The Nomad's reputation is built on consistently pushing the envelope on how lawless a single-crown bike can get while still remaining a capable daily driver.
The latest iteration nudged the travel and geometry further towards the outer limits, and we surprised ourselves at just how well-rounded it turned out.
The fourth generation design saw a dramatic shift to the lower-link mounted shock configuration. The shock rate is a short-travel version of the V10—which means feather-light small bump sensitivity right off the bat, supportive mid-stroke, and overall progression that you'd normally only experience on a DH bike.
To handle all this newfound capability, the geometry was adapted too. It's longer and lower-slung to ensure maximum stability and confidence on absolutely everything. At the same time, the Nomad’s still a trail bike. It pedals well and tackles valley-to-valley alpine runs and all-day missions without skipping a beat—a fact helped by its pedal-friendly seat tube angle and standard 170mm dropper post fit.
- Carbon CC frame
- FOX 36 Float Factory 170 fork
- Choice of RockShox Super Deluxe Select Ultimate OR RockShox Super Deluxe Coil Ultimate rear shock
- Santa Cruz Reserve 30 Carbon Rims with i9 Hydra hubs
- Maxxis Assegai tires
- 12-speed SRAM XX1 AXS electronic drivetrain
- RockShox Reverb Stealth dropper seatpost
Electronic drivetrain systems deliver excellent shifting, easy set up, and solid battery life. Here are the highlights of today’s electronic shifting systems:
Electronic shifting systems use powerful servomotors to rapidly shift the chain. Because microprocessors and sensors constantly monitor every aspect of the system, they shift with precisely and without chain rub.
Many major systems have customizable shifting. Some have the ability to add remote shifters for common riding positions, and some even allow you to change the functions of the shifting buttons.
Electronic groupsets are responsive and consistent. There are no cables to stretch and wear out, so you get a flawless shift every time. The added bonus is you’ll never have to replace a derailleur cable ever again.
A dropper seatpost allows you to quickly lower and raise your seat to give you an ideal riding position. Dropping your seat creates a lower center of gravity for better control and maneuverability on steep descents, while raising it puts you at normal riding height for efficient pedaling.
Construction can include either hydraulic- or cable-actuated systems and the post’s travel can either be infinitely adjustable or stopped at set intervals, depending on the model.
Dropper seatposts come in standard lengths and diameters and vary by the amount of travel.
Pedals sold separately
|Fork||FOX 36 Float Factory 170mm|
|Headset||Chris King DropSet 3 Black|
|Rear Shock||RockShox Super Deluxe Select Ultimate|
|Rims/Wheels||Santa Cruz Reserve 30 27.5" Carbon Rim|
Front: i9 Hydra, 15x110mm
Rear: i9 Hydra, 12x148mm, XD
|Spokes||DT Competition Race (28)|
Front: Maxxis Assegai 27.5x2.5" EXO+ TR
Rear: Maxxis Assegai 27.5x2.5" EXO+ TR
|Crankset||SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS 148 DUB|
|Bottom Bracket||SRAM DUB 68/73mm Threaded BB|
|Chain||SRAM XX1 Eagle 12spd|
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS 12spd|
|Cassette/Rear Cogs||SRAM XG1299 Eagle Rainbow 12spd 10-50T|
|Shifters||SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS 12spd|
|Handlebars||Santa Cruz Bicycles AM Carbon Bar 35x800mm|
|Tape/Grips||Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips|
|Brakes||SRAM Code RSC|
|Saddle||WTB Silverado Team Saddle|
|Seat Post||RockShox Reverb Stealth 31.6mm|
* Subject to change without notice.