The Tallboy cuts a whole new swath across the trail bike landscape.
As a 27+ bike it revels in the severe. In desert-dry conditions the wider tires float above the dust and find oases of grip where standard tires flounder. And when the monsoon comes, lower tire pressures pull the Tallboy through the slickest of root sections like a Defender on diff-lock.
In its 29-inch form, the Tallboy’s renowned rowdy streak comes to the fore. Happy at full gas, up or down hill, the speed and agility of the 29 configuration will have you bagging on e-bikes at every turn.
A 68 degree head angle and 110mm of VPP travel distills the original Tallboy’s playful character into something all the more mischievous. Longer reach and shorter chainstays fuel that personality, and bring the Tallboy bang up to date with the rest of the Santa Cruz range.
A flip chip on the upper link, combined with either a 130mm fork (for 27+) or 120mm fork (for 29-inch), ensures geometry remains consistent across a vast range of build kits and sizes, from S to XXL (no XXL in aluminum).
The versatile trail bike of choice for rapid riders like Greg Minnaar—the Tallboy is for those who don’t roll with the pack.
The alloy version of the Tallboy includes all the features you’ll find on the C and CC-level carbon frames, but in an attractive, strong, aluminum package. It’s also available in sizes Small through XL, but there is an XXL size offered in the carbon fibre models.
The C-level carbon frame uses a slightly heavier, less-expensive grade of carbon fiber to achieve the same strength, stiffness, and durability you’ll find in the CC-level frames, but Santa Cruz use a bit more of the material to achieve it. Real world result? A 280 gram increase in frame weight.
The CC-level carbon frame is every bit as stiff and strong as the C-level frames, but weighs about 280 grams less, due to the use of some lighter, stronger, and more expensive carbon fibre. Using this material in key places allowed Santa Cruz to use less material overall, which is what shaves off more than half a pound from the frame.
Tallboy3 Alloy 29/27.5+ FOX Float Performance – $3290
Tallboy3 CC (Carbon C) 29/27.5+ FOX Float Performance Elite – $4690
Tallboy3 CC (Carbon C) 29/27.5+ FOX Float Factory – $4790
Tallboy3 29 Alloy D AM with FOX Float Performance / RockShox Recon Silver RL 120 29/27+ build – $4490
Tallboy3 27.5+ Alloy D AM with FOX Float Performance / RockShox Sektor Silver RL 130 29/27+ build – $4990
Tallboy3 29 Alloy R1 AM with FOX Float Performance / FOX Rhythm 120 29 build – $5390
Tallboy3 29 Alloy R2 AM with FOX Float Performance / FOX Rhythm 120 29 build – $5690
Tallboy3 29 C R1 AM with FOX Float Performance / FOX Rhythm 120 29 build – $6490
Tallboy3 29 C R2 AM with FOX Float Performance / FOX Rhythm 120 29 build – $6690
Tallboy3 29 C S AM with FOX Float Performance / FOX 34 Float Performance 120 29 build – $7750
Tallboy3 27.5+ C S AM with FOX Float Performance / FOX 34 Float Performance 120 29/27.5+ build – $7750
Tallboy3 29 CC (Carbon C) XT AM with FOX Performance Elite / FOX 34 Performance Elite 120 build – $9490
Tallboy3 29 CC (Carbon C) X01 AM with FOX Performance Elite / FOX 34 Performance Elite 120 build – $10090
Tallboy3 27.5+ CC (Carbon C) X01 AM with FOX Performance Elite / FOX 34 Performance Elite 120 29/27.5+ build – $10090
Tallboy3 29 CC (Carbon C) XX1 AM with FOX Float Factory / FOX 34 Float Factory 120 29 build – $11590
Available on any model at XT level or above: + $2750
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