Nomad Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame
Trail and cross-country bikes may have a time and a place, but it certainly isn't anywhere near the gravity-fueled, rock-gobbling Santa Cruz Nomad Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame. This eager and capable steed is built to plunge head first into the steepest, gnarliest terrain on the mountains, and make quick work of boulder gardens that have other riders questioning their sanity. The Nomad is purposely built to seek out rowdy lines, steep descents, and big park hits that has smaller bikes stepping aside for a quick walk down the trail. This iteration carries on with the same geometry and suspension linkage we fell in love with in 2018, but freshly painted with fresh hues that stand out against the backdrop of park booters and hidden freeride features that litter the PNW.
Although the previous generation Nomad aimed squarely at enduro domination, the newest generation is less of a dedicated race bike and more of a gravity rig that you can actually pedal uphill without struggling like other long-travel sleds. Think of it as a freeride bike for riders seeking one that's versatile enough to lap the resort park and shuttle downhill laps, then pedal along backcountry epics the very next day. The 65-degree head tube angle (in high setting) and longer reach keep things calm and comfortable on wicked descents, yet the steeper 75-degree seat tube angle puts you in an optimal pedaling position without struggling to shift your weight forward on steep climbs.
The flip-chip integrated into the swingarm provides the ability to fine-tune its geometry to your exact riding preferences and local terrain. Keep it in the high setting for a more efficient pedaling platform on rides with a mix of blistering descents and steep climbs. Conversely, you can switch it to the low setting for an even slacker geometry (head tube of 64.6 degrees) that's purely aimed on downhill laps at the resort and shuttle runs up the pass where climbing isn't an issue. Ultimately, its adjustable geometry lends the ability to push the bike to the absolute limit on lift-accessed days or retain more balance for earning your turns across large and imposing alpine terrain.
Moving to the revised shock placement, the engineers at Santa Cruz sought to achieve a more linear shock rate with the fourth-gen Nomad, much like you'd find with the V10. The VPP suspension is driven by a lower-link mounted shock, marking a radical departure from Santa Cruz's more trail-oriented offers with an upper-link driven design. This revised shock placement 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. And even though its shock rate is more linear, it doesn't sacrifice support deep into the travel, meaning it never feels harsh on bigger hits and downhill runs.
This Carbon CC frame reduces a good deal of weight from the cheaper Carbon C layup. We don't have any definitive specs on hand, but the weight savings usually range between 250 and 280 grams for many of Santa Cruz's popular bike models, due to the CC's higher-end carbon layup reducing the frame's overall weight without sacrificing the high levels of strength or stiffness that's made Santa Cruz carbon frames an icon in the bike industry. This frame is paired with a RockShox Super Deluxe RCT air shock for an incredibly supple feel that tracks to the ground extremely well, even when it's under duress from repeated hits and gnarlier terrain features. Besides its impressive carbon layup and impressive details, you'll be glad of its protective bitsâ€”mainly with the shuttle guard that keeps your frame scratch-free, but also with the mud-blocking shock guard and aluminum ear cover that prevents dropped chains from damaging the rear swingarm.
- Push the envelope with Santa Cruz's gravity-fueled enduro machien
- V10-inspired chassis with lower-link mounted shock
- Adjustable flip-chip with high and low geometry settings
- 75-degree seat tube angle for optimal pedaling position
- Longer reach shifts weight forward for better traction
- Carbon CC frame shaves weight without sacrificing strength
- RockShox Super Deluxe RCT shock for better traction and recovery
- Protective details: shuttle guard, shock fender, alloy ear cover