Popular and affordable Nukeproof Scout hardtail is back for 2021

Two wheel size options and plenty of stock

2021 Nukeproof Scout hardtail mountain bike

Nukeproof’s 2021 Scout hardtail is, according to the company, aimed at doing a bit of everything and excels when you point it downhill or at a jump.

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Nukeproof says it’s made for “XC hacks, laps of the trails [and] shredding technical enduro/downhill runs,” as confirmed in our review of a previous incarnation of the same bike.

The frame is unchanged from the 2020 model (the Scout has been in the brand’s lineup since 2014, incidentally), but Nukeproof is now offering a new Pro build in both 27.5in and 29in wheel size options.

This means there are three builds in each wheel size, ranging in price from a £1,100 to £2,100. Two frame-only options (27.5- and 29-inch) are also available for £400.

2021 Nukeproof Scout geometry

Both the 27.5in Scout 275 and 29in Scout 290 feature a slack 65-degree head angle, tight chainstay length (435mm on the 275 and 440mm on the 290) and hydroformed 6061 triple-butted Aluminium tubing.

The 275 is available in four sizes (S, M, L, XL), the 290 available in three (M, L, XL), with the wheelbase on a size-L Scout 275 measuring 1,191mm.

2021 Nukeproof Scout 29 geometry

Size Medium Large Extra-large
Reach (mm) 425 450 475
Stack (mm) 639 643 643
Effective top tube (mm) 620 646 671
Seat tube length (mm) 420 460 510
Effective seat tube angle (degrees) 73 73 73
Head tube angle (degrees) 65 65 65
Chainstay length (mm) 440 440 440
Front centre (mm) 774 771 796
Wheelbase (mm) 1175 1202 1227
Bottom bracket height (mm) 300 300 300
Standover height (mm) 720 760 810

2021 Nukeproof Scout 275 geometry

Size Small Medium Large Extra-large
Reach (mm) 400 425 450 475
Stack (mm) 608 608 613 613
Effective top tube (mm) 586 611 637 662
Seat tube length (mm) 380 420 460 510
Effective seat tube angle (degrees) 73 73 73 73
Head tube angle (degrees) 65 65 65 65
Chainstay length (mm) 435 435 435 435
Front centre (mm) 709 774 761 781
Wheelbase (mm) 1139 1164 1191 1216
Bottom bracket height (mm) 310 310 310 310
Standover height (mm) 690 710 720 770

Nukeproof says the Scout complete builds and frame options are available to pre-order now and expects the bikes to be with stockists from 14 September 2021, apparently in copious quantities — something to boast about in the Covid-19 era of bike shortages.

All Scout frames come with a five-year warranty.

2021 Scout 275 and 290 Pro specifications

2021 Nukeproof Scout hardtail mountain bike
The new Pro model features a slightly longer travel fork.
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The new Pro model has a slightly longer fork with 10mm extra travel, plus higher-grade components.

  • Frame finish: Brushed ‘n Raw with Black decals
  • Fork: RockShox Lyrik Select Charger RC 150mm, 46mm offset, BOOST, Debonair
  • Wheelset: DT Swiss M1900 SPLINE
  • Tyres: Front: Maxxis Assegai, Maxx Terra / Rear: Maxxis Dissector Maxx Terra
  • Crankset: Shimano SLX M7100 12-Speed
  • Brakes: Shimano SLX M7120
  • Handlebars: Nukeproof Horizon V2 25mm rise
  • Stem: Nukeproof Horizon, 50mm, Black
  • Saddle: Nukeproof Horizon SL, Black/Grey
  • Seatpost: Brand X Ascend internal w Shimano SL-MT500-IL remote lever, S:125mm drop; M:150mm drop; L/XL:170mm drop
  • Headset: Nukeproof, 44-56 IITS
  • Grips: Nukeproof Sam Hill Signature
  • Price: £2,100

2021 Scout 275 and 290 Comp specifications

2021 Nukeproof Scout hardtail mountain bike
Nukeproof’s Scout 290 Comp hardtail.
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The mid-range Comp model features solid components for the money. 

  • Frame finish: Concrete Car Park Grey
  • Fork: Marzocchi Bomber Z2, 130mm, 44mm Offset, BOOST, RAIL Damper
  • Wheelset: Sun Ringle Duroc 35 Comp
  • Tyres: Front: Maxxis Assegai WT, Maxx Terra / Rear: Maxxis Dissector WT, Maxx Terra
  • Crankset: Shimano Deore M6100 12-speed
  • Brakes: Shimano Deore M6120
  • Handlebars: Nukeproof Neutron V2 25mm rise
  • Stem: Nukeproof Neutron AM, 45mm, Black
  • Saddle: Nukeproof Neutron, Black
  • Seatpost: Brand X Ascend internal, 31.6mm, M:150mm drop; L/XL: 170mm drop
  • Headset: Nukeproof Warhead, 44-56 IITS
  • Grips: Nukeproof Sam Hill Signature
  • Price: £1,550

2021 Scout 275 and 290 Race specifications

2021 Nukeproof Scout hardtail mountain bike
The Scout comes in 27.5in and 29in options in three builds.
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At £1,100, the Scout Race looks to be a great value winter hack or ideal for someone looking to get into hardcore hardtail riding.

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  • Frame finish: Blue on Blue
  • Fork: RockShox Recon RL 140mm, 46mm offset, Solo Air, Gloss Black
  • Wheelset: Nukeproof Neutron V2 Hub built onto a 27.5” WTB STi30 TCS
  • Tyres: Front: Maxxis Assegai Maxx Terra / Rear: Maxxis Dissector, Maxx Terra
  • Drivetrain: Shimano M5100 Deore 10-speed
  • Brakes: Shimano MT4100
  • Handlebars: Nukeproof Neutron V2 25mm rise
  • Stem: Nukeproof Neutron AM, 45mm, Black
  • Saddle: Nukeproof Neutron, Black
  • Seatpost: Nukeproof Neutron, Black, 31.6mm, 400mm
  • Headset: Nukeproof Warhead, 44-56 IITS
  • Grips: Nukeproof Sam Hill Signature
  • Price: £1,100