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 Performance Elite|
|Shock||RockShox Super Deluxe RCT|
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM X01 Eagle|
|Shifters||SRAM X01 Eagle, 12-speed|
|Crankset||SRAM X1 Eagle Carbon 148 DUB, 170mm (XS-S), 175mm (M-XL)|
|Cassette||SRAM XG1295 Eagle, 10-50 tooth, 12-speed|
|Chain||SRAM X01 Eagle|
|Bottom Bracket||73mm threaded|
|Brakes||SRAM Code RSC|
|Brake Rotors||Avid Centerline 200mm rotors|
|Headset||Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated|
|Bars||SCB AM Carbon|
|Stem||Race Face Aeffect R, 50mm length|
|Grips||Santa Cruz Palmdale|
|Front Hub||DT Swiss 350, 15mm x 110mm|
|Rear Hub||DT Swiss 350, XD driver, 12mm x 148mm|
|Rims||Santa Cruz Reserve 30 Carbon|
|Spokes||DT Swiss Competition|
|Front Tire||Maxxis Minion DHF, 2.5" 3C Silkshield|
|Rear Tire||Maxxis Minion DHR II, 2.4" 3C Silkshield|
|Seat Post||RockShox Reverb Stealth|