With the addition of RockShox's absurdly light DH shock, the Nomad Carbon CC Vivid Air Mountain Bike Frame becomes the ultimate all mountain bike in Santa Cruz's line. Considering it's competing against bikes like the Bronson for that honor, this is no small feat. The lightweight frame, peerless Carbon CC construction, and efficient Virtual Pivot Point VPP suspension also do their part to pile on to the climbing efficiency bandwagon, but the addition of the Vivid Air out back means that, when it's time to descend from the rarefied air at the summit, the 6. 5in Nomad drops in more like an 8in DH bike. The frame features the same material and build as 2015's top Nomad model, which means that it remains Santa Cruz's best and by extension atop the industry heap. For the CC build, the engineers use a higher modulus carbon than the standard Carbon C model, so less material is required to hit the same strength and stiffness numbers. Less material equates to less weight, and, well, you can see where we're going with this. Climbing and pure speed both benefit when there's less mass for your engine to propel. The frame's two carbon triangles are built as whole pieces rather than glued together from disparate bits. This saves weight and increases structural integrity by allowing Santa Cruz to wrap carbon continuously through and around key junctures. This method reinforces the frame with less material while eliminating the artificial stress points that result from bonded construction methods. The carbon is also compacted from inside and out for a more even finish that avoids any structural defects, excess material build up, and resin pooling for you guessed it even more weight savings. All that carbon goodness meets at a VPP suspension platform, which returns for the new model year with the same improved mid stroke support and small bump compliance that rides high and keeps the pedaling platform consistent to take advantage of the stiff, lightweight chassis and..