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2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy Carbon CC 29 X01 ENVE Complete Mountain Bike

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2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy Carbon CC 29 X01 ENVE Complete Mountain Bike

When it was first introduced, the 29er platform varied so greatly from the then-standard 26 that it was immediately pigeonholed as a hardtail, XC-only brute. Since then, it has continuously defied a series of limiting assumptions — too ungainly, too heavy, unsuited for anything but very short travel — before Santa Cruz Bicycles’ made what we thought was the perfect 29er, the original Tallboy. The Tallboy has now undergone two transformations, and the new Tallboy Carbon CC 29 X01 ENVE Complete Mountain Bike adds a series of new wrinkles. These include a set of ENVE M60 Forty wheels, obviously, and features imported from its enduro and more traditional trail bikes, including Boost rear spacing, re-designed linkages, and the brand’s latest signature, a so-called flip chip that adjusts the frame’s dimensions to keep the geometry the same whether you’re running 29in wheels or 27.5+.

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 3; 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.

As with the its slacker stablemate, the Hightower, the Tallboy 3’s reworked linkage means it’s one-by only, but it still comes equipped with ISCG 05 tabs. The threaded bottom bracket is another feature that we’ve come to just expect from the California-based brand, and it’s a strong selling point for those who don’t like dealing with the tricky tolerances and creaky interface of press-fit models. The Tallboy 3’s 27.5+ mode accommodates every manufacturer’s 2.8in tires, but some 3in models may have clearance issues. Understandably, its clearance decreases as a 29er, but SC still ships it with 2.35in tires, which we think occupy the sweet spot of cush and traction without getting top floppy and muddying trail feel.

 

  • The ultimate XC machine for pure racing speed
  • Superlative build kit capped with ENVE wheels
  • 4.3in of the third generation of VPP suspension
  • Cross-country geometry that tilts toward trail aggression
  • Switches between 29in and 27.5+ wheel standards
  • One of the industry’s leading carbon construction processes
  • Threaded bottom bracket reduces dreaded, mysterious creaks

 

2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy Carbon CC 29 X01 ENVE Complete Mountain Bike

 

Frame Material:

Carbon CC

Suspension:

VPP

Rear Shock:

FOX Float Performance

Rear Travel:

110 mm

Fork:

FOX 34 Float Performance Elite

Front Travel:

120 mm

Headset:

Cane Creek 40

Shifters:

SRAM X01

Front Derailleur:

n/a

Rear Derailleur:

SRAM X01

ISCG Tabs:

yes, ISCG 05

Crankset:

32 t Race Face Turbine

Cassette:

10 – 42 t SRAM XG-1180

Chain:

SRAM PC-1130

Brakeset:

SRAM Level TLM

Brake Type:

hydraulic disc

Rotors:

180 / 180 mm Avid Centerline

Handlebar:

SCB 16 XC carbon flat bar

Handlebar Width:

780 mm

Grips:

Santa Cruz Palmdale lock-on

Stem:

Race Face Turbine

Stem Length:

50 mm

Saddle:

WTB Silverado Team

Seatpost:

RockShox Reverb Stealth

Seatpost Diameter:

31.6 mm

Wheelset:

ENVE M60 Forty

Front Axle:

15 x 110mm Boost

Rear Axle:

12 x 148mm Boost

Tires:

[front] Maxxis Minion DHF EXO, [rear] Maxxis Ardent Race TR EXO

Tire Size:

[front] 29 x 2.3 in, [rear] 29 x 2.35 in

Pedals:

not included

Recommended Use:

cross-country

Manufacturer Warranty:

lifetime on frame

Actual Weight:

Grey/Rust, M: 12260g

 

 

 

GEOMETRY CHART

Tallboy 29
120mm Travel Fork
  Seat Tube

(c-t)

Effective Top Tube

(eTT)

Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Stand Over Head Tube

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HTo)

Seat Tube Angle

(STo)

Bottom Bracket Drop

(BBD)

Chainstay

(CS)

Wheelbase
S 15.3in 22.6in 23.4in 15.9in 27.7in 3.5in 68o 73o 1.6in 17in 43.9in
M 16.5in 23.7in 23.7in 16.9in 27.8in 3.9in 68o 73o 1.6in 17in 45.1in
L 17.7in 24.5in 23.7in 17.7in 27.8in 3.9in 68o 73o 1.6in 17in 45.9in
XL 18.9in 25.7in 24.5in 18.7in 27.9in 4.5in 68o 73o 1.6in 17in 47in
XXL 20.1in 27.1in 25.7in 19.9in 27.7in 5.1in 68o 73o 1.6in 17in 48.5in

 

Tallboy 27.5+
130mm Travel Fork
  Seat Tube

(c-t)

Effective Top Tube

(eTT)

Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Stand Over Head Tube

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HTo)

Seat Tube Angle

(STo)

Bottom Bracket Drop

(BBD)

Chainstay

(CS)

Wheelbase
S 15.3in 22.6in 23.4in 15.9in 27.6in 3.5in 68o 73o 1.3in 17in 44.1in
M 16.5in 23.8in 23.8in 16.8in 27.7in 3.9in 68o 73o 1.3in 17in 45.2in
L 17.7in 24.6in 23.8in 17.6in 27.7in 3.9in 68o 73o 1.3in 17in 46in
XL 18.9in 25.7in 24.4in 18.6in 27.8in 4.5in 68o 73o 1.3in 17in 47.2in
XXL 20.1in 27.1in 24.9in 19.8in 27.5in 5.1in 68o 73o 1.3in 17in 48.6in

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