Art’s Cyclery Employee Bike Check


Art’s Employee: Joel Hitchen
Position: Retail / Customer Service
Bike: Santa Cruz Nomad Carbon

About The Build: Joel wanted a bike that he could ride downhill. Joel wanted to huck his bike off big drops. Joel wanted a Santa Cruz Nomad. The Nomad is not a bike for the faint of heart. It is meant to be ridden hard, ridden fast and be run through all 6 inches of its travel during every ride. The Nomad’s rock solid construction, aggressive geometry and virtual pivot point suspension combine to create an all mountain / freeride shred sled that is designed to destroy the downhill and get you back up the mountain for another run.

Joel’s Carbon Santa Cruz Nomad is outfitted with a dependable and budget friendly Shimano XT group but he dropped the front derailleur in favor of the simplicity and weight savings of a 1×10 set up. A Raceface 36T Narrow Wide single chain ring in the front and a Shimano XT M786 Shadow Plus rear derailleur allows him to ride without a chain guide and without ever having to worry about dropping his chain when hitting those big drops.

Every mountain rig deserves a little bling so Joel swapped out his headset for a purple Chris King Inset 3 that turns more heads than the bike itself. He runs a Renthal Fatbar for maximum control up front and Azonic 420 flat pedals provide a solid landing platform while he’s “dominating the toughest downhill trails in San Luis Obispo.” Joel is a man who knew exactly what he wanted and his Santa Cruz Nomad turned out pretty trick.

Check it out.

Tech Specs:

Frame: Santa Cruz Nomad Carbon (Large)
Fork: Fox 36 Float 180 RC
Rear Shock: Fox Float CTD
Headset: Chris King Inset 3 Pressfit Headset
Wheels: Azonic Outlaws
Brakes: Shimano M785 XT
Crankset: Shimano M785 XT
Chainring: Race Face Narrow Wide Single Chain Ring 36T 104 BCD
Chain: Shimano XT HG-X 10 Speed Chain
Bottom Bracket: Shimano SM-BB70 XT Bottom Bracket Cup Set (English)
Shift Levers: Shimano Saint M820 Right Shifter Pod 10 Speed
Front Derailleur: None
Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT M786 Rear Derailleur Shadow Plus
Pedals: Azonic 420 Flat Pedals (White)
Seatpost: Thomson Elite Seatpost 30.9
Saddle: WTB Volt Race
Stem: Thomson X4 Mountain Stem 31.8 0deg (50mm)
Handlebars: Renthal Fatbar Handlebar 780mm 31.8
Tires: Maxxis High Roller II 26″ Tire
Water Bottle Cages: None
Grips: ODI Vans Lock-On Grips Black

Extras: Orange Seal Cycling Tubeless Tire Sealant

Weight: 32 lbs.