- Santa Cruz Tallboy LTC? any owners?
are there any owners of a 2013/14 SC Tallboy LTC…. Thinking of taking the plunge into the 29er world and wanted to hear some owners views? preferably if there are any negatives.
Also any comparable bikes.
I mainly ride trails and all day with the odd trail centre thrown in.
CheersPosted 4 years agoshinyMember
I have a 2013 LTc in black/orange and it is superb, still just a bike but a superb bike. I have a Nicolai that is being dismantled due to lack of use as this is now my real do it all bike. Taking it to Morzine in a few weeks which should be interesting. I am 5′ 8″ and the medium is spot on with a 70mm, 0 deg stem. Feel free to contact me directly if you have specific queries, address in profile.
My build is pretty bling, full xtr 2 x 10, ck wheels Not carbon, reverb, tech m4’s etc etc.
CheersPosted 4 years ago
I’d say make sure you get a test ride beore you buy. From my reaserch, I thought the TB aluminium would be just the bike for me, but I had a test ride and really didn’t like it. It was a large but I asked the shop (mountain trax) to fit an inline post and 70mm stem. They reccommeded setting pro-pedal on (except for descending). They were really helpful and let me take it away for a couple of days to ride my usual trails. Despite all this, I felt it was saggy, hard work to pedal, and slow to steer. I suspect part of the problem was the large size. I’m still puzzling over it as I really was expecting to like it.Posted 4 years ago
I’m not knocking the Tallboy (Remember this was the aluminium version), I’m just saying Test Ride before you jump in.
For all day riding I can say I have never ridden anything that comes near it ( riding mtb for over 20 years)Posted 4 years ago
It just is a sorted geometry pretty much capable of coping with anything.
Took it for a week in Sierra Nevada, it was never out of its depth.
I think of it as a long term investment that I know I’m going to ride till it can’t be ridden any more, to replace it, it is going to have to be even better, at the moment nothing comes near.
It looks awesome toobutterbeanMember
Rather than looking at the SB66C, why not look at the Yeti alternative to the Tallboy, the 95C?
By all accounts, those that have ridden both suggest the Yeti is the better bike, but they are splitting hairs.
If its anything like as good as the 66C, then it will be great. And that’s from someone who works for another manufacturer.Posted 4 years ago
I intend to have a test ride on both the tall boy ltc and the Bronson. As much as I’d like to think I’d use a 160mm all mountain set up I’m more likely to be found out across the country side!
Obviously the direct comparison for the yeti would be the 95c. However I’ve just sold a ASX and fancy a break from the brand more than anything.
It would definitely be more of an investment purchase for me so it has to be right and upgradeable!
Shiny do you have any niggles with the bike in general?Posted 4 years agodrlabooleSubscriber
I’m a bit partial since I own one, but basically it’s a great bike!
I came from a Tallboy which I really liked, and switched to the LTc in January: the LTc has everything that the tallboy had but is much more capable on the downhills.
I ride in the South of France, my trails are rocky and I’m tall, 29″ and 135mm of travel fit the bill for me. I don’t have much high speed tracks, so head angle wise, it’s slack enough for me.
The frame is light, 2.5 kg in XL, which is good, total build came at 12.6 kg with descent tires.
I also have a Mojo HD, which is now less used!
Hope that helps!
Posted 4 years agozelak999Member
I’ve demo’d the aluminium Bronson and thought it was amazing.Posted 4 years ago
It rolled really well and climbed like nothing else even with the shock fully open.
My current bike is a Blur LT carbon which is an awesome bike but I am sorely tempted to upgrade to the Bronson.
Would recommend you try both TB LT and the Bronson and see which you prefer.B.A.NanaMember
Joe Rafferty from Pro Ride Guides had the first 140mm travel LTc one that came into the country on Demo a few years ago (he’s a pal of Guy K from MBUK/WMB mags). I think he had it for a few days for feedback to the mags for reviews/write ups etc. We met him in the car park at Stainburn one evening and had a good long chat with him about it. Firstly, it looked really amazing. He was raving that he’d knocked a massive margin off his regular timed training lap and I think he was saying he’d done it repeatedly, which he genuinely looked to be amazed at (he’s a super fit, super skilled rider). He was massively impressed with it, but did comment that it wouldn’t replace his 26er (smaller wheeled bikes better suited to his riding, I presume).Posted 4 years ago
I dare say he’d give you some feed back if you got in touch with him thru his website. He’s very likely to have ridden the Bronson as well as he’s mates with all the guys at Stif/Jungle.
vid of him riding it in Spain
I think so. I’d actually like it about a degree slacker. The LTC definitely feels more “XC”. I also think the suspension on the Stumpy is more supple which I prefer. 29’ers in general don’t need as much anti-squat or shock platform like a 26″ does. It’s just the little bit better bike IMO.Posted 4 years ago
Ooh, infact, that one! Shocking that I look at a £4500 bike and actually think it looks quite good value.Posted 4 years ago
Due to the BB drop and the roll centre being higher. Your weight transfer rearward when climbing is reduced. Less pitch sensitivity.
I didn’t think you’d get out of that one, but that actually makes sense. You’d still think most climbing bob would would vertical forces, very small amount being horizontal?Posted 4 years ago
I didn’t think you’d get out of that one, but that actually makes sense. You’d still think most climbing bob would would vertical forces, very small amount being horizontal?
Think about the position of mass (the rider) rather than the drivetrain forces. All things being equal (suspension kinematics, rear centre length) a 29″ can have a 20mm or so lower BB/saddle relative to the rear axle than a 26″. There is a force moment going on but basically, on an incline, your weight isn’t pivoting rearward and actuating the suspension to the same degree.Posted 4 years ago
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