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.
|Fork||FOX 36 Float Factory 170|
|Shock||RockShox Super Deluxe Coil Ultimate (400 S, 450 M, 500 L-XL, 550 XXL)|
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS 12spd|
|Shifters||SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS 12spd|
|Crankset||SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS 148 DUB, 32t - 165mm (XS), 170mm (S), 175mm (M-XXL)|
|Cassette||SRAM XG1299 Eagle Rainbow 12spd 10-50t|
|Chain||SRAM XX1 Eagle 12spd|
|Bottom Bracket||SRAM DUB 68/73mm Threaded BB|
|Brakes||SRAM Code RSC|
|Brake Rotors||Avid Centerline 200mm|
|Headset||Chris King DropSet 3 Black|
|Bars||Santa Cruz Bicycles AM Carbon Bar 35x800|
|Grips||Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips|
|Front Hub||i9 Hydra, 15x110, 28h|
|Rear Hub||i9 Hydra, 12x148, XD, 28h|
|Rims||Santa Cruz Reserve 30 Carbon Rim - 27.5 28h|
|Spokes||DT Competition Race (28)|
|Front Tire||Maxxis Assegai 27.5"x2.5" EXO+ TR|
|Rear Tire||Maxxis Assegai 27.5"x2.5" EXO+ TR|
|Tubes||Stans Sealant 2oz|
|Chainguide||E13 TRS+ 1x Guide ISCG05|
|Seat Post||RockShox Reverb Stealth 31.6|
|Saddle||WTB Silverado Team Saddle|