Santa Cruz Bicycles Nomad Carbon CC Vivid Air Mountain Bike Frame - 2017 $3,249.00
With the addition of RockShox's absurdly light DH shock, the Nomad Carbon CC Vivid Air Mountain Bike Frame becomes the ultimate all-mountain bike in Santa Cruz's line. Considering it's competing against bikes like the Bronson for that honor, this is no small feat. The lightweight frame, peerless Carbon CC construction, and efficient Virtual Pivot Point (VPP) suspension also do their part to pile on to the climbing efficiency bandwagon, but the addition of the Vivid Air out back means that, when it's time to descend from the rarefied air at the summit, the 6.5in Nomad drops in more like an 8in DH bike.
The frame features the same material and build as 2015's top Nomad model, which means that it remains Santa Cruz's best and — by extension — atop the industry heap. For the CC build, the engineers use a higher modulus carbon than the standard Carbon C model, so less material is required to hit the same strength and stiffness numbers. Less material equates to less weight, and, well, you can see where we're going with this. Climbing and pure speed both benefit when there's less mass for your engine to propel.
The frame's two carbon triangles are built as whole pieces rather than glued together from disparate bits. This saves weight and increases structural integrity by allowing Santa Cruz to wrap carbon continuously through and around key junctures. This method reinforces the frame with less material while eliminating the artificial stress points that result from bonded construction methods. The carbon is also compacted from inside and out for a more even finish that avoids any structural defects, excess material build-up, and resin pooling for — you guessed it — even more weight savings.
All that carbon goodness meets at a VPP suspension platform, which returns for the new model year with the same improved mid-stroke support and small bump compliance that rides high and keeps the pedaling platform consistent to take advantage of the stiff, lightweight chassis and efficient, 17.1in chainstays while piloting the Nomad's 6.5in of travel to the top of your favorite runs. The system's two counter-rotating links yield a vertical wheelpath in initial travel to maintain a firm pedaling feel over small bumps and climbs. As the bike compresses deeper into the suspension, the axle moves rearward to accommodate big hits for extra margin of error when you’re experimenting with the ragged edge of control.
- Slack and aggressive for blistering downhill descents
- 165mm of VPP suspension for efficient pedaling and controlled descent
- Vivid Air RC2 shock for consistently supple feel without excess weight
- CC-level carbon frame is incredibly lightweight and stiff
- Santa Cruz brings together masterful design with timeless style
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Reviews & Community
One bike to rule them all!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
If you like to ride the big boy trails, or if you just like a plush ride, you definitely cannot go wrong with the new Nomad. I was absolutely blown away with how well this bike climbed, but yet still has a 65 degree head angle for the extra stability to pin it down any track while giving the stability and confidence that you aren't going to die. You can get a water bottle in the front triangle regardless of the shock which is a huge plus for those not riding with a pack now days and the internal tubing for the cable routing makes bike building or housing replacement a dream. If you've been dreaming about that new bike, you definitely cannot go wrong with the Nomad. A one bike quiver to rule them all. If you need help with a custom build or just have questions on how it will ride, don't hesitate to reach out.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
One of the classic all mountain bikes ever created. Very well rounded climber and descender! The kit calculator may not show all available options for a custom build. If you have questions or need help in configuring this bike fell free to contact me direct. Im always happy to help!
Wes Branham-Account Manager
Nomad has met expectations!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Adam styled me with a 2015 Nomad / Rock Shox Pike 160 combo. This was an upgrade from a 2015 Santa Cruz 5010. Spending a summer in Squamish and Whistler I wanted the extra travel and slacker ride. What a surprise. The Nomad with a dual air Pike is everything I hoped for, even in the Whistler Bike Park. To top it off it climbs like a champ for a 165mm Enduro bike. Too much fun, takes the work out of riding! I compare the Nomad to early shaped skis, pretty much does all the work for me.