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Nomad

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Customizations:

Frame Color

  • Gloss Emerald & Yellow
  • Matte Carbon & Yellow

Shock

  • Rock Shox Monarch Plus
  • Rockshox Vivid Air R2C

Fork

  • Rockshox Pike RC 160
  • Fox 36 Rc2 160 Kashima
  • Rockshox Pike RCT3 160

ENVE Wheels

  • White
  • Grey
  • Yellow
  • Orange
  • Blue
  • Red
  • Black
  • Magenta
  • Light Blue
  • Lime Green
  • Burgundy
  • No ENVE
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Build Kit Options

X01

From $6599 USD

  • SRAM’s more cost-effective one-by group, DT Swiss hubs, Reverb Stealth post
  • Rockshox Pike RC 160 Fork
  • SRAM X01 Derailleur
  • SRAM Guide RSC Brakes
  • Raceface Turbine, 32t Cranks
XX1

From $7999 USD

  • SRAM’s top-end one-by-eleven group, DT Swiss 240s hubs, Reverb Stealth post
  • Rockshox Pike RCT3 160 Fork
  • XX1 Derailleur
  • SRAM Guide Ultimate Brakes
  • Raceface SIXc Cranks

Overview

Built for the biggest races. 

When our racers travel to big mountains like the Chilean Andes for the Andes-Pacifico, they bring their Nomads. One look at the terrain tells you why – it’s rough, steep and more worthy of being a World Cup DH course than an enduro stage. Under these circumstances, the Nomad’s aggressive 65-degree head angle delivers V10 handling at Syndicate speeds. 165mm of VPP™ travel is delivered via a V10-style upper link and neatly recessed lower link design that's unique to this model.

The Nomad is uncompromising in its purpose, and as such has been designed specifically around one-by drivetrains only.  One-by offers a wide range of  options for just about any kind of riding, and the design permits some seriously compact chainstays.  On the front end of the bike, the rangy cockpit and relatively steep seat tube angle make for a surprisingly efficient pedaling position for such a capable descender. Internal cable routing comes courtesy of thin carbon fiber tubes molded into the frame from entry to exit, ensuring completely integrated, hassle-free routing every time.

This CC-level carbon frame is every bit as stiff and strong as our C-level frame, but weighs about 280 grams less, due to the use of some lighter, stronger, and more expensive carbon fiber. Using this material in key places allowed us to use less material overall, which is what shaves off more than half a pound from the frame.  

Build Kit Options

S

From $5199 USD

  • SRAM's new GX 1x11 group, Shimano SLX brakes, SRAM hubs
  • Rockshox Pike RC 160 Fork
  • SRAM GX 1x11 Derailleur
  • Shimano SLX M675 Brakes
  • Raceface Aeffect SL 32t Cranks

Overview

Built for the biggest races. 

When our racers travel to big mountains like the Chilean Andes for the Andes-Pacifico, they bring their Nomads. One look at the terrain tells you why – it’s rough, steep and more worthy of being a World Cup DH course than an enduro stage. Under these circumstances, the Nomad’s aggressive 65-degree head angle delivers V10 handling at Syndicate speeds. 165mm of VPP™ travel is delivered via a V10-style upper link and neatly recessed lower link design that's unique to this model.

The Nomad is uncompromising in its purpose, and as such has been designed specifically around one-by drivetrains only.  One-by offers a wide range of  options for just about any kind of riding, and the design permits some seriously compact chainstays.  On the front end of the bike, the rangy cockpit and relatively steep seat tube angle make for a surprisingly efficient pedaling position for such a capable descender. Internal cable routing comes courtesy of thin carbon fiber tubes molded into the frame from entry to exit, ensuring completely integrated, hassle-free routing every time.

This C-level carbon frame is every bit as stiff and strong as our CC-level frame, but weighs about 280 grams more, due to the use of some less-expensive carbon fiber. Using this material doesn't impact the performance of the bike at all, but we have to use a bit more of it to make the bike to our exacting specifications, which results in the 280g weight gain.

X01
Customizations
Frame MaterialCarbon CC
ForkRockshox Pike RC 160mm Solo Air w/15mm through axle and tapered steerer
ShockRock Shox Monarch Plus
AboutSRAM’s more cost-effective one-by group, DT Swiss hubs, Reverb Stealth post
ChainguideE13 TRS+ 1x Guide
Rear DérailleurSRAM X01
ShiftersSram X01 1x11
CranksetRaceface Turbine, 32t
Bottom BracketIncluded w/ crankset
CassetteSram XG1180, 11sp, 10-42
ChainSRAM PC1130
BrakesSRAM Guide RSC
HeadsetCane Creek 40 series tapered, cartridge bearing
BarsSanta Cruz Carbon 800mm Bar, 35mm clamp
StemRaceface Turbine Basic 35mm clamp
GripsSanta Cruz Palmdale Lock-on
Front HubDT Swiss 350 15x100DT 240s
Rear HubDT Swiss 350 142x12DT 240s
RimsEaston ARC 27m70/30 ENVE Rims with custom color options
SpokesDT Swiss Competition Double-Butted
Front TireMaxxis Minion DHR2, TR, 3c, 27.5x2.3
Rear TireMaxxis Minion DHR2, TR, 27.5x2.3
TubesStans Sealant
Seat PostRockshox Reverb Stealth, 150mm travel (125mm travel on size small)
SaddleWTB Silverado Team
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XX1
Customizations
Frame MaterialCarbon CC
ForkRockshox Pike RCT3 160mm Solo Air w/15mm through axle and tapered steerer
ShockRock Shox Monarch Plus
AboutSRAM’s top-end one-by-eleven group, DT Swiss 240s hubs, Reverb Stealth post
ChainguideE13 TRS+ 1x Guide
Rear DérailleurSram XX1 11sp
ShiftersSram XX1 1x11
CranksetRaceface SIXC Carbon, 32t Narrow/Wide ring
Bottom BracketIncluded w/ crankset
CassetteSram XG1195 11sp, 10-42
ChainSram XX1, 11sp
BrakesSRAM Guide Ultimate
Brake RotorsAvid Centerline; 180mm
HeadsetCane Creek 110 series tapered, cartridge bearing
BarsSanta Cruz Carbon 800mm Bar, 35mm clamp
StemEaston Haven Aluminum 35mm clamp
GripsSanta Cruz Palmdale Lock-on
Front HubDT 240s 15x100DT 240s
Rear HubDT Swiss 240s 142x12DT 240s
RimsEaston ARC 27m70/30 ENVE Rims with custom color options
SpokesDT Swiss Competition Double-Butted
Front TireMaxxis Minion DHR2, TR, 3c, 27.5x2.3
Rear TireMaxxis Minion DHR2, TR, 27.5x2.3
TubesStans Sealant
Seat PostRockshox Reverb Stealth, 150mm travel (125mm travel on size small)
SaddleWTB Silverado SLT
Launch Bike Builder
S
Customizations
Frame MaterialCarbon C
ForkRockshox Pike RC 160mm Solo Air w/15mm through axle and tapered steerer
ShockRock Shox Monarch Plus
AboutSRAM's new GX 1x11 group, Shimano SLX brakes, SRAM hubs
ChainguideE13 TRS+ 1x Guide
Rear DérailleurSRAM GX 1x11
ShiftersSRAM GX
CranksetRaceface Aeffect SL 32t
Bottom BracketIncluded w/ crankset
CassetteSRAM XG1150 10-42
ChainSRAM PC1130
BrakesShimano SLX M675
Brake RotorsShimano RT66; 180mm
HeadsetCane Creek 40 series tapered, cartridge bearing
StemRaceface Turbine Basic
GripsSanta Cruz Palmdale Lock-on
Front HubSram MTH 716 15x100
Rear HubSram MTH 746 142x12
RimsEaston AR 27
SpokesDT Swiss Champion
Front TireMaxxis Minion DHR2, TR, 3c, 27.5x2.3
Rear TireMaxxis Minion DHR2, TR, 27.5x2.3
TubesStans Sealant
Seat PostRockshox Reverb Stealth, 150mm travel (125mm travel on size small)
SaddleWTB Volt Race
Launch Bike Builder

Frame Only Options

  • Carbon CC Frame & Rockshox Monarch Plus RC3 Debonair: $2999 USD
  • Carbon CC Frame & Rockshox Vivid Air R2C: $3249 USD

Model Info

Nomad

Too much of a gravity bike for your needs?  If so, perhaps check out the Bronson instead.

Want something more DH specific?  Then only a V10 will do!

Proud owner of a new Nomad? Take a minute to register it with us. 

Features

  • Full carbon frame and swingarm
  • 165mm (6.5") VPP™ suspension
  • 27.5" wheels
  • Forged upper and lower links
  • Double sealed pivots for long bearing life
  • Single grease port on lower link for swift and easy maintenance
  • Angular contact bearings maximize stiffness
  • Collet axle pivots lock in place without pinch bolts
  • Molded rubber swingarm and downtube protection
  • Internal carbon tubes ensure precise and hassle-free routing of derailleur and seat post cables
  • Recessed lower link protected from rock strikes
  • Stealth and external seatpost cable routing
  • 142mm rear axle spacing
  • Threaded Bottom Bracket
  • ISCG-05 tabs for chainguide compatibility

Frame Geometry

All measurements reflect installation of a fork with a 554.1mm axle-to-crown height.

SMLXL
Top Tube Length558.8mm22"584.2mm23"609.6mm24"635mm25"
Seat Tube Length393.7mm15.5"419.1mm16.5"457.2mm18"495.3mm19.5"
Head Tube Angle65°65°65°65°65°65°65°65°
Seat Tube Angle74.2°74.2°74.2°74.2°74.2°74.2°74.2°74.2°
BB Height340mm13.39"340mm13.39"340mm13.39"340mm13.39"
Wheelbase1142.7mm44.99"1169.8mm46.06"1195.4mm47.06"1223.9mm48.19"
Head Tube Length90mm3.54"100mm3.94"110mm4.33"120mm4.72"
Chainstay Length433.1mm17.05"433.1mm17.05"433.1mm17.05"433.1mm17.05"
Standover Height726.5mm28.6"725mm28.54"731.9mm28.81"742.6mm29.24"
Reach392.1mm15.44"415mm16.34"437.8mm17.24"460.7mm18.14"
Stack591mm23.27"600mm23.62"609.1mm23.98"618.1mm24.33"

Frame Size Information

S
5'0" — 5'5"
M
5'5" — 5'10"
L
5'10" — 6'2"
XL
6'2" — 6'6"

Tech Info

Suspension SystemVPPTM
Front DerailleurNo compatibility
Headset/Headtubemixed taper 1.5" Lower, 1'1/8" upper
Seat Post31.6mm
Eye to Eye length216mm
Fork Compatibility160-180mm
BB ShellStandard
Max Tire Size2.5"
Water Bottle Mountsyes
Notes• Internal routing made from molded carbon tubes: ensures precise and hassle. free feeding of rear derailleur and seat post cables. • 31.6” seat tube: accommodates 150mm Reverb Stealth seat posts. • Bottle cage mounts within front triangle: works with piggyback shock. • Molded rubber swingarm and downtube protectors. • Forged aluminum upper link and lower link. • Single recessed grease port on lower link: feeds all for four bearings. • Collet axle pivots: lock in place without pinch bolts. • Angular contact bearings on collet pivot axles. • Full carbon dropouts and disk mounts. • Co-molded aluminum hardware on frame pivots. • Carbon ISCG-05 tabs. • 142 mm rear axle spacing. • Threaded BB: creak-free riding and easy installation.

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Tech Info

Shock: Rockshox Vivid Air R2C

Rider WeightAir PressureShock Sag
100lbs (45.5kg)100 psi18-23 mm
120lbs (54.4kg)120 psi18-23 mm
140lbs (63.5kg)140 psi18-23 mm
160lbs (72.6kg)160 psi18-23 mm
180lbs (81.8kg)180 psi18-23 mm
200lbs (90.7kg)200 psi18-23 mm
220lbs (99.8kg)220 psi18-23 mm
240lbs (108.8kg)240 psi18-23 mm

Shock: Rockshox Monarch Plus RC3 Debonair

Rider WeightAir PressureShock Sag
100lbs (45.5kg)105 psi18-23 mm
120lbs (54.4kg)125 psi18-23 mm
140lbs (63.5kg)145 psi18-23 mm
160lbs (72.6kg)165 psi18-23 mm
180lbs (81.8kg)185 psi18-23 mm
200lbs (90.7kg)205 psi18-23 mm
220lbs (99.8kg)225 psi18-23 mm
240lbs (108.8kg)245 psi18-23 mm

Tech Info

F.A.Q.

Can I mount a chainguide to my bike?

Yes, this bike is equipped with ISCG-05 tabs for easy chainguide mounting.  Most chainguides on the market that are made for this standard should work.

Can I mount a front derailleur to the Nomad?

No, this bike is not compatible with a front derailleur.  Single ring only!

Can I use a dropper post on this bike?

Yes, this frame is equipped for internally routed dropper posts like the Reverb Stealth, KS Lev Integra, or X Fusion HiLo SL Strate. 

It looks like the lower link is off center in my frame- is everything ok?

Yes- this is correct. With our newer pivot system, the pivot axle draws the link over to one side in order to properly preload the bearings. This offset is accounted for in the frame design so everything ends up nice and straight in the end.

Should I grease the headset cups when I install them?

Yes, we recommend this. Do not use the Carbon Assembly Compound on the headset, as it will make it more difficult to remove from the frame.

What fork sizes are recommended?

We recommend 160-170mm forks for the Nomad. All of the forks we spec are 160mm, which offers a great all-around feel, and balances the bike.

What is the torque spec for the seat collar?

We don't provide a torque spec for the seatpost, because it really depends on what seatpost you are using. Some seatposts are slippery, and require more torque to stay put, and others are very thin- and can be crushed by overzealous tightening. Some are both slippery and thin... Make sure you use the Carbon Assembly Compound included with your frame, and use some common sense.

You will not damage your frame by overtightening the seat collar, assuming you have a 31.6 seatpost in there.

What kind of headset does this bike use?

We use a headset generally referred to as "mixed tapered". This is a 44mm internal upper cup, with an external 49mm lower cup. The SHIS name is ZS44/28.6 EC49/40.

What kind of rear brake adaptor do I need?

This frame uses a standard IS rear brake mount. Just pick your rotor size and order the correct adaptor to go from IS to post mount (all modern brakes).

What q-factor should I use for the cranks?

For cranks with optional q-factor- always choose the wider version.  For XX1, this is the 168mm version.

What size bottom bracket shell does this bike use?

We use a standard 73mm threaded BB. Nearly any crank on the market (besides BB30 cranks) will fit.

What size rear hub do I need?

This bike uses a 142x12 through-axle rear hub, and includes a DT RWS axle.

What size seat collar do I need?

The Nomad requires a 36.4mm seat collar to lock in your 31.6mm seatpost. 

What size seat collar do I need?

Bikes with a 30.9mm seatpost require a 34.9mm seat collar. 

What size seatpost do I need?

This bike uses a 31.6mm seatpost.  Always ensure it is inserted into the frame a minimum of 4" (100mm).

What size shock does it use?

This bike uses a 216x63mm shock with 22x8mm eyelet hardware (21.8mm x 8mm for SRAM). Please do not use any other shock size or modify with eccentric shock bushings- this can cause damage or clearance issues with the frame.

Why does this frame use a standard thread-in bottom bracket, when many of your competitors use press-in style (BB30, Pressfit 30, BB90, BB92, BB86)

It is true that there are some slight weight savings available with the various pressfit bb designs (exact weight savings obviously vary depending on system, frame manufacturing techniques, and crank model), but we don't feel this small savings make up for the inconveniences. We are still able to make a frame that is lighter than most of our competitors, while still using a heavier bb system. There are a number of disadvantages that exist with press fit systems:

1) Special installation and removal tools are required for these parts, including a headset press. This is not convenient for most home mechanics, and they are quite expensive. Traditional external BB's can be installed or removed with a simple $10 hand tool.

2) "Permanently installed cups". Shimano doesn't recommend removing and re-installing their press in bb cups (as they may become damaged), so moving parts from bike to bike is no longer an option. http://techdocs.shimano.com/media/techdocs/content/cycle/SI/SI_0053A_001...

3) Creaking or shifting bb's can be common with these systems. Since the bearing is pressed into a cup, which is then pressed into the frame- it can be hard to get all of the press fits snug- without being too tight on the bearing or too loose in the frame.

4) Reasonable tube sizes. One of the most commonly claimed advantages of a larger bb shell is the larger diameter downtube that goes with it. This may be an advantage on road bikes, where tubes can be incredibly thin and large for optimal stiffness. On a mountain bike, this area of the frame sees a lot of abuse from rocks and crashing, and needs to have a certain amount of wall thickness to survive actual use. Using what we consider a "safe" wall thickness and carbon layup, and a fairly typical tube diameter, we get an exceedingly stiff, light, durable product. If we used a larger downtube, we would either have a heavier frame (same wall thickness but larger diameter), or a less durable product (thinner walls and larger diameter).

5) Chain clearance. Take a look at some of our competitors frames with press in bb shells. The down tube comes so close to the chainrings that many frames have chainsuck guards on the downtube! In our mind, the chain should be able to fall off on a mountain bike and not get jammed between your crank and thin-walled carbon downtube.

6) Backwards compatibility: Many of our customers purchase a frame and build it up with their choice of parts, or parts from an old bike. By using a standard bb, we are compatible with everything without requiring confusing adaptors.

7) Chainguide compatibility: While it may seem strange to talk about putting chainguides on a short travel bike, it is becoming more common now with 10 speed drivetrains. Thread in bb's mean the frame is compatible with bb mount chainguides. We like versatility....

Warranty & Registration

Lifetime Frame Warranty

Santa Cruz Bicycles will repair or replace at its option any frame it determines to be defective. The warranty will be in effect for lifetime of the original, registered owner. In order to confirm that you are the original owner, we require that you register on our Warranty page at the time of purchase. Frames purchased prior to May 1, 2015 will be covered under the previously existing 5 year warranty. Warranties do not cover custom finishes. 

Lifetime Bearing Warranty

Santa Cruz Bicycles pivot bearings are warranted for life to the original owner of the bike. The return process is simple: send a copy of the receipt from your bike purchase, along with your address and phone number, to warranty@santacruzbicycles.com. Be sure to include your bike's model, year, and material (carbon or aluminum). We'll send out your package within 48 hours, and cover the shipping back to you. That's it!

No-Fault Replacement

Santa Cruz Bicycles will make replacement frame parts available to the original owner at a minimal charge in the event of a crash or other non-warranty situation for the life of the bike.