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Tallboy

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  • Matte Black & Yellow
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Customizations:

Frame Color

  • Red & White
  • Matte Black & Yellow

Shock

  • Fox Float Performance
  • Fox Float Factory

Fork

  • Rockshox Recon Gold TK 120
  • Fox 32 Float 29 Performance 120
  • Fox 32 Float 29 Factory 120

ENVE Wheels

  • White
  • Grey
  • Yellow
  • Orange
  • Blue
  • Red
  • Black
  • Magenta
  • Light Blue
  • Lime Green
  • Burgundy
  • Mint
  • No ENVE
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Build Kit Options

R

From $2849 USD

  • Shimano 2x10 drivetrain, SRAM hubs, and Shimano brakes
  • Rockshox Recon Gold TK 120 Fork
  • XT Derailleur
  • Shimano Deore M615 Brakes
  • Shimano Deore M617, 22/36t Cranks

Overview

Standing tall, the world over. 

The Tallboy was our first 29er, and reflected the way we wanted 29ers to ride – fast and fun. For our second iteration, we doubled down on this idea, and made what amounts to a screamer of an XC bike that still feels right at home on real trails. Features like the ISCG 05 tabs, the 142mm thru-axle in the rear, and routing for dropper posts may not have been the first things on the list for most full-suspension cross-country bikes, but we felt they were all must-haves, and you'll find them all on the Tallboy. Out back, there’s 100mm of VPP-controlled travel, and we've tuned the shock rate to provide an efficient but smooth ride. When paired with a 120mm fork, it offers traction and control in spades. 

This alloy version of the Tallboy includes all the features you'll find on our 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 fiber models. 

Build Kit Options

R

From $3399 USD

  • Shimano 2x10 drivetrain, SRAM hubs, and Shimano brakes
  • Rockshox Recon Gold TK 120 Fork
  • XT Derailleur
  • Shimano Deore M615 Brakes
  • Shimano Deore M617, 22/36t Cranks
S

From $3949 USD

  • SRAM's latest one-by package with Shimano SLX brakes
  • Fox 32 Float 29 Performance 120 Fork
  • SRAM GX 1x11 Derailleur
  • Shimano SLX M675 Brakes
  • Raceface Aeffect SL 32t Cranks

Overview

Standing tall, the world over. 

The Tallboy was our first 29er, and reflected the way we wanted 29ers to ride – fast and fun. For our second iteration, we doubled down on this idea, and made what amounts to a screamer of an XC bike that still feels right at home on real trails. Features like the ISCG 05 tabs, the 142mm thru-axle in the rear, and routing for dropper posts may not have been the first things on the list for most full-suspension cross-country bikes, but we felt they were all must-haves, and you'll find them all on the Tallboy. Out back, there’s 100mm of VPP-controlled travel, and we've tuned the shock rate to provide an efficient but smooth ride. When paired with a 120mm fork, it offers traction and control in spades. 

This 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 we use a bit more of the material to achieve it. Real world result? A 280 gram increase in frame weight. 

Build Kit Options

XT

From $5599 USD

  • XC-oriented Shimano XT double drivetrain, DT Swiss hubs
  • Fox 32 Float 29 Factory 120 Fork
  • Shimano XT M8000 GS Derailleur
  • Shimano XT Brakes
  • Shimano XT M8000 26/36 Cranks
X01

From $5999 USD

  • One-by SRAM Drivetrain with Shimano XT brakes and DT Swiss hubs
  • Fox 32 Float 29 Factory 120 Fork
  • SRAM X01 Derailleur
  • Shimano XT Brakes
  • Raceface Turbine, 32t Cranks
XTR

From $8099 USD

  • Shimano's XTR group, and a kit made for racing
  • Fox 32 Float 29 Factory 120 Fork
  • XTR Derailleur
  • Shimano XTR M9000 Brakes
  • XTR 2x Cranks
XX1

From $7499 USD

  • A one-by kit, designed for XC racing
  • Fox 32 Float 29 Factory 120 Fork
  • XX1 Derailleur
  • Shimano XTR M9000 Brakes
  • Raceface Next Cranks

Overview

Standing tall, the world over. 

The Tallboy was our first 29er, and reflected the way we wanted 29ers to ride – fast and fun. For our second iteration, we doubled down on this idea, and made what amounts to a screamer of an XC bike that still feels right at home on real trails. Features like the ISCG 05 tabs, the 142mm thru-axle in the rear, and routing for dropper posts may not have been the first things on the list for most full-suspension cross-country bikes, but we felt they were all must-haves, and you'll find them all on the Tallboy. Out back, there’s 100mm of VPP-controlled travel, and we've tuned the shock rate to provide an efficient but smooth ride. When paired with a 120mm fork, it offers traction and control in spades. 

This CC-level frame makes use of our lightest and strongest carbon fiber. In real terms, this means we can use less material to provide the same strength and stiffness, all while reducing the frame weight by about 280 grams. 

R
Customizations
Frame MaterialAluminum
ForkRockshox Recon Gold TK 120mm Solo Air w/15mm through axle and tapered steerer
ShockFox Float Performance
AboutShimano 2x10 drivetrain, SRAM hubs, and Shimano brakes
Front DérailleurShimano M618
Rear DérailleurShimano XT M786 GS Shadow Plus
ShiftersShimano SLX M670
CranksetShimano Deore M617, 22/36t
Bottom BracketIncluded w/ crankset
CassetteShimano SLX HG81, 10sp, 11-36
ChainKMC X10.93, 10sp
BrakesShimano Deore M615
Brake RotorsShimano RT66; 160mm
HeadsetCane Creek 10 series tapered, cartridge bearing
BarsRaceface Evolve Flat 720, 31.8mm clamp
StemRaceface Ride
GripsSanta Cruz Palmdale Lock-on
Front HubSram MTH 716 15x100
Rear HubSram MTH 746 142x12
RimsWTB STi19 TCS
SpokesDT Swiss Champion
Front TireMaxxis Ikon 29x2.2, Tubeless Ready
Rear TireMaxxis Ikon 29x2.2, Tubeless Ready
TubesStans Sealant
Seat PostRaceface Ride, 30.9x375mm
SaddleWTB Volt Race
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R
Customizations
Frame MaterialCarbon C
ForkRockshox Recon Gold TK 120mm Solo Air w/15mm through axle and tapered steerer
ShockFox Float Performance
AboutShimano 2x10 drivetrain, SRAM hubs, and Shimano brakes
Front DérailleurShimano M618
Rear DérailleurShimano XT M786 GS Shadow Plus
ShiftersShimano SLX M670
CranksetShimano Deore M617, 22/36t
Bottom BracketIncluded w/ crankset
CassetteShimano SLX HG81, 10sp, 11-36
ChainKMC X10.93, 10sp
BrakesShimano Deore M615
Brake RotorsShimano RT66; 160mm
HeadsetCane Creek 10 series tapered, cartridge bearing
BarsRaceface Evolve Flat 720, 31.8mm clamp
StemRaceface Ride
GripsSanta Cruz Palmdale Lock-on
Front HubSram MTH 716 15x100
Rear HubSram MTH 746 142x12
RimsWTB STi19 TCS
SpokesDT Swiss Champion
Front TireMaxxis Ikon 29x2.2, Tubeless Ready
Rear TireMaxxis Ikon 29x2.2, Tubeless Ready
TubesStans Sealant
Seat PostRaceface Ride, 30.9x375mm
SaddleWTB Volt Race
Launch Bike Builder
S
Customizations
Frame MaterialCarbon C
ForkFox 32 Float 29 Performance 120
ShockFox Float Performance
AboutSRAM's latest one-by package with Shimano SLX brakes
Front DérailleurN/A
Rear DérailleurSRAM GX 1x11
ShiftersSRAM GX
CranksetRaceface Aeffect SL 32t
Bottom BracketIncluded w/ crankset
CassetteSRAM XG1150 10-42
ChainSRAM PC1130
BrakesShimano SLX M675
Brake RotorsShimano RT66; 160mm
HeadsetCane Creek 40 series tapered, cartridge bearing
BarsRaceface Evolve Flat 720, 31.8mm clamp
StemRaceface Turbine Basic
GripsSanta Cruz Palmdale Lock-on
Front HubSram MTH 716 15x100
Rear HubSram MTH 746 142x12
RimsEaston AR 24
SpokesDT Swiss Champion
Front TireMaxxis Ikon 29x2.2, Tubeless Ready
Rear TireMaxxis Ikon 29x2.2, Tubeless Ready
TubesStans Sealant
Seat PostRaceface Ride, 30.9x375mm
SaddleWTB Volt Race
Launch Bike Builder
XT
Customizations
Frame MaterialCarbon CC
ForkFox 32 Float 29 Factory 120
ShockFox Float Factory
AboutXC-oriented Shimano XT double drivetrain, DT Swiss hubs
Front DérailleurShimano XT M8025
Rear DérailleurShimano XT M8000 GS
ShiftersShimano XT M8000 SL
CranksetShimano XT M8000 26/36
Bottom BracketIncluded w/ crankset
CassetteShimano XT M8000, 11-40t
ChainShimano HG700 11-speed
BrakesShimano XT
Brake RotorsShimano RT86 Ice-Tech; 160mm
HeadsetCane Creek 40 series tapered, cartridge bearing
BarsSanta Cruz Carbon Rise Bar, 720mm, 31.8mm clamp
StemRaceface Turbine Basic
GripsSanta Cruz Palmdale Lock-on
Front HubDT Swiss 350 15x100DT 240s
Rear HubDT Swiss 350 142x12DT 240s
RimsEaston ARC 24m50/50 ENVE Rims with custom color options
SpokesDT Swiss Competition Double-Butted
Front TireMaxxis Ikon 29x2.2, Tubeless Ready
Rear TireMaxxis Ikon 29x2.2, Tubeless Ready
TubesStans Sealant
Seat PostThomson Elite, 30.9x367mm
SaddleWTB Silverado Team
Launch Bike Builder
X01
Customizations
Frame MaterialCarbon CC
ForkFox 32 Float 29 Factory 120
ShockFox Float Factory
AboutOne-by SRAM Drivetrain with Shimano XT brakes and DT Swiss hubs
Front DérailleurN/A
Rear DérailleurSRAM X01
ShiftersSram X01 1x11
CranksetRaceface Turbine, 32t
Bottom BracketIncluded w/ crankset
CassetteSram XG1180, 11sp, 10-42
ChainSRAM PC1130
BrakesShimano XT
Brake RotorsShimano RT86 Ice-Tech; 160mm
HeadsetCane Creek 40 series tapered, cartridge bearing
BarsSanta Cruz Carbon Rise Bar, 720mm, 31.8mm clamp
StemRaceface Turbine Basic
GripsSanta Cruz Palmdale Lock-on
Front HubDT Swiss 350 15x100DT 240s
Rear HubDT Swiss 350 142x12DT 240s
RimsEaston ARC 24m50/50 ENVE Rims with custom color options
SpokesDT Swiss Competition Double-Butted
Front TireMaxxis Ikon 29x2.2, Tubeless Ready
Rear TireMaxxis Ikon 29x2.2, Tubeless Ready
TubesStans Sealant
Seat PostThomson Elite, 30.9x367mm
SaddleWTB Silverado Team
Launch Bike Builder
XTR
Customizations
Frame MaterialCarbon CC
ForkFox 32 Float 29 Factory 120
ShockFox Float Factory
AboutShimano's XTR group, and a kit made for racing
Front DérailleurShimano XTR M9025
Rear DérailleurShimano XTR M9000 GS
ShiftersShimano XTR M9000
CranksetShimano XTR M9020 2x11 26/36
Bottom BracketIncluded w/ crankset
CassetteShimano XTR M9000, 11sp, 11-40
ChainShimano XTR M9000, 11sp
BrakesShimano XTR M9000
Brake RotorsShimano RT86 Ice-Tech; 160mm
HeadsetCane Creek 110 series tapered, cartridge bearing
BarsSanta Cruz Carbon Rise Bar, 720mm, 31.8mm clamp
StemSyntace F109
GripsESI Racer's Edge
Front HubDT 240s 15x100DT 240s
Rear HubDT Swiss 240s 142x12DT 240s
RimsEaston ARC 24m50/50 ENVE Rims with custom color options
SpokesDT Swiss Competition Double-Butted
Front TireMaxxis Ikon 29x2.2, Tubeless Ready
Rear TireMaxxis Ikon 29x2.2, Tubeless Ready
TubesStans Sealant
Seat PostThomson Masterpiece, 30.9x350mm
SaddleWTB Silverado SLT
Launch Bike Builder
XX1
Customizations
Frame MaterialCarbon CC
ForkFox 32 Float 29 Factory 120
ShockFox Float Factory
AboutA one-by kit, designed for XC racing
Front DérailleurN/A
Rear DérailleurSram XX1 11sp
ShiftersSram XX1 1x11
CranksetRaceface Next SL Carbon, 32t Narrow/Wide ring
Bottom BracketIncluded w/ crankset
CassetteSram XG1195 11sp, 10-42
ChainSram XX1, 11sp
BrakesShimano XTR M9000
Brake RotorsShimano RT86 Ice-Tech; 160mm
HeadsetCane Creek 110 series tapered, cartridge bearing
BarsSanta Cruz Carbon Rise Bar, 720mm, 31.8mm clamp
StemSyntace F109
GripsESI Racer's Edge
Front HubDT 240s 15x100DT 240s
Rear HubDT Swiss 240s 142x12DT 240s
RimsEaston ARC 24m50/50 ENVE Rims with custom color options
SpokesDT Swiss Competition Double-Butted
Front TireMaxxis Ikon 29x2.2, Tubeless Ready
Rear TireMaxxis Ikon 29x2.2, Tubeless Ready
TubesStans Sealant
Seat PostThomson Masterpiece, 30.9x350mm
SaddleWTB Silverado SLT
Launch Bike Builder

Frame Only Options

  • Aluminum Frame & Fox Float Performance: $1899 USD
  • Carbon CC Frame & Fox Float Factory: $2899 USD

Model Info

Features

  • Full carbon frame and swingarm
  • 100mm (4") VPP™ suspension
  • 29" wheels
  • Forged upper and lower links
  • Double sealed pivots for long bearing life
  • Dual grease ports on lower link for easy maintenance
  • Full carbon dropouts and disk mounts
  • Angular contact bearings maximize stiffness
  • Collet axle pivots lock in place without pinch bolts
  • Bottle cage mount within front triangle fits piggyback shocks
  • Molded rubber swingarm and downtube protection
  • Stealth and external seatpost cable routing
  • 142mm rear axle spacing
  • Threaded Bottom Bracket
  • ISCG-05 tabs for chainguide compatibility
  • Direct mount rear derailleur option
  • Aluminum frame option
  • Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL

Tech Info

Suspension SystemVPPTM
Front DerailleurDirect to Frame
Headset/Headtubemixed taper 1.5" Lower, 1'1/8" upper
Seat Post30.9mm
Eye to Eye length165mm
Fork Compatibility100-120mm
BB ShellStandard
Max Tire Size2.35"
Brake TypesDisc, 185mm rear rotor max
Water Bottle Mounts2x bottle cage mounts

Geometry

Please Note: Size XXL is only available in carbon fiber models.
All measurements reflect installation of a fork with a 521mm axle-to-crown height.

SMLXLXXL
Top Tube Length554mm21.81"587.2mm23.12"612.7mm24.12"638.1mm25.12"661mm26.02"
Seat Tube Length419.1mm16.5"444.5mm17.5"469.9mm18.5"508mm20"546.1mm21.5"
Head Tube Angle70.2°70.2°70.2°70.2°70.2°70.2°70.2°70.2°70.2°70.2°
Seat Tube Angle72.3°72.3°72.4°72.4°72.4°72.4°72.4°72.4°72.4°72.4°
BB Height331.1mm13.04"331.1mm13.04"331.1mm13.04"331.1mm13.04"331.1mm13.04"
Wheelbase1059.7mm41.72"1091.8mm42.98"1117.2mm43.98"1143mm45"1166.2mm45.91"
Head Tube Length90mm3.54"100mm3.94"100mm3.94"110mm4.33"120mm4.72"
Chainstay Length445.3mm17.53"445.3mm17.53"445.3mm17.53"445.3mm17.53"445.3mm17.53"
Standover Height715.1mm28.15"724.9mm28.54"736.7mm29"750.5mm29.55"766.9mm30.19"
Reach361.2mm14.22"390.2mm15.36"415.8mm16.37"438.4mm17.26"458.4mm18.05"
Stack610.1mm24.02"619.8mm24.4"620mm24.41"629.7mm24.79"639.3mm25.17"

Sizing

S
5'0" — 5'5"
M
5'5" — 5'9"
L
5'9" — 6'1"
XL
6'1" — 6'3"
XXL
6'3" — 6'6"

Support

Tech Info

Shock: Fox Float Performance

Rider WeightAir PressureShock Sag
100lbs (45.5kg)95 psi8-11 mm
120lbs (54.4kg)115 psi8-11 mm
140lbs (63.5kg)135 psi8-11 mm
160lbs (72.6kg)160 psi8-11 mm
180lbs (81.8kg)180 psi8-11 mm
200lbs (90.7kg)200 psi8-11 mm
220lbs (99.8kg)220 psi8-11 mm
240lbs (108.8kg)240 psi8-11 mm
260lbs (117.9kg)260 psi8-11 mm
280lbs (127kg)280 psi8-11 mm

Tech Info

F.A.Q.

Can I mount a chainguide to my bike?

Yes, this bike was designed to easily accept a BB mount chainguide. For a more XC setup, you can use top-only guides like the MRP 1x or e13 XCX. For full chainguidance, we recommend the E13 LG1 Tr, MRP Lopes guide or Mini G SL. For dual ring guides, try the E13 TRS+Dual or MRP 2x guides. These should fit with minimal or no modification.

Can I use a dropper post on this bike?

Yes- we've provided routing for both internal (stealth) and external remote cables.

It looks like the lower link is off center in my frame- is everything ok?

Yes- this is correct. With our newer pivot system, the pivot axle draws the link over to one side in order to properly preload the bearings. This offset is accounted for in the frame design so everything ends up nice and straight in the end.

Should I grease the headset cups when I install them?

Yes, we recommend this. Do not use the Carbon Assembly Compound on the headset, as it will make it more difficult to remove from the frame.

What fork sizes are recommended?

We recommend a 100 or 120mm fork. 100mm will be better if you want a quicker, more XC feel- while 120mm will offer a more forgiving ride and stability.

What is the torque spec for the front derailleur?

Torque the front derailleur to 50 in/lbs.

What is the torque spec for the seat collar?

We don't provide a torque spec for the seatpost, because it really depends on what seatpost you are using. Some seatposts are slippery, and require more torque to stay put, and others are very thin- and can be crushed by overzealous tightening. Some are both slippery and thin... Make sure you use the Carbon Assembly Compound included with your carbon frame, and use some common sense.

You will not damage your frame by overtightening the seat collar, assuming you have a 30.9mm seatpost in it.

What kind of front derailleur do I need?

This bike uses a "high direct mount" front derailleur (bottom swing/top pull).

What kind of headset does this bike use?

We use a headset generally referred to as "mixed tapered". This is a 44mm internal upper cup, with an external 49mm lower cup. The SHIS name is ZS44/28.6 EC49/40.

What kind of rear brake adaptor do I need?

This frame uses a standard IS rear brake mount. Just pick your rotor size and order the correct adaptor to go from IS to post mount (all modern brakes).

What q-factor should I use for the cranks?

On any crank with optional Q-factor, choose the wider version.  166 for Sram XX, or 168 for XX1.  For Shimano doubles, we recommend the M980.  

What size bottom bracket shell does this bike use?

We use a standard 73mm threaded BB. Nearly any crank on the market (besides BB30 cranks) will fit.

What size rear hub do I need?

This bike uses a 142x12 through-axle rear hub, and includes a DT RWS axle.

What size seat collar do I need?

We spec a 34.9mm seat collar on this bike. Many aftermarket manufacturers will list this as a 35.0mm collar, but it is the same size. 

What size seat collar do I need?

Bikes with a 30.9mm seatpost require a 34.9mm seat collar. 

What size seatpost do I need?

We use a 30.9mm seatpost. Always ensure it is inserted into the frame a minimum of 100mm (4").

What size shock does it use?

This bike uses a 165x38mm shock with 22x8mm eyelet hardware (21.8mm x 8mm for SRAM). Please do not use any other shock size or modify with eccentric shock bushings- this can cause damage or clearance issues with the frame.

Why does this frame use a standard thread-in bottom bracket, when many of your competitors use press-in style (BB30, Pressfit 30, BB90, BB92, BB86)

It is true that there are some slight weight savings available with the various pressfit bb designs (exact weight savings obviously vary depending on system, frame manufacturing techniques, and crank model), but we don't feel this small savings make up for the inconveniences. We are still able to make a frame that is lighter than most of our competitors, while still using a heavier bb system. There are a number of disadvantages that exist with press fit systems:

1) Special installation and removal tools are required for these parts, including a headset press. This is not convenient for most home mechanics, and they are quite expensive. Traditional external BB's can be installed or removed with a simple $10 hand tool.

2) "Permanently installed cups". Shimano doesn't recommend removing and re-installing their press in bb cups (as they may become damaged), so moving parts from bike to bike is no longer an option. http://techdocs.shimano.com/media/techdocs/content/cycle/SI/SI_0053A_001...

3) Creaking or shifting bb's can be common with these systems. Since the bearing is pressed into a cup, which is then pressed into the frame- it can be hard to get all of the press fits snug- without being too tight on the bearing or too loose in the frame.

4) Reasonable tube sizes. One of the most commonly claimed advantages of a larger bb shell is the larger diameter downtube that goes with it. This may be an advantage on road bikes, where tubes can be incredibly thin and large for optimal stiffness. On a mountain bike, this area of the frame sees a lot of abuse from rocks and crashing, and needs to have a certain amount of wall thickness to survive actual use. Using what we consider a "safe" wall thickness and carbon layup, and a fairly typical tube diameter, we get an exceedingly stiff, light, durable product. If we used a larger downtube, we would either have a heavier frame (same wall thickness but larger diameter), or a less durable product (thinner walls and larger diameter).

5) Chain clearance. Take a look at some of our competitors frames with press in bb shells. The down tube comes so close to the chainrings that many frames have chainsuck guards on the downtube! In our mind, the chain should be able to fall off on a mountain bike and not get jammed between your crank and thin-walled carbon downtube.

6) Backwards compatibility: Many of our customers purchase a frame and build it up with their choice of parts, or parts from an old bike. By using a standard bb, we are compatible with everything without requiring confusing adaptors.

7) Chainguide compatibility: While it may seem strange to talk about putting chainguides on a short travel bike, it is becoming more common now with 10 speed drivetrains. Thread in bb's mean the frame is compatible with bb mount chainguides. We like versatility....

Warranty & Registration

Lifetime Frame Warranty

Santa Cruz Bicycles will repair or replace at its option any frame it determines to be defective. The warranty will be in effect for lifetime of the original, registered owner. In order to confirm that you are the original owner, please register on our Warranty page at the time of purchase. Frames purchased prior to May 1, 2015 will be covered under the previously existing 5 year warranty. Warranties do not cover custom finishes. 

Lifetime Bearing Warranty

Santa Cruz Bicycles pivot bearings are warranted for life to the original owner of the bike. The return process is simple: send a copy of the receipt from your bike purchase, along with your address and phone number, to warranty@santacruzbicycles.com. Be sure to include your bike's model, year, and material (carbon or aluminum). We'll send out your package within 48 hours, and cover the shipping back to you. That's it!

No-Fault Replacement

Santa Cruz Bicycles will make replacement frame parts available to the original owner at a minimal charge in the event of a crash or other non-warranty situation for the life of the bike.