Video Bike Check | Santa Cruz Nomad w/ XO1 DH 7-spd

Art’s employee: Trevor Roland
Position: Marketing / Community Outreach
Bike: Santa Cruz Nomad V.4 (27.5”)

About the rider: 

Height: 6’2”

Inseam: 36.5”

Weight: 175 lbs

Years Riding MTB: 6 years

Riding Style: Also hunting for trail stunts.

Video Review Link: Why My Santa Cruz Nomad Climbs Like Crap!

About the bike: 

In an age where every Trail bike “Descends like a DH rig and climbs like an XC race bike” Trevor decided to take a different path. Trevor’s Nomad build is currently set up to slay descents and climb comfortably from the shuttle vehicle to the trailhead, or from the bottom of the last bike park run of the day to your car. While that climbing handicap can be almost entirely placed on a SRAM 7-speed DH X01 group with a 10-24 cassette, 2.5″ Maxxis tires and a 170 mm fork don’t positively contribute to uphill speed either. The drivetrain’s crisp shifts and rear derailleur security are worth it though, as that’s all part of why full-DH bikes are so fun to ride. So—is the bike practical? Probably not, but If you happen to have a 7-speed group collecting dust, then we’d highly recommend finding a long-travel Enduro bike for it. Riding this bike is pretty rad and the looks Trevor gets when people realize what he’s riding for an after-work spin are priceless.

The build:


Frame: 2018 Santa Cruz Nomad XL

Size: XL

Weight: 32bs 3oz


Shock: Rock Shox Super Deluxe Air RCT

  • 195psi
  • Rebound: 4 clicks from open
  • LSC: 3 clicks from open

Fork: Fox 36 Performance Elite HSC/LSC 27.5″ 170 Kashima Boost 110QR

  • 78psi
  • (3) 10cc tokens
  • Rebound: 11 clicks from open
  • HSC: 8 clicks from open
  • LSC: 5 clicks 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 Copper Head 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