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S Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
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Description

Eat cake.

We’ve been spoiled by the ever-evolving capabilities of suspension designs, and the proliferation of pedal-able party bikes has gotten us to the point where we want to have our climbing cake and shred it on the DH side, too. That may sound like a lot to ask, but Santa Cruz Bicycles has pushed the new Nomad even further off the DH cliff while maintaining a pedaling platform that doesn't hamstring you on the climbs. The Nomad S Complete Mountain Bike feels like a DH tank when you drop in, but it's just as happy to detour into the sidecountry for a little brow-sweat R&R. Whether you live the lift life or prefer to earn your laps, the latest Nomad's blend of trail pedaling and DH aggression—combined with the impressive gear range of SRAM's GX Eagle drivetrain—lets it straddle the line between what goes up and what comes down.

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 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 full-on party bike that pedals out after dropping in
  • 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
  • GX Eagle drivetrain boasts the ultimate bailout gear
  • Frame adorned with protective details to preserve your investment
Tech SpecsGeometry
Tech Specs
Frame Material
aluminum
Suspension
VPP
Rear Shock
RockShox Super Deluxe Air R
Rear Travel
170mm
Fork
RockShox Lyric RC
Front Travel
170mm
Headset
Cane Creek 40
Shifters
SRAM GX Eagle
Front Derailleur
n/a
Rear Derailleur
SRAM GX Eagle
ISCG Tabs
ISCG 05
Crankset
32t SRAM GX Eagle
Bottom Bracket
SRAM GXP Team
Crank Arm Length
170mm
Cassette
10 - 50t SRAM XG1275 Eagle
Chain
SRAM GX Eagle
Brakeset
SRAM Code R
Brake Type
hydraulic disc
Rotors
180mm Avid Centerline
Handlebar
Race Face Aeffect R
Handlebar Rise
20mm
Handlebar Width
780mm
Grips
Santa Cruz Palmdale
Stem
Race Face Aeffect R
Stem Length
50mm
Saddle
WTB Volt Race
Seatpost
RockShox Reverb Stealth
Seatpost Diameter
31.6mm
Wheelset
[rims] E13 TRS
Hubs
[front] Novatec D641, [rear] Novatec D642
Front Axle
15 x 110mm Boost
Rear Axle
12 x 148mm Boost
Tires
[front] Maxxis Minion DHF 3C EXO TR, [rear] Maxxis Minion DHR II EXO TR
Tire Size
[front] 27.5 x 2.5in, [rear] 27.5 x 2.40in
Pedals
not included
Recommended Use
enduro
Manufacturer Warranty
lifetime on frame
Geometry

High

 
XSSMLXL
a Seat Tube
14.76in15.35in16.54in17.72in18.9in
b Effective Top Tube
21.26in22.56in23.46in24.37in25.71in
c Stack
22.99in23.35in23.7in24.06in24.41in
d Reach
15.35in16.54in17.32in18.11in19.29in
e Stand Over
27.95in28.03in28.66in28.58in28.5in
f Head Tube
3.54in3.94in4.33in4.72in5.12in
g Head Tube Angle
6565656565
h Seat Tube Angle
74.574.574.574.574.5
i Bottom Bracket Height
     
j Bottom Bracket Drop
0.39in0.39in0.39in0.39in0.39in
k Chainstay
16.93in16.93in16.93in16.93in16.93in
l Wheelbase
44.65in45.98in46.93in47.91in49.25in

Low

 
XSSMLXL
a Seat Tube
14.76in15.35in16.54in17.72in18.9in
b Effective Top Tube
21.3in22.6in23.54in24.45in25.75in
c Stack
23.11in23.46in23.82in24.17in24.53in
d Reach
15.2in16.38in17.17in17.95in19.13in
e Stand Over
27.72in27.8in28.43in28.35in28.27in
f Head Tube
3.54in3.94in4.33in4.72in5.12in
g Head Tube Angle
64.664.664.664.664.6
h Seat Tube Angle
74.174.174.174.174.1
i Bottom Bracket Height
     
j Bottom Bracket Drop
0.59in0.59in0.59in0.59in0.59in
k Chainstay
16.97in16.97in16.97in16.97in16.97in
l Wheelbase
44.69in46.02in47.01in47.95in49.29in
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Climb, take in the views and descend!

Show Me the Money to Graphton Mesa.

Zion N.P. in the background.

Sanra Cruz Nomad

Climb, take in the views and descend!

Eat cake... and kick ass!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Me: 5'11"
Bike: Size M

I had been riding an older squishy bike for quite a while and was still having a great time. I finally conceded that there have been so many advances in bike technology over the past few years in tire sizing, shocks, geometry, seat droppers and so forth that I wanted something new. The Nomad is better at DH and Freeride than my DH/Freeride bike. It also weighs much less and can pedal.

THIS BIKE IS FUN!!!

I originally had my heart set on a Pivot Firebird. Coming off a plush Freeride bike with "PUSH" tuned coil suspension etc, I wanted a slack bike that would still feel at home riding aggressive on the down and Freeride trails while also being able to pedal which is something my old bike could not do. Then I found that Santa Cruz had created a bike (Gen 4 Nomad) with almost identical geometry, a crazy good suspension with a linear stroke all in an ALUMINUM frame. Aluminum still has some advantages for some of us... or perhaps, some of us don't need the advantages of Carbon... or however you want to look at it. Either way, that was one factor that helped steer me.

One review from a trustworthy source compared the Firebird and Nomad and claimed that the Firebird felt a little more forgiving on the small stuff; but, the Nomad seemed to bottom out less and handle bigger features differently. As a fatty at 5'11" and "cough" 190ish + "cough" ehhh... I liked the sound of the Nomad's handling.

I have always wanted a Santa Cruz due to being a fan of Rob Roskopp back in my skate days - (Roskopp 1 was the best deck design ever). Finally a Santa Cruz bike made for me.

Current bike advancements have given us rigs that can both pedal and descend (give us our cake and allow us to eat it too). The Nomad can pedal. The 50 tooth GX Eagle rear cassette helps ensure that along with a great shock. However, climbing isn't where the bike shines, it's everything after the climb... and the Nomad shines like the sun mowing, floating, jumping, cornering and kicking ass over, around, through and on every bit of terrain along the way.

For many, a slightly smaller travel bike might serve them better and balance the climbing and descending more towards their needs. For those that want to eat cake and rock on, this is the bike!

I'm 5'11" and pedaled both the Large and Medium frames. SC says Large will fit 5'9" and up; but, I simply felt the M was more playful and a better fit for me and my style.