Nomad R Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 by Santa Cruz Bicycles
Though it took a short hiatus as an enduro sled for a generation, the Nomad R Complete Bike returns to full party mode for 2018. And the party is flowing. Gaps, shuttle laps, and lift passes are the Nomad's preferred party favors, and--since it retains all the pedal-ability of Santa Cruz's VPP suspension--it does you a favor when you have to pedal out. The build kit and aluminum frame extend those favors, bringing the price to party down to a more palatable level for self-sponsored flow artists. As noted above, the previous Nomad was aimed squarely at enduro domination, but 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 who want 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 while partying hard, but 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 aimed on downhill laps at the resort and shuttle runs up the pass 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 and imposing alpine terrain. Moving to the revised shock placement, the engineers at Santa Cruz sought to achieve a more linear shock rate with the fourth-gen Nomad, ...
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