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    Official Nuke Proof thread

    Oddly, there was no official Nuke thread. I figured this woud be a good item to start an official thread with. Even though from what I've been able to determine it was built about 1996, so its not strictly VRC as its too new. The hard tail reactors are rare enough, but this is only one of two duallys that I've ever seen, and oddly enough they both came up on e-bay within a week of each other. The other didn't have the front fork/suspension though. I've always been attracted to the odd and early suspension designs, so when this came up I had to have it. Luckily almost all the small parts are there, and what isn't shouldn't be too hard to have fabed. All of the front linkages are on roller bearings and are rusted solid but should be easily replacable. The guy I got it from was under the impression that it was used for downhill and was raced by a sponsored rider of some kind. It is definately no weight weenie; 11lbs for the frame/fork/headset. Plans are for a slow build with as many Nuke parts as possible. Now to my questions:

    Does anyone have any more information on the reactors in general and specifically the full suspension ones? Years built, copys of literature... (for purposes of keeping the build as correct as posible.)

    I was wondering if the "Simple Green" decals were from a sponsor, possibly of a local team in the Michigan area?

    What parts did nuke make? stem, hubs, bars, seatpost?...
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    Need: McMahon brake for roller cam mounts, Mountain Goat fork.

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    Hey, good for you getting that one, it's pretty cool. I really thought about it but a different deal came up about the same time. How much of the front fork is missing? Is it kinda like a Girvin? Keep us abreast of progress.

    I've got a bare Nuke Proof hardtail frame I'll take a shot of and post when I get one of those "round tuits".

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    The design is very similar to the Girvins except the shock is mounted inside the head tube instead of in front. After a quick inventoy and trying to figure out where all the parts in the little baggie go... The only thing that seems to be missing is a pivot spacer bushing, but there are seven of the eight that are there, so I just have to take one to my friend at the machine shop and have one made.
    Need: McMahon brake for roller cam mounts, Mountain Goat fork.

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    cool frame.


    scroll down to the 13th bike.....

    http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/vie...=75873&start=0




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    Nuke Proof made:

    1. Stems (aluminum)
    2. Bars (carbon fiber wrapped aluminum)
    3. Hubs (1. carbon fiber wrapped aluminum/2. titanium with al flanges/ 3. really ugly all aluminum)
    4. Skewers (Ti)
    5. Frames (1. Ti lugged, carbon tubed (really rare, Rumpfy owned one)/ 2. all Ti/ 3. aluminum front suspension Reactors/ 4. aluminum full suspension Reactors/ 5. really ugly all aluminum)
    6. Suspension forks for said Reactors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jacdykema
    2. Bars (carbon fiber wrapped aluminum)
    They also made bar ends ( carbon fiber wrapped aluminum too )

    Here´s some of my Nuke items ... ( The worst / coolest hubs on earth )

    There´s a good threat here:

    http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=72323

    Best regards.

















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    Cool stuff...love that first pic ^^^

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    Good to see that equal effort was used proof-reading their catalogue and designing/testing hubs
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    From a long time ago.

    Prototype Ti/Carbon NP frame.





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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    From a long time ago.

    Prototype Ti/Carbon NP frame.





    Who ever ended up with that one?
    Need: McMahon brake for roller cam mounts, Mountain Goat fork.

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    Here is my ti frame.




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    The 1997 Catalog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by muddybuddy
    Who ever ended up with that one?
    Been so long I don't remember. Would have been a cool bike to keep though. Sorta wish I had.
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    The topic that i started some time ago on retrobike has been found already in a previous post.
    I have started a database on my blog with the still known Nuke Proof bikes
    If you own one, please be so kind to email me a picture and serial number so i can include this in the serial number topic.
    http://old-metal.blogspot.com/2010/0...al-number.html

    basads (at) gmail (dot) com

    thanks

    ps,..i someone on here still has the carbon wrapped ti frame, please let me know, i want it bad

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    Been so long I don't remember. Would have been a cool bike to keep though. Sorta wish I had.

    The way they bonded materials, I would think riding that bike would have been a death sentence.

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    Frame: Nuke Proof Titanium made by Litespeed ; former Team Brooklyn bike

    Fork: Manitou 3 Disc

    Headset: Chris King
    Stem: Nuke Proof
    Handlebar: Nuke Proof
    Grips: Sachs
    Barends: None, looking for Nuke Proof

    Brakes: FRont Sachs Powerdisc; rear Suntour SE
    Brake Pads: front Sachs ; Suntour rear
    Brake Cables: Sachs and Shimano
    Cantilever cable hangers: Suntour at the back
    Brake Levers: Sachs

    Shifters: Sachs Powergrips
    Front Derailleur: Sachs New Success
    Rear Derailleur: Sachs New Success
    Derailleur Cables: Sachs
    Cassette: XT for now but will be replaced
    Chain: XT
    Cranks: Cook Bros RSR but might be replaced
    Bottom Bracket: Shimano UN92
    Pedals: Onza

    Hub Skewers: Nuke Proof titanium
    Rims: will be replaced by Campagnolo
    Hubs: Front Sachs new success, rear XT but a Sachs New Success is being made at the mo
    Tyres: Tioga Psycho
    Tubes: Michelin

    Saddle: Flite Titanium
    Seatpost: Tioga Carbo
    Seatpost Binder: Nike Proof own





























    i am waiting for the matching rear Sachs New Success wheel and some minor detail changes.
    Rides like a dream, best bike yet for me

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    Defiant, that nuke proof with the Sachs bits is probably one of the coolest bikes I've seen in a long time. I didn't even know that they made disc brakes.

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    Thanks mate,

    it is also a great rider.
    I own many special bikes like the fat ti, serotta ti etc,..but these Nuke Proofs are amazing.
    I did not see any other manitou 3 disk but this one, i guess there are not so many around
    This one i found NOS some time ago, was used on a Sachs showbike bitd

    first i tried a Rock Shox Mag21 ti with a blue Brodie booster, then a AMP fork
    I was building the bike using XTR M900 parts but when i found the Manitou with the Sachs Powerdisk i was also impressed with the Sachs New Success front hub, best i have ever seen.
    Because i like matching hubs for the front and rear i searched for a rear hub but ended up with a complete NOS Sachs new success group so put these on to try something else for a change.
    And it looks great, the Sachs brandname is also blue which looks nice with the new blue decals.

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    very very nice.....da'HOOV definately approves!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shayne
    Good to see that equal effort was used proof-reading their catalogue and designing/testing hubs

    Yeah, no sh!t. I have a NOS carbon NP rear hub with mismatched flanges, still in the freakin' box. The box is marked 32 holes, but one flange has 16 and the other 18 holes. The eBay seller, a bike shop, conveniently "forgot" to mention that fatal characteristic. That may explain why the darn thing was still at the shop 14 years later.

    Unfortunately, I didn't count the holes until a few months after I had in my parts stash, right when I was beginning the wheel build. By then was wee bit late to seek a remedy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scooderdude
    Yeah, no sh!t. I have a NOS carbon NP rear hub with mismatched flanges, still in the freakin' box. The box is marked 32 holes, but one flange has 16 and the other 18 holes. The eBay seller, a bike shop, conveniently "forgot" to mention that fatal characteristic. That may explain why the darn thing was still at the shop 14 years later.

    Unfortunately, I didn't count the holes until a few months after I had in my parts stash, right when I was beginning the wheel build. By then was wee bit late to seek a remedy.
    Why dont you just get a 34 hole rim and build it up?
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    1996 Nuke Prrof ti

    Here's mine:

    Frame: 1996 Nuke Proof Titanium #1054 18"

    Fork: SID Team

    Headset: Chris King
    Stem: Hope
    Handlebar: OnlyTi titanium
    Grips: Lizard Skins lock-ons

    Brakes: XTR
    Brake Pads: XTR
    Brake Cables: XTR
    Brake Levers: XTR

    Shifters: Sram X9
    Front Derailleur: XT
    Rear Derailleur: Sram x9
    Derailleur Cables: XTR
    Cassette: XTR titanium
    Chain: XTR
    Cranks: Caramba Double Barrels
    Bottom Bracket: Shimano UN92
    Pedals: Eggbeaters

    Hub Skewers: SRP titanium
    Rims: Mavic SUP
    Hubs: tune titanium
    Tires: Michelin

    Saddle: Flite Gel Titanium
    Seatpost: Thomson setback
    Seatpost Binder: Hope

    ti Nuke Proof SS
    ti Moots Mooto X YBB

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    So...I saw what is rumored to be the only Nuke Proof tandem at a race on Saturday. Very cool!

    It was this one:
    http://ibikedb.net/bikes/7831-nuke-proof-tandem

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    Quote Originally Posted by cegrover
    So...I saw what is rumored to be the only Nuke Proof tandem at a race on Saturday. Very cool!

    It was this one:
    http://ibikedb.net/bikes/7831-nuke-proof-tandem
    Nice. Gotta love those rare one-offs.
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    I fondly remember drooling over Nuke Proof stuff toward the end of college...ah, the early days of carbon fiber (even when wrapped around an aluminum bar).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    Nice. Gotta love those rare one-offs.
    It's a one-off made by Cannondale for the former owner of NP: Johnny M.

    http://old-metal.blogspot.com/2010/0...al-number.html

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    Nuke proof Badge version MTB SS hub. I have tried to find info on this hub and have looked through old magazines, Bike Pro, RetroBike, and here on VRC, but have had zero luck. It is a factory build 135mm spaced and uses a Shimano DX BMX mini cassette. I did find one picture of one other Nuke Proof BMX hub with the DX cassette with BMX spacing, so I know they did use the DX cassette freewheel on their hubs at some point. So here are a couple of pics for posterity's sake.



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    What do we figure this is? I bought the wheel as such. 135 spacing, threads for a normal single speed freewheel (I've got an ACS double 16/17), but not enough for a 6/7 speed.

    Somec is like the digital Zunow
    And this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JD5h3y0a9AU

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    Quote Originally Posted by yo-Nate-y
    What do we figure this is? I bought the wheel as such. 135 spacing, threads for a normal single speed freewheel (I've got an ACS double 16/17), but not enough for a 6/7 speed.

    Looks the same as mine..does it actually have the same splined free-hub or is it a standard screw-on for a BMX free-wheel cog? My freehub body will only take two regular splined cogs and still allow for the retaining ring to be fit.

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    Standard screw-on.
    Somec is like the digital Zunow
    And this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JD5h3y0a9AU

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    Quote Originally Posted by yo-Nate-y
    Standard screw-on.
    I guess Nuke Proof being a small company must have changed a lot of things on the fly because yours is a later model with the badge too. I would have figured you might be able to get a screw-on 5 or 6spd on one of those freewheel hubs but it sounds like thats not possible? I took mine apart and the splined free-hub is just too short to get much on there. I was trying to tinker around with a multi-gear (3-4 gear) fix, but in the end I will probably just keep things SS and pay the piper on the hills. The Nuke proof looks good on the Fat Chance for sure!

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    Thanks! That was my winter beater build last year....now the frame is on the wall awaiting a new incarnation.

    Pretty sure a 5/6 wouldn't fit without a serious rebuild and different spacers and such. And the hub is indeed a later model with the fat carbon weave/logo. It was really fun to mess around on...but I have the feeling this Yo will go at least 1x7 next time.
    Somec is like the digital Zunow
    And this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JD5h3y0a9AU

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    Stuff a friend of mine who used to work at Nukeproof kept from his time there.


    Tandem Hubs


    Fixed hub (ignore the freewheel)


    Tension disc specific hub


    Suspension frame (repaired!)

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    bump! looking for more pics for build ideas...

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