The 2021 Santa Cruz Nomad Carbon C R is a 27.5″ big travel, eye-catching, full-send, big mountain trail ripper with more travel than a white van.
Probably the most abused bike in the Santa Cruz line up, every Nomad has a story to tell. But each Nomad we’ve made keeps coming back for more. It’s not Stockholm Syndrome, it’s called sealed bearings in all pivots, a lower link grease port, shuttle guards and free bearing replacements. Why scrap a frame when a simple bearing service can make one last a lifetime? That’s our stance on sustainability at least, and it’s why our carbon fiber doesn’t just mean lighter, it means tough as hell backed up by a lifetime warranty and crash replacement support.
- Lifetime frame warranty
- Rockshox ZEB, 170mm fork
- RockShox Super Deluxe Select shock
- SRAM NX Eagle 12 speed groupset
- SRAM Guide RE hydrualic disc brakes w/ 200mm rotors
- Maxxis Assegai 27.5″x2.5″, 3C, MaxxGRIP, EXO+, TR front tyre
- Maxxis Minion DHR II 27.5″x2.4″, 3C, EXO+ rear tyre
- RockShox Reverb Stealth 31.6 dropper post
There’s no time for puzzling when on a road trip either. That’s why we chose 27.5 wheels as the go-to for the widest variety of riding styles and rider sizes. When peeling your bike out of the van at a new spot your only question should be “Is this a full face or a half lid kinda ride?” The 64-degree head angle and 77-degree seat angle puts you in the sweet spot when winching up to the top of a big drop in. Meanwhile proportional chainstay lengths mean handling is never compromised, regardless of frame size.
And when we say big travel, we’re not talking about your Transit’s odometer. We’re talking 170mm of 38mm diameter fork and 170mm of VPP rear suspension compatible with both coil and air shocks. The details are completed by a neat mud flap to protect the rear shock, plus tidy cable routing within the frame and swingarm, and rubberized DT protectors to shrug off strikes.
So van-lifers unite. The Nomad is the kind of bike you need never worry about all summer long. Sorry we can’t say the same for the locked public washrooms and parking tickets.
Weight- 15.21kg / 33.54lbs
Material- Carbon C
Fork- RockShox Zeb, 170mm, 27.5″
Shock- RockShox Super Deluxe Select
Rear Derailleur- SRAM NX Eagle, 12spd
Shifters- SRAM NX Eagle
Crankset- SRAM Descendant Eagle DUB 32t
Cassette- SRAM PG1230 11-50t
Chain- SRAM NX Eagle
Bottom Bracket- SRAM DUB 68/73mm Threaded BB
Brakes- SRAM Guide RE
Brake Rotors- Avid Centerline 200mm
Headset- Cane Creek 10 IS Integrated Headset
Bars- E13 TRS Base
Stem- E13 Base
Grips- Santa Cruz House Grips or Burgtec Bartender Pro Grip Minnaar
Front Hub- SRAM MTH 716, 15×110, Torque Cap, 32h
Rear Hub- SRAM MTH 746, 12×148, 32h
Rims- RaceFace AR Offset 30 27.5″ Rims
Chainguide- E13 TRS Race SL ISCG05
Spokes- Sapim Race
Front Tire- Maxxis Assegai 27.5″x2.5″, 3C, Maxx-GRIP, EXO+, TR
Rear Tire- Maxxis Minion DHR II 27.5″x2.4″, 3C, EXO+
Tubes- Stans Sealant 2oz
Seat Post- SDG Tellis
Saddle- WTB Silverado Race Saddle or WTB Volt