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Bike of the Month - Santa Cruz Nomad
v4 CC 2018

Santa Cruz Bicycles launched their first bike, the Tamzon, in 1993. It was fairly typical of suspension bikes of its time, but far removed from their all conquering and much imitated VPP linkage of today. Once a small brand operating from  a garage in Santa Cruz, they have become a global premium brand producing bikes ranging from the Stigmata cycloecross bike through to hardcore downhill V10 as riden by the legendary Steve Peat and Greg Minnaar. Think Rat Boy, think SC Syndicate … think just plain fast!
The beauty of modern day Santa Cruz is that their bikes can be fully customisable from the frame up, creating a  unique bike exact to your specification. Refined and redefined over the years the Nomad, now in its 4th generation, is bigger and badder than ever before: a mini DH bike with the scope and functionality to make it usable for all trail riding too. New additions for the 2018 Nomad include Boost148 spacing, a flip-chip linkage, and a down tube protector.


The long anticipated re-designed 170mm travel Santa Cruz Nomad 4 CC. Full Custom Builds Available.

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Tan/Black

WHAT SANTA CRUZ SAY

The Nomad's reputation is built on consistently pushing the envelope of how 'DH' a bike can get while still remaining usable on most trails. The fourth generation design sees a dramatic shift to the lower-link mounted shock configuration. This is the first time that learnings from years of V10 development have translated across to one of our trail bikes. The shock rate is now almost completely linear—which means feather-light small bump sensitivity right off the bat, a supportive midstroke and overall progression that you'd normally only experience on a DH bike. We even managed to squeeze in a flip-chip feature on the lower link too. To handle all this new-found capability the geometry has adapted too. It's longer and lower-slung than ever to ensure maximum stability and confidence on absolutely everything.

WHAT WE SAY

The long anticipated re-designed from the ground-up Santa Cruz Nomad V4 is finally here. Using the V10’s race winning lower link-mounted rear shock, the new Nomad is more pedal-friendly, the reach is a longer making for a superb-handling mini-downhill ultra machine! Choose your colour, choose your shock, add Santa Cruz's new Reserve Carbon wheels, create a full custom build.

With its near linear shock rate not only do you get super sensitive bump smoothness, but the feeling of a true DH bike. You could almost ride through anything... maybe even a tank, and come out the other side!

If you thought it could not get any better than take a look at the Lifetime warranty on the frame and also the bearings.

Use Ubyk's ProBuild tool to design your custom Santa Cruz Nomad now.

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