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    Quote Originally Posted by ban View Post
    why not trying to contact willie@SC? he's been very helpful and in the Facebook link says the extended warranty is valid worldwide taking into account the frame has been bought through a SC dealer....so if this is your case, I'd try to deal with SC directly and see what happens....
    Hi ban, i wanted to say thanks to your advice, Santacruz send me a new Nomad carbon frame for a free... In Italy no one knew that the 5 years guarantee was valid retroactively but thanks to you all now know. Now we wait for the official announcement by the Italian distributor. Thanks in behalf of all the Italian biker Sc...

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    Quote Originally Posted by cuore di tenebra View Post
    Hi ban, i wanted to say thanks to your advice, Santacruz send me a new Nomad carbon frame for a free... In Italy no one knew that the 5 years guarantee was valid retroactively but thanks to you all now know. Now we wait for the official announcement by the Italian distributor. Thanks in behalf of all the Italian biker Sc...
    Well done, everyone!!

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    Hehhe, that's good news!! Enjoy your new NomadC!!

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    Cool Runnings

    I got a great deal on the 2009 BLT frame a few years ago, but I killed that bike unfortunately and got a Nomad C under warranty because they quit making the BLT . I had to spend some money to get all the parts to have a functioning Nomad, but holy $HiT was it worth it. I've built all my bikes myself. This thing is unstoppable.

    King headset & hubs (mavic ex823 hoops)
    180mm Fox FIT rc2 VAN (running firmer green spring)
    Fox RP23 out back (from my Blur LT **RIP**)
    Chromag osx bars uncut. Might take off a little bit later down the road
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    Hayes stroker ace front (180mm) & rear (160mm)
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    ^^^^
    Please tell me your secret of breaking the BLT. I want to break it too but it's still going strong. LOL

    Nice ride by the way.

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    A 'Unique' build !

    Hi All,

    Sister’s in Law bike finally built up. Just need to tune fork/shock and finalise stem spacer height.

    Per the specs below, was hoping to end up with something ‘unique’.

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    Frame - 2013 Santa Cruz Nomad C (Medium)
    Rear Shock - Fox Float CTD
    Headset - Cane Creek 110
    Seat Collar - Santa Cruz
    Fork - 2013 Bos Deville TRC (160mm)
    Stem - 2013 FSA OS-99 CSI UD Carbon/Alloy Hybrid 90mm Green Stem
    Handlebars - FSA K-FORCE LOW RISER HANDLEBAR
    Grips - GT Lock-On Grips
    Saddle - Fizik Arione Donna
    Seatpost - Niner RDO Kermit Green
    Brakes - Shimano Saint M820 Disc Brake
    Rotors - Shimano XT-Saint RT86 Ice-Tech 6-Bolt @ 203mm
    R/Derailleur - Shimano Saint M820 Shadow+ 10 Speed Rear Mech
    Rear Shifter - Shimano Saint M820 1x10 Speed Trigger Shifter
    Cassette - Shimano XT M771 10 Speed MTB Cassette 11-36T
    Chain - Shimano XT HG95 10 Speed Chain
    Crankset - HammerSchmidt AM
    Front Shifter - HammerSchmidt X.0
    Bottom Bracket - HammerSchmidt AM (73mm)
    Wheelset - Xentis Kappa 2
    Tires - Schwalbe Crazy Bob 26 x 2.35
    Inner Tubes - Continental
    Pedals - Shimano M647 Clipless SPD MTB Pedals
    WEIGHT: 15.1kg 33.22pds
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    Oh my lord that is an unusual build... those wheeks... that stem...

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    where do you plan to ride that nomad?

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    The tires??????????????

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    To work - different wheelset for the dirt

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    Some semi-new updates: FLOAT X, Avid Trail Brakes and new ENVE decals.

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    Great looking build! How's the Float X? I'd be lying if I were to say my confidence in Fox offerings the past couple of years hasn't shaken my faith in them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikeboardorblade View Post
    Great looking build! How's the Float X? I'd be lying if I were to say my confidence in Fox offerings the past couple of years hasn't shaken my faith in them.
    I've posted this before, but it still remains true today:
    "I've been on the FLOAT X for 4 months now and having come off of a CTD shock, I can definitely say it's a lot better than the CTD I had. But just before getting the FLOAT X my buddy let use his DB Air, what a big mistake... The DB Air felt amazing, so when I got the FLOAT X and rode it for the first time I was a bit disappointed. It wasn't nearly as plush as the DB Air and I felt (and still feel) the compression is on high side even in Descend mode.

    But after these months on it, I've gotten use it and have grown to like the shock. Its much better than the old CTD I had, you can get way more small bump sensitivity out of it without blowing through you're travel and unlike my old CTD, I don't need to run it in trail mode to do so. The bottom out is much better and it feels a lot more linear through its travel vs the old CTD.

    Bottom line I would say it's a great improvement over the old CTD shock for sure. But after riding the DB Air, I would honestly kick in the extra money for a DB Air if I had to do it again."

    I hope this helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fury25 View Post
    Hi All,

    Sister’s in Law bike finally built up. Just need to tune fork/shock and finalise stem spacer height.

    Per the specs below, was hoping to end up with something ‘unique’.
    Among (many, many) other ????'s .... what's with the chainstay protector on the non-drive side?

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    Yes, the build is unorthodox. It seems the questions are changing from simple Why's to How Dare You! To each their own, give the man a break.

    As a side note though, I'm curious about the wheels. The website didn't have much info, like they are still in the prototype phase. Remind me of Digger's Mags!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nathanbal View Post
    The tires??????????????

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    Will just own one bike - so this is it in commute to work mode.

    Another wheelset/tyre combo for dirt

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikeboardorblade View Post
    Yes, the build is unorthodox. It seems the questions are changing from simple Why's to How Dare You! To each their own, give the man a break.

    As a side note though, I'm curious about the wheels. The website didn't have much info, like they are still in the prototype phase. Remind me of Digger's Mags!
    Wheels are actually in Gen 2 mode - they have been around for years - and are touted as being pretty bullet/abuse proof.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nuclear_powered View Post
    Among (many, many) other ????'s .... what's with the chainstay protector on the non-drive side?
    Scuff and pre emptive brake rotor protection

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    Quote Originally Posted by bicol_express View Post
    where do you plan to ride that nomad?
    Will just own one bike - so this is it in commute to work mode.

    Another wheelset/tyre combo for dirt

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    Got a little climbing in this weekend

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    Hehhe, that's good news!! Enjoy your new NomadC!!
    Finally, is coming....Thank you again Ban

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    Request for CC DBair CS Ex settings for Nomad C

    Got a CC DBAir CS on my new bike. I'd like to get a feel for how other users are setting them up. If you are running a DBAir could you post your weight, PSI and LSC, HSC, LSR and HSR settings. Thanks

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    Finally, is coming....Thank you again Ban
    Glad you sort it out, enjoy it!!

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    Just in time for Christmas!!!

    Nomad C 142x12
    2013 Fox Float 36 160mm Kashima converted to a Van and Push'd
    2014 RC4 Push'd with RSC Ti spring
    Blue Ano Push link
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    XTR Shadow Plus & Shifter - Jagwire blue cable housing
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    Chris King headset and bottom bracket - blue ano
    Hope Tech 3 E4 w/ blue ano bore caps and adjusters - 203mm front and 183mm rear
    823's with Chris King hubs - blue ano
    Twenty6 Predator's Carbon Matte w/ blue ano pin set
    SDG Snow Camo saddle

    Just waiting for a dropper post to finish it off
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    Very nice build.
    Enjoy it!

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    2013 L Nomad C, DB Air CS, XTR trail, reverb, Roval Traverse SL. Riding in Chiang Mai Thailand. Chiang Mai Mountain Bike with Spice Roads - YouTube

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    now with fox34

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    Off the wall post here, I know they don't fit a 650B in the back, but has anyone thrown one on front of the stock set up and liked/noticed a bit more benefit from it?

    TIA-Jmac
    Wait whuuut, who did he tell you that!?!?....

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    jmac, i know it's not exactly your ask, but a guy i ride w/ in annadel has a heckler that he swapped to 650B, and loves it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dth656 View Post
    jmac, i know it's not exactly your ask, but a guy i ride w/ in annadel has a heckler that he swapped to 650B, and loves it.
    I have had 650 and B6r bikes for awile so I know the benefits/ride. The new Hecklers are 27.5. I just think these Nomadc bikes are sweet and would be cool to get one someday tho can't quite see one in budget.....
    Wait whuuut, who did he tell you that!?!?....

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    Does anyone have any long-term feedback on the frameskin protection vinyl kits for the Nomad C?

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    Quote Originally Posted by VR46 View Post
    Does anyone have any long-term feedback on the frameskin protection vinyl kits for the Nomad C?
    Kind of...
    It's not exactly a frameskin kit, but it's been a year now since i have basically covered almost all of my NomadC frame with 3M "helicopter" tape (bought in a roll).
    It's almost spotless unless you take a really close look at the bike and the protection is top!
    From time to time i get these black "scratches" (see pic) on the top tube (i think it's from the shorts rubbing there) but they easily go away if i wipe them with a bit of alcohol.



    I have done this on all my bikes and can't really think of a reason why you shouldn't.

    The day i take the vinyl off i will have basically a brand new frame

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    Is it worth it?

    Hi guys, here's my current setup. I was wondering if it's worth the money to put a float x and a rockshox pike on the bike to cut down more weight from the bike. Currently the bike stands at 29.2 lbs. Just wanna get it lighter to make the bike more of a long travel trail bike...

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    I would say its worth it for performance, but go with a FLoat CTD X.
    You will love that the Pike will lock out if you like to be out of the saddle for climbs here and there. It will also be close to 3/4 lb lighter and just overall better!

    No matter what rear shock you choose (I also consider a CCDB Air) you are going to climb and descend better than what your able to do with the DHX Air.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bumblebeezack View Post
    Hi guys, here's my current setup. I was wondering if it's worth the money to put a float x and a rockshox pike on the bike to cut down more weight from the bike. Currently the bike stands at 29.2 lbs. Just wanna get it lighter to make the bike more of a long travel trail bike...

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    I feel for the thought of the rockshox pike upfront, cos it's about 300gm lighter and though I don't consider myself a hardcore weight weenie, with a 35mm stanchion and the low weight of the pike, I don't think I'll give up much in terms of stiffness (other than the 20mm thru axle). It'll definitely help me up those climbs a little bit more...

    As for the rear shock, I'm not saving that much between the dhx air and the float x ctd in terms of weight. And frankly, I'm not one of those guys who knock on the dhx-air. As with all shocks, I feel you'll win some and lose some, and proper tuning is always important, regardless of shocks. I had a dhx air non-kashima that came on the bike, now a kashima version. I think the float x will give me a better platform for climbing though...

    The Nomad has served me really well, hence the question... Seems a shame to swap the frame for a 5010 or something.

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    Hey guys,
    Just built up my warranty replacement frame.

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    What happened to the old frame?

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    the disbonding issue around the main pivot. old frame as an early gen 2011 model. excellent service from santacruz to get it solved.

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    Anyone here owns a Nomad C with the all new Black R/S pike?

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    I'm on the verge of ordering a 650b front wheel from light-bicycle to throw on the front of my nomad, and if my 36 talas doesnt clear the wheel, even get the 650b pike for the front. ive got it figured at about 20mm rise on the front. then im playing with the idea of getting a 1 1/8" straight steerer 180 talas shimmed to 170/130 {'12 or older that will for sure fit the 650b wheel} running an integrated headset. I dont hate fox, is the pike that much better

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    Quote Originally Posted by KJL View Post
    I'm on the verge of ordering a 650b front wheel from light-bicycle to throw on the front of my nomad, and if my 36 talas doesnt clear the wheel, even get the 650b pike for the front. ive got it figured at about 20mm rise on the front. then im playing with the idea of getting a 1 1/8" straight steerer 180 talas shimmed to 170/130 {'12 or older that will for sure fit the 650b wheel} running an integrated headset. I dont hate fox, is the pike that much better
    Don't waste your time. Just wait a few days until the new Nomad is released and get that one. Then you can get a Nomad that is designed for 650b wheels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrbeef523 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by KJL View Post
    I'm on the verge of ordering a 650b front wheel from light-bicycle to throw on the front of my nomad, and if my 36 talas doesnt clear the wheel, even get the 650b pike for the front. ive got it figured at about 20mm rise on the front. then im playing with the idea of getting a 1 1/8" straight steerer 180 talas shimmed to 170/130 {'12 or older that will for sure fit the 650b wheel} running an integrated headset. I dont hate fox, is the pike that much better
    Don't waste your time. Just wait a few days until the new Nomad is released and get that one. Then you can get a Nomad that is designed for 650b wheels.Don't waste your time. Just wait a few days until the new Nomad is released and get that one. Then you can get a Nomad that is designed for 650b wheels.
    OH good lord, don't waste your time listening to those who say just get a new bike, or wait for a bike designed for 650b.

    Put a 650b on the front only, you won't regret it one bit. I've ran my bikes that way since 2008, to include a few reigns, a couple trances and yes, currently a NomadC. You don't need to swap forks or get a new headset either.

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    Or get the right frame for the wheel size instead of having a frankenbike with messed up geometry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrbeef523 View Post
    Or get the right frame for the wheel size instead of having a frankenbike with messed up geometry.
    Keep telling yourself that, maybe one day it will eventually be true if you just wish hard enough

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    You keep living in the dark then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrbeef523 View Post
    You keep living in the dark then.
    I will, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

    That said, please enlighten all of us who post here on MTBR with your experience of a frankenbike with messed up geometry.

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    On the contrary, it is you who should be enlightening us on why putting a 650b wheel on a 26" bike won't completely mess up your geometry and make the bike ride like crap. I'm going to be a tough sell since I already know it's a bad idea.

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    The only thing I see super negative is slackening the seat angle, every other angle increase I'm welcoming.

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    My nomadc

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    That is a sick bike!

    The difference in running your usual 26" front and a 650b front won't be too drastic, you may or may not find you need to slide your set forward a few mm's. I'd leave everything the same at first, then change one thing at a time. Worst case, if you hate it, you have to resell a wheel/tire and maybe a tube.

    Meant to address your other original question on the Pike...If you're going to swap forks, I'd recommend having a look at the new X-fusion Metric...again tho, change one thing at a time!

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    Thats what im gonna do, one thing at a time. starting with the rims, gonna give those lb carbon rims a shot.

    unless I can get my 36 sorted, thats whats next, I wanna try the new talas/float carts, but im about to give up on fox..

    ....one thing at a time.... one day at a time....

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    Quote Originally Posted by KJL View Post
    Thats what im gonna do, one thing at a time. starting with the rims, gonna give those lb carbon rims a shot.

    unless I can get my 36 sorted, thats whats next, I wanna try the new talas/float carts, but im about to give up on fox..

    ....one thing at a time.... one day at a time....
    I have always had issues with TALAS, usually for me the issue was the spring side. Convert it to float (cheap!) and it will work much better.

    On the damper side, for comparison I've spent alot of my riding time the last two years on a VAN R 180 reduced to 160, I swear the plain R dampers ride better than their high end RC2.

    I get my Metric in today, I'll post up pics after I install it.

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    A 'Unique' build ! - Version 2

    For all the haters regarding post 2006.

    With this wheel/tyre combo its almost a 27.5... ha ha who gives a **** !!!!

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    How's that Bos fork, I heard they're the biznass..?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KJL View Post
    How's that Bos fork, I heard they're the biznass..?

    Great performance & loving the 1-2 year service intervals - gotta love that !!!

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    Hey Carbon Nomad owners, have any of you had issues with the infamous cracks around the pivot inserts due to disbonding? I'm looking at a used 2011 Carbon Nomad, but I want to know if that issue was limited to the Blur/Tallboy, or if it stretched into the Nomad line up as well. I'm in a tough spot, not sure if I should look into this bike or just move on.

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    nope, my upper linkage itself started a small hair line crack but sc replaced it no problemo. and I rode on it for a while and it never got worse, through muck too.. thinking it was just cosmetic.

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    In Italy we have information about these warranty replacements: SC says he has no more Old carbon Nomad L frame and replace whit New carbon Nomad Frame 27.5 but whitout schock..... What do you think? The same thing happens there too?

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    Had a crack on my 2011 white nomad, SC replaced without question, great service.

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    The issue for me is that I won't be an original owner, so the warranty doesn't apply. Looks like I may need to stretch my budget and start looking at the new hecklers instead of used stuff, keep finding issues with all of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pkb4112 View Post
    Hey Carbon Nomad owners, have any of you had issues with the infamous cracks around the pivot inserts due to disbonding? I'm looking at a used 2011 Carbon Nomad, but I want to know if that issue was limited to the Blur/Tallboy, or if it stretched into the Nomad line up as well. I'm in a tough spot, not sure if I should look into this bike or just move on.
    My 2011 Nomad developed the crack. While this issue only affected a small number of frames, it was a well known issue with these frames as well as TRc, etc. (My TRc also developed a crack - guess I'm just lucky). So, it's a small risk, but a risk nonetheless.

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    I called Santa Cruz and they told me I should walk away from the bike because the risk of pivot insert cracking/disbonding. Pretty sad when a company has to tell people not to even consider their product, but at least they were honest. I think I will need to stretch my budget and get a new heckler. It won't be at the same caliper of bike, but at least I'll get a warranty in case Santa Cruz has another manufacturing epic fail.

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    used 2011 Nomad Carbon (white/medium) with PUSH link

    A couple of questions on the cracks, please...

    infamous cracks around the pivot inserts due to disbonding
    circular cracks around the pivots
    Does anyone have pix of those pivot cracks (so that I know what to watch out for down the road)? (Mine seems fine - so far so good.)

    a well known exposed area on all VPP bikes
    buy one of the guards that people have been mentioning
    As for the area underneath lower link, does anyone have any info and/or pix of above-mentioned "guards" for this area (so that I can get one)? I put some white Velcro strips (soft side) to ever-so-slightly soften the blow & protect the chipping for now.



    I've been enjoying the ride since I picked up an used 2011 Nomad Carbon (medium) with a PUSH link 3 weeks ago. It's 35lbs 15oz, as pictured. (Remember a good-ol' "Nightcrawler"? Hahah!) Hopefully no crack issues with my used '11.

    One thing I've encountered so far is the headset keeps loosening, though. I'm using the same Cane Creek zero-stack on top (with same fork/starnut) carried over from my previous bike, which never saw this issue before. Weird...

    Great ride!
    - PiroChu
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    Just to update, I went and checked out the bike today, and it had the pivot cracks already. :/ Oh well.

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