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Since its inception, The Santa Cruz Tallboy chassis has altered naysayers' negative opinions on the oversized wheel platform. The Tallboy LT Carbon Mountain Bike Frame keeps that tradition alive by providing 135mm of travel in an insanely light and strong package, complete with the new Kashima coated FOX CTD rear shock.

Without Santa Cruz's proprietary carbon processes, the Tallboy LT Carbon's combination of low weight and strength wouldn't be possible. The front triangle of the Tallboy LT Carbon is constructed as one piece, rather than having components produced separately, and then bonded or wrapped. Additionally, the carbon fibers are continuous around tube junctions -- to distribute load and absorb impact energy better.

Looking at geometry, the Tallboy LT Carbon's actually slightly longer (we're talking a fraction of an inch here) than the original Tallboy with a slacker, 69.5 degree, head angle. Surprisingly, the 35mm of added travel has not adversely affected standover height; it's a few millimeters shorter than the standard Tallboy Carbon. Keeping in perspective the Tallboy's short chainstays, this could be one of the most nimble and competent full-suspension 29ers out there.

The Tallboy LT Carbon utilizes Santa Cruz's lauded, patented VPP suspension system. It features counter-rotating links that allow a variable feel throughout the suspension travel. When sag is set correctly, the Tallboy LT Carbon is extremely responsive to small- and medium-sized bumps. On larger hits that push it deeper into its travel, it becomes more stubborn, a necessity to avoid harsh bottom-out. It's also a crisp, efficient pedaler, even in the small chainring.

Another big plus of VPP suspension is its durability; angular contact pivot bearings offer excellent resistance to deflection for smoother, longer lasting performance. This also translates into truer tracking, and better line holding over rough trails. The contamination-prone lower links are also equipped with grease ports for added ease of service and long maintenance intervals.

The LT Carbon is sprung by a light, and custom-tuned, FOX FLOAT CTD with the slick and durable Kashima coating. Its simple, three-position lever lets you select platform damping for climbing, trail, or descents. At the front end of things, it'll accommodate a 130-150mm front fork, with 140mm being the default for all-around riding.

Santa Cruz didn't simply add travel and tweak the geometry of the original Tallboy and call it a day. This frame has received some insightful upgrades. Recognizing that it will see heavy-duty action, Santa Cruz added ISCG05 tabs and offset the lower link accommodate a chainguide. If you don't plan on running a chainguide, there's a metal insert on the chainstay where a dropped chain would otherwise wreak havoc on the carbon fiber.

Speaking of frame protection, you're bound to kick up some trail projectiles. Because of that, the lower part of the down tube is wrapped in a leather protector. A similar protector covers the chainstay to protect from chain-slap.

The Santa Cruz Tallboy LT Carbon Mountain Bike Frame has a 1-1/8 to 1-1/2 inch tapered head tube. Like all of Santa Cruz's bikes, it has a user-friendly, 73mm threaded bottom bracket shell. The rear dropout accepts a 142 x 12mm thru-axle, and a DT Swiss thru-axle comes with the bike. IS brake mounts make adding your favorite brakes as easy as possible. You'll need to pair the frame with a 30.9mm seatpost and a 34.9mm bottom-swing, top-pull front derailleur.

The frame comes with a standard replaceable rear derailleur hanger, but a Shimano direct-mount rear hanger is available. The Tallboy LT Carbon comes in sizes Medium through X-Large and in two color options: Matte carbon/orange and Gloss yellow/black.

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  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I literally sold 2 great bikes to build a LTc up and I don't regret it one bit! This thing climbs and rockets downhill. It really is an amazing ride!

Santa Cruz Tallboy LT Carbon

Santa Cruz Tallboy LT Carbon

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Anyhow, this is the new frame I bought from you all. Just built it up. Waiting impatiently for the local trails to dry out.

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...and for those that care about such things, weight came out to be 26.32lb.s with pedals and dropper post. Frame (large) was 5.68 lbs. with rear axle, shock, and headset installed.

In the tech spec it says "Manufacturer...

In the tech spec it says "Manufacturer Warranty 2 years"
On the Santa Cruz website the frame warranty is 5 years.
Why the difference?

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Hey Roger,

Sorry for the discrepancy there. For any and all warranty situations, we would work based off of the manufacturer's guidelines to get that resolved. In this case, that would be the 5 year warranty offered by Santa Cruz. Also, should any issues arise, we've got a team here who handles our coordinates warranties with the manufacturer

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Unanswered Question

Hello. I would buy this frame for 2000 $....

Hello. I would buy this frame for 2000 $.
I'm living in Norway. And to get this frame here I must pay taxes 25 %.