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tallboy XC/Trail/Adventure

If ever there was a gravity riders’ XC bike, the Tallboy is it.

The new 120mm Tallboy takes a leap further into what short-travel bikes really are capable of. With kick-ass lower-link VPP suspension, a streamlined design, the typical Santa Cruz refinement, and rather radical geometry, the Tallboy is back to being a genre bending folk hero.

Sure, 10mm more travel might only seem like one small step—but coupled with a lower link-driven VPP suspension design this is one giant leap for the Tallboy.  

It’s the kind of bike that makes you sprint while going up, along, over, or down due to the maximum efficiency of the VPP design and responsive, lightweight chassis. But because it shares the same engineering principles as our longest travel bikes, the progressive lower link-mounted shock feels equally at home doing cross-country as it does in extreme-country. Paired with a 130mm fork the new Tallboy becomes ever more appealing to riders who like to open it up. 

And the geometry, that's a big part of what's going on...

Established theory suggests shorter travel bikes get ridden slower, therefore require steeper and more conservative geometries. In reality though, when was the last time you ever throttled back on a fun trail because you weren’t on a bigger bike?  Caution to the wind and all that. So we’ve done the same here and mimicked our longer travel geometry to create a bike with a 65.5-degree head-angle, generous front center, and short offset fork. Something rarely seen on a bike of this ilk.

And the radical thinking doesn’t stop there.  The Tallboy’s short-short 430mm chainstays have +/- 10mm of rear axle adjustment to ensure riders of all sizes and styles feel equally at home. Match that to a relatively low BB (335mm and 37.5mm drop) and you’ve got a combo that’s ready to haul into every pocket turn and launch out the other side.

Thirsty For More? - check this launch video.

Frame Features

  • Available in: Aluminum, Carbon C & Carbon CC
  • Wheel size: 29"
  • Front travel: 130mm
  • Rear travel: 120mm
Build
Tallboy Alloy D
  • Tallboy Alloy D
  • Tallboy Alloy R
  • Tallboy C R
  • Tallboy C S
  • Tallboy C S Reserve
  • Tallboy CC X01
  • Tallboy CC X01 Reserve
  • Tallboy CC XTR Reserve
  • Tallboy CC XX1 AXS Reserve
Colour
Rocksteady Yellow
  • Rocksteady Yellow
  • Stormbringer Purple
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Build Options

Tallboy Alloy Frame Only: £1,899Tallboy CC Frame Only: £3,299

Full Builds

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  • Tallboy Alloy
    D
    £2,899
  • Wheelsize
  • 29
  • Colours
  • Rocksteady Yellow
    Stormbringer Purple
  • Fork
  • RockShox Recon RL, 130mm, 29
  • Shock
  • FOX Float Performance DPS
  • Rear Derailleur
  • SRAM SX Eagle, 12spd
  • Shifters
  • SRAM SX Eagle, 12spd
  • Crankset
  • SRAM SX Eagle 148 DUB, 32t - 170mm (S)
    SRAM SX Eagle 148 DUB, 32t - 175mm (M,L,XL)
  • Cassette
  • SRAM PG1210, 12spd, 11-50t
  • Chain
  • SRAM PC1110, 11spd
  • Brakes
  • SRAM Level
  • Rotors
  • Avid Centerline 180mm
  • Handlebar
  • Race Face Ride
  • Stem
  • Race Face Ride
  • Grips
  • Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips
  • Headset
  • Cane Creek 10 IS Integrated Headset
  • Seatpost
  • Race Face Ride, 31.6, 400mm
  • Saddle
  • WTB Silverado Comp Saddle
  • Front Tyre
  • Maxxis Minion DHF, 29"x2.3", EXO TR
  • Rear Tyre
  • Maxxis Minion DHR II, 29"x2.3", EXO TR
  • Wheels
  • F: SRAM MTH 716, 15x110, Torque Cap, 32h
    R: SRAM MTH 746, 12x148, 32h
    Rim: WTB ST i25 TCS 2.0 29"
    Spokes: DT Swiss Competition
  • Sealant
  • Stan's Sealant
  • Tallboy Alloy
    R
    £3,499
  • Wheelsize
  • 29
  • Colours
  • Rocksteady Yellow
    Stormbringer Purple
  • Fork
  • FOX Rhythm 34, 130mm, 29"
  • Shock
  • FOX Float Performance DPS
  • Rear Derailleur
  • SRAM NX Eagle, 12spd
  • Shifters
  • SRAM NX Eagle, 12spd
  • Crankset
  • SRAM NX Eagle 148 DUB, 32t - 170mm (S)
    SRAM NX Eagle 148 DUB, 32t - 175mm (M,L,XL)
  • Cassette
  • SRAM PG1230, 12spd, 11-50t
  • Chain
  • SRAM NX Eagle, 12spd
  • Brakes
  • SRAM Guide T
  • Rotors
  • Avid Centerline 180mm
  • Handlebar
  • Race Face Ride
  • Stem
  • Race Face Ride
  • Grips
  • Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips
  • Headset
  • Cane Creek 10 IS Integrated Headset
  • Seatpost
  • Race Face Aeffect Dropper, 31.6
  • Saddle
  • WTB Silverado Race Saddle
  • Front Tyre
  • Maxxis Minion DHF, 29"x2.3", EXO TR
  • Rear Tyre
  • Maxxis Minion DHR II, 29"x2.3", EXO TR
  • Wheels
  • F: SRAM MTH 716, 15x110, 32h
    R: SRAM MTH 746, 12x148, 32h
    Rim: WTB ST i25 TCS 2.0 29"
    Spokes: DT Swiss Competition
  • Sealant
  • Stan's Sealant
  • Tallboy C
    R
    £4,199
  • Wheelsize
  • 29
  • Colours
  • Rocksteady Yellow
    Stormbringer Purple
  • Fork
  • FOX Rhythm 34, 130mm, 29"
  • Shock
  • FOX Float Performance DPS
  • Rear Derailleur
  • SRAM NX Eagle, 12spd
  • Shifters
  • SRAM NX Eagle, 12spd
  • Crankset
  • SRAM NX Eagle 148 DUB, 32t - 165mm (XS)
    SRAM NX Eagle 148 DUB, 32t - 170mm (S)
    SRAM NX Eagle 148 DUB, 32t - 175mm (M,L,XL)
  • Cassette
  • SRAM PG1230, 12spd, 11-50t
  • Chain
  • SRAM NX Eagle, 12spd
  • Brakes
  • SRAM Guide T
  • Rotors
  • Avid Centerline 180mm
  • Handlebar
  • Race Face Ride
  • Stem
  • Race Face Ride
  • Grips
  • Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips
  • Headset
  • Cane Creek 10 IS Integrated Headset
  • Seatpost
  • Race Face Aeffect Dropper, 31.6
  • Saddle
  • WTB Silverado Race Saddle
  • Front Tyre
  • Maxxis Minion DHF, 29"x2.3", EXO TR
  • Rear Tyre
  • Maxxis Minion DHR II, 29"x2.3", EXO TR
  • Wheels
  • F: SRAM MTH 716, 15x110, 32h
    R: SRAM MTH 746, 12x148, 32h
    Rim: WTB ST i25 TCS 2.0 29"
    Spokes: DT Swiss Competition
  • Sealant
  • Stan's Sealant
  • Tallboy C
    S
    £4,999
  • Wheelsize
  • 29
  • Colours
  • Rocksteady Yellow
    Stormbringer Purple
  • Fork
  • FOX 34 Float Performance, 130mm, 29"
  • Shock
  • FOX Float Performance DPS
  • Rear Derailleur
  • SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd
  • Shifters
  • SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd
  • Crankset
  • SRAM Stylo 7k 148 DUB, 32t - 165mm (XS)
    SRAM Stylo 7k 148 DUB, 32t - 170mm (S,M)
    SRAM Stylo 7k 148 DUB, 32t - 175mm (L,XL,XXL)
  • Cassette
  • SRAM XG1275 Eagle, 12spd, 10-50t
  • Chain
  • SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd
  • Brakes
  • SRAM Guide R
  • Rotors
  • Avid Centerline 180mm
  • Handlebar
  • Race Face Ride
  • Stem
  • Race Face Aeffect R
  • Grips
  • Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips
  • Headset
  • Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset
  • Seatpost
  • RockShox Reverb Stealth, 1X Lever, MatchMaker, 31.6
  • Saddle
  • WTB Silverado Pro Saddle
  • Front Tyre
  • Maxxis Minion DHF, 29"x2.3", 3C EXO TR
  • Rear Tyre
  • Maxxis Minion DHR II, 29"x2.3", EXO TR
  • Wheels
  • F: DT Swiss 370, 15x110, 32h
    R: DT Swiss 370, 12x148, XD, 32h
    Rim: RaceFace AR Offset 27 29"
    Spokes: DT Swiss Competition
  • Sealant
  • Stan's Sealant
  • Tallboy C
    S Reserve
    £5,999
  • Wheelsize
  • 29
  • Colours
  • Rocksteady Yellow
    Stormbringer Purple
  • Fork
  • FOX 34 Float Performance, 130mm, 29"
  • Shock
  • FOX Float Performance DPS
  • Rear Derailleur
  • SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd
  • Shifters
  • SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd
  • Crankset
  • SRAM Stylo 7k 148 DUB, 32t - 165mm (XS)
    SRAM Stylo 7k 148 DUB, 32t - 170mm (S,M)
    SRAM Stylo 7k 148 DUB, 32t - 175mm (L,XL,XXL)
  • Cassette
  • SRAM XG1275 Eagle, 12spd, 10-50t
  • Chain
  • SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd
  • Brakes
  • SRAM Guide R
  • Rotors
  • Avid Centerline 180mm
  • Handlebar
  • Race Face Ride
  • Stem
  • Race Face Aeffect R
  • Grips
  • Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips
  • Headset
  • Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset
  • Seatpost
  • RockShox Reverb Stealth, 1X Lever, MatchMaker, 31.6
  • Saddle
  • WTB Silverado Pro Saddle
  • Front Tyre
  • Maxxis Minion DHF, 29"x2.3", 3C EXO TR
  • Rear Tyre
  • Maxxis Minion DHR II, 29"x2.3", EXO TR
  • Wheels
  • F: DT Swiss 370, 15x110, 28h
    R: DT Swiss 370, 12x148, XD, 28h
    Rim: Santa Cruz Reserve 27 29" Carbon
    Spokes: DT Swiss Competition Race
  • Sealant
  • Stan's Sealant
  • Tallboy CC
    X01
    £6,199
  • Wheelsize
  • 29
  • Colours
  • Rocksteady Yellow
    Stormbringer Purple
  • Fork
  • RockShox Pike Select+, 130mm, 29"
  • Shock
  • FOX Float Performance Elite DPS
  • Rear Derailleur
  • SRAM X01 Eagle, 12spd
  • Shifters
  • SRAM X01 Eagle, 12spd
  • Crankset
  • SRAM X1 Eagle Carbon 148 DUB, 32t - 165mm (XS)
    SRAM X1 Eagle Carbon 148 DUB, 32t - 170mm (S,M)
    SRAM X1 Eagle Carbon 148 DUB, 32t - 175mm (L,XL,XXL)
  • Cassette
  • SRAM XG1295 Eagle, 12spd, 10-50t
  • Chain
  • SRAM X01 Eagle, 12spd
  • Brakes
  • SRAM G2 RSC
  • Rotors
  • Avid Centerline 180mm
  • Handlebar
  • Santa Cruz AM Carbon
  • Stem
  • Race Face Aeffect R
  • Grips
  • Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips
  • Headset
  • Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset
  • Seatpost
  • RockShox Reverb Stealth, 1X Lever, MatchMaker, 31.6
  • Saddle
  • WTB Silverado Team Saddle
  • Front Tyre
  • Maxxis Minion DHF, 29"x2.3", 3C EXO TR
  • Rear Tyre
  • Maxxis Minion DHR II, 29"x2.3", EXO TR
  • Wheels
  • F: DT Swiss 350, 15x110, Torque Cap, 28h
    R: DT Swiss 350, 12x148, XD, 28h
    Rim: RaceFace ARC Offset 27 29"
    Spokes: DT Swiss Competition Race
  • Sealant
  • Stan's Sealant
  • Tallboy CC
    X01 Reserve
    £7,299
  • Wheelsize
  • 29
  • Colours
  • Rocksteady Yellow
    Stormbringer Purple
  • Fork
  • RockShox Pike Select+, 130mm, 29"
  • Shock
  • FOX Float Performance Elite DPS
  • Rear Derailleur
  • SRAM X01 Eagle, 12spd
  • Shifters
  • SRAM X01 Eagle, 12spd
  • Crankset
  • SRAM X1 Eagle Carbon 148 DUB, 32t - 165mm (XS)
    SRAM X1 Eagle Carbon 148 DUB, 32t - 170mm (S,M)
    SRAM X1 Eagle Carbon 148 DUB, 32t - 175mm (L,XL,XXL)
  • Cassette
  • SRAM XG1295 Eagle, 12spd, 10-50t
  • Chain
  • SRAM X01 Eagle, 12spd
  • Brakes
  • SRAM G2 RSC
  • Rotors
  • Avid Centerline 180mm
  • Handlebar
  • Santa Cruz AM Carbon
  • Stem
  • Burgtec
  • Grips
  • Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips
  • Headset
  • Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset
  • Seatpost
  • RockShox Reverb Stealth, 1X Lever, MatchMaker, 31.6
  • Saddle
  • WTB Silverado Team Saddle
  • Front Tyre
  • Maxxis Minion DHF, 29"x2.3", 3C EXO TR
  • Rear Tyre
  • Maxxis Minion DHR II, 29"x2.3", EXO TR
  • Wheels
  • F: DT Swiss 350, 15x110, Torque Cap, 28h
    R: DT Swiss 350, 12x148, XD, 28h
    Rim: Santa Cruz Reserve 27 29" Carbon
    Spokes: DT Swiss Competition Race
  • Sealant
  • Stan's Sealant
  • Tallboy CC
    XTR Reserve
    £8,399
  • Wheelsize
  • 29
  • Colours
  • Rocksteady Yellow
    Stormbringer Purple
  • Fork
  • RockShox Pike Ultimate, 130mm, 29"
  • Shock
  • FOX Float Factory DPS
  • Rear Derailleur
  • Shimano XTR M9100 SGS, 11/12spd
  • Shifters
  • Shimano XTR M9100 SL, 12spd, I-Spec
  • Crankset
  • E13 TRSr crank, 32T, Boost, - 170mm (S,M)
    E13 TRSr crank, 32T, Boost, - 175mm (L,XL,XXL)
  • Cassette
  • Shimano XTR, 12spd, 10-51
  • Chain
  • Shimano XTR, 12spd, w/ Quick Link
  • Brakes
  • Shimano XTR M9120
  • Rotors
  • Shimano XTR Ice. Tech Rotors, Centerlock, 180mm
  • Handlebar
  • Santa Cruz AM Carbon
  • Stem
  • i9 A35
  • Grips
  • Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips
  • Headset
  • Hope Integrated Headset
  • Seatpost
  • RockShox Reverb Stealth, 1X Lever, MatchMaker, 31.6
  • Saddle
  • WTB Silverado Team Saddle
  • Front Tyre
  • Maxxis Minion DHF, 29"x2.3", 3C EXO TR
  • Rear Tyre
  • Maxxis Minion DHR II, 29"x2.3", EXO TR
  • Wheels
  • F: i9 Hydra, 15x110, Torque Cap, Centerlock, 28h
    R: i9 Hydra, 12x148, MicroSpline, Centerlock, 28h
    Rim: Santa Cruz Reserve 27 29" Carbon
    Spokes: DT Swiss Competition Race
  • Sealant
  • Stan's Sealant
  • Tallboy CC
    XX1 AXS Reserve
    £9,299
  • Wheelsize
  • 29
  • Colours
  • Rocksteady Yellow
    Stormbringer Purple
  • Fork
  • RockShox Pike Ultimate, 130mm, 29"
  • Shock
  • FOX Float Factory DPS
  • Rear Derailleur
  • SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS, 12spd
  • Shifters
  • SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS, 12spd
  • Crankset
  • SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS 148 DUB, 32t - 165mm (XS)
    SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS 148 DUB, 32t - 170mm (S,M)
    SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS 148 DUB, 32t - 175mm (L,XL,XXL)
  • Cassette
  • SRAM XG1299 Eagle Rainbow, 12spd, 10-50t
  • Chain
  • SRAM XX1 Eagle, 12spd
  • Brakes
  • SRAM G2 Ultimate
  • Rotors
  • Avid Centerline 180mm
  • Handlebar
  • Santa Cruz AM Carbon
  • Stem
  • i9 A35
  • Grips
  • Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips
  • Headset
  • Hope Integrated Headset
  • Seatpost
  • RockShox Reverb Stealth, 1X Lever, MatchMaker, 31.6
  • Saddle
  • WTB Silverado Team Saddle
  • Front Tyre
  • Maxxis Minion DHF, 29"x2.3", 3C EXO TR
  • Rear Tyre
  • Maxxis Minion DHR II, 29"x2.3", EXO TR
  • Wheels
  • F: i9 Hydra, 15x110, Torque Cap, 28h
    R: i9 Hydra, 12x148, XD, 28h
    Rim: Santa Cruz Reserve 27 29" Carbon
    Spokes: DT Swiss Competition Race
  • Sealant
  • Stan's Sealant

Geometry

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  • Imperial
  • Metric

High

    XS S M L XL XXL
A Reach 400mm15.75" 425mm16.73" 450mm17.72" 470mm18.5" 490mm19.29" 515mm20.28"
B Stack 592mm23.31" 601mm23.66" 610mm24.02" 619mm24.37" 637mm25.08" 656mm25.83"
C Head Tube Angle 65.7°65.7° 65.7°65.7° 65.7°65.7° 65.7°65.7° 65.7°65.7° 65.7°65.7°
D Seat Tube Length 370mm14.57" 380mm14.96" 405mm15.94" 430mm16.93" 460mm18.11" 500mm19.69"
E Front Center 699mm27.52" 728mm28.66" 757mm29.8" 781mm30.75" 809mm31.85" 842mm33.15"
F BB Height 335mm13.19" 335mm13.19" 335mm13.19" 335mm13.19" 335mm13.19" 335mm13.19"
G BB Drop 38mm1.5" 38mm1.5" 38mm1.5" 38mm1.5" 38mm1.5" 38mm1.5"
H Wheelbase 1129mm44.45" 1158mm45.59" 1187mm46.73" 1211mm47.68" 1239mm48.78" 1272mm50.08"
I Chainstay Length 430mm16.93" 430mm16.93" 430mm16.93" 430mm16.93" 430mm16.93" 430mm16.93"
J Head Tube Length 90mm3.54" 100mm3.94" 110mm4.33" 120mm4.72" 140mm5.51" 160mm6.3"
K Top Tube Length 539mm21.22" 567mm22.32" 596mm23.46" 619mm24.37" 646mm25.43" 678mm26.69"
L Seat Tube Angle 76.8°76.8° 76.7°76.7° 76.6°76.6° 76.4°76.4° 76.2°76.2° 76°76°
M Standover Height 681mm26.81" 696mm27.4" 708mm27.87" 706mm27.8" 702mm27.64" 702mm27.64"
 
  Seatpost Length 100mm100mm 125mm125mm 150mm150mm 170mm170mm 170mm170mm 170mm170mm
  Stem Length 40mm40mm 50mm50mm 50mm50mm 50mm50mm 50mm50mm 50mm50mm
  Crank Length 165mm165mm 170mm170mm 170mm170mm 175mm175mm 175mm175mm 175mm175mm

Low

    XS S M L XL XXL
A Reach 398mm15.67" 423mm16.65" 448mm17.64" 468mm18.43" 488mm19.21" 513mm20.2"
B Stack 593mm23.35" 603mm23.74" 612mm24.09" 621mm24.45" 639mm25.16" 657mm25.87"
C Head Tube Angle 65.5°65.5° 65.5°65.5° 65.5°65.5° 65.5°65.5° 65.5°65.5° 65.5°65.5°
D Seat Tube Length 370mm14.57" 380mm14.96" 405mm15.94" 430mm16.93" 460mm18.11" 500mm19.69"
E Front Center 698mm27.48" 727mm28.62" 757mm29.8" 781mm30.75" 809mm31.85" 842mm33.15"
F BB Height 332mm13.07" 332mm13.07" 332mm13.07" 332mm13.07" 332mm13.07" 332mm13.07"
G BB Drop 41mm1.61" 41mm1.61" 41mm1.61" 41mm1.61" 41mm1.61" 41mm1.61"
H Wheelbase 1128mm44.41" 1157mm45.55" 1187mm46.73" 1211mm47.68" 1239mm48.78" 1272mm50.08"
I Chainstay Length 430mm16.93" 430mm16.93" 430mm16.93" 430mm16.93" 430mm16.93" 430mm16.93"
J Head Tube Length 90mm3.54" 100mm3.94" 110mm4.33" 120mm4.72" 140mm5.51" 160mm6.3"
K Top Tube Length 540mm21.26" 568mm22.36" 597mm23.5" 622mm24.49" 647mm25.47" 679mm26.73"
L Seat Tube Angle 76.5°76.5° 76.4°76.4° 76.3°76.3° 76.2°76.2° 76°76° 75.8°75.8°
M Standover Height 678mm26.69" 692mm27.24" 704mm27.72" 703mm27.68" 698mm27.48" 698mm27.48"
 
  Seatpost Length 100mm100mm 125mm125mm 150mm150mm 170mm170mm 170mm170mm 170mm170mm
  Stem Length 40mm40mm 50mm50mm 50mm50mm 50mm50mm 50mm50mm 50mm50mm
  Crank Length 165mm165mm 170mm170mm 170mm170mm 175mm175mm 175mm175mm 175mm175mm

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

Size Guide

XS
4'8"142 — 5'1"155cm
S
5'1"155 — 5'5"165cm
M
5'5"165 — 5'9"175cm
L
5'9"175 — 6'1"185cm
XL
6'1"185 — 6'4"193cm
XXL
6'4"193 — 6'7"201cm

Shock Setup

FOX Float DPS

Rider WeightAir PressureShock Sag
100lbs (45.5kg)110 psi12-14mm mm
120lbs (54.4kg)135 psi12-14mm mm
140lbs (63.5kg)155 psi12-14mm mm
160lbs (72.6kg)175 psi12-14mm mm
180lbs (81.8kg)200 psi12-14mm mm
200lbs (90.7kg)220 psi12-14mm mm
220lbs (99.8kg)240 psi12-14mm mm
240lbs (108.8kg)265 psi12-14mm mm
260lbs (117.9kg)285 psi12-14mm mm
280lbs (127kg)305 psi12-14mm mm

FAQS

What does the rear axle flip chip do?

The axle flip chip changes the chainstay length by +/- 10mm. This provides a rider with choice about how the bike rides or fits. Shorter is more playful and lively, longer being more stable descending and more traction for climbing. It also means that taller riders can tailor the fit of the bike and create a balanced front-rear proportion. 

And one more thing, on the Tallboy, flip the axle chip to long if you want to fit your bike with 29x2.6 tires.  

To note is that the aluminum version of the Tallboy does not have an axle flip chip.

What is the largest chainring I can use on the Tallboy?

With a proper boost chainring (52mm chainline), the Tallboy will accept a 36t chainring or smaller.

What is the maximum tire size?

29 x 2.6. You’ll need to flip the axle chip to the long setting to do this.

Can I fit a chainguide to my bike?

Yes, this bike is equipped with ISCG-05 tabs for easy chainguide mounting. Most chainguides on the market that are made for this standard should work.

I want to change my rear shock. Any limitations?

The Tallboy rear shock size is 190x45mm.  The front hardware is 8x20, and the rear hardware is 8x30 (bearing compatible). The Tallboy is compatible with most air shocks, with the exception of the Fox Float X2 and Cane Creek shocks. Coil shocks are not compatible. For the best performance, we recommend sticking to the following: Fox Float DPS, Fox Float DPX2, Rockshox Deluxe or Rockshox Super Deluxe.

Should I ride my Tallboy in Hi or Lo setting?

You should definitely try both! We recommend starting with the Hi setting for the Tallboy but if you have steeper trails where pedal strikes are less of a concern, give Low a try.

The geometry chart shows two settings- how do I adjust that?

There's a "flip chip" on the link where the shock mounts. Just remove the lower shock bolt and flip the chips to the setting you desire.

What is the recommended fork?

Our geometry is based off of a 130mm fork with a 42 or 44mm offset. We wouldn't recommend less travel than that, as the BB will get a bit low.

What kind of headset does this bike use?

This bike uses integrated headset cups. The upper is 41mm and the lower is 52mm. The SHIS name is IS 41/28.6 IS 52/40.

What sizes does the Tallboy come in?

XS, S, M, L, XL and XXL in C and CC carbon. XS, S, M, L and XL in aluminum.

What’s a flip chip?

A flip chip is a simple mechanism that we use to adjust geometry and suspension feel on our bikes. The lower-link flip chip sits in the shock mount in lower-link. This one adjusts the BB height up and down and the Lo setting makes the suspension more progressive (more bottom out resistance). The axle flip chip changes the chainstay length by +/- 10mm. This provides a rider with choice about how the bike rides or fits. Shorter is more playful and lively, longer being more stable descending and more traction for climbing. It also means that taller riders can tailor the fit of the bike and create a balanced front-rear proportion. 

And one more thing, on the Tallboy, flip the axle chip to long if you want to fit your bike with 29x2.6 tires. 

To note is that the aluminum version of the Tallboy does NOT have an axle flip chip.

Where can I find additional technical information for my bike?

Currently all technical info is located either on the bike archive or under tech support. Both can provide helpful information for puzzling with your bike, torque specs, and exploded diagrams.

Why the axle flip chip on the Tallboy but not the Hightower?

The Tallboy was designed to have a really short (430mm) chainstays so it was fun, lively and playful. However, we know that taller riders (or riders looking for more climbing and descending stability, regardless of their height) might enjoy the longer chainstays (440mm). However, the Hightower has a slightly longer chainstay (433mm) which is a good starting point for the travel and intention of that bike, and the XXL Hightower has a longer (439mm) chainstay length.  

To note is that the aluminum version of the Tallboy does not have an axle flip chip.

Will I need to change my rotor size to change axle flip chip?

The Tallboys come stock with 180mm rotors. This works in both short and long setting, you just need to change the brake caliper mounting bracket (supplied with the bike, including both short and long spare derailleur hangers).

Frame Specs

Suspension SystemVPP
Front DerailleurNo compatibility
Headset/HeadtubeIntegrated (IS41/52)
Seat Post31.6mm
Seat Clamp36.4mm
Eye to Eye length190
Stroke45
Fork Compatibility130-140mm
BB Shell73mm Threaded
Max Chainring Size36t
Water Bottle Mounts2
Shock Mounting Bushing Front20x8
Shock Mounting Bushing Rear30x8

Bearing Adjustment & Service Documents

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