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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

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

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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...

    Nomad in Black

    Here's what the nomad looks like in black... PIMP!

    Nomad in Black

    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.

    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?