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Introducing the all-new Santa Cruz Nomad...

Now in its third generation, the full carbon Nomad frame has been completely redesigned to stay ahead of enduro racing’s ever-more DH trajectory. An aggressive 65 degree head angle takes the geometry to Defcon 1 levels of DH readiness, delivering V10 handling at Syndicate speeds. Santa Cruz has also added a V10-style upper link, increased VPP travel to 165mm and improved small bump performance.

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Nomad Frame Highlights

  • 27.5-inch wheels
  • 165mm VPP suspension
  • Internal routing
  • Full carbon frame and swingarm
  • Single-chain-ring-only design
  • Compatible with 160-180mm fork
  • Molded rubber swingarm and downtube protectors
  • Forged aluminum upper link and lower link
  • Single recessed grease port on lower link
  • Collet axle pivots with angular contact bearings
  • Carbon ISCG-05 tabs
  • 142mm rear axle spacing
  • Threaded bottom bracket
  • Frame weight: 6.2-pounds (2.8kg) and up with Rock Shox Monarch Plus
  • S, M, L, and XL sizes
  • 5 year warranty
  • Lifetime bearings and crash replacement warranty
  • MSRP: $2,999 Frame + Monarch Plus Debonair Shock // $3,250 Frame + Vivid R2C Shock

Frame Details

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The new one-by only design also permits a beautifully recessed and protected lower link, resulting in some seriously compact 17.1-inch chainstays. Match that with an inch more reach in the cockpit and you’ve got the ideal set-up for tearing down the side of Chilean stratovolcanoes.

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None of that comes at the expense of pedaling ability either. New pivot locations and a steeper seat tube angle place the rider right above the bottom bracket, delivering power to the pedals in liaison stage crushing style.

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As ever with Santa Cruz, it’s what’s on the inside that counts. The internal cable routing is so trick it’s a shame it never sees the light of day. Thin carbon fiber tubes molded into the frame from entry to exit, ensuring completely integrated hassle-free routing every time.

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All wrapped up in stealth black or blue/magenta colors with matchy matchy fork and wheel decals, the new Nomad shows just how rad things can get with some single-ring-minded focus.

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Geometry

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Complete Build Highlights

  • RockShox Pike RCT3 Solo Air 160mm fork
  • RockShox Monarch Plus Debonair or Vivid Air RC2 shock
  • Complete builds starting at 27.1-pounds (12.3kg)
  • MSRP: $6,599 complete for SRAM X01 build, including Reverb Stealth // $7,999 for SRAM XX1 build

In Action

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All photos © Santa Cruz Bicycles/Gary Perkin

The new Nomad starts shipping April 1, 2014. Visit www.santacruzbikes.com for more details.

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bturman bturman 4/1/2014 12:55 AM

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Straight tubes!
Serviceable bearings not designed for a fishing reel or RC car!
Water bottle mount!
Threaded BSA BB shell!!! (those who complain about lack of PF30 just don't know yet.....)

Thank you SC, finally a possible replacement for 2011 Speshy Enduro (with janky proprietary shock).
It's been a while, but I seem to remember shredding VPP's back in the day.

The baby blue/pink one sure does look like it was speced by Mr Sloan.
Jumping ships? smile

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Looks cool, but is it good for Enduro™? Also seems a little bummer that they force you to 1x but then use a 73mm threaded shell. Say what you will... This #HatersGonnaHate

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Ok, noob question here, they state that the reach is 1" longer than before, but top tube measurements are basically the same as previous versions, so what is reach?

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Reach is explained here - http://www.pinkbike.com/news/08ReachStackStandard.html
The seat tube angle is quite a bit steeper on this new model which gives the appearance of the top tube lengths being about the same, but the distance between your feet and hands is greater.

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This looks like an amazingly fun bike. I can't believe I'm saying this but the HA might be too slack for me. 65 on a 160mm fork and if you want to bump the travel up to 180 that would make it about 64 degrees.

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I was lucky enough to get one of the early new Nomads and I can tell you that with a 160mm Pike and Minion DHF exo 2.35 tires, the head angle measure out to 66. I'm assuming 65 is measurement for a 180mm fork.

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@ballr so how did it pedal uphill compared to the older nomad? The slacker head angle makes it seem like it could be worse, but I always felt on the older nomads that the seat angle hurt uphill ability. Still love the nomad and this version looks awesome

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I'll be the first to admit I don't really care how a bike pedals up hills. That said, I think this thing pedals quite capably. I will say, that my flat pedals combined with the low BB ensure I am a bit pickier when climbing tech stuff. Climbing rocky notches and that have become a thinking man's game for me now (not my strong suit). Whatever shortcomings it may have in that regard are quickly forgotten once the bike points down the track. It's simply amazingly fun to ride.

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It's vpp because the links are counter-rotating. KS and DW and Maestro are basically the same because the links rotate in the same direction, completely different feel .

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No Alu option? Is this only going to be offered in carbon? I know $3K is the going rate for a premium carbon frame, but I don't see why they couldn't offer the Nomad in Alu for half the price.

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I was under the impression that the bigger travel Santa Cruz performed better with a coil? Or have they changed it that much that it will work with a good air shock? Im not at all clued up mind about suspension/VPP so any education will be welcomed.

But really how nice is the all black!!

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I'd like to see a leverage rate graph. I can't see how it can not have the usual SC boomerang rate curve. Typical initial wack of anti-squat gives the game away.

Such a shame it hasn't got a good single pivot or horst-linked layout as the sizing and geo looks great.

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Well they offer the Batman (125mm) and Heckler (150mm) as alum singlepivot 27.5ers. Neither have the 165mm travel the Nomad does. I had a gen 1 Nomad and at 165mm of travel, it was hard to find a public trail that could give that bike a challenge. That's a lot of bike. Especially with the growing trend of smoothing out bike parks for the noobs. A bike of this caliber may be overkill...

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