Santa Cruz Nomad LT 7

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Frame: Santa Cruz Nomad CC size M. Misc.: 190 mm travel and +6 mm chainstay with Cascade Components Nomad LT link
Rear Shock: FOX DHX2. Misc.: Custom bearing eyelet. 230 mm x 65 mm shock. 500 lb spring
Fork: RockShox Boxxer World Cup. Misc.: 200 mm of travel
Handlebar: Race Face SixC 35 mm
Stem: ------- Custom. Misc.: Cascade Components custom direct mount stem
Grips: ODI Ruffian
Brakes: SRAM Code RSC
Shifters: SRAM GX
Rear Derailleur: SRAM GX 11 Speed
Chainguide: OneUp Components Bash Guide ISCG05
Cranks: Race Face Turbine Cinch 170mm
Chainrings / Sprocket: Race Face Narrow/Wide 32T
Chain: KMC X11SL Ti Nitride
Cassette / Rear Cog: SRAM XG-1195
Pedals: OneUp Components Aluminum
Front Rim: DT Swiss EX511
Rear Rim: DT Swiss EX511
Hubs: Hope Pro 4
Front Tire: Maxxis Minnion DHF 2.5 Exo. Misc.: CushCore
Rear Tire: Maxxis Highroller II 2.5 Exo. Misc.: CushCore
Saddle: Chromag Trailmaster
Seatpost: FOX Transfer Performance 150mm
Seatpost Clamp: ------- Custom
General Info
Model Year: 2018
Riding Type: Downhill
Weight: 34 lb 0 oz (15422 g)
Additional Info: When I broke my rear triangle riding in towards the end winter it gave me time to undertake a project. In an effort to make the Nomad as downhill oriented as possible I designed and machined a new lower link that boosted the frame to 190 mm of travel and lengthened the chainstay 6 mm. The new configuration runs a 230 mm x 65 mm shock as opposed to the stock 60 mm stroke shock. I created a bit of code in Mathematica that can analyze any configuration of the Nomad's suspension layout and designed the lower link to be more progressive than the stock one. Since I was switching from the Super Deluxe that came with the frame at this time, I decided I wanted to make a bearing eyelet for the DHX2 in order to get unparalleled small bump sensitivity. This combined with the more progressive leverage curve makes the bike track insanely well over chunder while also delivering more pop when hitting jumps. All the while the lower link added a negligible amount of weight and maintains the stock ride height while seated so pedaling is largely unaffected.

Vital MTB member RichardSherman RichardSherman 4/16/2019 3:34 PM

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