New bikes are in session at Nukeproof, with the Belfast brand rolling out their 2019 Mega 275, new Mega Carbon Pro, Comp, Scout and Digger steeds for the coming season.
It’s been another big year for Nukeproof winning both the Pro Men and Under 21 Enduro World Series titles with Sam Hill and Elliott Heap. Using world level competition as their testing bed, now we’re seeing those refinements and updates coming across into the customer range, resulting in bikes ready to race right out of the shop.
With 2018 marking the launch of the new Mega 275c, for 2019 the Nukeproof Mega range improves with some subtle refinements and upgraded parts. Carbon also comes into play with the announcement of the new Mega 275 Carbon Pro.
For hardtail fans the Scout also gets an overhaul with the 275 and 290 coming in three models – Comp, Race and Sport. The Digger gravel-style adventure bike keeps the MTB theme with 120mm dropper post as standard on the Pro model.
Proud of their Belfast roots and with much of the colour schemes in the range inspired by early 90’s rock and punk posters, the iconic The Empire Music Hall played host to reveal Nukeproof’s 2019 range.
2019 Nukeproof Mega 275c & 275
The Mega 275c was launched late last year, so the new 2019 models simply offer subtle refinement to the frame and finishing kit. It retains its Enduro World Series winning gravity focused geometry, but gets the addition of the latest offerings from Rockshox, Sram, Fox and Shimano.
This combined with the fact that all the 2019 Mega models use the brand new Michelin Wild Enduro tyres and latest Nukeproof components – Wide bars, short stems, Horizon SL saddles and Sam Hill Signature Grips – add up to a race ready package, straight out of the box.
New for 2019 is the Mega 275 Carbon Pro. Bringing carbon to the core of the range, Nukeproof now offer riders the choice of three different specification options of Carbon (RS, Factory & PRO). Nukeproof say they wanted to create a bike that was uncompromised, featuring products that would stand the test of time.
Suspension is taken care of by the very latest Rockshox Lyric RC fork and Super Deluxe RC3 rear shock. With updated contact points, a Sram GX Eagle drive chain, Michelin Wild Enduro Tyres and brand new Mavic Deemax Elite wheels: it features a great performing and reliable spec list that is more than ready for any round of the EWS.
2019 Nukeproof Mega 275 & 290 Comp
Not to be overlooked are the Mega 275 and 290 Comp models. Top sellers, the Comp models have been updated to include a Sram NX Eagle drivetrain and the latest Rockshox Yari Charger RC fork.
The 290 has been an alternative option to the 275 for a long time now. Both are intended for the same purpose, but for riders that prefer 27.5” or 29”. Year on year 29” interest seems to grow and so they have further improved offerings with the Mega 290 Factory, PRO and Comp models.
With a new 290 Alloy frame launched in 2018, the Mega 290 has been a huge success. The question asked is – “Why no carbon?” Nukeproof are not saying never, but until they can produce a frame that offers significant advantages over the alloy sibling, they will hold off.
As note for riders, all 2019 Nukeproof Mega’s (Rockshox and Fox equipped) will come with 2 volume spacers in the rear shock. With these shocks so easy to tune, we wanted to give our riders to option to be able to remove to taste and to tune the shock to their personal preference.
2019 Nukeproof Scout
While the Mega gets all the lime light, there is still something about riding a great hardtail. Unlike suspension bikes, they don’t compensate for lack of skill and are great for both beginners: as they teach you to ride properly; and more experienced riders as they help you hone your skills; riding smooth and efficient as you have to pick the best lines to carry speed.
The Scout name has been around for a number of years now and has developed something of a cult following within the Nukeproof owners world. It’s low slung frame with slack geometry make the Scout a playful and hard hitting trail weapon that is ready for adventure. It’s a truly versatile machine, designed to rail berms, ride dirt jumps, trails and explore.
Available in both 275 and 290 spec and in 3 models (Comp, Race & Sport), there are plenty of options for all tastes and budgets. The main difference between the two wheels sizes are that the 275 uses 2.6” tyres to offer that little more damping on the trail, whereas the 290 is all about flat out speed and rolls on 2.35”. Regardless of tyre size, quality Maxxis tyres are used throughout the Scout range.
Based on customer feedback all models now get a quality Rockshox fork: Revelation, Sektor or Recon; and have made improvements to the contact points so every Scout now comes with a comfy saddle and Sam Hill Signature grips.
For 2019, the price of the Scout Sport 275/ 290 has risen slightly, but so has the quality of the components and finishing kit resulting in a ride that far exceeds the price tag.
It now features a slick Suntour 1x crankset with Shimano Deore 1x drivechain, new 140mm (275)/ 130mm (290) Rockshox Recon RL fork and it rolls on a Nukeproof Neutron/ WTB wheelset with quality Maxxis Minion (275)/ Forekaster (290) tyres.
2019 Nukeproof Digger
It was originally conceived as an on-and-off-road capable winter training tool for our athletes, the Nukeproof Digger has become hard to pigeon hole as a gravel bike. The Digger is essentially a super versatile alternative bike for Mountain Bikers. It wants to get you out exploring, regardless of the surface under your tyres.
Although it is perfect for commuting to work or meeting friends at the pub, it wants you to turn off the asphalt and onto the dirt. You can now take that muddy short-cut on your commute or to try the longer off-road way instead.
The key to its versatility lies in the fact that it can take all manner of wheels and tyre sizes. It will take anything from a 700c wheel with 45c tyre to a 27.5” wheel with 2.3” tyre. It will even take a 29” wheel with up to a 2.1” tyre. On top of this, we have designed in a removable seat stay bridge so you can have mud clearance when you want or you can choose to run full proper mud guards to keep you clean.
The Diggers are spec’d as a mountain biker would want; Bolt through, Disc and 1x specific with dropper post capability and a wide handle bar for confidence, even in the drops. Both Digger models come fitted with a carbon fork for comfort and clearance, 15x100mm/142x12mm bolt through hub spacing, Flat mount disc brakes, 27.5″ wheels, fitted with fast rolling 47c WTB Sendero Road Plus tyres that crucially, are more than capable off-road too.
Unlike most bikes in this category the Digger is 1x specific and enables you to fit a dropper post to get the saddle out the way when your pushing the limits off road. The Pro model comes fitted with a BX Ascend seat post with 120mm Drop as standard. The Drive chain for the Pro (Blue/ Copper) and Comp (Concrete Grey/ Black) are kept simple and clean with Sram’s new 1x Rival (Pro) and Apex (comp) 1×11 systems.
Full Product Spec: Nukeproof 2019 Range
Bikes available to buy
Mega 275c/ 275/ 290 out NOW
Scout 275/ 290 – 19th November
Digger – 10th December