Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy LT Carbon R AM Complete Bike - $4,149.95

The Santa Cruz Tallboy LT Carbon R AM Complete Bike isn't necessarily a Tallboy with longer legs. No. It gets its own carbon chassis and geometry to squeeze the most out of its 29in shoes, 135mm travel, VPP suspension, and an SLX equipped R AM kit. To start with, the LT is destined for more aggressive terrain and riding then the XC-oriented Tallboy, and accordingly, it required a tweaked version of Santa Cruz's proprietary carbon processes. For added strength, the front triangle received the same one-piece construction with added material at the head tube and bottom bracket junction. The carbon fibers are also continuous around the tube junctions to increase the distribution of load while improving the absorbency of impact energy. Looking at the geometry, the Tallboy LT Carbon is longer and taller than its sibling. But, to keep that in perspective, the original Tallboy's short chainstays and ultra-compact head tube make it one of the most nimble full-suspension 29ers out there. The Tallboy LT Carbon maintains similar dimensions, but it adds 35mm of rear travel (135mm total) while accommodating a 130-150mm front fork. The head tube angle has been slackened a bit, to a more stable 69.5 degrees. Throw in the inherent rolling advantages of 29 inch wheels and you have a bike that conquers the sketchiest descents with aplomb. The VPP rear suspension on the Tallboy LT Carbon utilizes patented, counter-rotating shock links that allow for a variable feel throughout the suspension travel. When sag is set correctly, the Tallboy LT Carbon is extremely responsive to small- and medium-sized bumps. On larger hits that push it deeper into its travel, it becomes more stubborn, a necessity to avoid harsh bottom-out. It's also a crisp, efficient pedaler -- even in the small chainring. Another big plus of VPP suspension is its durability. In fact, Santa Cruz guarantees the pivot bearings for life. - $4,149.95