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Nukeproof Mega

Postby *AJ* » Thu Mar 14, 2013 13:35 pm

As some of you may or may not know, up until recently I had two Orange bikes The MsIsle for commuting and the odd thrash around a BMX track if I feel like it... and the Patriot for downhill duties.

The patriot has the usual spec list; Boxxers, saint brakes and gears, Hope/mavic wheels etc etc and was very specific to Downhill riding.

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Whilst I did really like this bike, it hadn't been used properly since August, which was when I did an uplift day at Cwmcarn. Since then a few mates have bought bikes and we are up at the local trail centre doing 10+ miles of single track... Not exactly ideal for the Patriot, so I've been using the MsIsle.
This resulted in the nice bike not being ridden at all, but the commuter/play bike being used 6 days a week, so I decided to swap the frame and fork for something a little less DH specific and something I could pedal uphill too, something I might actually get use out of more than a few times in the summer.

Enter the Nukeproof Mega build.

First step was stripping down the Patriot, the forks have sold, but the frame/shocks/chain device etc is all up for sale if anyone is interested give me a shout.

The first part of the puzzle arrived on Tuesday, a set of 160mm Rockshox Domain 318 in black with a tapered steerer.

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Second part of the puzzle arrived early yesterday, A Hope 36T chainring, MRP G2 mini chain device, a seat post shim, and shifter cable and outer.

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And then when I got home from work last night I had this waiting for me.

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Ohhhhhh stealthy.

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I wanted to check all the headset was present and working so put the bits together.

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Then I got carried away as I had an hour to spare before I had to be anywhere.

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Decided that I needed to test fit as much as I could so i could order anything I needed before the weekend as Im aiming to get out on it on Sunday. After an hour I had to give up, but its 90% complete

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REALLY pleased with it so far, Had to order a few little bits from CRC today, including a shock pump as the shock is sagging about 70% into its travel when I'm sat on it.

I'll keep this thread update with my progress though, and get a few more detailed pics up once its finished.
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Re: 2012 Nukeproof Mega *work in progress*

Postby Pesky Jones » Thu Mar 14, 2013 13:57 pm

Nice work man. I liked the patriot but the mega looks...well...mega!

I'd chop that steerer down though, purely for aesthetics however!

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Re: 2012 Nukeproof Mega *work in progress*

Postby RockmonkeySC » Thu Mar 14, 2013 17:19 pm

Nice build. If the Mega rides half as good as the Scalp it will be a great bike.

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Re: 2012 Nukeproof Mega *work in progress*

Postby ilovedirt » Thu Mar 14, 2013 18:58 pm

Sweet, always really wanted one of these!
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Re: 2012 Nukeproof Mega *work in progress*

Postby *AJ* » Fri Mar 15, 2013 11:53 am

Thanks guys, really pleased with it so far! hoping that I get out on it Sunday....

The steerer does need chopping but im not keeping that stem on there, so I don't really want to cut anything until I've finalised set up etc. I have got some nice hope spacers on the way though to tidy it up until then.

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Re: 2012 Nukeproof Mega *work in progress*

Postby Biggus86 » Fri Mar 15, 2013 15:12 pm

The stem's a bit long ain't it haha. I'm liking the Mega's, was gonna buy one but nothing went to plan :(

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Re: 2012 Nukeproof Mega *work in progress*

Postby *AJ* » Fri Mar 15, 2013 22:58 pm

Yeah the stem is 70mm, it was needed on the patriot as it had quite a short top tube, but this frame is quite a bit longer, so ill change it to a 50mm one when money allows, spent far too much this month though so it'll have to wait a bit.

Got the chain fitted, chain device aligned, gear cable fitted and gears tuned....
Just need to tidy up the stem/headset area, fit some new brake pads, and add some air to the rear shock.

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Re: 2012 Nukeproof Mega *work in progress*

Postby Tom4 » Sat Mar 16, 2013 00:35 am

liking the black and gold

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Re: 2012 Nukeproof Mega *work in progress*

Postby Biggus86 » Sat Mar 16, 2013 13:09 pm

That gold on it looks flipping excellent!

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Re: 2012 Nukeproof Mega *work in progress*

Postby *AJ* » Sat Mar 16, 2013 20:19 pm

Finished it off today, got the rear shock pumped up! It at about 250psi now! Just to get me at 20% sag, but it does feel good! Only had a quick blast around the street, off a few steps, but its a lot plusher than the patriot.

The front fork needs a stiffer spring in it, which I'll do in the next few weeks, along with a shorter stem and slightly wider bar, now I've decided on combo, but that's another £100.

The headset/stem looks better now I've put the gold hope spacers on with gold hed doctor.

It's very very wet here today so unsure I'm gonna get out on it this week now though! Will see! It's gonna be interesting to ride, its very different to the patriot... Long rear stays mean it takes more effort to get on the back wheel. All good fun though I guess!

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Re: 2012 Nukeproof Mega *work in progress*

Postby RockmonkeySC » Sun Mar 17, 2013 19:57 pm

Looks nice but loose some (most) of the spacers under the stem and it will handle so much better. Grip when cornering and braking will be much better, you will have better control through the rough stuff and you will be more attractive to the opposite sex.

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Re: 2012 Nukeproof Mega *work in progress*

Postby *AJ* » Mon Mar 18, 2013 00:18 am

RockmonkeySC wrote:Looks nice but loose some (most) of the spacers under the stem and it will handle so much better. Grip when cornering and braking will be much better, you will have better control through the rough stuff and you will be more attractive to the opposite sex.


Lol good point, I am however going to wait until I get a new stem until I cut the steerer, as this stem is fairly short in the clamping area. The new one will be taller, so I'm going to wait and make sure I don't go too short!

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Re: 2012 Nukeproof Mega *work in progress*

Postby RockmonkeySC » Mon Mar 18, 2013 07:57 am

Move some spacers above the stem.

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Re: 2012 Nukeproof Mega *work in progress*

Postby Thewaylander » Mon Mar 18, 2013 11:12 am

Also try it at about 30% sag, be suprised you wont blast through all teh travel it will gobble the downs way more :)

Lovely machine though. really like these bikes.

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Re: 2012 Nukeproof Mega *work in progress*

Postby RockmonkeySC » Mon Mar 18, 2013 11:51 am

Thewaylander wrote:Also try it at about 30% sag, be suprised you wont blast through all teh travel it will gobble the downs way more :)

Lovely machine though. really like these bikes.


Good tip. The Nukeproof rear suspension really ramps up in the last third of the travel so you can run quite a soft set up and it won't bottom.

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Re: 2012 Nukeproof Mega *work in progress*

Postby *AJ* » Tue Mar 19, 2013 13:36 pm

Thanks for the advice guys, I do like my suspension reasonably hard though to be fair, Ill make sure I take the pump out with me when I get out on it so I can have a play about with pressures.

The fork certainly needs a new spring, I believe the standard one is red (medium) so Im going to swap it for a black (extra firm) one which, with a little more rebound damping dialed in should give the a nice springy fork under my weight without topping out on the take offs (hopefully).

Really looking forward to getting out on this now!

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Re: 2012 Nukeproof Mega *work in progress*

Postby Thewaylander » Tue Mar 19, 2013 14:15 pm

If you like it hard 20% sag on this bike. you will never use the travel then i'm not 100% sure the point of having but as always say horses for courses.

Any reason for choosing hte saint over a more trail weight set up of interest though i do like the saint stuff :)

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Re: 2012 Nukeproof Mega *work in progress*

Postby *AJ* » Tue Mar 19, 2013 16:39 pm

Thewaylander wrote:If you like it hard 20% sag on this bike. you will never use the travel then i'm not 100% sure the point of having but as always say horses for courses.

Any reason for choosing hte saint over a more trail weight set up of interest though i do like the saint stuff :)


Im not quite sure I understand what you've said there...

I have currently set the bike at 20% sag, which is mainly because I like a relatively hard setup, I much prefer to be able to get a feel for what the back end is doing than have it all soaked up by the shock, but I do like to have a bit of give when it comes to the heavier hits. (probably down to my back ground in BMX, trials and 4X)

Anyway the shock pump will come out with me when I do get to put it through its paces and if It is too hard I can dial it down a little bit with the pump.

As for the Saint stuff, I had it already on the Patriot, so it would have seemed silly to change it. Also, you only have to ride a set of saint cranks for a very short time to realise they are stiffer than the XT's etc. I love the saint stuff, I'm not a weight weeny at all so it doesn't really matter to me that it weighs a little more, the saint stuff is built to take a beating time and time again, which is why i love it, but its very much a personal taste

The rear mech for instance has a really strong spring in it, the result of this means the rear mech doesn't chatter anything like the XT version, but as a result the shifting is clunky and quite mechanical compared to the XT version that is silky smooth. I just prefer it that way.

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Re: 2012 Nukeproof Mega *work in progress*

Postby Thewaylander » Tue Mar 19, 2013 19:36 pm

I wasn't criticizing on the saint stuff just wondered on the selection, it is good solid shiz wont get an argument there.

There is alot of ramp up on the frame so i would suggest more 30% and get a shock (if its not on yours)with high and load speed compression damping and tune it up a bit. but experiment, just on 20% i just don't think you will see much of travel in use at all :)

But it's only a suggestion at the end you knows what you likes :)

I do like the mega ;)

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Re: 2012 Nukeproof Mega *work in progress*

Postby RockmonkeySC » Wed Mar 20, 2013 15:43 pm

You might want to go a bit softer than you think on the fork spring. I had an x-firm when I was 17 stone and it was a bit firm for anything except big drops. The domain is a freeride fork so it takes some big hits to make it blow through it's travel. There are usually springs cheap on ebay.


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