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    +1 : i950 seatpost

    Nice bike!
    I love my i950 post too. My Nomad handles like a BMX bike w/ the post dropped. Downhills are a blast now.

    How do those Fat Alberts roll?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tema
    Some updates since last picture.
    Last summer
    - KS i950-r seat post
    - Specialized Henge 143 saddle
    This spring
    - Marzocchi Roco Air TST
    - Syncros AM 1.5 stem 70mm
    - Sunline V-One 711 low rise handlebar

    So far no problems with the i950-r. It has made my riding more aggressive and more fun. IMHO a height-adjustable seat post is simpy a must with a bike like Nomad. Do yourself a favor and get one if you already haven't.

    I bought the Roco before I even received my frame. A great deal from eBay ($200). It has been my spare shock and being a bit lazy I hadn't even tried it until now. Having ridden all winter with my Blue Pig, first ride with Nomad and DHX Air just didn't feel good. I decided to try the Roco and after two rides I can say it feels way better than DHX Air. Now I know what people mean by lack of mid-stroke support.

    Being excited with the Roco I purchased a Manitou Evolver ISX-6 Intrinsic too but haven't tried it yet. This year is going to be more experimental.

    10mm shorter stem and 20mm wider bar gave noticably more confidence while going downhill, but didn't affect climbing too much. Nice.

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    Hi Everyone

    I'm new to the forum. Just one shot Not the best quality though. My Kawasaki MX bike impression. Hope U like it.
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    Nice bike Mat, welcome to the forum. The picture is actually really cool. Did you do anything to the colouring?

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    You're right. I did some tweaks, using level sliders in Photoshop, to make background more neutral. I also moved greens saturation slider a bit too. It's more vivid and sharp now. Close to the real lime green tone really.

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    Quote Originally Posted by client_9
    How do those Fat Alberts roll?
    I guess they roll reasonably well for what they are. I've been using Fat Alberts last five years and haven't felt like trying other tires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jschwart73



    Hi, what chain guides and bash guards are you using? Care to share some reviews pls?

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    Last weekend @ Espoo, Finland
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    Updated with Evolver & 170mm Lyrik
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    Excellent choice Tema, welcome to the Nomad clan.
    I have almost an identical setup but in white!!!
    Still waiting for my new wheels to arrive in Greece from Merlin Cycles though, its been 3 weeks already... (hope pro2 evo/ztr flow/dt swiss competition)

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    My New Nomad, Just picked it up today at 6 and took it for a quick ride



    Large Nomad, SPX AM kit, with Fox Float 36 RC2, DHX Air shock and Shimano SLX crank.
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    2011 Santa Cruz Nomad SPX Lime Green

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tema View Post
    Updated with Evolver & 170mm Lyrik
    Hi Tema. Can You tell me please, how is the Evolver vs. DHX 5 Air. Is there any real difference between these two?? What was wrong with the Roco? Greetings, Mati

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    Keeping with the green theme

    From the land of Oz....
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    Now I want a green Nomad!

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    That green is bada$$!! I still like the Seabrite Blue better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigb73 View Post
    That green is bada$$!! I still like the Seabrite Blue better.
    Me too, I sure wish they had the carbon in the blue.
    "It looks flexy"

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    Quote Originally Posted by speedmetal View Post
    Now I want a green Nomad!
    As you should lol. As soon as I saw it at the shop I went too, I was in love. The only other color that I would've considered was that bright orange they had on a carbon Tallboy.

    The green is amazing though, my friends call my bike the Skittle lol.
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    I want a whole fleet of Mads all with different colours.
    '17 Hatchet Carbon
    '17 Troy Carbon
    '16 Django Carbon
    '16 Wilson
    '16 Farley 5

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    pipes10,if you get a whole fleet,make sure you get a 08,everyone knows that they are the best ever produced!!!
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    An update...







    Updated photo of my nomad... and me


    Now with:

    Renthal Fatbar
    Ti coil on RC4
    KS Seatpost
    Fizik Gobi XM Kium saddle
    Running tubeless setup with Maxxis Ardent
    Color coordinated stickers on fork legs for a little more bling

    P.S: Why do we need a minimum of 10 posts before being able to post a photo?
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    10 posts,not sure but that is one nice looking ride! I like the color matched fork logos! As for the Ti spring,I want one for my RC4,where did you get it & how much?Also,what kind of handlebars are those,Im looking for some gold bars as well!Nice job!

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    That's a great looking rig. Nicely done.
    '17 Hatchet Carbon
    '17 Troy Carbon
    '16 Django Carbon
    '16 Wilson
    '16 Farley 5

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    Latest diet update

    Latest update of my trusty AM steed:
    - '11 Easton Havoc DH carbon bars
    - '11 Shimano Saint shifter
    - '11 Shimano XT 11-34 cassette
    - '11 NoTubes ZTR Flow rims / Hope Pro2 EVOs / DT Swiss competition spokes, black / DT Swiss Pro-Lock brass nipples
    - '11 Continental Rubber Queen 2.2 Black Chili
    - '11 Maxxis freeride tubes
    - '11 ODI Rogue lock-on grips
    - Straitline Silent guide, blue rubber bumpers

    Now currently seating at 31.9lbs (14.5kg).
    What do you think?
    Wondering if I could save more weight without compromising its AM qualities?

    PS. Sorry for the lousy cellphone pics
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    Looks good tp806! Looks similar to mine when I had the Lyrik fork and the Evolver shock (one of my favorite suspension setups)...I have since changed to coil running a 2011 VAN RC2 and RC4 rear shock! I also have the Hope rotors!

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    Quote Originally Posted by socalMX View Post
    10 posts,not sure but that is one nice looking ride! I like the color matched fork logos! As for the Ti spring,I want one for my RC4,where did you get it & how much?Also,what kind of handlebars are those,Im looking for some gold bars as well!Nice job!
    Thanks guys! The Ti spring I got off an lbs. They got them from the the Taiwanese company (http://www.ichuspring.com.tw/) that makes the coils for DSP (Diverse). Got them for about 290 usd. Managed to save 230 gm with the swap for a 300lb spring. The coil won't rub the piggyback. I tried the enduro needle bearings as well to replace the worn out bushing that you can see on the right eyelet.



    The dull gold anodized bar is from Renthal. I got the Duo stem from them as well. I believe Renthal makes stuff for the MX guys.The anodized bars are a pain to clean though!
    Here's the link to Renthal:

    http://www.renthalcycling.com/File/product_fatbar.aspx

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    Quote Originally Posted by socalMX View Post
    changed to coil running a 2011 VAN RC2 and RC4 rear shock!
    This will probably be my 2012 setup, going back to coil F&R.
    Tell me how much heavier did it get changing back to coil?
    Perhaps I could just get a DHX RC4 and keep the Lyrik Solo air DH 170?

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    coil shock FTW

    Quote Originally Posted by tp806 View Post
    This will probably be my 2012 setup, going back to coil F&R.
    Tell me how much heavier did it get changing back to coil?
    Perhaps I could just get a DHX RC4 and keep the Lyrik Solo air DH 170?
    I replaced my DHX air w/ an Elka Stage 5 w/ Ti coil.
    I'm 210lbs and do some rough single track w/ drops. Soooo much better w/ the coil shock!
    It's bottomless and the rebound and dampening is way more adjustable.
    - my 2 cents

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    That Elka is a nasty lookin shock! I like!!! I have Elka on my MX quad (i had to buy 3 )!They are sweet!
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    awesome setups!

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    New hoops & hubs

    Some upgrades:

    I splurged on some red anodized Flow rims and matching Hadley hubs.

    Also got some Han$ Dampf tires. Stans tubeless @ 28psi rear / 23psi front


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    Quote Originally Posted by tp806 View Post
    Latest update of my trusty AM steed:
    - '11 Easton Havoc DH carbon bars
    - '11 Shimano Saint shifter
    - '11 Shimano XT 11-34 cassette
    - '11 NoTubes ZTR Flow rims / Hope Pro2 EVOs / DT Swiss competition spokes, black / DT Swiss Pro-Lock brass nipples
    - '11 Continental Rubber Queen 2.2 Black Chili
    - '11 Maxxis freeride tubes
    - '11 ODI Rogue lock-on grips
    - Straitline Silent guide, blue rubber bumpers

    Now currently seating at 31.9lbs (14.5kg).
    What do you think?
    Wondering if I could save more weight without compromising its AM qualities?

    PS. Sorry for the lousy cellphone pics

    is the straitline silent guide easy to install? how much are those?

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    My rig on top of Alpe d'Huez (France) on the Pic Blanc summit:


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    elmono,that looks sweet dirty,love the red!!!

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    heres my new nomad.2 i havent take her out yet..

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    taken with an iphone 4

    if anyone wants to see a larger version of the picture above, click on this link:

    CLICK HERE FOR LARGE RESOLUTION PICTURE

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    i still havent taken my nomad for a ride..and shes for sale already..
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    Quote Originally Posted by elmono View Post
    My rig on top of Alpe d'Huez (France) on the Pic Blanc summit:


    That is an amazing picture. Probably my favourite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elmono View Post
    My rig on top of Alpe d'Huez (France) on the Pic Blanc summit:

    +10000000000000000000000000000

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    Thanks for all the positive feedback.

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    superb...

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    1.5 invasion!!!

    This is my 08 Nomad,USA made,with 2011 Van fork & RC4 shock (Ti coil soon)...I enjoy riding this over my friends 2010 Nomad,thats a great bike but we both agree it feels more XC/AM and mine feels more AM/FR,we also both like the more agressive looking frame...Sorry,we dont have a place to post pics here,but hey,its still a Nomad!Lol...
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    An update...


    "Raw" finished frame


    New headset


    New brakes and rotors as well..

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    Looks good,I love that Renthal Duo stem and bar setup!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by socalMX View Post
    Looks good,I love that Renthal Duo stem and bar setup!!!
    Yeah they go really well together and I really like how they "feel" on the bike.

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    Here's a preview of my next build:













    Just waiting for my fork to arrive so I can finish this build already.

    I hope the ride is sweet!

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    the hammerschmidt will influence the rear end negatively. maybe you think about that again (vpp2 does havel pedalfeedback on the small ring and HS is on small ring constantly).

    the dhx air... well, it moves back and forth.


    the color scheme is very nice!
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    Really?

    Oh how I strongly disagree! With the new Push link I have the best of both worlds. Plus the MK1 still looks like a squatting dog vs the cleaner, more aggressive look on the MK2.

    Just let it rest....


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    pipes10,if you get a whole fleet,make sure you get a 08,everyone knows that they are the best ever produced!!!
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    That is going to be one awsome looking bike! What fork are you getting for it? WIll you continue the blue theme also on other components? Can't wait for the final pictures.

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    would love to show you all my Nomad but I need to get 10 posts first! Will post ASAP

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    Quote Originally Posted by buckchoi View Post
    would love to show you all my Nomad but I need to get 10 posts first! Will post ASAP
    Maybe you can host them on photobucket or something and use the img tags to show them here?
    "It looks flexy"

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    Well I can finally post pictures!
    Here are some pics of the bike after the build. It is much dirtier now!
    Suspension: Fox 36 TALAS & RP23
    Drivetrain: Shimano XT 3x10
    Wheels: Hope ProII with NoTubes Flow rims
    Brakes: Hope Tech M4s
    Controls: Thomson stem and seatpost. Race Face SixC bar
    I am currently thinking of getting a dual ring chain guide though. Any suggestions?
    Lets see those new Nomad Mk2's-img_1292.jpg

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    Nothing overly impressive but a quick video of me having fun with some mates on local Sydney trails.
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    The new mrp 2x was field tested on santa cruz vpp bikes. 2x10 compatible and looks pretty killer to boot!

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    Very Cool

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    Here's my recently finished Santa Cruz Nomad. I decided to go burly with this build:





















    I'm still waiting for my Hope DH Stem to arrive. I also haven't been able to test her out yet since our trails here are mud-pits right now. Hopefully, she'll ride as well as I hope it would.

    Thanks for looking guys!

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    Very good build aksdman, very good indeed.
    Do let us know how the hammerschimdt rides on the the VPP2 Nomad, since the reports have been lukewarm.
    I am also considering changing to a hammer to try it.
    Also what is the total bike weight with this setup?

    Here's mine also:
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    My newly built Nomad. Not a new frame, and slightly cobbled together from other bikes.

    It rides like a dream, esp with the PUSH linkage that I stuck on the day before going to Wales yesterday. It cruised down some massive rock gardens on the Snowdon Ranger Path with such predictability and composure - totally unlike any other bike I've ever ridden. And it (kind of) likes going uphill. Though with a bloody heavy bag, I didn't.

    Quite fancy either BOS forks or Fox Vans - I think those Talas are now the weak link - apart from me, obviously...

    Argh, it won't let me put a picture up, bloody thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aksdman View Post
    Here's my recently finished Santa Cruz Nomad. I decided to go burly with this build:





















    I'm still waiting for my Hope DH Stem to arrive. I also haven't been able to test her out yet since our trails here are mud-pits right now. Hopefully, she'll ride as well as I hope it would.

    Thanks for looking guys!
    Great looking bike!!!!
    But flip your grips around as they are on backwards

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    I like it! How's the KS seatpost treating you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by simontyler View Post
    My newly built Nomad. Not a new frame, and slightly cobbled together from other bikes.

    It rides like a dream, esp with the PUSH linkage that I stuck on the day before going to Wales yesterday. It cruised down some massive rock gardens on the Snowdon Ranger Path with such predictability and composure - totally unlike any other bike I've ever ridden. And it (kind of) likes going uphill. Though with a bloody heavy bag, I didn't.

    Quite fancy either BOS forks or Fox Vans - I think those Talas are now the weak link - apart from me, obviously...

    Argh, it won't let me put a picture up, bloody thing.
    Right, now it will...



    and the rest of the story here - Snowdon Ranger Path | SALTED MACKEREL

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    Any ano navy and silver nomads here?

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    ano navy wasnt available for the mk2.
    bare frames, raw with clearcoat, you will find a couple of sites back.
    Sokrates is dead, Galilei is dead, Newton is dead, Einstein is dead, Pantani is dead and i am feeling sick too.

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    Man this thread makes me crazy!!!!! Love to own a Nomad.

    Drool

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    Here's my '10. Love it like the day I got it. Tips the scale at 30lbs flat. Considering an RC4 or CCDB with Ti spring. Yup, cables need trimming.




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    Anyone noticed the new decals on the Nomad Santa Cruz page? Similar to the new blue n green ones offered for the Normad C. Bike builder not updated though.

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    This/ last summer action

    Some action pics from this summer. Weather was almost everyday perfect here in Finland, so here goes...
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    @tp806:

    Great looking build bro!

    I've recently tried the Nomad on different terrain - asphalt, xc single track, an AM track and a DH track. So far the Hammerschmidt has been performing quite well. Pedal bob did not bother me - not until I started standing and hammering the Nomad on the trails. There is very slight feedback especially on steep and rocky terrain. I guess this is due to the nature of your pedaling on this type of terrain. On smooth trails the pedal bob did not bother me at all. I also did a few loops on an XC singletrack and I was really happy with the performance of the Hammerschmidt.

    Do take note that I am coming from a Tallboy/XTR Combo and if I compare the two bikes, then the Tallboy is a better and more efficient climber. Going downhill in our local tracks, the Nomad offers a plush ride as compared to the Tallboy.

    I haven't been able to weigh her yet but I hardly weigh any of my bikes since weight has never been an issue with me. I will try to weigh her though and post it here when I get to do so.

    So far, the Hammerschmidt has been a worthwhile investment - IMO.

    @ricardo12:

    The KS has been performing really well - although I have only ridden a couple of kms with it. There is no movement in the saddle and the remote and been great.

    A friend of mine bought a KS supernatural i950r with 150mm drop and his seatpost had a defect right out of the box though. It acted as a suspension seatpost - it would go down about 50% of the travel when you sit on it - without engaging the lever or remote. Were trying to get warranty for it now.

    Hope this helps!

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    Thanks for the info, cheers mate!
    Post some in action photos, if you will.

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    Color Suggestions Needed!!!

    Well,I pulled the trigger on a used 2010 white frame and will be swapping all parts from my 08 (pictured on previous page) !!! I will be getting the 2010 frame with a Gamut P30,can I run a granny gear with that? My parts list I will be swapping to the 2010 are-

    2011 Fox Van 36 fork
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    Answer Rove 50mm DJ stem w/Vanderham Pro low rise 30" wide bars!

    The frame im getting is white,been there done that,love white just want change! I was thinking maybe raw,too high maintenance,clear coat may yellow over time??? My top 2 color choices are KTM orange or flat black! Im leaning towards orange,its different and looks real good with black bike parts!Suggestions!!!

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    [QUOTE=socalMX;8602716]Well,I pulled the trigger on a used 2010 white frame and will be swapping all parts from my 08 (pictured on previous page) !!! I will be getting the 2010 frame with a Gamut P30,can I run a granny gear with that? My parts list I will be swapping to the 2010 are-

    Mmmm, so why the change of heart!?!? I quote, "pipes10,if you get a whole fleet,make sure you get a 08,everyone knows that they are the best ever produced!!!" And, "I enjoy riding this over my friends 2010 Nomad,thats a great bike but we both agree it feels more XC/AM and mine feels more AM/FR,we also both like the more agressive looking frame."

    So were you just tried of drinking the MKI cool aide and finally had a chance to really ride one?

    If you're going to keep the coil, add a Push link. Your bike will track and feel better than your old nomad. If you go air, a Push Float R is simply amazing.

    I vote for raw and no clear coat. You can protect the down tube with clear racers tape or 3M heli tape. Put a chain guide on there and you won't have too worry about a heavy chain stay protector - even the clear racers tape will due. If you don't have a chain guide then use the black framewrape tape.

    Enjoy your ride!

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    Thanks ricardo,The PUSH link is actually why im deciding to switch! I did not want to sacrifice the DH capabilities of my 08,also I wanted to keep a coil setup and post 08 wasnt working out great with coil,until the Push link! Raw sounds good,wont it look terrible after a few months with no clear? Also,as stated in my above post,I will be running a Gamut P30 chain guide (another reason I am switching),still not sure if I can run a dual chainring???

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    Quote Originally Posted by socalMX View Post
    Thanks ricardo,The PUSH link is actually why im deciding to switch! I did not want to sacrifice the DH capabilities of my 08,also I wanted to keep a coil setup and post 08 wasnt working out great with coil,until the Push link! Raw sounds good,wont it look terrible after a few months with no clear? Also,as stated in my above post,I will be running a Gamut P30 chain guide (another reason I am switching),still not sure if I can run a dual chainring???
    Yeah, it's made for double. Or a Stinger works well too.
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    Pushed Float R performance?

    Quote Originally Posted by ricardo12 View Post
    If you go air, a Push Float R is simply amazing.
    I am exploring options to make my Mk2 more xc friendly for the winter riding months. My current setup is RC4 with Ti coil, 36 FloatRC2, 50mm stem and Minion 2.5 dh tires on DT 5.1d wheels. Love the current setup (will be adding Push link next summer), but does not seem ideal for longer xcish rides. I also have a chameleon, which is not ideal for the Moab terrain.

    I am either looking at selling the lizard to get a new ride, Tallboy is intriguing, but may be financially difficult, or switching out shock, stem, and tires to that end.
    I have a Float R laying around that I could send to Push, hoping you could give me a quick rundown on the performance?

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    Cool,the Gamut is coming with the frame I bought...I have a XT crankset,hopefully all components will be a easy swap!

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    Quote Originally Posted by powderhound82 View Post
    I am exploring options to make my Mk2 more xc friendly for the winter riding months. My current setup is RC4 with Ti coil, 36 FloatRC2, 50mm stem and Minion 2.5 dh tires on DT 5.1d wheels. Love the current setup (will be adding Push link next summer), but does not seem ideal for longer xcish rides. I also have a chameleon, which is not ideal for the Moab terrain.

    I am either looking at selling the lizard to get a new ride, Tallboy is intriguing, but may be financially difficult, or switching out shock, stem, and tires to that end.
    I have a Float R laying around that I could send to Push, hoping you could give me a quick rundown on the performance?

    Thanks
    Instead of the TB, take a look at the TRc. It's a nice addition to the MKII

    I had Push tune the Float R for a plush coil-like feel. I knew I was going to sacrifice some bob on level or slightly inclined fire roads. Quite frankly, I can't feel it that is unless you're standing and mashing on the pedals. If you look down you can see some suspension movement.

    On square edge bumps the shock does a nice job soaking it up. Small bump compliance is very good. Fast chattery trails is significantly better than stock. One of the bigger improvements is the ability to set proper sag (25-30%) so that you can have the nice cushion AND at the same time enable the shock to utilize its entire travel w/o bottoming out. So far I haven't bottomed out this shock on 4 foot drops to flat.

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    [QUOTE=ricardo12;8606449]
    I had Push tune the Float R for a plush coil-like feel.

    @Ricardo: I have Float R on mine (you can see it this& last page), non pushed. However I have been thinking about dong Push for it when servicing. Did you ask them to re-shim it also, or did you take a standard Push tune?

    I have been trying a ISX 6 Evolver for a while now. Its great where Float isn't (small bump compliance), but I feel it takes pop out of the bike somehow in return. Maybe some setup tips are welcome, as when I turn adjusters to give more pop - it starts to feel like my Float... And what comes to downhill performace - RC4 is the one I reckon.

    I ordered the needle bearing to Float, I hope it helps for small bump sensitivity...

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    Stiga, not sure if I had them reshim - it's been over a year now since I had it serviced. I do somewhat remember having options as to whether I prefer a XC, trail, or plush setup. I went with the plush setup because I knew the 2010 Float R models had very good mid stroke support so I wasnít too worried about pedal bob.

    Iím 170lbs.

    Prior to Push service the Float R was at 150psi and 10 clicks from open on the rebound. Small bump really sucked, felt harsh on the fast stuff and I couldnít get a proper sag without blowing through the travel. FYI, I was coming from a DHXA and coil. In comparison to the DHXA the Float R was significantly better. I just wanted to see how close I can get the air shock to feel like my coil. Also, the performance of the shock didnít match the nice buttery smooth performance of the 36 Float fork (non-Push).

    After the service itís at 135psi (30% sag) and 6 clicks for the rebound. Performance improved in all areas. The shock is dialed in and matches the performance of the fork. Couldnít be happier with the current setup.

    Needle bearings definitely improve the small bump compliance Ė good choice!

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    Can anyone give me a difference in frame weight from first gen Nomad to second gen! My 08 is a Large with 1.5 HT and the 2010 is also Large! Im sure the newer one is lighter,carbon link and hydroform?

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    Prior to Push service the Float R was at 150psi and 10 clicks from open on the rebound. Small bump really sucked, felt harsh on the fast stuff and I couldnít get a proper sag without blowing through the travel.

    I weigh 180pounds, run 180-190psi (depending of riding I will do, softer for trail bash and harder for longer rides) and 7-9clicks from open. TF proposed 185/ 8 clicks - pretty bang on - on quote.

    I get the same feel as you on your description above.

    I guess its Push time as service comes soon. I actually thought of doing something similar for the 36 VAN R fork I have too - it tends to choke on hard repetitive stuff.

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    Stiga, is your sag setting at least 25%? I'm guessing your 180-190 psi puts your sag setting around 10-15%. I've found most VPPs perform better with adequate sag. I'd recommend 30% on the MKII.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ricardo12 View Post
    Stiga, is your sag setting at least 25%? I'm guessing your 180-190 psi puts your sag setting around 10-15%. I've found most VPPs perform better with adequate sag. I'd recommend 30% on the MKII.
    Yes, 180 gives me pretty much 25-30% (I havent calipered it, eye balling with o-ring). I have tried below 180 (170 being lowest) also, but I get bottom outs almost all the time... I have green spring at my VAN fork. It might be the reason for rear heaviness, however I do get all travel from fork too, so its dificult to say on the psi reading I need. I also need to pump the ISX 6 to somewhere 170psi mark with mid to full bottom out setting.

    To give a bit if history, I did have RP3 re-valved for mid support on my previous bike (Giant Reign). Shop said they added 30% for mid travel damping. Did the trick for me then.

    Nomad does feel totally different though. I have a lot of difficulties to say what I need to be better on it other than small bump sensitivity. After trying different shocks (RC4 both 400 and 350 srings) Float R and ISX 6, I start to see how differently it can behave with various shocks and dampings. To shortly say I feel Float is giving the most nimble ride, RC4 gives best overall feel for all speeds, but as being heavy doesn't help on trail pedalling. ISX 6 is somewhere between, but small bumps are really amazing.

    So it seems that Push tune could be the hot ticket...?

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    Stiga,were you running the RC4 with a push link or stock?How did it behave?

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    One test I like to do to check if I have the rear shock dialed in is to observe how much the rear tire bounces off the ground when I lift it up above 2+ feet and letting it drop to the ground. To do this I'll stand next to the bike, lift the rear end by grasping the seat or rear triangle and keeping the front tire on the ground. I let the rear end drop on its own and observe how much the tire bounces of the ground on impact. If the shock is dialed in the tire will stay glued to the ground on impact and will not 'bounce' off the ground. On a coil with the rebound set correctly the rear tire just sticks to the ground after it impacts the ground. On an air shock it's hard to replicate that same result without the sacrifice of bottoming out.

    This unwanted bounce demonstrates the shock's inablility to absorb and slow the down the rebound affect of smaller bumps. It's sort of like that bucking horse feeling.

    So coming back to the Push service, no matter what setting I tried the stock Float R just kept bouncing off the ground. After the Push service that unwanted bounce affect was reduced by well over 80%.

    Let us know what you think after you install the needle bearings and perhaps the Push service....

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    @ SocalMX - I have standard link.I prefer the RC4 with 350 spring (Santa Cruz recommended for my weight 400). I'm even thinking of getting 300 one to try at some point. Cool thing with RC4/ coil is that support and bottom out is not a problem for me at least, so it can be adjusted for preference and not for fixing a trait.

    @ricardo - Oh yes, that test is evil... with my Float, back end will bounce back on my current settings. I installed needle bearing yesterday evening so lets see how it feels on trail. I'll let you know. Cool, thanks for advice ... Now I need to spend some quality time at garage.

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    Good to know stigm!Im currently running a 500lb spring on my 08,will try a 450lb when I get the 2010 built up.Before I order the Push link!

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    Lets see those new Nomad Mk2's-november-11-118.jpg

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    Sweet ride. Loving the PUSH link on there. Mine's in the mail.

    Upcoming changes to my Nomad2 will be a PUSH link (in the mail), Easton Havoc wheels (deal in process), and a 2011/2012 Float 36 RLC Kash or non-Kash (need to find a deal on one of these). Last time I weighed my bike it was 29.14 lbs. With the changes above (some heavy, some lighter) it should be under 29 lbs with very good strength.
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    Does anyone here uses a Blackspire Stinger on their Nomads? Does it need some modifications?

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    I just ordered a stinger myself! I have a Gamut I can't use because I want to run a dual ring!No mods needed!Nice build Cumbres!

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    Quote Originally Posted by socalMX View Post
    I just ordered a stinger myself! I have a Gamut I can't use because I want to run a dual ring!No mods needed!Nice build Cumbres!
    thanks socalMX! my frame just arrived yesterday. i'm planning to order a stinger, since i'm using a stinger on my heckler.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ruderick View Post
    Does anyone here uses a Blackspire Stinger on their Nomads? Does it need some modifications?
    You may need to space out your BB another 1-2mm if using a double ring. Did it with a SLX crank, works fine. I also had to face the ISCG tabs and pivot area below BB shell for it to sit flush
    Ride On!

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    This is a 2010 I just built up!The only thing I have left is a PUSH link and a Ti-coil...I love the coil feel front and back!Current weight is 32Lbs,not bad for full coil!
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    Real great looking build SocalMX. I like it.
    "It looks flexy"

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    Thanks,adding a Blackspire Stinger in a few days!

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    Nice build socalMX !