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Santa Cruz Bicycles Nomad Carbon 27.5" X01 Complete Mountain Bike

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There are few bikes on the market that have as strong a history with hard charging riders as the Nomad. And while the Santa Cruz Nomad X01 Complete Mountain Bike may be the value-oriented option out of the lineup, you’ll forget that fact the moment it hits dirt. Now in its third generation, the 27.5 inch wheeled equipped trail slayer is even more aggressive than its predecessors, which translates into added confidence when you’re tackling the hairiest terrain you dare to ride.

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.

As you probably guessed, the X01 AM build features SRAM's 11-speed X01 groupset. By using a massive 10-42 cassette, you're able to get a gearing range that's similar to a traditional double chainring drivetrain, without the need for a front derailleur. Suspension duties are handled by Rock Shox, with a Pike RCT3 up front, and a Monarch Plus RTC3 out back. This has become perhaps our favorite suspension package for aggressive use, thanks to the combination of controlled stroke, and plush feel. Stopping is provided by Shimano’s proven XT brakeset. You'll find a Race Face SIXC carbon fiber handlebar, held in place with a Race Face Atlas stem. The staff favorite Rockshox Reverb Stealth six inch dropper post puts control of your saddle height at your fingertips. Rounding out the build kit is a hand built wheelset comprised of DT's legendary 350 hubs laced with DT spokes to WTB i23 tubeless compatible rims. They're wrapped in Maxxis High Roller II tires, which have developed a loyal following for their fast rolling and incredible grip across a broad range of trail conditions.

The Santa Cruz Nomad X01 Complete Mountain Bike is available in four sizes, from Small, to X-Large, and in the colors Matte Black/gloss black, and Turquoise/pink.

  • 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

sizing chart

Bike size by rider height


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

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Very impressive!

    I 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

    Ticket to Ride

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This bike really embodies what mountain biking is to me. It will take you anywhere you want to go. Whether it's exploring local XC trails, shuttling DH trails, cruising flow trails at the resort, or climbing to the top of a mountain. I've had several of the best contenders in the "do-it-all" bike category the past few years. There's a whole lot of fun bikes out there so I don't believe any one bike is the end-all solution, but the Nomad is hard to beat. I'll save myself some time here and just say that the hype you have read about this bike is true, so if it sounds like then bike for you then I highly suggest going for it. I've put a few hundred miles on mine so far and still get excited about riding it every time.

    one of the best bike on here

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    No better name than the Nomad, the bike crushes it, I would echo what has been said about the Nomad. I also have custom builds on this bike for the same price and less in other colors and sizes now. contact me at and I can help you out on those.


    • 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.


    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.

    Awesome picture Kyle!!!

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

    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.

    Thanks Dave. Shred in peace buddy. We miss you.

    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.

    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