Tallboy 27.5+ D Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 by Santa Cruz Bicycles
Seeing the original Tallboy was a purebred cross-country rocket that eagerly moonlighted as a competent trail rig, the latest version of the Santa Cruz Tallboy 27. 5+ D Complete Mountain Bike delves further into the realms of rowdy trail fun with 110-millimeters of VPP suspension paired with an updated geometry that's slacker and longer than before. However, what's most noticeable is the Tallboy's ability to accommodate both 27. 5+ and 29-inch wheels with its flip-chip located on the upper linkage. In this particular 27. 5+ configuration with 2. 8-inch tires, the Tallboy grabs tenaciously across loose, dusty trails, as well as smooths out the rock gardens with greater compliance than what you'd experience with standard tires. Instead of the 70-degree head tube found on the previous Tallboy, you'll find the new Tallboy features a trail-competent 68-degree head tube angle. By moving to the slacker end of the riding spectrum for a short-travel 29er, the Tallboy gains confidence at higher speeds where a racier XC bike would feel squirrely and unnerving. However, this push towards being slacker isn't as dramatic as many bikes in the all-mountain and enduro realms, so you'll still enjoy the sharp handling traits inherent to the original Tallboy. Although the bike has grown substantially in wheelbase and reach to meet modern standards, the chainstays remain short at 17 inches for snappy turning, especially when you're navigating around switchbacks and tight sections of trail. New for the 2017 version of the Tallboy, you'll find the ability to switch between 29 and 27. 5+ wheels with its integrated flip-chip along the upper linkage. The flip-chip rotates to allow the shock mount to migrate between high (29) and low (27. 5+) settings, but without drastically altering the bike's dialed geometry and handling characteristics on the trail. This particular Tallboy in 27. 5+ form is an absolute trail juggernaut with its high volume tires soaking up jarring rock sections while...
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