Every gravity enthusiast appreciates those unique trail-feature gems--whether it be a sneaky double, hipped transfer, or a good ol' fashioned huck to flat--and having the right tool for the job sometimes can be the key to unlocking these features. Santa Cruz has been tinkering with a bike to fill this role for some time now, with the right balance between a playful attitude for big jump lines and downhill capabilities for the most technical bike-park trails. The Nomad began years ago with enduro roots and as the popularity of 29in sleds brushed other 27. 5 wheeled bikes aside, the Nomad stuck around thanks to its ability to shred everything in sight with a playful perspective. This fifth-generation Nomad Carbon CC X01 Eagle Air build brings you all of the capability you could ever dream of for endless bike park laps, with an impressive pedaling platform to get you up to your favorite alpine descents when you're in the mood for a spin.Considering that the recipe for the Nomad V4 was already pretty close to perfect, we're not surprised that Santa Cruz opted to give this 5th generation bike a host of sensible updates instead of a complete overhaul. Like its predecessor, the Nomad V5 rolls on 27. 5-inch wheels and boasts 170mm of trail-taming VPP travel. Though the two frames look very similar, the V5 now uses a twin upright swingarm to bolster frame stiffness and durability, and all build kits come with burly 38mm forks for taking on the most technical terrain on the mountain. The bike also sees improved suspension kinematics for a better overall feel on the trail, and it's now compatible with SRAM's Universal Derailleur Hanger to make finding replacement hangers a breeze.Most of the changes lie in the bike's geometry, the most significant being the move to a 77. 5-degree seat tube angle--a near 4-degree increase over the previous Nomad. This gives the bike a more upright pedaling position that makes steep climbs more manageable and provides increased comfort for lon..