Santa Cruz’s Tallboy 4.0 is XC or Enduro capable

Santa Cruz has delivered a potential
quiver-killer of a 29er trail bike, in its latest Tallboy.

When it was launched back in 2009, the Tallboy revolutionised what the riding community thought of 29er mountain bikes.

With its considered geometry and clever suspension kinematics, this was a 29er which retained the fun factor and handling agility that most of the first-generation big-wheel mountain bikes lacked.

Santa Cruz has made a radical redesign of
the fourth-generation Tallboy, moving its shock from a mounting point which
touches the top tube, to a new location, just above the bottom bracket.

This lower-link VPP system was first seen on the Santa Cruz Nomad, in 2017, and has since been applied to the brand’s 29er bikes too, such as the Megatower and Hightower. Tallboy becomes the latest recipient of Santa Cruz’s remoulded front triangle technology, with the shock now resting in a position between the seat tube supports.

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Better in every way

With this new shock orientation, Santa Cruz
has lowered the Tallboy’s centre of gravity, which should give it superior
technical terrain stability and cornering fluidity.

The restructured suspension also contains
an aluminium geometry adjustment chip, for these riders who prefer to make
meticulous final adjustments to how their bike rides.

Followers of the brand who ride in muddy
conditions will be heartened to hear that the new Tallboy can comfortably roll
2.6-inch width tyres, without buzzing seat or chain stays. Conversely, those
riders who total their off-road miles in dusty conditions, will be thrilled
that Santa Cruz continues to use treaded bottom brackets, which avoid annoying
dust ingress creaking.

Although Santa Cruz has significantly redesigned
the Tallboy 4.0 frame, it has resisted the trend to radical geometry. On a size
L frame, you’ll be positioned over 468mm of reach – which certainly isn’t that
long compared to contemporary standards.

The 65.5-degree head angle does reflect Santa Cruz’s belief that despite only 120mm of rear travel, its Tallboy will be a hugely capable descender with an appropriately skilled pilot on board.

With a 10mm increase in rear wheel travel over the previous model, and running a 130mm front fork, the new Tallboy can conquer the most technical trails imaginable. It also retains the fabled long-distance riding ability that has made the Tallboy such a popular South African stage racing bike.

As with all Tallboys, Santa Cruz will offer
both C- and CC-grade carbon-fibre frames, with the latter being slightly
lighter and predictably dearer.

Pricing for Santa Cruz’s new Tallboy will
start at  R103 495.

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