Santa Cruz has up to date most of their full-suspension lineup this yr together with the Nomad, Hightower, Megatower, 5010, and now, the Tallboy.
The Tallboy acquired a big transformation three years in the past when it remodeled from a 110/120mm journey that “muddles the road between XC and path,” to a devoted “downcountry” bike with among the most aggressive geometry we had seen on a short-travel path bike at the moment.
From the 2019 Tallboy to the 2020 Tallboy, the pinnacle tube angle dropped virtually 3°, the seat tube angle steepened greater than 3°, whereas the wheelbase grew virtually two inches on a medium.
For the most recent era of the Tallboy, it’s clear that the updates Santa Cruz needed to make aren’t primarily within the geometry however reasonably in body options and suspension really feel.
The 2023 Tallboy’s revised leverage curve is fairly reasonable too, and falls consistent with updates made on the Megatower and Hightower. Santa Cruz decreased development to enhance sensitivity additional within the journey which ought to assist “the bike trip larger in its stroke and provides a extra responsive, snappy really feel.”
Anti-squat on the bike has been decreased too and Santa Cruz says this improves small bump sensitivity and sq. edge compliance, “as a result of anti-squat values pattern with anti-rise, we have been additionally capable of cut back the anti-rise to enhance braking sensitivity on the brand new Tallboy 5.”
Just like the Megatower and Hightower, the fifth gen Tallboy provides a body storage field within the downtube. Santa Cruz calls it the Glovebox and it comes with a tube purse and gear pockets.
Geometry modifications on the most recent Tallboy are minimal, as talked about above. On a measurement medium body, the attain grows by 5mm, the pinnacle tube angle is unchanged, and so is the seat tube. The wheelbase shortens by 2-3mm however the backside bracket top stays the identical. What has modified is the implementation of size-specific chainstays, so completely different measurement body will now have completely different sized rear facilities.
Except for the refinements, and new colorways, the Tallboy looks as if it can really feel near the earlier model.
Santa Cruz begins the Tallboy choices with an R construct on their C body with a SRAM NX drivetrain, a RockShox Pike, and certain probably the most dependable dropper publish, an SDG Tellis, as the opposite higher-priced builds get the RockShox Reverb.
The high-end XO1 AXS RSV construct will get all of the elements the abbreviations indicate: a SRAM XO1 AXS construct with Reserve wheels, a Pike Final fork, and a Fox Float DPS Manufacturing unit shock. Santa Cruz didn’t embody pricing of their press supplies.