Because Santa Cruz's Bronson and Hightower got makeovers in the suspension department, it doesn't come as a huge surprise to see the tweaks to the Tallboy went in the same direction. The new Tallboy follows the trends of its deeper-travel siblings, moving the VPP suspension down to a lower-link that offers improved stabilization in the roughest terrain, while an extra 10mm of travel helps soak up additional rocks and roots that the previous Tallboy would have shied away from. This makes the new ride more confident than ever, ready for bigger trails, rutted-out lines, brakes bumps galore, and even turning the odd set of rollers into doubles—but not at the cost of climbing. The new suspension is designed with the same engineering principles as the brand's longest travel bikes, making it just as at home riding cross-country as it is extreme backcountry. Santa Cruz's VPP suspension is designed to stabilize the suspension when you're putting power down on the pedals, meaning the rear end ceases to bob, providing a much more responsive and lively feel when you hammer up steeps, so you aren't wasting all of the power you put down. This is achieved with counter-rotating links that are carefully arranged to resist activation by pedaling forces, all but eliminating bobbing under power.

But the suspension is hardly where Santa Cruz stopped on upgrades with the new Tallboy. The bike sees entirely different geometry, but continues to use the flip-chip we saw in previous years for adaptable geometry that can be tuned to your own personal riding needs. In the front things start out with a much slacker head tube angle that shifted from the 68-degrees in years past to the ultra-long 65.5-degrees it is today (with the flip-chip in Low). This slack head tube elevates the confidence of the Tallboy when you point it downhill, providing improved handling in rough and jarring terrain, and boosting control at high speeds. With the head tube's shift into the slacker realm, balance needed to be achieved to maintain the bike's reputation for lively pedaling and handling, so the engineers at Santa Cruz opted to move the seat tube angle up a few degrees to a steep perch of 76.3 degrees—a full three degrees steeper than the previous model, allowing you to stay on top of the bike when pedaling power matters, and keeping the cockpit compact enough for comfort when handling the bike in rowdy terrain.

In previous generation Tallboys the flip-chip seemed to beckon for loftier 27.5+ hoops, but on the Tallboy v4 it serves a purpose tuned more acutely to riding style preferences. The flip-chip not only tweaks head tube and seat tube geometry, but there's also a full 10mm of adjustability to the stubby-short 430mm chainstays, which allows riders of all sizes and riding styles to make the necessary tweaks to feel right at home. This combines with a low bottom bracket for a combination that's built to thread the needle, rail berms, and launch out the other side with power and confidence.

The frame on the Tallboy Carbon S build uses Santa Cruz's Carbon C construction, which is Santa Cruz's second-tier carbon level. It's just as strong as the higher-level CC carbon, though a little bit heavier. The carbon layup process remains the same, just with a different carbon modulus that's a bit more budget-friendly, which is why you're able to score the Carbon C at a much more modest asking price, all you sacrifice is an equally modest 240g of gained weight.

  • Santa Cruz's short-travel 29er is an ideal companion for epic rides
  • 10mm deeper travel soaks up more rocks, roots, and trail chatter
  • New lower-link VPP suspension improves performance across the board
  • Super slack head tube feels controlled descending at high speeds
  • Steep seat tube angle allows for comfortable & efficient pedaling
  • Longer reach increases stability and high-speed composure
  • Flip chips let you tweak geometry and chainstay length
  • Carbon C frame rivals performance of CC frames at a lower cost

Tech Specs
Frame MaterialCarbon C
SuspensionVPP
Rear ShockFOX Float Performance DPS
Rear Travel120mm
ForkFOX Rhythm 34
Front Travel130mm
HeadsetCane Creek 10 IS
ShiftersSRAM NX Eagle, 12-speed
Rear DerailleurSRAM NX Eagle, 12-speed
ISCG TabsISCG-05
CranksetSRAM NX Eagle 148 DUB
Chainring Sizes32t
Bottom BracketSRAM DUB
Bottom Bracket TypeEnglish threaded
CassetteSRAM PG1230, 12-speed
Cassette Range11 - 50t
ChainSRAM NX Eagle, 12-speed
BrakesetSRAM Guide T
Brake Typehydraulic disc
RotorsAvid Centerline 180mm
HandlebarRace Face Ride
GripsSanta Cruz Palmdale
StemRace Face Ride
SaddleWTB Silverado Race
SeatpostSDG Tellis dropper
Wheelset[rims] WTB ST i25 TCS 2.0, [spokes] Sapim Race
Hubs[front] SRAM MTH 716, 32h, [rear] SRAM MTH 746, 32h
Front Axle15 x 110mm Boost
Rear Axle12 x 148mm Boost
Tires[front] Maxxis Minion DHF 3C EXO TR, [rear] Maxxis Minion DHR II EXO TR
Tire Size29 x 2.3in
Pedalsnot included
Extrasdowntube protector, swingarm protector, shock fender
Recommended Usetrail
Manufacturer Warranty[frame] lifetime
Geometry

130mm Travel Fork // LOW

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14.57in14.96in15.94in16.93in18.11in19.69in
21.26in22.36in23.5in24.49in25.47in26.73in
23.35in23.74in24.09in24.45in25.16in25.87in
15.67in16.65in17.64in18.43in19.21in20.20in
26.69in27.24in27.72in27.68in27.48in27.48in
3.54in3.93in4.33in4.72in5.51in6.30in
65.565.565.565.565.565.5
76.576.476.376.27675.8
13.07in13.07in13.07in13.07in13.07in13.07in
1.61in1.61in1.61in1.61in1.61in1.61in
16.93 / 17.32in16.93 / 17.32in16.93 / 17.32in16.93 / 17.32in16.93 / 17.32in16.93 / 17.32in
44.41in45.55in46.73in47.68in48.78in50.08in

130mm Travel Fork // HIGH

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14.57in14.96in15.94in16.93in18.11in19.69in
21.26in22.36in23.5in24.49in25.47in26.73in
23.35in23.66in24.01in24.37in25.08in25.87in
15.75in16.73in17.72in18.50in19.29in20.27in
26.81in27.4in27.87in27.79in27.64in27.64in
3.54in3.93in4.33in4.72in5.51in6.30in
65.765.765.765.765.765.7
76.776.776.676.476.276
13.19in13.19in13.19in13.19in13.19in13.19in
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16.93 / 17.32in16.93 / 17.32in16.93 / 17.32in16.93 / 17.32in16.93 / 17.32in16.93 / 17.32in
44.41in45.55in46.73in47.68in48.78in50.08in
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Weight

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30lb 6.7oz

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    L
    Height
    5` 11"
    Weight
    190 lbs

    When I first got my Tallboy C R, I was initially disappointed. I liked it overall, but it didn't quite live up to my expectations. Before this bike, all of my bikes had Shimano XT group sets and Factory-level Fox forks. The C R build uses OEM Fox shocks that initially felt heavy and a bit jumpy (even after adjustments) and the SRAM NX Eagle groupset was clunky. The Sram Guide T brakes were even worse (these are throw away brakes). Before buying I did a lot of research and was convinced by online reviews that the R build wouldn't prove disappointing. . .I've had my Tallboy C R for a few months now and I can now say that my initial assessment was correct. I actually like the bike; the "modern" geometry and frame are the real deal. This being said, I wish I had purchased either another build (maybe the S) or an altogether different bike. Honestly, I wouldn't buy this again.