The 2020 Santa Cruz Tallboy has seen some significant changes over its predecessors. Traditionally, it has always been a short travel, trail/cross country mountain bike with 29″ wheels. The main changes are with the suspension and the geometry.

Overview

The changes that this bike has gone through still make it a great trail/cross country bike. Therefore, it is still an efficient bike to pedal up hill. But, it is now more capable on more technical descents, giving you more control and stability.

Suspension

The 2020 Santa Cruz Tallboy has adopted the Lower Link VPP suspension system that you will find on the more gravity oriented bikes, such as the Bronson and the Megatower. The shock is driven by the lower link to give a more progressive feel to the suspension, especially on descents. This has makes it more capable on technical terrain, even with just 120mm of travel. The fork has 130mm to soak up the bumps too.

Geometry

When it comes to geometry, the previous version was pretty conservative, but for 2020 the Santa Cruz Tallboy’s geometry has been significantly changed to more modern figures.

But, you can alter the geometry of this bike yourself in two ways. There is a flip chip in the VVP linkage that allows you to either have it in a low or high setting. This mainly has an affect on how progressive the rear shock feels rather than the shape of the bike. There is also a flip chip in the chain stay, that allows you to shorten or lengthen the bike by 10mm.

The 2020 Santa Cruz Tallboy comes in six different sizes, ranging from XS to XXL. Therefore, you should find one that fits you pretty well. The crank lengths differ between the sizes too, in order to suit the rider’s size.

 

Low Setting

2020 Santa Cruz Tallboy

High Setting

2020 Santa Cruz Tallboy
2020 Santa Cruz Tallboy

Frame Details

Santa Cruz offer the Tallboy in three different materials:

  • Alloy – Aluminium frame
  • C – Carbon
  • CC – High end carbon that is lighter and stronger

All these frames have a lifetime warranty.

Riding Characteristics

The steep seat angle, gives you a comfortable pedalling position with your hips directly over the cranks, and the long reach gives the cockpit a roomy feel.

The design of the suspension reduces the bobbing effect while pedalling in the saddle. For a trail/cross country bike it has lots of pop and gives you plenty of control when taking bigger jumps. The Tallboy is a short travel bike, therefore you will notice feel that you will get to the end of the stroke of the suspension quickly. However, this is not a bad thing, as it gives you a more involved feeling. This means it reacts well to what you are putting in to it, and the more you put in to it, the more you get out of it.

Who is it for?

Someone that likes a nimble trail bike that is capable of bigger and technical descents, but wants something that can be easily ridden up hill too.

Santa Cruz bikes are pretty expensive, so you will also need to have a decent amount of money.

2020 Santa Cruz Tallboy Models

Santa Cruz Tallboy A D

2020 Santa Cruz mountain bikes

Specifications

FRAMETallboy Alloy D
WHEELSIZE20″
COLOURSStormbringer Purple 
 Rocksteady Yellow
FORKRockShox Recon RL 130mm 29
SHOCKFOX Float performance DPS
REAR DERAILLEURSram SX Eagle 12-Speed
SHIFTERSSram SX Eagle 12-Speed
CRANKSETSram SX Eagle 12-Speed 32T
CASSETTESram PG1210 12-Speed 11-50t
CHAINSram PC Chain
BRAKESSram Level 
ROTORSAvid Centreline
HANDLEBARRace Face Ride
STEMRace Face Ride
GRIPSSanta Cruz palmdale Grips
HEADSETCane Creek 10 IS Integrated
SEATPOSTRace Face Ride 31.6 400mm
SADDLEWTB Silverado Comp Saddle 
FRONT TYREMaxxis Minion DHF 29″ x 2.3 EXO TR
REAR TYREMaxxis Minion DHR ll 29″ x 2.3 EXO TR
WHEELSSram MTH 746 32H 
SPOKESDT Swiss Competition

Santa Cruz Tallboy A R

2020 Santa Cruz Tallboy

Specifications

FRAMETallboy Alloy R
WHEELSIZE20″
COLOURSStormbringer Purple 
 Rocksteady Yellow
FORKFOX Rhythm 34 130mm 29
SHOCKFOX Float performance DPS
REAR DERAILLEURSram NX Eagle 12-Speed
SHIFTERSSram NX Eagle 12-Speed
CRANKSETSram NX Eagle 12-Speed 32T
CASSETTESram PG1230 12-Speed 11-50t
CHAINSram NX Eagle Chain
BRAKESSram Guide T
ROTORSAvid Centreline 180mm
HANDLEBARRace Face Ride
STEMRace Face Ride
GRIPSSanta Cruz palmdale Grips
HEADSETCane Creek 10 IS Integrated
SEATPOSTRace Face Aeffect Dropper 31.6 400mm
SADDLEWTB Silverado Comp Saddle 
FRONT TYREMaxxis Minion DHF 29″ x 2.3 EXO TR
REAR TYREMaxxis Minion DHR ll 29″ x 2.3 EXO TR
WHEELSWTB ST i25 TCS 2.0 29″ 
SPOKESDT Swiss Competition

Santa Cruz Tallboy C R

2020 Santa Cruz mountain bikes

Specifications

FRAMETallboy C R
WHEELSIZE29″
COLOURSStormbringer Purple 
 Rocksteady Yellow
FORKFOX Rhythm 34 130mm 29
SHOCKFOX Float performance DPS
REAR DERAILLEURSram NX Eagle 12-Speed
SHIFTERSSram NX Eagle 12-Speed
CRANKSETSram NX Eagle 148 DUB 12-Speed 32T
CASSETTESram PG1230 12-Speed 11-50t
CHAINSram NX Eagle Chain
BRAKESSram Guide T
ROTORSAvid Centreline 180mm
HANDLEBARRace Face Ride
STEMRace Face Ride
GRIPSSanta Cruz palmdale Grips
HEADSETCane Creek 10 IS Integrated
SEATPOSTRace Face Aeffect Dropper 31.6 400mm
SADDLEWTB Silverado Comp Saddle 
FRONT TYREMaxxis Minion DHF 29″ x 2.3 EXO TR
REAR TYREMaxxis Minion DHR ll 29″ x 2.3 EXO TR
WHEELSWTB ST i25 TCS 2.0 29″
SPOKESDT Swiss Competition

Santa Cruz Tallboy C S

2020 Santa Cruz Tallboy

Specifications

FRAMETallboy C S
WHEELSIZE29″
COLOURSStormbringer Purple 
 Rocksteady Yellow
FORKFOX 34 Float Performance, 130mm, 29″
SHOCKFOX Float performance DPS
REAR DERAILLEURSram GX Eagle 12-Speed
SHIFTERSSram GX Eagle 12-Speed
CRANKSETSRAM Stylo 7k 148 DUB, 32t
CASSETTESRAM XG1275 Eagle, 12spd, 10-50t
CHAINSram GX Eagle Chain
BRAKESSram Guide R
ROTORSAvid Centreline 180mm
HANDLEBARRace Face Ride
STEMRace Face Ride
GRIPSSanta Cruz Palmdale Grips
HEADSETCane Creek 10 IS Integrated
SEATPOSTRockShox Reverb Stealth, 1X Lever, MatchMaker, 31.6
SADDLEWTB Silverado Comp Saddle 
FRONT TYREMaxxis Minion DHF 29″ x 2.3 EXO TR
REAR TYREMaxxis Minion DHR ll 29″ x 2.3 EXO TR
WHEELSRaceFace AR Offset 27 29″
SPOKESDT Swiss Competition

Santa Cruz Tallboy C S RSV

2020 Santa Cruz mountain bikes

Specifications

FRAMETallboy C S / Reserve
WHEELSIZE29″
COLOURSStormbringer Purple
 Rocksteady Yellow
FORKFOX 34 Float Performance, 130mm, 29″
SHOCKFOX Float performance DPS
REAR DERAILLEURSram GX Eagle 12-Speed
SHIFTERSSram GX Eagle 12-Speed
CRANKSETSRAM Stylo 7k 148 DUB, 32t
CASSETTESRAM XG1275 Eagle, 12spd, 10-50t
CHAINSram GX Eagle Chain
BRAKESSram Guide R
ROTORSAvid Centreline 180mm
HANDLEBARRace Face Ride
STEMRace Face Ride
GRIPSSanta Cruz Palmdale Grips
HEADSETCane Creek 10 IS Integrated
SEATPOSTRockShox Reverb Stealth, 1X Lever, MatchMaker, 31.6
SADDLEWTB Silverado Comp Saddle 
FRONT TYREMaxxis Minion DHF 29″ x 2.3 EXO TR
REAR TYREMaxxis Minion DHR ll 29″ x 2.3 EXO TR
WHEELSSanta Cruz Reserve 27mm 29″ Carbon/ DT Swiss 370 32H hubs
SPOKESDT Swiss Competition

Santa Cruz Tallboy CC X01

2020 Santa Cruz Tallboy

Specifications

FRAMETallboy C C
WHEELSIZE29″
COLOURSStormbringer Purple 
 Rocksteady Yellow
FORKRockShox Pike Select+, 130mm, 29″
SHOCKFOX Float Performance Elite DPS
REAR DERAILLEURSRAM X01 Eagle, 12spd
SHIFTERSSRAM X01 Eagle, 12spd
CRANKSETSRAM X1 Eagle Carbon 148 DUB
CASSETTESRAM XG1295 Eagle, 12spd, 10-50t
CHAINSRAM X01 Eagle, 12spd
BRAKESSRAM G2 RSC
ROTORSAvid Centreline 180mm
HANDLEBARSanta Cruz AM Carbon
STEMRace Face Aeffect R
GRIPSSanta Cruz Palmdale Grips
HEADSETCane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset
SEATPOSTRockShox Reverb Stealth, 1X Lever, MatchMaker, 31.6
SADDLEWTB Silverado Comp Saddle 
FRONT TYREMaxxis Minion DHF 29″ x 2.3 EXO TR
REAR TYREMaxxis Minion DHR ll 29″ x 2.3 EXO TR
WHEELSRaceFace ARC Offset 27 29″
SPOKESDT Swiss Competition

Santa Cruz Tallboy CC X01 RSV

2020 Santa Cruz mountain bikes

Specifications

FRAMETallboy C C / Reserve
WHEELSIZE29″
COLOURSStormbringer Purple 
 Rocksteady Yellow
FORKRockShox Pike Select+, 130mm, 29″
SHOCKFOX Float Performance Elite DPS
REAR DERAILLEURSRAM X01 Eagle, 12spd
SHIFTERSSRAM X01 Eagle, 12spd
CRANKSETSRAM X1 Eagle Carbon 148 DUB
CASSETTESRAM XG1295 Eagle, 12spd, 10-50t
CHAINSRAM X01 Eagle, 12spd
BRAKESSRAM G2 RSC
ROTORSAvid Centreline 180mm
HANDLEBARSanta Cruz AM Carbon
STEMRace Face Aeffect R
GRIPSSanta Cruz Palmdale Grips
HEADSETCane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset
SEATPOSTRockShox Reverb Stealth, 1X Lever, MatchMaker, 31.6
SADDLEWTB Silverado Comp Saddle 
FRONT TYREMaxxis Minion DHF 29″ x 2.3 EXO TR
REAR TYREMaxxis Minion DHR ll 29″ x 2.3 EXO TR
WHEELSSanta Cruz Reserve 27mm 29″ Carbon/ DT Swiss 370 32H hubs
SPOKESDT Swiss Competition

Santa Cruz Tallboy CC XTR RSV

2020 Santa Cruz Tallboy

Specifications

FRAMETallboy C C
WHEELSIZE29″
COLOURSStormbringer Purple 
 Rocksteady Yellow
FORKRockShox Pike Select+, 130mm, 29″
SHOCKFOX Float Performance Elite DPS
REAR DERAILLEURShimano XTR M9100 SGS, 11/12spd
SHIFTERSShimano XTR M9100 SL, 12spd, I-Spec
CRANKSETE13 TRSr crank, 32T, Boost
CASSETTEShimano XTR, 12spd, 10-51
CHAINShimano XTR, 12spd, w/ Quick Link
BRAKESShimano XTR M9120
ROTORSShimano XTR Ice. Tech Rotors, Centerlock, 180mm
HANDLEBARSanta Cruz AM Carbon
STEMi9 A35
GRIPSSanta Cruz Palmdale Grips
HEADSETHope Integrated Headset
SEATPOSTRockShox Reverb Stealth, 1X Lever, MatchMaker, 31.6
SADDLEWTB Silverado Comp Saddle 
FRONT TYREMaxxis Minion DHF 29″ x 2.3 EXO TR
REAR TYREMaxxis Minion DHR ll 29″ x 2.3 EXO TR
WHEELSSanta Cruz Reserve 27 29″ Carbon
SPOKESDT Swiss Competition

Santa Cruz Tallboy CC XX1 AXS RSV

2020 Santa Cruz mountain bikes

Specifications

FRAMETallboy C C / Reserve
WHEELSIZE29″
COLOURSStormbringer Purple
 Rocksteady Yellow
FORKRockShox Pike Ultimate, 130mm, 29″
SHOCKFOX Float Factory DPS
REAR DERAILLEURSRAM XX1 Eagle AXS, 12spd
SHIFTERSSRAM XX1 Eagle AXS, 12spd
CRANKSETSRAM XX1 Eagle AXS 148 DUB, 32t
CASSETTESRAM XG1299 Eagle Rainbow, 12spd, 10-50t
CHAINSRAM XX1 Eagle, 12spd
BRAKESSRAM G2 Ultimate
ROTORSAvid Centreline 180mm
HANDLEBARSanta Cruz AM Carbon
STEMi9 A35
GRIPSSanta Cruz Palmdale Grips
HEADSETHope Integrated Headset
SEATPOSTRockShox Reverb Stealth, 1X Lever, MatchMaker, 31.6
SADDLEWTB Silverado Comp Saddle 
FRONT TYREMaxxis Minion DHF 29″ x 2.3 EXO TR
REAR TYREMaxxis Minion DHR ll 29″ x 2.3 EXO TR
WHEELSSanta Cruz Reserve 27mm 29″ Carbon
SPOKESDT Swiss Competition

Are you going to buy a 2020 Santa Cruz Tallboy?

Please let me know your thoughts and questions in the comments section below. I would love to know if your are going to buy one and what your reasoning is behind your choice.

Tom Fortune
tom@mtb-threads.com

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