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2023 Santa Cruz Nomad

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First Impressions

Once I rode the Nomad V for my long run evaluate I loved the bike for its enjoyable, playful and poppy really feel, capacity to carve corners and the sensation of additional pace pumping into and out of rolls, jumps and berms. The one factor it was missing was the way it dealt with the excessive pace chunky strains and steep rocks and rolls. I in contrast it to my mulleted Specialised Enduro and wrote that if the Nomad V was a mullet I might think about it for my every day driver. Properly right here we’re a yr and a half later and the Santa Cruz Nomad VI MX is the brand new and improved mulleted bike I pined for.

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For this the sixth version of the Nomad, Santa Cruz engineers did not carry rather a lot over from earlier variations, aside from the 27.5 rear wheel. In response to Santa Cruz North America model supervisor, Garen Becker, “the Nomad 6 is the results of a full redesign, although it has some welcome similarities in suspension really feel to the Nomad 4, significantly off the highest – this is because of similarities in anti-squat values.”

I am going to go over the charts and specs under. For now, as in now after 14 rides together with large climbs, circulation trails, gnarly jank, tremendous steep grime surfers, large rock strikes and a few medium sized leaping I can say this bike performs nicely in the whole lot. I’m going to journey it longer to see how the whole lot holds up, do some again to again runs towards my favorite bike (Spesh Enduro with a WRP mullet) and get my suspension knowledgeable buddies to tweak the dials to experiment with the feels.


29″ entrance wheel, 27.5″ rear wheel – I’m all in on mullets so this can be a welcome deal with for a check bike.

170mm of decrease hyperlink pushed VPP rear journey + 170mm fork • 63.8-degree head angle and 77.4/77.2 (Hello/Lo BB setting with flip chip for adjustment) -degree SA for my medium body dimension – I’ve solely ridden the low BB setting as a result of, nicely, it is low and I would like all of the traction I can get. I’ll play with the excessive setting to match to the low quickly.

Glove field – I’ve been in love with glove containers, I imply SWAT containers, on my 2017 and 2020 Enduros. Santa Cruz has, dare I say, a greater SWAT field I imply Glove field. The Spesh field tends to rattle free on the closure space. I’ve had the pivot hinge rod slip down however by no means out. Additionally, I believe my Enduro S3 SWAT field is a bit smaller than the medium Nomad’s field. I might be curious to see how the Glove field holds up over the long run.

Proportional geometry – Chainstay size and seat angle are matched to the body dimension (STA steepens and rear middle grows as body dimension will increase).

Body stiffness tuned for dimension – SC believes that “larger riders means larger stresses on larger frames. So we tailor stiffness for each dimension to verify everybody will get the identical journey high quality.” I assume this is smart however I do know some quick gentle guys that break bikes far more than the massive guys I do know that do not shred as exhausting and consequently do not break something besides their vows to drink and eat much less.

Sensitivity and fixed traction – Santa Cruz claims that by reducing the anti-squat, pedal kickback on large square-edge hits at pace has been decreased, all whereas bettering the general sensitivity of the suspension to take care of traction in any respect speeds, each up and downhill. On my transient check interval I can say that in comparison with the Nomad V these enhancements are very noticeable. I’ve been adjusting the suspension attempting to get the correct really feel for all the various using I do. Throughout the fall check I’ll have extra data on how the anti-squat is affected by suspension tweaks.

7 construct kits starting from 7499 CDN to the 14,649 XO1 AXS RSV I’m testing – specs are detailed under. For more information SC has all of the construct kits detailed in your grumbling about pricing and half choice pleasure.

Match, Flip and Flex

I used to be comfortable to get a medium-sized check bike. Initially I used to be slated for a big which is what I rode for the Nomad V, however after Crankworks Handlebar beers and pizza, the SC boyz hooked me up with the final medium check bike within the steady. I’m so used to using giant bikes that in the first place the medium Nomad VI felt a bit cramped. As soon as I rode it nonetheless, the scale felt excellent. A few my using buds thought it regarded small however what do they know – it feels excellent for my dimension.

In response to SC when the “flip chip is within the low place, the shock price turns into extra progressive, significantly on the finish of the stroke, and there’s some bottom-out resistance to be gained. Within the excessive setting, the bike rides a bit of greater in its journey and provides the rider with extra mid-stroke help.” As talked about above, in the course of the fall check interval I’ll experiment with the excessive BB place and report again in the long run evaluate.

Nomad Geo

Because the sizes change, so do the geo numbers. As small as these incremental adjustments are it is a superb element that reveals Santa Cruz is caring for riders of all sizes.

Like all fashionable Santa Cruz twin suspension bikes, the body has beefy counter-rotating hyperlinks that join the 2 triangles. The thought right here is to scale back lateral flex. Doing the scientific lean the bike over and push on it with my foot check makes me suppose their design works. On the path hitting tight corners at totally different speeds confirms the stiffness. The engineers spec’d large ‘ole axles and bearings which have the SC lifetime guarantee, and lifelong bearing substitute.

Parts Spec and Kits

SC begins the worth parade with an NX construct however on the carbon C body (barely heavier however simply as stiff – or so I’m instructed), a Zeb R and an RS Tremendous D Choose at 7500 CAD (5650 USD) and works as much as the highest of the road check bike I’ve with a CC body, Fox Manufacturing facility 38 & X2, XO1 AXS derailleur, Reserve 30 wheels and a pile of candy stuff. The Reverb Stealth seat publish feels so good (not less than thus far). I used to be instructed by SC that they might not spec an AXS seatpost as a result of it tops out at 175 which might not work for his or her bigger frames.

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Select your weapon primarily based on how a lot you’re keen to sacrifice/spend.

nomad tld rock roll

After some rebound adjustments on the Float X2 I’m beginning to dial within the really feel on steep rock roll exits. As boring because it sounds (to me anyway) I’m going to roll – flip dials – hike again up -then re-roll till I get it proper. That is the struggling I’m keen to do for our readers; nicely actually simply so I benefit from the journey till Seb from SC pulls this bike from my chilly lifeless arms.

Preliminary Verdict: First Thought finest Thought?

In just a few phrases: I prefer it. I do not really feel like I’ve it dialled in sufficient to totally perceive its potential so no it isn’t the very best thought. The tedious job of fidgeting with dials and using sections of path time and again with totally different tweaks will assist me resolve what this bike can do. All the parts on this mannequin have been stable. I like the texture of the Reverb seat publish over my normal cable posts although I fear about potential future service points. If Rock Shox made a 200 mm AXS seat publish Santa Cruz apparently would have spec’d AXS on all Nomads.

To this point the Santa Cruz Nomad VI is a high-quality piece of motorbike. I am going to get all of the experimenting executed this fall and get the long run evaluate out simply in time for Christmas purchasing.

As for the worth on my tester it’s an astounding 14,650 CAD (11,200 USD) for this their prime of the road mannequin however you will get one from the bottom mannequin R with excellent spec for 7,450 CAD (5650 USD). I typically marvel what it might be wish to get the low finish evaluate bike and the excessive finish evaluate bike and journey a pile of again to again runs over a few weeks. Wouldn’t it show much less is extra? Or extra is extra? Personally, I might get monetary savings by deciding on alloy wheels and a center of the highway drivetrain however I might need the very best suspension and brakes out there. For the Nomad this could be the S mannequin at 8950 CAD (6800 USD). All of us have our worth factors (plus a bit of bit extra, who remembers so as to add tax to your finances?). What would you spend and what would your construct decisions be? Tell us within the feedback.

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