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    »» Nomad - new or old??

    Based on my experience with Santa Cruz and other bikes of theirs, I've decided to bump up to the Nomad. I do mostly XC and AM riding, but I live now at the base of several ski mtns (bike lifts) so I wanted the option to go burly..My question is should I fork over for something new (like 2010 or newer) or spend much less and get a Nomad from 2008? I'm seeing so many of both and I simply don't know enough about their designs to decide. I understand '08 was the last American-made model, but I'm not sure if that's been much of a difference. I've seen several 08s in great condition, used by people who just never put these tanks to the test. Or I could spend more than 2X that amount for something very recent. Thanks for reading!

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    they don't necessarily have model years so don't put too much value into a frame's year. with that said, i don't think there any huge differences so it shouldn't matter too much.
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    There are actually considerable differences between the Nomad1/1.5 and Nomad2/c. You should move this question into the Santa Cruz forum and see what they have to say. My suggestion would be to go with a Nomad2 or Nomadc but add the PUSH Link.
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    I'm not a Nomad expert at all, but from what I understand after 2008 the Nomad was upgraded. Different geometry and the suspension redesigned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crashwins View Post
    Based on my experience with Santa Cruz and other bikes of theirs, I've decided to bump up to the Nomad. I do mostly XC and AM riding, but I live now at the base of several ski mtns (bike lifts) so I wanted the option to go burly..My question is should I fork over for something new (like 2010 or newer) or spend much less and get a Nomad from 2008? I'm seeing so many of both and I simply don't know enough about their designs to decide. I understand '08 was the last American-made model, but I'm not sure if that's been much of a difference. I've seen several 08s in great condition, used by people who just never put these tanks to the test. Or I could spend more than 2X that amount for something very recent. Thanks for reading!
    What does this have to do with DH or FR?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DhRoadStar View Post
    What does this have to do with DH or FR?
    If you bothered reading.. he's building out a Nomad for lift-accessed purposes.
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    A Nomad 2.0 or C with a DB Air.
    Had a Nomad 2.0 with a CCDB was a really nice bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vaelin View Post
    If you bothered reading.. he's building out a Nomad for lift-accessed purposes.
    I have a friend who built a 2008 Nomad just cause he wanted a do it all bike. Worked ok, but not the best for lift access riding.

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    This is not my sale but if a large carbon Nomad is within your budget take a look at this:

    FS: Large Carbon Nomad Complete Build

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    2007 built for AM and light downhill. Absolutely kills the trails in Downieville and Northstar and I can still pedal it on the XC trails in Auburn. Weighs about 38 pounds with heavy and large downhill tires.
    I love it!

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    I love my 08 Nomad. I wouldn't get anything older than that just for the fact that anything older has a
    1 1/8" steer tube. The 08s have the 1.5" but still have the same suspension linkage as earlier models. I believe it was 09 that got the upgraded linkages, I think the geometry stayed the same though.
    If your looking at something to do XC and lift access riding, maybe a Nomad C would be more what your looking for. I have mine set up with a Totem DHX 5 coil, and some 2.5" Minions, as it was my DH bike for a season, and it is still totally doable on XC rides, but I think the carbon version with a slightly less burly build may be a bit more enjoyable, yet doable on the lift days.

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    Here is my build thread of my lift access 2008 Nomad.

    I take it out XC all the time too. I need to update it a little but it's pretty much the same still.

    http://forums.mtbr.com/downhill-free...ll-739694.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by DhRoadStar View Post
    I have a friend who built a 2008 Nomad just cause he wanted a do it all bike. Worked ok, but not the best for lift access riding.
    My 1st gen. Nomad w/CCDB air & 180mm Talas w/FIT cart & K coating works/rides great for me up in Snowshoe.
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    I would buy a Carbon Nomad. I'm switching to a Tallboy, so I have mine up for grabs on Craigslist. Let me know if you're interested. Its listed at 3,600; a great deal!

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    As the owner of an "old" Nomad (1 1/8 tube), I would recommend to get one with a 1.5 tube just because you can use any size steer tube on it, include 1.5 DH forks.

    And just a plug for carbon. I recently purchased a Blur LTc. I am amazed with its versatility. I use it for general rough riding, but wouldn't hesitate to do lifts with it on the moderate DH trails (rider skill and fear are the main limiting factors). I assume the Nomadc would be even better, and it is almost as light as the Blur LTc. Bunches more $$ of course, but I think there are some sales going on and, as mentioned already, some used around.

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