The redesigned Santa Cruz Nomad was created to satisfy the hard-charging rider who lives for gravity-fueled runs. With 170mm of VPP suspension, a slack 65-degree head angle, and 27.5-inch wheels, the Nomad offers a plush ride coupled with muscled agility for sight-blurring blazes down big, technical descents. The revised geometry creates more room in the cockpit while shortening the rear end, and the steeper seat tube angle tames uphill battles on rangy adventures. The "S" build steps-up performance with a RockShox Lyrik RC fork, Sram Code R brakes, and SRAM GX 12-speed transmission. The Nomad's reputation is built on consistently pushing the envelope of how DH a bike can get while still remaining usable on most trails. With each iteration we nudge the travel and geometry further towards the outer limits, and each time we surprise ourselves at just how completely rideable the end result remains.
The fourth generation design sees a dramatic shift to the lower-link mounted shock configuration. This is the first time that learnings from years of V10 development have translated across to one of our trail bikes.
The shock rate is now almost completely linear—which means feather-light small bump sensitivity right off the bat, a supportive midstroke and overall progression that you'd normally only experience on a DH bike. To keep the gravity vibe going we've ensured the Nomad can run both standard metric coil shocks and lighter air units to suit any preference.
Full shock compatibility creates challenges when trying to cram everything into the precious bottom bracket area. But the continued evolution of our carbon tech means we're able to create a svelte, strong, swingarm/front triangle combo that's as much art as it is engineering.
We even managed to squeeze in a flip-chip feature on the lower link too. Think of the high setting as "regular", the way the bike's mostly meant to be ridden, and the low setting as being closer to full on DH status.
To handle all this new-found capability the geometry has adapted too. It's longer and lower-slung than ever to ensure maximum stability and confidence on absolutely everything.
The whole package is crowned with a raft of subtle yet essential details. Bolt-on downtube protectors and shuttle guards act as a helmet for your frame—a replaceable front line against abuse. An integrated shock fender has also been added to keep crud out of the suspension.
|Frame||Santa Cruz Carbon, 170mm travel, 148x12mm thru-axle|
|Fork||Rock Shox Lyrik RC 170|
|Headset||Cane Creek 40|
|Rear Shock||RockShox Super Deluxe R|
|Rims/Wheels||E13 TRS 27.5 32h 30mm|
|Hubs||Novatec D642 (Rear 12x148 XD), Novatec D641 (Front 15x110mm)|
|Tires||Maxxis Minion DHF 3C MaxxTerra TR 27.5x2.5 (Front); Maxxis Minion DHR2 TR; 27.5x2.4(Rear)|
|Crankset||SRAM GX Eagle|
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM GX Eagle|
|Rear Cogs||SRAM XG1275 Eagle 10-50T|
|Shifters||SRAM GX Eagle|
|Handlebars||Race Face Aeffect R 35x780 20mm Rise|
|Tape/Grips||Santa Cruz Palmdale Lock-on|
|Brake Levers||SRAM Code R|
|Seat Post||Rockshox Reverb Stealth; 31.6x125mm (S), 150mm (M-L), 170mm (XL)|