Many see aluminum frames as the bottom of the barrel compared to carbon, but Santa Cruz refuses to see it as such. The 2020 Santa Cruz Tallboy A trail bike might be the entry into the ever-shreddy Tallboy family, but Santa Cruz promises top-notch performance and durability from their most-efficient trail bike.
At the heart of every Santa Cruz full-suspension MTB is their VPP suspension. The Tallboy now uses a lower-link-mounted shock, found on all of Santa Cruz’s long-travel mountain bikes. It creates a nearly linear leverage curve, giving the Tallboy the same gene pool as the long-legged Megatower and V10 DH bike!
Tallboy is a bike designed to sit right between the ultralight XC bikes on the market and enduro bruisers of the market. This is a bike that wants to work well for everyone, climbers and descenders alike. A 130 mm fork pairs with a 120 mm rear suspension to provide a just-right amount of suspension. Additionally, Santa Cruz now builds the bike with a slightly longer wheelbase than before, a two-degree slacker head angle, clearance for a 29 x 2.6″ tire, and a slight increase in reach in all sizes, all in the effort to increase riding stability.
The Santa Cruz Tallboy A is available in four sizes (SM-XL) in two build kits with 29er wheels:
-Santa Cruz Tallboy A D – RockShox Rekon RL 130mm fork, Fox Float Performance DPS 120mm shock, SRAM SX Eagle drivetrain, SRAM Level brakes, and WTB ST i25 rims to SRAM MTH 746 hubs. It retails for $2699.
-Santa Cruz Tallboy A R – Fox Rhythm 34 130mm fork, Fox Float Performance DPS 120mm shock, SRAM NX Eagle drivetrain, SRAM Guide T brakes, Race Face Aeffect dropper seatpost, and WTB ST i25 rims to SRAM MTH 746 hubs. It retails for $3399.
Each Tallboy features Maxxis Minion DHF/Minion DHR tires in 29 x 2.3″ width, though Tallboy aluminum frames can fit up to a 29 x 2.5″ tire. Santa Cruz offers a lifetime warranty for each frameset they sell.
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