The only real difference between the frames (besides the 3/4" more travel) is you'll generally have to run a longer travel (heavier) fork on the Nomad for it to ride correctly. I'm light, and ride smooth so I saw no need for a the extra weight and travel. Locally there is a sponsored Santa Cruz guy who only brings his Nomad out for proper DH work, rides the LT on everything else.lassiar said:Hi, I was wondering what would be a better rig for all mountain riding, Blur LT or Nomad? I’m 150lbs. without gear
I would look into the S/C BlurLT2 carbon with a 150mm fork... The shops are selling the 2010's for less than the 2011's right now... :thumbsup:lassiar said:AM - as in all day epics, up and down, on technical trails in places like Downieville/Lake Tahoe. No shuttle BS
The HA of a BLT is 69 with a 140mm fork so it would be 68ish with a 150.slimat99 said:blt is a very capable bike so dont' think you are compromising ability if you don't choose the nomad. I would ask myself what fork do I want? If it's 160 or more go nomad, 150 or less go blt. Of course factor head angle too. BLT with 150 will feel very different than a nomad with a 160 or bigger. I run a 170 on my nomad, 66.5 HA, (67 with a 160). A blt with a 150 would be around 69 I think? Big difference especially when you are used to riding a blur xc. 69 will still climb like an xc bike, anything south of 67 your front end is prone to floating on steep climbs and will probably annoy you at first, but your DH game will improve greatly once you get the feel for slower steering. Of course there's always travel adjust, but I prefer to get the feel for my geo on the ups and downs rather than change it ip during every ride.
lassiar said:Hi, I was wondering what would be a better rig for all mountain riding, Blur LT or Nomad? I’m 150lbs. without gear
That's a helpful little figure for figuring HA. I think the BLT is best a 150mm fork. I know some guys run them with 160mm forks but why not just go for a Nomad at that point?slimat99 said:Thanks for the HA correction Wilson. If the blt has a 69 HA with a 140 it should be about 68.3 with a 150. 17mm=1 degree. I notice a big difference in handling south of 67 or north of 68 so for me that's a big factor to consider. Headset lower cup plays a role in HA too so factor that in as well.
You need to tell this guy he can't do that on his Blur.aliikane said:The Blur LT2 is more of a XC to All Mountain bike and Nomad is more like an All Mountain to Freeride bike.
It depends on your style of riding. If your riding style and terrain is more light technical and keep the tires on the trail riding get a Blur LT2. If your style of riding is technical chop with hucking some jumps then get a Nomad. Blur LT2 will be around 5 lbs lighter in the build and much more pedal friendly but the Nomad will just bomb down. 2 different animals.