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Our Top Freeriding Picks Of The Season

Santa Cruz BicyclesNomad Carbon C R Mountain Bike

Santa Cruz BicyclesNomad Carbon C R Mountain Bike

$5,149.00
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Why We Like The Nomad Carbon C R Mountain Bike

Ride it hard, put it away dirty, repeat the next day. That's the MO with the new 2021 Nomad. This long-travel bruiser has a reputation for consistently pushing the envelope of big mountain riding, all while remaining a capable daily driver for those times when you aren't out there riding full gas. Gaps, shuttle laps, and lift passes are the Nomad's preferred business, but since it retains all the pedal-ability of Santa Cruz's VPP suspension, it's no slouch when you're racking up miles on a big loop in the backcountry.


Considering that the recipe for the Nomad V4 was already pretty close to perfect, we're not surprised that Santa Cruz opted to give this 5th generation bike a host of sensible updates instead of a complete overhaul. Like its predecessor, the Nomad V5 rolls on 27.5-inch wheels and boasts 170mm of trail-taming VPP travel. Though the two frames look very similar, the V5 now uses a twin upright swingarm to bolster frame stiffness and durability, and all build kits come with burly 38mm forks for taking on the most technical terrain on the mountain. The bike also sees improved suspension kinematics for a better overall feel on the trail, and it's now compatible with SRAM's Universal Derailleur Hanger to make finding replacement hangers a breeze.


Most of the changes lie in the bike's geometry, the most significant being the move to a 77.5-degree seat tube angle—a near 4-degree increase over the previous Nomad. This gives the bike a more upright pedaling position that makes steep climbs more manageable and provides increased comfort for long-mileage days. Naturally, the bike gets a bit slacker too, moving from a 74.6-degree head tube to 73.7 (in the low position), with longer reach figures to give you that extra edge when you're sending big lines in unfamiliar terrain. We're also pleased to see size-specific chainstay lengths, with the chainstays growing by about 5mm as you go up in size. This means that riders of any height get the same balanced geometry and predictable handling, regardless of which frame size they ride.


Lucky for all of us, one thing that hasn't changed is Santa Cruz's carbon construction, which is a good thing if you're after the legendary strength and unwavering stiffness of their renowned carbon layups. This particular Nomad benefits from the Carbon C layup, which makes for a resoundingly stiff frame for swift acceleration and unflappable poise while pummeling across rough terrain. It's backed by Santa Cruz's excellent lifetime warranty, so you'll have extra peace of mind while riding particularly fast on your favorite stretch of trail and shuttling downhill laps on the mountain pass.


*Due to unprecedented demand in the global supply chain and the bike industry over the last 18 months, material weight and exact components are subject to change. We are working diligently to keep tech specs updated, and any adjustments will be minor. If you have any questions, reach out to a Gearhead by chatting online or calling 1-888-276-7130.


Details

  • Push the limits of single-crown capability with the Nomad
  • 170mm of terrain-destroying, pedal-efficient VPP suspension
  • Fox 38 tracks incredibly well in fast, rough terrain
  • Twin upright swingarm improves frame stiffness vs. previous Nomad
  • Longer and slacker geo for greater stability in the steeps
  • 77.5-degree seat tube is more pedal-friendly on the climbs
  • Adjustable flip-chip with high and low geometry settings
  • Frame adorned with protective details to preserve your investment
  • Item #SNZK1ER

Tech Specs

Frame Material
Carbon C
Suspension
VPP
Rear Shock
RockShox Super Deluxe Select
Rear Travel
170mm
Fork
RockShox Zeb
Front Travel
170mm
Headset
Cane Creek 10 IS
Shifters
SRAM NX Eagle
Rear Derailleur
SRAM NX Eagle
ISCG Tabs
ISCG-05
Crankset
SRAM Descendant Eagle DUB
Chainring Sizes
32t
Crank Arm Length
170mm
Bottom Bracket
SRAM DUB BSA
Cassette
SRAM PG-1230 NX Eagle
Cassette Range
11 - 50t
Chain
SRAM NX Eagle
Brakeset
SRAM Guide RE
Brake Type
4-piston hydraulic
Rotors
200mm Avid Centerline
Handlebar
E13 TRS Base
Handlebar Width
800mm
Grips
Santa Cruz House Grips or Burgtec Bartender Pro Grip Minnaar
Stem
E13 Base
Stem Length
40mm
Saddle
WTB Silverado Race or WTB Volt
Seatpost
SDG Tellis Dropper
Seatpost Length
[small] 125mm, [medium] 150mm, [large, x-large] 170mm
Wheelset
[rims] RaceFace AR Offset 30
Hubs
[front] SRAM MTH 716, Torque Cap, 32h, [rear] SRAM MTH 746, 32h
Front Axle
15 x 110mm Boost
Rear Axle
12 x 148mm Boost
Tire Clearance
27.5 x 2.6in
Tires
[front] Maxxis Assegai 3C MaxxGRIP EXO+ TR, [rear] Maxxis Minion DHR II 3C EXO+
Tire Size
[front] 27.5 x 2.5in, [rear] 27.5 x 2.4in
Pedals
not included
Extras
chain guide, downtube protector, chainstay protector, shock fender, shuttle guard
Claimed Weight
33.54lb
Activity
bike park, freeride, enduro
Manufacturer Warranty
[frame] lifetime

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