Tallboy 29 R Complete Mountain Bike by Santa Cruz Bicycles
Striking the perfect balance between cross-country and trail, the Santa Cruz Tallboy 29 R Complete Mountain Bike has 110mm of rear wheel travel, paired with a 120mm fork, and fast-rolling 29er wheels to ensure it's just as adept at chewing up aggressive climbs as it is shredding downhill, all with surgical precision. It's built up here with a combination of beat-'em-up SRAM widgets and FOX suspension, a kit that complements the unassuming reliability of the aluminum frame. As with perceptions of 29ers, the Tallboy has changed a bit over the years, making it one of Santa Cruz's most commonly tweaked designs. Despite the changes, it's also remained one of the brand's most perennially loved models. 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--even if it may be somewhat old news by now. 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 the previous Tallboy, this version 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 29in wheels with a 120mm fork--as it's set up here--or 27. 5+ with 130mm. The frame's chainstays and reach also joined the modern geometry movement during the bike's latest remodel; the stays are shorter by 13. 3mm and the reach bumps up dramatic..
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