It may have been one of the worst-kept secrets in the industry, but it’s still, well, really effin cool. Santa Cruz stopped by the office a few weeks ago to show off its new toys. The Nomad Carbon comes ready to rock with ISCG05 tabs, 1.5-inch compatible headtube, downtube protector and carbon upper linkage. All these things make for a much stiffer and 1.25-pounds lighter main frame. It’s not a bank-breaker either. The frame with RockShox Monarch 3.3 shock retails for $2499.
Not only did we get to lay eyes on this beauty, but we also got to give it a (somewhat daylight deprived) pedal on the San Juan trail (see video at bottom). The most stand-out feature aside from the diet was the frame’s stiffness. There was no mistaking what the bike was going to do when leaned into a corner—rail it.