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Carbon C R Mountain Bike


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Why We Like The Nomad Carbon C R Mountain Bike

Ride it hard, put it away dirty, repeat the next day. That's the MO with the new 2021 Nomad. This long-travel bruiser has a reputation for consistently pushing the envelope of big mountain riding, all while remaining a capable daily driver for those times when you aren't out there riding full gas. Gaps, shuttle laps, and lift passes are the Nomad's preferred business, but since it retains all the pedal-ability of Santa Cruz's VPP suspension, it's no slouch when you're racking up miles on a big loop in the backcountry.

Considering that the recipe for the Nomad V4 was already pretty close to perfect, we're not surprised that Santa Cruz opted to give this 5th generation bike a host of sensible updates instead of a complete overhaul. Like its predecessor, the Nomad V5 rolls on 27.5-inch wheels and boasts 170mm of trail-taming VPP travel. Though the two frames look very similar, the V5 now uses a twin upright swingarm to bolster frame stiffness and durability, and all build kits come with burly 38mm forks for taking on the most technical terrain on the mountain. The bike also sees improved suspension kinematics for a better overall feel on the trail, and it's now compatible with SRAM's Universal Derailleur Hanger to make finding replacement hangers a breeze.

Most of the changes lie in the bike's geometry, the most significant being the move to a 77.5-degree seat tube angle—a near 4-degree increase over the previous Nomad. This gives the bike a more upright pedaling position that makes steep climbs more manageable and provides increased comfort for long-mileage days. Naturally, the bike gets a bit slacker too, moving from a 74.6-degree head tube to 73.7 (in the low position), with longer reach figures to give you that extra edge when you're sending big lines in unfamiliar terrain. We're also pleased to see size-specific chainstay lengths, with the chainstays growing by about 5mm as you go up in size. This means that riders of any height get the same balanced geometry and predictable handling, regardless of which frame size they ride.

Lucky for all of us, one thing that hasn't changed is Santa Cruz's carbon construction, which is a good thing if you're after the legendary strength and unwavering stiffness of their renowned carbon layups. This particular Nomad benefits from the Carbon C layup, which makes for a resoundingly stiff frame for swift acceleration and unflappable poise while pummeling across rough terrain. It's backed by Santa Cruz's excellent lifetime warranty, so you'll have extra peace of mind while riding particularly fast on your favorite stretch of trail and shuttling downhill laps on the mountain pass.

*Due to unprecedented demand in the global supply chain and the bike industry over the last 18 months, material weight and exact components are subject to change. We are working diligently to keep tech specs updated, and any adjustments will be minor. If you have any questions, reach out to a Gearhead by chatting online or calling 1-888-276-7130.

  • Push the limits of single-crown capability with the Nomad
  • 170mm of terrain-destroying, pedal-efficient VPP suspension
  • Fox 38 tracks incredibly well in fast, rough terrain
  • Twin upright swingarm improves frame stiffness vs. previous Nomad
  • Longer and slacker geo for greater stability in the steeps
  • 77.5-degree seat tube is more pedal-friendly on the climbs
  • Adjustable flip-chip with high and low geometry settings
  • Frame adorned with protective details to preserve your investment

Tech Specs
Frame MaterialCarbon C
Rear ShockRockShox Super Deluxe Select
Rear Travel170mm
ForkRockShox Zeb
Front Travel170mm
HeadsetCane Creek 10 IS
ShiftersSRAM NX Eagle
Rear DerailleurSRAM NX Eagle
CranksetSRAM Descendant Eagle DUB
Chainring Sizes32t
Crank Arm Length170mm
Bottom BracketSRAM DUB BSA
CassetteSRAM PG-1230 NX Eagle
Cassette Range11 - 50t
ChainSRAM NX Eagle
BrakesetSRAM Guide RE
Brake Type4-piston hydraulic
Rotors200mm Avid Centerline
HandlebarE13 TRS Base
Handlebar Width800mm
GripsSanta Cruz House Grips or Burgtec Bartender Pro Grip Minnaar
StemE13 Base
Stem Length40mm
SaddleWTB Silverado Race or WTB Volt
SeatpostSDG Tellis Dropper
Seatpost Length[small] 125mm, [medium] 150mm, [large, x-large] 170mm
Wheelset[rims] RaceFace AR Offset 30
Hubs[front] SRAM MTH 716, Torque Cap, 32h, [rear] SRAM MTH 746, 32h
Front Axle15 x 110mm Boost
Rear Axle12 x 148mm Boost
Tire Clearance27.5 x 2.6in
Tires[front] Maxxis Assegai 3C MaxxGRIP EXO+ TR, [rear] Maxxis Minion DHR II 3C EXO+
Tire Size[front] 27.5 x 2.5in, [rear] 27.5 x 2.4in
Pedalsnot included
Extraschain guide, downtube protector, chainstay protector, shock fender, shuttle guard
Activitybike park, freeride, enduro
Manufacturer Warranty[frame] lifetime


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