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picked this off the forum hosted by the local santa cruz dealer here in the philippines just thought i'd share it with you guys...

April 14th, 2005

Hello from Santa Cruz This is our second official SCB newsletter, and once
again we have some big news. While we realize we may be setting the bar
pretty high for the future in trying to keep this newsletter interesting and
exciting, this news is too good to hold back.

Filling the Gap
Riders familiar to our line up have most likely noticed a bit of a gap in
the VPP model range. That perhaps there was a need for something more than a
5.3-inch travel trail bike like our new Blur-LT, but something less than an
all-out 8.5-inch travel freeride bike like our VP-Free.

Enter the Nomad

Some might read this name and think of old Chevy station wagons. Others
might think of lean people in sparsely populated regions who follow seasonal
paths known only to their tribes. So, on the one hand, you have this sturdy
and stylish cult classic vehicle. And on the other hand, you've got these
long ranging, leathery skinned hard-asses who are made of gristle and can go
forever. That sort of describes our new bike. Nomad. Taking a similarly
stout approach as on the V-10 and VP-Free models, we created a frame with
beefy formed tubes (very strong, and deco stylish) and meaty linkages
delivering a rock solid frame with 6.5 inches of rear wheel travel. But we
also kept the flab to a minimum, using a lightweight aluminum alloy for the
frame and retaining a standard 135mm, q.r. friendly rear dropout spacing. It
can be built up either as a do-everything, ride everywhere, long lasting
middleweight or a rock crushing, cliff hucking bomber.

The Nomad is now in the final pre-production prototype stage and is expected
to be available before the tradeshow season hits us in the fall. Final spec
or pricing details are not available at this time, but we'll let you know
when we've got it all finalized. Stay tuned.
 

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gwm said:
picked this off the forum hosted by the local santa cruz dealer here in the philippines just thought i'd share it with you guys...

April 14th, 2005

Hello from Santa Cruz This is our second official SCB newsletter, and once
again we have some big news. While we realize we may be setting the bar
pretty high for the future in trying to keep this newsletter interesting and
exciting, this news is too good to hold back.

Filling the Gap
Riders familiar to our line up have most likely noticed a bit of a gap in
the VPP model range. That perhaps there was a need for something more than a
5.3-inch travel trail bike like our new Blur-LT, but something less than an
all-out 8.5-inch travel freeride bike like our VP-Free.

Enter the Nomad

Some might read this name and think of old Chevy station wagons. Others
might think of lean people in sparsely populated regions who follow seasonal
paths known only to their tribes. So, on the one hand, you have this sturdy
and stylish cult classic vehicle. And on the other hand, you've got these
long ranging, leathery skinned hard-asses who are made of gristle and can go
forever. That sort of describes our new bike. Nomad. Taking a similarly
stout approach as on the V-10 and VP-Free models, we created a frame with
beefy formed tubes (very strong, and deco stylish) and meaty linkages
delivering a rock solid frame with 6.5 inches of rear wheel travel. But we
also kept the flab to a minimum, using a lightweight aluminum alloy for the
frame and retaining a standard 135mm, q.r. friendly rear dropout spacing. It
can be built up either as a do-everything, ride everywhere, long lasting
middleweight or a rock crushing, cliff hucking bomber.

The Nomad is now in the final pre-production prototype stage and is expected
to be available before the tradeshow season hits us in the fall. Final spec
or pricing details are not available at this time, but we'll let you know
when we've got it all finalized. Stay tuned.
Lets see if any pictures from Sea Otter show up... although from the sounds of "pre-production prototype" they may not.

I can see my Free and Blur fusing into one bike at some point in late 2006.
 

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Hmmmmm.......

I wouldn't doubt that 1 of the 2 pic's that wound up being removed from that other thread had a shot of the Nomad from the back/non-drive side, remember that one?
I was wondering what that bike was, looked like a Jakyl/V-10 front end then changed to something VP Free/Blurish...... Anyhow, should be a sweet ride indeed. :)
 

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hands up who wants to die
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Cool! a freeride bike for us mortals!

that sounds much more interesting to me than the Blur LT.

-rob in Brooklyn
 

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Looks like the v-10 went on a Slim-Fast diet and signed up for aikido classes..
Reported to make it's debut at Sea Otter.





 

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This sucks.
I have been waiting for this bike for months and now that I see it, it is ugly as crap.
Now after all of this waiting, I guess I will be waiting for the INTENSE comparable version and see how it looks.

Yeah, I know, say whatever you want about complaining of how a bike looks instead of performs, but give me a break, it is FUGLY. Like it or not, this will play a deciding factor when it comes to buying bikes in this same category and price range.

Santa Cruz, if you are reading this, I am not alone. Other forums are full of people that think this thing is ugly as sin.
 

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Ugly!

guys, I'm no SC basher. My 04 Heckler is the best bike I've ever had. The NOMAD is the ugliest bike I've seen. Why did they do this? Why not just make a VPP Heckler?

Looks like I'll be trying out the Turner 6 pack/Specialized Enduro/Intense 6.6

Yo soy NOMAD soy muy FEO, porque soy tan feo SC?, porque?
 

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beauty's in the eyes of the beholder

i'm not too thrilled of the polished look, but with the right color this bike could look real bad-ass, reminiscent of big harley choppers imo.

sc's sold me on this i think it's got some real potential
 

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Fugly is right!

:eek:

I'm a little embarrassed because I'm usually first to say function over fashion. But I don't think I would buy that thing based on looks alone when there are so many choices. My heart sinking was my first honest reaction when I saw these pics. Go back to the drawing board SC, the TT does not need to look like a a sperm whale!
 

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Looks Count for a Lot...

When I first showed up with my VPF everyone said "that's a bad @ss looking bike". I bought the VPF for performance, but the tough looking design makes a statement of its own.

This bike might perform like crazy... but it's not "tough looking" and that's going to not go over too good in this testosterone driven market... IMHO.

The SCB brand is a TOUGH one, this bike is just a bit too cute.

...of course, SCB keeps pushing the envelope and this bike could become a classic... ugly isn't always bad, especially when you can't look away... and I keep looking at those photos...

hmmmmmmmmmmmmm....
 

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Hey, SC... Anyone home ??

The bike is UGLY.
Doesnt give me the slightest inspiration to take it out & go ride .
The Heckler had a minimalistic look, and that's why we love it.
What I had in mind during all these months of Hecker- VPP rumors, was a front triangle of the heckler, and the rear triangle of this Nomad...
Go back to the drawing board, please.
 

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There could be the possibility that the pics don't do it justice, kinda like the girl in your class who looks babe-a-licious in person but looked strange in the high school yearbook. We'll have to wait until we see it up close & in person before the jury deliberates. Personal example: I first thought the Jackal looked weird in pics, until I saw it in person. Now I think it's one of the coolest, most svelte bikes I've ever seen.

I, too, keep looking at the pics....trying to visualize it in anodized or powdercoat black....hmmm...starting to look better. Two more shots of vodka should do the trick.
 

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6milliondollarman said:
There could be the possibility that the pics don't do it justice, kinda like the girl in your class who looks babe-a-licious in person but looked strange in the high school yearbook. We'll have to wait until we see it up close & in person before the jury deliberates. Personal example: I first thought the Jackal looked weird in pics, until I saw it in person. Now I think it's one of the coolest, most svelte bikes I've ever seen.

I, too, keep looking at the pics....trying to visualize it in anodized or powdercoat black....hmmm...starting to look better. Two more shots of vodka should do the trick.
You're right, the bike looks better powdercoated.
 

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painted version does look better, but i'm still not loving the hump. I'm a traditionalist though, and think Bullitts and the like are nice looking.

-rob
 
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