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Santa Cruz Tallboy AL Custom - Ivory

Santa Cruz Tallboy AL Custom - Ivory

The new 120mm Tallboy takes a leap further into what short-travel bikes really are capable of. With kick-ass lower-link VPP suspension, a streamlined design, the typical Santa Cruz refinement, and rather radical geometry, the Tallboy is back to being a genre bending folk hero.

Sure, 10mm more travel might only seem like one small step—but coupled with a lower link-driven VPP suspension design this is one giant leap for the Tallboy.  

It’s the kind of bike that makes you sprint while going up, along, over, or down due to the maximum efficiency of the VPP design and responsive, lightweight chassis. But because it shares the same engineering principles as our longest travel bikes, the progressive lower link-mounted shock feels equally at home doing cross-country as it does in extreme-country. Paired with a 130mm fork the new Tallboy becomes ever more appealing to riders who like to open it up. 

And the geometry, that's a big part of what's going on...

Established theory suggests shorter travel bikes get ridden slower, therefore require steeper and more conservative geometries. In reality though, when was the last time you ever throttled back on a fun trail because you weren’t on a bigger bike?  Caution to the wind and all that. So we’ve done the same here and mimicked our longer travel geometry to create a bike with a 65.5-degree head-angle, generous front center, and short offset fork. Something rarely seen on a bike of this ilk.

And the radical thinking doesn’t stop there.  The Tallboy’s short-short 430mm chainstays have +/- 10mm of rear axle adjustment to ensure riders of all sizes and styles feel equally at home. Match that to a relatively low BB (335mm and 37.5mm drop) and you’ve got a combo that’s ready to haul into every pocket turn and launch out the other side.

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THE DETAIL

Evo Customs Tallboy - 

We loved the Tallboy Alloy R build but the spec was not quite up to our liking. The first upgrade we made was to the fork, we swapped out the standard Fox 34 Rhythm and replaced it with a Fox Performance to match the rear shock and give you the fork this bike justifies, next on the upgrade list was the wheels. Usually the week point to any bike at this price, we dropped on a set of the epic Ibis s35 alloy wheels, not only over 250g lighter than the standard wheel set but also 10mm wider in footprint. Giving you the grip and confidence that this bike deserves, teamed up with the wider wheels we added the benchmark tyre combo for all round riding, Schwalbe’s Hans Damph and Knobby Nic it the trail chewing 2.6” size ensuring you stay gripping to the trail whatever it throws at you.   

SPECIFICATIONS

Frame 

Fork    Fox Float 34 Performance Series 130mm, 29”, 15QR    
Shock    Fox Float Performance DPS with EVOL, 
Wheels    Ibis S35 Aluminum / 29" / Ibis Hubs    
Tires    Schwalbe Hans Dampf (front) Nobby Nic (rear) 29"
Brakes    SRAM Level T     
Brake Rotors    SRAM Centerline 180 rotors     
Cranks    SRAM NX Eagle, DUB spindle, 32t Steel Ring (170mm for S/M, 175mm for L/XL)     
Bottom Bracket    SRAM DUB BSA     
Rear Derailleur    SRAM NX Eagle     
Shift Levers    SRAM NX Eagle     
Cassette    SRAM PG 1230 11-50T     
Chain    SRAM NX Eagle     
Headset    Cane Creek 40    
Grips    Lizard Skins Charger Evo     
Handlebar    Race face Aeffect 35x35mm
Stem    Race face Aeffect 35mm ,20mm Rise
Seatpost    KS Rage-i Dropper 150   
Saddle    WTB Silverado Pro 142mm width

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