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Era 5 Tallboy will get the Santa Cruz replace remedy

The ‘downhillers’ XC’ bike will get the improve remedy, bringing it consistent with the remainder of the Santa Cruz line-up

The beloved Santa Cruz Tallboy joins the remainder of the Santa Cruz vary in getting an replace and refresh, however that is much less of a makeover and extra about making enhancements on what’s already a very fashionable bike that punches properly above its weight. It’s actually already near being one of many greatest mountain bikes on the market.

Must know:

  • Measurement-proportional geometry; steeper seat tube angles and rear centre progress as sizes go up
  • Cheaper C & lighter CC body choices
  • 29in Wheels
  • XS-XXL body measurement choices
  • 120mm rear journey / 130mm fork
  • Max tire width: 29 x 2.5in
  • Fork Compatibility: 130-140mm
  • Enhance 148mm spacing
  • Threaded BB
  • Extra strong alloy Santa Cruz UDH


For lovers of the Era 4 iteration of the bike, let’s begin with what’s the identical. The Tallboy nonetheless has 29er wheels, 120mm rear journey and 130mm fork journey. The VPP suspension remains to be decrease hyperlink pushed, and sure, it’s nonetheless very a lot a path bike, albeit one that may push your definition of ‘path’.

As for the adjustments, it ought to come as no shock to anybody who’s noticed the updates to bikes just like the Santa Cruz 5010 or Nomad to find that the Tallboy now comes with down tube storage. In contrast to these two bikes, nevertheless, the Tallboy stays a 29er and doesn’t go blended wheel measurement.

Geometry and suspension have additionally been tweaked to offer enhancements.

Santa Cruz Tallboy suspension updates

Anybody who’s ridden the Santa Cruz Tallboy will know that it’s a motorcycle that punches properly above its weight and numbers, one thing that MBR editor Danny can attest by way of after placing the era 4 Tallboy by way of its paces paces on the techy terrain of Scotland’s Tweed Valley.

Santa Cruz state that the main focus for the Tallboy 5 was to maintain this spectacular efficiency, however enhance it to provide extra predictable and lively suspension.

Development was diminished on the leverage curve by reducing the beginning ratio and growing the ending ratio, which, the model declare, assist enhance sensitivity and assist the bike experience larger in its stroke for a extra responsive experience.

Small bump sensitivity and sq. edge compliance was improved by decreasing peak anti-squat, which had the knock-on impact of decreasing anti-rise leading to a claimed enchancment on braking sensitivity.

Geometry updates


Like the remainder of the Santa Cruz vary, adjustments have been made right here to make sure that no matter measurement Tallboy you experience, you’ll have the identical experience expertise. This implies as you go up sizes, the chainstay size will increase and seat tube angle will increase, and rear centre grows.

Different need-to-knows embody a most tyre width of 29×2.5, increase 1498 spacing and put up mount brakes with 180mm rotors. It’s at all times good to see a threaded backside bracket on a motorcycle, and the brand new Tallboy additionally has the Santa Cruz UDH or Common Derailleur Hanger.

And whereas it gained’t have an effect on efficiency (in all probability) there are two frankly beautiful colors out there, the extremely blue Gloss Extremely Blue and the extra delicate however equally lush Matte Taupe.



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