Santa Cruz Nomad Carbon Mountain Bike Review

5.00 out of 5
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October 5, 2013
Model/Year: 2012

Pros: Very nimble. Handles whatever you throw at it. Made me a better rider. Gets me out of bad situations

Cons: None

Recommendation: I changed a few things. Enve wheels with DT Swiss 240s, Shimano Xtr brakes. 170 mm XTR cranks, Fox CTD rear shock. Shimano shadow derailer. Race face 1 x up front. Criss king bottom bracket and front cassette . Reverb dropper seat post.

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August 20, 2012
Model/Year: 2012

Pros: Lightweight, plush suspension, Tracks well, jumps well, climbs well....You get the idea

Cons: None

Recommendation: Great bike. I was glad to purchase this bike. It can accommodate a dropper post if I desire and has the cable attachment points for it as well. Pick up the SPX model and you will be happy. Great parts and good value.

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August 18, 2012
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July 31, 2011
Pros: Everything. Flick a lever, turn a dial and say hello to Sybil - climbs better than my RM ETSX-70 (which changed my life and I love) and has more descending confidence and prowess than I'll ever tap. It's stiff and tight on the climbs; accurate and terrain gobbling on descents. (It's not a plush downhill rig, though you could do some freeriding with the right set up. I went with the RP-23 and TALAS, both of which help the versatility at the expense of a little plushness, but I live in the Rockies with long, punishing climbs to get those sweet descents and it's the purest marriage I can imagine.) To top it off, I've always liked the Nomad because it created a niche and it's lines make me weep. It's the sweetest machine I've ever sat on, and I can't wait for tomorrow.

Cons: Nothing. It's not cheap - and I hate cliches - but you get what you pay for. And from that perspective, it's a downright bargain, and a dam good value.

Recommendation: If you are looking for a bike that kicks ass in more arenas, that will take you to more greatness, this will fit the bill (plus, it's just plain sexy). I give huge props to the Mojo HD and Remedy 9 as well. Sometimes history and aesthetic make the final difference.

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Santa Cruz Nomad Carbon 5.00 out of 5 based on 4 ratings. 4 user reviews.