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The Santa Cruz Nomad is among the most capable long-travel all-mountain bikes available. Its six-and-a-half inches of rear travel managed by a newly-redesigned VPP suspension system make the Nomad comfortable in the steepest, roughest terrain on the planet — oh, and you can actually pedal it, too.
The 65-degree head angle mated to oh-so-short,17.1-inch chainstays make the Nomad incredibly stable yet more responsive to rider input than you’d expect with such a slack head angle. One important note about those chainstays, though — they’re so short that Santa Cruz was unable to find room to cram a derailleur in there, so a one-by drivetrain is your only option. Given the availability of small chainrings though this shouldn’t be a deterrent just something to be aware of as you’re building your dream bike.
The new VPP design was borrowed from the downhill-focused V10 and adapted for trail use. The refreshed kinematics add up to better mid-stroke support for all-around trail riding, more small-bump compliance, and a more vertical wheel path to afford better pedaling. These improvements, plus thoughtful touches like stealth dropper post routing, ISCG05 tabs for chainguides, and home-workbench-friendly pivot maintenance make the Nomad a favorite for die-hard trail riders.
142x12mm rear axle
Rock Shox Monarch Plus shock
Third-generation VPP suspension
Standard, threaded, 73mm bottom bracket
Easily-serviceable pivots with grease gun fittings, and grease gun included
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