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I narrowed my search for a new build to a 575 or a Nomad.Yes im posting this in the Santa Cruz section as well.Yes I know this could be a Chevy vs. Ford type topic.Tell me what you love about the 575.Thanks in advance.
 

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Yes. Ridden both quite a bit. The short answer is that the nomad is simply a better climbing and pedaling bike. The yeti relies heavily upon shock valving and platform, and while the design does have it's advantages, I cannot think of too many situations where all things equal I'd rather be on the 575.

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Guess you could give us a little more info about the way you ride, because these two bikes are pretty different. The Nomad can do serious FR and DH if build that way, it's heavier and will be less of a trail bike and more AM - a very capable one, I must say. The 575 is lighter, it climbs very well, speeds as crazy and can take some hits and rough terrain, but you have to be super smooth to FR it. The 575 is more of trail bike that can handle bigger stuff (forks choices can go up to 160mm), but not much like a Nomad can. If you gonna ride trails most of the time, go 575, it is a amazing bike and you will love it - I know, I have one. But if you wish to push it a little further than jump over some bumps along the way, then the Nomad is the right bike for you.
 

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Seem like 2 very different rigs. I recently purchased a 10' 575 and am just finishing up my build. I had narrowed it down to the 575 and the Blt2, but never really thought much about the nomad. Really liked both the 575 and Blt2 and it all came down to past experience with yeti (very possitive). I had a Heckler a while back and it was a tough do it all bike as well. The 575 is a great trail bike but not in the same category as the nomad as far as versatility. I don't forsee myself taking the 575 up a chairlift even though it might be very capable, but the nomad could do it no problem and possibly beat my rig up the hill as well. I was looking for a lightweight trail bike that could take some hard hits and go all day. Like the above poster mentioned it would be easier to pass along advice if you gave us a good idea of your intended purpose. good luck.
 

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Black Ronin and dp got it right: The Nomad and the 575 are completely different bikes. You'd be better off considering a Blur LT than a Nomad if you're looking for a trail bike--which I assume you are since you're looking at the 575 too.

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Has anyone here ridden both?
I own both bikes. I use my 575 for trail riding and the Nomad for bigger stuff. Think of it this way--the 575 frame weighs 6.4 lbs. My 575 weighs 28 pounds. The Nomad frame has almost an inch more travel and weighs almost a pound more. My Nomad weighs 33.5 pounds, almost a 20% weight difference between the two.
 

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These are different categories of bikes, suspension designs, and cockpit feel. Almost night and day differences. With the limited info you have provided (none) the only person to know which bike is best is you.
 

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DSDuke said:
I own both bikes. I use my 575 for trail riding and the Nomad for bigger stuff. Think of it this way--the 575 frame weighs 6.4 lbs. My 575 weighs 28 pounds. The Nomad frame has almost an inch more travel and weighs almost a pound more. My Nomad weighs 33.5 pounds, almost a 20% weight difference between the two.
Wow, my 575 weighs 33lbs, I really need to lighten that sucka up. I really like my 575 for 75% of the riding I do. For pure DH, lift and shuttles I have a dedicated demo8 for that but I have taken the 575 on some of the same trails here in AZ and it handles fine I just have to go a bit slower.
 

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I thing the last post is the best comparison, I had a Nomad and now I has a 7, both bikes are manufactured for the same riding, big stuff, hard riding. The 575 (even when I never had one) looks more than a Blur LT, is a trail bike. My advise, try to test as much of these 4 bikes you can to compare them.
 
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