The gravity riders’ XC bike!
The 120mm Tallboy takes a huge leap 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 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, and 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. Santa Cruz did the same here and mimicked their 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.
|Fork:||RockShox Recon RL, 130mm, 29"|
|Shock:||FOX Float Performance DPS|
|Front Wheel:||SRAM MTH 716, 15x110, Torque Cap, 32h|
|Rear Wheel:||SRAM MTH 746, 12x148, 32h|
|Front Tire:||Maxxis Dissector, 29"x2.4, 3C, EXO, MaxxTerra, TR|
|Rear Tire:||Maxxis Rekon, 29"x2.4, 3C. EXO, MaxxTerra, TR|
|Shifter:||SRAM NX Eagle, 12spd|
|Derailleur:||SRAM SX Eagle 12spd|
|Crank:||SRAM X1 Eagle 148 DUB, 30t|
|Bottom Bracket:||SRAM DUB 68/73mm|
|Cassette:||SRAM PG1230, 12spd, 11-50t|
|Chain:||SRAM SX Eagle, 12spd|
|Saddle:||WTB Silverado Comp Saddle or WTB|
|Grips:||Santa Cruz House Grips or Burgtec Bartender Pro Grip Minnaar|
|Headset:||Cane Creek 10 IS Integrated Headset|
|Brake Rotor:||Avid Centerline 180mm|
|Weight:||15.7kg / 34.62lbs|
*Exact bike specifications are subject to change without notice. Please contact us with questions!
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