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Carbon S Mountain Bike


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Nomad Carbon S Complete Mountain Bike

With 170mm inches of plush VPP suspension inspired by Santa Cruz's V10 downhill bike, the Nomad Carbon S Complete Mountain Bike makes quick work of tricky root sections and steep drops, and won't shy away from the gnarliest trails you can find. With more travel and slacker angles than the Bronson, this bike stays better composed at high speeds and does a fantastic job holding its line when things get dicey. While it might not be quite as efficient on the climbs, it won't be far behind either, tackling ascents with a hunger that defies its big-travel, slacked out geometry thanks to the efficiency of the VPP suspension platform and a seat tube angle that puts you in a comfortable seated climbing position. Changes for the 2020 model year include some sweet new colors, and a switch to Maxxis Assegai tires for improved grip on virtually any trail surface. Otherwise, this workhorse "S" build kit remains pretty much the same with a wide range GX-Eagle drivetrain, powerful Code R brakes, and a trusty Fox 36 Performance fork up front paired with a RockShox Super Deluxe Select+ rear shock out back.

Although the previous generation Nomad was 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 is less of 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 the likes of Santa Cruz's trail bikes 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 C frame retains the legendary stiffness and strength that first placed Santa Cruz on the map as leaders in carbon frame construction. It's decked out with SRAM's GX Eagle 12-speed drivetrain, which gives you the largest 1x gear range on the market. You'll find FOX's 36 Float Performance fork paired with a RockShox Super Deluxe Select+ air shock in the rear for an optimal balance of big-hit composure and small-bump suppleness. This rear shock is metric sizing, which makes it all the more futureproof, should you decide to upgrade to a coil option down the road. Besides its impressive component spec, you'll be impressed with Santa Cruz's placement of protective bits—mainly with the shuttle guard that keeps your frame scratch-free, but also with the mud-blocking shock guard and aluminum chainstay cover that prevents dropped chains from damaging the rear swingarm.

  • A long travel, single crown bike that knows no boundaries
  • Long, low, slack geometry gives you unrivaled stability
  • 170mm of trail-taming VPP travel inspires you to go big
  • Flip-chip lets you tune the geometry for trail or park days
  • 75-degree seat tube angle optimizes pedaling efficiency
  • Carbon C frame is strong, stiff, and backed by lifetime warranty
  • SRAM Eagle drivetrain offers a massive range for ups and downs
  • Protective details: shuttle guard, shock fender, downtube protector

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Tech Specs
Frame Material
Carbon C
Rear Shock
RockShox Super Deluxe Select+
Rear Travel
FOX 36 Float Performance
Front Travel
Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset
SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed
Rear Derailleur
SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed
SRAM Stylo 7k DUB
Chainring Sizes
Crank Arm Length
[x-small] 165mm, [small] 170mm, [medium - xx-large] 175mm
Bottom Bracket
Bottom Bracket Type
English threaded 73mm (BSA)
SRAM XG-1275 GX Eagle, 12-speed
Cassette Range
10 - 50t
SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed
Brake Type
hydraulic disc
Avid Centerline 200mm
Race Face Aeffect R
Santa Cruz Palmdale lock-on
Race Face Aeffect R
WTB Silverado Pro
RockShox Reverb Stealth Dropper
Seat Collar
[rims] Race Face AR Offset 30
DT Swiss 370, 32h
Front Axle
15 x 110mm Boost
Rear Axle
12 x 148mm Boost
Maxxis Assegai EXO+ TR
Tire Size
27.5 x 2.5in
not included
Recommended Use
downhill, enduro, freeride
Manufacturer Warranty
lifetime on frame


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    >Rating: 4

    Great customer service

    I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    True to size
    Size Bought
    5` 8"
    194 lbs

    Bike 5/5 - Customer service 5/5 - Product info/Delivery time 3/5 - So I read all 1-2 star reviews and it got a bit worried at first. But the deal on my Nomad was to good to pass on. As I undertand it Backcountry acts as a umbrella organisation for a number smaller companies (I might be wrong here?). After looking closer att the bad reviews it seems to be for products that are cheap and basically doesn't have a 2nd hand value of some sort. Maybe most of these products come from the same store? Like my bike didn't actually come from backcountry it self, it was built by a company called Competitivecyclist. So for my own experience, the only somewhat negative thing I have to say about it was that when I ordered the bike there was no clear information of how it would actually take for me to receive the bike because it had to be built. Thinking it was going to take 7-10 at longest to get the bike. I contacted them and I was told it takes 4-6 weeks due to COVID-19 and all. Got me a bit frustrated but they instead upgraded the shipping from regular to 2-day express without me even asking... That sure smoothed thing out a bit. To my suprise the bike arrived already after 3 weeks, not 4-6 weeks ETA I was first told. Also pictures of the website didn't match 100% the actual bike when it arrived as I will explain bellow. Bike arrived nicely packed, the only thing I had to do was to assemble the wheels and the handlebar + set up the suspension to my weight. Unfortunately it arrived with the Rockshox Super Deluxe R and not the Rockshox Super Deluxe Select+ like this product is advertised with now. To be fair the bike was advertised back then with the Rockshox Super Deluxe R but on the pictures it showed a shock with a lock out valve like the Rockshox Super Deluxe Select+. I tried finding info regarding the Rockshox Super Deluxe R online but couldn't find any. I guess this is a model only sold together with builds only? That was a big dissapointment because for me it's essential when climbing and now I'll have to go out and source a new rear shock.

    Did you get a screen grab of the product description? I noticed right away my nomad c s has the Deluxe R when I was expecting the Select+, like yourself. Seems strange because the Carbon R kit listed has the same Deluxe R as our supposedly higher tier S kit. Support assured me the Deluxe R is correct, I'm obviously disappointed, too. Also, my bike shifts like sh*t out of the box, so there's that. Packaging was nice though.


    How much does this bike weight? Wondering what the weight savings is vs the aluminum frame.