The prologue to the Nomad Carbon CC XX1 Complete Mountain Bike's story is the 65 degree head tube, which sits just one degree steeper than the dual crown V10 and makes for a long, stable wheelbase that comes within two inches of Santa Cruz's dedicated DH sled. That makes the Nomad's story seem pretty straightforward at first, but the subsequent chapters flesh out and complicate it. These complications include putting the emphasis on power transfer with a steep seat tube angle and chainstays virtually on par with the Bronson and almost rivaling the nimble 5010 for stubbiness. Add to this 6. 5in of travel, and the Nomad begins to resemble the bridge between DH, enduro, and trail bikes, a truly novel approach to an all mountain rig. If the Nomad's geometry recommends it for all mountain chaos, then the light, stiff Carbon CC frame construction means that chaos isn't limited to just DH. It may not be a featherweight climber, but with a claimed frame weight of around 2,800g, it's not that far off the mark. The frame returns in 2016 with 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 structu...
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