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Nukeproof Bikes Buying Guide and Latest News

Nukeproof is a mountain bike brand based in Belfast, Northern Ireland, which makes some of the best mountain bikes, mountain bike components and clothing on the market.

As well as Team Chain Reaction Cycles’ sponsored rider Sam Hill winning three Enduro World Series Championships on board his Nukeproof Mega mountain bike, many of the brand’s other models including the Nukeproof Reactor, Nukeproof Scout and Nukeproof Digger gravel bikes are award winners too.

Alongside their world-beating bikes, Nukeproof are also famous for their wide range of mountain bike components, wheels and clothing – all of which are available from the Chain Reaction Cycles website.

This Nukeproof Bikes Buying Guide and News page will keep you up-to-date with all the latest news from Nukeproof.

First Look: Nukeproof Horizon V2 and Neutron wheelsets

Kelan Grant riding on the new Horizon wheels

Nukeproof have unveiled details of their updated Horizon V2 and Neutron wheelsets, which have been designed and tested to ensure you’re getting the best performance from your wheels. 

The latest Horizon V2 wheelset uses a new design with a number of improvements introduced to improve their quality, durability, performance and strength. Meanwhile the Nukeproof Neutron wheelset remains a great wallet-friendly choice for trail, enduro and downhill riding

Both the Horizon V2 and Neutron can be bought as a single wheel to get the correct hub spacing for your bike.

Let’s get into the details of these wheelsets!

Nukeproof Horizon V2

Nukeproof Horizon V2 wheelset.

Starting at the heart of the wheelset is the new rear hub. This features 102 points of engagement which is every 3.52 degrees and has been machined to ensure it is strong and lightweight. It also uses high performance enduro ABEC 5 bearings featuring “LLU/LUB” full contact seal types.

Next up the rims and spokes have been tested to ensure they meet the demands of enduro and downhill riding.

The Nukeproof Horizon V2 is available in both 27.5” and 29” rim sizes. 

Nukeproof Neutron

The Neutron wheels have also been overhauled but maintain the same key characteristics of the Horizon wheelset. A fast rolling robust wheelset designed to be reliable and perform on the most challenging of trails. Featuring strong wide dependable rims with upgraded a smooth, fast, and engaging ratchet system and free hub. This wheelset will be supplied tubeless ready.

The Neutron is available in 27.5”/650B and 29” options.

Both the Horizon V2 and Neutron wheels are fitted with Nukeproof’s tubeless valves and rim tape.

Nukeproof Mega 290 Carbon RS wins Design & Innovation Award for MTB

We’re pleased to tell you that the Nukeproof Mega 290 Carbon RS has been awarded the 2021 Design and Innovation Award (DI.A) in the MTB category!

The Design & Innovation Awards, the ‘Oscars of the bike industry’,  is according to the team behind it the only award which tests products in the real-world, evaluates them in full and reaches verdicts that are founded in critical and in-depth analysis. 

Over two weeks, the independent award team consisting of international journalists, professional test riders and industry experts analyse the products and put them through their paces.

On the Nukeproof Mega 290 Carbon RS, the awards jury commended its capability in tough terrain and its responsive ride. With a unanimous jury agreement the Nukeproof Mega’s redeveloped suspension kinematics and improved leverage ratio made it a fully fledged race bike which required no modifications to get the best performance.

Nukeproof Reactor 2021 bikes launched

Nukeproof Reactor being jumped

Nukeproof have unveiled their 2021 line-up of Reactor full-suspension trail mountain bikes which includes updated components and build options.

Designed for a wide range of riding types, the Nukeproof Reactor is built for long days exploring the wilderness through to shredding your local woods, park or trail centre. No matter how technical your ride, the Reactor will keep on rewarding all the effort you put in.

Whilst the Nukeproof Reactor frame remains the same for 2021, changes have been made to the specifications of the bike, ensuring that they’re decked with the very latest components from the top brands including Fox, Shimano, RockShox and Mavic.

Let’s take a look at some of the highlights of the Nukeproof Reactor 2021 collection:

Nukeproof Reactor RS

Designed as the ultimate hard charging trail bike, the RS model is slightly over-forked with 10mm more travel up front over the rest of the range to cope with extra abuse on the most technical trails and mini enduros.

Blending the finest SRAM X01 (now 10-52t cassette), Code and RockShox Super Deluxe/ Lyrik components with Mavic Deemax Sam Hill Signature wheels it’s the complete package. Finished with top end Horizon components, there is nothing you need to upgrade on this machine.

Nukeproof Reactor Factory

Featuring the latest Fox 36 forks, DPX2 shock and Shimano’s XT drivetrain, the Factory version of the Reactor is a hard-charging beast of a bike. New to the Factory for 2021 is the Bike Yoke dropper, which blends seamlessly into the spec by being paired with a Shimano lever.

Nukeproof Reactor ST

Launched as a limited-edition model in 2020 and now introduced to the main line for 2021, this is a short travel version of the Reactor. Originally produced for Sam Hill to race XC during the off-season, the ST is designed to be fast. With Fox Factory 34 forks offering 130mm travel and 125mm of rear travel from a Fox DPS Factory, “it’s still a little hooligan but disguised as an extreme XC/ epic adventure weapon,” say Nukeproof.

Nukeproof Reactor Elite

Winner of MBR Magazine’s Trail Bike of the Year 2020, the updated version is even better! The Fox fork has been upgraded to the Fox 36 and DPX2 Performance Elite rear shock to provide an even better ride.

Nukeproof Reactor Pro

A high-spec aluminium frame Reactor, the Pro uses a SRAM/RockShox combo that offers great bullet-proof performance. Responding to popular demand, Nukeproof have gone with a raw brushed aluminium frame finish with exposed carbon seat stays – it’s a stunner!

Nukeproof Reactor Comp

Nukeproof’s top selling model, the Comp get subtle changes for 2021 including a new Marzocchi Bomber Z2 fork paired with a RockShox Super Deluxe Select R out back. It also now has Shimano’s all new Deore 12-speed drivetrain and brakes.

Nukeproof unveil details of 2021 Scout hardtail mountain bikes

Nukeproof have released details of their 2021 Scout hardtail mountain bikes and frames, which include colour and component updates to existing models plus an all-new Nukeproof Scout Pro model.

“For 2021 the Nukeproof Scout returns with its proven hydroformed 6061 triple-butted aluminium frame. Featuring a 65º head angle (66.6º when sagged), 1191mm (Large Scout 275) wheelbase and 435mm chainstays making the Scout a little corner-ripping punk, excelling when pointed down the trail or sending off a lip.” Nukeproof.

Nukeproof Scout 275 / Nukeproof Scout 290 Pro

The Scout Pro means business with an over-forked (+10mm) Rockshox Lyrik Charger RC up front. Out back, Shimano’s 12 speed 10-51t SLX drivetrain allows you to winch up the steepest inclines whilst the four-pot Shimano SLX brakes ensure there is plenty of stopping power to hand. All models of Scout come tubeless ready, with the Pro rolling on DT Swiss 1900 wheels, wrapped in Maxxis tyres (Assegai up front and Dissector out back).

Cockpit and controls are Nukeproof’s premium Horizon range (wide bars, short stem and comfy saddle) topped with some quality Nukeproof Sam Hill Signature grips. The Pro is finished in a stunning brushed raw aluminium.

Nukeproof Scout 275 / Nukeproof Scout 290 Comp

The Comp model sees the introduction of the latest Shimano Deore 12 speed drive train and the awesome Marzocchi Bomber Z2.

Nukeproof Scout 275 / Nukeproof Scout 290 Race

Nukeproof’s entry-level model maintains a solid spec list for 2021with a brand-new Shimano Deore 10-speed drivetrain, a plush Rockshox Recon RL fork, tubeless-ready Nukeproof Neutron V2 hubs paired with some quality WTB rims and the same Maxxis Maxx Terra, EXO, TR Assegai and Dissector tyres as the rest of the range.

Nukeproof Scout 2021 frame-only options

Nukeproof offer 27.5” and 29” frame only options if you’re building your dream custom hardtail.

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