Santa Cruz Tallboy 3.0 Carbon XT 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 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.
Frame Material Carbon C
Fork FOX Rhythm 120
Shock Fox Float Performance
Front Dérailleur Shimano SLX M7000; Direct Mount
Rear Dérailleur Shimano SLX M7000 Shadow+
Shifters Shimano SLX M7000 SL
Chainring Size 26/36 tooth
Crankset Shimano SLX M7000
Bottom Bracket Included w/ crankset
Cassette Shimano SLX M7000
Chain Shimano SLX M7000
Brakes SRAM Level T
Brake Rotors Avid Centerline; 180mm
Headset Cane Creek 10 Series; integrated
Bars Race Face Ride Lo-Rise; 760mm; 35mm clamp
Stem Race Face Ride, 35mm clamp
Grips Santa Cruz Palmdale Lock-on
Front Hub Novatec D711; 15x110mm
Rear Hub Novatec D712; 12x148mm
Rims WTB STP i23 TCS; 32h
Spokes DT Swiss Champion
Front Tire Maxxis Minion DHF Exo 3c; 29x2.3
Rear Tire Maxxis Crossmark 2 DC EXO TR; 29x2.25
Tubes Stans Sealant
Seat Post Race Face Ride 31.6x400mm
Saddle WTB Volt Race
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