Santa Cruz Bicycles Nomad Carbon 27.5 Mountain Bike Frame $2,999.00
Third time's the charm.
We’ve heard it said that there’s no such thing as a perfect bike for all conditions, but if there’s one bike that has repeatedly challenged this notion, it’s the Nomad. Now in its third generation, the Santa Cruz Nomad Mountain Bike Frame builds on the all-terrain ability of its predecessors to deliver a ruthless trail shredding experience. In keeping with modern riding styles, it’s slacker, longer, and more stable, with tighter chainstays to keep it responsive. And yes, it’s now built around 27.5 inch wheels. It’s fast, aggressive, and capable of keeping up with the wildest riders on the planet. In other words, this is the bike the Nomad was born to be.
The Nomad’s VPP suspension platform has been considerably improved as compared to the previous version, with particular focus being paid to improving mid-stroke support, as well as off-the-top small bump compliance. Much as it always has, it still maintains the snappy pedaling that’s essential for piloting a long-travel bike to the top of your favorite runs. At the heart of VPP is two aluminum counter-rotating links. The upper-link, borrowed from the V10, provides most of the rotation as the bike compresses into the sag point. This yields a vertical wheel path, which is responsible for the firm pedaling feel.
As the bike compresses deeper into the suspension, the lower-link activates, moving the axle path rearward. The rearward axle path enables the rear wheel to travel out of the way of impacts. This affords you extra margin for error when you’re experimenting with the ragged edge of control. It’s a design that’s well matched by the incredibly capable Rockshox Monarch Plus RC3 DebonAir rear shock, which has been redesigned to offer even better small-bump compliance than its predecessor. And you'll find the same collet-style pivot hardware that's become standard for Santa Cruz's suspension bikes. This means that your pivots stay tight, and are easily serviceable by home mechanics.
Santa Cruz's industry-leading carbon fiber construction is on display here as well. Both the front and rear triangles are constructed as a whole, rather than bonding them together from sub-assemblies. With this process, the fibers remain uninterrupted by seams, maximizing strength on an already notoriously bulletproof frame. Additionally, the inside of the tubes have the same perfectly smooth finish as the outside thanks to maximum the compaction of the layers. The benefit is that it's lighter, because any excess epoxy is squeezed from the frame prior to curing. And testing has proven that this provides the ideal degree of compaction, further enhancing frame strength.
As compared to previous iterations of the Nomad, it’s safe to say that this is the most aggressive version yet. The head angle has been relaxed to an ultra-stable 65 degrees. Rear wheel travel has been increased to 165mm. By doing away with the need for a front derailleur, the chainstays have been shortened to a highly responsive 17.1 inches—no small feat when considering that the wheel size has grown to 27.5 inches. In keeping with modern bike fit, the reach measurements have grown by a full inch per size to provide adequate reach with today’s shorter stems. The result is a bike that’s most at home charging full-bore into hair-raising terrain. And while it yields stability traditionally reserved for downhill bikes, the 6.2 pound frame weight, combined with steeper seat tube angles, means that it’s surprisingly pleasant to pedal back up for another lap.
The Nomad utilizes a 44/49mm headset for compatibility with tapered forks. The rear dropouts accept a 142x12mm thru-axle rear hub, which keeps the frame stiff under power. The 73mm English threaded bottom bracket shell ensures a creak-free crankset and easy service. The frame requires a 31.6mm seatpost, which makes it compatible with extra-long six inch dropper posts. And it’s not compatible with a front derailleur. You have the option to run a narrow-wide chainring, as has become the new standard for aggressive trail bikes, or should you desire maximum retention, the ISCG05 tabs allow for simple chainguide setup.
The Santa Cruz Nomad Mountain Bike Frame is available in four sizes, from Small, to X-Large, and in the colors Matte Black/gloss black, and Turquoise/pink.
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Reviews & Community
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.
If you have any questions or would like to place an order feel free to reach out to me direct. My number here is 801-736-6396 x 5630 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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 ?.
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?
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.
Killer video of the new Nomad 27.5
SC Syndicate riders showing us what the new Nomad is all about.