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Santa Cruz Bicycles Nomad Carbon 27.5" X01 Complete Mountain Bike


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  • Matte Black/Gloss Black, S ($6,599.00)
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For those who wander.

Now in its third iteration, the Nomad doesn’t rest on its laurels. Instead, it uses Santa Cruz’s improved VPP rear suspension system, which features a dual link operation. Working to smooth the compliance of the shock, the new VPP still feels light to pedal while providing more support mid-pedal stroke. The system uses two aluminum counter-rotating links. The upper link provides most of the rotation as the bike compresses into the sag point and the lower link moves the axle rearward to minimize impacts. It is paired with a RockShox Monarch Plus RC3 DebonAir rear shock, which has also been redesigned. The rear wheel travel is 165mm.

As for the frame, the Nomad utilizes Santa Cruz’s proprietary layup method, which places pressure on both the inside as well as the outside of the tubing while it is in the mold. This process squeezes the extra epoxy from the carbon, allowing for a stiffer and lighter tubing. Additionally, the frame is constructed with minimal connection to avoid unnecessary fatigue points.

As compared to the previous frame designs, this Nomad has been designed with a 65-degree head tube angle, its most slack to date. By using the SRAM X01 group, and eliminating the front derailleur, the chainstays were able to be shortened to 17.1 inches. Countering that is the additional inch added to the reach to accommodate the short stem/wide handlebar combination.

  • Collet-style hardware
  • VPP rear suspension with RockShox Monarch Plus RC3 DebonAir rear shock
  • RockShox Pike RCT3 front shock
  • 165mm rear travel
  • SRAM X01 11-speed groupset

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
carbon fiber
Rear Shock:
Rock Shox Monarch Plus RC3 DebonAir
Rear Travel:
165 mm
Rock Shox Pike RCT3 Solo Air
Front Travel:
160 mm
Cane Creek 40
SRAM X01 11-speed
Front Derailleur:
Rear Derailleur:
SRAM X01 11-speed Type 2
ISCG Tabs:
Bottom Bracket:
SRAM X01 11-speed
Shimano XT IceTech RT86
Race Face SIXC 35
Handlebar Width:
800 mm
Lizard Skin Peaty lock on
Race Face Atlas 35
Stem Length:
50 mm
WTB Volt Team
Rock Shox Reverb Stealth
Seat Collar:
Santa Cruz bolt-on
DT Swiss 350
Maxxis High Roller 2
Tire Size:
27.5 in x 2.3 in
not included
Recommended Use:
all mountain, enduro
Manufacturer Warranty:
5 years on frame
Actual Weight:
Matte Black/Gloss Black, S: 12,650g

Geometry chart

Santa Cruz

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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5 5


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

a member of a people having no permanent abode, and who travel from place to place to find fresh pasture for their livestock.

Steep and gnarly, Crush it. Fast and flowy, pin it. Big climbs, stomp it. There's a reason its called a nomad. It goes anywhere, and finds its "fresh pasture". I find myself doing laps in the park, shuttle runs, and all day epics all in the same weekend on this bike. The build kit is absolute perfection. With the new pike and monarch plus the ride is smooth and predictable. 11 speed drivetain means you're never feeling held back by too small of a range of gears. XT brakes give you confident braking power.

The bike is sick. I'm gonna go ride mine now.

5 5

Unbelievable ride

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I ride the stock X01 build with pike fork and debonair rear. This bike is just an incredible ride. My previous all-mountain ride had 180mm travel but the Nomad (with 15mm less travel than I'm accustomed to) is SO much more aggressive. I recommend the Nomad with total confidence. Climbs as good as anything in it's class and is flat out amazing on the down.

One Quiver Bike.

I have the X01 build Nomad with a Vivid Air on the Back instead of the Monarch DebonAir, with the Santa Cruz Carbon bars as well. This bike to put it simply just wants to fly it's been a great bike on and
for everything. When buying the bike I was a little skeptical of it's climb ability due to the slack head angle of the bike but to my surprise this thing bombs up the uphills almost as fast as the downs, with the 27.5in wheel base I find those techy uphill sections a breeze along with the longer wheelbase then I did on my 26incher XC bike. And on the downhill the supple Pike RCT3 provides the perfect compliment to the Vivid Air on the rear allowing me to fly through those rough sections with the control I need to fire into the berms, this bike to me is the best thing that's happened to my mountain bike riding and it's the only one I need whether it be for those long XC days or those lazy lift days I'll always be reaching for my Nomad. Bike weight is 28lbs (Picture taken at Slick Rock trail in Moab UT) Also I'm 6'4" and the XL fits me great.

One Quiver Bike.
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Awesome picture Kyle!!!

I selected this image to feature on the Community Hub at the bottom of the Backcountry.com homepage! Congrats on being utterly GOATWORTHY !!

5 5

very impressive!

  • Gender: Male

I have had the opportunity of riding this bike several times and I must say I love the ride quality. The downfall of a lot of all mountain bikes is that they can be cumbersome-especially when it comes to climbing. Not this mountain goat! It climbs the stairway to heaven as well as it bombs down hill. This is largely due to the lighter frame and slack angles. Definitely an all day bike. Comparing it to the Bronson its a no brainer on which cream rises to the top. I would highly recommend this bike and its sure to make you an enduro winning machine!

If you have specific questions on the bike feel free to reach out to me direct at 801-736-6396 x 4074 or wbranham@competitivecyclist.com

5 5

Believe the hype!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This bike is insane! I am coming off a 2011 nomad and i am a bit surprised how much better this bike is in every way. I am not sure if it due to the new wheel size, slacker angles, or what but this bike is insanely fast down hill and climbs much better than my older nomad. The only issue i have had to adjust to is the super low bottom bracket height causing pedal strikes at unexpected times. I have learned to be aware of this, but i still occasionally drill a rock in places i thought i had plenty of clearance.

5 5

Payment options....

Hello there, do you accept a liver as a payment option???? I dream with this bike!!!

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That's is too funny, I was willing to give up my left n*t for that bike ;)

How does the Nomad compare to the Bronson?...

How does the Nomad compare to the Bronson? Which one is considered more trail vs enduro/all mountain. I guess I'm wondering what the major differences are besides the shorter chain stays and Rock Shox vs Fox.

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A couple things change between the bikes:
- Nomad has 165mm travel where the Bronson is 150mm.
- 1x compatibility only up front (No Front Derailleur) on Nomad
- The chainstay are shorter on the Nomad

**In my experience, the Nomad actually pedals better but the geometry was a bit slacker than the Bronson