Thanks to Sam Hill, Nukeproof is coming into 2018 with an Enduro World Series (EWS) title under its belt and on an all-time high. Clearly the changes it’s made to the Mega are working for the experienced Australian. But just how well will they fare for us mere mortals?
- The Nukeproof Mega Pro 275 is one of our Bike of the Year bikes for 2018. To read reviews of the other contenders and the categories tested across road, mountain and women’s bikes, visit our Bike of the Year hub.
While much of the attention fell on the switch to the use of carbon on the pricier Mega builds, the alloy bikes also get a serious working over. All Megas (using 650b wheels, at least) are now designed around a 170mm / 6.7in travel fork and sport a super slack head angle of 63.9 degrees.
They also get tweaked to accommodate the new metric shock sizing and have had their shock tune altered slightly for improved support, which Nukeproof claims will work with both air or coil shocks should you wish to switch things up a bit.
While the 458mm seat tube on the large means folk looking for a little extra room to play with could upsize from a medium to large — even though the 35mm jump in reach is significant — seat post travel may limit this, as the large only comes with a 170mm travel post.
The alloy Mega gets an external bottom bracket and external cable routing (with the exception of the dropper post cable/hose).
Nukeproof Mega Pro 275 kit
Nukeproof Mega Pro 275 ride impressions
I’ll start with the sizing. While the medium frame was comfortable to ride for me at 5ft 8in, it does feel like it could grow a little in terms of reach when compared to its counterparts just to up its high-speed stability further.
The effective top tube length of 585mm and steep 75.5-degree seat angle also mean you feel quite upright on the bike when climbing sat down too, so you’d not want to go shorter than the 50mm stem that comes as standard. You’ll also want to reach for that compression lever on the shock to firm things up when ascending because there’s some bob from the suspension when grinding up climbs.
The playfulness and fun the Mega can generate when pointed downhill does help to put these issues to one side though.
Thanks to the incredibly punchy Guide RE brakes, slowing down was never an issue, even after flat out, brake dragging chutes when caked in rain and mud. There’s more than enough power on tap for just about any situation and it’s easy to control too.
Overall, I always came away from riding the Mega impressed with just how solid the frame felt and how capable and comfortable the suspension was, even after long days on gruelling rough trails. Okay, the sizing in the medium won’t suit everyone and the wheels don’t feel like the do the bike justice, but there’s no getting away from the balance and confidence this bike can generate.
- BikeRadar would like to thank Life Cycle Adventures, Sanremo Bike Resort, MET Helmets, Bluegrass Eagle Protection, Mercedes Benz and Brittany Ferries for their help and support during our Bike of the Year test.
If you’re in the market for a new enduro bike, long travel trail bike or all-mountain bike, check out our reviews of those we’ve thoroughly tried and tested.
|Name||Mega Pro 275|
|Available Sizes||S M L XL|
|Top Tube (in)||24.5|
|Seat Tube (in)||18.03|
|Wheelset||Mavic XA Elite|
|Stem||Nukeproof Nuetron AM, 50mm|
|Shifters||SRAM GX Eagle 1x12-speed|
|Seatpost||RockShox Reverb Stealth, 125mm (medium)|
|Saddle||Nukeproof Vector AM|
|Brakes||SRAM Guide RE (200mm/180mm rotors)|
|Rear Tyre||Maxxis High Roller II 3C MaxxTerra 3C DD TR 27.5x2.3in|
|Rear Shock||RockShox Super Deluxe RC3|
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM GX Eagle 1x12-speed|
|Headset Type||Nukeproof Warhead, 44-56 IITS|
|Handlebar||Nukeproof Horizon AL, 800mm|
|Front Tyre||Maxxis High Roller II 3C MaxxTerra 3C DD TR 27.5x2.3in|
|Frame Material||Custom triple butted alloy|
|Fork||RockShox Lyrik RC with 170mm (6.7in) of travel|
|Cranks||Truvativ Descendant crankset, 34T ring|
|Frame size tested||M|