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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 svelte, 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. 

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Key Features:

  • Available in: Aluminum, Carbon C & Carbon CC More Info
  • Wheel size: 27.5"
  • Rear travel: 170mm
  • Designed for: Trail & Freeride

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Geometry & Sizing

Rollover table below to highlight frame dimensions.


CHead Tube Angle65°65°65°65°65°65°65°65°65°65°
DSeat Tube Length375mm14.76"390mm15.35"420mm16.54"450mm17.72"480mm18.9"
EFront Center704mm27.72"738mm29.06"762mm30"787mm30.98"821mm32.32"
FBB Height344mm13.54"344mm13.54"344mm13.54"344mm13.54"344mm13.54"
GBB Drop10mm0.39"10mm0.39"10mm0.39"10mm0.39"10mm0.39"
IChainstay Length430mm16.93"430mm16.93"430mm16.93"430mm16.93"430mm16.93"
JHead Tube Length90mm3.54"100mm3.94"110mm4.33"120mm4.72"130mm5.12"
KTop Tube Length540mm21.26"573mm22.56"596mm23.46"619mm24.37"653mm25.71"
LSeat Tube Angle74.5°74.5°74.5°74.5°74.5°74.5°74.5°74.5°74.5°74.5°
MStandover Height710mm27.95"712mm28.03"728mm28.66"726mm28.58"724mm28.5"
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Tech Support

The geometry chart shows two settings- how do I adjust that?

There's a "flip chip" on the lower link where the shock mounts.  Just remove the lower shock bolt and flip the chips to the setting you desire

What kind of rear brake mount does it use?

The Nomad 4 uses a 180mm post mount.  You cannot run a smaller rotor than that.  The Lyrik and Yari that we spec are also 180mm post mount.

What size fork is the Nomad designed for?

We designed it around a 170mm fork, and this will be ideal for the balance of the bike.  A 180mm fork would work as well, if you're looking for an even more gravity-oriented bike.

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.

I see you offer some models with a choice of coil shock or air shock- which should I get?

There is a difference in feel between the two, but neither is better than the other- just different.  The air shock is more progressive than the coil, which allows for a slightly softer setup without worrying about bottoming-out.  This will generally offer a smoother ride, but one that can still be ridden very aggressively and not struggle.  
The coil has a slightly more linear feel/ less bottom-out resistance, which encourages a firmer overall setup.  This offers the maximum mid-stroke support for berms/park riding/ pushing into turns.  If you like a more responsive/firmer feel, you will probably prefer the coil.  If you set the air shock up to offer a similar feel in the mid-stroke, you may struggle to achieve full travel.  These aren't huge differences, but they are enough that we wanted to offer both.  Obviously, the air shock offers the advantages of being lighter and easier to tune, so this will be the right choice for the majority of riders.   

We know metric-sized springs are a bit hard to come by at the moment, so if you're looking to swap out the spring on your coil shock, a spring sized for an 8.2x2.5 shock will work on the 230x60 shock spec'd on the Nomad. 

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 kind of headset does the aluminum version of this bike use?

The aluminum version of this bike uses integrated headset cups. The the upper up is 41mm and the lower cup is 52mm. The SHIS name is IS 41/28.6 IS 52/40.

What kind of headset does this bike use?

This bike uses integrated headset cups. The upper up is 41mm and the lower cup is 52mm. The SHIS name is IS 41/28.6 IS 52/40.

What size seatpost does the Nomad use?

31.6mm.  We spec/recommend the Reverb without the Connectamajig to maximize the amount of seatpost insertion available.