Nukeproof’s new Digger blurs the boundaries between gravel and MTB

Elliott Heap takes the enduro and DH racer-inspired gravel bike to the extremes of sending it

Nukeproof’s Digger is an anomaly in its line-up of bikes, rubbing shoulders with trail, enduro and DH rigs. Although it’s clear to see how and why Nukeproof has settled with the bike’s specification and geometry figures.

Elliott Heap sends the Digger harder than we've seen anyone send a gravel bike before

Originally developed in 2015 as a training tool for its roster of world title winning enduro and DH athletes, Nukeproof's Digger has gained quite a following of non-pro riders as a capable do-it-all gravel bike.

For 2019, the bike has evolved again, further blurring the lines between MTB and gravel as it edges further down the spectrum to extreme.

With wide bars, bolt thru-axles, disc brakes and dropper post compatibility, the idea is that the Digger can add elements of flare to training rides, coaxing you away from paved or even gravel roads into more extreme territory. But only if you’ve got the right skills.

The Digger's bars are wide
The Digger's bars are wide

The bike comes standard with 47mm wide tyres mated to 650b wheels but you can run 700c rims if you’d like. The size large has a 403.3mm reach, 425mm chainstay, 1,039.5mm wheelbase, a 71.3-degree head angle and 74-degree seat angle.

The Digger’s available in two models; the Pro and the Comp. Both feature SRAM 1x 11-speed drivetrains and SRAM hydro discs, the Pro is equipped with Rival and the Comp with Apex.

The 11-speed drivetrain gives you plenty of gears to grind up hills and speed down dale
The 11-speed drivetrain gives you plenty of gears to grind up hills and speed down dale

The Comp is fitted with WTB rims and tyres, while the Pro model gets Nukeproof Horizon wheels and a smattering of Nukeproof own-branded and some branded kit to make up the finishing kit.

The Pro model is also decked out with a dropper post from Brand X that has a 120mm drop — more than ample if you’re looking to get sendy on your gravel grinder. Both models feature a carbon fork, threaded bottom bracket and mounts for both mudguards and panniers.

The Pro model is equipped with a 120mm drop Brand X dropper post
The Pro model is equipped with a 120mm drop Brand X dropper post

The icing on the cake is that in both guises the bike retails for less for than £2,000. The Pro model will set you back £1,849.99 and the Comp is £1,499.99.

Nukeproof Digger Comp

The Digger Comp retails for £1,499.99
The Digger Comp retails for £1,499.99

  • Frame: Alloy 650b or 700c compatible, dropper post compatible, 142x12mm axle
  • Fork: Carbon 650b or 700c compatible, tapered steerer, rack mounts 15x100mm axle
  • Wheels: WTB ST i23 650b 32h
  • Tyres: WTB Sendero 650x47c Road Plus, TCS, Light Fast Rolling, tan wall, Dual DNA Compound
  • Cranks: SRAM Apex 11-speed 170mm, 40t
  • Derailleur: SRAM Apex 11-speed
  • Cassette: SRAM 1130 11-42t
  • Brakes: SRAM Apex 160mm rotors
  • Bars: Non Series Al-6061 480/500mm
  • Stem: Non Series 6061 7-degree, 80–110mm
  • Saddle: Nukeproof Horizon SL
  • Seatpost: Nukeproof Neutron 31.6, 400mm
  • Headset: Nukeproof Warhead
  • £1,499.99

Nukeproof Digger Pro

The Digger Pro retails for £1,849.99
The Digger Pro retails for £1,849.99

  • Frame: Alloy 650b or 700c compatible, dropper post compatible, 142x12mm axle
  • Fork: Carbon 650b or 700c compatible, tapered steerer, rack mounts 15x100mm axle
  • Wheels: Nukeproof Horizon
  • Tyres: WTB Sendero 650x47c Road Plus, TCS, Light Fast Rolling, tan wall, Dual DNA Compound
  • Cranks: SRAM Rival 11-speed 170mm, 40t
  • Derailleur: SRAM Rival 11-speed
  • Cassette: SRAM 1130 11-42t
  • Brakes: SRAM Rival 160mm rotors
  • Bars: Non Series Al-6061 480/500mm
  • Stem: SRAM Zipp 6-degree, 80–110mm
  • Saddle: Nukeproof Horizon SL
  • Seatpost: Brand X Ascend 120mm drop, 31.6, 400mm
  • Headset: Nukeproof Warhead
  • £1,849.99
Alex has been riding bikes since he was knee-high to a grasshopper. He first raced back in 2003, winning the Juvenile category on a sketchy hard tail Planet X bike. Alex lived in the Alps for seven years so isn't shy of a climb or two and loves getting out in his bike in all weather. His favorite thing to ride is steep loamy tracks with loads of opportunities to slam the bike into turns and really give it some frame bending welly! He's broken his fair share of frames, so any bike between his knees is going to get a right seeing to.
  • Discipline: DH, Enduro, XC, BMX, Road
  • Preferred Terrain: Epic descents covered in the world's finest loam and hero dirt
  • Current Bikes: Nukeproof Mega 275 / Giant Anthem Advanced 275 1 / LeMond Reno / Deluxe Pro 2 BMX
  • Dream Bike: Giant ATX 1 DH (1999 model)
  • Beer of Choice: Teetotal
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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