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

Roll on.

If you’re not riding enduro you’re not riding, right? Well, wrong. Santa Cruz’s 2017 Tallboy Carbon CC 29 X01 Complete Mountain Bike ain’t long and low, but it’s been tweaked to push the limits of what an XC bike can do, and it’s as capable chugging down rugged terrain as it is slicing techy climbs into ribbons.

So what’s changed from previous Tallboys? A bunch, but the changes are mostly small. The head tube has been slacked out by around two degrees, the chainstays have been shortened, and the reach has been extended, allowing you to sit a little deeper in the cockpit for a ride that’s more “in” the bike than “on” it. Santa Cruz also redesigned its Flip Chip technology, so you can switch between 29in and 27.5+ wheels without any change in geometry whatsoever, so you can easily opt for speed or plushness depending on the day’s agenda.

Geometry aside, the new Tallboy floats on an updated VPP suspension, which allows more ground clearance, a lower standover height, and a stiffer feel. The shock tuning has been improved, too, so you can get every ounce of speed, precision, and traction out of the top-end CC carbon frame—the Tallboy’s still meant to be a rocket of an XC bike, after all.

  • Reviews
  • Q & A

I'm 5'11'' with shorter than average inseam. Is a M too small? What size would you recommend?

Hi Joseph, you're in a place where you could probably go both routes- check your inbox- I just you an email with some more details.

101%, this one definitely goes to 11

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been riding Santa Cruz bikes since what must be about 2002 or 2003? Whenever the first Blur came out, way back in the 26" days.

Since then, I've frustratingly gone through quite a few bikes. An original Blur, then a Blur Carbon, then a Tallboy and then finally a 5010.

The 5010 was a TON of fun, but it was also a TON of bike. I'm a little older, I have a deep XC background and I live in the Southeast, so 5" of travel, 35mm bars and all that big hit stuff was really just lost on me. And as some others here have mentioned, time on the climbs and flats kinda matters to me as well.

I'm honest enough with myself to know that I am more concerned with keeping my tires as CLOSE to the ground as opposed to as far away and above the ground as possible.

One thing that really struck me with the 5010 was the "new" model 2 geometry - the shortened, Boost rear end mated with the longer front triangle and shorter stem. My first ride on that format and I was wondering "what the heck have we been doing all this time". I shake my own head at myself as I think back to the mid 90s where I was riding a 19" wide handlebar (25.4 diameter), with a 140mm titanium stem (really, how do I still have teeth?!?). To be succint, the new geo is utterly sublime.

Nonetheless, I just didn't need the bruiser that the 5010 is.

Enter Brett Cole, one of the gearheads here at Competitive Cyclist. Brett helped guide me toward this bike, held my hand throughout the entire process and assured me I'd be happy with the purchase.

Let me tell ya - I'm gonna give Brett a big fat kiss and hug whenever I see him. This Tallboy "3" could not be any closer to the sweet spot that is perfection - meaning - this is the perfect bike.

I was barely 50ft into my first ride on it when I noticed that old familiar feeling of how stinking fast those big 29er tires roll. I'm sorry, but there's just no arguing or challenging it. 29ers roll faster, always, everywhere.

Then, as I got up into my first twisty turns, I was hitting the corners faster and I was scrubbing the INSIDES of them? Somehow I was cornering FASTER and TIGHTER on my Tallboy than I could on my 5010. Huh? Phenomenal!

After several hard and long rides on this bike, it dawned on me that this bike is a 101% TRAIL bike. Sure, I guess I could do an XC race on it if I wanted to, but I've been riding and racing way too long to ever ruin another day with an XC race. However, I'll definitely knock out every 50 miler within an 8 hour drive. It cruises like a Mack truck that's stolen, could weigh way less with a different wheelset and has more than enough travel for anybody in the world that is over 35 or doesn't have a pro enduro license.

101% ROWDY TRAIL MACHINE!

If you've ridden a Tallboy in the past and you think you know them, do yourself a favor and rush to a shop and try out this new geometry. The front end flicks around and comes up like a BMX bike when you want it to, yet tracks like a motorcross bike when you need it to. It honestly rides like it weighs 18lbs. This bike is pure, unadulterated fun.

I can't thank Brett Cole and Competitive Cyclist enough for helping get me here.

Keep the rubber side down!!!

more than one SC in the home

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This isn't our first Santa Cruz that we've owned so that should say a lot right there. I added a tallboy because I wanted a XC bike that would be a little more of a "fun time" bike along side my highball racer. I have my son riding the bike as well. The tallboy is very easy to handle and rides excellent. Riding with a 50 stem it's great in pretty much every condition. I mostly ride a little more XC territory and I am always a little worried about climbing quickly and efficiently. Uphill was not an issue and it ran up extremely well, I think it's totally race capable as it sits. Descending is smooth and confident. I don't really do any big down hill hits but have gone at it pretty hard and the tallboy is super stable. Eagle shifts very well but it is a tad more clunky with the huge gear range. I have not run into issues with it mechanically. I'm happy to answer sizing questions, as SC runs on the small side, or any questions at all on the tallboy.

more than one SC in the home

This bike rips

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had this bike for about a month and a half now. I traded up from a Pivot Mach 429 and have been very pleased. It rides a bit different and took some getting used to but I've been very pleased.

I would generally consider myself a trail rider who dabbles in some XC endurance racing. This bike is relatively light and it's easy to put in the miles. It excelles riding both downhill and uphill. Santa Cruz knocked it out of the park with this bike.

I'm 6'0" and fall right on the border of the L and XL (just a heads up the sizing chart listed on this page is not correct and the correct chart can be found on Santa Cruz's site). Based off the measurements for current bikes I own, I opted to go with the L. This has proven to be the correct choice.

I'll likely upgrade to Industry 9 wheels but have been relatively pleased with the DT340/Easton Rim combo. I initially identified this as weak point that has actually turned out to be a serviceable wheel set.

hi shawn. I'm trying to decide on a large or extra large tallboy v3. I'm also, 6'0 . I have a 34 inch inseam. thanks, david

Amazing!!

    This is my third Santa Cruz and my second carbon Tallboy and they just keep making better bikes year after year. This thing does everything really well

    Time to deliver

      Dear , how long ir takes to deliver in Miami ?

      current stock

        We do have a few medium and larges currently in stock finally as of 6/27. If you have question specifically on how this version compares to previous versions feel free to contact me direct.
        We do have a few of the 27.5 X01 versions in stock as well.
        Wes Branham- Account Manager-Bike
        801-204-4542
        wbranham@competitivecyclist.com

        Is there a geometry chart for the new Tallboy?

        Hey Dave - Check out the picture below for the geometry chart for the 2017 Tallboy. The specs are slightly different depending on if you build it up as a 29er or a 27.5+. You will need to zoom in but these specs are also available on Santa Cruz's website. Feel free to contact me directly if you are interested in ordering this bike or with any additional questions.

        - Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead - klivingston@backcountry.com - 801-736-4337

        Hey Dave - Check out the picture below for the geometry chart for the 2017 Tallboy. The specs are slightly different depending on if you build it up as a 29er or a 27.5+. You will need to zoom in but these specs are also available on Santa Cruz's website. Feel free to contact me directly if you are interested in ordering this bike or with any additional questions. 
- Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead - klivingston@backcountry.com - 801-736-4337

        Pre-ride impressions, confirmed weight!

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

        This is the bike I have been waiting on for about 3 years! Having ridden my original Santa Cruz Blur for 12 years, I was beyond excited to hear that the heir apparent to the heir apparent of my beloved Blur has finally materialized. I have been asked a few times regarding the claimed weight, as it seems a bit on the low side for a bike with aluminum rims and a dropper post. When I checked with a shop scale, I was surprised to see 26.10lbs, slightly lighter than the listed 26.45 (12,000 grams) that we have listed! Now I'm even more convinced that this may be my next MTB! The bike could pretty easily brought down to be a very "raceable" 25lbs. This may be the do-it-all bike I've been looking for!

        Ed Kilbourn

        Gearhead - Bike

        Office: 801–736-6396 x4670

        ekilbourn@backcountry.com

        Pre-ride impressions, confirmed weight!