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Santa Cruz Tallboy

7 years 4 months ago #1960 by lagerkranser
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Maybe my legs are just unnaturally short... But that's what the guy told me. Regardless, I will double check at the store. Don't think the angle makes that much difference but the 120 would of course soak up more bumps.

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7 years 4 months ago #1959 by Aldrx
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annoporci wrote:

lagerkranser, you're 1m78 and 120mm is too big?

Aldrx, you're 1m79 and 120mm is fine?

I'm 1m78 and a half (no kidding), wow I'd better look into this 100mm v. 120mm seriously. Another reason to test-ride. A 0.5 degrees difference... is that a lot?


Lot of discussion around the 100 vs 120 in other forums. Example of a thread here And there are many more - big decision u know :)

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7 years 4 months ago #1958 by annoporci
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lagerkranser, you're 1m78 and 120mm is too big?

Aldrx, you're 1m79 and 120mm is fine?

I'm 1m78 and a half (no kidding), wow I'd better look into this 100mm v. 120mm seriously. Another reason to test-ride. A 0.5 degrees difference... is that a lot?

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7 years 4 months ago #1957 by annoporci
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Hi Tom,

this is very useful info. I will visit the Sky Blue Bikes shop (another great name). Indeed I will need to test ride. Must wait till October, however, and hopefully no later, as I'm currently recovering from a cracked rib (soccer incident). I wish I could go right now!

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7 years 4 months ago - 7 years 4 months ago #1956 by Aldrx
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lagerkranser wrote:

Any particular reason why you prefer the XC setup, aside from price? Alas I was told I am too short for the 120mm fork... Am 178cm and apparently it would put the family jewels in jeopardy. Bummer.


On my old Specialized Enduro Expert I have has a mix of XTR/XT/LX and I really liked it. Worked flawlessly for many years so I will stick with Shimano. The other reason is the reviews I had read about the 2012 XT group - seems to be really, really good, quite close to XTR but at a lower price.

The 120 mm fork will give the bike, besides more travel, a slacker steering angle. Think it was in the range of 0.5 degree. And many seems to recommend the 120 mm fork and if you chose a fork with adjustable travel you can chose the mm what suits you best.

I am 179 cm and do not really think I am too short, but on the other hand I have not tested it.

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7 years 4 months ago #1953 by lagerkranser
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Any particular reason why you prefer the XC setup, aside from price? Alas I was told I am too short for the 120mm fork... Am 178cm and apparently it would put the family jewels in jeopardy. Bummer.

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7 years 4 months ago #1952 by Aldrx
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lagerkranser wrote:

I think the setup on that one is actually the second-highest among the available options.. SRAM X0 etc. Weighs 25lbs without pedals.


Been there having a look at it and it felt really light. However, I want to have XT on mine and then the 2012 model. When asked if that could be arrange the answer was that it might take up to 3-4 weeks to get the parts, but would be appr. 3,000 HKD cheaper then the SRAM specced Tallboy. Planning to go to Flying Ball this weekend and I might place an order :) If so I am also going for a 120 mm fork. Want a bit slacker angle and some more travel.

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7 years 4 months ago #1951 by tom
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Hi annoporci,

Not all folks are sold on the 29er frame size yet especially some of the more established shops who have to invest in the 29er inventory and are unlikely to do so if they think this is fad. Bob, the former HKMBA chairman, is die hard 29er fan and I can tell you that it was a challenge hanging on to Bob's wheel on technical hill climbs and I blame the wheel size differential and not my lack of fitness ;)

Since Flying Ball failed to quench your thirst for information about the TallBoy then I suggest that you next try Sky Blue Bikes at 4 Bonham Strand in Sheung Wan. The owners are firmly committed to the 29er format and carry Trek, Gary Fisher, Chiru and other brands. Elissa, one of the owners, is thrilled with her new 29er. They'll let you test ride bikes there and answer all your questions to give you some peace of mind before buying.

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7 years 4 months ago #1950 by lagerkranser
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I think the setup on that one is actually the second-highest among the available options.. SRAM X0 etc. Weighs 25lbs without pedals.

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7 years 4 months ago #1949 by annoporci
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The Flying Ball Bicycle Shop in Kowloon has a Santa Cruz Tallboy, Medium size, the "entry level" equipment (I forget what it's called), for 38,000HKD. You can ask questions and sit on it to see how it feels. The guy at the flying ball shop is not a 29er enthusiast. I really need to go out there and try it, it does feel quite big. I'm still very much unsure about what to do, and at that price my hesitation could last a little while...

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