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Long for the trail.

When Santa Cruz introduced the Tallboy, its combination of Virtual Pivot Point suspension and 29er wheels helped persuade opinions of Luddite naysayers. Since then the Tallboy has been a staple of the XC market. But, the current crop of 29er forks are now allowing manufacturers to unleash the full potential of the 29er with longer travel options like the Tallboy LT R AM Complete Bike offered here.

Thanks to major advancements in the past few years, 29ers are quickly becoming the favored tool on dicey lines under aggressive riders. We're witnessing this evolution first hand as larger wheels are taking over the all-mountain segment. And, the Tallboy LT R AM is leading the way with advanced, long-travel, 29er geometry, choice components, and well thought out features.

While Santa Cruz tweaked the geometry of the original Tallboy by slackening the head angle for confident handling in conditions where 135mm of rear wheel travel will take it, they didn't stop there. This frame has received some insightful upgrades. Recognizing that the Tallboy LT will see heavy-duty, bone-rattling action, ISCG05 tabs were added to the bottom bracket shell to accommodate a chainguide, should you decide to add one.

Additionally, the lower suspension link is asymmetrical to ensure chainguide clearance, and a 142 x 12mm rear axle stiffens up the rear triangle. It also gets routing for a seat dropper post. The Tallboy LT frame is made of aluminum, with Santa Cruz's signature hydroformed top and down tubes. It's heavier than its carbon brother, but its price is much friendlier.

The LT utilizes Santa Cruz's patented counter-rotating shock link, or Virtual Pivot Point suspension design. This allows for a dynamic feel throughout the suspension travel. When sag is set correctly, the Tallboy LT is extremely responsive to small- and medium-sized bumps. For larger hits that push it deeper into its travel, and 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; Santa Cruz guarantees their pivot bearings for life. The suspension is sprung by a light and custom-tuned Fox Float CTD rear shock. Its three-position lever lets you select distinct damping for the terrain you're riding -- Climb, Trail, Descend. This keeps things simple and intuitive so you can focus on the trail and not whether if your knobs are turned to the correct setting.

Up front is a 140mm travel Rock Shox Sektor with preload, rebound, and a lockout for trail blazing performance. It sports a 15mm thru axle to complement the rear thru axle that a hand-built wheelset spins around. WTB ST i23 rims laced to Shimano hubs with DT Swiss 14 gauge spokes ensure reliability and simple field maintenance. The rims are tubeless compatible, and the R AM kit includes 2.25in wide Maxxis Ardent Tubeless tires.

Twisting the rear wheel is a Shimano 10-speed drivetrain consisting of an 11 - 36 SLX cassette and M552 24/32/42 crank. This combination offers 30 gears, ranging from crawling up impossible climbs to wide open descents. SLX shifters and rear derailleur, along with an XT front handle gear section, while Avid Elixir 5 brakes with a 180mm front and 160mm rear rotor keep things from getting out of hand.

At 710mm wide, the Race Face Ride handlebars offer plenty of leverage to authoritively drive the Tallboy LT into turns. A Ride seatpost, TruVativ AKA stem, WTB Volt Race saddle, and Lizard Skin "494" grips complete the cockpit tour.

The Santa Cruz Tallboy LT R AM Complete Bike Complete Bike comes in sizes Medium through X-Large and in two color options: Gulf blue/orange and Gun black/black.

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Hi what is the weight of this bike...

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Hi what is the weight of this bike thanks

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Frame weight is just over 7 lbs. w/ the shock (that's weight for a size medium frame). Total bike weight is pushing 32 lbs.

caso eu queira uma bike..voces tem como...

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caso eu queira uma bike..voces tem como enviar para o brasil..qual o valor do envio...obrigado.

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Sinto muito, mas nao podemos enviar bikes para o Brasil. Nos so somos capazes de enviar bikes dentro dos Estados Unidos