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Santa Cruz Bicycles Nomad R Complete Mountain Bike - 2018

$3,599.00

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Back to the party.

Though it took a short hiatus as an enduro sled for a generation, the Nomad R Complete Bike returns to full party mode for 2018. And the party is flowing. Gaps, shuttle laps, and lift passes are the Nomad's preferred party favors, and—since it retains all the pedal-ability of Santa Cruz's VPP suspension—it does you a favor when you have to pedal out. The build kit and aluminum frame extend those favors, bringing the price to party down to a more palatable level for self-sponsored flow artists.

As noted above, the previous Nomad was aimed squarely at enduro domination, but 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 who want 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 while partying hard, but 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 the likes of Bronson and Hightower. 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. The Nomad's VPP pedals well, but it really loves dabbling in bad decisions on the ragged edge.

The bike's aluminum frame is also well-suited to exploring that edge, giving you a bit more confidence that an unplanned, unsupervised trip down a talus slope won't spell the end of its usefulness. The frame's tubes are hydroformed in order to reduce weight while maintaining strength at key junctures, a technology that's been proven in applications ranging from the aerospace industry to the past three decades of mountain biking. We know it, we trust it, and we've never felt held back by it.

  • A flow sled that's not afraid to pedal after partying
  • 6.7in VPP suspension eats terrain and pedals on-point
  • V10-inspired chassis with lower-link mounted shock
  • Adjustable flip-chip with high and low geometry settings
  • 75-degree seat tube angle optimizes pedaling efficiency
  • Longer reach shifts weight forward for better traction
  • Frame adorned with protective details to preserve your investment
  • Spec'd to extend the party to the economically minded flow artists

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
aluminum
Suspension:
VPP
Rear Shock:
RockShox Super Deluxe Air R
Rear Travel:
170mm
Fork:
RockShox Yari RC
Front Travel:
170mm
Headset:
Cane Creek 10
Shifters:
SRAM NX
Front Derailleur:
n/a
Rear Derailleur:
SRAM NX
ISCG Tabs:
ISCG 05
Crankset:
30t Race Face Aeffect
Bottom Bracket:
English threaded
Crank Arm Length:
170mm
Cassette:
10-41t SRAM XG1150
Chain:
SRAM PC1110
Brakeset:
SRAM Guide R
Brake Type:
hydraulic disc
Rotors:
200mm Avid Centerline
Handlebar:
Race Face Aeffect R
Handlebar Rise:
20mm
Handlebar Width:
780mm
Grips:
Santa Cruz Palmdale
Stem:
Race Face Ride
Stem Length:
50mm
Saddle:
WTB Volt Race
Seatpost:
RF Aeffect Dropper
Seatpost Diameter:
31.6mm
Wheelset:
[rims] WTB ST i25 TCS
Hubs:
[front] Novatec D711, [rear] Novatec D462
Front Axle:
15 x 110mm Boost
Rear Axle:
12 x 148mm Boost
Tires:
[front] Maxxis Minion, [rear] Maxxis Minion
Tire Size:
[front] 27.5 x 2.35in, [rear] 27.5 x 2.4in
Pedals:
not included
Recommended Use:
enduro
Manufacturer Warranty:
lifetime on frame
Actual Weight:
Tan/Black, L: 15090g

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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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