The Tallboy cuts a whole new swath across the trail bike landscape.
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.
The versatile trail bike of choice for rapid riders like Greg Minnaar—the Tallboy is for those who don’t roll with the pack.
This CC-level carbon frame is every bit as stiff and strong as our C-level frames, but weighs about 280 grams less, due to the use of some lighter, stronger, and more expensive carbon fiber. Using this material in key places allowed us to use less material overall, which is what shaves off more than half a pound from the frame.
We carry the Tallboy because it is a trail bike for all time, and we were intimately associated with the Tallboy when it pushed 29’ers into the mainstream. Now with the noble title “Santa Cruz Tallboy the Third” this most well-used and well-loved of trail bikes is more rough and rowdy than upright and racy. Part of Santa Cruz’s bike-building magic is their ability to find the center of gravity sweet spot for every bike. The Third is longer, lower, and slacker than it’s venerable grandfather, so while maintaining incredible pedaling efficiency, this 29er rides with the sensitivity of a bike with longer travel. Thanks for this is owed to Santa Cruz’s proprietary VPP suspension. At the end of the day, we couldn’t be Sports Garage and not have the Tallboy. It’s as much a part of our history (or any rider that’s thrown a leg over a modern 29” trail bike) as it is Santa Cruz’s
Frame Material Carbon CC
Fork Fox 34 Float 29 Performance Elite
Shock Fox Float Performance Elite
Rear Dérailleur SRAM X01 Eagle
Shifters SRAM X01 Eagle
Chainring Size 32 Tooth
Crankset SRAM X1 Carbon
Bottom Bracket Included w/ crankset
Cassette SRAM XG1295; 10-50t
Chain SRAM X01 Eagle Powerlock
Brakes SRAM Level TLM
Brake Rotors Avid Centerline; 180mm
Headset Cane Creek 40, Integrated
Bars Santa Cruz Carbon Flat Bar; 31.8mm clamp, 750mm (S-M), 780mm (L-XXL)
Stem Raceface Turbine Basic
Grips Santa Cruz Palmdale Lock-on
Front Hub DT Swiss 350 110x15 DT Swiss 350 110x15
Rear Hub DT Swiss 350 148x12 DT Swiss 350 148x12
Rims Race Face ARC 24; 28h m60/40 ENVE Rims with custom color options
Spokes DT Swiss Competition Double-Butted
Front Tire Maxxis Minion DHF Exo 3c; 29x2.3
Rear Tire Maxxis Ardent Race Exo; 29x2.35
Tubes Stans Sealant
Seat Post Rock Shox Reverb Stealth; 31.6x 125mm (S), 150mm(M-XL), 170mm (XXL)
Saddle WTB Silverado Team