Tallboy 29 D Complete Mountain Bike by Santa Cruz Bicycles
If you're looking to hit the trails on one of the most versatile bikes in our lineup without breaking the bank, have a look at the Santa Cruz Tallboy 29 D Complete Mountain Bike. Its aluminum frame, with the same VPP platform found on the costlier carbon models, and smart component spec will get you rallying the singletrack while saving plenty in the bank for trips and upgrades down the road. This is seriously one capable machine that has us doing a double take at its asking price. A little less than a decade ago, the original Tallboy caused quite a stir in the mountain bike world as a wagon wheel machine that had lively handling and dispelled any preconceived notions folks had about how 29in wheels were supposed to ride. This latest v3 model of the Tallboy retains that praiseworthy handling and adds a bit more versatility and a slightly more trail centric demeanor allowing it to handle more aggressive trails while still pedaling quite efficiently when linking up the fun bits. With this version, Santa Cruz offers the ability to perform as a cross-country rocket and a surefooted trail bike. The bike alone is that versatile, however, it becomes even more so since its built to accommodate 27. 5+ wheels as well as 29in wheels, as it's presented here. This split personality is enabled by the reversible "flip chip" at the 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 when hitting the trail. The Tallboy sports 110mm of travel and its governed through the latest version of Santa Cruz's VPP suspension platform. As with all VPP bikes, the Tallboy's counter-rotating lin...
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