I’ve got over three months of riding logged on the latest iteration of the Santa Cruz Nomad, and it’s been a ball. As a rider that prefers the gravity side of the spectrum, the DH-like geometry isn’t just massively confidence inspiring pointed down, but it just feels right.

Since swapping my parts over from my Bronson frame for the build up, I’ve had the opportunity to ride it in a wide range of trail conditions and locales. I’ve hit up most of the local Bay Area trail riding spots, starting with our local trails in Oakland’s Joaquin Miller Park, to DH/Freeride trails in the MidPen.

I’ve ridden her in Downieville as well as a number of DH runs at the Northstar Bike Park at Tahoe. After Interbike, we headed out to Bootleg and logged some miles there, followed by a day at the Big Bear Bike Park at Snow Summit, where it was a blast on the popular jump trail Party Wave.

While I’ve found it isn’t always the best tool for the job, it’s almost always the most fun tool for the job. Assuming the job includes ripping down technical single track with rocks, roots and jumps.

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My fangirl affair with DHaRCO riding kit continues, prompting me to post yet another Style Check after a recent purchase — the women’s gravity shorts and matching 3/4 trail jersey in blue. As I stated in my previous post, (click here) I’m drawn to DHaRCO’s bright feminine colors, tailored cuts and well thought out ensembles. So much so that I now own all three of DHaRCO’s women’s trail riding kits with the 3/4 length jerseys.  [more after the jump…]

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