Santa Cruz Tallboy

Santa Cruz’s New Tallboy and Juliana Joplin

The bike that proved the merit of full-suspension 29ers gets an overhaul

The bike that proved the potential of full-suspension 29ers has received a complete overhaul. Formerly a sharp-steering cross-country machine, the new Tallboy has been relaxed with a slightly slacker head angle and increased travel–changes that promise to make it even more popular than the original. Fox 34 forks come standard on all completes, as do size-specific Reverb droppers, both of which indicate Santa Cruz’s positioning of this bike as big-wheeled sibling to the 5010. Like the recently announced Hightower, a chip in the shock link allows the new 110-mil-travel Tallboy/Joplin to accommodate either 29 or 27.5+ wheels.

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Photo: Duncan Philpott

Specifications

The new Tallboy and Joplin models sport 110 millimeters of rear travel, which is paired with either a 120-mil fork on the 29er version or a 130-mil fork on the 27-plus setup. Both ends of the bike get Boost 110/148 spacing, but unlike many recently released plus-compatible platforms, the Tallboy/Joplin can accept a front derailleur. Santa Cruz keeps things simple and reliable with a threaded BB, and the downtube and chainstays get protectors. Stock builds include size-specific dropper posts, ranging in travel from 125 to 170 millimeters.

Santa Cruz says the new linkage and shock gives the bike higher initial leverage for small-bump compliance, a flatter suspension curve for a more consistent feel throughout the travel and more progressiveness at the end of the stroke.

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Geometry Changes

The new chassis has been slackened by 2.2 degrees for a trail-worthy 68-degree head angle, which slackens ever so slightly if the bike is set up with plus-size tires. In accordance with the current trends in geometry, the reach on the Tallboy and Joplin has been lengthened by 40-50 millimeters, depending on frame size. The stays have shrunk from 445 to 432 millimeters across the board. The seat tube is 30 millimeters shorter than on the previous-generation Tallboy, allowing for more flexible sizing, deeper standover clearance and compatibility with longer-travel droppers. The seat-tube angle has also steepened by 0.6 degrees to 73.

Tallboy and Joplin Geometry – 29-Inch Wheels
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Tallboy and Joplin Geometry – 27.5+ Wheels
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(Joplin only available in SM, MD, LG sizes)

 

Build Options

Tallboy/Joplin 27.5+ CC X01 – $6500
Juliana Joplin

  • Santa Cruz CC Frameset, 110mm VPP Travel
  • SRAM XO1 Drivetrain / Race Face Turbine Crankset
  • Fox 34 Float 29 Performance Elite 130
  • Fox Float Performance Elite
  • Easton ARC 40/DT 350s Hubs (110f/148r)
  • SRAM Level TLM Brakes
  • Maxxis Rekon 2.8 EXO 3C front/Rekon 2.8 EXO rear
  • 26.3 lbs/11.95 kg Easton

 

Tallboy/Joplin 29 CC X01 – $6500
Santa Cruz Tallboy

  • Santa Cruz CC Frameset, 110mm VPP Travel
  • SRAM XO1 Drivetrain / Race Face Turbine Crankset
  • Fox 34 Float 29 Performance Elite 120
  • Fox Float Performance Elite
  • Easton ARC 24/DT 350s Hubs (110f/148r)
  • SRAM Level TLM Brakes
  • Maxxis Minion 2.3 DHF 3C front/Ardent Race EXO rear
  • 26.2 lbs/11.9kg Enve; 26.4 lbs/12kg Easton

 

Tallboy/Joplin 29 CC XX1 – $7800
Santa Cruz Tallboy

  • Santa Cruz CC Frameset, 110mm VPP Travel
  • SRAM XX1 Drivetrain / Race Face Next SL Crankset
  • Fox 34 Float 29 Factory 120
  • Fox Float Factory Kashima Shock
  • Easton ARC 24/Industry Nine Hubs (110f/148r)
  • SRAM Level Ultimate Brakes
  • Maxxis Minion 2.3 DHF 3C front/Ardent Race EXO rear
  • 26 lbs/11.8kg Enve; 26.2 lbs/11.9kg Easton

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