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.
- Carbon C Frameset with Lifetime Warranty
- FOX 34 Float Performance, 130mm Fork
- FOX Float Performance DPS, 120mm Rear Shock
- SRAM GX Eagle, 12 Speed Gearset
- SRAM G2 R Hydraulic Disc Brakes
- RockShox Reverb Stealth Dropper Post
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 short-short 430mm chainstays have +/- 10mm of rear axle adjustment to ensure riders of all sizes and styles feel equally at home. 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.
Weight: 13.86kg / 30.56lbs
Material: Carbon C
Fork: FOX 34 Float Performance, 130mm, 29″
Shock: FOX Float Performance DPS
Rear Derailleur: SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd
Shifters: SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd
Crankset: SRAM GX Eagle 148 DUB, 32t
Cassette: SRAM XG1275 Eagle, 12spd, 10-52t
Chain: SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd
Bottom Bracket: SRAM DUB 68/73mm
Brakes: SRAM G2 R
Brake Rotors: Avid Centerline 180mm
Headset: Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated
Bars: Burgtec Alloy Bar, 800mm, 30mm Rise
Stem: Burgtec Enduro MK3, 42.5mm
Grips: Santa Cruz House Grips or Burgtec Bartender Pro Grip Minnaar
Front Hub: DT Swiss 370, 15×110, 32h
Rear Hub: DT Swiss 370, 12×148, XD, 32h
Rims: RaceFace AR Offset 30 29″ Rims
Spokes: Sapim Race
Front Tire: Maxxis Dissector, 29″x2.4, 3C, EXO, MaxxTerra, TR
Rear Tire: Maxxis Rekon, 29″x2.4, 3C. EXO, MaxxTerra, TR
Tubes: Stan’s Sealant
Seat Post: RockShox Reverb Stealth
Saddle: WTB Silverado Pro Saddle or WTB Volt