2022 Santa Cruz Tallboy custom build
carbon CC frame
120mm of rear wheel travel
130mm of front wheel travel
FORK: FOX 34 Float Performance, 130mm, 29"
FORK: FOX Float Performance DPS
SHIFTER: SRAM AXS Eagle shifter 12 speed wireless
DER: SRAM AXS X01 REAR DER 12 speed wireless
CRANKSET: SRAM GX Eagle 148 DUB 32t crankset
CASSETTE: SRAM XG1275 Eagle 10-50T 12 speed cassette
BOTTOM BRACKET: SRAM DUB 68/73mm
BRAKESET: SRAM G2 R hydraulic disc brakes front and rear
ROTORS: Avid Centerline 180mm front and rear
HEADSET: Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated
HANDLEBAR: Burgtec Alloy Bar, 800mm, 30mm Rise
STEM: Burgtec Enduro MK3, 42.5mm
GRIPS: Santa Cruz House Grips lock-on grips
FRONT HUB: DT Swiss 370, 15x110, 32h
REAR HUB: DT Swiss 370, 12x148, XD, 32h
RIMS: RaceFace AR Offset 30 29" Rims
SPOKES: Sapim Race
FRONT TIRE: Maxxis Dissector, 29"x2.4, 3C, EXO, MaxxTerra, TR
REAR TIRE: Maxxis Rekon, 29"x2.4, 3C. EXO, MaxxTerra, TR
SEALANT: Stan's Sealant
DROPPER POST: RockShox Reverb Stealth
SADDLE: WTB Silverado Pro Saddle or WTB Volt
If ever there was a gravity riders’ XC bike, the Tallboy is it.
The 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 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 436mm chainstays ensure that the bike stays nimble in every situation. 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.