Finally caught up with Chris whom I have exchanged much info online but so far has only been hi-bye when we see each other on the trails. Both our bikes are setup strikingly similar. With similar physique we just swap over and was comfortable with each other's rig in mid trail.
Not the first Nomad I have ridden but this one needed not even a single adjustment and I have to admit it feels just as good. In fact with the tubeless and slightly softer suspension setup, I would say it has that advantage over my EG on today's spin.
As I was posting up this pic on FB it strikes me that it looks like a shooutout page on some MTB mag. Same class of rigs spotting different competing components. All it needs is one of us to switch over to the SRAM camp to make the picture complete... speaking of which that wouldn't likely be yours truly... die hard Shimano since 1983.
Great ride.. sweltering 34 Celcius at the start that cooled off as tropical rain clouds came just as we finished up. More on the new fork later in its own review but -- nothing major to bitch about as we rode the mother of all xc trails around this island. Short steep technical climbs punctuating the whole way, with the Vengeance Coil 170mm A-C comparable to that of a 180mm fork... it didnt make anything harder than the 160mm forks I had before. Bar height setup adjusted to counter the difference.
Best thing that happens today-- no mud smooching up my spanking new rebuild :D
Sadly my wide butt seems to be having a major disagreement with the sleek Fizik Tundra that has been color matched to the hilt with the new EG theme. Not even my ultimate butt-saver, De-Soto Tri seat cover can mediate their quarrel. My butt wins-- the Fizik will have to make way, its back to the old time proven WTB Silverado for El Getsugatensho.