Video: Why my Santa Cruz Nomad climbs like crap

Setup is everything and this rig likes to be pointed down

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Santa Cruz Nomad CC

This bike is either all wrong or alright.

What is it

Trevor has several bikes so for this build, he chose to target his Nomad for a specific task, descending. Although we marvel at the climbing prowess and descending range of modern bikes, not every build has to do it all. Many abilities are often the result of compromise and it’s good to remember that the bike build can focus on doing as specific task very well. Check out Trevor’s build and check his insights on a descender build for the Nomad.

Build

Trevor’s Nomad is currently setup to slay descents and climb comfortably from the bottom of the day’s last bike park run to his car. That climbing handicap can be almost entirely blamed on the Sram 7-spd XO1 group. The crisp shifts and rear derailleur security are all part of why full DH rigs are so fun to ride.

Full details
  • Frame: 2018 Santa Cruz Nomad CC
  • Size: XL
  • Weight: 32bs 3oz
  • Shock: Rock Shox Deluxe Air RCT with 195psi, 4 clicks of rebound, and 3 clicks LSC (both measured from open)
  • Fork: Fox 36 Performance Elite HSC/LSC 27.5″ 170 Kashima Boost 110QR with 78psi, 3x 10cc tokens, 11 clicks of rebound, 8 clicks of HSC, and 5 clicks of LCS (all measured from open)
  • Hubs: Industry Nine Torch Classic 32H
  • Hoops: Stans Flow MK3 hoops
  • Front Tire: Maxxis DHF 2.5WT EXO Maxxterra (25psi)
  • Rear Tire: Maxxis Aggressor 2.5WT DD (29psi)
  • Tire Insert: Huck Norris (27-35mmin rear only)
  • Bar: Deity Blacklabel (38mm rise 800mm wide)
  • Grips: Sensus Lite
  • Stem: Deity Copperhead 35mm
  • Brakes: SRAM Code RSC
  • Rotors: SRAM Centerline 200/180mm
  • Shifter: SRAM XO1 DH 7-spd
  • Cranks: SRAM Descendant DUB Carbon 170mm
  • Chainring: SRAM Eagle Boost X-Sync 34t
  • Pedals: Deity TMAC Flat Pedals
  • Rear Der: SRAM XO1 DH 7-spd
  • Cassette: SRAM XO1 DH 7-spd
  • Post: 9point8 Fall Line 200mm
  • Saddle: Deity Speedtrap AM
  • Mud Guard: Syncros Mudguard
  • Headset: Cane Creek 40

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