If there is an XC-Bike for Downhiller, ...
The new 120mm Tallboy makes big jumps again for a short travel bike. With a strong lower-link VPP rear end, sporty design, Santa Cruz typical finish and a rather radical geometry, the Tallboy is back on track to overcome the limits of bike categories.
Sure, 10mm more travel only sounds like a small change - but in combination with the new VPP suspension (controlled via the lower rocker) this is a big step for the Tallboy.
A bike that only knows full throttle and can sprint at any time - uphill, downhill or in a flat flowtrail. The maximum efficiency of the VPP rear body ensures pleasantly fast and light-footed handling. Technically it stands on the same platform as Santa Cruz longtravel bikes and therefore feels comfortable not only in the classic XC terrain, but also on "real" trails. Coupled with a 130mm fork, the new Tallboy is also becoming more and more attractive for aggressive bikers.
The biggest change is in the geometry ...
The dusty theory suggests that "small" short travel bikes are slower and therefore require steeper and more conservative geometries than their big enduro brothers. But does that really make sense? Don't we always want to go full throttle on light trail bikes and enjoy every descent and every trail to the full?
So we sat down and translated the Enduro geometries to "Crosscountry". And we developed a fast bike with little travel and a flat 65.5° steering angle, a generous reach and a fork with a low offset - an aggressive geometry you rarely see in this travel class.
And radical thinking doesn't stop there. The short 430mm chainstays of the Tallboy have an adjustment option of +/- 10mm so that riders of all sizes and styles feel equally comfortable. Combined with a relatively low bottom bracket (33,5mm or 37,5mm BB-Drop) the Tallboy can be pushed sporty into the neighbourhood and also circulate playfully through demanding trails.
There is (still) no category that fits this bike. But the name Tallboy says it all - the bike is a fun machine for big boys.