Cascade Components V4 Nomad LT Link Review
Tested by Alex Moschitti
What started as a side project one year ago has evolved into a slightly more time consuming endeavor for Cascade Components founder, Jimmy Davis. After breaking a rear triangle on his Santa Cruz Nomad, the mechanical engineer found himself with a bit of downtime while he waited for a replacement. As any engineer would do, Jimmy began to make parametric equations for leverage ratios, wheel travel and axle paths. After doing this, Jimmy came up with a hypothesis and set out to see if he could tweak the dimensions and accommodate a longer stroke and coil-sprung rear damper to customize the ride of his bike. After great success on the trail, Jimmy founded Cascade Components and began selling his LT Nomad link to the public. Since then he’s been hard at work and has also added Bronson and Megatower LT links to Cascade Component’s menu.
Jimmy sent us two links, one for the Megatower and another for a Nomad. We asked around and found two riding acquaintances with bikes that fit the bill and we passed them off. Over the last several months the riders have randomly texted us words of praise and thanks for their new upgrades. Here’s what you need to know.
Founder Jimmy Davis’ day job is a mechanical engineer at ClaroWorks, a short run production firm that specializes in mechanical engineering design services and part production. By having access to CNC and molding machines, Jimmy was able to take his Santa Cruz Nomad suspension theories, and start acting on them by machining links to tune the rate and travel of his Nomad.
Cascade Components’ V4 Nomad link is a CNC-machined piece and adds a nice industrial look to the otherwise rounded carbon tubes of Santa Cruz Bicycles is known for. Cascade Components offers the links in a few different color options should you like to add a little more flair to your ride.
Along with changing the look of your Santa Cruz Nomad, the Cascade Components link will provide a more progressive leverage curve, increase travel and lengthen the chainstays. By installing the link, Nomad owners also have the ability to increase the travel of their bike to 177mm or 190mm. Doing so requires running a 230mm x 60mm shock or 230mm x 65mm shock, respectively. It goes without saying that those looking for a bit more travel for big hits or bike park days with their Nomad will certainly see the value here.
*It is worth noting that owners need to understand by modifying their bike can come with repercussions, which we’ll address below.