Tallboy Carbon CC 27.5+ X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 by Santa Cruz Bicycles
The latest Tallboy Carbon CC 27. 5+ X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike is an enigma. On one hand, it's a Tallboy, which originally became a wagon-wheel staple because the always-planted nature of its VPP suspension has long made it ride the way we want a 29er to ride. On the other hand, SC's inclusion of a flip chip in the upper linkage means it can toggle between the OG wagon wheel posture and this 27. 5+ set-up. This effectively bends the bars of the previous Tallboy's XC-only cage, giving it more freedom to explore the open pastures of all-mountain riding. This free-range tendency is further reinforced by the new Tallboy's longer, slacker, and more travel-ier frame, and the addition of SRAM's X01 Eagle 12-speed, one-by drivetrain is yet more mark in the more-than-just-XC column. See' An enigma. And rather than try to pigeonhole it in an arbitrary category based on travel and head tube angle, we find the best way to treat the new free-range Tallboy is to give it free reign on any trail this side of gnarly DH courses. Given the revolutionary 27. 5+ status it confers on the Tallboy, it's worth pausing to dwell on the flip chip. First seen on the five-inch Hightower, the flip chip was developed to allow riders to switch between 29er and 27. 5+ wheel sizes. This results in a slight change in head tube angle on the Hightower; however, Santa Cruz has fine-tuned this technology to allow the geometry to remain exactly the same across each wheel size on the Tallboy. This means, depending on the day, your Tallboy 3 could be barreling with stability through gouged-up grassy trails and rock gardens, or floating over root-latticed switchbacks with the plush, quiet confidence of 27. 5+ as it's setup here. Either way, the new Tallboy's head tube angle leans it towards the trail side of the spectrum by dropping from its predecessor's traditional 70. 2 degrees to a more relaxed 68 degrees, and Santa Cruz managed to shave a little over 13mm off the chainstay length to bring the...
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