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The New Nomad Is Ready to Rip

Make the Mountains Your Playground

"The new Nomad sits in a unique category, considering many people have moved toward long-travel 29ers as their “big bikes”, but for those that enjoy the nimble feeling of smaller wheels and still want a bruiser of a bike, this is a hard one to beat. It won't be your uphill rocket like a Tallboy and it's not going to be your EWS race bike like the Megatower, and it’s not trying to be. This bike is unapologetically itself, a bike that wants to be ridden hard, whipped around, and tossed down the spiciest of lines. This is a big bike that can hit big features and still pedal around the whole mountain searching for fun. The 2021 Santa Cruz Nomad won’t automatically make you a better rider, but it will inspire you to try new lines, hit new jumps, and play on the trail wielding a massive smile." -Daton Nestlebush, Service Shop Lead evo Seattle

Bottom Line

This bike is unapologetically itself, a bike that wants to be ridden hard, whipped around, and tossed down the spiciest of lines. This is a big bike that can hit big features and still pedal around the whole mountain searching for fun. 

The Details

The 2021 Nomad follows the industry trends, as it gets longer and slacker. The reach has increased by around 12mm across all sizes and the head-tube angle has been slackened from 65° to 64° in the high setting and from 64.6° to 63.7° in the low setting. This longer and slacker front end makes the bike feel more stable at speed while allowing it to plow through sections that you once may have shied away from. These changes make the Nomad more confidence inspiring while pointed down the hill, but Santa Cruz hasn’t forgotten about the climb. 

Geometry & Noteable Features


KEY FEATURES
•27.5-inch wheels 

•Improved leverage curve and twin swingarm uprights 

•170mm of lower link driven VPP rear travel + 170mm fork •37mm fork offset 
•64-degree head angle and 78-degree seat angle (Med frame in Hi setting) 

•Available with coil and air shocks

•Size-specific CS lengths •Increased shock tunnel size for more compatability 
•C & CC frame & Reserve 30 carbon wheel options •SRAM Universal Derailleur Hanger 
•Sizes: S, M, L, XL •Lifetime warranty 

GEOMETRY
SizeS (Lo /Hi)M (Lo/Hi)L (Lo/Hi)XL (Lo/Hi)
Reach422 / 425mm447 / 450mm472 / 475mm497 / 500mm
Stack603 / 601mm617 / 615mm626 / 623mm648 / 646mm
 Head Tube Angle63.7 / 64°63.7 / 64°63.7 / 64°63.7 / 64°
Seat Tube Length380mm405mm430mm460mm
Front Center760mm792mm821mm857mm
Height340 / 344mm340 / 344mm340 / 344mm340 / 344mm
BB Drop14 / 10mm14 / 10mm14 / 10mm14 / 10mm
Wheelbase1186 / 1185mm1223 / 1222mm1257 / 1256mm1297 / 1296mm
Chainstay Length426 / 425mm431 / 430mm436 / 435mm441 / 440mm
Head Tube Length115mm130mm140mm165mm
Top Tube Length552mm582mm610mm644mm
Seat Tube Angle77.9 / 78.2°77.7 / 78°77.5 / 77.9°77.2 / 77.6°
Standover706 / 710mm727 / 732mm728 / 733mm727 / 734mm
SHOP THE 2021 SANTA CRUZ NOMAD

The New Santa Cruz Nomad Launch Video

"More travel than a white van" // ft. Sam Dale

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Jump on the newly redesigned Santa Cruz Nomad and start ripping. This super-versatile, rock-solid fun machine is built to deliver thrills for riders across a wide range of skill levels. Backed by a lifetime warranty, Nomad rocks the specs to handle tight trails, steep descents and big airs.

Action photos by Matthew DeLorme @mdelormephoto