Steed Cycles

Santa Cruz 2021 Tallboy 4 AL R

  • $5,099.99

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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.


FOX Rhythm 34, 130mm, 29"     


FOX Float Performance DPS     

Rear Derailleur 

SRAM NX Eagle, 12spd             


SRAM NX Eagle, 12spd             


SRAM NX Eagle 148 DUB, 32t


SRAM PG1230, 12spd, 11-50t


SRAM NX Eagle, 12spd             

Bottom Bracket

SRAM DUB 68/73mm                


SRAM Guide T                           

Brake Rotors   

Avid Centerline 180mm              


Cane Creek 10 IS Integrated Headset


RaceFace Ride                           


RaceFace Ride                           


Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips        

Front Hub         

SRAM MTH 716, 15x110, 32h    

Rear Hub          

SRAM MTH 746, 12x148, 32h    


WTB ST i25 TCS 2.0 29"            


Sapim Race                                

Front Tire         

Maxxis Minion DHF, 29"x2.3", 3C EXO TR

Rear Tire           

Maxxis Minion DHR II 29"x2.3" EXO TR


Stan's Sealant                            

Seat Post         

SDG Tellis                                  


WTB Silverado Race