Santa Cruz Nomad

The Nomad’s reputation is built on continually pushing the envelope on how revolutionary a single-crown bike can get while still remaining a capable daily driver.

The latest version pushed the geometry and travel further towards the outer limits of what a bike should be capable of – and we surprised ourselves at just how well it turned out.

The fourth generation design saw a substantial shift to the lower-link mounted shock configuration. The shock rate is a short-travel version of the V10—which means feather-light small bump sensitivity from the word go, supportive mid-stroke, and an overall progression you’d normally only encounter riding a DH bike.

With all the newfound capability, the geometry was changed to suit. With a longer and lower-slung design ensuring maximum stability and confidence on anything you throw at it. At the same time, the Nomad’s still a trail bike. It pedals well and tackles valley-to-valley alpine runs and all-day missions without missing a beat—a fact helped by its pedal-friendly seat tube angle and standard 170mm dropper post fit.