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2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Nomad Carbon CC XX1 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike


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2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Nomad Carbon CC XX1 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike


If you’re located in a mountainous region where trails are especially ragged and rough, we’re guessing you’ve spotted the Nomad with its aggressive geometry, slackened front end, and candy-colored paint job commanding attention as it screams down the trail. However, before you pigeonhole it as a one-trick pony destined for only the burliest trails and steepest descents, listen up. Although the Santa Cruz Nomad Carbon CC Eagle XX1 Complete Mountain Bike leads its respective class when the going gets rough, ragged, and especially steep, it’s a surprisingly balanced rig that dispels the notion that a 6.5-inch enduro bike has to be an unwieldy beast that doesn’t climb well or caters only to experts with legit downhill skills.

Its surprisingly versatility and refined trail manners come in part from its 165 millimeters of Virtual Pivot Point (VPP) Suspension, which is incredibly plush and forgiving on blistering-fast downhills, yet pleasingly efficient when you’re pedaling uphill to do it all again. To be frank, the VPP Suspension allows the Nomad to flat out rip, even across stretches of brutal rocks and notoriously technical terrain that would normally make you dismount in shame. And although we won’t tell you the Nomad will beat Lycra-clad XC riders on the way up, it’ll eagerly hang with bikes packing an inch less travel without the wallowing rear end of other enduro sleds. And although it’s efficient at climbing, the Rockshox Monarch Plus RC3 Debonair helps control the rear end further with its firmer trail setting and near lock-out for hammering up smooth trails and fire roads.

This particular Nomad enjoys the weight savings of its Carbon CC frame, which shaves approximately 280 grams (that’s 9.8 ounces for those not metric-savvy) from the lower spec’d carbon. You’ll be pleasantly surprised to know it’s every bit as strong and stiff as the heavier carbon lay-up when you’re rallying across jagged rock gardens and descending at speeds usually associated with full-on downhill bikes. Not only is it every bit as stiff and strong, but its relaxed geometry with a 65 degree head tube angle, slightly longer 170-millimeter fork (increase of 10 millimeters from last year), and low-slung 13.4 inch bottom bracket keeps you glued to the trail and confidently crushing over anything in sight.

As a pure enduro rig, the Nomad spec’d with anything but a one-by drivetrain would be nonsensical. Realizing this, Santa Cruz upgraded this Nomad with the newest XX1 Eagle 12-speed drivetrain with a massive 10-50 tooth cassette helping you get uphill without the need for a pesky front derailleur. And even though modern one-by drivetrains no longer require a chainguide to keep the thing from falling off, it’s nice to see Santa Cruz included an E13 TRS+ 1x Guide for extra security on jarring descents. Other notable upgrades include Race Face ARC 30 wheels laced to Industry Nine Torch Hubs with near-instantaneous engagement for getting over trail impediments standing in your way.

Enduro bike with surprisingly refined trail manners

165mm of bump-gobbling, hit-absorbing VPP suspension

170mm of front travel for greater composure at speed

Slack and aggressive geometry, yet still climbs efficiently

Carbon CC saves weight without giving up strength or stiffness

Eagle XX1 12-speed drivetrain with extra low-end for climbing

Santa Cruz Bicycles leads with innovative design and legendary quality


2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Nomad Carbon CC XX1 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike

Frame Material:

Carbon CC


Virtual Pivot Point

Rear Shock:

Rockshox Monarch Plus RC3 Debonair

Rear Travel:



Rock Shox Lyrik RCT3 Solo Air 170

Front Travel:



Cane Creek 110 series


SRAM XX1 Eagle

Front Derailleur:


ISCG Tabs:

ISCG-05 tabs


SRAM XX1 Eagle

Bottom Bracket:

BSA threaded


SRAM XG1295 (10-50t)


SRAM XX1 Eagle Powerlock


SRAM Guide Ultimate

Brake Type:

hydraulic disc


Avid Centerline 180mm


Santa Cruz Carbon

Handlebar Width:



Santa Cruz Palmdale lock-on


Race Face Turbine R

Stem Length:



WTB Silverado SLT


Rockshox Reverb Stealth 125/150/170mm (S/M-L/XL)

Seatpost Diameter:



Race Face ARC 30


Industry Nine Torch

Front Axle:

15 x 110mm

Rear Axle:

12 x 142mm


[front] Maxxis Minion DHF 3C MaxxTerra TR, [rear] Maxxis Minion DHR2 TR

Tire Size:

[front] 27.5 x 2.5in, [rear] 27.5 x 2.4in

Claimed Weight:


Recommended Use:

freeride, enduro, all-mountain

Manufacturer Warranty:

lifetime on frame


2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Nomad Carbon CC XX1 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike


  Seat Tube


Effective Top Tube






Stand Over Head Tube


Head Tube Angle


Seat Tube Angle


Bottom Bracket Height




S 15.5in 22in 23.3in 15.4in 28.6in 3.5in 65o 74.2o 13.4in 17.1in 45in
M 16.5in 23in 23.6in 16.3in 28.5in 3.9in 65o 74.2o 13.4in 17.1in 46.1in
L 18in 24in 24in 17.2in 28.8in 4.3in 65o 74.2o 13.4in 17.1in 47.1in
XL 19.5in 25in 24.3in 18.1in 29.2in 4.7in 65o 74.2o 13.4in 17.1in 48.2in


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