Pro Bike Check: Mihai Moga's Santa Cruz Nomad C 30

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Vital MTB member Mihai
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My Santa Cruz Nomad Carbon, ready for the trail.
My Santa Cruz Nomad Carbon, ready for the trail. RockShox Lyrik RC2DH up front and Vivid Air with medium tune out back. Works Components headset with 1.5-degree cup. Slacks the bike out really nicely. Truvativ Boobars cut to 30-inches and Avid X0 Trail brakes with 180mm and 160mm rotors. I heat shrink-wrapped my cables to see how it would work. As you can see it works great! So I was able to get my hands on a RockShox Reverb Stealth, but Nomads aren't prepped for the cable to run through the frame. I had a friend X-ray the frame to see if the cable would even be able to make it through the BB area. It could. <font color="#FF0000"><b>THIS WILL VOID YOUR FRAME WARRANTY AND IS NOT APPROVED BY SANTA CRUZ!</b></font> Even though I knew my warranty would be voided, I went for it anyways and created an entrance hold for the Reverb Stealth cable. Look at how nice and clean she is! I've been riding the bike hard, casing jumps and so far, so good. SRAM X0 drive train. I love the type 2 derailleur with clutch system. It keeps the bike quiet. Burgtec Penthouse flats with Ti spindles. Flats are most fun for everyday riding, but when I race, I'll throw on clips. I love a quiet bike, so I've used 3M mastic tape in every nook and cranny I can to keep noise down. Around the chainguide... On the just dampens the sound and lets me hear my knobs ripping the dirt. Over-the-top? Maybe, but it's how I roll. My timing system inspired by TJ Sharp. A cheap watch, and iPod cable and a Radio Shack Trigger button. Under $10 and more accurate than Strava. My timing system inspired by TJ Sharp. A cheap watch, and iPod cable and a Radio Shack Trigger button. Under $10 and more accurate than Strava. My timing system inspired by TJ Sharp. A cheap watch, and iPod cable and a Radio Shack Trigger button. Under $10 and more accurate than Strava. Chillin' at Red Rocks. Tongue out, flat out.
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Parts Brand Model Additional info
Frame Santa Cruz Nomad Carbon Size Medium with some modifications like *custom* Reverb Stealth capability and plenty of Mastic tape to keep things quiet.
Rear Shock RockShox Vivid Air R2C Medium tune
Fork RockShox Lyrik RC2DH with Travel Adjust
Headset Other Works Components using 1.5-degree cup
Handlebar Truvativ Boobar Cut to 30-inches
Stem Thomson X4 50mm
Grips SRAM Lock-on
Brakes Avid X0 Trail 180mm front and 160mm rear
Brake Levers Avid X0 Trail
Shifters SRAM X0 Rear only
Rear Derailleur SRAM X0 Type 2 Love how quiet the clutch is
Chainguide e*thirteen LG1+ Chainguide
Cranks Truvativ X0
Chainrings / Sprocket e*thirteen Guidering 36t
Bottom Bracket Truvativ
Chain SRAM PC-1091R 10SPD Hollowpin Chain
Cassette / Rear Cog SRAM X0 10-speed, 11-36
Pedals Burgtec Penthouse Flats Mk3 Pedal with Ti Axle I will run clips for racing if necessary
Front Rim Sun Ringle Equalizer
Rear Rim Sun Ringle Equalizer
Hubs Burgtec 20mm front, 10x135
Spokes DT Swiss
Front Tire Specialized Butcher SX 2.3
Rear Tire Specialized Ground Control 2.3
Saddle SDG Duster with Ti Rails
Seatpost RockShox Reverb Stealth Yes, a Stealth on a Nomad. The video below will explain : )
Seatpost Clamp Thomson
General Info
Riding Type Trail / All-Mountain
Additional Info The video will provide more details on set up and build. Hope you get inspired! -Moga <iframe src="" width="600" height="338" frameborder="0"></iframe>
  • pvflyer

    6/8/2014 8:15 PM

    Nicely done, like how u routed the reverb

  • Tuup_J

    6/24/2013 5:04 AM

    Hello, first of all, sick bike!
    I have a question, I see a short cage x0 derallieur and a 10 speed cassette with 36t as biggest sprocket. Don't you need a medium cage derallieur to handle the 10 speed cassette or works this also good? Best regards, Jeroen.

  • WhipChop

    6/2/2013 8:55 AM

    Mihai - Love this bike setup. A quick tire question for you. I just stuck a Spec Butcher SX up front and am liking it so far. I feel like my conti trail king 2.2 in the rear is a bit lacking now. What Spec tire would you recommend for the back? I live in Northern Utah and usually it's dry loose soil over hard. Thanks!

  • Mihai

    6/2/2013 10:43 AM

    Hi, I use a Specialized Ground Control Grid UST 2.30. I like this tire very much- it seems to work well in most conditions, especially over dry loose soil over hard-pack ( conditions are similar here at home).
    Hope that helps,

  • 은래_주

    5/15/2013 8:13 PM

    I get inspired from you ~~ . I installed stealth on seat tube.

  • rkoozno

    12/13/2012 7:52 AM

    Hey, I'll buy that bike when you are done with it. Very nice set up.

  • 970Shredder

    12/9/2012 8:25 PM

    THAT is a sick whip.

  • Acadian

    12/9/2012 5:21 AM

    I'm disappointed - no mention of the brand of zip ties used. way to leave out the critical details.

    sweet ride...

  • Mihai

    12/9/2012 10:19 AM

    Excellent point Acadian...sorry. I have to admit that I'm somewhat embarrassed, but I do have "special" zip ties. They are Panduit Cable Ties with steel barb lock, and dome-top (round edges). They are the best that I have found- never break and no sharp edges. I ordered them from here:"]

  • Acadian

    12/9/2012 12:21 PM

    hahahha - it takes a special bread to get excited over Zip Ties. You should have seen the order I placed the day I realized McMastercarr had a mega wide selection. Thanks for that link - but it doesn't seem to work for me.

  • Acadian

    12/9/2012 1:44 PM

    ah it worked now..before it was saying I wasn't logged in. I particularly like these:

  • Mihai

    12/8/2012 9:07 PM

    Thanks everyone for the kind comments! I have fun building/ "customizing" my bikes and this Nomad was no exception.

  • mpj96

    12/8/2012 1:15 AM

    Awesome, wicked bike

  • AdamZiegler52

    12/7/2012 10:20 PM

    Moga your bike looks really dirty... And your stickers are askew

  • ChaseLife

    12/8/2012 7:49 AM

    Yes I agree

  • ballr

    12/7/2012 8:14 PM

    starva es teh gayzor.

    Charp lookeen biiiike, mang.

  • kyle10bike

    12/7/2012 5:47 PM

    Very nice! Like the photo of The Walll at the end, was that when you stole my KOM?!

  • Mihai

    12/8/2012 9:12 PM

    Thank you! Sorry Kyle, Hornick was buying sushi dinner. You should ask him where your dinner is.

  • jbones

    12/7/2012 4:31 PM

    what is your pinkbike username or facebook...nice bike..considered getting or jaybird951 on pinkbike.

  • bturman

    12/8/2012 6:31 PM

    Moga doesn't do pinkbike

  • Mihai

    12/8/2012 9:08 PM

    Correct. I do not.

  • Peresite70

    12/7/2012 1:15 PM

    Bike looks super cleand & SWEET!! I'm in the process of building a 13 carbon stumpy EVO which is going to be black and blue kinda like yours but with more blue in it. I'll definitely be posting it up once I'm finished with it here in the next couple weeks... Great build you've done for sure!!

  • Josh_Swanke

    12/7/2012 11:23 AM

    Yeah Mogas badass his lines are as clean as his bike.

  • Hittheshowers13

    12/7/2012 9:40 AM

    Looks pretty dialed. Quite similar to another one on here...

  • bhalpin47

    12/7/2012 9:35 AM

    What a clean ride... I love the black and blue color scheme. Can you clean the Mt. Falcon climb on that rig!?

  • Mihai

    12/8/2012 9:09 PM

    Thanks! I used to be able to clean Mt. Falcon with a similar build nomad, but I haven't been on that trail for a long time. I like riding other trails around here more than Mt. Falcon.

  • astrizzle

    12/7/2012 9:22 AM

    Super clean man

  • Dave_Camp

    12/7/2012 8:56 AM

    Moga= DIALER!!!

  • odin

    12/7/2012 8:01 AM

    That is a pretty nasty bike there!

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