New England riding which Santa Cruz Tallboy or Hightower

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Posted: Jan 17, 2020 at 12:19 Quote
Recently moved to New England. I have been riding Vietnam and F. Gilbert Hills mostly. The rocks and roots are a bit too much on the current Trek Fuel98 XC plus I am on my 3rd frame. 6'5" 215lbs and don't ride as aggressive as I once did.

Narrowed it down to 2020 Santa Cruz Tallboy or the Hightower. I am thinking possibly R or S carbon over aluminium with the carbon wheels in an XXL.

For the ride - New England XC, I am looking for something forgiving on rocky downhills but still climbs. I am not sure if the Tallboy has the travel or if the Hightower will be too squishy.

Still up in the air with local shops. Being told Santa Cruz is doing a computer upgrade so they have no clue what's available. Not sure who has decent mechanics and I don't want to pick my LBS on someone in sales person not getting back to me on availability. Landry's and Bikebarn seem to be the options between PVD and BOS.

Posted: Jan 17, 2020 at 16:02 Quote
The 36 forks are a good nit more stable. I am 6', 215 and have owned the previous TB, HT, and now the Hightower LT. My trails would be considered XCish by most. I ride in the foothills of NC. A short travel bike is all I really need, but the longer travel bike is a hoot. I bought a leftover HT with the intention of selling the LT, but it does everything so well I ended up selling HT. I was pleasantly surprised at how well the longer travel bikes pedal now. I like a firm pedaling platform and have ran the shock in the mid position on all my bikes.

I have been eyeing a new HT too, but right now, I have no complaints. Maybe later in the year.

I don't like factory stuff so I end up replacing everything. I will be doing a frame next go around. I built my YB from the frame and my LT was a store closing deal and got a really good price.

Also, I picked up a set of Reserve carbon wheels this past fall and have been really pleased over the custom I9/Stans Flow I had prior.

You may want to call Colorado Cyclist as they tend to work with you on price if you ask.

Posted: Jan 17, 2020 at 16:03 Quote
Also, my bike now is under 30 lbs, but I found reducing the 1/2 lb in rotational weight on the wheels made the most difference.

Posted: Jan 22, 2020 at 5:45 Quote
Thanks for the reply. Went with the TB and wheel upgrade.

Posted: Jan 22, 2020 at 6:49 Quote
Hard to make a wrong choice. lol

would like to hear your review of the bike once you get a chance to spend a little time on it.

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