My bike is a 2015 Santa Cruz Nomad C. First introduced in 2005, the 2014 Nomad 3 was the first model to be constructed from carbon fibre and has 165mm of rear travel. It sits below the V 10 Downhill Bike as the longest travel all mountain or enduro bike. The colour scheme is also a personal favourite.

Riding the Nomad is an amazing experience, It goes where I point it, the suspension eats up anything I can throw at it, and due to the geometry and weight it’s an incredibly nimple and responsive bike. For a long time there was a compromise between a bike that could climb and descend equally well. The Nomad is one of the best bikes out there when it comes to doing everything brilliantly.

I’m a big fan of ENVE rims, their strength and weight is amazing. After seeing members of the Syndicate team (Santa Cruz DH Team) continuing to ride a World Cup DH course even after their rear tyre has come off, I was sold on their strength. I built wheels on a fairly regular basis from 1989 to 2003. Occasionally I get nostalgic about being able to sit at a wheel jig to straighten a bent rim. Wheels like this are just too good for that now, and I’m happy with that.

The heart of the 1x drivetrain is an absoluteBLACK oval chainring. Shimano tried the same concept in the 80’s and 90’s but didn’t nail the execution. Basically it works like this: The force applied through each pedal stroke varies due to the bio mechanics of our legs. The points of lowest power are roughly when we switch sides to begin a new downstroke. Because of the oval nature of the chainring, it requires less force to rotate the cranks at the point which our power delivery is at it’s lowest. This makes it easier to pedal at a constant rate, especially when climbing. I can really notice the difference and really recommend them.

The XTR brakes have an excellent combination of power and control. Their stopping power is amazing, it’s easy to control that power to the point when you can hear the tyres the tyres starting to scrub, and prevent yourself from locking up. These brakes paired with the Maxxis Minion DHR II tyres offer huge amounts of grip and control.

The total weight is approximately 13.1 kg (28.8lbs), feels like she can fly to me.


  • 2015 Santa Cruz Nomad 3 size L
  • Rockshox Pike forks, Monarch Plus rear shock and Seatpost
  • Sram X0 Drivetrain with 32T absoluteBLACK chainring and Wolftooth chainguide
  • Shimano XT Pedals
  • Enve AM rims on Chris King Hubs
  • Maxxis Minion DHR II 27.5*2.35 tyres.
  • Shimano XTR Brakes
  • Chris King Headset and Bottom Bracket
  • Truvativ Stem with Enve bars
  • Santa Cruz Grips
  • SDG Fly Saddle

Nomad 3 Frame Specs

ENVE Website

absoluteBLACK Chainrings

sram x0 drivetrain

sram x0 drivetrain

sram x0 crankset

rockshox monarch plus shock

enve bars

shimano xtr brake lever

shimano xtr rear brake

Thank you for reading – happy trails!

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