Monday, September 20, 2010

First Ride On The Tallboy

There is a new bike in the stable and I took it out for the first time this past Saturday. The Santa Cruz Tallboy has been taunting me for a year now and when a local shop had a large frame sitting there I couldn't resist. The Phillips Ridge Trail made for the perfect full-suspension test-track with lots of embedded rock and flowing downhill sections.

Ridge Trail 9-18-10 from Dave Byers on Vimeo.

I have a lot to learn with the video camera and I apologize for the annoying shaking at times.

Quick stats & initial thoughts
- Large Tallboy frame & shock weighed 5.11 lbs
- Complete bike as I would race it weighs 24.3 lbs
- It doesn't ride like a fragile flower
- This frame is 1.5 lbs lighter than my 2008 Turner Sultan
- Do we really need tapered head tubes on 4" travel XC bikes?
- Thanks for not making it BB30. Seriously.
- I think this bike will see a lot of racing action in 2011

I wanted to build this bike now and dial in the fit before the weather here goes to crap. It will be 100% ready to rock at the 24 Hours of Old Pueblo in February...Solo baby.


Adam said...

2x10 Dave??!! You said you wouldn't ditch your little chainring?

Sweeet build.


Dave Byers said...

Adam - you totally busted me. I have changed my tune regarding 2x10 in "certain" situations. I paid close attention to the gearing I actually used on my 22/32/44 triple setup during races and the 22F/30R was the easiest gear I used. The 2x10 26F/36R is actually 1% easier. I'll post more soon.

Adam said...

I was trying to tell you.

The only place you'll miss the 22/34 is on the Grove Grunt and other places never intended for mountain biking.