Tallboy Carbon 29 XE Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 by Santa Cruz Bicycles
The Santa Cruz Tallboy Carbon 29 XE Complete Mountain Bike isn't strictly a cross-country bike. It's also not a trail bike. Well, not only a trail bike. It's a bike whose wheels and geometry seem at odds, yet blend well for a bike that pedals like an XC racer and handles terrain like an all-mountain bike. If you're running lift and shuttle laps, you probably don't need a bike like the Tallboy; however, it's almost ideal for cyclists who spend most of their rides pedaling and primarily use the lift to access sidecountry networks. It's got a more spacious geometry than its predecessor, and it also benefits from the reworked linkage that we've been seeing on SC's latest models. This do-it-all mentality is reinforced by the XE build kit, which features Shimano XT in all-mountain matrimony with Race Face finishing bits and a RockShox dropper. The Tallboy is currenty on its third iteration, and SC equips it with a host of features imported from its all-mountain bikes. These include Boost axles, re-designed linkages, a slacker head tube, and the brand's latest tech widget, a flip chip that adjusts the upper linkage to keep the geometry the same whether you're running 29in wheels or 27. 5+. Those updates and the flip chip's degree of flexibility mean that the Tallboy's classic 29er geometry is virtually futureproof, making it a tall bar for the competition to meet. The frame's chainstays and reach also join the modern geometry movement; the stays are shorter by 13. 3mm and the reach bumps up dramatically, gaining an average of 40mm depending on the size. (At 34. 2mm, Large gained the least, and sizes Small and XX-Large gained the most: 43. 8 and 45. 6mm, respectively.) All told, the geometry tweaks add up to a chassis that's far more capable in virtually every trail situation than its predecessor. The VPP suspension has also taken a turn for the crunchier. It gained an additional 10mm, which aligns the Tallboy 3 perfectly with the emerging crop of 4. 5in, do-it-all tr...
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