Nomad Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame - 2018 by Santa Cruz Bicycles
In its last iteration Santa Cruz's Nomad moved away from party bike status and became synonymous with enduro aggression. For its fourth iteration--unveiled in mid-2017--the Nomad Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame moved back toward freeride. Or as SC's senior designer puts it, the new Nomad is an "adventure-duro" frame, which we understand as a bike that's just as happy to veer off into backcountry singletrack from the chairlift. And then pedal out. Regardless of how you describe them, those changes are rolling over into 2018, and they mean the latest Nomad is the most climb-happy mini-DH bike that Santa Cruz has produced to date. The previous generation Nomad went whole hog in the direction of the burgeoning enduro discipline, but our time with the latest Nomad tells us that it's less of a dedicated race bike and more of a gravity/freeride rig that you can pedal uphill without unruly rear suspension gumming up the works. It's not in any danger of being mistaken for the 5010 or Tallboy on punchy risers, but the Nomad settles into a steady climbing rhythm with grace. The swingarm features a flip-chip, which gives you the ability to fine-tune the geometry to your exact riding preferences and local terrain. It raises or lowers the bottom bracket, shifting the head tube between 65 and 64. 6 degrees. Combined with a longer reach, that slack front end keeps things calm and comfortable on wicked descents, yet the 75-degree seat tube angle puts you in an optimal pedaling position, so you're never struggling to shift your weight forward on climbs. In fact, the Nomad makes you feel like you don't have to worry about your weight at all; it feels centered and stable, no doubt the result of the long, slack geometry and short chainstays. 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 coil shock, mar...
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