In for review is the 2019 Nukeproof Mega 275c Pro. A proven winner on the world stage in the capable hands of Sam Hill, the carbon-framed Nukeproof Mega 275c is built to soak up the biggest hits you can line its path with.
After last month’s review of the all-mountain spec Vitus Escarpe 29 VRX, we’ve switched things up by dropping wheel size and moving to carbon with Nukeproof’s enduro-focused Mega 275c Pro. New for us, carbon is also new to the Nukeproof Mega range for 2019.
Like the Escarpe, stopping power is provided by SRAM with their Guide RE system gripping a 200mm front rotor and 180mm rear.
The drive chain is also SRAM and runs the mighty GX Eagle 12-speed – simply put, no hill is too steep for this 10-50T ratio.
Equipped with top end suspenders from Rockshox, the Mega 275c Pro is boasting 170mm of travel upfront with the Lyrik Charger 2 RC and a whopping 165mm in the rear thanks to their Super Deluxe RC3.
Mavic Deeman Elite 27.5 (650B) wheel sets tip the scales at 1945g a pair without tyre. The Pro is shod with the new Michelin Wild Enduro Gum-X compound front and rear.
Colour scheme is a striking moody midnight purple off set by bold yellow logos and graphics.
The Pro is considered Nukeproof’s ‘entry-level’ of their carbon range, but don’t let that confuse you as aside from some componentry differences, it shares the same geometry as the RS and Factory editions, and the same suspension as the top tier RS for almost £800 less.
Tune back in once we’ve got a couple of rides in to see how things go, or follow our Freewheelin’ Instagram feed for regular updates.
Nukeproof Mega 275c Pro – Technical Details
For 2019 Nukeproof has focussed on the smallest details in order to improve an already podium proven chassis. Making the decision to commit to a dedicated 1x drivetrain configuration across all models, this enabled its engineers to utilise the space required for a front derailleur to increase the main pivot bearing placement ensuring that maximum stiffness is achieved. This additional stiffness prevents torsional flex under pedalling and helps the chassis track through high speed, rough terrain without compromise.
With stiffness in mind, Nukeproof took the time to incorporate the very latest Boost 148 rear axle spacing allowing it to spec much stiffer and stronger wheels both front and rear. All 2019 Nukeproof Mega models will come with new wider spaced Boost wheels and forks enabling the rider to feel even more confident on the increased capability of the bike.
Updated Race Geometry
With the demands of Enduro World Series racers progressing at a rapid rate, Nukeproof looked again at its geometry and saw an opportunity to tailor the frames to suit not only the fastest racers, but the growing tribe of riders that utilise its bikes every weekend whether that be shuttling runs at their favourite bike park, or heading off for an all-day epic in the local hills.
Slightly taller head tube lengths help tailor the cockpit feel to increase rider confidence, and a lengthened top tube on large and extra-large frames should help even the tallest of riders feel at home on the new Mega 275 Carbon Pro.
Metric Shock Sizing
The product development team work extremely closely with Nukeproof’s suspension partners and spent endless hours working on the perfect shock configuration for the new Mega. The perfect partnership between rear shock technology and frame kinematics has always been in the very root of its thought process when developing bikes and the new Mega with its brand new ’metric’ shock standard is no different.
Designed to work perfectly with both air and coil sprung rear shocks, Nukeproof has addressed some of the areas that it felt could be improved on over the previous design such as hardware improvements and higher spec shocks across the board.
The new Mega 275 Carbon Pro utilises the brand new RockShox Super Deluxe rear shock and hardware now comprises of a wider spaced 25mmx8mm front mount, with a rocker link mounted bearing system to improve shock sensitivity and reduce the amount of wear through heavy usage. This combination adds even more stiffness to the chassis through these more secure fixtures and the ‘Metric’ rear shock system with increased bushing overlap.
High in Fibre
Nukeproof has spent 4 years in the development of the brand new Mega 275 Carbon Pro. Utilising a blend of the highest quality carbon fibre composites, the Mega 275 Carbon Pro has been hand crafted with 1 goal in mind… Winning!
Not only is the chassis now significantly lighter than its aluminium counterpart, the strength and reliability of the frame has been vastly improved enabling every rider to push harder, faster and with more confidence than ever before.
Tested on the toughest of terrain and in the most varied conditions by Enduro World Series Winner Sam Hill, the 2019 Mega 275 Carbon Factory sets out to tackle every ride with its trademark attitude.
Nukeproof Mega 275c Pro – Specification