March 2, 2011
The resurrected Nuke Proof brand has been gaining momentum – they’ve joined with Chain Reaction Cycles to form a World Cup Downhill and 4X team, Lukas Mechura took last year’s European 4X series on the Snap, their Mega enduro bike (which we tested in Issue 61) has been getting a good reception – and the final production frames have only just been made. Talk about a good start.
Nuke Proof Scalp
The Scalp has been causing a bit of a stir in the downhill world. It’s been in development for quite a while now but the final production model is here – the exact same bike the CRC/Nuke Proof team will be racing on in next year’s World Cups.
It’s a single pivot design giving 209mm of rear wheel travel, the shock rate controlled by a ‘Fallout’ swing link. The back end uses a bolt through 150mm spacing hub, the BB is nu-skool low and the 1.5″ headtube is a reassuringly slack 63°. Frame weight is quoted as being 9.6lbs without a shock.
Frame prices start at £1,299.99 without a shock, moving up to £1,499.99 with a Rock Shox Vivid R2C coil and on to £1,799.99 with the all singing, all dancing Cane Creek Double Barrel coil. You can even pick your own colours – ano silver, ano black and a rather nice bright yellow.
The guys at Hotlines say the whole first shipment has been bought up by shops now but there will be a second shipment to keep up with demand soon. We want one, badly.
Nuke Proof Snap
The 4X racer’s special will run anywhere from 80-120mm forks depending on which headset you fit to the 44mm ID headtube. The low slung 7005 aluminium frame has got some cunning rear dropouts which run 135mm QR as standard, or Maxle, 142mm Syntace or horizontal setups as an option, costing £19.99 per set.
As you’d expect, there are ISCG05 chain guide mounts and there are two top tube lengths available; a regular 570mm and a long 590mm option. There are three colours again; ano silver or ano black costing £399.99 or the painted yellow frame which will be £349.99.
Nuke Proof Electron pedals
These are rather tidy little pedals – they use a nylon body with six pins per side bolted through the body. The nylon body should be tough and also able to slide over rocks easily.
Rolling on steel axles with cartridge bearings and rubber seals at either end, they weigh a very impressive 338g per pair and cost just £34.99, making some expensive magnesium pedals look a little redundant. You can also slap the Ti axles from the Nuke Proof Neutrons in them if they aren’t light enough for you.
Nuke Proof components
Nukeproof have plenty of other componentry in their range too – we’ve see most of it at Eurobike, but you can check HERE to see what you’ve missed.
Their range of bars, Ti springs and pedals is as huge as ever…