2022 Santa Cruz Tallboy Carbon C 29 Complete Bike - Gloss Aqua, Large, S Build
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If ever there was a gravity riders’ XC bike, the Tallboy is it.
The 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 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 436mm chainstays ensure that the bike stays nimble in every situation. Match that to a relatively low BB (335mm and 37.5mm drop) and you’ve got a combo that’s ready to haul into every pocket turn and launch out the other side.
|Weight||13.86kg / 30.56lbs|
|Fork||FOX 34 Float Performance, 130mm, 29"|
|Shock||FOX Float Performance DPS|
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd|
|Shifters||SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd|
|Crankset||SRAM GX Eagle 148 DUB, 32t|
|Cassette||SRAM XG1275 Eagle, 12spd, 10-52t|
|Chain||SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd|
|Bottom Bracket||SRAM DUB 68/73mm|
|Brakes||SRAM G2 R|
|Brake Rotors||Avid Centerline 180mm|
|Headset||Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated|
|Bars||Burgtec Alloy Bar, 800mm, 30mm Rise|
|Stem||Burgtec Enduro MK3, 42.5mm|
|Grips||Santa Cruz House Grips or Burgtec Bartender Pro Grip Minnaar|
|Front Hub||DT Swiss 370, 15x110, 32h|
|Rear Hub||DT Swiss 370, 12x148, XD, 32h|
|Rims||RaceFace AR Offset 30 29" Rims|
|Rim Options||Sapim Race|
|Spokes||Maxxis Dissector, 29"x2.4, 3C, EXO, MaxxTerra, TR|
|Front Tire||Maxxis Rekon, 29"x2.4, 3C. EXO, MaxxTerra, TR|
|Rear Tire||Stan's Sealant|
|Tubes||RockShox Reverb Stealth|
|Seat Post||WTB Silverado Pro Saddle or WTB Volt|
Very nice frame and spec'd pretty well for a lower carbon build. The full GX drivetrain is crisp and works great. I'm a Fox Fanboy, so no complaints about the suspension other than it's not Kashima. The Sram G2R brakes aren't the greatest, but get the job done. I will be upgrading to some OneUp carbon bars, and maybe eyeing some Carbon Reserve wheels in the future to help get the weight down a bit. Overall a really nice, well built, and well equipped bike. Top notch service from Pro Bike Supply!