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Santa Cruz Bicycles Nomad Carbon C R Complete Mountain Bike - 2018

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    Turns gravity into depravity.

    Seeing the popularity of the previous generation Nomad, the engineers at Santa Cruz could have gone the easy route by simply revising the geometry and decking it out with a new paint job. However, if you've ever delved into the storied history of this Northern California bike company, you'd realize they're never content with the easier route taken by much of the industry, preferring to blaze their own trail by purposely designing bikes from the ground up. Embodying Santa Cruz's legacy as innovators in the bike world, the Nomad Carbon C R Complete Mountain Bike sports a complete redesign for 2018 that pushes it further into gravity realms.

    You'll find its lower-link mounted shock and flip-chip with high/low geometry settings takes inspiration from the downhill-crushing V10, yet like all previous Nomads, it retains the ability to pedal back uphill for one more heart-pumping descent. Looking further into the fourth-gen Nomad's details, you'll be even more impressed with thoughtful additions to the bike's most sensitive regions—mainly with the cleanly integrated shuttle guard, but also with the mud-blocking shock fender and aluminum ear cover that protects the swingarm from dropped chains.

    Seeing the previous generation Nomad aimed squarely at enduro domination, the newest generation is less of a dedicated race bike and more of a gravity rig that you can actually pedal uphill without struggling like other long-travel sleds. Think of it as a freeride bike for riders seeking one that's versatile enough to lap the resort park and shuttle downhill laps, then pedal along backcountry epics the very next day. The 65-degree head tube angle (in high setting) and longer reach keep things calm and comfortable on wicked descents, yet the steeper 75-degree seat tube angle puts you in an optimal pedaling position without struggling to shift your weight forward on steep climbs.

    The flip-chip integrated into the swingarm provides the ability to fine-tune its geometry to your exact riding preferences and local terrain. Keep it in the high setting for a more efficient pedaling platform on rides with a mix of blistering descents and steep climbs. Conversely, you can switch it to the low setting for an even slacker geometry (head tube of 64.6 degrees) that's purely focused on lift-accessed downhills and shuttle runs where climbing isn't an issue. Ultimately, its adjustable geometry lends the ability to push the bike to the absolute limit on lift-accessed days or retain more balance for earning your turns across large swaths of alpine terrain.

    Moving to the revised shock placement, the engineers at Santa Cruz sought to achieve a more linear shock rate with the fourth generation Nomad, much like you'd find with the V10. The VPP suspension is driven by a lower-link mounted shock, marking a radical departure from the likes of Bronson and Hightower. This revised shock location eliminates the Nomad's previous tendencies to settle in the middle of its travel, meaning it feels more active and tracks to the ground noticeably better across steep descents and rugged terrain. And even though its shock rate is more linear, it doesn't sacrifice support deep into the travel, meaning it never feels harsh on bigger hits and downhills.

    This R build comes with Santa Cruz's Carbon C frame, which withstands all the abuse you can dish out with its stout carbon construction. SRAM's NX 11-speed drivetrain makes long rides in the backcountry easier with its 10 to 42-tooth cassette providing a large range of usable gears for both fast descents and steep climbs. It's kitted out with a RockShox Yari RC 170-millimeter fork with 35-millimeter stanchions for stiff tracking across rugged terrain, complemented with RockShock's Super Deluxe R air shock in the rear. The Super Deluxe R air shock gets an overhaul with Metric sizing increasing bushing overlap for a smoother stroke that gobbles up bumps and terrain inconsistencies with ease. This metric shock sizing makes the Nomad all the more futureproof, in case you decide to upgrade to a coil shock down the road.

    • Aggressively redesign pushes into gravity realms
    • V10-inspired chassis with lower-link mounted shock
    • Adjustable flip-chip with high and low geometry settings
    • 75-degree seat tube angle optimizes pedaling efficiency
    • Longer reach shifts weight forward for better traction
    • Carbon C frame is impressively stiff and reliably strong
    • Protective details: shuttle guard, shock fender, aluminum ear cover
    • SRAM NX 1x11 drivetrain + RockShox Super Deluxe R air shock
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    Tech Specs

    Frame Material
    Carbon C
    Suspension
    VPP
    Rear Shock
    RockShox Super Deluxe R
    Rear Travel
    170mm
    Fork
    RockShox Yari RC Solo Air
    Front Travel
    170mm
    Headset
    Cane Creek 10 Series, Integrated
    Shifters
    SRAM NX 11-speed
    Front Derailleur
    n/a
    Rear Derailleur
    SRAM NX 11-speed
    ISCG Tabs
    yes, w/E13 TRS Race SL chainguide
    Crankset
    Race Face Aeffect (30t)
    Bottom Bracket
    threaded
    Crank Arm Length
    170mm
    Cassette
    SRAM XG1150 (10-42t)
    Chain
    SRAM PC1110
    Brakeset
    SRAM Guide R
    Brake Type
    hydraulic disc
    Rotors
    Avid Centerline, [front] 203mm, [rear] 200mm
    Handlebar
    RaceFace Aeffect R, 35mm
    Handlebar Width
    780mm
    Grips
    Santa Cruz Palmdale lock-on
    Stem
    Raceface Ride
    Saddle
    WTB Volt Race
    Seatpost
    Raceface Aeffect Dropper, [XS-M] 125mm, [L, XL] 150mm
    Seatpost Diameter
    31.6mm
    Wheelset
    WTB ST i29 TCS, 32-hole
    Hubs
    [front] Novatec D711, [rear] Novatec D462
    Front Axle
    15 x 110mm BOOST
    Rear Axle
    12 x 148mm BOOST
    Tires
    [front] Maxxis Minion DHF 3C EXO TR, [rear] Maxxis Minion DHR II EXO TR
    Tire Size
    [front] 27.5 x 2.5in, [rear] 27.5 x 2.4in
    Recommended Use
    freeride
    Manufacturer Warranty
    lifetime on frame

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    Very capable bike

      The Nomad is a super capable descender and a surprisingly good climber for being so slack. Light for such a relatively cheap build, and comes really well equipped. This bike is at home in the bike park but can pedal as hard as you can. Would recommend to riders who mainly care about descending, but need to pedal to get there.

      the Cadillac of Downhill!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      In the short two weeks i have had this bike it has changed my life. Being an avid XC rider i finally moved over to a downhill bike for all the awesome resorts in utah & let me say I could not be happier with this choice.

      the frame itself is a work of carbon art sculpted by what i assume could only be NASA engineers who moved to greener pastures with Santa cruz .

      the SRAM NX 1x11 drivetrain & RockShox Super Deluxe R are ready to handle any thing you can throw at it or better yet throw this thing down. I have found a new love for Downhill riding and cant wait to see how far i can push this bike before it breaks me !

      How does the flip chip work on the nomad? Can you change the geometry settings when you get to the top of a mountain?

      Hey Gustavo - Technically you can use the flip-chip in the swingarm at the top of a climb, but it is better suited to set it based on the whole ride your are going to do. I will shoot you an email so feel free to contact me directly with any additional questions or if you are interested in buying this bike. - Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead - klivingston@backcountry.com - 801-736-4337

      Is the carbon c frame full carbon?

      Hey Gabriel - This is the Carbon C version of the Nomad which is full carbon, but slightly heavier than the Carbon CC frame which is made from a higher grade of carbon fiber. I will shoot you an email so feel free to contact me directly with any additional questions or if you are interested in buying this bike. - Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead - klivingston@backcountry.com - 801-736-4337

      How does the nomad do with long difficult
      Climbs?

      Hey Gustavo- The new design of the Nomad, particularly the high/low geometry settings and longer seat tube angle, allows it to climb better than its predecessor. It ascends surprisingly well considering its designed for crushing the descent. I will shoot you an email so feel free to contact me directly with any additional questions or if you are interested in buying this bike. - Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead - klivingston@backcountry.com - 801-736-4337