VPP Suspension

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Santa Cruz Nomad

Dirt Rag’s Blog has the scoop on the new VPP Suspension being applied to the Nomad:

Santa Cruz explains the redesigned VPP suspension as follows: “The VPP revision results in a flatter shock rate, meaning a less dramatic falling rate at the beginning of travel, and less of a rising rate near bottom-out. The instant center of the rear suspension now sits lower than before, and the new design has less chain growth than the old one. These elements make the new bike pedal and climb more efficiently than before. The geometry of the bike still ensures excellent stability, but the suspension feels more lively and the new Nomad feels more snappy and responsive everywhere.”

The list of Nomad tweaks includes:

* New linkage design features 15mm diameter alloy axles bolting directly into the frame that are locked in place with ultra-trick collet heads which control preload on the angular contact bearings in the lower link.
* Lower pivots easily lubed up via the grease ports in the link. Each frame comes with a grease gun.
* Upper link is molded carbon fiber.
* Replaced the old clamshell welded top tube design to a triple butted 6000 series aluminum front triangle that increases strength and stiffness in the front end.
* incorporate ISCG 05 chainguide mounts.
* Increase head tube diameter to 1.5″.
* Reduced frame weight by a third of a pound over the previous model.

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