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Nomad

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V10 handling at Syndicate speeds

The Nomad's reputation is built on consistently pushing the envelope of how DH a bike can get while still remaining usable on most trails. With each iteration we nudge the travel and geometry further towards the outer limits, and each time we surprise ourselves at just how completely rideable the end result remains.

The fourth generation design sees a dramatic shift to the lower-link mounted shock configuration. This is the first time that learnings from years of V10 development have translated across to one of our trail bikes.

The shock rate is now almost completely linear—which means feather-light small bump sensitivity right off the bat, a supportive midstroke and overall progression that you'd normally only experience on a DH bike. To keep the gravity vibe going we've ensured the Nomad can run both standard metric coil shocks and lighter air units to suit any preference.

Full shock compatibility creates challenges when trying to cram everything into the precious bottom bracket area. But the continued evolution of our carbon tech means we're able to create a svelt, strong, swingarm/front triangle combo that's as much art as it is engineering.

We even managed to squeeze in a flip-chip feature on the lower link too. Think of the high setting as "regular", the way the bike's mostly meant to be ridden, and the low setting as being closer to full on DH status.

To handle all this new-found capability the geometry has adapted too. It's longer and lower-slung than ever to ensure maximum stability and confidence on absolutely everything.

The whole package is crowned with a raft of subtle yet essential details. Bolt-on downtube protectors and shuttle guards act as a helmet for your frame—a replaceable front line against abuse. An integrated shock fender has also been added to keep crud out of the suspension.

The crowning glory of the Nomad, however, has been in the making longer than the frame itself: the all new Santa Cruz Reserve carbon wheels.  Spec'd on all the model year 2018 bikes, you can read more about how these wheels came into being right here. 

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

Features:

  • 148mm Rear Axle Spacing
  • 170mm VPP™ suspension
  • 27.5" wheels
  • Bolt-on shuttle guard and downtube protector
  • Collet axle pivots lock in place without pinch bolts
  • Double sealed pivots for long bearing life
  • Forged upper and lower links
  • Full carbon frame and swingarm
  • Internal carbon tubes ensure precise and hassle-free routing of derailleur and seat post cables
  • ISCG-05 tabs for chainguide compatibility
  • Molded rubber swingarm and downtube protection
  • Radial contact bearings maximize stiffness
  • Recessed lower link protected from rock strikes
  • Single grease port on lower link for swift and easy maintenance
  • Threaded Bottom Bracket

Build & Price

Frame Only Options

Nomad CC with Super Deluxe RCT - $5,199 AUD

Geometry & Sizing

XS
4'8" — 5'1"
S
5'0" — 5'5"
M
5'5" — 5'9"
L
5'9" — 6'1"
XL
6'1" — 6'6"

High

Aluminum Nomad available in small, medium, large, and extra-large only.

XSSMLXL
Reach390mm15.35"420mm16.54"440mm17.32"460mm18.11"490mm19.29"
Stack584mm22.99"593mm23.35"602mm23.7"611mm24.06"620mm24.41"
Head Tube Angle65°65°65°65°65°65°65°65°
Seat Tube Length375mm14.76"390mm15.35"420mm16.54"450mm17.72"480mm18.9"
Front Center704mm27.72"738mm29.06"762mm30"787mm30.98"821mm32.32"
BB Height344mm13.54"344mm13.54"344mm13.54"344mm13.54"344mm13.54"
BB Drop10mm0.39"10mm0.39"10mm0.39"10mm0.39"10mm0.39"
Wheelbase1134mm44.65"1168mm45.98"1192mm46.93"1217mm47.91"1251mm49.25"
Chainstay Length430mm16.93"430mm16.93"430mm16.93"430mm16.93"430mm16.93"
Head Tube Length90mm3.54"100mm3.94"110mm4.33"120mm4.72"130mm5.12"
Top Tube Length540mm21.26"573mm22.56"596mm23.46"619mm24.37"653mm25.71"
Seat Tube Angle74.5°74.5°74.5°74.5°74.5°74.5°74.5°74.5°74.5°74.5°
Standover Height710mm27.95"712mm28.03"728mm28.66"726mm28.58"724mm28.5"

Low

Aluminum Nomad available in small, medium, large, and extra-large only.

XSSMLXL
Reach386mm15.2"416mm16.38"436mm17.17"456mm17.95"486mm19.13"
Stack587mm23.11"596mm23.46"605mm23.82"614mm24.17"623mm24.53"
Head Tube Angle64.6°64.6°64.6°64.6°64.6°64.6°64.6°64.6°64.6°64.6°
Seat Tube Length375mm14.76"390mm15.35"420mm16.54"450mm17.72"480mm18.9"
Front Center704mm27.72"738mm29.06"762mm30"787mm30.98"821mm32.32"
BB Height339mm13.35"339mm13.35"339mm13.35"339mm13.35"339mm13.35"
BB Drop15mm0.59"15mm0.59"15mm0.59"15mm0.59"15mm0.59"
Wheelbase1135mm44.69"1169mm46.02"1194mm47.01"1218mm47.95"1252mm49.29"
Chainstay Length431mm16.97"431mm16.97"431mm16.97"431mm16.97"431mm16.97"
Head Tube Length90mm3.54"100mm3.94"110mm4.33"120mm4.72"130mm5.12"
Top Tube Length541mm21.3"574mm22.6"598mm23.54"621mm24.45"654mm25.75"
Seat Tube Angle74.1°74.1°74.1°74.1°74.1°74.1°74.1°74.1°74.1°74.1°
Standover Height704mm27.72"706mm27.8"722mm28.43"720mm28.35"718mm28.27"

Tech & Support

Tech Info

Suspension SystemVPPTM
Front DerailleurNo compatibility
Headset/HeadtubeIntegrated; IS41 upper, IS52 lower
Seat Post31.6mm
Seat Clamp36.4mm
Eye to Eye length230mm
Stroke60mm
Fork Compatibility170-180mm
BB ShellStandard
Max Tire Size2.5"
Water Bottle Mountsyes
Shock Mounting Bolt Front8x20mm
Shock Mounting Bolt Rear8x30mm (compatible with standard or Rockshox bearing eyelet)

Shock Info

Shock: Super Deluxe Air RCT

Rider WeightAir Pressure
120lbs (54.4kg)135 psi
140lbs (63.5kg)155 psi
160lbs (72.6kg)175 psi
180lbs (81.8kg)195 psi
200lbs (90.7kg)215 psi
220lbs (99.8kg)235 psi

Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe Coil RCT

Rider WeightSpring RatePreload
120lbs (54.4kg)300 lbs1 turns
140lbs (63.5kg)350 lbs1 turns
160lbs (72.6kg)400 lbs1 turns
180lbs (81.8kg)450-500 lbs1 turns
200lbs (90.7kg)500-550 lbs1 turns
220lbs (99.8kg)600 lbs1 turns

Tech Info

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.

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.

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, please register using our Warranty Registration Form 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: fill out the Warranty Bearing Replacement Form, upload a copy of your purchase receipt, and we'll get a new set of bearings out to you within 48 hours! 

Handlebars

Santa Cruz carbon handlebars are warranted for a period of five years from the date of purchase. 

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.

File a Warranty Claim

Something not right? Use our Warranty Claim Form to file a warranty claim. We'll do everything we can to get you back to riding as fast as possible. 

 

If you have any other questions, or would like to follow up on a warranty claim, contact our Warranty Department

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