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 Santa Cruz’s 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 they’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 Santa Cruz’s carbon tech means they’re able to create a svelte, strong, swingarm/front triangle combo that’s as much art as it is engineering.
They 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.
Framesets: (all prices shown are GST inclusive)
Nomad CC Super Deluxe RCT $5,190*
Nomad CC Super Deluxe Coil RCT $5,190*
* Make the most of your new bike – get it built by the experienced professionals at Bike Culture for $200.
Complete bikes: (all prices shown are GST inclusive)
Nomad C R, RS Super Deluxe R (R 27.5 kit, RS Yari RC170) – $7,590
Nomad C S, RS Super Deluxe R (S 27.5 kit, RS Lyric RC170) – $8,590
Nomad C XE, RS Super Deluxe RCT or RCT Coil (XE 27.5 kit, RS Lyric RCT3 170) – $9,490
Nomad CC X01, RS Super Deluxe RCT or RCT Coil (X01 27.5 kit, RS Lyric RCT3 170) – $10,590
Wheelset Upgrade: (all prices shown are GST inclusive)
Reserve wheelset: Available on any model at X01 level or above: + $1,650
ENVE wheelset: Available on any model at X01 level or above: + $2,790
Pricing current at time of publication. Please give us a call or email to check current pricing and availability. Or better still, call in to the shop to see for yourself!