Perhaps the most defining characteristic of the Santa Cruz Tallboy isn’t how it’s led the 29er cross country/trail bike scene for nearly a decade, nor is it that Santa Cruz packs their best technologies into every model. Instead, the bike’s most defining characteristic is how fun a bike it is. This newest iteration of the Santa Cruz Tallboy CC full suspension trail bike brings updated geometry and suspension kinematics, a bit more travel, and greater versatility, thanks to its ability to run both 29 and 27.5+inch wheels.
All of these minor changes are aimed at one thing—making the Tallboy a more capable bike. Santa Cruz starts with their top-end CC line of carbon frames and swingarms, which saves 250g over the standard carbon frameset. The Santa Cruz Tallboy – whose last iteration was much more capable than it’s 100mm travel suggested – now offers a 110mm shock out back, and a 120mm or 130mm fork for 29er or 27.5” + tires. A 68 degree head angle, short 432mm chainstays, and a rear shock flip chip develops the original Tallboy’s playful character into something much more capable. The Tallboy uses Santa Cruz’s Virtual Pivot Point (VPP) suspension design. VPP uses two short suspension links that rotate in opposite directions as the bike moves through its travel. This results in a progressive suspension design, providing different levels of stiffness throughout the stages of its travel. This suspension design is widely-regarded as one of the most effective for isolating pedaling and braking forces from the suspension. Other neat touches include internal cable routing for a dropper post and rear derailleur, and a threaded bottom bracket.
On the trail, it is blatantly clear that riders get what they pay for. While the frame is lightweight for it’s class, the bike climbs like it’s much lighter. The Tallboy keeps up with the competition as a climber, and as such it does an impressive job of being a firm pedaling platform. The Tallboy CC really comes alive on descents; point it down a mountain, and the bike is one of the best cross country or trail bikes on the market. It doesn’t feel like it’s has more than 110mm travel, but it’s designed to use all of it. It’s very linear and it lets riders know when they’re approaching the bike’s limits. The suspension overall feels very refined, and less precision-oriented than other XC mountain bikes.
The Santa Cruz Tallboy CC is available in five sizes (S-XXL) and in three builds, with a choice of 29er or 27.5”+ wheels:
- Santa Cruz Tallboy X01/Santa Cruz Tallboy X01+ – Fox 34 Float Performance Elite 120/130mm fork, Fox Float Performance Elite DPS 110mm shock, Sram X01 Eagle drivetrain with a 10/50t cassette, SRAM Level TLM brakes, Santa Cruz XC Carbon flat bars, and a RockShox Reverb Stealth dropper seatpost. It retails for $6799 or $7999 with Santa Cruz Reserve 27 29er wheels.
- Santa Cruz Tallboy XX1/Santa Cruz Tallboy XX1+ – Fox 34 Float Factory 120/130mm fork, Fox Float Factory DPS Kashima 110mm shock, Sram XX1 Eagle drivetrain with a 10/50t cassette, SRAM Level Ultimate brakes, Santa Cruz XC Carbon flat bars, and a RockShox Reverb dropper seatpost. It retails for $9199 with Santa Cruz Reserve 27 29er wheels.
- Santa Cruz Tallboy XTR Reserve – Fox 34 Float Factory fork, Fox Float Factory DPS Kashima, Shimano XTR drivetrain, Shimano XTR Brakes, Santa Cruz XC Carbon flat bars, and a RockShox Reverb dropper seatpost. It retails for $9499 with Santa Cruz Reserve 27 29er wheels.
29er models receive Race Face AR 24 rims and Maxxis Minion DHF/Ardent Race tires, with the option to upgrade to ENVE M60 rims laced to DT Swiss 350 (X01) or Industry Nine Torch hubs (XX1). 27.5”+ models receive Race Face AR 24 rims and Maxxis Rekon tires, with the option to upgrade to Santa Cruz Reserve rims laced to DT Swiss 350 (X01) or Industry Nine Torch hubs (XX1). Santa Cruz offers a lifetime warranty for each frameset they sell.
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