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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.

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 website.

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


First Look: 2022 Nukeproof Digger with RockShox Rudy!

Nukeproof Digger

The Digger is Nukeproof’s take on a gravel/adventure bike that goes beyond the limits of off-road. It’s the ultimate all-round bike for training, commuting and exploring!

Designed for the all round mountain biker with slightly more gravity focused geometry, wide bars, dropper seatpost and 1x drivetrain; helping to inspire confidence on the trails and versatility on the long adventures.

Nukeproof Digger RS

Nukeproof Digger RS

Using a 6061-T6 frame that has been completely redesigned with all new tube profiles that have been engineered to make the Digger stronger to ensure reliability on those gravel adventures. The frame is designed to fit an aggressive 200-45c tyre and still give you 7mm of clearance for even the filthiest of rides.

The Digger can now take a 31.6mm dropper so it benefits a huge variety of MTB droppers. This Digger RS includes the RockShox Rudy Ultimate XPLR front fork to give you more comfort on the rocky gravel adventures.

  • Frame: Nukeproof Digger V3 Aluminium
  • Fork: RockShox Rudy Ultimate XPLR
  • Drivetrain: SRAM Rival 1
  • Seatpost: Brand X Ascend Internal 125mm Dropper Post
  • Wheels: DT Swiss GR1600 Spline 25, 700c

Digger Factory

Nukeproof Digger Factory
  • Frame: Nukeproof Digger V3 Aluminium 
  • Drivetrain: Shimano GRX 
  • Fork: Nukeproof Digger High Modulus T700 HM-UD Carbon Tapered steerer fork
  • Seatpost: Brand X Ascend Internal 125mm Dropper Post
  • Wheels: DT Swiss GR1600 Spline 25, 700c

Digger Comp

Nukeproof Digger Comp
  • Frame: Nukeproof Digger V3 Aluminium 
  • Drivetrain: Shimano GRX
  • Fork: Nukeproof Digger High Modulus T700 HM-UD Carbon Tapered steerer fork
  • Seatpost: Nukeproof Neutron Inline, 31.6mm
  • Wheels: Neutron Neutron v2 Hubs with STI25 TCS 32h Rims

Introducing: The brand new 2022 Nukeproof Scout

Introducing: The brand new 2022 Nukeproof Scout

Nukeproof have just announced the release of the 2022 Nukeproof Scout. The ultimate hardtail is designed with the simplicity of going fast and having a hell of a lot of fun!

After almost five years on the market the Scout has got a new refresh for 2022.

The new Scout (V3) features an all new frame, completely new tube profiles with improved and updated geometry, revised sizing in both 275 and 290 platforms and a host of other tweaks to make what Nukeproof are saying is the ‘finest vintage of Scout yet’.

Estimated Availability for Nukeproof Scout:

  • Frame-only from June 2022
  • RS/Elite/Race models from July 2022
  • Comp models from August 2022

Scout RS

Nukeproof Scout RS
  • Frame: 275/290 Aluminium 
  • Drivetrain: SRAM GX Eagle 12 speed
  • Fork: RockShox Lyrik Select+ 150mm

Scout Elite

Nukeproof Scout Elite
  • Frame: 275/290 Aluminium 
  • Drivetrain: Shimano SLX 7100 12 speed
  • Fork: FOX 36 Float Rhythm 140mm

Scout Comp

Nukeproof Scout Comp
  • Frame: 275/290 Aluminium 
  • Drivetrain: Shimano Deore 12 speed
  • Fork: Marzocchi Bomber Z2 140mm

Scout Race

Nukeproof Scout Race
  • Frame: 275/290 Aluminium 
  • Drivetrain: Shimano M1500 Deore 10 speed
  • Fork: RockShox Recon Silver RL 140mm

First Look: Nukeproof 2022 Range

Nukeproof Giga

Nukeproof have launched their new range of 2022 bikes – which includes updates to specifications, components and colourways which will be available soon from Chain Reaction.

Here is the complete lineup of the bikes in the range:

  • Mega – Now comes with a new 297 option with updated graphics and specifications
  • Giga – Featuring new graphics, specifications plus new RS model and 297 option
  • Dissent – Now comes with updated graphics and specification
  • Reactor – With updated graphics and specification


Nukeproof Mega

Nukeproof Mega

Complete bikes are available in the Comp, Pro, Elite, Factory and RS specification

  • Travel – 297: 165mm rear, 170mm front or 290: 160mm rear, 170mm front
  • Material – Carbon/Alloy
  • Wheel Size – 297/290
  • Intended Use – AM/Enduro
  • Sizing – 297: S/M/L or 290: M/L/XL/XXL

Mega RS

Nukeproof Mega RS
  • Frame: V4 297/290 Carbon
  • Drivetrain: SRAM X01 AXS Eagle 12-Speed
  • Fork: RockShox ZEB Ultimate 170mm
  • Colour: Black with Brushed Logo

Mega Factory

Nukeproof Mega Factory
  • Frame: V4 297/290 Carbon
  • Drivetrain: Shimano XT M8100 12-Speed
  • Fork: Fox 38 Float 170mm
  • Colour: Kraken Blue with Kashima Logo

Mega Elite

Nukeproof Mega Elite
  • Frame: V4 297/290 Carbon
  • Drivetrain: Shimano SLX M7100 12-Speed
  • Fork: Fox 38 Float 170mm
  • Colour: NP Factory Yellow with Grey Logo

Mega Pro

Nukeproof Mega Pro
  • Frame: V4 297/290 Alloy
  • Drivetrain: SRAM GX Eagle 12-Speed
  • Fork: RockShox ZEB Select + 170mm
  • Colour: Rosso Red with Brushed Logo

Mega Comp

Nukeproof Mega Comp
  • Frame: V4 297/290 Alloy
  • Drivetrain: Shimano Deore M6100 12-Speed
  • Fork: RockShox Domain RC 170mm
  • Colour: Bullet Grey with Factory Yellow Logo

Mega Frame Only

Nukeproof Mega Frame Only
  • Frame: 275/297/290 Carbon/Alloy
  • Shock: Fox Float X2 and RockShox Super Deluxe
  • Weight: 3.82KGS/8.4LBS and 3.87KGS/8.53LBS
  • Colour: Black, Kraken Blue and Bullet Grey

Nukeproof Giga

Nukeproof Giga

Complete bikes are available in the Comp, Elite, Factory and RS specification

  • Travel – 297: 180mm rear, 180mm front or 290: 170mm rear, 180mm front
  • Material – Full Carbon
  • Wheel Size – 297/290
  • Intended Use – Super-Enduro
  • Sizing – 297: S/M/L or 290: M/L/XL/XXL

Giga RS

Nukeproof Giga RS
  • Frame: 297/290 Carbon
  • Drivetrain: SRAM X01 AXS Eagle 12-Speed
  • Fork: RockShox ZEB Ultimate 180mm
  • Colour: Brushed Logo

Giga Factory

Nukeproof Giga Factory
  • Frame: 297/290 Carbon
  • Drivetrain: Shimano XT M8100 12-Speed
  • Fork: Fox 38 Float 180mm
  • Colour: Kraken Blue with Kashima Logo

Giga Elite

Nukeproof Giga Elite
  • Frame: 297/290 Carbon
  • Drivetrain: Shimano SLX M7100 12-Speed
  • Fork: Fox 38 Float 180mm
  • Colour: NP Factory Yellow with Bullet Grey Logo

Giga Comp

Nukeproof Giga Comp
  • Frame: 297/290 Carbon
  • Drivetrain: Shimano Deore M6100 12-Speed
  • Fork: RockShox Domain RC 180mm
  • Colour: Bullet Grey with Factory Yellow Logo

Giga Frame Only

  • Frame: 275/297/290 Carbon
  • Shock: Fox Float X2, Factory Series
  • Weight: 3.88KGS/8.55LBS
  • Colour: Black with Brushed Logo (275/297/290); NP Factory Yellow with Bullet Grey Logo (297/290)

Nukeproof Dissent

Nukeproof Dissent

Complete bikes are available in the Comp and RS specification

  • Travel – 297: 200mm rear, 200mm front or 290: 190mm rear, 200mm front
  • Material – Full Aluminium
  • Wheel Size – 297/290
  • Intended Use – Downhill
  • Sizing – 297: S/M/L/XL or 290: M/L/XL

Dissent RS

Nukeproof Dissent RS
  • Frame: 297/290 Alloy
  • Drivetrain: SRAM X01 DH 7-Speed
  • Fork: RockShox BoXXer Ultimate 200mm
  • Colour: Brushed Alloy with Bullet Grey Logo

Dissent Comp

Nukeproof Dissent Comp
  • Frame: 297/290 Alloy
  • Drivetrain: SRAM GX DH 7-Speed
  • Fork: RockShox BoXXer Select
  • Colour: Bullet Grey with Factory Yellow Logo

Dissent Frame Only

Nukeproof Dissent Frame Only
  • Frame: 275/297/290 Alloy
  • Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe Coil Ultimate DH RC
  • Weight: 5.14KGS/11.3LBS
  • Colour: Bullet Grey with Brushed Logo

Nukeproof Reactor

Nukeproof Reactor

Complete bikes are available in the Comp, Pro, Elite, Factory, RS and ST specification

  • Travel – 275: 140mm rear, 160mm front; 290: 130mm rear, 150mm front or ST 290: 125mm rear, 130mm front
  • Material – Carbon/Alloy
  • Wheel Size – 275/290
  • Intended Use – Trail/AM
  • Sizing – 275: S/M/L or 290: M/L/XL

Reactor Comp

Nukeproof Reactor Comp
  • Frame: 275/290 Carbon
  • Drivetrain: Shimano Deore M6100 12-Speed
  • Fork: Marzocchi Bomber Z2 (275=150mm, 290=150mm)
  • Colour: Bullet Grey with Factory Yellow Logo

Reactor RS

Nukeproof Reactor RS
  • Frame: 275/290 Carbon
  • Drivetrain: SRAM X01 AXS Eagle 12-Speed
  • Fork: RockShox Lyrik Ultimate (275=160mm, 290=150mm)
  • Colour: Black with Brushed Logo

Reactor Factory

Nukeproof Reactor Factory
  • Frame: 297/290 Carbon
  • Drivetrain: Shimano XT M8100 12-Speed
  • Fork: Fox 36 Float (275=160mm, 290=150mm)
  • Colour: Kraken Blue with Kashima Logo

Reactor Elite

Nukeproof Reactor Elite
  • Frame: 275/290 Carbon
  • Drivetrain: Shimano SLX M7100 12-Speed
  • Fork: Fox 36 Float (275=160mm, 290=150mm)
  • Colour: Np Factory Yellow with Bullet Grey Logo

Reactor Pro

Nukeproof Reactor Pro
  • Frame: 275/290 Carbon
  • Drivetrain: SRAM GX Eagle 12-Speed
  • Fork: RockShox Lyrik Select+ (275=160mm, 290=150mm)
  • Colour: Rosso Red with Brushed Logo

Reactor Frame Only

Nukeproof Reactor Frame Only
  • Frame: 275/290 Alloy/Carbon
  • Shock: Fox Float X or RockShox Super Deluxe
  • Weight: 3.6KGS/7.9LBS or 3.77KGS/7.3LBS
  • Colour: Black, NP Factory Yellow and Bullet Grey

First Look: Nukeproof Horizon V2 and Neutron wheelsets

Nukeproof Horizon V2 and Neutron wheelsets

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

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

Nukeproof Mega 290 Carbon RS

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 2021 bikes launched

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

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

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.


Tom Adams

Tom is a bike enthusiast! Originally a mountain biker, Tom enjoys going fast on two wheels, whether it's on the road or on the gravel, mountain bike or commuting! Tom has been riding bikes for almost 18 years and loves nothing more than getting out on the roads or trails and testing out the newest and most innovative things on the Chain Reaction website!

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