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The Tallboy cuts a whole new swath across the trail bike landscape.

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. The carbon frames run the whole size spectrum, while the aluminum frame goes Small through XL. 

The versatile trail bike of choice for rapid riders like Greg Minnaar—the Tallboy is for those who don’t roll with the pack. 


  • 110mm VPP™ Suspension
  • 120mm fork for 29" kits/130mm fork for 27.5+ configurations
  • 148mm Rear Axle Spacing
  • 27.5 Plus-Compatible
  • Bottle cage mount
  • Flip-Chip on upper link to maintain geometry in 29” and 27.5+ configurations
  • Integrated Headset
  • Internal carbon tubes ensure precise and hassle-free routing of derailleur and seat post cables
  • Radial contact bearings maximize stiffness
  • Removable front derailleur mount for maximum drivetrain compatibility
  • Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL (XXL carbon-only)
  • Threaded Bottom Bracket

Build & Price

Frame Only Options

Tallboy A with FOX Float Performance DPS - $1899 USD

Tallboy CC with FOX Float Factory DPS - $2999 USD

Geometry & Sizing

5'0" — 5'4"
5'4" — 5'9"
5'9" — 6'0"
6'0" — 6'3"
6'3" — 6'7"

29/Low Setting

XXL available in carbon only.

Head Tube Angle68°68°68°68°68°68°68°68°68°68°
Seat Tube Length390mm15.35"420mm16.54"450mm17.72"480mm18.9"510mm20.08"
Front Center684mm26.93"713mm28.07"733mm28.86"763mm30.04"799mm31.46"
BB Height330mm12.99"330mm12.99"330mm12.99"330mm12.99"330mm12.99"
BB Drop40mm1.57"40mm1.57"40mm1.57"40mm1.57"40mm1.57"
Chainstay Length432mm17.01"432mm17.01"432mm17.01"432mm17.01"432mm17.01"
Head Tube Length90mm3.54"100mm3.94"100mm3.94"115mm4.53"130mm5.12"
Top Tube Length574mm22.6"603mm23.74"623mm24.53"653mm25.71"689mm27.13"
Seat Tube Angle73°73°73°73°73°73°73°73°73°73°
Standover Height705mm27.76"706mm27.8"707mm27.83"709mm27.91"704mm27.72"

27.5+/High Setting

XXL available in carbon only.

Head Tube Angle68°68°68°68°68°68°68°68°68°68°
Seat Tube Length390mm15.35"420mm16.54"450mm17.72"480mm18.9"510mm20.08"
Front Center687mm27.05"716mm28.19"736mm28.98"767mm30.2"802mm31.57"
BB Height328mm12.91"328mm12.91"328mm12.91"328mm12.91"328mm12.91"
BB Drop33mm1.3"33mm1.3"33mm1.3"33mm1.3"33mm1.3"
Chainstay Length432mm17.01"432mm17.01"432mm17.01"432mm17.01"432mm17.01"
Head Tube Length90mm3.54"100mm3.94"100mm3.94"115mm4.53"130mm5.12"
Top Tube Length575mm22.64"604mm23.78"624mm24.57"654mm25.75"689mm27.13"
Seat Tube Angle73°73°73°73°73°73°73°73°73°73°
Standover Height702mm27.64"703mm27.68"704mm27.72"706mm27.8"700mm27.56"

Tech & Support

Tech Info

Suspension SystemVPPTM
Front DerailleurDirect to Frame
Headset/HeadtubeIntegrated (IS41/52)
Seat Post31.6mm
Eye to Eye length7.25in
Fork Compatibility120mm, 130mm
BB ShellStandard
Max Tire Size3.0"
Water Bottle MountsOne, inside main triangle

Shock Info

Shock: Fox Float Factory

Rider WeightAir PressureShock Sag
100lbs (45.5kg)110 psi12-14 mm
120lbs (54.4kg)130 psi12-14 mm
140lbs (63.5kg)150 psi12-14 mm
160lbs (72.6kg)175 psi12-14 mm
180lbs (81.8kg)195 psi12-14 mm
200lbs (90.7kg)215 psi12-14 mm
220lbs (99.8kg)235 psi12-14 mm
240lbs (108.8kg)260 psi12-14 mm
260lbs (117.9kg)280 psi12-14 mm
280lbs (127kg)300 psi12-14 mm

Tech Info

Is the 148x12 derailleur hanger the same as the 142x12 hanger?

No, it's not. We had to make a new derailleur hanger to go with the new dropout. They look similar, but the easiest way to tell them apart is the finish. Our 142x12mm hangers have a bead-blasted finish, while the 148x12mm hangers have a smooth, machined finish. 

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 using our Bike Registration Form 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. 

Need to register a Juliana? Use the Juliana Bicycles registration form.

Lifetime Bearing Warranty

Santa Cruz Bicycles pivot bearings are warranted for life to the original owner of the bike. The return process is simple: fill out the Bearing Replacement Form, upload a copy of your purchase receipt, and we'll get a new set of bearings out to you within 48 hours! 

Reserve Carbon Wheels

Santa Cruz Reserve carbon wheels carry a warranty for the lifetime of the original, registered owner. Use the Reserve Wheels Registration Form to register your wheels.


Santa Cruz carbon handlebars are warrantied for a period of five years from the date of purchase. 

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.

File a Warranty or No-Fault Replacement Claim

Something not right? Use one of the forms below to file a claim. We'll do everything we can to get you back to riding as fast as possible. 

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