SANTA CRUZ NO­MAD

Australian Mountain Bike - - Fast Track -

This is the fourth gen­er­a­tion No­mad and Santa Cruz ad­mit to push­ing the bound­aries with each new ver­sion, try­ing to dis­cover just how DH a bike can be and still re­main us­able on most trails. Ge­om­e­try is longer and lower-slung than ever to en­sure max­i­mum sta­bil­ity and there is also a dra­matic shift to the lower-link mounted shock con­fig­u­ra­tion, that is more sim­i­lar to that of the V10 down­hill bike.

The frame and shock con­fig­u­ra­tion cre­ates a shock rate that’s sup­port­ive and pro­gres­sive - an ideal sce­nario for rough ter­rain.

There’s also a flip-chip on the link - the high set­ting sets the bike up for added ver­sa­til­ity, while the low set­ting slack­ens it out to near-DH lev­els. The new No­mad cer­tainly looks unique and the de­sign works well with coil shocks, al­though it can also be used with lighter air units de­pend­ing on your pref­er­ence.

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