It didn’t take much sleuthing to come to the conclusion that Santa Cruz would re-design their ever-popular Nomad frame for 2009. With the complete re-design of the Santa Cruz Blur LT this season, it made sense that Santa Cruz would pass along all that goodness to the Nomad.
I’ve ridden the previous Nomad and have lots of friends who currently ride and love their Nomads. The new version looks more refined and includes the many improvements that were introduced with the new Blur LT, namely: grease ports, revised linkages and suspension ratios, new frame design with a reduction in the top-tube “hump”, 5mm less travel (160 instead of 165mm) and a few other changes that will likely come out over the coming months.
I’m looking forward to swinging a leg over the new Nomad at Interbike in September. It looks like a spot-on long-travel trailbike. Even though I’m no huckster, I still prefer to ride bikes in the 150-160mm travel range and the Nomad will likely continue to be a stellar performer for the “do-it-all” crowd.