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Santa Cruz Bicycles Nomad - R AM Complete Bike

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Santa Cruz calls the Nomad an all-mountain bike. If that's the case, it's an all-mountain bike that leans toward freeride. The beefy hydro-formed aluminum frame sports a 1.5 inch headtube that's more than willing to accept a 180mm fork. With the AM build kit you get 160mm front and rear travel, still generous for an all-mountain rig. Don't get us wrong here, at just over 30 pounds this bike will still climb anything you point it at. You may have a little trouble keeping up with the carbon hardtail spandex crowd on the climb, but they better just step aside once the trail points downhill.

  • Counter-rotating Virtual Pivot Point suspension design is extremely efficient and versatile
  • Short suspension links for a stiffer rear end
  • Sealed bearing pivots with grease ports virtually eliminate maintenance and maek it easy once it's finally needed
  • Virtual Pivot Point Suspension uses a patented counter-rotating design that allows Santa Cruz to precisely tune the wheel path to the frame and type of terrain and riding for which it is designed
  • Race-proven Shimano Deore LX/XT drivetrain provides the perfect balance of light weight and durability for slaying the mountain up and down
  • Avid Elixir 5 hydraulic brakes provide ample stopping power and modulation in any type of conditions with minimal fade
  • Tried-and-true Mavic/Shimano wheelset won't weigh you down on the climb and handles punishment like a wrecking ball or an anvil or other punishment-handling stuff
  • 150mm of travel for efficient climbing and face-melting downhills
  • ISCG05 compatible for blistering, worry-free descents
  • Angular contact bearings are tough, super-stiff, and virtually maintenance-free

Tech Specs

Crank Arm Length:
[medium] 175 mm
Valve Stem:
Rear Rotor:
160 mm
Measured Effective Top-Tube Length:
[medium] 22.8 in
Handlebar Width:
685 mm
Seatpost Length:
350 mm
Rear Travel:
160 mm
Tire Size:
26 in x 2.35 in
Rear Shock:
Fox Float RP23
Brake Levers:
Avid Elixir 5
RockShox Lyric SA R
13653 g
Seatpost Diameter:
30.9 mm
Rear Axle:
10 x 135 mm
Recommended Use:
cross country, trail
TruVativ Stylo Team
Manufacturer Warranty:
2 years on frame
Stem Length:
90 mm
14 gauge DT Swiss
Shimano M660 (SLX) 10spd
[rear] Shimano M756, [front] 15 mm Shimanio M758, [front] 15 mm WTB Super Duty
full suspension
Frame Material:
TruVativ AKA
Brake Calipers:
Avid Elixir 5
Front Travel:
160 mm
Shimano HG74
Front Derailleur:
Shimano M780
Rear Derailleur:
Shimano M780 SGS (XT) 10spd
Handlebar Rise:
1.125 - 1.5 in
Pivot Type:
Lizard Skin Charger
Front Derailleur Mount:
34.9 mm direct-mount
Mavic EN321
11 - 36 T Shimano HG81
WTB Volt Race
Maxxis High Roller
Bottom Bracket:
Shimano Deore
Seat Collar:
34.9 mm QR
Chain Rings:
42 / 32 - 24 T
Shimano M552
Front Rotor:
180 mm

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5 5

Made me better than I am

This set up has made me into a biker that I never was. The way this bike rides allowed me to pedal up stuff efficiently while all the suspension saved me from many mishaps on the downs. Feels very free ride for the down but gets up the steeps pretty well. If I could change anything it would be to get the lock out front shocks that would give a better climbing angle.

This set up is great for Revelstoke where we like to charge on the ups and charge on the downs...

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I have Avid Elixir 5 brakes on my Nomad and after a few months it started leaking from the rear where the hose connects to the caliper. The first tab on the frame bends the hose at an angle which caused the leak, imo. So I ditched the Elixir 5's for other reasons as well.

5 5

AM radness

Just picked up one of these and I'm super stoked with it! I love the more slacked out fork angle, descents are smooth and stable. Climbing is great too for a bike of this style. I feel its the All Mountain gold standard!

Unanswered Question

Hi, I saw on the SC website that there is...

Hi, I saw on the SC website that there is a Custom Color Choice Program. Could I order a customized color from you guys?