IF EVER THERE WAS A GRAVITY RIDERS’ XC BIKE, THE TALLBOY IS IT.
The new 120mm Tallboy takes a leap further into what short-travel bikes really are capable of. With kick-ass lower-link VPP suspension, a streamlined design, the typical Santa Cruz refinement, and rather radical geometry, the Tallboy is back to being a genre bending folk hero.
Sure, 10mm more travel might only seem like one small step—but coupled with a lower link-driven VPP suspension design this is one giant leap for the Tallboy.
It’s the kind of bike that makes you sprint while going up, along, over, or down due to the maximum efficiency of the VPP design and responsive, lightweight chassis. But because it shares the same engineering principles as our longest travel bikes, the progressive lower link-mounted shock feels equally at home doing cross-country as it does in extreme-country. Paired with a 130mm fork the new Tallboy becomes ever more appealing to riders who like to open it up.
And the geometry, that’s a big part of what’s going on…
Established theory suggests shorter travel bikes get ridden slower, therefore require steeper and more conservative geometries. In reality though, when was the last time you ever throttled back on a fun trail because you weren’t on a bigger bike? Caution to the wind and all that. So we’ve done the same here and mimicked our longer travel geometry to create a bike with a 65.5-degree head-angle, generous front center, and short offset fork. Something rarely seen on a bike of this ilk.
And the radical thinking doesn’t stop there. The Tallboy’s short-short 430mm chainstays have +/- 10mm of rear axle adjustment to ensure riders of all sizes and styles feel equally at home. Match that to a relatively low BB (335mm and 37.5mm drop) and you’ve got a combo that’s ready to haul into every pocket turn and launch out the other side.
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|Frame||Santa Cruz Tallboy 4 CC Factory Yellow XL 2020|
|Fork||Rockshox Pike Ultimate 140mm 2020|
|Shock||Fox Float Factory DPS|
|Headset||Cane Creek S40|
|Bar||Raceface Next R|
|Stem||Thomson X4 35mm Clamp, 50mm length|
|Crank||Raceface Next SL 175mm, 32t|
|Rear Der.||SRAM X01 12spd|
|Cassette||SRAM X01 10-50T 12spd|
|Shifter||SRAM X01 Trigger 12sped|
|Brakes||SRAM CODE RSC (200/200mm rotors)|
|Wheels||DT Swiss 240 hubs / DT Swiss XM421 rims|
|Tire Front||GoodYear Newton ST EN Ultimate 29×2.4|
|Tire Rear||GoodYear Escape Ultimate 29×2.35|
|Saddle||Deity Speedtrap AM Cromo Black|
The Composed Sport Bike
Hop on the Scout and you're immediately transformed into a projectile.
- Wheel size:29"
- Front travel:160mm
- Rear travel:160mm
|Frame||Santa Cruz Nomad 2 CC, Oxblood, Large, 2021|
|Fork||Fox Float 38 Factory GRIP2 170mm 2021|
|Shock||Fox Float DHX2 Factory Coil|
|Headset||Cane Creek S40|
|Bar||Renthal Fatbar Alloy 30mm Rise 800mm Wide|
|Stem||RaceFace Turbine R 35 50mm|
|Crank||SRAM Descendant Carbon DUB|
|Rear Der.||SRAM GX AXS Eagle 12spd|
|Cassette||SRAM GX Eagle 10-52T 12spd|
|Shifter||SRAM AXS Eagle Trigger 12spd|
|Brakes||SRAM Code RSC (200mm Front & Rear)|
|Post||Fox Factory Transfer 175mm 2021|
|Wheels||Industry Nine Hydra Hubs/ We Are One Union Carbon Rims|
|Tire Front||Schwalbe Magic Mary 29x2.35 Super Trail ADDIX Soft|
|Tire Rear||Schwalbe Hans Dampf 29x2.35 Super Trail ADDIX Soft|
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