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Being at the forefront of virtual pivot point suspension technology would be a milestone in any company's history, but Santa Cruz has never been complacent when it comes to innovation. The use of carbon for frames marks a new era in Santa Cruz design -- offering unmatched strength and lightness with SC's highly respected trail manners. The Tallboy Carbon 142 with the 29er design, embodying Santa Cruz's suspension knowhow with the latest carbon technology.

The Tallboy Carbon uses a one-piece lay-up and curing process for the front triangle, as opposed to assembling joints, which would require bonding, wrapping, or rivets. Because this process allows continuous interlocking fibers to wrap between tubes, the resulting structure distributes loads and absorbs impact energy better, while eliminating any excess material. As you might imagine, this is a costly process because each frame size requires dedicated tooling.

But, this allows Santa Cruz to control the outside shape, the inside shape, and to compact the fibers during the lay-up for the individual requirements to each frame size. From medium to the mega-large (25in top tube) XXL fame, the structure is optimized for intended rider weight and forces. By placing material where it’s needed most results in a strong and nimble chassis for the VPP suspension to work its magic.

The second generation VPP suspension features upper and lower links which flatten the shock rate to provide active motion early in the axle path -- allowing the rear wheel to easily move up and back as you ride over a bump. The link design also balances downward pedaling force with the pulling force of the chain to neutralize them and prevent pedal-bob or squatting during acceleration. This helps keep speed up, but VPP also helps to keep that speed in check.

The VPP design prevents brake-induced lock-out, this keeps the suspension supple over braking bumps and provides easier brake modulation over choppy terrain. Whether you're rolling over rock gardens, clawing up rooty and rocky climbs, or negotiating steep descents, VPP suspension remains active and responsive -- and key to this performance is its linkages and hardware.

At the bottom end of things, an alloy lower link features easily-serviceable grease ports, that have been repositioned to avoid damage, to ensure extremely long bearing life. The pivots are oversized, with 15mm locking axle-pins. They run on intricately-sealed bearings with one-way purging seals that should last the life of the frame, and won't creak or loosen. For the people who want every lightweight feature addressed, Santa Cruz topped it off with anodized aluminum hardware where applicable.

Managing the Tallboy’s 100mm of travel is a lightweight and reliable shock with the smooth and durable Kashima coating. The easy-to-adjust three position Propedal lever provides two platform options to maximize efficiency when climbing, traversing, or descending. The Tallboy now has a 142mm thru axle that adds compatibility with readily available 29er thru axle wheelsets. The hanger is replaceable, and, with the available separately DRD hanger, it'll be compatible with Shimano's new direct mount rear derailleurs.

The Santa Cruz Tallboy Carbon with FOX CTD comes with integrated frame protectors where necessary to keep it's Gloss Blue and White or Matte Carbon and Red finishes fresh.

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