Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy Carbon CC 27.5+ X01 Complete Mountain Bike - 2017

Compromise not necessary.

Your parents warned you that a little give-and-take is a part of life, but it’s hard to find truth in the statement when considering the Santa Cruz 2017 Tallboy. Hold onto your speed on gravel and flowy singletrack, then steer towards an overgrown, off-the-map trail on this bike that delights in both environments. With a new geometry that inches closer to all-mountain and enduro slackness, plus the responsiveness of Boost spacing, you’ll tackle chunky, loose descents with more confidence than ever, without giving up the XC speed you hold near and dear.

Choose the 27.5+ geometry now, but know that if you end up wanting to trade a quiet, plush ride over rock gardens for straight-lining speed during a day on lifts, a small part known as a flip chip is all you need to convert the Tallboy from 27.5+ to a 29er. Unlike the Hightower, the Tallboy’s geometry remains unchanged when you switch your hoops, so you’ll still feel like you’re riding the same bike when you head back out on the trails. 130mm of cush up front and 110mm in the rear, governed by Santa Cruz’s envied VPP suspension platform, mean you’ll be devouring terrain you never thought an XC bike would see.

Couple all of that versatility with the precision of SRAM’s impressive 11-speed X01 drivetrain, and you’ll enjoy crisp, quick shifts on a one-by drivetrain with a gear for your most masochistic climbs. Of course, between the gearing and the carbon CC layup, you’ll deserve any heckling you get for having to walk a climb on the Tallboy. This precise layup boasts Santa Cruz’s best strength-to-weight ratio, devoid of even an ounce of excess material so that you pedal only what you need. On a frame as versatile as this, it almost sounds too good to be true.

Almost.

  • Blend XC speed with enduro confidence on this do-it-all bike
  • Moderately relaxed geometry climbs and descends with ease
  • Stubby chainstays are nimble through tight spots
  • 130mm fork and 110mm shock smooth techy terrain
  • Flip chip allows frame to accommodate 27.5+ or 29 inch hoops
  • VPP suspension platform maintains consistency as you ride
  • Santa Cruz continues to push boundaries on this impressive update
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

mind changer

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love the tallboy, heck I own one, but I balked at 27.5+ wheels, just another gimmick I thought. Well ONE ride and my mind change, it's the real deal, I loved it. It was faster than I thought, and in some respects actually more fun, I think more usable for most people. For racing XC I still choose my 29er but it's nice that you can own this bike and do both. I am happy to answer any specific question on the Tallboy or help on sizing since they do run small. contact me at kylebrown@backcountry.com or call 801-204-4699.

mind changer

Kyle, so if I'm reading this correctly I can swap 27.5+ and 29 wheels without adding/removing spacers in the fork to keep geometry right, as on the Hightower? Seems like an awesome option if true?!

It's a Tallboy plus!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

The new Tallboy continues where last year's model left off, an awesome 29 inch trail machine that is ready for almost anything. But this particular version comes in the popular 27.5+ variety bridging the gap between fat and regular. Think of all that you loved about the previous generation and turn it up to 11. Give me a shout if you'd like to know more. btowery@backcountry.com 801-204-4557