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Santa Cruz Bicycles Nomad Carbon 27.5 Mountain Bike Frame

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The Santa Cruz Nomad is among the most capable long-travel, all-mountain bikes available. Its six-and-a-half inches of rear travel, managed by a newly-redesigned VPP suspension system, make the Nomad comfortable in the steepest, roughest terrain on the planet — oh, and you can actually pedal it, too. The 65-degree head angle, mated to oh-so-short, 17.1-inch chainstays, make the Nomad incredibly stable, yet more responsive to rider input than you’d expect with such a slack head angle. One important note about those chainstays, though — they’re so short that Santa Cruz was unable to find room to cram a derailleur in there, so a one-by drivetrain is your only option. Given the availability of small chainrings, though, this shouldn’t be a deterrent, just something to be aware of as you’re building your dream bike. The new VPP design was borrowed from the downhill-focused V10 and adapted for trail use. The refreshed kinematics add up to better mid-stroke support for all-around trail riding, more small-bump compliance, and a more vertical wheel path to afford better pedaling. These improvements, plus thoughtful touches like stealth dropper post routing, ISCG05 tabs for chainguides, and home-workbench-friendly pivot maintenance make the Nomad a favorite for die-hard trail riders.

  • 142x12mm rear axle
  • Rock Shox Monarch Plus RC3 DebonAIR shock
  • Third-generation VPP suspension
  • Standard, threaded, 73mm bottom bracket
  • Easily-serviceable pivots with grease gun fittings, and grease gun included
  • 44/49mm headset
  • ISCG05 tabs

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
carbon fiber
Rear Shock:
Rock Shox Monarch Plus RC3 DebonAir
Rear Travel:
165 mm
Head Tube Diameter:
ZS44/EC49 mixed tapered
Headset Included:
Bottom Bracket Type:
73 mm BSA
ISCG Tabs:
yes, ISCG 05
Cable Routing:
Front Derailleur Mount:
Seatpost Diameter:
31.6 mm
Seat Collar:
35 mm Santa Cruz bolt-on
Rear Axle:
142x12 mm DT RWS thru axle
Claimed Weight:
2812.2 g
Recommended Use:
all mountain, enduro
Manufacturer Warranty:
5 years

Geometry chart

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Geometry Chart



Seat Tube


Effective Top Tube






Stand Over

Head Tube


Head Tube Angle


Seat Tube Angle


Bottom Bracket Height




S  15.5in  22in  23.3in  15.4in  28.6in  3.5in  65º  74.2º  13.4in  17.1in  45in
M  16.5in  23in  23.6in  16.3in  28.5in  3.9in  65º  74.2º  13.4in  17.1in  46.1in
L  18in  24in  24in  17.2in  28.8in  4.3in  65º  74.2º  13.4in  17.1in  47.1in
XL  19.5in  25in  24.3in  18.1in  29.2in  4.7in  65º  74.2º  13.4in  17.1in  48.2in

Geometry Chart

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Is this frame Nomad C? or Nomad CC?


Will an XL frame fit into the Thule Round Trip Sport Bike Travel Case?


Responded on

That frame should fit fine. There is chance you would need to take off the fork because of the length but its not likely.

What is the weight of this frame?

5 5

One bike to rule them all.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was on the fence about buying a Nomad for enduro racing, the occasional park days, and general AM/TR riding in the Pacific Northwest, and I'm so glad I went for it. This bike is truly amazing.

It really does climb well for what it is. Yeah, it's a little cumbersome on super tight singletrack, but it's far more usable than the 65-degree head angle would let on. I'm consistently surprised at how maneuverable it is. Long sustained non-techy climbs are a breeze, especially with a shock like the Monarch or the Cane Creek DBAir CS in climb mode.

But don't get this bike to go slow. Get it because no matter what drop, gap, jump, rock garden, or other assorted gnar you want to send this thing through, it will absolutely eat it up. It truly rides better the faster you go. It's pretty amazing. So fast, so forgiving.

You may hear a lot about how you need to be "on the front" of the bike and always riding aggressively--not really. What IS true is that you need to be riding in the center of the bike, which is a little further forward due to the long front center of the bike. Sit back and the rear shock will compress, the head tube will slacken, and the front wheel will unweight a little. Yeah, then it doesn't handle so great. Find the middle and the ride is beautiful.

After a couple months on all kinds of trails, I can say this is definitely a beast of a bike that will handle anything you throw at it. If enduro racing and park days are in your future, look no further. If low-speed techy singletrack is your thing, the Nomad is probably the wrong bike.

Seriously, this thing rips. And the sales and support from Competitive Cyclist are, as always, second to none. I went with the XX1/ENVE M70/Fox 36 build and added a DBAir CS. It's insane.

Cheers for that photo
Another question: how well does the rear suspension work under braking while desending, does it stiffen up or stay soft.
Any real world experience is much appreciated.

Responded on

Fletcher, I've had a couple days out on the Nomad and didn't notice any change at all. One of the major benefits of VPP is the suppleness of the suspension. Both Santa Cruz and Intense (top companies in larger travel bikes) choose to stick with VPP. I can't say that things don't stiffen up at all, but it wasn't noticeable and definitely wasn't annoying.

Responded on

I bought my Nomad from Adam D and have to agree--after a couple months I haven't noticed significant stiffness under braking.

Hi there
Just wondering if I could put a cane creek DBAIR CS on this frame,
whether there would be any clearance issues.
I also noticed that this bike could take a fork 160mm-180mm, does
this mean I could put the Fox Float 36 170mm 27.5 on with out affecting
the geometry, or if it does by how much.


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Yes Sir see my review above.
I have since reversed position of CCDB Air at the behest of Steve Delacruz from Garage Works. Less mass moving that way makes rear end suspension more supple.

Yes Sir see my review above.   <br/> I have since reversed position of CCDB Air at the behest of Steve Delacruz from Garage Works.  Less mass moving that way makes rear end suspension more supple.
5 5

Better than Expected

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This spring I got a chance to take this bike for a spin in Demo Forest, Santa Cruz?s back yard. WOW! If I had to describe this bike, I?d call it a cross country downhill bike. I?ve nicknamed it the unicorn bike because it shouldn?t exist (and maybe the color). I spend a week in British Columbia racing BC bike race not too long ago and a rider on this bike passed me on both climbs and descents- I was racing in the top 10% (top 5% in Enduro category). I was on an XC race bike. This wouldn?t be my top choice for racing uphill, but it does pedal better than anything else in its category. This will definitely be my next bike- along with a 29 hardtail for racing.

Just got this from you guys. Is the writing...

Just got this from you guys. Is the writing in the badge supposed to be off to the side like this ?.

Just got this from you guys. Is the writing...
Responded on

Hi Mark,

Congrats on the new frame! That's the updated Santa Cruz headtube badge. The logo is indeed off to the side. It adds visual interest, I suppose.

What is E2E of the rear shock?

What is E2E of the rear shock?

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As per Santa Cruz's website:

This bike uses a 216x63mm shock with 22x8mm eyelet hardware (21.8mm x 8mm for SRAM). Please do not use any other shock size or modify with eccentric shock bushings- this can cause damage or clearance issues with the frame.

5 5

Killer video of the new Nomad 27.5

SC Syndicate riders showing us what the new Nomad is all about.