Santa Cruz Nomad LT 4

Nomad LT in the Duthie back country
Nomad LT in the Duthie back country In its natural habitat The new lower link getting put to use Fresh off the machine Installed lower link DHX2 bearing eyelet. Flat black ano and raw. DHX2 bearing eyelet installed Leverage ratio graph CAD model of the lower link and bearing eyelet
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Parts Brand Model Additional info
Frame Santa Cruz Nomad CC size M 190 mm travel and +6 mm chainstay with custom lower link
Rear Shock FOX DHX2 Custom bearing eyelet. 230 mm x 65 mm shock. 500 lb spring
Fork Fox Performance Elite 36 170 mm
Handlebar Race Face SixC 35 mm
Stem Race Face Affect 35
Grips ODI Ruffian
Brakes SRAM Code RSC
Shifters SRAM GX
Rear Derailleur SRAM GX 11 Speed
Chainguide OneUp Components Bash Guide ISCG05
Cranks Race Face Turbine Cinch 170mm
Chainrings / Sprocket Race Face Narrow/Wide 32T
Chain KMC X11SL Ti Nitride
Cassette / Rear Cog SRAM XG-1195
Pedals Chromag Scarab
Front Rim DT Swiss EX511
Rear Rim DT Swiss EX511
Hubs Hope Pro 4
Front Tire Maxxis Minnion DHF 2.5 Exo CushCore
Rear Tire Maxxis Highroller II 2.4 Exo CushCore
Saddle Chromag Trailmaster
Seatpost FOX Transfer Performance 150mm
Seatpost Clamp Other Custom machined
General Info
Model Year 2018
Riding Type Downhill
Weight 32 lb 0 oz (14515 g)
Additional Info When I broke my rear triangle riding in towards the end winter it gave me time to undertake a project. In an effort to make the Nomad as downhill oriented as possible I designed and machined a new lower link that boosted the frame to 190 mm of travel and lengthened the chainstay 6 mm. The new configuration runs a 230 mm x 65 mm shock as opposed to the stock 60 mm stroke shock. I created a bit of code in Mathematica that can analyze any configuration of the Nomad's suspension layout and designed the lower link to be more progressive than the stock one. Since I was switching from the Super Deluxe that came with the frame at this time, I decided I wanted to make a bearing eyelet for the DHX2 in order to get unparalleled small bump sensitivity. This combined with the more progressive leverage curve makes the bike track insanely well over chunder while also delivering more pop when hitting jumps. All the while the lower link added a negligible amount of weight and maintains the stock ride height while seated so pedaling is largely unaffected.
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