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Brand
Santa Cruz Bicycles
Category
MOUNTAIN
Seller
Backcountry
The line between cross-country and trail riding can be easily blurred, and with short-travel bikes hitting the dirt with slacker geometry, it's no wonder. These capable steeds are able to take on bigger terrain than we had dreamed, making it trickier to pigeonhole bikes like the Santa Cruz Tallboy. The Tallboy has always been revered as a go-anywhere steed with spritely handling, and the fourth generation retains that agile handling, but with a whole new frame and geometry that lets us push harder than we thought possible on a 120mm travel bike. Like its longer, slacker brothers, the Bronson, Nomad, and Megatower, the newest iteration of the Tallboy brings its suspension linkage downward for increased stability on descents, providing the increased traction and improved bump-absorption of the lower-link VPP platform. Santa Cruz's VPP suspension is designed to stabilize the suspension when you're putting power down on the pedals, meaning the rear end ceases to bob, providing a much more responsive and lively feel when you hammer up steeps, so you aren't wasting all of the power you put down. This is achieved with counter-rotating links that are carefully arranged to resist activation by pedaling forces, all but eliminating bobbing under power. Suspension is hardly where Santa Cruz stopped on upgrades with the new Tallboy. The bike sees a full makeover this year, with entirely different geometry, but continues to use the flip-chip we saw in previous years for that can tune the geometry to your own personal riding needs. In the front things start out with a much slacker head tube angle that shifted from the 68-degrees in years past to the ultra-long 65. 5-degrees it is today (with the flip-chip in Low). This slack head tube elevates the confidence of the Tallboy when you point it downhill, providing improved handling in rough and jarring terrain, and boosting control at high speeds. With the head tube's shift into the slacker realm, balance needed to be achieved to...   read more
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