Bike Check: Cedric Gracia’s Crankworx Enduro Santa Cruz Nomad Race Bike
The Enduro World Series race held in Whistler last last weekend was considered by many to be one of the most rugged races of the entire season. Consisting of 8,000 feet of climbing, over some forty odd miles (of mostly single track), many riders chose to ride their biggest, baddest, burliest, set up.
For Cedric Gracia, this meant turning to the recently released Santa Cruz Nomad.
Up front, the wild frenchman was sporting a preproduction DVO Diamond Fork. Only a few months away from final production, his input will be instrumental in ensuring the final production model is well worth its asking price.
The two tone anodized handlebar is a limited edition CG piece from Production Privee.
On the top tube, a well worn sticker helps indicate at just what time each of the stages begin. With the first stage beginning just shy of 11 AM, and the last at 6:30, it was long day in the saddle.
The rear squish is provided by a DVO Jade shock. Development for this product began in 2012 and it is just now reaching production.
Just in case of a flat, Cedric has a tube and CO2 canister strapped to his frame using tape. The benefit of using tape in this scenario is that it can be used to hold other components together in a pinch.
In full Enduro race ready trim, (aka beefy tires, coil rear suspension, and emergency equipment at the ready,) Cedric’s race machine weighed a total of 32 lbs 8 oz (14.7 kg).