Mountain Gear

Finding Zinn at Outdoor Demo

Cycling guru Lennard Zinn falls in love with Santa Cruz's carbon full-suspension 29er and takes a look at other big-wheeled mountain bikes at Interbike's Outdoor Demo in Bootleg Canyon, Nevada.

By Lennard Zinn

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The Santa Cruz Tallboy is big 29er news at the Interbike Outdoor Demo, as it is a completely carbon full suspension 29er with 100mm (four inches of travel) and the frame weighs only five pounds (size M). Tallboys cost $2350 for the frame ($4700 for the SPX model with Shimano XT that I tested) and come even in an XXL size that fits me with a nearly 26-inch top tube.

I fell in love with its impressive lateral and torsional stiffness, its supple compliance and bump-gobbling ease of riding, and its VPP (Virtual Pivot Point) suspension system. There is almost no bobbing, even when climbing out of the saddle, and it becomes as solid as a fully rigid bike, once the fork lockout is on and the rear shock’s pedal platform is on as well