Tallboy 29 Carbon CC X01 Eagle Reserve Complete Mountain Bike by Santa Cruz Bicycles
The Santa Cruz Tallboy is perhaps one of the best examples of an all-around mountain bike, one that's a lot more capable on technical trails than you'd imagine from its 110mm travel on paper, yet one that can pedal almost as well as a dedicated cross-country bike. With the Tallboy 29 Carbon CC X01 Eagle Reserve Complete Mountain Bike, Santa Cruz gives us its premium CC frame and has it rolling on its carbon Reserve wheels while spec'ing a sensible X01 group and FOX Performance suspension to keep the price within reach. If you're looking for that one bike that you can take on weekend epic rides and still comfortably toe the line at an XC race, few bikes match the Tallboy's versatility. The original Tallboy caused quite a stir when it hit the market and its lively handling removed a lot of preconceived notions about how 29-inch wheels were supposed to handle. Now in its 3rd iteration, the Tallboy is more trail oriented than ever and has the handling chops to hang with anything this side of a full-on enduro rig. This is even more impressive considering just how quickly it covers the climbs and pedaling sections with its 110mm of travel. We're fairly certain that if you're looking at this version of the Tallboy with its upgraded Reserve carbon wheels, you're probably a dye-in-the-wool 29er rider, however, it's worth noting that the Tallboy was built to accommodate 27. 5+ wheels as well as 29-inch wheels. This dual wheel persona is enabled by the reversible "flip chip" at the shock's upper link. Setting the flip chip to the "low" mode relaxes the head angle by roughly half a degree and lowers the bottom bracket, which makes for an ideal setup when paired with the slightly larger diameter of 29-inch wheels. The slightly smaller 27. 5+ wheels pair with the "high" setting, allowing for similar clearance between the bottom bracket and the ground. The upshot is headache-free swaps between wheel sizes, which gives you more options than ever when you hit the trail. We'd re...
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