leverage, the Tallboy begged to be pushed hard through
tight corners. The 29er wheels didn’t slow our testers
down and allowed them to lean the bike over confidently. The
Tallboy felt playful and confident when leaned over in hard corners or tight switchbacks.
Climbing: The settings on the Fox shock have very specific
ride characteristics, depending on which setting riders choose.
With the shock in the middle setting, our testers got a more
supportive pedaling platform for technical singletrack
climbs, and with the shock in the firmest setting, they
had an incredibly stiff rear end for long fire-road
When we were pedaling out of the saddle,
the frame and rear triangle were stiff and
responsive and gave us almost no unwanted
flex during hard efforts. Some of our testers
did get some flex out of the wheels under
hard climbing efforts, but they didn’t feel
Descending: If there is one thing
the Tallboy loves, it’s going fast. At high
speeds, the Santa Cruz is stable and
holds technical lines with confidence.
Our testers found themselves letting go
of the brakes a little more than usual and
letting the bike do all the work. In the
open mode, the rear suspension felt active
and tracked well on smooth and technical
The 29-inch wheels were fast and all
business, but when we swapped the fork
and threw on the plus-sized tires, the Tallboy
evolved into an even more nimble trail machine.
Our testers noticed the wider tires weren’t quite
as fast, but there was no shortage of smiles from
our testers riding the 3-inch-wide tires.
to talk about:
The suspension design in
the Fox Evol
Tallboy to ride
when the trail