Santa Cruz Nomad/180 forks
Looking at buying a new Nomad frame in the next few months and want to know if anybody runs one with a set of 180mm forks? The rear is 160 and I have a set of 160 fox 36 from my heckler that I can fit but I fancy some of the 180 Vans from JE James that are in offer.
If so, how does it ride? I’ll use it for the Alps each year and a few uplift days, but it also needs to do Afan/Brecfa type trails.
Experiences??Posted 4 years agonowthenMember
I have been running Fox 36 180mm TALAS on my Carbon Nomad for the last six months or so. Lots of “enduro” type riding, grind up and then bomb down.
Used the TALAS once and tried it for 10 seconds, handling felt strange, after that never touched the TALAS again… but on the descents, this bike can handle anything. Far more capable than my SOCOM with Boxxer teams.
What I will say is I got the 1 1/8 steerer and used a zero stack headset, zero rise 50mm stem and Raceface low rise bars, so all this helps to keep the front end a reasonable height.Posted 4 years agonowthenMember
I think the 180s are 10 or 20mm taller than the 160s, but as i said with a zero stack headset or a little more sag its not much difference at all.
Sometimes the front lifts a bit on steep climbs, just have to adjust my body weight forward a touch to compensate when it happens. Also the climb position on the CTD shock seems to help by keeping the rear suspension more firm, meaning you are not tipping backwards too much. On the flat, no issues at all.Posted 4 years ago
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