Nukeproof had an excellent reception for last year’s Mega AM (all-mountain) and TR (trail) bikes. For 2014 they’ve kept the basic formula of long, low and slack geometry but added mid-sized 650b wheels into the mix.
Gravity fiends on a budget will also welcome the addition of an improved fork on Nukeproof’s most affordable downhill bike, the Scalp. Read on for more details unveiled at Eurobike 2013. US pricing and availability is to be confirmed.
Nukeproof Mega AM and TR 275 – details
The Nukeproof Mega AM 275 now comes with 650b wheels
The 160mm travel Nukeproof Mega AM 275 will still come in two specifications, with the top Pro model (£3,199.99) using a 10-speed SRAM X0 drivetrain matched to a single front ring and chainguide for a more aggressive, descent-focused setup. It also packs an internally routed RockShox Reverb Stealth dropper post, a top-of-the-range RockShox Pike RT3 fork and a Monarch Plus RC3 rear shock, with new four-piston Avid Elixir Trail 9 brakes.
The £2,499.99 Comp does without the dropper post and uses the less adjustable Pike RC fork, plus a Monarch Plus R shock, and a twin ring crank up front. Both the Pro and Comp are finished with Nukeproof’s own-brand wheelset, saddle, bar and stem.
The Nukeproof Mega TR 275 might be the AM’s little brother in terms of travel, but UK distributors Hotlines expect it to be the better seller. They told BikeRadar that the 130mm rear travel and 150mm fork will be suited to everyone from trail riders to enduro racers.
The top Mega TR Pro (£2,999.99) will be joined by a complete Comp bike (£2,399.99), with component differences between the two being broadly the same as those for the AM bikes. Lighter RockShox Revelation forks and Monarch shocks are fitted to both trail bikes.
Nukeproof Scalp DH bike trades price hike for improved spec
The Scalp trades a slight price increase for a RockShox Boxxer RC fork and SRAM X7 rear mech
While the Nukeproof Pulse downhill bike that Sam Hill has used for the World Cup Downhill season remains unchanged for 2014, the more affordable Scalp will see some tweaks for next year.
The rather heavy RockShox Domain triple clamp fork is gone in favour of a more controlled Boxxer RC, with adjustable rebound and compression damping. In return, the Scalp’s price has increased slightly to £2,499.99, but the upgrade of the rear mech to SRAM X7 helps sweeten the deal.
The new Nukeproof bikes should be available in the UK from November onwards.