Nomad X01 AXS Reserve in Oxblood
Nomad X01 AXS Reserve in Oxblood
Nomad X01 AXS Reserve in Green
Nomad X01 AXS Reserve in Green

Nomad

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More travel than a white van

Big mountain riding is a nomadic existence. Meeting friends in farflung car parks. Pinpointing trails you're not sure are even rideable. Sending the ones you know are. Shiny new bling gets battered, shattered and bruised. That’s life. That’s how it should be. That's why the Nomad exists.

Probably the most abused bike in our line up, every Nomad has a story to tell. But each Nomad we've made keeps coming back for more. It's not Stockholm Syndrome, it's called sealed bearings in all pivots, a lower link grease port, shuttle guards and free bearing replacements. Why scrap a frame when a simple bearing service can make one last a lifetime? That's our stance on sustainability at least, and it's why our carbon fiber doesn’t just mean lighter, it means tough as hell backed up by a lifetime warranty and crash replacement support.

There’s no time for puzzling when on a road trip either. That's why we chose 27.5 wheels as the go-to for the widest variety of riding styles and rider sizes. When peeling your bike out of the van at a new spot your only question should be “Is this a full face or a half lid kinda ride?” The 64-degree head angle and 77-degree seat angle puts you in the sweet spot when winching up to the top of a big drop in. Meanwhile proportional chainstay lengths mean handling is never compromised, regardless of frame size.

And when we say big travel, we're not talking about your Transit's odometer. We're talking 170mm of 38mm diameter fork and 170mm of VPP rear suspension compatible with both coil and air shocks. The details are completed by a neat mud flap to protect the rear shock, plus tidy cable routing within the frame and swingarm, and rubberized DT protectors to shrug off strikes.

So van-lifers unite. The Nomad is the kind of bike you need never worry about all summer long. Sorry we can't say the same for the locked public washrooms and parking tickets.

Key Features:

Available in: Carbon C and Carbon CC
Wheel Size: 27.5"
Front Travel: 170mm
Rear Travel: 170mm

Geometry

Units

mm

SMLXL
Reach425mm450mm475mm500mm
Stack601mm614.5mm623.4mm645.9mm
Head Tube Angle64°64°64°64°
Seat Tube Length380mm405mm430mm460mm
Front Center760mm792mm821mm857mm
BB Height344mm344mm344mm344mm
BB Drop10mm10mm10mm10mm
Wheelbase1185mm1222mm1256mm1297mm
Rear Center425mm430mm435mm440mm
Head Tube Length115mm130mm140mm165mm
Top Tube Length551mm581mm609mm643mm
Seat Tube Angle78.2°78°77.9°77.6°
Standover Height710mm732mm733mm732mm

Units

mm

Units

cm

Frame Sizing

If you're on the cusp between the recommended height range of two sizes, the absolute best thing is to try to ride them both. At a minimum, check the stack/reach measurements on your current bike and compare it to the new model you are looking at to get an idea of a fit you are already comfortable with. If riding the bike is not an option, consider the following.

Personal Preference

A larger size frame will be more stable, and will give you more room to move without upsetting the weight-balance of the bike. The larger size will put the front wheel further in front of you, which gives the feeling of security and conversely, it will require more significant body movements when you WANT to shift the weight-bias of the bike. Think hard about your riding style and how active/intuitive you want it to be vs stable and speedy. You'll need to work a bit harder to muscle the larger bike around.

Body Dimension

Not all bodies at a given height are the same. If you have longer legs and a shorter torso than the average person your height, that may push you towards the smaller of the recommended sizes. If you're all torso and arms, most likely you'll want to size up.

Units

cm

142 - 155cm
142 - 155cm

XS

155 - 165cm
155 - 165cm

S

165 - 175cm
165 - 175cm

M

175 - 185cm
175 - 185cm

L

185 - 196cm
185 - 196cm

XL

Jumping an adder green Nomad
Nomad leaned against rock wall
Mountain biker jumping Nomad onto trail
Standing with Nomad at car park
Two mountain bikers riding Nomads in fog
Jumping an adder green Nomad

Design Details

Lower link on adder green Nomad

Design Details

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170mm travel

When we say big travel, we're not talking about your Transit's odometer. We're talking 170mm of 38mm diameter fork and 170mm of VPP rear suspension compatible with both coil and air shocks.

Proportional chainstay lengths

The Nomad's chainstay length is matched to the frame size so every rider, no matter their height, gets the same balanced geometry.

27.5 wheels

There’s no time for puzzling when on a road trip either. That's why we chose 27.5 wheels as the go-to for the widest variety of riding styles and rider sizes.

The Santa Cruz Nomad resting against a wall

Built to take a beating, built to keep ripping

A lifetime warranty, industry-leading Rider Support, and the toughest carbon frames (and rims) out there should have you covered. But we also design them to be easy to work on and provide the parts and information so you can keep your bike going for longer.

The Santa Cruz Nomad resting against a wall