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.
Santa Cruz Nomad S: Specifications
|Weight||14.73kg / 32.47lbs|
|Fork||FOX 36 Float Performance 170|
|Shock||RockShox Super Deluxe R|
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM GX Eagle|
|Shifters||SRAM GX Eagle|
|Crankset||SRAM Stylo 7k 148 DUB, 32t – 170mm (XS-S), 175mm (M-XL)|
|Cassette||SRAM XG1275 Eagle 10-50T|
|Chain||SRAM GX Eagle 12 SPD|
|Brakes||SRAM Code R|
|Brake Rotors||Avid Centerline 200mm|
|Headset||Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset|
|Bars||Race Face Aeffect R|
|Stem||Race Face Aeffect R 50mm|
|Grips||Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips|
|Front Hub||DT 370 15×110 32H|
|Rear Hub||DT 370 12×148 32H|
|Rims||Race Face AR Offset 30 27.5″ RIms|
|Spokes||DT Competition (32)|
|Front Tire||Maxxis Minion DHF, 27.5″x2.5″, 3C Silkshield|
|Rear Tire||Maxxis Minion DHR2, 27.5″x2.4″, 3C Silkshield|
|Tubes||Stans Sealant 2oz|
|Chainguide||E13 TRS+ 1x Guide ISCG05|
|Seat Post||RockShox Reverb Stealth 31.6|
|Saddle||WTB Silverado Pro|