Tallboy Carbon CC 27.5+ X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 by Santa Cruz Bicycles
There are some compelling reasons why the Tallboy has flourished at the top of 29er wish lists and sales charts since Santa Cruz rolled out its forebear in 2009. In addition to the wagon wheels and their big, aggressive angle of attack, the original Tallboy was one of the first 29ers to approximate the nimble dexterity of a 26in bike, sloughing off the myth of the ungainly 29er. A few minor changes and untold miles of shredded trail later, the Santa Cruz Tallboy Carbon CC 27. 5+ X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike returns with the same surprisingly plush-yet-reactive 4. 5in platform of VPP suspension that made the Tallboy such a 29er superstar; however, it does so with rims sized to add a bit more dexterity and a lot more cushion and traction. Considering its revered status among 29er enthusiasts, a new Tallboy is a big deal, but before we get into the changes it's worth dwelling briefly on the flip chip. The flip chip sits in the upper link and can be rotated to allow the shock mount to migrate. Being able to reposition the shock attachment point effectively accounts for the 9mm difference in radii between 27. 5+ and 29in tires, keeping the geometry as static as possible across wheel sizes. SC first introduced this feature on the Hightower, but the brand seems to have perfected it for the Tallboy; changing the Hightower results in a slight change in head tube angle, but the Tallboy's head tube angle remains the same for 27. 5+ and 29in wheels. Compared to previous models, the newest Tallboy takes just a bit off the top of the head tube, dropping 2. 2 degrees to fall from the standard 70. 2 to a moderately slack 68 degrees. Courtesy of the Flip Chip's slight geometry alteration, that number stays the same whether you're running a 29in wheels with a 120mm fork or 27. 5+ with 130mm. 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...
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