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 wideNukeproof
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 daleNukeproof
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 postNukeproof
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.
Alex started racing downhill at the tender age of 11, later going on to compete internationally representing the UK. At 19, he moved to the Alps to pursue a career as a bike bum clocking up moon-mileage riding the famous tracks in and around Morzine, France. In that time, he broke more bikes than he can remember. Alex then moved back to the UK when he landed a job working for Mountain Biking UK as their Features Editor — BikeRadar's sister title — as their features editor. Since working for MBUK, Alex's focus has moved to towards bike tech and he now wants to find out what bikes and components represent the best value for money regardless of discipline. Alex's current fleet includes his trusty commuter bike, a 2017 Marin Gestalt 3, his long term Orange Stage 6 RS enduro bike, a used and abused 2015 GT Sanction Pro, a Scott Voltage YZ dirt jump bike and a Deluxe Pro 2 BMX.