Tallboy 110mm VPP Travel - 27.5+ or 29"

  • Frame: £1,699
  • Complete Bikes from £2,799

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 CC-level carbon frame is every bit as stiff and strong as our C-level frames, but weighs about 280 grams less, due to the use of some lighter, stronger, and more expensive carbon fiber. Using this material in key places allowed us to use less material overall, which is what shaves off more than half a pound from the frame. 

110mm Rear Travel in both configurations

Frame Features

  • 110mm VPP™ Suspension
  • 148mm Rear Axle Spacing
  • 29er or 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
  • Threaded Bottom Bracket

Geometry

29/Low Setting

  S M L XL
Reach 405mm - 15.94" 430mm - 16.93" 450mm - 17.72" 475mm - 18.7"
Stack 594mm - 23.39" 603mm - 23.74" 603mm - 23.74" 617mm - 24.29"
Head Tube Angle 68° 68° 68° 68° 68° 68° 68° 68°
Seat Tube Length 390mm - 15.35" 420mm - 16.54" 450mm - 17.72" 480mm - 18.9"
Front Center 684mm - 26.93" 713mm - 28.07" 733mm - 28.86" 763mm - 30.04"
BB Height 330mm - 12.99" 330mm - 12.99" 330mm - 12.99" 330mm - 12.99"
BB Drop 40mm - 1.57" 40mm - 1.57" 40mm - 1.57" 40mm - 1.57"
Wheelbase 1116mm - 43.94" 1145mm - 45.08" 1165mm - 45.87" 1195mm - 47.05"
Chainstay Length 432mm - 17.01" 432mm - 17.01" 432mm - 17.01" 432mm - 17.01"
Head Tube Length 90mm - 3.54" 100mm - 3.94" 100mm - 3.94" 115mm - 4.53"
Top Tube Length 574mm - 22.6" 603mm - 23.74" 623mm - 24.53" 653mm - 25.71"
Seat Tube Angle 73° 73° 73° 73°
Standover Height 705mm - 27.76" 706mm - 27.8" 707mm - 27.83" 709mm - 27.91"

27.5+/High Setting

  S M L XL  
Reach 403mm - 15.87" 428mm - 16.85" 448mm - 17.64" 473mm - 18.62"
Stack 595mm - 23.43" 605mm - 23.82" 605mm - 23.82" 619mm - 24.37"
Head Tube Angle 68° 68° 68° 68° 68° 68° 68° 68°
Seat Tube Length 390mm - 15.35" 420mm - 16.54" 450mm - 17.72" 480mm - 18.9"
Front Center 687mm - 27.05" 716mm - 28.19" 736mm - 28.98" 767mm - 30.2"
BB Height 328mm - 12.91" 328mm - 12.91" 328mm - 12.91" 328mm - 12.91"
BB Drop 33mm - 1.3" 33mm - 1.3" 33mm - 1.3" 33mm - 1.3"
Wheelbase 1120mm - 44.09" 1148mm - 45.2" 1168mm - 45.98" 1199mm - 47.2"
Chainstay Length 432mm - 17.01" 432mm - 17.01" 432mm - 17.01" 432mm - 17.01"
Head Tube Length 90mm - 3.54" 100mm - 3.94" 100mm - 3.94" 115mm - 4.53"
Top Tube Length 575mm - 22.64" 604mm - 23.78" 624mm - 24.57" 654mm - 25.75"
Seat Tube Angle 73° 73° 73° 73°
Standover Height 702mm - 27.64" 703mm - 27.68" 704mm - 27.72" 706mm - 27.8"

* Effective top tube
** Seat Tube length measured from center of BB to top of seat tube

Size Guide

S
5'0"5'4"
M
5'4"5'9"
L
5'9"6'0"
XL
6'0"6'3"
XXL
6'3"6'7"

Frame Only Available from £1699

Complete Build Options

Tallboy Alloy | D AM
Wheelsize: 29 - £2,799
ForkRock Shox Recon Silver RL 120 - 29"
ShockFox Float Performance
Rear DerailleurSRAM NX - 11 speed
ShiftersSRAM NX - 11 speed
BrakesSRAM Level
RotorsAvid Centerline - 180mm (F/R)
CranksetRace Face Aeffect Steel - 30t, 170mm (S),175mm (M-XXL)
Upgrade
Chainguide
CassetteSRAM PG1130 - 11-42t
ChainSRAM PC1110
HandlebarRace Face Ride - Low-Rise, 750mm (S-M),780mm (L-XXL)
StemRace Face Ride - 35mm
GripsSanta Cruz Palmdale
HeadsetCane Creek 10 IS
SeatpostRace Face Ride - 31.6x400mm
SaddleWTB Volt Sport
Front HubNovatec D711 Torque Cap - 15x110mm, 32h
Rear HubNovatec D712 - 12x148mm, 32h (HG)
RimsWTB STP i23 TCS - 29", 32h
Rim Upgrade
SpokesDT Swiss Champion
Front TyreMaxxis Minion DHF EXO TR - 29x2.3"
Rear TyreMaxxis Crossmark 2 DC EXO TR - 29x2.25"
Tubes / SealantStan's Sealant
Tallboy Alloy | D+ AM
Wheelsize: 27.5+ - £2,799
ForkRock Shox Recon Silver RL 130 - 27.5+
ShockFox Float Performance
Rear DerailleurSRAM NX - 11 speed
ShiftersSRAM NX - 11 speed
BrakesSRAM Level
RotorsAvid Centerline - 180mm (F/R)
CranksetRace Face Aeffect Steel - 30t, 170mm (S),175mm (M-XXL)
Upgrade
Chainguide
CassetteSRAM PG1130 - 11-42t
ChainSRAM PC1110
HandlebarRace Face Ride - Low-Rise, 750mm (S-M),780mm (L-XXL)
StemRace Face Ride - 35mm
GripsSanta Cruz Palmdale
HeadsetCane Creek 10 IS
SeatpostRace Face Ride - 31.6x400mm
SaddleWTB Volt Sport
Front HubNovatec D711 Torque Cap - 15x110mm, 32h
Rear HubNovatec D712 - 12x148mm, 32h (HG)
RimsRace Face AR 40 - 27.5", 32h
Rim Upgrade
SpokesDT Swiss Champion
Front TyreMaxxis Rekon EXO TR - 27.5x2.8"
Rear TyreMaxxis Rekon EXO TR - 27.5x2.8"
Tubes / SealantStan's Sealant
Tallboy Alloy | R1 AM
Wheelsize: 29 - £3,099
ForkFox Rhythm 120 - 29"
ShockFox Float Performance
Rear DerailleurSRAM NX - 11 speed
ShiftersSRAM NX - 11 speed
BrakesSRAM Level T
RotorsAvid Centerline - 180mm (F/R)
CranksetRace Face Aeffect AL - 30t, 170mm (S), 175mm (M-XXL)
Upgrade
Chainguide
CassetteSRAM XG1150 - 10-42t
ChainSRAM PC1110
HandlebarRace Face Ride - Low-Rise, 750mm (S-M),780mm (L-XXL)
StemRace Face Ride - 35mm
GripsSanta Cruz Palmdale
HeadsetCane Creek 10 IS
SeatpostRace Face Ride - 31.6x400mm
SaddleWTB Volt Race
Front HubNovatec D711 - 15x110mm, 32h
Rear HubNovatec D712 - 12x148mm, 32h (XD)
RimsWTB STP i23 TCS - 29", 32h
Rim Upgrade
SpokesDT Swiss Champion
Front TyreMaxxis Minion DHF EXO TR - 29x2.3"
Rear TyreMaxxis Crossmark 2 DC EXO TR - 29x2.25"
Tubes / SealantStan's Sealant
Tallboy Alloy | S AM
Wheelsize: 29 - £3,899
ForkRock Shox Pike RCT3 120 - 29"
ShockFox Float Performance
Rear DerailleurSRAM GX - 11 speed
ShiftersSRAM GX - 11 speed
BrakesSRAM Level TL
RotorsAvid Centerline - 180mm (F/R)
CranksetRace Face Aeffect AL - 30t, 170mm (S), 175mm(M-XXL)
Upgrade
Chainguide
CassetteSRAM XG1150 - 10-42t
ChainSRAM PC1130
HandlebarRace Face Ride - Low-Rise, 750mm (S-M),780mm (L-XXL)
StemRace Face Turbine Basic - 35mm
GripsSanta Cruz Palmdale
HeadsetCane Creek 40 IS
SeatpostRockshox Reverb Stealth - 31.6x125mm (S),150mm (M-XL), 170mm (XXL)
SaddleWTB Volt Race
Front HubNovatec D541 - 15x110mm, 32h
Rear HubNovatec D542 - 12x148mm,32h (XD)
RimsRace Face AR 24 - 29", 32h
Rim Upgrade
SpokesDT Swiss Champion
Front TyreMaxxis Minion DHF 3C EXO TR - 29x2.3"
Rear TyreMaxxis Ardent Race EXO TR - 29x2.35"
Tubes / SealantStan's Sealant
Tallboy Alloy | S+ AM
Wheelsize: 27.5+ - £3,899
ForkRock Shox Pike RCT3 130 - 27.5+
ShockFox Float Performance
Rear DerailleurSRAM GX - 11 speed
ShiftersSRAM GX - 11 speed
BrakesSRAM Level TL
RotorsAvid Centerline - 180mm (F/R)
CranksetRace Face Aeffect AL - 30t, 170mm (S), 175mm(M-XXL)
Upgrade
CassetteSRAM XG1150 - 10-42t
ChainSRAM PC1130
HandlebarRace Face Ride - Low-Rise, 750mm (S-M),780mm (L-XXL)
StemRace Face Turbine Basic - 35mm
GripsSanta Cruz Palmdale
HeadsetCane Creek 40 IS
SeatpostRockshox Reverb Stealth - 31.6x125mm (S),150mm (M-XL), 170mm (XXL)
SaddleWTB Volt Race
Front HubNovatec D541 - 15x110mm, 32h
Rear HubNovatec D542 - 12x148mm,32h (XD)
RimsRace Face AR 40 - 27.5", 32h
Rim Upgrade
SpokesDT Swiss Champion
Front TyreMaxxis Rekon EXO 3C TR - 27.5x2.8"
Rear TyreMaxxis Rekon EXO TR - 27.5x2.8"
Tubes / SealantStan's Sealant
Tallboy Alloy | XT AM
Wheelsize: 29 - £4,399
ForkRock Shox Pike RCT3 120 - 29"
ShockFox Float Performance
Rear DerailleurShimano M8000 GS Shadow Plus
ShiftersShimano M8000 RH
BrakesShimano XT M8000 w/180/180mm Ice Tech rotors
CranksetShimano XT M8000 1x11 32
Upgrade
CassetteShimano M8000 11spd 11-46
ChainShimano XT M8000
HandlebarSCB 760mm
StemKS Ether 50mm
GripsSCB Palmdale
HeadsetHope
SeatpostKS LEV Integra w/ Southpaw
SaddleWTB Volt Race
WheelsHope Pro 4 / WTB Frequency Team i23
Rim Upgrade
TyresMaxxis Ardent 2.35 TR / Minion DHR 2 3C 2.35 TR
Tubes / SealantWTB Valves/Sealant
Tallboy Alloy | XT+ AM
Wheelsize: 27.5+ - £4,399
ForkRock Shox Pike RCT3 130 - 27.5+
ShockFox Float Performance
Rear DerailleurShimano M8000 GS Shadow Plus
ShiftersShimano M8000 RH
BrakesShimano XT M8000 w/180/180mm Ice Tech rotors
CranksetShimano XT M8000 1x11 32
Upgrade
CassetteShimano M8000 11spd 11-46
ChainShimano XT M8000
HandlebarSCB 760mm
StemKS Ether 50mm
GripsSCB Palmdale
HeadsetHope
SeatpostKS LEV Integra w/ Southpaw
SaddleWTB Volt Race
WheelsHope Pro 4 / WTB Scraper 40
Rim Upgrade
TyresMaxxis Recon / Ikon 2.8" EXO TR
Tubes / SealantWTB Valves/Sealant

Can I mount a chainguide to my bike?

No. We opted against including ISCG tabs, as one-by drivetrains have rendered them mostly unnecessary.

Is the 148x12 derailleur hanger the same as the 142x12 hanger?

No, it's not. We had to make a new derailleur hanger to go with the new dropout. They look similar, but the easiest way to tell them apart is the finish. Our 142x12mm hangers have a bead-blasted finish, while the 148x12mm hangers have a smooth, machined finish. 

What Kind of Front Derailleur do I Need?

The updated versions of the Bronson, 5010, and Tallboy use Shimano side-swing front derailleurs. The names and part numbers are: 

Shimano XT M8020 Side Swing
Shimano XTR M9020D Side Swing

What Kind of Headset Do I Need?

This bike uses an integrated headset with drop-in bearings and molded-in bearing races. The SHIS measurement is IS41 (upper) and IS52 (lower). 

What kind of headset does this bike use?

This bike uses an integrated headset with drop-in bearings and integrated bearing races. The SHIS measurement is IS41 (upper) and IS52 (lower).

What kind of rear brake adaptor do I need?

This frame uses a standard IS rear brake mount. Just pick your rotor size and order the correct adaptor to go from IS to post mount (all modern brakes).

What size bottom bracket shell does this bike use?

We use a standard 73mm threaded BB. Nearly any crank on the market (besides BB30 cranks) will fit.

What size seatpost do I need?

This bike uses a 31.6mm seatpost.  Always ensure it is inserted into the frame a minimum of 4" (100mm).

What's the Biggest 27.5+ Tire I Can Fit?

2.8in tires fit really nicely, and 3.0s will fit, but they can be a bit tight. If you have a lower-profile tire, and don't see a lot of mud, you can definitely run a 3.0. If you're looking for more aggressive rubber, or ride in muddy conditions regularly, you'll want to stick to 2.8s. 

What's With The Chip?

The reversible chip at the shock mount is designed to maintain the frame's geometry when swapping between standard 29-inch tires and 27.5+ tires. The "Low" setting is designed for 29er use, and the "High" setting for 27.5+. While 27.5+ tires have a diameter that's similar to the 29er tire, it's not quite equal, so reversing the chip is a must to maintain the handling characteristics. 

Flipping the chip to "High" without swapping to 27.5+ tires results in an increase of 3.1mm to bottom bracket height, and an increase of 0.25 degrees to your head and seat angles. 

Suspension SystemVPPTM
Front DerailleurDirect to Frame
Headset/HeadtubeIntegrated; IS41 upper, IS52 lower
Seat Post31.6mm
Eye to Eye length7.25in
Stroke1.75in
Fork Compatibility120mm, 130mm
BB ShellStandard
Max Tire Size3.0"
Water Bottle MountsOne, inside main triangle