Nomad vs. SX Trail?

Can you do a comparison between the Specialized SX Trail and the Santa Cruz Nomad??? I have gotten out of DH ( too many injuries), sold the DH rig and want an all-mountain that will still be solid. I don’t know how many epics I will do but I will be limiting my drops to only around head high. Inseam is short 29 inch, I am 5’6″ and built like a tree. so which bike do you oh guru of the bike suggest??? For right now I am living in the Midwest!!! Wow I never thought I would say that!!!! West coast transplant!
– John

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Mark Weir regularly wrings the h— out of his Nomad. He races the thing in XC, and he PINS downhills like the pro DHer he is. If a Nomad works for this brute, it’ll work for anyone.

Hey John.

I’d put those bikes in different categories.

Santa Cruz Nomad – 6″ all-mountain bike. Pretty even mix of up and down, with an emphasis on pinning it down. It’s made for trails and small/smooth stunts.

Specialized SX Trail – 7″ light freeride bike. It works fine on the climbs, but it’s heavier and plusher (especially with the stock coil shock). A lot of Canadians use this bike at Whistler and the Shore; it’s pedal-able, but it truly rips descents and handles the big stuff.

If you’re smooth, I think you’re better off with an all-mountain bike like the Nomad (or Enduro). It’ll descend, jump and drop like a champ, and it’ll cover ground much more efficiently than a freerider.

I’m a big Enduro fan. I dig the long top tube, short stays and neutral suspension. With light tires, my 2005 S-Works Enduro is a big XC bike; with heavy tires, it’s a mini DH bike.

That said, all modern 6″ bikes work really well. Specialized, Santa Cruz, Giant, GT, Trek, Kona, Norco, etc. Find one you like at your local bike shop, then rip it!

Have I said BRAAAP?

— Lee

BTW: If you go Specialized, it sounds like you’d prefer an Enduro over the new Enduro SL, which is more XC-oriented.

This is an Enduro drop: about seven vertical feet (with perfect technique). My 2005 S-Works Enduro is all over it.

This is an SX Trail drop: about 20 vertical feet, as executed by Jeff Bryson at Whistler.
5 replies
  1. Evan Ritchie says:

    I ride a 2005 Enduro S-Works as well, and live in Bellingham Wa. I’ve ridden it on our local trails which tend to be more xc than freeride in nature with one major exception, and at the Woodlot, Vedder and Whistler. The Enduro is THE BIKE. I run tubeless (Michelins) and love it, and have even used it for numerous Urban assaults in Seattle and Bellingham. It does it all with aplomb.

  2. pawelw says:

    The photo shows Mark Weir riding VP Free, not Nomad. I am not saying Nomad is not working for him up and down though:-)

  3. Nelson says:

    Well, all i have to say is s-works m5 enduro 6″.
    Its what i ride and its amazing! it bridges the gap and makes it even lighter than the sx with a resonable build at sub 30lb, chuck more money at it and i rekon you could have a lighter bike than the 07 carbon enduro at just over 28 lb. you dont need 7 inches though it is nice.
    oh and yes if you’re feeling lively it will even go as far as humiliating roadies or downhillers for the matter, try it you might be surprised. amazing all round.

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