Santa Cruz Tallboy AL


The Tallboy cuts a whole new swath across the trail bike landscape.

As a 27+ bike it revels in the severe. In desert-dry conditions the wider tires float above the dust and find oases of grip where standard tires flounder. And when the monsoon comes, lower tire pressures pull the Tallboy through the slickest of root sections like a Defender on diff-lock.

In its 29-inch form, the Tallboy’s renowned rowdy streak comes to the fore. Happy at full gas, up or down hill, the speed and agility of the 29 configuration will have you bagging on e-bikes at every turn.

A 68 degree head angle and 110mm of VPP travel distills the original Tallboy’s playful character into something all the more mischievous. Longer reach and shorter chainstays fuel that personality, and bring the Tallboy bang up to date with the rest of the Santa Cruz range.

A flip chip on the upper link, combined with either a 130mm fork (for 27+) or 120mm fork (for 29-inch), ensures geometry remains consistent across a vast range of build kits and sizes, from S to XXL.

The versatile trail bike of choice for rapid riders like Greg Minnaar—the Tallboy is for those who don’t roll with the pack. 

This C-level carbon frame uses a slightly heavier, less-expensive grade of carbon fiber to achieve the same strength, stiffness, and durability you'll find in the CC-level frames, but we use a bit more of the material to achieve it. Real world result? A 280 gram increase in frame weight.


  • 110mm VPP™ Suspension
  • 120mm fork for 29" kits/130mm fork for 27.5+ configurations
  • 148mm Rear Axle Spacing
  • 27.5 Plus-Compatible
  • Bottle cage mount
  • Flip-Chip on upper link to maintain geometry in 29” and 27.5+ configurations
  • Integrated Headset
  • Internal carbon tubes ensure precise and hassle-free routing of derailleur and seat post cables
  • Removable front derailleur mount for maximum drivetrain compatibility
  • Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL (XXL carbon-only)
  • Threaded Bottom Bracket

Kit Options

    R2x Kit

    • FOX Rhythm 120 Fork
    • Shimano SLX M7000 Shadow+ Derailleur
    • SRAM Level T Brakes
    • Shimano SLX M7000 Cranks

    D Kit

    • Rock Shox Recon Silver RL 120 Fork
    • SRAM NX Derailleur
    • SRAM Level Brakes
    • Race Face Aeffect Cranks

    R1x Kit

    • FOX Rhythm 120 Fork
    • SRAM NX Derailleur
    • SRAM Level T Brakes
    • Race Face Aeffect AL Cranks

    D+ Kit

    • Rock Shox Sektor Silver RL Fork
    • SRAM NX Derailleur
    • SRAM Level Brakes
    • Race Face Aeffect Cranks
    Frame Material Carbon C
    Fork FOX 34 Float Performance 120
    Shock Fox Float Performance
    Rear Dérailleur SRAM GX 1x11
    Shifters SRAM GX
    Chainring Size 30 Tooth
    Crankset Race Face Aeffect AL
    Bottom Bracket Included w/ crankset
    Cassette SRAM XG1150 10-42
    Chain SRAM PC1130
    Brakes SRAM Level TL
    Brake Rotors Avid Centerline; 180mm
    Headset Cane Creek 40, Integrated
    Bars Race Face Ride Lo-Rise; 760mm; 35mm clamp
    Stem Raceface Turbine Basic 35mm clamp
    Grips Santa Cruz Palmdale Lock-on
    Front Hub Novatec D541; 15x110mm; 32h
    Rear Hub Novatec D542; 12x148mm; 32h
    Rims Race Face AR24; 32h
    Spokes DT Swiss Champion
    Front Tire Maxxis Minion DHF Exo 3c; 29x2.3
    Rear Tire Maxxis Ardent Race Exo; 29x2.35
    Tubes Stans Sealant
    Seat Post Rock Shox Reverb Stealth; 31.6x 125mm (S), 150mm(M-XL), 170mm (XXL)
    Saddle WTB Volt Race

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