Santa Cruz Tallboy LTc and LT 29er All Mountain Bike

26er 29er

Announcement by Mike Ferrentino of Santa Cruz Bicycles:

We put a lot of emphasis on the suspension performance and ride characteristics of our VPP suspension— design tuneability of shock rates for individual designs, superb pedaling AND bump absorption characteristics, awesome.

Chassis stiffness and ride dynamics, short stiff links with really good hardware, durability, ease of service—but we get real geeked out when we can build all that stuff into a carbon fiber bike. Our engineers will proclaim that carbon fiber processes are not all equal, and this is not all just random “black metal.” We are very proud of what we can achieve with carbon fiber, and the way we do our layup gives us the advantage to build bikes that are lighter AND stronger than just about everyone else.

That said, this is the Tallboy LTc. Same geometry, same suspension, same intent as the aluminum version, but crafted from carbon fiber using our proprietary one-piece layup process. This is also our first foray into 142×12 rear axle territory. For lack of any better hyperbole, this bike is siiiiiick! 135mm travel, all the good juicy features already mentioned in the Tallboy LT blurb above, but also stiffer, stronger, and really, really effing light. Weight for a frame, with shock included, is 5.3 pounds. Yup.


  • M, L, XL sizes
  • Proprietary one-piece carbon fiber layup
  • Tapered headtube
  • 142x12mm rear axle
  • Replaceable derailleur hanger (optional Shimano direct mount rear hanger available)
  • ISCG05 mount
  • 135mm travel, 7.875×2″ shock
  • Custom-tuned Fox Float RP23 Kashima shock
  • Collet axle pivot hardware
  • Offset lower link (better chainguide clearance), recessed grease ports
  • Continuous cable, dropper post routing
  • Leather seatstay, chainstay, downtube protector
  • Threaded bb shell (we think this is still the best, most user-friendly, widely compatible, globally serviceable way to install a bottom bracket.)

Available complete with R/AM spec for $4399 or SPX/AM spec for $5299

About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.

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  • Paul says:

    Want one, but my only real concern: why won’t Santa Cruz warranty their bike for more than 2 years? Specialized: lifetime. Niner: 5 years WITH crash replacement. I won’t ever buy a SC until they put some more confidence in their longevity.

    • Patty Ciesla says:

      Scruz has a good warrantee. Buy from your local bike shop and they will take care of you. Either free frame, or crash replacement (at cost). If you broke it because you are abusive, expect crash replacement at cost. If i just broke while you are JRA, while it’s still new, expect new frame free.

    • hardtail says:

      I have owned a Santa Cruz Blur LT for 5 years and it’s been nothing but solid. Keep in mind, “Lifetime Warranties” are for the life of the product, typically 5 years. And besides when technology changes so often, it’s tough for manufacturers to support products beyond 5 years. Santa Cruz rocks! Best bike I have ever owned. Think I’ll be looking at a Highball soon.

  • Francis says:

    Santa Cruz was not going to make an XXL since the demand is low and the tooling for each size is so expensive. But after many requests in the mtbr forum, Santa Cruz has committed to XXL for this bike and is now working on all the tooling. Given the nature of carbon manufacturing, this usually takes 200 days. They are hustling to get it ready for a September release.

    • Bret says:

      Way to go Santa Cruz on the XXL. It is very much appreciated.

      Does anyone know if there will be a 2013 Fox 34 that can be set to 130mm?

  • Gravitythief76 says:

    Good. Dont. That means I’ll get mine that much sooner. Do some research. Santa Cruz bikes stand up just fine and their cs is among the best around.

  • Trond says:

    Francis, is your Roval set 142+? Would it fit you think?

  • Francis says:

    Trond, yes the Roval comes with three hub adapters so it fits anything. I installed it here and got the Tallboy LTc to 24.4 lbs.

  • Trond says:

    Francis, thanks. In case you misunderstood me; Specialized offers both 142mm and 142+ options. On 142+ the cassette is shifted 2mm to the right chainstay for a wider build. Specialized designs their chainstay so that the wide flange fits and the chain doesn’t rub the chainstay. You tried the regular 142mm or 142+?

  • andy says:

    Well…29ers are waaaay overaided…they are as pointless as 10 gear shifter…all made up by a business in need of the “next big thing”…sad so many bike factories go the same path !

    • TheAndyWhoCanSpell says:

      andy — “Overrated.” And by the way, fantastic ride, not at all pointless. Unless smoking every 26er in a climb is pointless by your measure.

  • Dan Savage says:

    The carbon fiber frame is leading edge CHINESE technology!! I highly recommend that Santa Cruz bring their manufacturing home!!!

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