If ever there was a gravity riders’ XC bike, the Tallboy is it.
The new 120mm Tallboy takes a leap further into what short-travel bikes really are capable of. With kick-ass lower-link VPP suspension, a streamlined design, the typical Santa Cruz refinement, and rather radical geometry, the Tallboy is back to being a genre bending folk hero.
Sure, 10mm more travel might only seem like one small step—but coupled with a lower link-driven VPP suspension design this is one giant leap for the Tallboy.
It’s the kind of bike that makes you sprint while going up, along, over, or down due to the maximum efficiency of the VPP design and responsive, lightweight chassis. But because it shares the same engineering principles as our longest travel bikes, the progressive lower link-mounted shock feels equally at home doing cross-country as it does in extreme-country. Paired with a 130mm fork the new Tallboy becomes ever more appealing to riders who like to open it up.
And the geometry, that's a big part of what's going on...
Established theory suggests shorter travel bikes get ridden slower, therefore require steeper and more conservative geometries. In reality though, when was the last time you ever throttled back on a fun trail because you weren’t on a bigger bike? Caution to the wind and all that. So we’ve done the same here and mimicked our longer travel geometry to create a bike with a 65.5-degree head-angle, generous front center, and short offset fork. Something rarely seen on a bike of this ilk.
And the radical thinking doesn’t stop there. The Tallboy’s 436mm chainstays ensure that the bike stays nimble in every situation. Match that to a relatively low BB (335mm and 37.5mm drop) and you’ve got a combo that’s ready to haul into every pocket turn and launch out the other side.
Sold on 29" but feel like you need a bit more travel? Check out the Hightower.
Prefer something lighter and snappier for pure cross-country riding and racing? Try the Blur.
*Bike does not come with pedals
|Fork||FOX Rhythm 34, 130mm, 29"|
|Headset||Cane Creek 10 IS Integrated Headset|
|Tires||FRONT - Maxxis Dissector, 29"x2.4, 3C, EXO, MaxxTerra, TR REAR - Maxxis Rekon, 29"x2.4, 3C. EXO, MaxxTerra, TR|
|Crankset||SRAM Stylo DUB 32t|
|Bottom Bracket||SRAM DUB 68/73mm|
|Chain||SRAM NX Eagle, 12spd|
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM NX Eagle, 12spd|
|Shifters||SRAM NX Eagle, 12spd|
|Tape/Grips||Santa Cruz House Grips or Burgtec Bartender Pro Grip Minnaar|
|Stem||Burgtec Enduro MK3, 42.5mm|
|Brakes||SRAM Guide T|
|Saddle||WTB Silverado Race Saddle or WTB Volt|
|Seat Post||SDG Tellis|
|Shock||FOX Float Performance DPS|
|Cassette||SRAM PG1230, 12spd, 11-50t|
|Rims||RaceFace AR Offset 30 29" Rims|
|Front Hub||SRAM MTH 716, 15x110, 32h|
|Rear Hub||SRAM MTH 746, 12x148, 32h|
|Weight||14.31kg / 31.54lbs|
* Subject to change without notice.
|Gloss Aqua / Large||192219240350||58-22208-106-4-741-151701||20234983890R|