Santa Cruz Bicycles - Nomad Full Suspension Mountain Bike
Santa Cruz Bicycles - Nomad Full Suspension Mountain Bike

ALL THE TRAVEL AND MX WHEELS

Load up the van, hit the road, climb a mountain, hammer it back down, huck the gap, throw the bike back in the van, drive to the bike park and do laps on laps. Hell, you could even rock up to the startline of the world's wildest races. The Nomad’s forte is being ready and willing to go wherever, whenever. The only thing it needs is a rider willing to press send.

Key Features:

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

Design Details

Santa Cruz Bicycles Nomad 6 - Rear shock and upper link

Design Details

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170mm travel

All the travel anyone needs in a single-crown bike intended for the steepest and deepest of trails.

Glovebox

Place your ride essentials securely beneath a new high-quality latch and panel in the Nomad's downtube. The Glovebox comes with a fitted Tool Wallet and Tube Purse to keep your tools close to hand.

Proportional geometry

Chainstay length and seat angle are matched to the frame size (STA steepens and rear centre grows as frame size increases) so that every rider, no matter what height, gets the same balance of geometry and handling characteristics.

MX wheels

The mixed wheel configuration of a 29-inch wheel up front provides traction and stability, while the 27.5-inch rear wheel allows for quick back wheel steering and lifting. Mixing the best of both worlds.

Flip your chip

In the Low position, the shock rate becomes more progressive, particularly at the end of the stroke, and there’s some bottom-out resistance to be gained. In the High setting, the bike rides a little higher in its travel and supplies the rider with more mid-stroke support.

Frame stiffness tuned by size

Bigger riders means bigger stresses on bigger frames. So we tailor stiffness for every size to make sure everyone gets the same ride quality.

Details matter

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.

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VPP™ Suspension

Riding the Santa Cruz Nomad 6

VPP™ Suspension

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VPP™

VPP™ suspension can be optimized to strike a balance between pedaling efficiency and all-out bump-chomping prowess. The Nomad is exceptional at absorbing the biggest hits so its rider can charge harder, with more confidence, in the very worst terrain. But because it's still pedal efficient, getting up to the best, highest trails isn't a chore like some other bikes.

All the travel

If you're stomping gaps and stamping passports you're no stranger to travel. 170mm of 38mm diameter fork and 170mm of VPP™ rear suspension, compatible with both coil and air shocks.

Sensitivity and constant traction

On the Nomad, lowering the anti-squat reduced pedal kickback on big square-edge hits at speed, all while improving the overall sensitivity of the suspension to maintain traction at all speeds. Up and downhill.

Flat-out bump control and tracking

By reducing the starting leverage of the latest Nomad, we were able to improve body-weight influenced geometry stability throughout the travel. While reducing progression allowed the suspension to have consistently better tracking qualities throughout the stroke.

Built to last

Short, stout counter-rotating links connect the front and rear triangles to create an extremely robust chassis that reduces lateral flex. Simple expanding collet axles hold things together, pivots run on large diameter axles and bearings (which we offer free lifetime replacement for) and the lower link includes a grease-port for quick, easy maintenance.

Geometry

All units are in millimeters or degrees.

SMLXLXXL
Reach | hi/lo430/427455/452475/472495/492520/517
Stack | hi/lo616/618625/627638/640656/658670/672
Head Tube Angle | hi/lo63.8/63.563.8/63.563.8/63.563.8/63.563.8/63.5
Seat Tube Length 380/380405/405430/430460/460500/500
Front Center | hi/lo770/770799/799826/826855/855886/886
BB Height | hi/lo346/343346/343346/343346/343346/343
BB Drop (front) | hi/lo27/3027/3027/3027/3027/30
BB Drop (rear) | hi/lo8/118/118/118/118/11
Wheelbase | hi/lo1209/12091239/12401269/12701301/13021336/1337
Rear Center | hi/lo439/440440/441443/444446/447450/451
Head Tube Length 90/90100/100115/115135/135150/150
Top Tube Length | hi/lo570/571594/594612/613637/638666/667
Seat Tube Angle | hi/lo77.2/7777.4/77.277.9/77.677.8/77.577.7/77.5
Standover Height | hi/lo709/705716/713723/719722/717725/720
Nomad Frame Render

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.

The Nomad is available in sizes small - extra extra large (S-XXL).

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.

Nomad 6 Size Chart
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The Nomad 6 on a bike stand outside of a white sprinter van
The Nomad 6 on a bike stand outside of a white sprinter van
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Maintenance Information

Learn how to service your upper and lower suspension links

Fill out our form for a fresh set of bearings

Take a look at additional tech info and exploded diagrams for the Nomad

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

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Nomad Tech Support

Suspension SystemVPP
Front DerailleurNo compatibility
Headset/HeadtubeIntegrated (IS41/52)
Seat Post31.6mm
Seat Clamp36.4mm
Eye to Eye length230mm
Stroke65mm
Fork Compatibility170-180mm
BB Shell73mm Threaded
Max Tire Size2.5"
Water Bottle Mounts1
Shock Mounting Bushing Front30x8
Shock Mounting Bushing Rear30x8
Brake Mount200 PM
Fork Offset44mm

Download the Nomad suspension setup guide to get even more detailed sag, high/low rebound, and high/low compression recommendations for shocks below and get recommendations for the fork in each build.

Rockshox Super Deluxe Select

Rider WeightPressure (psi)Shock SagRebound (from closed)
100lbs (45.5kg)9029-32%, 19-21mm7
120lbs (54.4kg)11529-32%, 19-21mm7
140lbs (63.5kg)13529-32%, 19-21mm6
160lbs (72.6kg)15529-32%, 19-21mm6
180lbs (81.8kg)18029-32%, 19-21mm5
200lbs (90.7kg)20029-32%, 19-21mm5
220lbs (99.8kg)22029-32%, 19-21mm4
240lbs (108.8kg)24529-32%, 19-21mm4
260lbs (117.9kg)26529-32%, 19-21mm3

Rockshox Zeb

Rider WeightPressure (psi)Rebound (from closed)
100lbs (45.5kg)2919
120lbs (54.4kg)3717
140lbs (63.5kg)4615
160lbs (72.6kg)5415
180lbs (81.8kg)6213
200lbs (90.7kg)7013
220lbs (99.8kg)7811
240lbs (108.8kg)868

Rockshox Super Deluxe Select Plus

Rider WeightPressure (psi)Shock SagRebound (from closed)
100lbs (45.5kg)9029-32%, 19-21mm7
120lbs (54.4kg)11529-32%, 19-21mm7
140lbs (63.5kg)13529-32%, 19-21mm6
160lbs (72.6kg)15529-32%, 19-21mm6
180lbs (81.8kg)18029-32%, 19-21mm5
200lbs (90.7kg)20029-32%, 19-21mm5
220lbs (99.8kg)22029-32%, 19-21mm4
240lbs (108.8kg)24529-32%, 19-21mm4
260lbs (117.9kg)26529-32%, 19-21mm3

Fox 38 Performance

Rider WeightPressure (psi)Rebound (from closed)
120-130 (54-59kg)7213
130-140 (59-64kg)7612
140-150 (64-68kg)8011
150-160 (68-73kg)8410
160-170 (73-77kg)899
170-180 (77-82kg)938
180-190 (82-86kg)977
190-200 (86-91kg)1026
200-210 (91-95kg)1065
210-220 (95-100kg)1104
220-230 (100-104kg)1143
230-240 (104-109kg)1192
240-250 (109-113kg)1231

Fox 38 Performance Elite

Rider WeightPressure (psi)Rebound: LSR, HSR (from closed)Compression: LSC,HSC (from closed)
120-130 (54-59kg)729, 810,5
130-140 (59-64kg)768, 710,5
140-150 (64-68kg)807, 610,5
150-160 (68-73kg)847, 610,5
160-170 (73-77kg)896, 510,5
170-180 (77-82kg)936, 510,5
180-190 (82-86kg)975, 410,5
190-200 (86-91kg)1024, 310,5
200-210 (91-95kg)1064, 310,5
210-220 (95-100kg)1103, 210,5
220-230 (100-104kg)1142, 110,5
230-240 (104-109kg)1192, 110,5
240-250 (109-113)1231, 010,5

Super Deluxe Select Plus Coil

Rider Weight (lbs)Spring Rate (Lbs.)Sag (%, mm on shock)PreloadRebound (from closed)
100lbs (45.5kg)25026-28%, 17-19mm1-2 turns9
120lbs (54.4kg)30026-28%, 17-19mm1-2 turns8
140lbs (63.5kg)35026-28%, 17-19mm1-2 turns7
160lbs (72.6kg)40026-28%, 17-19mm1-2 turns6
180lbs (81.8kg)45026-28%, 17-19mm1-2 turns5
200lbs (90.7kg)50026-28%, 17-19mm1-2 turns5
220lbs (99.8kg)55026-28%, 17-19mm1-2 turns4
240lbs (108.8kg)60026-28%, 17-19mm1-2 turns4

Fox Float X2 Factory

Rider WeightPressure (psi)Sag (%, mm on shock)Rebound: LSR, HSR (from closed)Compression: LSC, HSC (from closed)
100lbs (45.5kg)14029-32%, 19-21mm11,713,8
120lbs (54.4kg)16029-32%, 19-21mm10,613,8
140lbs (63.5kg)17529-32%, 19-21mm10,613,8
160lbs (72.6kg)19529-32%, 19-21mm9,513,8
180lbs (81.8kg)21029-32%, 19-21mm9,513,8
200lbs (90.7kg)23029-32%, 19-21mm9,413,8
220lbs (99.8kg)25029-32%, 19-21mm9,413,8
240lbs (108.8kg)27029-32%, 19-21mm8,413,8

Fox 38 Factory

Rider WeightPressure (psi)Rebound: LSR, HSR (from closed)Compression: LSC,HSC (from closed)
120-130 (54-59kg)729, 810,5
130-140 (59-64kg)768, 710,5
140-150 (64-68kg)807, 610,5
150-160 (68-73kg)847, 610,5
160-170 (73-77kg)896, 510,5
170-180 (77-82kg)936, 510,5
180-190 (82-86kg)975, 410,5
190-200 (86-91kg)1024, 310,5
200-210 (91-95kg)1064, 310,5
210-220 (95-100kg)1103, 210,5
220-230 (100-104kg)1142, 110,5
230-240 (104-109kg)1192, 110,5
240-250 (109-113)1231, 010,5

Fox DHX2 Coil Factory

Rider Weight (lbs)Spring Rate (Lbs.)Sag (%, mm on shock)PreloadRebound: LSR, HSR (from closed)Compression: LSC, HSC (from closed)
100lbs (45.5kg)30026-28%, 17-19mm1-2 turns11,713,8
120lbs (54.4kg)35026-28%, 17-19mm1-2 turns10,613,8
140lbs (63.5kg)40026-28%, 17-19mm1-2 turns10,613,8
160lbs (72.6kg)45026-28%, 17-19mm1-2 turns10,513,8
180lbs (81.8kg)50026-28%, 17-19mm1-2 turns10,513,8
200lbs (90.7kg)55026-28%, 17-19mm1-2 turns9,513,8
220lbs (99.8kg)60026-28%, 17-19mm1-2 turns9,413,8
240lbs (108.8kg)65026-28%, 17-19mm1-2 turns9,413,8

What is the recommended fork?

The Nomad 6 geometry is based off of a 170mm fork with 44mm offset. We wouldn't recommend less travel than that, as the BB will get a bit low. Up to 180mm is fine if that's your preference.

Is there chainguide compatibility?

Yes, this bike is equipped with ISCG-05 tabs for easy chain guide mounting. Most guides/bash guards that follow the ISCG-05 standard should fit.

Can I convert the Nomad to full 29" or full 27.5"

No, the Nomad 6 is built exclusively for MX wheels - 29" up front, 27.5" in the rear. Trying to convert to other wheel sizes will negatively affect geometry, handling, and performance.

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.For Chris King this is a DropSet.3

Should I get the coil shock or the air shock?

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 suspension will also have a "poppier" and more playful ride, as the air shock will try to get you out of the deep part of travel.


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 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.

I want to change my rear shock. Any limitations?

The Nomad was built to be compatible with all shocks on the market, both coil & air. We haven't tried some of the smaller obscure brands, but it fits anything from Fox and Rockshox. The correct size is 230x65 with 8x30mm hardware front and rear.

What size tire will fit in the frame?

Swingarm tire clearance is designed for 27.5" x 2.5" max

Should I ride in the High or Low shock flip-chip setting?

You should definitely try both, but we typically recommend starting in High. In the High setting, the bike rides a little higher in its travel and supplies the rider with more mid-stroke support. In the Low position, the shock rate becomes more progressive, particularly at the end of the stroke, and there’s some bottom-out resistance to be gained.

Does the Nomad 6 use the SRAM Universal Derailleur Hanger (UDH)?

The frame is UDH-compatible, but comes with our own machined aluminum hanger. You can replace it with another Santa Cruz hanger or a SRAM UDH.

What is the difference between the C and CC Carbon?

CC frames use the very best materials and production processes available. Our C Carbon frames have the same features but the trade off for a little less $ is a little more weight. Both versions are made in our own factory, are just as strong and stiff as one another, and have a lifetime warranty.

What can I store in the glovebox?

The Nomad 6 comes with two bags - a tube purse and a tool wallet. You should be able to fit a superlight tube, a small pump, tire lever, and misc odds and ends in these two bags.

What brake rotor sizes will fit in the rear?

Nomad 6 comes standard with 200mm rear post mount, will accept rotors with adapter up to 223mm

Is the Nomad 6 compatible with dual crown forks?

No. The Nomad 6 frame is super strong but it is not designed for the side impact loads that dual crown forks place on the frame during a crash. Stick with single crown forks exclusively.

Tobin O. getting ready for a ride, putting on his shoes while his mechanic check over his 2022 Blur
Tobin O. getting ready for a ride, putting on his shoes while his mechanic check over his 2022 Blur

Lifetime Warranty and Support

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We design our bikes to last, to be easy to work on and we make sure to provide the parts and information so you can make your bike last for many lifetimes.

We take No Missed Rides seriously, so we keep stock of every small part and spare to keep you rolling. Head over to the shop to find what you need.