Santa Cruz Tallboy 29er Full Suspension

4.86/5 (7 Reviews)
MSRP : $999.95


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Product Description

The Santa Cruz Aluminum Tallboy pairs VPP suspension and 29" wheels to create a fast rolling, sharp handling, versatile bike that exploits the benefits of big wheels to the best of their advantage - at home anywhere from remote alpine singletrack to crowded jittery start lines.


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Reviews 1 - 7 (7 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by entropy289 a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: August 11, 2012

Strengths:    Excellent on small chatter in the rocky desert. Components with bike.

Weaknesses:    Bottomed out early on medium drops. 9mm rear axle.

Bottom Line:   
This was my second favorite 29er. On cross country trails this was great in all the small sharp rocks. Cornered great. Frame was stiff. Accelerated fast. The frame was a little big for me (not Santa Cruz's fault), Downhill the Stumpjumper and Pivot did a little better.

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Favorite Trail:   Javelina South Mtn.

Duration Product Used:   1 month

Purchased At:   Slippery Pig bike Sh

Similar Products Used:   Pivot 429, Stumpjumper FSR 29er Expert, Epic 29er Comp

Bike Setup:   Full 2012 XT setup, Kashima shocks. Geax Saguaro F&R tubeless, XT pedals, Mavix Cr29ssmax.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jarlaxle

Date Reviewed: May 25, 2012

Strengths:    Plush over light chatter but feels like it has more than 4" of travel when the going gets tough. Well balanced, can sit and pedal or stand and bash, handles both with aplomb. Just a great all around bike.

Weaknesses:    Extremely tight turns remind you you are still on a wagon wheeler. Haven't dumped it on one yet but have come really close. Also, had the exact same issue w/ the seat as one review below, came off the rails on a crash and is now useless. Replaced with an Selle SMP and couldn't be happier.

Bottom Line:   
I came into this wanting a bike that 1) could handle anything I could dish out (I'm not a super DH or big drop guy) that was 2) high enough quality to justfity upgrading components over time and 3) affordable.

I feel like I hit a home run with the Tallboy. I am already looking at some upgrades (wheels, dropper post, may eventually switch to a 120mm fork) but sincerely believe I will be riding this frame for a long, long time.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ahmad a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: April 17, 2012

Strengths:    Excellent geometry, feels like your in the bike instead of on the bike.
Great handling, excellent suspension design.
confidence boost, makes you think that you can do anything and everything.


Weaknesses:    Pedal strikes, i had a very strong one that scratched my new platform pedals and i lost one of the adjustable pens.

Bottom Line:   
Review after two weeks of riding on daily basis: this bike is amazing, fast, stable on climbs and deceits.

I gata say that I spent so much time studying and ready about bikes before I bought mine, and I believe that I made the right choice, considering the price and components.
I considered the Superlight 29er, in fact I placed an order and then canceled it, I’m glad that my luck worked out and I changed the order and added a little more to the budget to buy the tallboy R XC kit.

I hate the saddle; it broke on my first ride ever. The saddle got stock on my shorts and its rail got out of its place. I could not get it back to place and contacted the manufacturer who just did not believe me!!. My bother just got a similar bike, the first thing we did during the bike assembly was to add super glue underneath the saddle nose.

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Favorite Trail:   rocky mountains

Purchased At:   SpeedGoat.com

Bike Setup:   SantaCruz R XC kit: '12 Santa Cruz Tallboy R XC Large Complete Bike featuring a RockShox Reba RL fork, a Cane Creek 10 series headset, a Truvativ Stylo Race stem, a Truvativ Stylo Team bar, Shimano SLX M660 shifters, Lizard Skin Charger grips, Avid Elixir 5 disc brakes, a Shimano HG-74 chain, a Shimano M552 crankset, a Shimano HG-81 cassette, a Shimano XT front derailleur, a Shimano XT M780 Rear Derailleur, an Easton EA30 seatpost, a WTB Volt Race saddle, Maxxis Crossmark 29er tires, and Shimano M756 Hubs laced to Mavic TN719 Wheelset. This bike weighs in at 28.72 lbs.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mtnking a Weekend Warrior from Reno, NV, USA

Date Reviewed: March 12, 2012

Strengths:    Strength, stiffness, pedaling efficiency, geometry, suspension, balance, quality and in my case, dealer support

Weaknesses:    None. It's costly, but you get what you pay for.

Bottom Line:   
The terrain I ride is mostly mountainous with rocks, loose dirt, and sand with lots of climbing and downhill. In the summer it's typically dry. Some snow and a little mud in the winter with no tree roots.

Compared to my previous experience with similar full-suspension 26" bikes, this bike offers a new level of performance. The inherent 29er advantages of better climbing and sidehill traction along with riding in sand is really apparent with the Tallboy. The pedaling efficiency climbing is virtually identical to a hardtail. Slow speed balance (particularly in uphill switchbacks is phenomenal). The high speed stability is another level as well. A very sophisticated bike design and the performance reflects it. All the advantages of a 29er in a premium package. Everything you hear about Tallboys is true.

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Favorite Trail:   Too many to list in northern NV/CA

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Great Basin Bicycles

Similar Products Used:   Cannondale 26" high-end crosscountry bikes, GT Peace 29er 3X9 non-suspension

Bike Setup:   Carbon, 2X10 XTR group, Fox 100mm fork, Easton EA90XC wheels, Schwalbe Rocket Ron EVO tires. 24.2lbs

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Carl Steger a Cross Country Rider from Reston, VA, USA

Date Reviewed: November 2, 2011

Strengths:    Weight, geometry, looks, tossability, and amazing ride.

Weaknesses:    Price, matte black finish marks up easily, VPP suspension triangle traps lots of leaves and debris. Rather petty...

Bottom Line:   
This 29er rocks the Casbah. It flat out smokes my previous hardtail Superfly, and I think it's better than the Ellsworth Evolve I tested in comparison. I ride fast singletrack in the D.C. metro area, so I don't need aluminum for big air/hucks. At one pound more than my Fisher, it whips around with surgical accuracy, and climbs like a Banshee. The Evolve was a great whip, just not as precise as the carbon Tallboy. Different strokes for different folks. Pricey, but highly recommended!

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Favorite Trail:   Lake Fairfax, VA

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $4800.00

Purchased At:   Germantown Cycles, M

Similar Products Used:   Gary Fisher Superfly, Klein Pulse Comp S

Bike Setup:   Tubeless Kenda Nevegals, Masterpiece Thomson post and Elite stem, the rest XT OEM from Santa Cruz SPX XC 29 groupo.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by reelfoot a Weekend Warrior from Gilbert, AZ USA

Date Reviewed: August 3, 2011

Strengths:    Bike has great pedaling efficiency and hooks up on the trails nicely.

Weaknesses:    None yet

Bottom Line:   
Nice bike for the price. Weighed out the option of buying the carbon version which had nicer components for $1200 more but it wasn't in my budget. I am happy with this bike and I can spend the money I saved in upgrades in a year or so.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $2400.00

Purchased At:   Adventure Bikes

Similar Products Used:   Blur, Gary Fisher Fat Possum, GT IDrive 5.0

Bike Setup:   DXC package

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by yosemiteslam a Cross Country Rider from San Clemente, CA

Date Reviewed: August 3, 2011

Strengths:    Weight, performance, speed, balance

Weaknesses:    Factory tires

Bottom Line:   
This bike is amazing! Although I have not owned it for long, I have ridden it daily on a variety of terrain including Chesebro Canyon and Backbone Trail near Agoura Hills, San Clemente Singletrack and Aliso Woods Canyon. This bike has rocked all of it. It is fast and solid through every type of terrain. Whoever said 29ers are hard to get up to speed or that they are difficult to take through switchbacks or corners has not ridden the Tallboy. I went with the Aluminum frame because I am 6'2" and 230 pounds and just do not feel confident with carbon yet. I demo'd the carbon bike and loved it to, but with the $$ saved, I upgraded the components. This bike is just ridiculously good! The only complaint is about the stock tires. The Maxxis tiers that come with the bike are fast, but have no grip in SoCal terrain and slip/slide all over the rocky terrain. I will be changing these shortly. Outside of that--this bike just keep s grin pasted to my face.

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Favorite Trail:   Aliso Woods Canyon

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   The Path

Similar Products Used:   This is my first 29er and I am wondering why I waited so long... Moving from a Titus Motolite I loved

Bike Setup:   XL frame, SPX kit w/ 120 mm fork, RP23 shock

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loose lower link on Tallboy LTC

had the bike since last August and have been regularly greasing the links but noticed that I have just a slight amount of play in the rear end. It is something that I have to point out to others, nothing that you notice when you are riding, but it is there and it bothers me. I have pulled the ... Read More »

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