While we typically avoid sweeping generalizations, it's safe to say that few bikes in the industry have had as much influence on their particular discipline as Santa Cruz's Nomad. It's proven itself on lines across virtually every possible piece of enduro furniture from root lattices to rock gutters while exhibiting a hunger on climbs that seems at odds with its slack, 65 degree head tube and borderline DH travel. The Nomad Carbon S Complete Mountain Bike continues this tradition, returning for the new model year with a revamped paint job, refigured build kit, and the same proclivity toward unfettered, off road roaming as the previous generation. It's impossible to mention the Nomad without bringing up the Virtual Pivot Point VPP suspension a the bike's heart. VPP returns for the new model year with the same improved mid stroke support and small bump compliance, maintaining the snappy pedaling that's been complementing the Nomad's stiff, lightweight chassis and efficient, 17. 1in chainstays going on three generations now. The VPP system's dynamic pedaling platform owes its consistency to two counter rotating links, which coordinate to yield a vertical wheel path in initial travel to maintain a firm pedaling feel over small bumps and climbs. As the bike compresses deeper into the suspension, the axle moves rearward to accommodate big hits for extra margin of error when you're experimenting with the ragged edge of control. All the suspension technology in the world won't salvage a leaden, unresponsive frame, though, and Santa Cruz's carbon expertise may be even more important to the Nomad S's ride than its VPP or SRAMShimano build kit. This Nomad features a less expensive, slightly heavier carbon layup than the price is no object Carbon CC frames, bringing the claimed weight up by around 280g, depending on size. The Carbon C material has a lower modulus, so slightly more material is required to hit the same stiffness and durability properties as the CC mod...
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