Why We Like The Nomad Carbon CC Coil Mountain Bike Frame
When we’re looking to push our riding on the most technical trails we can find, we count on the established capabilities of the Santa Cruz Nomad to smooth out even the roughest descents. The Nomad began years ago with enduro roots and as the popularity of 29in sleds brushed other 27.5 wheeled bikes aside, the Nomad stuck around thanks to its ability to shred everything in sight with a playful perspective. 170mm of VPP rear travel makes the Nomad the longest travel bike in the line aside from the V10, so we’re confident when scoping big hits in Virgin, Utah, or linking technical lines in the Tetons. Thanks to VPP’s impressive pedaling platform, we can even get up to our favorite alpine descents when we're in the mood for a spin.
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 begs to be paired with a burly 38mm fork 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 65-degree head tube to 63.7 (in the low position), with longer reach figures to give us that edge when we'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 we 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.
One of the best perks of a Santa Cruz bike is the legendary quality of their carbon frames. This build uses their top-tier CC carbon, manufactured in their exclusive facility to protect the advanced carbon layup techniques they've developed. A one-piece layup is used to eliminate overlapping joints, meaning less material is required because there is no need to bond or wrap those joints. This sheds unnecessary weight. Carbon is wrapped seamlessly between tubes for better distribution of loads and impact energy, resulting in a stronger frame. The layup also allows them to integrate full-length carbon tubes for internal cable routing. Routing our cables is simple and quick, no need to fish for cable or use a guideline. Another benefit of Santa Cruz's layup is that they can achieve maximum compaction of the carbon layers. This prevents resin migration, resulting in a strong frame that is almost as smooth on the inside as it is on the outside. The frame is backed by a lifetime warranty to the original owner.
- Long-travel 27.5in trail bike for big days at the park or trails
- Carbon CC frame material is designed for strength and ride quality
- Aggressive geometry numbers make quick work of rocky terrain
- Fox DHX2 Factory coil shock soaks up small bumps and big hits
- Integrated rubber on the chainstay eliminates noise from chain slap
- Boost spacing is torsionally stiff and accommodates most wheels
- Slack 63.7° head tube angle (low setting with 170mm fork) for stability
- Steep 77° seat tube angle provides an efficient pedaling position
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