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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 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
2020 SANTA CRUZ TALLBOY
- 13.83kg / 30.48lbs
- Carbon C
- Fox Rhythm 34 130mm 29"
- FOX Float Performance DPS
- SRAM NX Eagle
- SRAM NX Eagle
- SRAM NX Eagle 148 DUB, 32t - 165 (XS), 170mm (S-M), 175mm (L-XXL)
- SRAM PG1230 11-50t
- SRAM NX Eagle
- SRAM DUB 68/73mm Threaded BB
- SRAM Guide T
- Avid Centerline 180mm
- Cane Creek 10 IS Integrated Headset
- Race Face Ride 35x760 bar
- Race Face Ride 50mm
- Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips
- SRAM MTH 716, 15x110, Torque Cap, 32h
- SRAM MTH 746, 12x148, 32h
- WTB ST i25 TCS 2.0 29" Rims
- DT Competition (32)
- Maxxis Minion DHF 29"x2.3" EXO TR
- Maxxis Minion DHR2 29x2.3 EXO TR
- Stans Sealant 2oz
- Race Face Aeffect, 31.6
- WTB Silverado Race Saddle
Rollover table below to highlight frame dimensions.
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XS S M L XL XXL A Reach 400mm 425mm 450mm 470mm 490mm 515mm B Stack 592mm 601mm 610mm 619mm 637mm 656mm C Head Tube Angle 65.7° 65.7° 65.7° 65.7° 65.7° 65.7° D Seat Tube Length 370mm 380mm 405mm 430mm 460mm 500mm E Front Center 699mm 728mm 757mm 781mm 809mm 842mm F BB Height 335mm 335mm 335mm 335mm 335mm 335mm G BB Drop 38mm 38mm 38mm 38mm 38mm 38mm H Wheelbase 1129mm 1158mm 1187mm 1211mm 1239mm 1272mm I Chainstay Length 430mm 430mm 430mm 430mm 430mm 430mm J Head Tube Length 90mm 100mm 110mm 120mm 140mm 160mm K Top Tube Length 539mm 567mm 596mm 619mm 646mm 678mm L Seat Tube Angle 76.8° 76.7° 76.6° 76.4° 76.2° 76° M Standover Height 681mm 696mm 708mm 706mm 702mm 702mm Seatpost Length 100mm 125mm 150mm 170mm 170mm 170mm Stem Length 40mm 50mm 50mm 50mm 50mm 50mm Crank Length 165mm 170mm 170mm 175mm 175mm 175mm