mattwrote a review of Santa Cruz Bicycles Nomad Carbon 27.5 GX Complete Mountain Bike - 2015 on September 23, 2015
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I finally upgraded from my 2012 Rocky Mountain Slayer. I wanted to go to 27.5, and get a 1x. After looking at my options and reading up on some bikes I went with the Nomad. I couldn't be happier. The bike came built ready from the guys at Backcountry/Competitive. They had this thing dialed, other than minor adjustments of my tires and suspension this thing was good to go.
I notice a little bit more of a slack geometry compared to my RM, but only on the descents, and that's not a bad thing. This thing climbs like a champ, I notice the bigger wheels immediately and I climb and roll over things easier.
Coming down I feel more sturdy and in control. It has handled everything I've thrown at it. Would recommend this bike to anyone. I do miss the granny gears a 2x could offer, but that is few and far between. Only on steeper longer climbs.