Tweaked Tallboy and Joplin Bikes Launched from the Santa Cruz Stable.

Hailed as the ‘DHers XC bike’ Santa Cruz launch the new Tallboy with the new Juliana Joplin featuring updated travel, linkage and geometry.

Join Luca Shaw for a missed alarm ride at the World Cup in the Tallboy official launch video and check out the full model specs below.

Both the Tallboy and the Joplin move to the lower link-driven Virtual Pivot Point (VPP) link, much like the new versions of the Hightower and the longer travel bikes above it. With this change comes an extra 10mm travel, increasing from 110mm to 120mm.

Out front, the damping is handled by a 130mm fork, steering a 29″ wheel, giving a head angle of 65.5 degrees.

Both bikes come in the usual material options, with alloy, Carbon C and Carbon CC available.

Sizing goes all the way from XSmall through to XLarge on the Tallboy, with the Joplin from XSmall to Medium. Medium sizes in both sport the same geometry, with a 450mm reach and a 405mm seat tube.

The flip chip allows the chainstay to be adjusted +/-10mm, with the low setting adding more progression to the suspension. There is also an axle flip chip on the carbon models only that allows larger 29″ tyres up to 2.6″ to be used.

All this change is designed to make the bike handle higher speeds and tougher trails than the outgoing model which was far more cross country-orientated.

2020 Santa Cruz Tallboy models

D Aluminium

Key features:

  • Rockshox Recon RL 130mm fork
  • Float Performance DPS shock
  • SRAM SX Eagle 12-speed drive
  • SRAM Level brakes
  • SRAM MTH hubs on WTB ST i25 rims
  • Race Face Ride dropper
  • £2,899.99 RRP

R Aluminium

Stans Flow EX3Stans flow EX3

Key features:

  • Fox Rhythm 34 130mm fork
  • Fox Float Performance DPS shock
  • SRAM NX Eagle 12-speed drive
  • SRAM Guide T brakes
  • SRAM MTH hubs on WTB ST i25 rims
  • Race Face Aeffect dropper
  • £3,499.99 RRP

R Carbon C

Key features:

  • Fox Rhythm 34 130mm fork
  • Fox Float Performance DPS shock
  • SRAM NX Eagle 12-speed drive
  • SRAM Guide T brakes
  • SRAM MTH hubs on WTB ST i25 rims
  • Race Face Aeffect dropper
  • £4,199.99 RRP

S Carbon C

Key features:

  • Fox Float Performance 130mm fork
  • Fox Float DPS Performance shock
  • SRAM GX Eagle 12-speed drive
  • SRAM Guide R brakes
  • DT Swiss 370 hubs on Race Face AR Offset rims
  • Rockshox Reverb Stealth dropper
  • £4,999.99 RRP

XO1 Carbon CC

Key features:

  • Rockshox Pike Select + 130mm fork
  • Fox Float Performance Elite shock
  • SRAM XO1 Eagle 12-speed drive
  • SRAM G2 RSC brakes
  • DT Swiss 350 hubs on Race Face AR Offset rims
  • Rckshox Reverb Stealth dropper
  • £6,199.99 RRP

XTR Carbon Reserve Carbon CC

Key features:

  • Rockshox Pike Ultimate 130mm fork
  • Fox Float Factory DPS shock
  • Shimano XTR M9100 drive
  • Shimano XTR M9120 brakes
  • i9 Hydra hubs on Santa Cruz Carbon Reserve 27 rims
  • Rockshox Reverb Stealth dropper
  • £8,399.99 RRP

XX1 AXS Reserve Carbon CC

Key features:

  • Rockshox Pike Ultimate 130mm fork
  • Fox Float Factory DPS shock
  • SRAM XX1 AXS Eagle 12-speed drive
  • SRAM G2 Ultimate brakes
  • i9 Hydra hubs on Santa Cruz Reserve 27 rims
  • Rockshox Reverb Stealth dropper
  • £9,299.99 RRP

2020 Juliana Joplin models

D Aluminium

Key features:

  • Rockshox Recon RL 130mm fork
  • Float Performance DPS shock
  • SRAM SX Eagle 12-speed drive
  • SRAM Level brakes
  • SRAM MTH hubs on WTB ST i25 rims
  • Race Face Ride dropper
  • £2,899.99 RRP

R Aluminium

Key features:

  • Fox Rhythm 34 130mm fork
  • Fox Float Performance DPS shock
  • SRAM NX Eagle 12-speed drive
  • SRAM Guide T brakes
  • SRAM MTH hubs on WTB ST i25 rims
  • Race Face Aeffect dropper
  • £3,499.99 RRP

R Carbon C

Key features:

  • Fox Rhythm 34 130mm fork
  • Fox Float Performance DPS shock
  • SRAM NX Eagle 12-speed drive
  • SRAM Guide T brakes
  • SRAM MTH hubs on WTB ST i25 rims
  • Race Face Aeffect dropper
  • £4,199.99 RRP

S Carbon C

Key features:

  • Fox Float Performance 130mm fork
  • Fox Float DPS Performance shock
  • SRAM GX Eagle 12-speed drive
  • SRAM Guide R brakes
  • DT Swiss 370 hubs on Race Face AR Offset rims
  • Rockshox Reverb Stealth dropper
  • £4,999.99 RRP

XO1 Carbon CC

Key features:

  • Rockshox Pike Select + 130mm fork
  • Fox Float Performance Elite shock
  • SRAM XO1 Eagle 12-speed drive
  • SRAM G2 RSC brakes
  • DT Swiss 350 hubs on Race Face AR Offset rims
  • Rckshox Reverb Stealth dropper
  • £6,199.99 RRP

Full details on the full Tallboy range can be found on Santa Cruz’s website here, for details of the new Juliana Joplin, head here.

Keep an eye out for a full review of the new Santa Cruz Tallboy on our website here.


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