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2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy Carbon CC 29 XX1 Complete Mountain Bike

 

Santa Cruz reworked its well-loved Tallboy Carbon CC 29 XX1 Complete Mountain Bike this year, introducing significant changes to the scrappy bike that more than make up for what it lacked in raw travel with its go-anywhere attitude. Though it underwent plenty of changes, the spirit of the original Tallboy is still easily recognizable in its third iteration, and in this case, change is good.

In this case, the change manifests as reworked geometry, linkage, and the third generation of SC’s VPP suspension. The Tallboy resembles a tightly-wound race horse begging to be released onto the dirt track with the scrappiness of the underdog. Santa Cruz also spec’d the Tallboy Carbon CC XX1 build with a top-end SRAM XX1 drivetrain, Race Face’s futuristic Next SL modular crankset, and Easton ARC rims spinning with the unmissable hum of I9 Torch hubs. As we said before, change is good.

The cross-country discipline hasn’t been immune to the increased versatility that the all-mountain/enduro set has been so loudly demanding, and Santa Cruz aimed to make the Tallboy into a bike that would challenge you to dive off the buttery singletrack and onto more unpredictable trails. To do this, it slackened the head tube angle to a trail-ready 68 degrees—down from 70.2 in previous models—and shortened the chainstays by 13mm to bring them down to a stubby, responsive 17.01in. Coupled with a significantly longer reach, these changes result in a rear triangle you won’t need to worry about whipping around corners cleanly and ducking through spiraling climbs. This pairs with a stable, confident front end that’s prepared to charge through rock gardens and unpredictable descents alongside your enduro rig-driving cohorts.

Another notable feature on the Tallboy 3 is Santa Cruz’s improved flip chip technology. Making its inaugural appearance on the Hightower, the flip chip allows riders to change their frames to be compatible with either 29in wheels or 27.5+. On the Hightower, this switch results in slight changes to head tube angle, but on the Tallboy 3, you can ride either wheel size without adapting to any alterations to frame geometry. Whether you enjoy the plush, cushy ride of 27.5+ or were an early and loyal supporter of bombproof 29er stability, you will always have the freedom to switch sides later on.

Geometry is only half the story, of course, and with such extensive changes, change-averse Tallboy fans will be pleased to learn that the third generation VPP suspension platform didn’t undergo any earth-shattering changes. In fact, it’s the same VPP that the Bronson 2.0 and 5010 2.0 received. It’s inspired by the burlier Nomad, which means you get links that stay out of the way to accommodate a piggyback shock’s external can without giving up the bottle cage—though we think the added hydration options are probably a bit more important on a Tallboy. Ultimately, the redesigned linkage lets Santa Cruz was build the frame with more ground clearance, lower standover, and a stiffer design to complement the already stiff Boost back end.

Third generation VPP also received a few tweaks to its tuning compared to older version, with its new curve deviating from the previous “U” shape and moving towards more of a flattened check mark, with less dramatic ramping on either end of the arc. This improves the suspension’s traction and compliance early and towards the middle of the stroke, lending more consistency and grip across root-laced, inconsistent trails. These changes thankfully don’t have any impact on acceleration, so the crunchier Tallboy remains just as nimble and responsive as its predecessors.

Santa Cruz continues to shape its top-tier Carbon CC frames with a higher modulus carbon than the Carbon C models, allowing engineers to use less material to achieve ideal strength and stiffness levels. That high-modulus carbon is then used to shape each triangle as a whole piece, allowing engineers to continuously shape high-stress junctures and avoid creating weak points or areas of the frame with less structural integrity. Before completion, the carbon is also compacted from the inside as well, eliminating excess material build-up inside the tubing and saving even more weight over quicker, less precise construction methods.

Showing where it believes the future of mountain drivetrains is heading, Santa Cruz allowed the reworked linkage of the Tallboy to define it as one-by only, but it did include ISCG 05 tabs. We still can’t speak highly enough about the threaded bottom brackets Santa Cruz specs its bikes with, promising far less creaking and eliminating the headache of dealing with tricky tolerances and inconsistencies of PressFit models. The Tallboy’s 27.5+ mode accommodates every manufacturer’s 2.8in tires, but you may have issues with some 3in models. Its clearance will decrease as a 29er, of course, but you’ll still receive Maxxis’ 2.35in Ardent tires out of the box, which are more than capable of providing traction in loose and slick corners and a hearty dose of plushness on the harder stuff.

 

2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy Carbon CC 29 XX1 Complete Mountain Bike

 

Frame Material:

carbon fiber

Suspension:

VPP

Rear Shock:

FOX Float Factory Kashima

Rear Travel:

110 mm

Fork:

FOX 34 Float 29 Factory Kashima

Front Travel:

120 mm

Headset:

Cane Creek 110 integrated

Shifters:

SRAM XX1

Rear Derailleur:

SRAM XX1

ISCG Tabs:

yes, ISCG 05

Crankset:

30 T Race Face Next SL

Bottom Bracket:

73mm BSA threaded

Cassette:

10 – 42 t SRAM XG-1195

Chain:

SRAM XX1

Brakeset:

SRAM Level Ultimate

Brake Type:

hydraulic disc

Rotors:

180 / 180 mm SRAM Centerline

Handlebar:

Santa Cruz Carbon Flat Bar

Handlebar Width:

780 mm

Grips:

Santa Cruz Palmdale lock-on

Stem:

Easton Haven

Stem Length:

55 mm

Saddle:

WTB Silverado SLT

Seatpost:

RockShox Reverb Stealth 150mm travel (125mm on size small)

Wheelset:

Easton ARC 24

Hubs:

Industry Nine Torch

Front Axle:

15 x 110mm Boost

Rear Axle:

12 x 148mm Boost

Tires:

[front] Maxxis Minion DHF Exo, [rear] Maxxis Ardent Race Exo

Tire Size:

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

Pedals:

not included

Recommended Use:

cross country

Manufacturer Warranty:

lifetime on frame

 

2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy Carbon CC 29 XX1 Complete Mountain Bike

 

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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