If you go down in the woods today you’re sure of a big surprise. Well, you might be. We’ve no idea what’s in the woods today. But head to the NEC in Birmingham as team ST are doing and you’ll be sure to see bikes. Many bikes. Because of course, it’s the Cycle Show. Keep an eye on our Facebook page today for live broadcasts from the show’s press day, or head down there from tomorrow to see it all for yourself.
One of the brands showing their new wares for 2017 is Nukeproof, and helpfully for those of us who can’t get to the show, they’ve sent us a press release so we can all feast our peepers on the latest Nukeproofs…the Newkproofs? Sorry. Here we go.
A suitably post-apocalyptic setting for the Nukeproof 2017 range. Usual suspects are still in town, the Scout and the Mega, but look closely, and notice something odd lurking in the background? Is that a set of curly bars? Your guess would be correct, and to be specific, this is the new Digger from Nukeproof. Get yourself over to grit.cx to get the lowdown on that new addition to the Nukeproof family.
Onto the 2017 range then, and more specifically, something with a bit more bounce. Propped up here by what is surely not a stick, but a spent fuel rod from the reactor’s core, we have the 2017 Scout Race 29. If you’re not already aware, the Scout is Nukeproofs do-it-all alloy hardtail. The 29er version of the Scout is also available in ‘Race’ and ‘Comp’ specs, to suit every rider’s wants and needs.
Lurking in the fallout with just a hint of nuclear glow about it we have the Scout Comp 27.5 – (and you guessed it) it’s a 27.5 inch alloy hardtail, which, like its 29inch sibling is available in ‘Race’ and ‘Comp’ specs, but the 27.5 Scout is also brought to the table in a new and slightly lower ‘Sport’ spec. At the Comp level, both iterations of the hardtail come equipped with Shimano SLX and RockShox Yari forks, while at Race level you get SRAM NX and Manitou Minute Comp forks.
Nukeproof is proud of its hardtails, and their ‘go anywhere’ capabilities – if you’ve got the skillz of course.
Taking the bounce up a DEFCON level, here we have the new Nukeproof Mega Team 27.5, and doesn’t it look great?
A slight upgrade for the 2017 model, sees SRAMs Eagle XO1 drivetrain take over from the previous XO1 platform on the Team spec. 50tooth climbing capabilities on a 170mm travel bike…yes please.
It’s all bling on the Team version as you’d expect. A tidy MRP chain device keeps your fancy new chainring safe, and more importantly, your chain in the right place.
A welcome update for 2017 is colours and our chief colour iner(er) and designer, Rob Crayons is very much a fan of this black and orange colour scheme, and we guess he ought to know what looks good.
Sticking to its #enjoyresponsibly tag line, here’s someone enjoying their Nukeproof Mega (responsibly, we aren’t sure). But more to the point this DOES look good. When can we go?
The Race spec for 2017 goes all stealth, from the previously full orange frame and fork, it’s now all about those subtle colour injections for 2017. Very tidy, we do like.
While the 27.5 Pro and Team Megas boast 170mm travel Lyrik forks, the Comp and Race (pictured here) have 160mm travel Pike and Yari forks respectively.
Another colour update sees the Race 29 go all camouflage with its hints of green. Pull out the camo kit and go full Marine on your next ride.
The Mega also comes in the 29er version – shown here in the Race livery. All the 29er Megas are 150mm travel, regardless of spec.
The 29er Megas of 2016 were a force to be reckoned with, and this year we expect nothing different. They roll over anything, honest.
Don’t like fiddling around with internal cable routing? Not a problem. External cable routing for brakes and drivetrain is taken care of here, while dropper posts feed into the bottom of the seat tube making installation and adjusting a complete doddle.
If getting air is your thing – or bunny hopping a stray isotope, the Megas for 2017 could very well be for you.
With the Enduro series becoming more and more popular, and Nukeproof’s own Sam Hill showing exactly what can be achieved on a Mega, we’re looking forward to getting to play on a new model. The question is though, will there be loam after the apocalypse?
All these bikes are due for UK delivery on 1st November and are distributed by Hotlines.
To see you out, here’s a little video shot at Llandegla. Warning: may contain gratuitous wheelying. Can’t see the video? Click here.