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Santa Cruz BicyclesNomad
S Mountain Bike
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Description

Nomad S Mountain Bike

If you're looking for a cross country speed demon we suggest turning away, but if you've got your eyes set on an all-out enduro party machine, Santa Cruz's Nomad S Mountain Bike is built to fulfill your dreams. This gravity-oriented sled isn't afraid of charging hard, thanks to its slacked out geometry and deep travel, but the VPP suspension in the rear is there to offer you a solution when lift access or shuttle laps aren't an option. Gaps, roots, rocks, and ladders are where the Nomad is most at home, and its lower-link centered VPP keeps your weight centered and low for control when things get really hairy. The build kit and aluminum frame extend offer you serious durability, as well as affordability, bringing the price to ride down to a more palatable level for self-sponsored flow artists.

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.

  • An enduro sled built for party laps, gaps, and shuttles
  • 6.7in VPP suspension eats terrain and pedals on-point
  • V10-inspired geometry 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
  • SRAM's GX Eagle ensures there's always a way out on nasty climbs
Tech SpecsGeometry
Tech Specs
Frame Material
aluminum
Suspension
VPP
Rear Shock
RockShox Super Deluxe Select +
Rear Travel
170mm
Fork
Fox 36 Float Performance
Front Travel
170mm
Headset
Cane Creek 40 IS
Shifters
SRAM GX Eagle
Rear Derailleur
SRAM GX Eagle
ISCG Tabs
ISCG-05
Crankset
SRAM Stylo 7k DUB
Chainring Sizes
32t
Crank Arm Length
[extra-small] 165mm, [small] 170mm, [medium, large, extra-large, extra-extra large] 175mm
Bottom Bracket
SRAM DUB BSA
Bottom Bracket Type
English threaded
Cassette
SRAM XG1275 Eagle
Cassette Range
10 - 50t
Chain
SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed
Brakeset
SRAM Code R
Brake Type
post-mount disc
Rotors
Avid Centerline, 200mm
Handlebar
Race Face Aeffect R, 35
Handlebar Width
780mm
Grips
Santa Cruz Palmdale
Stem
Race Face Aeffect R
Stem Length
50mm
Saddle
WTB Silverado Pro
Seatpost
RockShox Reverb Stealth
Wheelset
RAce Face AR Offset 30
Hubs
DT Swiss 370
Front Axle
15 x 110mm Boost
Rear Axle
12 x 148mm Boost
Tires
Maxxis Assengai, EXO, TR
Tire Size
2.5 x 27.5in
Extras
[chainguide] E13 TRS 1x Guide
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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