2013 Santa Cruz NOMAD Mtb First Look | $1925

Santa Cruz NOMAD

Santa Cruz NOMAD That’s the reason for the Nomad. The 160mm of travel, stout aluminum frame with 1.5″ headtube, ISCG05 chainguide mount and 67 degree head angle could lead one to think the Nomad’s a scaled down downhill bike. Meanwhile, the refined and flattened VPP suspension curve makes the Nomad pedaling performance light and responsive. Simply put, the Nomad defies easy categorization. On the one hand it’s a downhill sparring partner, and on the other hand an everyday, everywhere, every trail kind of bike.

The redesigned Nomad offers even more possibilities. Along with shorter chainstays and a new front triangle, Santa Cruz has tweaked the Nomad’s Virtual Pivot Point (VPP) suspension design to minimize chain growth by some 15 to 20%. The revised pivot locations have also produced a flatter suspension rate curve. The pivots run on sealed bearings with one-way purging seals. The lower link has easily-serviceable grease ports for easy maintenance (grease gun and grease included), ensuring your suspension will stay smooth for a long while. Leaving no detail overlooked, the Nomad features titanium pivot hardware to shave every last gram.The standard shock with the Nomad is the large volume Fox RP23 — a lightweight air shock that has become a worldwide favorite.

Strengths: Able to climb tall hills, descend like you mean it

Weaknesses:  Fear of cracking the frame… White matt frame marks easily…

Bottom Line: This is a heck of a lot stiffer than my other Nomad. But that just means taking those corners/berms becomes faster. Get your set up right and will cut like a hot knife thru butter down the trails. Climbs like my Mojo. The ULTIMATE do all bike. Nuff said.

Specs :

REAR DER:    SRAM X7 Long Cage



CRANKSET:    SRAM X5 22/33/44

BOTTOM BRACKET:    Included w/ crankset

CASSETTE:    SRAM PG1030 11-36

CHAIN:    KMC X10 10spd

BRAKES:    Avid Elixir 1 w/ 180mm front and 160mm 160mm rear rotors

BARS:    Raceface Ride low riser 710mm

STEM:    Raceface Ride 70mm or 90mm

GRIPS:    Lizard Skin “494”

HEADSET:    Cane Creek 10

SEAT POST:    Raceface Ride 30.9x375mm

SADDLE:    WTB Volt Sport

WHEELS:    Mavic EN321 rims laced to Shimano M758 15mm front hub and M525 or M678 rear hub w/ DT 14 gauge spokes, brass nipples

TIRES:    Maxxis High Roller 2.35 wire

TUBES:    Maxxis .7mm tubes

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