Steed Cycles

Santa Cruz 2022 Tallboy 4 AL 29 D

  • $4,349.99


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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 436mm chainstays ensure that the bike stays nimble in every situation. 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.

Fork                  
RockShox Recon RL, 130mm, 29/27+

Shock                
FOX Float Performance DPS

Rear Derailleur
SRAM SX Eagle 12spd

Shifters             
SRAM NX Eagle, 12spd

Crankset           
SRAM X1 Eagle 148 DUB, 30t

Cassette           
SRAM PG1230, 12spd, 11-50t

Chain                
SRAM SX Eagle, 12spd

Bottom Bracket
SRAM DUB 68/73mm

Brakes              
SRAM Level

Brake Rotors    
Avid Centerline 180mm

Headset            
Cane Creek 10 IS Integrated Headset

Bars                  
RaceFace Ride

Stem                 
RaceFace Chester

Grips                 
Santa Cruz House Grips or Burgtec Bartender Pro Grip Minnaar

Front Hub         
SRAM MTH 716, 15x110, Torque Cap, 32h

Rear Hub          
SRAM MTH 746, 12x148, 32h

Rims                 
WTB ST i25 TCS 2.0 29" Rims

Spokes              
Sapim Race

Front Tire         
Maxxis Dissector, 29"x2.4, 3C, EXO, MaxxTerra, TR

Rear Tire           
Maxxis Rekon, 29"x2.4, 3C. EXO, MaxxTerra, TR

Tubes                
Stan's Sealant

Seat Post          
SDG Tellis

Saddle              
WTB Silverado Comp Saddle or WTB

* Specifications are subject to change without notice