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Santa Cruz Tallboy

The Santa Cruz Tallboy was first released in 2009 and is positioned as both a cross-country and short-travel trail bike, aka downcountry. The bike is available in a number of build configurations, in a carbon frame only.

Bike specs

  • Suspension travel: 130/120mm front/rear
  • Type: Short-travel trail, downcountry
  • Price: Builds from $4,799. Frame price: $3,799 (shop and compare prices)



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Santa Cruz Tallboy Geometry

Reach | hi/lo405/403430/428455/453475/473495/493520/518
Stack | hi/lo601/603610/612619/621628/630646/648656/658
Head Tube Angle | hi/lo65.7/65.565.7/65.565.7/65.565.7/65.565.7/65.565.7/65.5
Seat Tube Length370/370380/380405/405430/430460/460500/500
Front Center | hi/lo708/708737/737766/766790/790818/818847/847
BB Height | hi/lo335/332335/332335/332335/332335/332335/332
BB Drop | hi/lo38/4138/4138/4138/4138/4138/41
Wheelbase | hi/lo1138/11381167/11671199/11991227/12271257/12581290/1291
Rear Center | hi/lo430/431430/431433/434437/438439/440443/444
Head Tube Length95/95105/105115/115125/125145/145155/155
Top Tube Length | hi/lo555/556579/580602/603622/623644/645671/671
Seat Tube Angle | hi/lo76/75.776.3/7676.7/76.476.8/76.677/76.877.1/76.8
Standover Height | hi/lo680/676693/691696/693698/695698/695701/698

Launch dates

It’s been two years since the last update to the Santa Cruz Tallboy. The next generation is expected to be announced in late 2025.

  • 2022: Current generation
  • 2019: Gen 4
  • 2016: Gen 3
  • 2013: Gen 2
  • 2009: First generation


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