If you have been to any Enduro or Downhill race over the last few years, you will be sure to have noticed the popularity of the distinctive yellow and black brand! As you walk round the pits the trusty Nukeproof are everywhere, offering that all important price/performance/reliability ratio that has made them the ‘in the know’ privateers choice. Irish racer Greg Calaghan rides for the Nukeproof team, and shows just how fast and consistent the Nukeproof bikes can be in the right hands, proven by his superb EWS season aboard his Mega AM. But it is more than just racing, Nukeproof have great trail bikes too, and they have reveleaed a bit of a surprise for 2015. With a brand new bike Nukeproof are heading in an exciting new direction, but to please their fans they have not changed too much on the ever popular Pulse and Mega models, with just a few small tweaks to make them more popular than ever.
Across the entire range the heavy branding and ‘shout out loud’ yellow and black colour schemes have been refined and matured, the bikes still come in lairy colours, but with lower profile branding, aggressive pricing and well chosen builds, Nukeproof is stepping up its game.
The 2015 Mega AM
The bike that has been on perhaps more grass roots enduro podiums than any other has received some revisions for 2015. The Mega AM has always been ready to race out of the box, and is fully armed with 160mm travel, single chainrings, dropper posts, good tires, and sensible componentry. The Mega AM Comp is fitted with a Pike RC fork, Sram X7 drivetrain, Monarch+ R shock, and the excellent Schwalbe Magic Mary/Hans Dampf tire combo on Nukeproof’s own tubeless wheels. Priced at just £2,499.99/€2,999.99 it will be popular on the circuit. The Pro model retails for £3,199.99/€3,899.99, and enjoys the addition of a full SRAM XO-1 drivetrain, RCT3 Pike and DebonAir shock. The Mega is available as a frame only for £1,299.99/€1,599.99 with a RockShox shock, or £1,599.99/€1,949.99 with a Cane Creek DB Air CS.
The 2015 Mega TR
Trail bikes are going to be BIG in 2015, as bikes get ever more competent, the trail sector looks set to explode. The Mega TR is Nukeproofs trail machine, with 650b wheels, 130mm rear travel, 150mm fork and a 67 degree head angle. It is available in three versions, Race, Comp and Pro models and also as a frame only. Prices range from £1,999.99/€2,399.99 for the Mega TR 275 Race, to £2,499.99/€2,999.99 for the Comp. The top of the line pro model retails at £2,999.99/€3,599.99, fitted with a Revelation RCT3 fork, Monarch DebonAir shock and XO-1 drivetrain. The frame only price is £1,249.99/€1,499.99 with a Monarch shock, or £1,449.99/€1,749.99 with a Cane Creek DB Inline.
The 2015 Scout
If you want to ‘keep it real’, then the hardcore hardtail Scout will be right up your street. Mixing old school cool, with up-to-date aggressive geometry with 650b wheels, 150mm travel forks and a sweet 66 degree head angle, this is a bike for shredding turns, getting loose and riding like a hooligan. Starting from £1,299.99/€1,599.99 for the Scout Race, fitted with Shimano Deore 2×10 drivetrain and a RockShox Sektor fork to £1,599.9/€1,949.99 for the RockShox Revelation, SRAM X7 1×10 equipped Scout Comp, this could be a lot of fun for the money!
For more information, check out the Nukeproof website.
Words: Trev Worsey, Photos: Andy Lloyd