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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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  • 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 - $3299 USD

Nomad CC with Super Deluxe Coil RCT - $3299 USD

Nomad A with Super Deluxe R - $1999 USD

Geometry & Sizing

4'8" — 5'1"
5'0" — 5'5"
5'5" — 5'9"
5'9" — 6'1"
6'1" — 6'6"


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

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"
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"


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

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"
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
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

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 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 kind of rear brake mount does it use?

The Nomad 4 uses a standard 180mm IS mount.  You cannot run a smaller rotor than that.

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.  

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 Bike 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. 

Need to register a Juliana? Use the Juliana Bicycles registration form.

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 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! 

Reserve Carbon Wheels

Santa Cruz Reserve carbon wheels carry a warranty for the lifetime of the original, registered owner. Use the Reserve Wheels Registration Form to register your wheels.


Santa Cruz carbon handlebars are warrantied 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 or No-Fault Replacement Claim

Something not right? Use one of the forms below to file a claim. We'll do everything we can to get you back to riding as fast as possible. 

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