The Santa Cruz Tallboy 2 has a light frame and durable components which makes the bike good for any stage race like the Breck Epic that it proved its performance in this year. The suspension, brakes, the wheels and the drivetrain support the frame of the bike to make for that performance that passes the bike for a decent stage racer.
The suspension is from none other than RockShox. The RS1 fork with the Monarch DebonAir Shock makes for the most reliable suspension the bike could need. The inverted RS1 fork has carbon steerer tube and top portion with a new designed damper for better comfort during high-speed rides. The hub maintains the stiffness of the front end.
Fork: The bike is compatible with 100mm as well as 120mm forks. The 120mm RS1 fork proves how RockShox has come a long way since in the SID RCT3 fork that used to creak and jam down the slopes. The RS1 is heavier but better with wider flex and responsive for turns. The fork does not complain up or down slopes either. The RS1 still does not match up to the Pike though. The Pike is always a better idea.
Shock: The RockShox Monarch RT3 shock with the DebonAir kit offers a well-fitted rear shock which is suppler and offers efficient traction with a low bump sensitivity. The DebonAir kit makes the bike smoother on descents while the stock Float CTD would make for a better racing experience on the go.
The brakes too are provided by SRAM. The Guide RSC is the best series of brake system that SRAM has produced till date. The brakes can be easily bolted to the Tallboy 2. SRAM too has come a long way since the Avid brakes with increased modulation range enabling feathering brake to locking the wheel and everything needed for a secure ride on sloped and city terrains.
The SRAM X01 1×11 drivetrain offers versatile ride specifics ideal for high-speed climbs. The cassette is a 10-42t wide range gear supporter works best with a 30t chainring with good knee support. A 30t chainring is fit for the sloped terrains of the Breck Epic while a 34t is comfortable for plain terrains. The XX1 group would be better for hilly terrains as it can go down to a 28t chainring. With the direct mount chainrings from SRAM, you can go for as low as 26t.
The Tallboy 2 featured the M60 rim wheels from ENVE for the Breck Epic and that did not turn out to be quite a satisfactory option. ENVE has widened the carbon MTB rim line and added four brand new rim designations while doing away with the bead hooks. While the M50 is a better choice for a stage race, the M60’s width offers more stability standing at 23mm with a little less than 400g weight per rim.
Basically, the Tallboy 2 comes with various options for better ride so that you can choose what you need based on what kind of a ride you are going for.