80557Regular price $5,149.00 Save $-350.00
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 Santa Cruz's 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 130-millimeter fork the 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 and 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 Santa Cruz has done the same here and mimicked a longer travel geometry to create a bike with a 65.5-degree head-angle, generous front center, and short offset fork. Something was rarely seen on a bike of this ilk.