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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. 

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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.

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XSSMLXL
Rider4'8"+1.42m+5'0"+1.52m+5'5"+1.65m+5'9"+1.75m+6'1"+1.85m+
AReach390mm15.35"420mm16.54"440mm17.32"460mm18.11"490mm19.29"
BStack584mm22.99"593mm23.35"602mm23.7"611mm24.06"620mm24.41"
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"
HWheelbase1134mm44.65"1168mm45.98"1192mm46.93"1217mm47.91"1251mm49.25"
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

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.