I first saw the 2020 Santa Cruz Tallboy at the Santa Cruz European HQ in Morzine last summer. It caused quite a stir, especially after Steve Peat put it on his Instagram page. It was sitting there in the window in the gorgeous Rocksteady Yellow and it was obvious that it had gone through some updates. The first thing I noticed was the larger head tube and fat down tube that is slightly squared off. 

But taking a closer look revealed that the shock is mounted lower in the frame and uses the VPP suspension system. It has now has 10mm more travel on the front and the rear. So, what does all this mean? In this post I am going to delve in to the details of the 2020 Santa Cruz Tallboy.

Who is it for?

The 2020 Santa Cruz Tallboy is for those that want a short travel 29″ wheeled mountain bike that has excellent capability with a nimble and snappy feel. You will find yourself at home on this bike pretty quickly and feel confident about tackling more technical terrain straight away. If you tend to go for big rides and need something that is easy to pedal, you will love this bike. On climbs it has the characteristics of a cross country bike, but feels like a playful trail bike the rest of the time.

Details

The 2020 Santa Cruz Tallboy comes in two colours, Rocksteady Yellow and Stormbringer Purple. You get the choice of two different levels of carbon Fram material, C and CC (CC is the top end version). The top spec bikes come with Shimano XTR or SRAM Eagle AXS, with SRAM NX Eagle at the bottom of the carbon-framed bikes.

There is also an aluminium frame, if you want to save some money and are not bothered about the exotic stuff. But whichever frame material you choose, you are going to get a very stiff and responsive bike.

Prices start from £2,899 for the Tallboy D and go up to £9,299 for the CC XX1 ASX Reserve.

Suspension Details

The 2020 Santa Cruz Tallboy is following in the footsteps of other Santa Cruz mountain bikes with the VPP suspension system. VPP stands for Virtual Pivot Point which gives the bike a better suspension curve than its predecessor. This design gives late stroke progression for plenty of control on bigger impacts. It also reduces the amount the bike bobs while pedalling.

Geometry

There is definitely a trend ant the moment with mountain bike geometry. This trend is blurring the lines between the different categories of bikes. Historically 29″ wheeled bikes with short travel have mainly been used for cross country riding. This means that they were always expected to be ridden a bit more conservatively. But, the way bike technology is currently evolving, bikes are much more capable. This is partly down to modern geometry, as they are becoming lower and slacker. The 2020 Santa Cruz Tallboy has a 65.5° head-angle and steep 76.6° seat tube. These numbers are usually seen on longer-travel bikes. This means that you could consider the Tallboy to be a short travel Hightower. 

It has been designed this way, because Santa Cruz say that just because some riders prefer short travel bikes, it doesn’t mean that they don’t want to go fast on the descents.

The geometry is also adjustable with a flip chip. It has a high and low setting. Whichever way you have it don’t to personal preference and the terrain you are riding. Additionally, you can alter the length of the chainstay to allow adjustment of the wheelbase.

2020 Santa Cruz Tallboy geometry

Ride Characteristics

Although the 2020 Santa Cruz Tallboy only has 120mm of travel, but it doesn’t feel like it. It will confidently find its way over rocks and roots, while being sure footed in corners and through compressions. The VPP suspension allows you to get on with the job of riding fast. It rewards the rider that attacks the trail with attitude.

It is very confidence inducing at speed and is very efficient while pedalling, even when the shock is not in “trail” mode.

2020 Santa Cruz Tallboy Models

Santa Cruz Tallboy D

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 R

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

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 Carbon C S

2020 Santa Cruz Tallboy Carbon C S

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 Carbon C S Reserve

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 Carbon CC X01 Eagle

2020 Santa Cruz Tallboy Carbon CC X01 Eagle

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 Carbon CC X01 Reserve

2020 Santa Cruz Tallboy Carbon CC X01 Reserve

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 Carbon CC XTR Reserve

2020 Santa Cruz Tallboy Carbon CC XTR Reserve

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 Reserve

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 slash out on a 2020 Santa Cruz Tallboy?

This is a super capable trail bike that loves to be ridden fast and hard. When ridden in this way, it will reward you and will have you grinning from ear to ear. Please leave your thoughts and questions in the comments section below.

Tom Fortune
tom@mtb-threads.com

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