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Santa Cruz Bicycles Nomad Carbon C XE Complete Mountain Bike - 2018

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Item # SNZ00CS

Wandering back to freeride.

Though the Nomad has come to be celebrated as enduro royalty, we always thought of it as a throw-down party bike. After all, it's original iterations were built for sessioning more than racing, and it was only the third generation that went all-in on enduro. For the fourth generation, Santa Cruz pushes back on this trend, resituating the Nomad Carbon C XE Complete Mountain Bike as a mini-DH freeride bike that's a few mm of travel and a dual-crown fork away from being a proper gravity sled. That's not to say it doesn't like to pedal—quite the opposite, actually. The Nomad won't rocket up risers like a Highball, but it settles into a good rhythm on long climbs, so you'll be able to pedal out when sidecountry singletrack lures you away from the chair lift.

The swingarm features a flip-chip, an increasingly common addition across Santa Cruz's line that gives you the ability to fine-tune the geometry to your exact riding preferences and local terrain. It raises or lowers the bottom bracket, shifting the head tube between 65 and 64.6 degrees. Combined with a longer reach, that slack front end keeps things calm and comfortable on wicked descents, yet the 75-degree seat tube angle puts you in an optimal pedaling position, so you're never struggling to shift your weight forward on climbs. In fact, the Nomad makes you feel like you don't have to worry about your weight at all; it feels centered and stable, no doubt the result of the long, slack geometry and short chainstays.

Moving to the revised shock placement, the engineers at Santa Cruz sought to achieve a more linear shock rate with the fourth generation Nomad, much like you'd find with the V10. The VPP suspension is driven by a lower-link mounted coil shock, marking a radical departure from the likes of Bronson and Hightower. This revised shock location eliminates the Nomad's previous tendencies to settle in the middle of its travel, meaning it feels more active and tracks to the ground noticeably better across steep descents and rugged terrain. It doesn't sacrifice support deep into the travel, either, meaning it stays pillowy, never feeling harsh on bigger hits and downhill sections.

Santa Cruz's Carbon C frame construction remains unchanged, so the latest Nomad enjoys the same durability and stiffness of previous generations. Santa Cruz uses a single layup for both triangles instead of a jigsaw puzzle of individually cured carbon tubes, allowing the engineers to wrap the fibers continuously around structurally important junctures like the head tube and bottom bracket. This continuous wrapping strengthens the frame, dissipates the force from impacts, and more efficiently channels pedal input. Efficiency, durability, and even a touch of weight loss compared to building with individual tubes — the advantages of Santa Cruz's construction methods go some way toward eliding the differences between Carbon C and Carbon CC while also setting the Nomad even further apart from its peers.

Any Santa Cruz bike is an investment, and the California-based brand protects that investment with some thoughtful additions to the bike's sensitive regions—mainly the cleanly integrated shuttle guard, but also the mud-blocking shock fender and aluminum ear cover that protects the swingarm from dropped chains. Like most SC frames, the Nomad is a well-functioning beauty, so these little details are especially welcome because they help it stay that way. One final detail proven the "well-functioning" point is SC's insistence on sticking with a threaded bottom bracket, which increases frame longevity compared to PressFit models and—much more importantly—reduces creaks and pops.

  • A freeride sled for flow sessions and enduro racing
  • V10-inspired chassis with lower-link mounted coil shock
  • Adjustable flip-chip with high and low geometry settings
  • Seat tube angle keeps climbing steady and
  • Longer reach shifts weight forward for better traction
  • Protective elements maintain pristine form and function
  • Build kit blend targets everything from adventure to racing
  • Carbon frame and threaded BB combines the best of new and old tech

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
Carbon C
Suspension:
VPP
Rear Shock:
RockShox Super Deluxe Air RCT
Rear Travel:
170mm
Fork:
RockShox Lyric RCT3
Front Travel:
170mm
Headset:
Cane Creek 40
Shifters:
Shimano XT M8000
Front Derailleur:
n/a
Rear Derailleur:
Shimano XT M8000
ISCG Tabs:
ISCG 05
Crankset:
30t Race Face Turbine
Bottom Bracket:
English threaded 73mm
Crank Arm Length:
[XS, S] 170mm, [M - XL] 175mm
Cassette:
9 - 46t E13 TRS Race
Chain:
Shimano SLX M7000
Brakeset:
SRAM Code RSC
Brake Type:
hydraulic disc
Rotors:
180mm
Handlebar:
Santa Cruz AM carbon
Handlebar Width:
800mm
Grips:
Santa Cruz Palmdale lock-on
Stem:
Race Face Aeffect R
Stem Length:
50mm
Saddle:
WTB Silverado Pro
Seatpost:
RockShox Reverb Stealth
Seatpost Diameter:
31.6mm
Wheelset:
E13 TRS 30mm
Hubs:
Novatec D641/D642
Front Axle:
15 x 110mm Boost
Rear Axle:
12 x 148mm Boost
Tires:
[front] Maxxis Minion DHF 3C Exo TR, [rear] Maxxis Minion DHR II Exo TR
Tire Size:
[front] 27.5 x 2.5in, [rear] 27.5 x 2.4in
Pedals:
not included
Recommended Use:
enduro
Manufacturer Warranty:
lifetime on frame

sizing chart

Nomad size by rider height

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Geometry chart

Santa Cruz

Geometry Chart

 

Nomad
High
 

Seat Tube

(c-t)

Effective Top Tube

(eTT)

Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Stand Over

Head Tube

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HT°)

Seat Tube Angle

(ST°)

Bottom Bracket Drop

(BBD)

Chainstay

(CS)

Wheelbase
XS 14.76in 21.26in 22.99in 15.35in 27.95in 3.54in 65° 74.5° 0.39in 16.93in 44.65in
S 15.35in 22.56in 23.35in 16.54in 28.03in 3.94in 65° 74.5° 0.39in 16.93in 45.98in
M 16.54in 23.46in 23.7in 17.32in 28.66in 4.33in 65° 74.5° 0.39in 16.93in 46.93in
L 17.72in 24.37in 24.06in 18.11in 28.58in 4.72in 65° 74.5° 0.39in 16.93in 47.91in
XL 18.9in 25.71in 24.41in 19.29in 28.5in 5.12in 65° 74.5° 0.39in 16.93in 49.25in
Low
 

Seat Tube

(c-t)

Effective Top Tube

(eTT)

Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Stand Over

Head Tube

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HT°)

Seat Tube Angle

(ST°)

Bottom Bracket Drop

(BBD)

Chainstay

(CS)

Wheelbase
XS 14.76in 21.3in 23.11in 15.2in 27.72in 3.54in 64.6° 74.1° 0.59in 16.97in 44.69in
S 15.35in 22.6in 23.46in 16.38in 27.8in 3.94in 64.6° 74.1° 0.59in 16.97in 46.02in
M 16.54in 23.54in 23.82in 17.17in 28.43in 4.33in 64.6° 74.1° 0.59in 16.97in 47.01in
L 17.72in 24.45in 24.17in 17.95in 28.35in 4.72in 64.6° 74.1° 0.59in 16.97in 47.95in
XL 18.9in 25.75in 24.53in 19.13in 28.27in 5.12in 64.6° 74.1° 0.59in 16.97in 49.29in

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