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2017 Santa Cruz Nomad S - Aluminum

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2017 Santa Cruz Nomad S - Aluminum


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 svelt, 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.

The crowning glory of the Nomad, however, has been in the making longer than the frame itself: the all new Santa Cruz Reserve carbon wheels.  Spec'd exclusively on the Nomad for now, you can read more about how these wheels came into being right here

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Frame Material Carbon CC

Fork Rock Shox Lyrik RCT3 Solo Air 170

Shock RockShox Super Deluxe Coil RCT


Chainguide E13 TRS+ 1x Guide

Rear Dérailleur SRAM X01 Eagle

Shifters SRAM X01 Eagle

Chainring Size 32 Tooth

Crankset SRAM X1 Carbon

Bottom Bracket Included w/ crankset

Cassette SRAM XG1295; 10-50t

Chain SRAM X01 Eagle Powerlock

Brakes SRAM Code RSC

Brake Rotors Avid Centerline; 180mm

Headset Cane Creek 40, Integrated

Bars Santa Cruz Carbon 800mm Bar, 35mm clamp

Stem Race Face Aeffect R

Grips Santa Cruz Palmdale Lock-on

Front Hub DT Swiss 350 110x15 Torque Cap

Rear Hub DT Swiss 350 148x12DT Swiss 350 148x12

Rims E13 TRS 30mm

Spokes DT Swiss Competition Double-Butted

Front Tire Maxxis Minion DHF 3C EXO TR, 27.5x2.5

Rear Tire Maxxis Minion DHR II EXO TR - 27.5x2.4

Tubes Stans Sealant

Seat Post Rockshox Reverb Stealth; 31.6x125mm (S), 150mm (M), 170mm (L-XL)

Saddle WTB Silverado Pro