Santa Cruz Launches The New Tallboy

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The new Tallboy is sharper, but slacker, shorter but longer, steeper but lower, racier but trail-ready. And it’ll take 27.5+ wheels as well as 29in wheels. It’ll take a 120mm fork up front, to it’s 110mm rear, but if you’re running 27.5+ wheels, you can run a 130mm fork and keep the geometry the same by using the flip-chip on the rear shock mount. Exciting times for a bike that had languished a little as the rest of the range got updated.

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Santa Cruz enlisted Scotland’s Cut Media to help it launch the bike by filming a tongue-in-cheek video that shows Greg Minnaar at this year’s ABSA Cape Epic, missing the start and having to find some short cuts to try to catch up with the racers – Santa Cruz’s way of showing that it’s not just a race bike, but that it can handle some pretty chunky trails. The video is down there for you.

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The bike, meanwhile gets these specs:

110mm VPP rear travel, comes in S, M, L, XL and (Barney rejoice) XXL!
At 68° head angle it’s 2.2° slacker than the previous Tallboy2
The reach increases by 40-50mm depending on frame size
The chainstays have been shortened by 11mm to 432mm while still allowing a front derailleur (on a removable spur)
Like the Bronson and 5010, the Tallboy’s seat tube has been shortened to allow for better standover and compatibility with the new crop of longer dropper posts.
The seat tube is also 0.6° steeper to keep the weight forward with that longer front centre.

 

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With the flipchip in 29er mode
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And taller flipchipped for 27.5+

Santa Cruz recommends that you get a taller, second fork if you want to swap the bike from 27.5+ to 29 or vice versa for better handling with the bigger wheels. If you’re too lazy to do that, then it recommends getting the longer 130mm fork rather than smacking your pedals with the lower setting.

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The bike still features a (73mm) threaded BB, has a downtube protecting plate and a wraparound moulded chainstay protector. As you might expect the back end is now 148mm Boost.
Complete bikes will come with a size-specific Reverb post – the small will get a 125mm, M-XL get a 150mm and the XXL gets a 170mm dropper.

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Minnaar cut the course? 🙂

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Complete bikes will also get a 34mm fork instead of the previous 32mm. This all helps give the bike a far more trail-ready feel than the previous 100mm Tallboy2 which was very much still an endurance race bike.

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And Juliana fans, you’ll be pleased to hear that there’s a new Juliana Joplin announced today too, but we’ll give it its own story.

UK pricing is as follows:

TALLBOY 3 CC (Float Performace Elite) – yellow/emerald or grey/rust £2799
sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL
XT AM / 34 Performance Elite 29″ 120 or 27.5+” 130 £4999
XO1 AM / 34 Performance Elite 29″ 120 or 27.5+” 130 £5399
XX1 AM / 34 Performance Elite 29″ 120 or 27.5+” 130 £5699
XTR AM / 34 Performance Elite 29″ 120 or 27.5+” 130 £5999
Shock Upgrade – Float Factory £80
Fork Upgrade – 34 Factory 29″ 120 Kashima (no 27+ option) £100
Fork Upgrade – BOS Dizzy 29″ 120 (no 27+ option) £120

 

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And here’s the behind the scenes video for you.

Chipps

Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

Comments (6)

    All carbon?
    Also any news on Superlight updates?

    Oh, you naughty tempters 😉 Any UK prices yet?

    Non-metric shock size. Might as well throw it in the bin now.

    UK prices are in there now, Bowglie…

    Lovely looking bike. My only criticism of 29ers is they can look weird due to the bigger wheels but that’s really nice looking.

    I just don’t get this current “short headtube” trend. I’m 6ft3in and on my XL Sultan I have to use 30 mm spacers with 10 degree rise (80mm) stem + 20 deg. riser bar to get the bars level with the seat. Now, comparing the Tallboy’s geo with the Sultan’s I would have to use 25deg/50mm stem and add 40 mm more spacers so in total that would make 70 mm spacers on XL Tallboy!
    The need to use shorter stems lowers the front end already so why make the headtubes on XL size so stupidly short?

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