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Tallboy 4 - "The Covid Custom" 5

Parts
Frame: Santa Cruz Tallboy 4 2020 Large. Misc.: Low setting
Rear Shock: FOX Float DPS Factory 2020
Fork: RockShox Pike Ultimate 2020. Misc.: 140mm / 42mm
Headset: Chris King InSet 3. Misc.: Gloss black
Handlebar: Race Face Turbine R 35. Misc.: Uncut 780mm
Stem: Race Face Turbine R 35 40mm
Grips: ODI AG2 Lock-On
Brakes: Shimano XT 4-Piston. Misc.: IceTech 203f/180r
Brake Levers: Shimano XT
Shifters: SRAM X01 Eagle
Rear Derailleur: SRAM X01 Eagle
Cranks: Truvativ Descendant Carbon. Misc.: 175mm
Chainrings / Sprocket: SRAM Eagle 32t
Bottom Bracket: SRAM DUB
Chain: SRAM
Cassette / Rear Cog: SRAM X01 Eagle
Pedals: DEITY Bladerunner. Misc.: Silver
Front Rim: Other . Misc.: Waiting on Turbine R to become available
Rear Rim: Other Raceface Turbine R
Hubs: Other Raceface Vault
Front Tire: Maxxis Minnion DHF. Misc.: 2.3
Rear Tire: Maxxis Minnion DHR. Misc.: 2.3
Saddle: SDG Duster Ti-Alloy
Seatpost: OneUp Components V2 210mm. Misc.: Raceface Turbine lever
General Info
Model Year: 2020
Riding Type: Trail / All-Mountain
Weight: 29 lb 0 oz (13154 g)
Additional Info: I have been riding the absolute snot out of this bike and here is a short version of how it came to be... Covid temporarily closed the local trails that my Santa Cruz Nomad was purpose built for (Rocky Peak = steep and rocky) and I was left riding other local trails that are pretty tame for the Nomad (not so much fun). But it did make me realize I have another massive network of trails right out my front door and I was excited to explore, but if only I had a trail bike... Fast forward a few months and I have this custom built Tallboy that I've been piecing together since early May. Today I installed the new fork and headset leaving only a Turbine R front wheel needed to complete the build.

Vital MTB member bill22 bill22 7/24/2020 1:57 PM

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I love my Tallboy 4. Came from a 2019 SJ Pro and I don't miss the extra travel at all. I run a full SRAM AXS kit and a full complement of ti bolts thanks to Better Bolts. 27 lbs with 29x2.6 tires and it's more than capable enough for anything I can throw at it.

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Awesome bike and build. I’m considering swapping my 150mm alu frame for this next season and seeing how far I can push the Tallboy with a 140 fork.

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Going from a 130mm 34 to the 140 Pike instantly made the bike more capable. I rode one of my local DH trails on the Tallboy yesterday and enjoyed every second of it. Not as fast as the Nomad in rough stuff nor can I just plow through things, but it was still a lot of fun. Only thing I might want to do now is get a DPX2.

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