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    So, there's a NOMAD in my garage...

    ...but not by choice

    Seems that my co-worker Carl switched my shift cables while my bike was hanging out at the shop waiting for me to pick it up for our night ride, so when I tried to shift the front shifter worked the rear derailleur and vice-versa. This sort of thing happens all the time at my shop, fraternity-house atmosphere if you know what I mean. Carl will get his soon

    So I took out out demo Nomad for the evening, first time I've had it for an entire ride. Interesting contrast from my Pack, even with the same fork. It's a large, and I'm on a medium Pack (I'm 5' 9.5"), so it's a little stretched out even with a 80mm stem. The steering is funny, it's kinda quick around dead center, but floppy farther from center. Not my cup of tea, but I got used to it. Seems like it's designed around a shorter fork. Seat angle is slack too, even with the saddle slid forward I wanted to get farther forward on climbs. Turner goemetry spoils you

    It's Rapid-Rise, and I run SRAM, so that took some brain-rewiring. It's built up beefy, lots of Saint stuff and the like, about 37 lbs (my Pack is 34.5).

    The rear suspension is definitley different. It stiffens noticably under power on climbs, not as active as the Pack, but less squat too. Traction on climbs isn't hardtail-bad, but not the same as my bike. On smooth climbs it does just go. Out-of-saddle climbing is possible, but limited by a 150mm fork, obviously.

    Downhills are, well, different too. Kind of a floaty feeling, less feedback than I'm used to (and less than I like), but you feel like you can roll over anything- you just don't know what it is unless you look.

    The bike is laterally stiff as all get-out. The Pack is stiff, and I don't really notice any flex, but the Nomad is in a different league. Like hardtail-stiff.

    In all, an interesting ride, one I could get used to- but I missed my bike
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    I was actually pretty excited about the Nomad before I rode one at Interbike. That cured me of any Nomad-envy.

    It's too bad. I think they look pretty cool and it seemed like a very capable design from a travel and application point of view. I just can't figure out how they came up with that geometry. See if you can get a test ride of a 6.6 at some point. It has the Nomad's positive VPP traits, but fewer of the negatives.
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    fork!

    80mm stem? Sounds long to me.
    What'd you think of the fork? You say that's what you're running on your Pack as well?
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    "(Seems that my co-worker Carl switched my shift cables while my bike was hanging out at the shop waiting for me to pick it up for our night ride, so when I tried to shift the front shifter worked the rear derailleur and vice-versa.)"







    Ahh haa haa. such a good chain pullin...
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    Yeah-

    Quote Originally Posted by dbabuser
    80mm stem? Sounds long to me.
    What'd you think of the fork? You say that's what you're running on your Pack as well?
    I run a 90mm on my Pack for all-around. I want to try a 70mm for those DH days.

    I'll do a review on the Travis soon- I've only ridden it 5-6 times so far, but I'm very pleased. Highly recommended.
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    Yeah...

    Quote Originally Posted by tscheezy
    I was actually pretty excited about the Nomad before I rode one at Interbike. That cured me of any Nomad-envy.

    It's too bad. I think they look pretty cool and it seemed like a very capable design from a travel and application point of view. I just can't figure out how they came up with that geometry. See if you can get a test ride of a 6.6 at some point. It has the Nomad's positive VPP traits, but fewer of the negatives.
    ...I take a lot of good-natured ribbing at the shop for riding a Turner instead of a Santa Cruz (we're not a Turner dealer, though we can get them). I like the SC bikes fine, I'm just between sizes on most of them (they run short top tubes for a given size), and while most guys my height go large, I just don't feel quite right on them.

    The Turner geometry is the reason I ride one. I'd like to try a 6.6 just for curiosity's sake, but I'm very happy with the Pack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tommyrod74
    ...I take a lot of good-natured ribbing at the shop for riding a Turner instead of a Santa Cruz (we're not a Turner dealer, though we can get them). I like the SC bikes fine, I'm just between sizes on most of them (they run short top tubes for a given size), and while most guys my height go large, I just don't feel quite right on them.

    The Turner geometry is the reason I ride one. I'd like to try a 6.6 just for curiosity's sake, but I'm very happy with the Pack.
    You should put water in your buddy's tubes as retribution. That'll teach him

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Squeaky Wheel
    You should put water in your buddy's tubes as retribution. That'll teach him
    Excellent idea! Any and all suggestions welcome, I'm in the middle of exams and don't have much creativity left I'm afraid
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    Hot looking bike, and I've heard the ride is amazing especially in chunky downhill. Have fun with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dusty Bottoms
    Hot looking bike, and I've heard the ride is amazing especially in chunky downhill. Have fun with it.

    Shut it, Dusty! You only like it because it's got 35 pivots.
    What the EFF is "All MOUNTAIN"???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aquaholic
    Shut it, Dusty! You only like it because it's got 35 pivots.
    The more the better pal. I love the lines on that bike, but simply don't see a spot in my garage for a 33 pound bike. 27 and 42 covers it all. Plus, my next bike will be a different suspension design, maybe a DW.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Squeaky Wheel
    You should put water in your buddy's tubes as retribution. That'll teach him
    That gets specially funny when you actually try to get the air out!!!!!

    A friend was working at a car tire shop... when a guy went with his John Deere in, he was sent to replace a worn tire... Just to find out that when you push on the valve core, you get all sprayed with stinky water!!! Hehehehehe... clever joke.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dusty Bottoms
    The more the better pal. I love the lines on that bike, but simply don't see a spot in my garage for a 33 pound bike. 27 and 42 covers it all. Plus, my next bike will be a different suspension design, maybe a DW.
    Mmmph, quote me if I'm wrong, but I seem to remember a Dustyism that said 5lb difference in bikes. That leaves room for a 33-37 pound Nomad.....err I mean 6pack.

    Frankly, I'm just trying to justify a 6" ride, between the Spot and Free, that I can disassemble and take with me on ever more frequent trips to Europe, Asia and the Middle East. It can be the "do it all bike". Sounds justifiable to me

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    Quote Originally Posted by tommyrod74
    Excellent idea! Any and all suggestions welcome, I'm in the middle of exams and don't have much creativity left I'm afraid
    At a shop I worked at about 10 years ago I knew a guy that would cut tubes open, toss in a couple of little bells, then patch the tube up and reinflate the tire. Frustratingly funny.
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    2 tricks, niether of my own design:

    slowly, ever so slowly, decrease the tire size on yer buddys computer therefore makin him think hes getting faster. let the bragging begin!

    add just a few small bearings inside the rear tube. the niose is a major distraction and can be blamed on a variety of problems as he complains trailside. particularly funny if hes just had a major case of ugi or done somethin stupid in the stand recently. its a total hoot to hear the things spinnin and clankin around when he comes to a stop! doesnt really dink with the balance or the weight like water does but thats still a old fave of mine, better suited for yuppy road weenies who know nuthin about mechanical stuff yet tell ya how to do yer job. thats what makes the bearing trick so cool. even a seasoned wrench could spend days chasin this one around.
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