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Nukeproof Scalp

Postby RockmonkeySC » Sat Jun 23, 2012 12:32 pm

Got myself a nice new Nukeproof Scalp DH Pro.
Only intended to go the basic Scalp but I have a expensive habit of upgrading bikes so I decided it would work out cheaper to buy one which is already kitted out with top spec kit

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•Frame: Hydroformed Double-Welded 6061 Aluminium Single Pivot Design Featuring Fallout Linkage Driven Three Stage Progression Suspension, 209mm Travel
•Rear Shock: Cane Creek Double Barrel, 500lb Steel Spring
•Forks: RockShox BoXXer R2C2, 200mm Travel, 20mm Maxle Lite Thru Axle
•Handlebars: Nukeproof Warhead 760 Riser Bar, 25mm Rise
•Stem: Nukeproof Warhead BoXXer Direct Mount
•Grips: Nukeproof Lock-On
•Headset: Nukeproof 49IISS
•Chainset: Truvativ Descendant GXP, 36t, 165mm
•Chainguide: Truvativ X0 ISCG05, 36-40t, Black
•Chain: SRAM PC-1051
•Cassette: SRAM PG-1070, 11-26t, 10-Speed
•Shifter: SRAM X9
•Rear Derailleur: SRAM X0
•Brakes: Avid X0, 200mm Rotors
•Saddle: Nukeproof Plasma Scalp
•Seatpost: Nukeproof Warhead Inline
•Tyres: Maxxis Minion DHF Front & Rear, 26” x 2.5” 42aST
•Wheelset: Nukeproof Generator Race, Thru Axle 110mm-20mm/150mm-12mm
•Weight: 17.9kg (Medium)

Wont get my first ride until tomorrow which will also be my first race on it :D
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Re: Nukeproof Scalp

Postby bonezy » Sat Jun 23, 2012 12:39 pm

Very, very nice! Brave to make your first ride a race too, good luck!
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Re: Nukeproof Scalp

Postby RockmonkeySC » Sat Jun 23, 2012 18:10 pm

Managed to get out for an hour this afternoon. It rides great, very fast through the rough stuff, great through Berms. It absolutely flies off jumps, caught me by surprise a bit the first time.
Suspension is very good, I see why the CCDB has such a good reputation, ride quality is like floating on a cloud of titties :-)
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Re: Nukeproof Scalp

Postby Thewaylander » Sat Jun 23, 2012 19:53 pm

You need to give your bike to me.....

That is all
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Re: Nukeproof Scalp

Postby RockmonkeySC » Sun Jun 24, 2012 19:43 pm

It's a fast bike! Knocked several seconds of my expected race time and finished 6th. So easy to hold a drift and even pull it back in to line when the front lets go and very stable at high speed through boggy sections.
Just let down by the wrong tyres. I was on Swamp Things and all the riders who beat me were on Dirty Dans. Need to get a set of Dirty Dans
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Re: Nukeproof Scalp

Postby RideOnTime » Sun Jun 24, 2012 23:06 pm

looks stealthy. smart.
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Re: Nukeproof Scalp

Postby mrmonkfinger » Mon Jun 25, 2012 09:45 am

very nice

not a lot of scope for upgrades :)
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Re: Nukeproof Scalp

Postby felix.london » Mon Jun 25, 2012 12:43 pm

Very Nice!

Seen a couple of these over the last two weekends up the road at Montgenevre. Even had to lend my pump to an Italian guy who had one who was rating it as well
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Re: Nukeproof Scalp

Postby 1mancity2 » Mon Jun 25, 2012 12:59 pm

So would you go back to the Reign x? (I already know the answer)

Looks really well and a very decent spec as well.
Finished, Check out my custom Giant Reign 2010
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Re: Nukeproof Scalp

Postby RockmonkeySC » Mon Jun 25, 2012 13:29 pm

I wouldn't but I was beaten by someone on a Reign X at the weekend!
Fortunately it was Steve Geall, bmx & mtb legend, ex Giant factory rider who also made Chris Smith the legend he is. Steve could turn up to a DH race on a folding bike with 20" wheels & still win.
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Re: Nukeproof Scalp

Postby RockmonkeySC » Sat Jun 30, 2012 20:03 pm

Fitted some Drift titanium fork armour to protect the lowers from rocks & uplifts.
Not too pretty but nicely made and a good fit.

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Re: Nukeproof Scalp

Postby RockmonkeySC » Sun Aug 26, 2012 17:19 pm

After two months of hard riding I really can't fault the Scalp. It has made me a much faster rider and give me a lot more confidence to go bigger.
The only component to have failed so far is the chain device which snapped (my finger snapped as well!) when I crashed at FoD when I got a step down jump all wrong.
I have fitted a e*thirteen LG1+ which I got from CRC for £89 which seems like a bargain
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Really simple to set up & more effective than the Truvativ X0 device
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Re: Nukeproof Scalp

Postby RockmonkeySC » Sun Oct 21, 2012 16:52 pm

I did the Southern downhill champs a few weeks back. Great day riding and somehow managed 11th in the masters even though I crashed in both race runs.
I tried a set of Bontrager G-Mud downhill tyres, they are great in loose mud, amazingly grippy and fast but lethal on the roots.
The bike is capable of much more than I am as I found out trying to keep up with Rich Thomas from the Wideopen Nukeproof world cup DH team. It all got a bit much and ended with a broken finger from a scary crash on a big road gap jump.
As soon as I am healed from my latest injury it's serious training ready to race in the Forest Of Dean mini downhill winter series and hopefully some reasonable results.
Here's a couple pics from the Southern Championships at UK Bike Park

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Re: Nukeproof Scalp

Postby Cat With No Tail » Sun Oct 21, 2012 17:20 pm

Looks like you were shredding there! Good results, well done.

That 1st pic gives a good idea of how muddy it was too.
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Re: Nukeproof Scalp

Postby RockmonkeySC » Tue Oct 23, 2012 10:43 am

Cat With No Tail wrote:Looks like you were shredding there! Good results, well done.

That 1st pic gives a good idea of how muddy it was too.


Thanks, results should have been a lot better but this is my first season racing so I make mistakes & still have a lot to learn.
Conditions were tricky, some sections were completely dry but other sections were loose and muddy. I think I should have put some HIgh Rollers on for better grip in the rooty sections. The first pic was the best section of the track, it's straight after a road gap, as soon as you land you can throw the bike in to the turn and that loose berm catches you no matter how hard you hit it. I was surprised to see how compressed my forks are though!
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Re: Nukeproof Scalp

Postby jonniorrell » Thu Jan 24, 2013 19:02 pm

bike looks great in action!!
Always take spare socks!!
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Re: Nukeproof Scalp

Postby RockmonkeySC » Fri Jan 25, 2013 19:56 pm

It's amazing to ride. It's a proper race bike, which just encourages you to go faster and bigger then laughs at your best efforts!
The only negative is that there are loads of them at every race, but there is a good reason why!
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Re: Nukeproof Scalp

Postby ilovedirt » Sat Jan 26, 2013 03:23 am

Haha, yeah they're not exactly rare are Scalps. That said, Sundays are common as hell too, but then there's good reason for that, too. :)

Wouldn't mind testing a Scalp to see what the fuss is all about, they're meant to ride nice, but I just can't force myself to like how they look. I've never really tried a proper modern downhill bike - the Sunday is about as close as I've gotten, but it's not exactly a bad bike.
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Re: Nukeproof Scalp

Postby RockmonkeySC » Sat Jan 26, 2013 16:50 pm

Sunday's are awesome bikes, a future classic. They were probably the best DH race bike of their time.
It's difficult to get a test ride on a Scalp. To be honest I didn't like the looks of it and it wasn't even one of the bikes I wanted to buy when I was looking for a new DH bikes but I couldn't ignore the value and the amazing reviews. A quick blast down a short trail on one belonging to someone I met on an uplift was the only test ride I had.

It's getting it's first upgrade next week, a set of Shimano Zee brakes (£195 for the pair from Rose Bikes). Hopefully they should be a bit more consistent than the Avid X0's and have a little more bite. After reading specs and reviews I just couldn't justify the extra for Saint brakes for a really minimal weight loss and a pad contact adjuster which according to reviews doesn't work.
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Re: Nukeproof Scalp

Postby ilovedirt » Sun Jan 27, 2013 01:32 am

Lol, Sundays are already a classic!

Sounds good, I got some new XTs on my Sunday, not had a chance to ride it yet though so I'll see how I get on. Silly easy to bleed though.
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