Andrew... once again, a beautiful mind expanding article! Thanks, I love reading this stuff. Very thought provoking. I often wondering about the perfect set up for gearing...love one gear, but its getting hard on the knees. 1x 12 is so not necessary. 1x6 perhaps?
That's great you crashed on, what I'm assuming is the Coal Creek Heritage Trail, a hard right hander just before crossing the road potentially. Dirty...excuse the pun.
Oh I don't think anything really exists between the two bikes, I really just wish that Santa Cruz made the tallboy frame a bit lighter, just for those BIG days in the saddle. I will "reluctantly" ride this bike another season.
I bought a new Tallboy V4 to start the season last year. Honestly this bike is the cliché indulging "quiver killer"!
I was coming off a 2016 5010 and really wanted a bike that pedaled better. My local rides(Fernie) were definitely more fast (up & down), but it wasn't the slightly more xc machine I had hoped for. This Tallboy was 29lbs, a little portly for an xc rig. I soon came to realize what I had was definitely not an xc bike and that was ok.
I upped the fork to 140mm and embraced what I had... an all out weapon of a bike that really could ride all I could throw at it. After 50,000m of climbing last summer the bike was flawless, more bike than I thought was possible for 120mm.
Long rides and short quickies it was good for everything. This is a very complicated case Maude. You know, a lotta ins, a lotta outs, lotta what-have-yous.