Santa Crus Tallboy 3

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.


  • Available in:Aluminum, Carbon C & Carbon CC 
  • Wheel size:29″ 
  • Front travel:130mm 
  • Rear travel:120mm

D KIT Aluminum

Fork: RockShox Recon RL 130

Shock: FOX Float Performance DPS

Groupset: SRAM SX Eagle

Brakes: SRAM Level

R KIT Aluminum

Fork: Fox Rhythm 34 130mm 29″

Shock: FOX Float Performance DPS

Groupset: SRAM NX Eagle

Brakes: SRAM Guide T

R KIT Carbon C

Fork: Fox Rhythm 34 130mm 29″

Shock: FOX Float Performance DPS

Groupset: SRAM NX Eagle

Brakes: SRAM Guide T

S KIT Carbon C

Fork: Fox Float 34 Performance 130 29″

Shock: FOX Float Performance DPS

Groupset: SRAM GX Eagle

Brakes: SRAM Guide R

X01 KIT Carbon CC

Fork: RockShox Pike Select+ 130mm 29″

Shock: FOX Float Performance Elite DPS

Groupset: SRAM X01 Eagle

Brakes: SRAM G2 RSC


Fork: RockShox Pike Ultimate 130mm 29″

Shock: FOX Float Factory DPS Kashima

Groupset: Shimano XTR

Brakes: Shimano XTR

Geometry & Sizing

CHead Angle65.7°65.7°65.7°65.7°65.7°65.7°
DSeat Tube370mm380mm405mm430mm460mm500mm
EFront Center699mm728mm757mm781mm809mm842mm
FBB Height335mm335mm335mm335mm335mm335mm
GBB Drop38mm38mm38mm38mm38mm38mm
JHead Tube90mm100mm110mm120mm140mm160mm
KTop Tube539mm567mm596mm619mm646mm678mm
LSeat Angle76.8°76.7°76.6°76.4°76.2°76°

Frame Sizing
XS: 142 — 155cm   S: 155 — 165cm   M: 165 — 175cm
L: 175 — 185cm   XL: 185 — 193cm   XXL: 193 — 201cm