The Santa Cruz Carbon Nomad walks the line between an all-mountain trail rider and a gravity shredder, designed to go uphill just as well as it goes down. Santa Cruz revamped the carbon Nomad for 2013 with the addition of a 142 x 12mm rear axle, which compliments the VPP suspension and keeps the rear wheel center, hit after hit.This impressive carbon frame has a noticeably different silhouette than its aluminum predecessor. The Carbon Nomad is beefed up and smoothed out in all the right places, with substantially fatter chainstays and a 1.5" headtube, dismissing any misgivings about a carbon all-mountain frame not being strong enough.
This is the 4th carbon mountain bike frame produced by Santa Cruz, and as such, they were able to expertly apply their design and production experience to trim 1.5 lbs off the frame, while making it stronger and stiffer. The entire front triangle was laid up and cured as one piece instead of assembling or bonding separate carbon tubes together. Additionally, the underside of the downtube features eight layers of carbon fiber and has an added impact absorbent protection strip, which is also used on the drive-side chain stay. Arguably stronger than the original aluminum version, the Nomad retains its identity with consistent frame geometry and patented VPP suspension, featuring 160mm of rear travel. The frame is equipped with a Fox CTD Kashima custom valved rear shock and intended for use with a single-crown, 160mm travel fork. The 1.5" headtube keeps the front end stout and steadfast, allowing Nomad to be treated with a bit more abuse than frames using taper-steerer forks. 5 year warranty.
Frame: UD carbon fiber one-piece lay-up with Next Generation VPP suspension. 160mm of rear travel. Replaceable derailleur hanger. 142x12 rear axle. Integrated ISCG05 tabs and grease ports in aluminum lower link.
Shock: 2013 Fox CTD Kashima.
Frame Weight (Med): 6.1 lbs. (Medium)
Recommended Fork Travel: 160 to 180mm.
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