Santa Cruz's Nomad Carbon CC X01 Complete Mountain Bike returns for 2016 with the same slack, long, and low geometry reminiscent of a DH specific bike like the V10, so it's built for riders whose days in the saddle typically resemble the barely controlled chaos of a calcio storico match rather than an easy spin on singletrack. All that line sticking slackness and terrain gobbling suspension don't come with a DH weight penalty, though, as the claimed frame weight hovers right around 2,800g. The Nomad obliterates the already blurred lines separating trail, all mountain, and DH rigs, combining a slacker than slack 65 degree head tube angle with 6. 5in of travel and a responsive Virtual Pivot Point suspension for a bike that flies to the top and drops in like a gravity machine. If the Nomad's geometry says DH bomber, then the light, stiff Carbon CC frame construction absolutely screams jet engine climber. The frame features the same material and build as 2015's top Nomad model, which means that it remains Santa Cruz's best. For the CC build, the engineers use a higher modulus carbon than the 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. Finally, the carbon is also compacted from the inside and the outside 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...
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