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 XTR Reserve: Specifications
|Weight||13.24kg / 29.2lbs|
|Fork||FOX 36 Float Factory 170|
|Shock||RockShox Super Deluxe RCT|
|Shock Options||RockShox Super Deluxe Coil RCT (400 XS-S, 450 M-L, 500 XL)|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano XTR M9100 SGS, 11/12spd|
|Shifters||Shimano XTR M9100 SL, 12spd, I-Spec|
|Crankset||Shimano XTR M9120 148, 32t – 170mm (XS-S), 175mm (M-XL)|
|Cassette||Shimano XTR, 12spd, 10-51|
|Chain||Shimano XTR, 12spd, w/Quick Link|
|Brakes||Shimano XTR M9120|
|Brake Rotors||Shimano XTR Ice. Tech Rotors, Centerlock, 203mm|
|Headset||Cane Creek 110 IS Integrated Headset|
|Bars||SCB AM Carbon|
|Stem||Race Face Turbine R 50mm|
|Grips||Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips|
|Front Hub||DT Swiss 240, 15×110, Centerlock, 28h|
|Rear Hub||DT Swiss 240, 12×148, Micro Spline, 28h|
|Rims||Santa Cruz Reserve 30 Carbon Rim – 27.5 28h|
|Spokes||DT Competition Race (28)|
|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, Discrete Lever, 31.6|
|Saddle||WTB Silverado Team Saddle|