Sea Otter 2012: Prototype Nukeproof Rook

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Here’s Nukeproof’s prototype team stunt bike, the Rook. It’s built to take a bunch of punishment and being dropped repeatedly from a great height while you get your tailwhips sorted (yeah, us too…)


Downtube is like a flattened Toblerone...



Regular 135mm rear, only with a six speed cassette


Gear fine tuners there.


TT shifter on the MASSIVE down tube


Front hose hose down the steerer tube, rear brake comes out of the gold banjo.



To keep things neat and tangle-free, there’s a down tube mounted shifter – using a SRAM time trial return-to-centre shifter. And there’s also a ‘hydraulic gyro’ which means that you can spin the bars (or the bike) endlessly without worrying about tangling or breaking hoses.

It’s a ‘proper 2013’ bike but we’re sure we’ll be seeing it in the meantime.

Now, who was it complaining that there were no low rise, wide bars that you can run on a 29er? How about these Nukeproof ones?

New York taxi yellow we presume?


740 or 780 by the looks of things...



Comments (8)

  1. I love stuff like the downtube shifter and hydraulic gyro. I don’t need it, but it’s just the kind of thing I like seeing companies doing.

  2. Have to agree Alex, of no use to me but excellent development work that I too like to see. Unlike on the move tyre inflation.

  3. hear hear.
    tech development that isnt a new standard or an overcomplication of a basic principle.
    love to see tinkering like that, even if I only ride rigid SS 29ers.

  4. Forgive my ignorance, but wouldn’t a shifter on the downtube leave ones hands an awfully long way from the bars. Gulp.
    Otherwise, excellent ideas, love the gyro Idea, I’ve always hated the mess of tube up front.

  5. I just don’t get it: Why shift there?

    Please explain it someone…

  6. robsoctane
    Well, I’m no slopestyle rider :), but I assumed the following:
    1) Because you don’t need it mid-run and it avoids cable tangles. The shifters are also something else to get caught on when doing a barspin (or other bar trick).
    Alternatively you could use a wireless electric setup.

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