Santa Cruz Tallboy 3.0 27.5 GX 2017
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 versatile trail bike of choice for rapid riders like Greg Minnaar—the Tallboy is for those who don’t roll with the pack.
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.
Frame Material Carbon C
Fork FOX 34 Float Performance 130
Shock Fox Float Performance
Rear Dérailleur SRAM GX 1x11
Shifters SRAM GX
Chainring Size 30 Tooth
Crankset Race Face Aeffect AL
Bottom Bracket Included w/ crankset
Cassette SRAM XG1150 10-42
Chain SRAM PC1130
Brakes SRAM Level TL
Brake Rotors Avid Centerline; 180mm
Headset Cane Creek 40, Integrated
Bars Race Face Ride Lo-Rise; 760mm; 35mm clamp
Stem Raceface Turbine Basic 35mm clamp
Grips Santa Cruz Palmdale Lock-on
Front Hub Novatec D541; 15x110mm; 32h
Rear Hub Novatec D542; 12x148mm; 32h
Rims Race Face AR 40
Spokes DT Swiss Champion
Front Tire Maxxis Rekon EXO 3C, Tubeless Ready, 27.5x2.8
Rear Tire Maxxis Rekon Exo; 27.5x2.8
Tubes Stans Sealant
Seat Post Rock Shox Reverb Stealth; 31.6x 125mm (S), 150mm(M-XL), 170mm (XXL)
Saddle WTB Volt Race
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