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  • Overview
  • Bike Builder
  • Geometry and Sizing
  • Technical Support
  • Warranty

If ever there was a gravity riders’ XC bike, the Tallboy is it.

The 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 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.

  • Sold on 29" but feel like you need a bit more travel? Check out the Hightower.
  • Prefer something lighter and snappier for pure cross-country riding and racing? Try the Blur.
  • Proud new owner of a Tallboy? Register it here.
Key Features:
Available in:
Aluminum, Carbon C & Carbon CC
Wheel Size:
Front Travel:
Rear Travel:




Head Tube Angle65.7°65.7°65.7°65.7°65.7°65.7°
Seat Tube Length370mm380mm405mm430mm460mm500mm
Front Center699mm728mm757mm781mm809mm842mm
BB Height335mm335mm335mm335mm335mm335mm
BB Drop38mm38mm38mm38mm38mm38mm
Rear Center436mm436mm436mm436mm436mm436mm
Head Tube Length90mm100mm110mm120mm140mm160mm
Top Tube Length539mm567mm596mm619mm646mm678mm
Seat Tube Angle76.8°76.7°76.6°76.4°76.2°76°
Standover Height681mm696mm708mm706mm702mm702mm





Frame Sizing

If you're on the cusp between the recommended height range of two sizes, the absolute best thing is to try to ride them both. At a minimum, check the stack/reach measurements on your current bike and compare it to the new model you are looking at to get an idea of a fit you are already comfortable with. If riding the bike is not an option, consider the following.

Personal Preference

A larger size frame will be more stable, and will give you more room to move without upsetting the weight-balance of the bike. The larger size will put the front wheel further in front of you, which gives the feeling of security and conversely, it will require more significant body movements when you WANT to shift the weight-bias of the bike. Think hard about your riding style and how active/intuitive you want it to be vs stable and speedy. You'll need to work a bit harder to muscle the larger bike around.

Body Dimension

Not all bodies at a given height are the same. If you have longer legs and a shorter torso than the average person your height, that may push you towards the smaller of the recommended sizes. If you're all torso and arms, most likely you'll want to size up.



142 - 155cm
142 - 155cm


155 - 165cm
155 - 165cm


165 - 175cm
165 - 175cm


175 - 185cm
175 - 185cm


185 - 193cm
185 - 193cm


193 - 201cm
193 - 201cm


Riding the Tallboy in the forest
Mountain biker sitting next to Tallboy
Mountain biking in the forest
Mountain biker in white shirt on Tallboy
Riding the Tallboy at dawn
Riding the Tallboy in the forest
2022 Tallboy 29" mountain bike in Flatte Earth color

Maintenance Information

Reserve Wheels

How to find your serial number

Something not right? Use our warranty claim form to file a claim. We'll do everything we can to get you back to riding as fast as possible.

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If you have any other questions or would like to follow up on a warranty claim, contact our Warranty Department.

Tallboy Tech Support

Suspension SystemVPP
Front DerailleurNo compatibility
Headset/HeadtubeIntegrated (IS41/52)
Seat Post31.6mm
Seat Clamp36.4mm
Eye to Eye length190mm
Fork Compatibility130-140mm
BB Shell73mm Threaded
Max Tire Size2.6"
Max Chainring Size36t
Water Bottle Mounts2
Shock Mounting Bushing Front20x8
Shock Mounting Bushing Rear30x8
Brake Mount180 PM

Download the shock setup PDF for this bike and get even more detailed sag, high/low rebound, and high/low compression recommendations for shocks below and get recommendations for the fork in each build.

Fox Float Performance

Rider WeightSpoop ShoopShock Sag
100lbs (45.5kg)110 psi13-14.5 mm
120lbs (54.4kg)135 psi13-14.5 mm
140lbs (63.5kg)160 psi13-14.5 mm
160lbs (72.6kg)185 psi13-14.5 mm
180lbs (81.8kg)210 psi13-14.5 mm
200lbs (90.7kg)235 psi13-14.5 mm
220lbs (99.8kg)260 psi13-14.5 mm
240lbs (108.8kg)285 psi13-14.5 mm
260lbs (117.9kg)310 psi13-14.5 mm

What is the maximum tire size?

29 x 2.5"

Can I fit a chainguide to my bike?

Yes, this bike is equipped with ISCG-05 tabs for easy chainguide mounting. Most chainguides on the market that are made for this standard should work.

I want to change my rear shock. Any limitations?

The Tallboy rear shock size is 190x45mm.  The front hardware is 8x20, and the rear hardware is 8x30 (bearing compatible). The Tallboy is compatible with most air shocks, with the exception of the Fox Float X2 and Cane Creek shocks. Coil shocks are not compatible. For the best performance, we recommend sticking to the following: Fox Float DPS, Fox Float DPX2, Rockshox Deluxe or Rockshox Super Deluxe.

Should I ride my Tallboy in Hi or Lo setting?

You should definitely try both! We recommend starting with the Hi setting for the Tallboy but if you have steeper trails where pedal strikes are less of a concern, give Low a try.

The geometry chart shows two settings- how do I adjust that?

There's a "flip chip" on the link where the shock mounts. Just remove the lower shock bolt and flip the chips to the setting you desire.

What is the recommended fork?

Our geometry is based off of a 130mm fork with a 42 or 44mm offset. We wouldn't recommend less travel than that, as the BB will get a bit low.

What kind of headset does this bike use?