Pinkbike Awards: Trail / All-Mountain Bike of the Year

Jan 6, 2015
by Mike Kazimer  
Choosing this year's nominees and the winner for this year's Trail / All-Mountain Bike of the Year Award was no easy task. 2014 produced a bumper crop of bikes with genre-defying abilities, ones that can tame the trickiest climbs and then rally on the descents without flinching, which is why we chose to combine the Trail and All-Mountain categories into one award. When you have bikes like Yeti's 127mm SB5c being raced at the Enduro World Series, or Santa Cruz's 165mm Nomad gunning for the podium at the Trans Provence, it's solid proof that today's mountain bikes are more well rounded than ever.

Pinkbike MTB Awards
Trail / All-Mountain Bike of the Year


Santa Cruz Nomad

santa cruz nomad black
This year's award for Pinkbike's Trail / All-Mountain Bike of the Year goes to the Santa Cruz Nomad. The latest version of the bike burst onto the scene last April decked out with an aqua and magenta paint job that, love it or hate it, certainly turned a few heads (the stealth black version is more our style). But the updated Nomad received more than a splashy paint job and 27.5” wheels – Santa Cruz tweaked and refined every detail of the bike, and the result is nothing short of perfection.

A 65° degree head angle used to be reserved for downhill bikes, but times have changed, and long, low and slack is the name of the game for today's top all-mountain rigs. Although Santa Cruz didn't push the 'long' portion of that trifecta as far as other companies like Kona, Orbea, and Mondraker have done, the new Nomad still gained an extra inch of room in the cockpit, giving it additional stability for the high speeds that the bike begs to be ridden at. As we said in our review, “The Nomad has the feeling of a big bike, in that it can be ridden full speed into the roughest sections of trail and come out none the worse for wear on the other side, but it also has a nimbleness to it that you wouldn't typically expect from a bike with this much travel.” And when it comes time to head back up the hill, “the VPP suspension design's pedal-friendly performance combined with the bike's 28 pound weight make the Nomad able to keep up with shorter travel trail bikes and then leave them in the dust once gravity takes over. Even on five or six hour outings with 6,000+ vertical feet of climbing, rides with enough pedaling where a trail bike would typically be the machine of choice, the Nomad did just fine, and was definitely worth it on the way back down.”

Riding the Santa Cruz Nomad. Photos by Paris Gore Matt Wragg and Gary Perkin.
bigquotesThe Nomad is a bike that would have been a daydream only a few years ago, when the technology didn't exist to create a 28 pound bike with 165mm of travel. Luckily, those dreams have come true, and the reality is even better than anyone could have imagined. - Pinkbike, June 30th, 2014

The Nomad's excellent geometry and suspension design make it a worthy nominee for the Trail / All-Mountain Bike of the Year, but it's the little details that truly pushed the Nomad to the front of the pack. To go along with the well crafted, eye-pleasing frame design, features like a threaded bottom bracket shell, internal housing guides made from carbon fiber tubing, expanding collet pivot hardware, and the ability to fit a water bottle inside the front triangle are just a few examples of the details that show Santa Cruz did more than blindly latch onto the latest trends when updating the Nomad. Quality like this doesn't come cheap, and Santa Cruz's top-level builds do retail for over $10,000, but the base model is still very well equipped, and at $5599 is nearly half the price.

It seems fitting to close with the same words that concluded our review of the Nomad, since the sentiment still holds true. “The Nomad is a bike that would have been a daydream only a few years ago, when the technology didn't exist to create a 28 pound bike with 165mm of travel. Luckily, those dreams have come true, and the reality is even better than anyone could have imagined. This is a bike from the future, except that it's available now.”



www.santacruzbicycles.com


299 Comments

  • + 274
 Yeah, well, that's just like your opinion man
  • + 52
 The Dude is a mountain biker? Make sure your bathrobe doesn't get caught in the spokes.
  • + 46
 "Not a money rant" but offer the alloy version this summer please!
  • + 24
 the dude abides
  • + 55
 There has been an alloy nomad before the new nomad, it mascarades around as the banshee rune.
  • + 122
 I didn't live through seeing my buddies die face down in the muck, just to see a $10k bike be an acceptable thing! Am I the only one who gives a shit about the rules anymore!? Price it lower!! You think I'm f*cking around?? Price it lower!
  • + 24
 phatone17: then buy the one with the SRAM X1 drivetrain, SLX brakes, Pike RC 160, for $6K-ish. No one's holding a gun to your head, sunshine.
  • - 9
flag Mike982 (Jan 6, 2015 at 9:18) (Below Threshold)
 your not wrong your just an asshole.
  • + 61
 I got your Lebowski reference phatone17. Sensitive pinkbike is sensitive.
  • + 34
 You children need to watch some movies before you go crazy on the downvote button.
  • + 14
 I'm sorry I wasn't listening.
  • + 14
 Im perfectly calm
  • + 1
 Agree s-dub.. I've been riding, The break through geometry since 2013 on my banshee rune. That carbon Nomad though! C'mon banshee, give us carbon!
  • + 14
 Nice marmot
  • + 18
 Captain Snappy, you need to watch "The Big Lebowski", and then you will understand slightly altered movie quotes that fit the context of the discussion. The irony in you mentioning "No one is holding a gun to your head" is almost too much to handle... and you'd get it if you understood he was (loosely) quoting a character that was brandishing a gun at the time.
  • + 2
 Dirk77, Right on I love my Rune as well. I think Keith chimed in on Carbon somewhere on MTBR forums something about they arent comfortable with the pricing on it and being able to keep good quality control. Based on their company size alloy is the more affordable way to go and I'm good with that, I still suffer from a bit or carbon-paranoia even after breaking an alloy frame. The alloy cracked the carbon may have shattered...
  • + 12
 @phatone17 hahahaha! That is hilarious. It's a league game! Mark it zero. Best scene ever.
  • + 4
 that sounds exhausting
  • + 7
 i`m not the roadie maaaaan, i`m mtb, man or the biker or el bikerrriiino if your into the......
  • + 10
 I'm perfectly calm, I'm staying. I'm finishing my coffee.
  • + 13
 This is what happens when you f*ck a stranger in the ass!!
  • - 16
flag SiSandro (Jan 6, 2015 at 11:48) (Below Threshold)
 At least pick relevant quotes... i don't see any connection to the Nomad. What the f*ck does anything have to do with the Nomad?
  • + 8
 The court rejected prior restraint. Calmer than you are dude.
  • + 6
 fuck it, let's go bowling!
  • + 6
 All dude ever wanted was his rug back
  • + 8
 That ride really tied the trails together, did it not?!
  • + 6
 Shhhhhhhh.... theres a north korean in this chat -----> @SiSandro
  • + 11
 Perfectdirtbro you're out of your element! Dude, the Korean is not the issue here!
  • - 5
flag PerfectDirtBro (Jan 6, 2015 at 14:05) (Below Threshold)
 what is then there is no subject to the conversation @obee1, its just people ranting on about how there broke.
  • + 22
 The amount of Big Lebowski references in here that came from this post makes me smile. The amount of posts that are representative of those who haven't seen The Big Lebowski is absolutely painful
  • + 2
 You are right dude 88 ,that rug tied the whole room together. Shows you how easily things get out of hand. Besides, everyone knows Yeti makes the best bikes. Abide
  • + 1
 Where's the white russian?
  • - 1
 First rule of pinkbike commenting, we need a Bin Laden, a Hitler, or an Un...
  • + 9
 Are these the Nomad haters, Walter?...
No, Donny, these men are nihilists, there's nothing to be afraid of...
  • + 11
 You want a nomad dude? Hell I could get you a nomad by 2 o'clock this afternoon, with nail polish!
  • + 8
 I'll pull the shifter trigger until it goes 'cleek'.
  • + 3
 do you want to be taken seriously as a rider? Is that why you had your breasts reduced?
  • + 1
 How many times will america make the same mistakes...
  • + 5
 Shut the fuck up Donnie. You're way out of your element here.
  • + 5
 He's obviously not a golfer.
  • + 1
 tmackstab- you beat me to it. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU FUCK A STRANGER IN THE ASS!!!
  • + 2
 It´s a very complicated case man, lot´s of ins and outs...
  • + 1
 far out far fuckk out man .............heeeeeeyyyy this is a private traiiiiiill men. nice nomad
  • + 0
 all this aggression towards the Nomad wont stand man, this is happens when find a stranger riding one in the alps
  • + 2
 Hey watch it man there's a beverage here.
  • + 64
 Great now I wont hear the end of it from my friends all of which own a Nomad. FML
  • + 8
 Called it!
  • + 6
 Yesssss!!! Eeeeeyyyyyyeeewwwww!!!
  • + 14
 Sweet bike, but this purty Nomad and a complete lack of skill won't get down a technical descent. The bike is only a small part of the equation.
  • + 4
 hahahaha i have that new nomad and will definitely give my buddies crap. HAHA, love it
  • + 5
 How fragile does your ego need to be to comment on a bike that you don't even own and its inability to get a rider down a descent? Holy hell.
  • + 2
 LOL, Yep I will be mentioning to all my mates that they picked the wrong Enduro rig !!
  • + 35
 if batman rode mtb, this would be his choice, ....and it's a really nice bike
  • + 57
 And yes, Mr. Wayne, it comes in black.
  • + 2
 Black on black on black...
  • + 24
 Factory demoed it saturday. Holy hell that thing is the real deal
  • + 5
 It may be that I am super excited that my bike was chosen but dude I think about riding my bike when I am not even with my bike and then I just smile
  • + 5
 Yeah, I agree. The thing just makes you want to ride.
  • + 21
 I wonder what bikes will be like in 5years. Head angles will probably be steeper, front centre's shorter, rim width back to skinny as hell...
  • + 7
 now with "new technology" hahaha
  • + 2
 Yeah, I'm with you. They talk about how much R&D goes into all these new bikes to make for more useful and modern geometry. It seems that is something that would have been discovered long ago. I wouldn't think that long and slack geometry would be a new development.
  • + 4
 No, they won't
  • + 5
 I think bike geometry, rim width, etc. has evolved with riding style. People seem to ride way more aggressively and with much more skill these days. Improvements to technology also allow more gravity-oriented geometry to be applied to all-rounder bikes so I don't think its a bike industry conspiracy. That being said, the Nomad is too expensive for me to consider.
  • + 38
 New for 2021...The Santa Cruz Nomad with new 26" wheel technology! Allows you to turn on a dime! all the advantages of 27.5...but lighter and more nimble!
  • - 2
 650b will be dead in 5 years apart from entry level.
  • + 2
 They're following trends, they're not discovering anything. They decided enduro was the cool thing right now so they make enduro-ish setups. If (when?) people realize they don't actually need bikes that big and XC booms again, bikes with steeper head angles and skinny rims will see their market segment grow.

People need to understand there is no best setup. The best setup is the one you like, it's the one that fits your riding the best.
  • + 19
 For you price whiners (remember this is a pick for "Bike of the year" not "Bargain of the Year") you can pick up a base Nomad for about $5k at your local bike shop. If you don't believe call a Santa Cruz dealer and say "I have $5,000 and I want to buy the base Nomad."

Still expensive but getting to a more mortal level. Throw on some Light-Bicycle carbon wheels and bam...pro-quality ride.
  • + 20
 The base nomad is more than the team yt Capra
  • + 3
 yeah but if you put carbon rims, man we're talking about 1 additional k, am i right? i think that the search for the weight is nonsense when you just wanna have fun on the trail. another point is, i think the average pinkbike reader is a medium - to - highly skilled rider, but i wonder how many of us are able to push these modern bikes to their limits. i'm not for sure...

still the nomad is simply stunning, on par IMHO with the Tracer 275 and the Specy Enduro 275. stealth for life.
  • + 10
 @hamncheez, the frame only nomad is the price of the bottom range capra which still comes with rockshox pike, monarch plus, reverb stealth, guide RS, x9, easton etc.
  • + 14
 EXCEPT YOU CAN BUY THE NOMAD IN THE STATES!
  • + 3
 It's a real shame yt don't post to North America
  • - 1
 I'd love to be able to buy a YT or Canyon but I guess they don't want to have to support the hundreds more broken carbon frames that would result in US distribution. Spec, Santa Cruz, Trek, etc can support these claims through their dealer networks. Having to support a direct model to the one of the largest mountain bike markets looks to be too much of a challenge (although Fezzari seems willing to do it).
  • + 15
 Nomad bike of the Year in North America Capra bike of the Year in Europe
  • + 4
 Msrp is expensive on all premium frames like the nomad, hd3, mach 6, enduro, sb6c... reason why the top nomad build is expensive is due to the premium components. 3k frame, 2.5k wheels, 1.5k drive train and another 1.5k on misc components... not saying stuff isn't "over priced". But it's not fair to single out santa cruz when most of the other bike makers are in the same price range. I personally think carbon frames shouldn't be as expensive as they are, but apparently they are selling tons of these premium frames. On the flip side once a frame is aquired, it can be built way cheaper with mid range components. Its not gonna be the 27-28lb ews bike, but it will still be quite capable.
  • + 3
 The YT will always be cheaper, its a direct sale bike, thats the idea. When I went to buy a bike the YT had a 6 month lead time so I got the Nomad.
  • + 4
 2.5k for ENVEs ? this is seriously absurd. waaaaaaay overpriced. thought they were around 1.5.
  • + 3
 @Johnny-W I had to wait for 4 months. Can't say it wasn't worth it but it was a long time and I got my bike in mid winter and ordered it in August. That's a tough one to chew. Still, it was worth the wait and a lot cheaper than many alternatives.
  • - 1
 Better suspension on the YT, better geo on the Nomad. You pays ya money...
  • + 2
 @Bruccio, I 2.5k is in us dollars. This is one area one could save a ton of money on their build. Enve's look baller but I would never shell out the coin for $2500 dollar wheels. If I were to go carbon I think I would go for the Ibis 741's, they are about half the price of enves. On my current nomad build I just run stans flows and they are awesome. I can get several sets vs a 1 set of enves.
  • + 2
 I love my Easton haven carbon wheels. You can find deals on them,they look great and they are bombproof .
  • + 1
 And I believe the ibis rim is the same as the Derby's that you can buy for 700+ and then build up with whatever hub/spoke/nip combo you want and be just as pimp! 1823g and sick as hell!
  • + 2
 I remember when the Ransom came out and, at 6k, it was by far the most expensive Enduro bike out there. Making decent expensive products isn't hard. Hard is making decent but affordable products and I bow down to YT, Commençal, Mondraker (and a lot of other brands) for allowing me to have a top of the line bike for under 3k. Man, nowadays even Nicolai seems to be more reasonably price than most brands...
  • + 22
 That is one good looking mountain cycle
  • + 3
 made my day
  • + 4
 Nothing beats a jolly good outing on the mountain cycle, guv'ner.
  • + 1
 It rides even better.
  • + 13
 The trail/am category includes what kind of bikes? I feel like this rig is pretty long legged for the category. 6.5 inches seems like it should compare more to freeride, and less to trail. I would even say that maybe enduro (however much the hip croud may hate the word) should be a different category?
Or do 6"+ bikes now ride like their 5" trail cousins?
Or maybe they are saying hard tails and 4" ride like 5" and anything under 6 is just xc?
I guess what I want to know is if the Santa Cruz 5010, norco sight, and trek remedy were also considered. Or is this the category for the slash, range, and maybe even the voltage.
  • + 17
 Yeah, I thought trail bikes were supposed to be a little more playful than this. 65 deg head angle and 165mm of travel does not seem like it would make most normal trails all that fun.
  • + 7
 Depends where your normal trails are. Normal trails someplace flat would suck on a Nomad. Normal trails in British Columbia are probably pretty fun.
  • + 2
 If your moral trails are gnarly DH then I suppose the v10 has to be up for consideration.
  • + 6
 The Nomad is arguably the DHest pedalable bike currently made though (possibly rivaled by the Spesh Enduro).

The Bronson, Jekyll, SB5c, etc are all probably more "trail" bikes.
  • + 1
 Here are the nominations: www.pinkbike.com/news/pinkbike-awards-trail-all-mountain-bike-of-the-year-nominees-2014.html

Keep in mind they only included bikes that were /new/ to 2014.
  • + 4
 @dclinton, I remember that article and I remember thinking: these are all enduro race bikes. Why don't they just call them that?
  • + 7
 I really think we need to get rid of all these bike categories and I think the Nomad winning Trail Bike 2014 aids in this. Basicallly they are all trail bikes, just decide how much travel you need. The idea is the Nomad and other similar rigs is that they are all you really ever need unless you ride pancake flats all day or World Cup Downhills. Everything in-between can be tackled by 1 bike.
  • + 2
 So basically this is the best bike. The one that rules them all.
Cool, except, though I haven't ridden it, based on the numbers I bet it is not as good at flow trails as a 120-140mm bike. One bike can't rule it all. It can just give up less than the rest when it compromises.
I want to try try one. Until I do I'll have trou or believing it is the best fs bike with less than 8" of travel.
  • + 2
 Spartan for the W
  • + 4
 The trail/AM category says it all to me.... something you can ride out on the trails and not be restricted anywhere on the mountain.... and the Nomad delivers this in so many ways, the distinctions between categories are getting blurred because bikes like this are so capable, now there is no compromise to having a bike that can excel down the gnarliest of trails as they can now still be a goat uphill, ok it won't win against an XC bike up a fireroad climb but that's not a compromise that bothers me!

The biggest single flaw of my Nomad is that it keeps me awake at night with its constant mantra of 'Come ride, you know you want to'.....
  • + 11
 For $10k I'll take a stable of new konas. Carbon operator, 153 (should have been a nominee) and a honzo. Still have some to spare too.
  • + 9
 You COULD buy a stable of bikes for the price of this one. Personally I sold a stable of bikes to buy this one and I'm much happier now. I also no longer spend money and time every week maintaining a fleet.
  • + 0
 Yes, but there's a lot more wear and tear on your one bike, as well as maintenance, when you're relying on it every single time you ride. Personally, I just got rid of my "do it all" 160 bike for an operator and a honzo. Best of both worlds.
  • + 1
 Coming from 3-4, maintenance is a breeze now. Even if it needs work more often I find it easier to anticipate issues, and since I don't have 3 different drive trains, 3 different forks, etc. I can keep spares around.

There are trails that I would appreciate a bigger bike but that I also wouldn't get to the top of nearly as often on an Operator. Even in the bike park I'm comfortable enough on the Nomad that I don't really miss 8". I'd have to be doing multiple DH races each season to justify a DH bike I think.
  • + 8
 I demoed one. It is a very nice bike. I wouldn't be upset if I owned one. That said, I would not trade it in for my Mach 6. The Nomad felt way too long and was not as nimble as the Pivot. To each his own. The Nomad is a beautiful bike.
  • + 0
 All depends on the speed you go, I reckon.
  • + 1
 This is truth
  • + 3
 Well, the mach 6 climbs terribly(for a dw)imho,..seat angles too slack,front lifts and wonders.
I've been lucky enough to test pretty much all the new stuff, besides mondraker, canyon, yt.
If I didn't have a range c I'd take the nomad. Probably sell mine for it eventually. Laguna, ca.
  • + 3
 Truth being the speed comment by Onagesicle. I love my Nomad, but it does need speed to come to life. I loved the Mach 6 as well, but not a much as the Nomad at full pace.
  • + 1
 I guess the Santa Cruz alternative to a Mach 6 would be the Bronson....
  • + 1
 I think it would be the Driver 8...
  • + 7
 You never see giant bikes getting mentioned on these best bike awards. Only ever on best value ect...
But if you look closer at what you get from the big G.
There are some real corkers in there range I would say as good if not better than the Santa Cruz which I will add does very much deserve its place as best bike 2014 without a doubt. But maybe a giant one year ? Here's for hoping
  • + 8
 i agree 100% the attainability for the regular rider should be a factor. not just in dream bike land lol.
  • + 3
 Coming from two 6"+ Giants, I completely agree with you. The line between the Reign X and be Nomad is a fine one, taking ascents and descents into consideration. Nomad is better down but Maestro feels so good sitting and spinning. I wish a shop within 500 miles would have stocked a new Reign for me to demo first.
  • + 1
 I don't know why people say Giant is a value... their bikes are spec'd like crap compared to the equivalent price point Specialized/Trek/etc

Aluminum frame and X1 where the Specialized has a carbon frame and X01, etc...
  • + 1
 If you want value part spec wise look no further than every brand except for Scott Wink
  • + 1
 I don't understand. They have low and high spec options. Sure, they will include in-house items but they are generally strong, light, and take a beating for years.
  • + 6
 but threaded BB. nuff said.
  • + 1
 I was comparing the Reign 27.5 1 vs. the Stumpjumper Expert Carbon Evo or Enduro Expert Carbon. Most of the parts are a wash but you get a carbon frame with the Specialized and X01 for the derailleur and cassette. Everything else is comparable or cheap enough to not matter, but carbon vs. alu at the same price is ridiculous.
  • + 0
 Carbon isn't everything. One example funny enough its a giant bikes example, giant defy 0 uses aluxx sl alloy tubing the same as the giant reign. That alloy frame is stiffer and lighter than there defy composite frameset from 2014. The main reason giant now don't make the composite grade carbon frames anymore.
  • + 4
 dezmtber, if there is one application carbon makes sense it is a road bike. Aluminium road bikes feel terrible. So do aluminium hardtails. I would only go for carbon or steel in road or hardtail.
  • + 1
 Alias530, your comparison doesn't hold water. That Stumpy has the bottom-of-the range Pike RC 160mm, and the Reign has a top-of-the-range Pike RCT3 130-160mm. "Spec'd like crap"? I don't think so. Specialized can't be as good value as Giant since Giant make a lot of their frames - so someone buying a Specialized-by-Giant is paying for Giant's up-charge to Specialized.
  • + 1
 iamamodel, i know i would always still recomend the composite due to it being much better comfort wise which in road bikes is the most important thing as riding a road bike many miles can cause huge fatigue from road vibration. alias530, my point being cheap carbon isnt always better than all alloy. if you were comparing the s-works carbon enduro frame then i would agree its a better frame in many ways
  • + 0
 iamamodel... I don't know what else to say but "lol" to your comment about the RC being "bottom of the range". There's only two models! And most people don't want travel adjust, it's a stupid feature that adds weight and decreases reliability. I'll pay NOT to have that!
  • + 1
 alias530:
two models? there are much more options in the pike than just the two,
on the spring side(air spring) dual postion 160-130, solo air 160, 150, 140, 130, 120, 110, 100, dj.
and the damper side, rc ( rebound and compression) and also rct3 rebound, compression + trail 3 position, position 1 open, 2 low speed compesion adjust, 3 heavy compresion/ locked.

+ the wheel size options that were not talking about too.

the spech has a what could be said basic solo air rc fork worth £150-$300 ish less than the fork fitted to the giant the dual postion rct3.

having said that would anyone like to swop a dual position air spring for a solo air Smile
  • + 1
 Obviously I'm not talking about different travel or different wheel sizes as being different models. Go to the SRAM website and there's the RC and the RCT3. Having adjustable travel isn't a benefit to most people. Having a carbon frame IS a benefit to most people.
  • + 7
 Got rid of my trek remedy as had nothing but problems with the crappy Bb95 pushfit bottom bracket they had it back under warranty as bearings fell out they claimed to fix it, it did it again so it's gone, ordered a nomad should arrive in a couple of days, expensive but so worth it.
  • + 3
 'been riding my NMAD for 3 weeks, it's amazing.i'm compairing it to my carbon spesh enduro, which is a great bike,but the nomad descends like my DH bike without the burly feel... your gonna' love it,good luck!!
  • + 1
 for me it's between the nomad or a gt fury expert and a trek remedy 7. i just don't know what to do ?!
  • + 6
 Jon Taffer would say they have a $10000+ bike so they can sell more $6000 bikes.
Which is likely true!
and each year they need to improve profits over the last year so yeah increasing price points.

I remember when $5000 bought you the same bike the pros were riding daily....
  • + 5
 This award seems a bit bizarre - when cost is no concern, it's easy to build the best bike.

I think this award would have more validity if "value" was a criteria, especially when we live in a world where 99.9% of the consumer base is not prepared to drop $10K on a bicycle.
  • + 2
 correct. And that is what we are discussing here. Nobody said anything about best value. Law of diminishing returns my friends.
  • + 6
 How's about next year there are Best Bike awards for different price point categories? That would be more helpful to more readers than knowing that a 10K bike is the best of the best.
  • + 7
 Best bike I've ever ridden! Smile
Didn't need this 'Best MTB award' to justify my purchasing it Wink
  • + 6
 "The Nomad is a bike that would have been a daydream only a few years ago..... - Pinkbike, June 30th, 2014"

Well, with that price it still is...
  • + 4
 The frame only does come in $1000 less than the s-works enduro, and $500 less than the sb6c. Incredible customer service too.
  • + 1
 Ok, but these bikes/frames weren't even on the nominee list.
I have no opinion on their costumer service, but from what I am reading, it's quite the opposite at least when it comes to warranty.
  • + 1
 Really? I cracked my Bronson from a rock strike. Sent them a picture, they sent back a tracking number for the new frame.
  • + 6
 I've been amazed at my Nomad. Not only does it rip downhill, but I've been really impressed with climbing and even how it performs on tight singletrack. Just an awesome bike.
  • + 4
 Pretty sure there was a better version of that bike made with a way better paint scheme called the Intense T275. And btw the whole all black "batman" bike is completely F*ed out. Every bike manufacturer makes an all black bike to cater to people without any kind of steez, Unless you are mother F*ing Johnny Cash. Having said that the Miami Vice bike is a super polarizing paint scheme.
  • + 9
 I don't think I've ever heard so much hate for all-black. I didn't even know that was possible.
  • + 4
 Man, if I were to buy a new bike right now, it would be that Intense. Work of art. Nothing against the Nomad, though. But damn, that Tracer!
  • + 1
 The t275 is closer to a bronson than nomad. I've ridden both.
All black bikes...let ur riding do the talking not the paint/marketing dept. But I get it for those that need $ from photos. I'd like to see more oil, rust, emerald green,...trek colors are sick.
  • + 1
 Don't get me wrong the Nomad is a badass bike. SC just wins everything because they have the cool factor going and they know it. As in the case when my buddy and I visited the booths at the otter. I was treated like VIP at the intense booth. My buddy with his brand new enve laced SC was treated like a nuisance for interrupting the Bro down conversation the employees were having. He wanted to buy a shirt and support that company even more. I guess it has nothing to do on how the bike rides but it seems like certain bikes get the nod because of the trendy nature and how much marketing dollars their company dumps into the system. Nomad is a classic and they sell a shit ton of them for a reason. I should get to work instead of pontificating on a chat thread so I can go out and buy more carbon fiber.
  • + 4
 My previous 2 bikes were a Giant Faith and Reign X. The Nomad is lighter and climbs just as well as the RX with more aggressive geometry than the Faith. It'll even take a 180 fork if I just really feel the need to go bigger. The longer chainstay makes manualling and hopping stuff a little harder and they aren't kidding about the low bb and 175 length causing strikes, but I'm sure I'll adapt to it. Overall, I'm blown away by how well this bike rides.
(An aside- it also makes me realize just how well Giant dialed in the later Reign X. I'm glad I kept it around so I can thrash it and not worry about demolishing carbon!)
  • - 8
flag PeytonP (Jan 6, 2015 at 7:19) (Below Threshold)
 I forgot one con though- SLX breaks are WEAK. The Nomad needs and deserves better.
  • + 1
 For the spec and price I would think better brakes are in order. But SLX offers great bang for the buck. Add Ice tech rotors and they are plenty strong for all but the longest, sketchiest downhills.
  • + 7
 SLX Brakes weak? What are you on about? True they aren't Saints, but they aint weak!
  • - 2
 I'm running SLX with ice tech rotors. I'm about 220lbs geared up and they do not inspire confidence. Maybe I'll get used to Shimano one day, but I ran Saint on my Faith and while powerful they didn't feel as good as the X9s that came stock. I'll be looking for a deal on Guides to replace them eventually.
  • + 6
 Saints didnt feel as good as X9's? Now I know you are joking....

What rotor size you running on your SLX's?
  • + 1
 180s front and back on the Nomad. And, seriously, the modulation of X9 was so much better. At one point I ran them side by side, X9 front and Saint rear. Saint was great if I wanted to flinch my finger and lock up the wheel. I want more finesse than that. I did experiment a lot with the free stroke in an attempt to fix it, but it never felt as good as how I could feather the X9s between totally off or totally locked up. All of that said, I'd prefer the old X7 to SLX. I guess I'm just one of those weird ones who prefer the Avid feel.
  • + 2
 @PeytonP has a point. Shimano brakes have always been lacking in the modulation department. More of an on/off feel with slight modulation. Avids always had far better feel in modulation than shimano but with less flat out power. Except for maybe the codes and of course the new guides.
  • + 4
 So glad to see this! I currently have this bike and I can say that it blows away my 2012 Giant Reign X0 that I had previously. I always felt like my Reign X pedaled well, and handled most of the rugged trails with ease. However, when the trails got really nasty chunky, or scattered with braker bumps, it just never quite felt plush enough. I even upgraded to a Cane Creek Double Barrel Air CS which helped alot, but I was still never quite satisfied with the rear end of the bike. After demoing the Nomad I was blown away. I was a bit skeptical that it would pedal as well as my Reign X, but it actually pedals better. I feel that it has a significantly better platform for hard out of the saddle pedaling/climbing. The bike has way more mid support and doesn't blow through the travel, which was constantly a problem with my Reign X. The Monarch Plus is a worthy shock, as well as the Pike for the fork. This bike is so plush and controlled on the descents and yet stiff and crisp on the ascents. It truly is a well rounded, do it all bike!
  • - 1
 I think your facts are close but not on. Better luck next time.
  • + 3
 The facts are this: most negative comments about this bike are probably from people who have never ridden it....I've had my nomad a few weeks and can say first hand- this bike is awesome,Climbs & descends amazing,ride one-it will put a smile on your face....
  • + 3
 @quickdownhill13 I really like this bike. I'd love one honestly. The reason for my comment above is this. I was reading all the comments after I read the article. I came across this one and had to comment because @left-to-fate and I are actually good friends. In fact, it's rare to not ride together. I was just giving him some shit for his novel of a comment and really do believe he was spot on with it as well.
  • + 6
 Or just buy a capra, ship it to a friend in Europe and have them ship it to you in the states. Save yourself around 5k. 10k for any bike is feckin madness these days.
  • + 3
 Because that is a logical option.
  • + 3
 Santa Cruz makes three trail bikes - the 5010, the Bronson, and the Nomad, ranging from the aggressive XC end of the "trail" category with the 5010 to the seriously all mountain/enduro/pedal only if you absolutely have to end of that spectrum with the Nomad. We had this discussion when the nominations came out - if you think of trail bikes as your one-bike-quiver/do-it-all bike, then where on that spectrum you'll fall depends entirely on you and where you ride. For me, a Nomad would make most of my riding not so fun, even on the downhills - you have to give it some speed with that geometry. I'd say the Bronson would be more my cup of tea; the 5010 would be a little too upright for what I'm after. Three very different bikes, one manufacturer, one broad category. The picture is similar with other manufacturers.

Trail bikes these days are pretty amazing. Good times. Somebody made a comment the other day about there being a divide in trail bikes, from those that are ridden by people in half-shells to those that are ridden by people in fullface helmets, with a bit of overlap in the middle. I think there's something to this.
  • + 4
 I'd hardly call the Nomad pedal-if-you-absolutely-have-to. It pedals really damn well. Front end gets a little floppy on tight climbs but it climbs way better and handles much better at low speed than the geometry chart would let on.
  • + 2
 @DrPete, I'm sure the Nomad pedals great for a 165 mm bike with super slack geometry. But at some point, you can't cheat physics. The Bronson is 150mm, with slightly less slack geometry. I would be shocked if that didn't climb a whole lot better (assuming similarly high end build levels and thus a low-weight Bronson compared to a low weight Nomad). And I would be similarly shocked if the Bronson weren't a whole lot livelier on descents that are not quite on the ragged edge (flow-oriented trails, riders who don't go race pace fast downhill). Otherwise, there's be no reason for SC to even make the Bronson - they could just keep the 5010 and the Nomad in the lineup. The fact they have it (and sell it - and in pretty substantial numbers, apparently) means even they think there's a sweet spot for some users.

I don't argue that the Nomad (or the Specialized Enduro, or other bikes like it) isn't awesome and remarkably versatile, or doesn't climb pretty darn well for a full-on enduro bike. But if that's your one-bike-quiver, it only makes sense if you're seriously gravity oriented.
  • + 2
 The Bronson climbs a tiny bit better and does a little better in tight stuff, but the ride of the Nomad on everything else sold me. The gains outweighed the losses for me.
  • + 3
 The nomad climbs just as well as the bronson. I rode the top build of a bronson all season (best bike I've ridden until the nomad). It really is all that it's hyped up to be. Ride it, and for your opinion. You will indeed be shocked as I was.
  • + 1
 @dualsuspensiondave - seriously? They're that close in climbing? That's pretty impressive. How about general playfulness - do you see a difference in nimbleness? Is the Bronson basically getting squeezed out of the lineup eventually (with the 5010 maybe getting a wee bit more burly next go-around)?
  • + 2
 The Nomad is just as playful due to the low weight and short chainstays. The steep seat tube keeps the rider over the front end to keep it from wandering. This new geo is what makes it so amazing. It's hard to say what will happen to the Bronson. It can be built a couple different ways to please a wide array of riders. It really does shred, so I think that it's staying but maybe some geo tweaks in 2016. The 5010 also rips, and it definitely has it's place. I smell a long travel 29er in the near future from them. So many different good options for the trail/all mountain riders these days. It's a good time to be a mountain biker, that's for sure.
  • + 3
 interesting they gave it such appraise. The review in dirt was pretty poor. They seemed to struggle with the ride and feel of the bike. and also mention that the pricing is simply tough to justify with so many companies coming out with great light and capable bikes for significantly less. Something about SC bikes have simply never appealed to me. Not sure why.
  • + 6
 I love mine, but I don't think it is the bike for all people/places. My daily driver before I got the Nomad was a Banshee Scythe with an 888, and on the trails I ride it fit right in. The Nomad does everything the Scythe did but better, and it weighs 10lbs less so I can actually climb instead of hiking to the top. Now I'm checking out the area's XC trails for the first time, and getting 50% more laps in on my DH rides so for me, it was revolutionary. I suspect that people riding flatter trails or coming from smaller bikes, or even previous Nomad iterations might be disappointed.
  • + 3
 It is a beautiful bike, no question. But to name any single bike as the Bike of the Year is silly. And a 6.5 inch 65 degree head angle is a little much as a trail bike. And yes, I am aware some trails are "gnarlier" than others, as I live in BC. Lots of peeps think they NEED these Mini-dh bikes. Most don't.
  • + 3
 "This is a bike from the future, except that it's available now". Well, available for who? Even when you are passionnate about mountain biking, $6000-10000 bikes are not "available" for mere mortals. Each year, we see new models that sell higher and higher (remember the S-Works Epic that was like $8000 a few years ago? Now this new batch of uberbikes make it seem almost "cheap")… Owning a carbon bike (and two aluminum bikes) myself, I know well that "passion has no price" but come on, $6000 for a "base" bike? You can do better!
  • + 2
 Just be glad there are people willing to spend the money to subsidize the R&D so that the 2017 Bronson is this year's Nomad.
  • + 5
 Out of the bikes nominated, I do believe this was the sensible choice...I don't necessarily agree with the bikes nominated though.
  • + 6
 The bubble gum colour makes it go faster and squishier!! (Inside secret). Shhhhhh!!!!
  • + 2
 I bought one last April, I'd say my skill level is around medium, my last trail bike was 6yr old so I decided to swap it, I'm doubtful I'm riding it anywhere near its full potential, but man it's a nice bike pedals unbelievably well & I have since sold my downhill bike as this machine replaces both. I've ridden all sorts on it, XC, DH, Enduro races, it really does do it all.
  • + 2
 I own this Nomad and can't see how it can be the best 'trail' and 'all mountain' bike of the year.

While it is indeed a very nice bike and is certainly fast and fun when heading down something steep enough to make use of the slack angles and looong wheelbase, it's also a complete pig of a bike during more pedally riding. I done 80km cross country rides on mine and while it does ride nice and climb well for what it is, it's simply not a versatile bike. That's what the Bronson is for, or tsomething like a SB66, Rune or Spitfire, Trance... so many better, more versatile options.

Perhaps best AM/enduro race bike, but if you intend of using at primarily as a trail bike you are going to be disappointed.
  • + 6
 Good choice guys, definitely a serious winner!
  • + 2
 There's not much compromise with a Nomad. Does uphill better than a a Blur LT carbon ( a 26" bronson equivalent when fitted with anglesey, 150mm /160mm fork ). Does downhill way better than a Blur LT. Tested it on normal local trails, Alpine back country and bike park. A DH bike it ain't and a XC race bike it ain't but all the other stuff in between, the only negative and it isn't really is that you have to answer the "how does it pedal question" a million times. Best answer is "ride it" and see.
  • + 1
 Or, if you're Canadian, you could buy a sweet Giant Trance and have enough left over for....another one. Or a hardtail companion. Not sayin' the Nomad isn't a gorgeous bike, but $5600 pre tax is a lot of $. At what pricepoint does the law of diminishing returns apply and you just go out and ride your hardtail whatever to enjoy riding?
OK, sanity rant over
  • + 1
 I have both the Banshee Rune V2 and the Newmad. They are almost the exact same bike. Very similar geo #'s. Nomad does pedal better going up but that could be due to the fact that it weighs 8lbs less (on my build)! As far as the Capra....I must admit that I did desire that bike a bit more. In fact I still like the Capra geo #'s better but it is unattainable in the US! The SC is crazy expensive don't get me wrong and the Banshee is at a much more reasonable price point but if I only had one bike then it would be the Newmad!

And yes.....Banshee needs to board the plastic fantastic train!!!

HOLLA!!!!
  • + 3
 I thought the Yeti would have taken this category this year considering all the coverage and hype it was given on P.B. this year.
  • + 5
 Probably cracked Smile
  • + 15
 You kidding!? With all the hype over the Nomad I was half expecting them to change the name of the site to "turquoiseandpinkbike.com." Besides...new bikes from Santa Cruz win "best of" lists. Always.
  • + 0
 i thought the new mojo or yeti was gonna take the cake personally. I mean Vital did give the SB5 the shreddy trail bike of the year award. (Last year both Pinkbike and Vital gave the Enduro 29 bike of the year)
  • + 1
 Yeah vital gave it to the sb6c... After they broke two frames.
  • + 1
 Personally, I've been drooling over the Mojo HD3. What I don't get is this: the authors don't say WHY exactly the Nomad is better than HD3, or any other bike in the running. WHY NOT compare and contrast the details of each in design and handling? I like Pinkbike a lot, but the thing I don't know, and this goes for any review in any publication anywhere, is which bike company is paying the reviewer's company the most money through advertising - show me that breakdown too, along with the details that led to choosing one bike over the next. To what level of objectivity does any review reflect my advertiser paranoia? The question is somewhat rhetorical, but when riding up and down the exact same trails with the exact same equipment by the exact same rider on the exact same size bikes, did the Nomad just completely blow the others away - of course not. Just the facks, ma'm. Thank you.
  • + 1
 I'm considering getting one but I'm having to sell my bikes due to health reasons so don't kno if it's wise to get one but the reign is an amazing bike for what u pay for a nomad n what u get don't think its worth the money when u can get a reign advanced one for about £5,500 with XX1 drive system pike and monarch shock n think it's guide brakes
  • + 6
 Kona process FTW
  • + 1
 "The Nomad is a bike that would have been a daydream only a few years ago, when the technology didn't exist to create a 28 pound bike with 165mm of travel."
What about Maverick? Those had 165mm travel and often came in around 28lbs with 2x front chainring and aluminum frame and wheels. No fancy carbon frame, carbon wheels and 1x11 drivetrain.
  • + 1
 I have a new Nomad. I love it. It's incredible in every single way except for one thing: it's impossible to ride it and not love the smell of my own farts. I think I'm going to have to move to San Francisco.
  • + 1
 Ive got a Nomad ,and is bloody good! Having owned a Bronson previous to nomad i can say it climbs just as well with the Monarch shock So IMO it is a trail bike in every way, just goes down hill pretty much like a V10 !
  • + 1
 The Nomad is a good bike, but I think the Specialized Enduro 29 beats it by 7.3.

That's it, just 7.3.

It's not subjective at all. That is hard science at work right there: 7. Point. 3.
  • + 2
 Can we get the second and third place bikes. It would be nice to have some other options, just in case you don't want to spend that amount of money.
  • + 4
 The other four bikes that were nominated is a good place to start, although none of them fall into the 'budget' bike category: www.pinkbike.com/news/pinkbike-awards-trail-all-mountain-bike-of-the-year-nominees-2014.html.
  • + 4
 hurray for my bike Big Grin and stfu with yt!
  • + 4
 Threaded Bottom Bracket FTW!
  • + 3
 I installed a Chris King BB on mine. Best decision ever when paired with the grease injector. Glad SC stuck to the threaded option.
  • + 4
 Whelp, I know what I'm saving up for.
  • + 1
 2010 my trek fuel ex8 was awarded bike of the year (by another magazine) and then my bike now (Santa Cruz Nomad) is awarded bike of the year for 2014. Ha, I guess you could say I got a good track record. Smile
  • + 3
 I dunno, I don't really consider a bike with over 150mm of travel to be a "trail" bike.
  • + 4
 "Trail/All Mountain bike of the year". Damn thing climbs good as a 6" bike, yet descends better.
  • + 2
 my bike is the bike of the year...
not more than $1500 but it can be used to go up and down way...

but yea..people are free to go with their opinion.. Smile
  • + 0
 so much could be said! 6-10k for 2015 good build? Should come with a 3yr Affordable Care Act(OBAMA CARE) free membershipt too! I'll keep hauling on my discontinued 08 upgraded SCOTT Ransom10 CF and fly to the MED for summer, to ride with the other 4K.
  • + 1
 If 5 inch-bikes like the Solo (sorry, the 5010) or the SB5 are soo good descenders despite their short travel and 165 mm bikes like the Nomad are geting so good at climbing... What about the Bronson?
  • + 1
 Tough call what we're the runner ups? I would have thought SC would have been reserved for the 650b V10c DH bike award not the trail bike award.
  • + 2
 Great bike indeed. Enjoy the spotlight for now, Ibis Mojo HD3 and Yeti SB6 will take it away.
  • + 3
 Above a certain price point, none of it sucks. There are a lot of incredible bikes out there. I love my Nomad but I'm sure an HD3 or SB6C would rock too.
  • + 3
 too bad it costs a bajillion dollars
  • + 0
 Meuh. Been there done that. Demo the nomad and the 5010. Lets just say, for the price they charge for these bikes I would expect better. That why when it came to buying a bike, it wasn't a SantaCruz
  • + 1
 the pedal jack on those bikes is straight f*cked. 10/10 would rather have a rocky mountain altitude or a banshee spitfire/rune
  • + 1
 Pedal jack? Ha... no.
  • + 0
 literally impossible for a VPP suspension bike to not have pedal jack bud. The rear derailleurs on those bikes can move up to nearly quarter turn when bottomed out.
  • + 1
 I love my Carbon Spartan, and am very partial to it , Nomad....nice, Spartan.........NICE !! My two bits !!
  • + 2
 Dang, where do I hang my front derailleur on this all mountain machine?
  • + 6
 Maybe you could hang it on a gold chain around your neck for some extra bling? The Nomad doesn't accept a front derailleur.
  • + 1
 The Nomad is a great bike for sure... But I really like other bike company from Santa Cruz too...
  • + 1
 Any chance we can get a page that links to all of the Awards nominees and winners?
  • + 2
 Good idea. We'll get something together once all of the winners have been announced (look for more posts to go up over the next two weeks), but for now this should work: www.pinkbike.com/news/search/?q=pinkbike+awards.
  • + 1
 Nomad is a sick bike... but on a college budget my Process 153 is KILLING it!
  • + 2
 I can't wait to never ever be able to afford one of these
  • + 1
 A four stroke 450cc motocross is cheaper.....the people at mountain bike are going nuts!
  • + 1
 I still can't believe Pinkbike nominated the GT Sanction and not the Pivot Mach 6. I think this was rigged from the start.
  • + 3
 Sorry, the Mach 6 was released end of 2013. Derp de Derp.
  • + 1
 The Sanction is a game changer. It truly is a dh bike that can climb. I own a Nomad and have demoed most of the bikes people say should have won, but of them all, the only one that feels remarkably different is the Sanction. You can get it and an xc bike and your stable is complete for fun on any trail.
  • + 1
 Some of these comments are hilarious. This choice isn't the least bit controversial.
  • - 3
 Well thank You SC ...for making this bike..this is how I found out about YT Capra..from peoples comments about the $9950 price tag..I mean I have a 5000+ bike now..but $10000? That is REALLY way north for a bike price tag even for me..so next week I am paying $4800 for a Capra..which is waaaay better than any Namad..Peace!!!
  • + 2
 So a $4800 Capra is "way better" than a $5500 Nomad? How so? Also, $5000 for a bike would still be considered absurd by 99.9% of the known world, so really, splitting hairs over the last $5000 is a little ridiculous at that point.
  • + 0
 No..a $4800 Capra is not better than a $5500 Nomad..pricewise ..but you are comparing the top config price for Capra with the entry config price for the Nomad..which does not make sense really. And the choicebof spending $500 or $5000 on a bycicle is clearly not subject for a debate..purely personal choice..my money..my choice..but like I said ,my bike now cost me $5000+ because I built it with top components at that time..now to get a carbon fiber frame and top specs for about $800 less is something worthy of mentioning when we talk about "accessible pricing".. My point was I won't pay $9950 for a SC Nomad even if I find the money on the street.
  • + 7
 The Capra Pro is equivalent to the Base Nomad--Al wheels and XO1 drivetrain. The $10K nomad is an XX1 build with SixC cranks, XTR brakes, carbon bars, and Enve M70s. The only difference is the BOS suspension vs the Pike/Monarch. Make those upgrades to the Capra and you'd still be around $9K.
  • - 1
 I do not agree with you..but hey..that is why it's called personal opinion. Avid Guide RSC I would say it's the equal of XTR..and a carbon fiber bar is an 150$ upgrade..and yes the rims..$2500..well if they were $25 I wouldn't get them. Carbon for wheels..never..my opinion again.
  • + 3
 I thought the same way, and then I rode the M70. As for agreeing with me, I stated facts, not opinions. These are the specs of both bikes, at least according to both websites.
  • + 1
 Im sure it is a great bike but I will stick with my Trek Remedy
  • + 9
 What is with the trek owners chiming into this thread saying "I'm sure this bike is great but I will stick with my (insert model here)".... no one is trying to tell you to sell your bike... although if you have an extreme excess of money I would definitely ditch a remedy for a newmad.
  • + 3
 I have ridden many bikes over the years and i have just found that Trek brings it all together, maybe why you see trek owners saying things like that due to the fact that they simply love their Trek. Its nothing against any other make or model bicycle just the simple understanding that I( I cant speak for everyone) have found that Trek puts the best possible bike out on the market with the current technology at hand. Furthermore, if I were to have excess money laying around I would never ditch my remedy, just buy another(9.9) or maybe a slash, who knows but Simply put, I've been on both sides and the grass is greener over here.
  • + 1
 5600 and no dropper? bef...
  • + 1
 Because it either sucks or because its a 2015 model.
  • + 1
 @bikegreece, "to replace the broken ones!", that made me smile.
  • + 2
 CG's bike, of course.
  • + 2
 that's twice now (if not more) he was riding the tallboy LTC in 2012or13 and that was pinkbikes #1 ....
  • + 1
 Great looking bike but I'll stick with my trek slash 8.
  • + 9
 Great riding bike too, I've ridden a slash 8 and a nomad and the SC is significantly better in all aspects.
  • + 1
 This is a bike from the future, but you can't get a hover board yet.
  • + 4
 How is the Nomad a good example of a bike from the future? It doesn't have any revolutionary technology. That Strive CF shapeshifter from Canyon is a much better example.
  • + 3
 Who neg props a video of Tony Hawk riding a hoverboard?!?! What is the world coming to?
  • - 17
flag Narro2 (Jan 6, 2015 at 6:46) (Below Threshold)
 I did. And i was the second neg prop in less than a minute. Cheers
  • + 7
 @Narro2 it looks like your comment managed to get neg propped at an even faster rate. Cheers
  • - 1
 Yeah... it backfired... you can win them all always. cheers
  • - 2
 I was disappointed not to see the knolly warden in this category at least as a nominee. My buddy has the new nomad and I wouldn't say it shreds any harder than my warden but it is a beautiful bike.
  • + 2
 To my knowledge nobody has said as much, but it seems the nominees have to be released in that year, same as car mags. The Warden came out in ... 2013, I believe, so would be ineligible. The Warden is a fantastic bike, and when I eventually replace my Chilcotin will be the likely bike to do it, but I wonder if an aluminum bike can ever win this category again.
  • + 0
 That's odd as our dealers never even received the warden until early summer, when I was last in salmon arm in early July your local dealer had also not recieved his yet either as we were chatting about his new ride that was still on order. I'm pretty sure it was a 14 release
  • + 1
 You might well be right. I wasn't in the market for a new bike in either 2013 or 2014 so wasn't paying as much attention as I maybe could have been. It might also be that a few frames tricked in during 2013, but it wasn't widely available until last year. I know that availability didn't keep pace with the orders once the Warden was announced. I generally like that smaller builders seem to only update a bike when it's actually necessary, but I guess having model years would help in this particular case.
  • + 1
 the warden is a 2014 bike that has barely become available to the public until now, 2015
  • + 1
 As usually... it was a surprise, right.
  • + 1
 Tried it. Preferred Kona Process 153 DL.
  • + 1
 I have a Nomad. It's awesome.
  • + 1
 incoming cheque for pinkbike from santa cruz
  • + 1
 A Cliche.
  • + 1
 Rideable.
  • - 1
 Es demasiada cara como para ser la bici del año. No es una bici accesible para el 99% de los ciclistas.
  • + 1
 @torero are you talking about money or use? Which bike, in your opinion, is accesible para el 99% de los ciclistas ?
  • + 1
 Canyon Strive.
  • + 1
 @torero CF or AL ? Model?
  • + 1
 Both have good value quality-price.
  • + 1
 ok and are they all accessible for 99% of mtber? I don't think so...
  • + 2
 Mucho tiene que ver el nombre "Santa Cruz", estoy seguro de eso.
  • - 2
 Why is Giants new reign not on the list that is by far the best bike iv ever had the pleasure of riding
  • + 1
 Prob because its a 2015 model.
  • + 1
 Then why not the trance advanced SX still a great bike
  • + 1
 Good point, excellent pedal and descending ability. Doesn't have that "Gucci" smell to it so , too bad.
  • + 1
 So will the reign be on next years list? I just got one. Have a friend with a new nomad. Both bikes blow my mind, but where I ride there's a weird cult of the black Nomad thing and I hate joining clubs. One thing is for sure about the internet, all bikes over 4k are jesus-bikes and one must never say a negative thing about them or compare them directly.
  • + 0
 YT Industries Capra
  • - 2
 No way definatley the yt capra
  • + 7
 Great bike but too many issues... browse some of the YT threads and you'll see what I mean
  • + 4
 YT, great for midgets.
  • + 6
 They're just jealous for the Capra because they can't have one and try to deny it's existence Smile
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 I've just got a capra and it's amazing! Descends as well as my aurum and climbs like a 120mm trail bike. Admittedly it has issues - the e13 wheels have been a problem for some and the conti tyres are shite! But they aren't expensive upgrades when It costs a similar amount to the price of the nomad frame alone. Frame issues also, but don't all frames? YT have updated parts of the frame where it was prone to cracking and a lot of issues were just the paint cracking. Nothing that would ever affect the actual frame. And if something does go wrong, there is a 4 year warranty and YT have a two to three week turn around for a frame replacement including shipping time and they pay for shipment.
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 @Siphaeon ,you know that brother .
YT sinking Santa Cruz's all over Europe !
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 My Nomad hasn't had a single "frame issue."
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 Yeah, those nomads have no "frame issues". Most good bikes don't. Santa Cruz can make a mean carbon bike. Totally dialed.
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 Kickback! Lol. Miss Capras sinking all over Europe. Ok. Haha.
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 There is a very high demand for Capra frames..., to replace the broken ones! SC are expensive but the build quality and the customer service are second to none.
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 "There is a very high demand for Capra frames..., to replace the broken ones!" - So what's the actual percentage of broken frames? Just curious since there's lot of broken nomads on the net as well...
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 It so frustrating because of course people rush to forums when they have an issue and then there are already people having similar issues. Yt sorted the reoccurring issues and it's fixed now. Of course there is going to be a few frames that brake here and there. Every frame model will have had some issue so to you SC lovers, it has happened. The vast majority of people on the capra forums have had no issues and the vast majority if owners are not on the forums. In reality, very few frames have broken in the grand scheme of things and yt claim that all the frames they replaced with the common issues had only paint cracks which were purely cosmetic. That's a bold claim if it isn't true and it could give peace of mind for a lot of people prematurely so i know for a fact that what they claimed was accurate
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 I own a Nomad and its good! Having owned a Bronson before Nomad I can say it climbs and rides on the flats just as well with the Monarch shock So IMO it is a trail bike, just goes down hill pretty much like a V 10 !!
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