Nomad CC 170mm, Carbon, Enduro

  • Frame: £3,199
  • Custom Builds from £6,399

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. With each iteration we nudge the travel and geometry further towards the outer limits, and each time we surprise ourselves at just how completely rideable the end result remains.

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. To keep the gravity vibe going we've ensured the Nomad can run both standard metric coil shocks and lighter air units to suit any preference.

Full shock compatibility creates challenges when trying to cram everything into the precious bottom bracket area. But the continued evolution of our carbon tech means we're able to create a svelt, strong, swingarm/front triangle combo that's as much art as it is engineering.

We even managed to squeeze in a flip-chip feature on the lower link too. Think of the high setting as "regular", the way the bike's mostly meant to be ridden, and the low setting as being closer to full on DH status.

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.

The whole package is crowned with a raft of subtle yet essential details. Bolt-on downtube protectors and shuttle guards act as a helmet for your frame—a replaceable front line against abuse. An integrated shock fender has also been added to keep crud out of the suspension.

The crowning glory of the Nomad, however, has been in the making longer than the frame itself: the all new Santa Cruz Reserve carbon wheels.  Spec'd exclusively on the Nomad for now, you can read more about how these wheels came into being right here

Frame Features

  • 148mm Rear Axle Spacing
  • 170mm VPP™ suspension
  • 27.5" wheels
  • Angular contact bearings maximize stiffness
  • Bolt-on shuttle guard and downtube protector
  • Collet axle pivots lock in place without pinch bolts
  • Double sealed pivots for long bearing life
  • Forged upper and lower links
  • Full carbon frame and swingarm
  • Internal carbon tubes ensure precise and hassle-free routing of derailleur and seat post cables
  • ISCG-05 tabs for chainguide compatibility
  • Molded rubber swingarm and downtube protection
  • Recessed lower link protected from rock strikes
  • Single grease port on lower link for swift and easy maintenance
  • Threaded Bottom Bracket

Shock Setup

Super Deluxe Air RCT

Rider WeightAir Pressure
120lbs (54.4kg)135 psi
140lbs (63.5kg)155 psi
160lbs (72.6kg)175 psi
180lbs (81.8kg)195 psi
200lbs (90.7kg)215 psi
220lbs (99.8kg)235 psi

RockShox Super Deluxe Coil RCT

Rider WeightSpring RatePreload
120lbs (54.4kg)300 lbs1 turns
140lbs (63.5kg)350 lbs1 turns
160lbs (72.6kg)400 lbs1 turns
180lbs (81.8kg)450-500 lbs1 turns
200lbs (90.7kg)500-550 lbs1 turns
220lbs (99.8kg)600 lbs1 turns


Geometry Chart
  XS | Low / High S | Low / High M | Low / High L | Low / High XL | Low / High
Reach 386 / 390mm 416 / 420mm 436 / 440mm 456 / 460mm 486 / 490mm
Stack 587 / 584mm 596 / 593mm 605 / 602mm 614 / 611mm 623 / 620mm
Head Tube Angle 64.6 / 65° 64.6 / 65° 64.6 / 65° 64.6 / 65° 64.6 / 65°
Head Tube Length 90 / 90mm 100 / 100mm 110 / 110mm 120 / 120mm 130 / 130mm
Seat Tube Angle 74.1 / 74.5° 74.1 / 74.5° 74.1 / 74.5° 74.1 / 74.5° 74.1 / 74.5°
Seat Tube Length 375 / 375mm 390 / 390mm 420 / 420mm 450 / 450mm 480 / 480mm
Rear Center 431 / 430mm 431 / 430mm 431 / 430mm 431 / 430mm 431 / 430mm
Front Center 704 / 704mm 738 / 738mm 762 / 762mm 787 / 787mm 821 / 821mm
BB Height 339 / 344mm 339 / 344mm 339 / 344mm 339 / 344mm 339 / 344mm
BB Drop 15 / 10mm 15 / 10mm 15 / 10mm 15 / 10mm 15 / 10mm
Wheel Base 1135 / 1134mm 1169 / 1168mm 1194 / 1192mm 1218 / 1217mm 1252 / 1251mm
Top Tube Length 541 / 540mm 574 / 573mm 598 / 596mm 621 / 619mm 654 / 653mm
Standover 704 / 710mm 706 / 712mm 722 / 728mm 720 / 726mm 718 / 724mm

* Effective top tube
** Seat Tube length measured from center of BB to top of seat tube

Size Guide


Complete Bikes

All upgrade prices are relative to the standard component price.

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Additional Upgrades


The geometry chart shows two settings- how do I adjust that?

There's a "flip chip" on the lower link where the shock mounts. Just remove the lower shock bolt and flip the chips to the setting you desire

What kind of rear brake mount does it use?

The Nomad 4 uses a 180mm post mount. You cannot run a smaller rotor than that. The Lyrik and Yari that we spec are also 180mm post mount.

What size fork is the Nomad designed for?

We designed it around a 170mm fork, and this will be ideal for the balance of the bike. A 180mm fork would work as well, if you're looking for an even more gravity-oriented bike.

I see you offer some models with a choice of coil shock or air shock- which should I get?

There is a difference in feel between the two, but neither is better than the other- just different. The air shock is more progressive than the coil, which allows for a slightly softer setup without worrying about bottoming-out. This will generally offer a smoother ride, but one that can still be ridden very aggressively and not struggle.
The coil has a slightly more linear feel/ less bottom-out resistance, which encourages a firmer overall setup. This offers the maximum mid-stroke support for berms/park riding/ pushing into turns. If you like a more responsive/firmer feel, you will probably prefer the coil. If you set the air shock up to offer a similar feel in the mid-stroke, you may struggle to achieve full travel. These aren't huge differences, but they are enough that we wanted to offer both. Obviously, the air shock offers the advantages of being lighter and easier to tune, so this will be the right choice for the majority of riders.

What size seatpost does the Nomad use?

31.6mm. We spec/recommend the Reverb without the Connectamajig to maximize the amount of seatpost insertion available.

Suspension SystemVPPTM
Front DerailleurNo compatibility
Headset/HeadtubeIntegrated; IS41 upper, IS52 lower
Seat Post31.6mm
Seat Clamp36.4mm
Fork Compatibility170-180mm
BB ShellStandard
Max Tire Size2.5"
Water Bottle Mountsyes