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Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy Carbon XT Mountain Bike

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Tallboy Carbon XT 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 v3 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 XT 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.

  • A short-travel 29er with progressive geometry and superb suspension
  • 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
  • Flip chips let you tweak geometry and chainstay length
  • Carbon C frame rivals performance of CC frames at a lower cost
  • Equipped with Shimano's XT 12-speed group and Fox Performance Elite fork/shock
  • Item #SNZK1B2

Frame Material
Carbon C
Suspension
VPP
Rear Shock
FOX Float Performance Elite DPS
Rear Travel
120mm
Fork
FOX 34 Performance Elite Grip2
Front Travel
130mm
Headset
Cane Creek 40 IS
Shifters
Shimano XT M8100, 12-speed
Rear Derailleur
Shimano XT M8100, 12-speed
ISCG Tabs
ISCG-05
Crankset
Shimano XT M8100
Chainring Sizes
32t
Bottom Bracket
Shimano XT
Bottom Bracket Type
English threaded 73mm
Cassette
Shimano XT M8100, 12-speed
Cassette Range
10 - 51t
Chain
Shimano XT, 12-speed
Brakeset
Shimano XT M8120, 4-piston
Brake Type
hydraulic disc
Rotors
180mm Shimano XT RT-86 Ice Tech
Handlebar
Santa Cruz Bicycles Carbon Riser
Grips
Santa Cruz Palmdale
Stem
Burgtec Enduro MK3
Saddle
WTB Silverado Team
Seatpost
RockShox Reverb Stealth
Wheelset
[rims] Race Face AR Offset 27, 28h, [spokes] Sapim Race
Hubs
DT Swiss 350
Front Axle
15 x 110mm Boost
Rear Axle
12 x 148mm Boost
Tires
[front] Maxxis Minion DHF 3C EXO TR, [rear] Maxxis Minion DHR II EXO TR
Tire Size
29 x 2.3in
Pedals
not included
Extras
downtube protector, swingarm protector, shock fender
Claimed Weight
30lb 1oz
Recommended Use
trail
Manufacturer Warranty
[frame] lifetime

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