Steed Cycles

Santa Cruz 2021 Tallboy 4 C XT Reserve

  • $10,449.99

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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 34 Performance Elite, Grip2, 130mm, 29"


FOX Float Performance Elite DPS

Rear Derailleur 

Shimano XT M8100, 12spd


Shimano XT M8100, 12spd


Shimano XT M8100, 32t


Shimano XT M8100, 12spd, 10-51t


Shimano XT, 12spd                                 

Bottom Bracket

Shimano XT 68/73mm


Shimano XT 8120                                    

Brake Rotors   

Shimano XT RT-86, Ice Tech, 180mm


Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated


Santa Cruz Bicycles Carbon Riser


Burgtec Enduro MK3


Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips

Front Hub         

DT Swiss 350, 15x110, 28h

Rear Hub          

DT 350, 12x148, MicroSpline, 28h


Santa Cruz Reserve 27 Carbon Rim


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         

RockShox Reverb Stealth


WTB Silverado Team