Santa Cruz Bicycles has revamped its popular Nomad all-mountain bike, incorporating a single-ring specific design, internal cable routing, 165 millimeters of VPP travel and a new compact lower link and a V10-style upper link, all built around 27.5-inch wheels.
The new geometry includes an aggressive 65-degree head angle, a steeper seat tube angle, an inch more reach in the cockpit and compact 17.1-inch chainstays.
The shortened chainstays are a result of the one-by-only design, which permits a neatly recessed and protected lower link, according to Santa Cruz.
Santa Cruz has also gone to internal cable routing on the new Nomad, using thin carbon-fiber tubes molded into the carbon frame from entry to exit to ensure hassle-free routing.
The Nomad is available as a complete bike for $6,600 with SRAM X01 build, including Reverb Stealth dropper post, RockShox Pike RCT3 Solo Air 160-millimeter fork, RockShox Monarch Plus Debonair or Vivid Air RC2 shock and 27.5 WTB Frequency Team i23 tubeless-compatible wheels on DT 350 hubs, with an option to upgrade to the new carbon Enve M70 wheels. The Nomad is also available with the top-of-the-line SRAM XX1 drivetrain and Shimano XTR brakes for $8,000. The frame only sells for $3,000.