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Santa Cruz Bicycles Nomad Carbon CC XX1 Complete Mountain Bike - 2016

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A novel approach.

The prologue to the Nomad Carbon CC XX1 Complete Mountain Bike's story is the 65-degree head tube, which sits just one degree steeper than the dual-crown V10 and makes for a long, stable wheelbase that comes within two inches of Santa Cruz's dedicated DH sled. That makes the Nomad's story seem pretty straightforward at first, but the subsequent chapters flesh-out and complicate it. These complications include putting the emphasis on power transfer with a steep seat tube angle and chainstays virtually on par with the Bronson and almost rivaling the nimble 5010 for stubbiness. Add to this 6.5in of travel, and the Nomad begins to resemble the bridge between DH, enduro, and trail bikes, a truly novel approach to an all-mountain rig.

If the Nomad's geometry recommends it for all-mountain chaos, then the light, stiff Carbon CC frame construction means that chaos isn't limited to just DH. It may not be a featherweight climber, but with a claimed frame weight of around 2,800g, it's not that far off the mark. The frame returns in 2016 with the same material and build as 2015's top Nomad model, which means that it remains Santa Cruz's best. For the CC build, the engineers use a higher modulus carbon than the Carbon C model, so less material is required to hit the same strength and stiffness numbers. Less material equates to less weight, and, well, you can see where we're going with this. Climbing and pure speed both benefit when there's less mass for your engine to propel.

The frame's two carbon triangles are built as whole pieces rather than glued together from disparate bits. This saves weight and increases structural integrity by allowing Santa Cruz to wrap carbon continuously through and around key junctures. This method reinforces the frame with less material while eliminating the artificial stress points that result from bonded construction methods. Finally, the carbon is also compacted from the inside and the outside for a more even finish that avoids any structural defects, excess material build-up, and resin pooling for — you guessed it — even more weight savings.

All that carbon goodness meets at a VPP suspension platform, which returns for the new model year with the same improved mid-stroke support and small bump compliance that maintains snappy pedaling to take advantage of the stiff, lightweight chassis and relatively stubby chainstays while piloting the Nomad's 6.5in of travel to the top of your favorite runs. The system's two counter-rotating links yield a vertical wheel path in initial travel to maintain a firm pedaling feel over small bumps and climbs. As the bike compresses deeper into the suspension, the axle moves rearward to accommodate big hits for extra margin of error when you’re experimenting with the Nomad's long, low geometry on the ragged edge of control.

Despite the frame's enduro posture, the Nomad's XX1 build kit looks more like something we'd expect to find on a professional XC rig. SRAM's one-by trump card, XX1, gets the nod for the entire drivetrain save the Race Face SIXC Carbon crankset. The combination of weight savings, durable simplicity, and a generous 10-42t cassette range all complement the Nomad's versatile, all-mountain tendencies. The wheels feature Easton's new ARC 27 rims laced to DT Swiss's 240s hubs, whose fast engagement plays a key role in popping the Nomad over a rocky crux move before dropping in and laying waste.

  • Enduro bike that truly blends the best of trail and DH
  • 160mm of front squish, with 165mm in the rear on VPP suspension
  • Stable long-and-low front end with a snappy rear triangle
  • Full SRAM XX1 drivetrain with burly Race Face crankset
  • Fast engagement and enviable durability from DT Swiss 240 hubs
  • Santa Cruz is as known for its color schemes as it is for its innovative designs

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
Carbon CC
Virtual Pivot Point
Rear Shock:
Rock Shox Monarch Plus
Rear Travel:
165 mm
RockShox Pike RCT3 Solo Air
Front Travel:
160 mm
Cane Creek 110
SRAM XX1 (right only)
Front Derailleur:
Rear Derailleur:
ISCG Tabs:
yes, ISCG 05
32 t Race Face SIXC Carbon
Bottom Bracket:
73mm BAS threaded
10 - 42 t SRAM XG1195
SRAM Guide Ultimate
Brake Type:
hydraulic disc
180 / 180 mm Avid Centerline
Santa Cruz Carbon
Handlebar Width:
800 mm
Santa Cruz Palmdale lock-on
Easton Haven aluminum
WTB Silverado SLT
[sizes medium - x-large] RockShox Reverb Stealth 150mm, [size small] RockShox Reverb Stealth 125mm
[rims] Easton ARC 27
DT Swiss 240s
Front Axle:
15 x 100mm
Rear Axle:
12 x 142mm
Maxxis Minion
Tire Size:
27.5 x 2.3 in
not included
Recommended Use:
enduro, all-mountain
Manufacturer Warranty:
lifetime on frame

sizing chart

Nomad 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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Definition of Enduro

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have not been on a better bike. I ride to earn my turns and if you agree with that statement, The Nomad is the bike to own. The Santa Cruz Nomad will not disappoint you. I was riding a Tallboy LT before I switched to the Nomad and I was skeptical. The Tallboy is a lightweight 29r built to climb. But I wanted something that could be enjoyable going downhill as well.

My first ride up hill with the Nomad was no disappointment. I felt great climbing up and that’s not even the good part. The ride up is just a warm up for this bike. You would never guess that a bike that could climb so well would be at ease on the downhill. There is no terrain that will trip this bike up. Santa Cruz hit the nail on the head when building this bike. The specs are on point and I don't think it can get any better. I am 6ft and 200 lbs. and ride a large frame. I don't know what other bike I would get to replace this bike.

This is a bike that you can skip the lift, ride up the mountain and hit the Double black trails on the way down.

Definition of Enduro

One bike quiver!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you like to ride the big boy trails, or if you just like a plush ride, you definitely cannot go wrong with the new Nomad. I was absolutely blown away with how well this bike climbed, but yet still has a 65 degree head angle for the extra stability to pin it down any track while giving the stability and confidence that you aren't going to die. You can get a water bottle in the front triangle regardless of the shock which is a huge plus for those not riding with a pack now days and the internal tubing for the cable routing makes bike building or housing replacement a dream. If you've been dreaming about that new bike, you definitely cannot go wrong with the Nomad. A one bike quiver to rule them all. If you need help with a custom build or just have questions on how it will ride, don't hesitate to reach out.

One bike quiver!

Whats the difference between the S, CC X01, and CC XX1?

Hey Clinton - Santa Cruz makes four different grades of their Carbon frames. In ascending order of quality: Carbon R, S, C, CC. The highest quality CC frame is the lightest but still has the legendary strength and stiffness Santa Cruz is known for. Same idea with the SRAM X01 and XX1 component kits. XX1 is the highest grade components SRAM makes meaning they are the lightest and have the most technology built into them. X01 is more of the price point option (this is what I ride) and is still a great component kit. Feel free to contact me directly for additional clarification on the differences between the build options on the Nomad or if you are interested in ordering this bike.

- Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead - klivingston@backcountry.com - 801-736-4337