This V3 version of the Nomad (2014-2016) is discontinued.
Santa Cruz delivers with the 2016 Nomad, which quickly became the bike to beat in our two-month long test to determine which of five rides is the best enduro mountain bike. After the first week, discussions of the other bikes' descending skills often ended in the decisive statement: "It's no Nomad." This bike is undeniably poised to be the most descent smashing machine in the test with its slack 65° head tube angle, but it's an unexpectedly strong climber as well. It's just as good at rolling over all the rocks on the climb as it is on the descent. But it is a fair bit of bike to haul up a hill. The real magic happens when you hit race pace downhill. This bike morphs into a playful descending machine with a suspension that shrugs off the hardest hits and longest chunder gardens. Its handling is unshakable. "It doesn't matter where you point it," says our lead tester. "It just barges through." Given its confidence enhancing stability, suspension performance, and mistake-forgiving, laid-back cockpit — it's no surprise that the Nomad won our 2016 test as the Best Downhill Enduro Bike.