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    Post Your Nukeproof...

    Well, I've seen one other Nukeproof owner on these forums.

    They (Nukeproof) make solid kit

    Share yours



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    Yeah not too many on these forums. Surprising considering how great the current Megas perform.


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    Nice looking trail whip ^^

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    After years of ridding bike park specific DH rigs I wanted to switch to something that I could ride anywhere, included extended climbing, but still rip the DH and bike park the way I love. After a bunch of research I went with the Nukeproof Mega 290.

    Totally in love with this machine! Climbs like a goat, rips like a DH bike!
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    The more I ride it... the more I like it

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    Cool dog!

    The bike's not bad, neither.
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    Almost completed build to desirable specification...

    :Pic To Come:

    NB Nukeproof Scout 290 build:
    -Frame: L
    -Handle Bars: Azonic 770mm (off my old FS rig, trading them in/out for Funn Fatboys @785mm)
    -Grips: Easton Lock On - Gum
    -Brakes: M615's
    -Stem: Kore 50mm
    -Fork: X-Fusion Trace RL2 @140mm
    -Wheels: (F) Stans Flox, off old FS 29er (R) Easton Heist 24
    -Mudguard: Gorilla
    -Seatpost: Reverb 125mm, off old FS 29er
    -Saddle: Kona WTB off old FS 29er
    -Crankset & BB: Shimano Zee 170mm, BB came w/ Crankset
    -Chainring: Praxxis Wave Tech 30t - needed at a pinch for weekend ride, changing out for ABS Oval 30t
    -Drivetrain: SLX - shifter, rear der, 11-42 cassette & chain, also off old FS 29er
    -Tyres: (F) Onza Ibex 29x2.4/Hans Dampf 29x2.35 Evo Tsc, (R) Bontrager XR4 29x2.4/Maxxis Forekaster 29x2.35 Exo TR

    Half of build had free shipping, other half off of my old FS 29er.
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    Ridden hard...



    Put away, wet

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    Why aren't thesee around more? They seem like a great bang for the buck.

    With that said, any info anyone can give about why this bike would be better than others and why it's not around more would be helpful. I'm strongly considering buying the Scout 290 Comp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nawelter View Post
    Why aren't thesee around more? They seem like a great bang for the buck.

    With that said, any info anyone can give about why this bike would be better than others and why it's not around more would be helpful. I'm strongly considering buying the Scout 290 Comp.
    Website has some interesting info re, their history.

    Sam Hill rides for them in the EWS.

    Pull the trigger you went regret it

    I heard about them through CRC.

    First purchase was a Generator AM rim, then another Generator DH rim - these were for my former 650b mule.

    Then I bought a Rear hub, (FS 29er) it had some issues with the pawls - 6 months and they packed it in.

    I gave them the benefit of the doubt on that one.

    When my FS 29er-s rear triangle started cracking up. I went about hunting for an in between bike.

    Something that fit my budget, that accepted all my FS 29er parts & had similar geo.

    Initially I was planning a 12 month hiatus from full squish. Now I know how awesome the Scout 290 is, I'll likely ride it until it gives up the ghost

    My brain is already contemplating acquiring another frame... i.e. the Banshee Prime.

    But, I can wait...

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    Sup guys, I'm only about a third of the way thru my Nukeproof Scout 275 build, but so far I'm super pleased with how it's coming together. The last thing I did was wrap the Fox Factory 34's in the 40th anniversary graphics and I can't stop looking at it. Getting pumped to finish this up.

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    Build so far:
    Fox 34 140mm Factory CTD Forks
    Hope 44/56 ZS Headset
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    Hope 50mm AM-FR Stem
    Hope Seat Post Clamp
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    Quote Originally Posted by drizzoh View Post
    Sup guys, I'm only about a third of the way thru my Nukeproof Scout 275 build, but so far I'm super pleased with how it's coming together. The last thing I did was wrap the Fox Factory 34's in the 40th anniversary graphics and I can't stop looking at it. Getting pumped to finish this up.



    Build so far:
    Fox 34 140mm Factory CTD Forks
    Hope 44/56 ZS Headset
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    Hope 50mm AM-FR Stem
    Hope Seat Post Clamp
    SRAM XG-1150 GX 11 Speed Cassette
    I 'Hope' it turns out OK

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    Added a few parts since my last update..

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    Fox 34 Factory FIT CTD Forks 140mm
    Hope Pro 4 Hubs
    DT Swiss EX471 32H Rims
    Maxxis Minion DHF Exo 3C Maxx Terra TR 2.5 Front
    Maxxis Aggressor Exo TR 2.3 Rear
    Shimano Zee Brakes
    Hope F20 Pedals
    Hope Zero Stack Headset
    Hope Bottom Bracket
    Hope AM-FR Stem 50mm
    Hope Seat Post Clamp
    Hope Floating Rotors 180mm
    Chromag Trailmaster DT Saddle
    Bontrager Rhythm Elite Seatpost
    Nukeproof Warhead Carbon Bars
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    Oury Grips
    Jagwires Polished Cables
    SRAM X1 1400 GXP 32T Crankset
    SRAM X1 Trigger Shifter
    SRAM X1 Rear Derailleur
    SRAM XX1 Chain
    SRAM GX Cassette

    Current weight 27.5 lbs, hoping for <29 when fully loaded.

    Just needing brakes, a seatpost and seat and it's ready to ride
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    Pretty happy there is a devoted thread to our favourite bikes.

    I purchased mine in March/April this year and I am very happy about it. I like to just look at it sometimes. Something about hardtails just appeals. I was skeptical about the 290 at first but after being recommended one by another person on this forum I couldn't be happier.

    I didn't start this year a big rider but I am since getting this bike. The week I got it I took it to Thredbo for a ride down the AM track. I'm a novice and this track was so much fun. The bike ate it up. 290FTW!

    Ill get some pics up later

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    Quote Originally Posted by McNazgul View Post
    Pretty happy there is a devoted thread to our favourite bikes.

    I purchased mine in March/April this year and I am very happy about it. I like to just look at it sometimes. Something about hardtails just appeals. I was skeptical about the 290 at first but after being recommended one by another person on this forum I couldn't be happier.

    I didn't start this year a big rider but I am since getting this bike. The week I got it I took it to Thredbo for a ride down the AM track. I'm a novice and this track was so much fun. The bike ate it up. 290FTW!

    Ill get some pics up later
    Good to hear you're enjoying the 290...

    Mines a bit lame at the mo - rear wheel is with CRC for a Warranty claim & I'm waiting on bits to arrive to rebuild an old wheel.

    Guess my 2017 Giant Reign will have to suffice for the mean time.

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    My first love, and the girl that really got me into riding mountain bikes.
    2012 Nukeproof Mega Pro, quite a few upgrades here and there from stock.

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    Just moved to Canberra, my nation's capital. Turns out there is a fair few tracks close by which is very nice. Went out to Mt Stromlo yesterday and had a blast around on the scout. Such fun.
    It climbs as well as it descends. I'm not skilled enough to get the most out of the bike but I had heaps of fun.
    Here it is with my other favourite thing with wheels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by targnik View Post
    Good to hear you're enjoying the 290...

    Mines a bit lame at the mo - rear wheel is with CRC for a Warranty claim & I'm waiting on bits to arrive to rebuild an old wheel.

    Guess my 2017 Giant Reign will have to suffice for the mean time.

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    I bought mine from CRC and a bunch of other stuff. I've found them to be pretty good. What's their warranty claim process like?

    Also, how do you like the extra travel on your fork? Can't say I'm looking for more on mine yet but curious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by McNazgul View Post
    I bought mine from CRC and a bunch of other stuff. I've found them to be pretty good. What's their warranty claim process like?

    Also, how do you like the extra travel on your fork? Can't say I'm looking for more on mine yet but curious.

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    I got the frame only (290) & built it up with parts from my former Transition Bandit 29.

    I also got the wheel from CRC i.e. Easton Heist 24. The build is awesome still running true despite being on an AM HT.

    But, the hub seems to be a weak point.

    Still going through Warranty process i.e. waiting to hear from CRC what they'll be doing.

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    Got out to Stromlo again today. Lots to explore up there.
    I'm pretty impressed with how the bike climbs. I did some of the fire roads and more technical switchbacks and it smashed it. I only have my 26" to compare to but the 29er seems to handle that's stuff really well.
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    Finally finished this up (minus the front Zee brake that has been forever backordered). Had my shop bleed the rear brake bled and tune the gears properly yesterday and then took it on it's maiden voyage last night. Absolutely loved this bike (which is great because I've been spending buckets of $ on it for the last 6 months just hoping I wouldn't hate it). Only did about 5 miles or so thru the neighborhood but it it a lot more forgiving than I was thinking it would be. Though that could be down to the incredibly plush Fox Factory 34's or the 25mm DT EX471's wrapped in beefy 2.3" and 2.5" tubeless exo rubbers. No creaks or pops, so pretty damn happy how the first bike I ever built from the ground up has turned out! Stoked to take it out this weekend and get it dirty!

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    EDIT: Got it dirty. Absolutely love how this bike rides! Really couldn't be happier! This thing is snappy af, very confidence-inspiring on the downs and climbs like a goat!

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    these will flying off shelves over the winter if Mr. Hill wins the EWS overall. (bring out the grave digger edition!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by hitechredneck View Post
    these will flying off shelves over the winter if Mr. Hill wins the EWS overall. (bring out the grave digger edition!)
    I've never understood this. Love Nukeproof, but buying a bike because a pro wins on it is stupid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Travis Bickle View Post
    I've never understood this. Love Nukeproof, but buying a bike because a pro wins on it is stupid.
    It's not necessarily just because a pro won, but because the brand gains more exposure when you're on top.

    Sam Hill pwns.
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    That and people will see the brand as a more viable option to stack up to the big names in America. YT got Gwin and now everything is sold out because people the see the bikes as more quality since he is racing on the same frame you can buy. People know they will not be buying junk if a top level guy is placing well with it. I race the big mountain enduro series and atleast a third of the bikes there are SB6c because of Rude killing it on one.

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    This seems like the perfect place to ask this question, apologies if it isn't.

    I'm actually considering buying a Nukeproof Mega 275 frame and transferring all of my parts from my Chromag Stylus to it. Been riding the stylus into the ground but it's time to upgrade to a FS based on how aggressive i've been. Was looking into the Knolly Warden, Santa Cruz Bronson, YT Jeffsy, Commencal Meta AM, and Transition Patrol. Mostly because I have a 160mm DVO Diamond i'd like to find a home for and it would fit nicely with these bikes. My fork is also cut down a little shorter than it should have been, which means some brands, like Ibis and Yeti, are completely off the table with their longer head tubes. All of the frames seem to be $1200(Commencal) to 2000+.

    Stumbled upon the Nukeproof a few days ago. It has nearly perfect geometry and can take my DVO Diamond easily. Everything except the chainstays and the reach seem similar to my Stylus. The reach is about the same as a Cannondale Trigger, which I've rented a few times up at Kingdom Trails VT, so i'm not worried about that either.

    My question is this, is it worth it to pull the trigger on the Nukeproof Mega for $500-$1k less than the brands above, or just save some money up and purchase them at a later date? What advantages do the other bikes i've mentioned have over the Nukeproof, if any?

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    dude, the Mega is a badass bike at any price, heck they should probably raise the prices just so people stop thinking of it as a "discount" bike. If you like it, buy it.

    I was pretty dead set on dropping big bucks on a Yeti SB5.5 or an Evil Wreck, until I found out about the mega and fell in love with it. Glad i did. I like my 290 significantly more than everything else I test rode, and now with over 250 miles on it I still think its the $hit and even if i was spending your moms money, i'd get the same bike.

    As for "advantages" of higher priced bikes vs. the nuke... not really any. differences sure, but thats more a matter of taste than any real advantage.

    Sure, its aluminum... but for what its worth, the mega frame is even lighter than some carbon frames (evil in particular), and appears to be durable as hell. more than half of my millage has been bike park.

    Sam Hill has been ridding (slaying it on) a Carbon version updated with a metric shock, I imagine the aluminum frames are going at good discount to clearance them out before the carbon hits the market.

    I'll buy the new carbon frame when it comes out (assuming its lighter). I hope the prices stay reasonable, but they could charge prices commensurate with the competition and i'll pay it.

    been trying a coil on mine for the bike park, but i'll continue using the Monarch for climbing.
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    One of the reasons i'm hesitant is that the Mega still uses 12x142 in the rear and my wheelset is 12x148. Combined with the fact that i'd have to ship it from overseas. The price difference between buying something like a Santa Cruz Bronson frame and the Mega frame end up being a wash since i'd have to pay for shipping and a new wheelset.

    Just trying to find more information about it, it's not a popular brand here in the states at all.

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    right on, well price being a wash, go with the one that appeals to you more.

    Compared to the Bronson, they are certainly different machines. Geometry wise the mega certainly leans a bit more toward a gravity orientation and is slacker, longer reach, quite longer chain-stay and thus wheelbase.

    I haven't compared a 27.5 mega to a Bronson, but having compared my 29" mega to a buddies Bronson, its pretty clear that all of those geo tweeks add up to a bike that is quite a bit different.

    no, they are not popular over here thats for sure. So far this season I've only seen two more in the wild, they were British guys on vacation in Moab, both on Mega 275's.
    caught up to them at the end of the Enchilada.
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    How does the Nukeproof climb, and how well does it tackle technical sections? Living in New England, it's all climbing, technical sections, rock gardens, and roots.

    Vs something like a Pivot Mach 6, SC Bronson / Nomad, or Specialized Enduro?

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    I'd say it climbs pretty well, about as you'd expect from a 30 pound, 150mm bike with a horst link rear end. Probably not the best climbing bike in the world, but good enough that its my go-to machine here in Colorado. I have a 23 pound XC 29er hardtail, but It hasn't seen daylight since I brought the nuke home.

    I would say that it does not really excel at low-speed technical climbing, I think being so long and slack its just out of its element a bit when things get slow and trialzy if you know what i mean. If you can keep some speed going, its amazing what it will pop up on top of though. Note, do remember i'm on a 290, so a 275 might be a bit more comfortable at low speed. its all worth noting that I don't really -care- about cleanly climbing every bit, i'm just earning my turns and getting to the top so i can rip down.

    As for the technical descending, rock gardens and roots... thats what the nuke is made for. My Mega eats that stuff up like a DH bike, recklessly fast when it gets steep and gnarly and loves plowing through rock gardens. Its fast, stable and confidence inspiring. Just as my XC bike has been collecting dust in the basement, so has my 200mm dual crown DH bike. about 50% of my ridding is bike park and the mega just munches down DH trails.

    the bikes that you list, and the mega, are all very very good bikes that will all excel on similar terrain. I'd say in general the mega's geo is a touch more aggressive and thus leans a bit more towards descending.

    In a couple of weeks myself and a bunch of friends will be heading up to the PNW for a bike trip, we'll have a Mega 290, an Enduro, a Mach 6, a Bronson, as well as an Insurgent, a Following, a Patrol and a Ripley. I'm sure most days of ridding will end with beers and much discussion about the varying and minor differences between how each of this rigs handle the days trails, but in all reality all of these bikes are nearly equally capable on most trails, heading up or down, and all going to be a blast to ride.
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    Hey guys. My stock WTB i23 rear rim is officially FUBAR. Well, 2 mechanics say its unsalvageable. Any suggestions for a new one? I'm 95kg, 210lbs riding aggressive AM on my Scout 290.

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    I can recommend Easton Heist rims ^^ just not their in house bearings/freehub...

    Rode a Heist 24 on the rear of my 290 & it never needed truing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by targnik View Post
    I can recommend Easton Heist rims ^^ just not their in house bearings/freehub...

    Rode a Heist 24 on the rear of my 290 & it never needed truing.

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    I was thinking of heist rim with hope or Nukeproof hub.

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    Quote Originally Posted by McNazgul View Post
    I was thinking of heist rim with hope or Nukeproof hub.

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    I'd go for the Hope...

    I've experienced pawl failure on Nukeproof hub =(

    A mate has a rear wheel w/ Hope hub & he said it's easy to service i.e. change out bearings.

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    Excellent. Decision made

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    Quote Originally Posted by McNazgul View Post
    Excellent. Decision made

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    If CRC/Easton ever get back to me w/ Easton Heist 24 rear wheel decision!?

    I'll either keep it as a spare or rebuild wheel w/ different hub.

    Should have my ZTR Flow rim built up with a Novatec D882SB hub in a couple of weeks for my Scout.

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    Hope Pro 4's ftw. They're extremely easy to service (literally just pull apart) and roll fast with solid engagement (not as fast as say a King or i9, but after riding both, I didn't notice any real world difference). I'm running the Pro4's on both my bikes, and they'll go on my next bike as well.
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    Scout 290 in da house

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    wow... just dawned on me that i've had my Mega 290 for over a year! One year report, still madly in love with this machine, the best all around bike I've ridden and I still have no future plans to replace it. Maybe if they eventually release a carbon 290, though I have to say I love a lot about the aluminum frame, its reasonably light and satisfyingly durable.

    Parts upgrades since new...

    2.5 Minion DHF's, Deity 800mm bars, Deity Pedals, Deity Seat (I liked the nukeproof seat, but broke it in a crash), 28t Absolute Black chainring, 165mm X0 carbon cranks, 200mm/180mm rotors and metallic pads, KMC chain, ESI foam grips, pike stretched to 160mm, some Ti hardware, front bolt on axle.

    As it sits, she's just a hair of 30 pounds and its a great package. Climbs well enough to get me up whatever I need to get up, and descends like a DH sled.

    Parts upgrades i'm contemplating this year...

    I'm seriously contemplating Push's coil upgrade for the Pike. The Pike works just fine, but it ain't no coil, and can't match the performance I had from my coil Fox Van back in the day. If it could feel closer to that, I'd be a happy happy dude. I'll also likely upgrade to a 12spd Beagle setup as I have another bike that could benefit from the 11spd upgrade hand-me-down parts. I also want to find a bolt on axle for the rear.

    Parts upgrades I'm definitely NOT contemplating...

    I am, too my surprise, in LOVE with the Sram Roam 40 wheelset. Its incredibly light, and to my major surprise, bombproof durable. I've abused the heck out of these wheels and i'm shocked that such a light 24 spoke wheelset can be this tough. I'll run em until something happens, but at this point I'm convinced they are tough as nails. I also used to HATE Sram brakes, but I love the Guides.


    She's been a GREAT rig, abused on the local Colorado trails, done about 35 days of lift service ridding at Trestle, treated me well at Sedona, Whistler bike park, Squamish, Bellingham, crushed the Mount Barbour Helli-drop and ripped the Enchilada.

    Gave her a good once over, got the truck all prepped for shuttle duty, I pick up my buddies Wednesday after work at DIA and then its off to Moab for 5 days of shredding!

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    Howdy gents and ladies, anybody here happen to know the max chainring size that can fit on a 2019 Mega? Asked Nukeproof and they literally said "don't know, don't test for that"' which I thought was odd.. I'm looking at prob an alloy build for a potential purchase in the near future and needless to say they sound pretty effin awesome. Just hoping to get some clarity on this one question. Thanks in advance!

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    Anyone riding a Nukeproof these days? They have tons of coverage via Sam Hill in EWS, GMBN on Youtube, Pinkbike etc., but seems like radio silence on MTBR. Obviously its a UK centric company so warranty might be a headache, but the price to performance ratio seems stellar...Alum/Carbon GX Eagle bikes on sale for $2800/$3300!



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    Very nice. I've been debating between a Giant Trance 2 and building my own Reactor 275. Right now I'm leaning towards the Reactor build... First world problems...

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    Both are great bikes, of course i’d point you towards a Nukeproof but you can’t go wrong. Haven’t looked at the geo but would assume the NP would have more aggressive angles and lean more to descending.

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    The geo numbers on the NP is nicer. Longer wheelbase, shorter chainstay, 1deg slacker HTA, 1deg steeper STA, slightly lower BB.

    I've been stockpiling parts and was going to upgrade my HT this spring but all those upgrade parts I can put towards a new build. I think the only things I'll need to pickup would be new boost cranks, chainring, rear 11spd boost hub (and spokes to lace up new rims I got) and dropper post. Hummmmm.

    Sadly there's nowhere to demo Nukeproof here other than if I'm lucky to come across someone I know at the park. The Trance I've demoed in the parking lot which isn't saying much.

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    Anyone riding a Reactor 275 with a 30" inseam and able to ride a 150mm dropper? I'm gathering all my parts for my build and don't know if I can squeeze in a 150mm dropper in the seat tube or if I'm gonna be stuck with a 125mm like my HT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trinimon View Post
    Anyone riding a Reactor 275 with a 30" inseam and able to ride a 150mm dropper? I'm gathering all my parts for my build and don't know if I can squeeze in a 150mm dropper in the seat tube or if I'm gonna be stuck with a 125mm like my HT.
    Check out the OneUp droppers. They have a super low stack height. I don't have a Reactor (though I've been eyeing them) but I put the old v1 170mm in place of a Fox Transfer 150mm and I ended up with the same saddle height with more drop. That's basically the differece between 150 and 125. The new v2 droppers even come with shims so you can adjust them down if you need to.

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    Thanks Scott. I knew the OneUp had one of the shortest stack height around but didn't think that that their 170mm could replace a 150mm. I just compared OneUp to Brand-X stack height. The 180mm dropper has the same stack height of the 150mm Brand-X. Wow! Now that's definitely something to think about!

    I checked out Nukeproof's bike lineup and they show some of the medium size Reactors using a Brand-X 150mm droppers so I could definitely squeeze in a OneUp 180mm. Glad I didn't complete my online purchase last night. Thanks!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trinimon View Post
    Anyone riding a Reactor 275 with a 30" inseam and able to ride a 150mm dropper? I'm gathering all my parts for my build and don't know if I can squeeze in a 150mm dropper in the seat tube or if I'm gonna be stuck with a 125mm like my HT.
    It should be ok, in the size chart the medium list the inseam as 30-32. I hope it is ok because I have a 30” inseam also.

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    Well, I was THIS close to clicking the submit button on OneUp's shopping cart for the 180mm dropper but I ended up grabbing a 150mm Brand-X instead, mostly due to price. It was $166CDN for the Brand-X shipped to my door. The OneUp was close double the price at $400CDN. The savings I'll put towards a carbon Reactor frame instead or go towards new cranks.

    Just got word back from the local Nukeproof retailer, looks like all the carbon frames are sold out. ARGH! I should have ordered it a couple weeks ago when they had stock. lol

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    Doing a few upgrades to my Scout 290...

    Guide R brakes with Sintered pads will offer a little more stopping power, over the Shimano M615's currently on there.

    Plus, I'm investigating reducing travel on a Yari to 140mm and chucking that up front.

    Maybe, 2.1 charger also.

    Tires will be next thing to change.

    I'll be popping a 2.5 HRII out back and a 2.6 Hans Dampf (or 2.6 Magic Mary, if I can find one) up front.

    Days are getting shorter. I'll be setting 290 up as my Winter mule.

    Boost fork will allow me to run a mudguard.

    Might be a month or so before it's all up and running, as I'm doing part swapseez between my bikes.



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    I just got a Caharger 2.1 for my Rev. We'll see how that works out this spring. Still waiting for my Reactor frame, ETA is now April. argh!

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    That's a beauty! How are liking it so far? 1x12?

    Can't wait for my Reactor frame to arrive so I can start building it. I got one wheel built and waiting for my Hope Pro 4 Boost hub to come in from CRC.

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    Awesome ride!

    Damn coronavirus! Dunno when Nukeproof will restock on the Reactor frames.

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    Reactor 290c Build

    I went for a mix of components, but I love it.

    Reactor 290c XL
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    Damn! That's a sweet ride. What size chainring/cassette are you running?

    Damn you coronavirus! Dunno when my frame will get shipped.

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    Thanks! Yah, it's an amazing ride. Super solid feel and agile as well.

    Quote Originally Posted by Trinimon View Post
    Damn! That's a sweet ride. What size chainring/cassette are you running?
    It's a 32 in front and a 10-50 GX cassette in the rear.

    I ordered mine back in October from Canada Cycles, and it was delivered end of January.

    Wiggle has a few frames in stock still: https://www.wiggle.com/nukeproof-rea...ke-frame-2020/

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    lol, nice. I'm going to run a 11speed 11-46 cassette and a 32t up front. Not too much technical climbs for me so should be okay that or I'll chuck a 30t crank and see if that helps.

    I ordered my 275 medium carbon frame from Canada Cycles as well. I waited a week too long in January and all the 275 carbon frames were sold out at the UK warehouse. I was told early April for restock but I don't that that's happening anytime soon with covid19 screwing up manufacturing and delivery timelines.

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    Out today, getting some fresh air

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blaizon View Post
    Nice bike! Was my 2nd choice.
    2017 frame + custom build... She's one of a kind

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    Mmmm, beauty! My Reactor frame should finally arrive next week! Only been waiting since end of January!

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    It's here! Super stoked!


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    Finished the build yesterday and took it out on for the first ride on the trail today to test her out. WOW! Can't wait to get back on the trail.


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    Anyone know what's up with the Nukeproof stock? I've been waiting 3 weeks for my Nukeproof Scout order to ship. I know manufacturing might be a bit chaotic at the moment. But if they can't produce anything new for a couple months, then I might need to switch to something else like a Commencal Meta HT AM. I really want to build my Nukeproof Scout. But if that means I blow the whole summer waiting ... a bike in hand is better than no bike.

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    Not sure about the Scout but I was told warehouse restock of the Reactor is not till mid-June. Wonder if the Scout is in the same boat. I'm hoping on a Scout frame next spring (or sooner if I can't wait).

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    I created a little vid of my Reactor build... just as much fun building it as riding it.


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    Hey guys - I'm looking at getting a Nukeproof Reactor 290 Comp Alloy, but I'm not seeing a decent review or comparison for this bike. If you own this bike (or did and chucked it), can you give me pros and cons?

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    Nice video...did you track how many hours you had into the build?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trinimon View Post
    I created a little vid of my Reactor build... just as much fun building it as riding it.
    That was the best/quickest tubeless install video I have seen yet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JR11 View Post
    Nice video...did you track how many hours you had into the build?
    Hey JR11, the wheels took about 5hr each as I was trying to get it as perfect as I could. The protection film took about 2hrs to cut and apply. The build itself only took about 4hrs which inc a brake bleed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PNW MTB View Post
    That was the best/quickest tubeless install video I have seen yet!
    lol, if only getting a tire on with that darn ARD could be that easy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trinimon View Post
    Finished the build yesterday and took it out on for the first ride on the trail today to test her out. WOW! Can't wait to get back on the trail.

    Awesome looking build! Congrats!

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    As a side note.....those with Reactors, how do they climb?

    Say compared to a DW link bike.......
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    Quote Originally Posted by River19 View Post
    As a side note.....those with Reactors, how do they climb?

    Say compared to a DW link bike.......
    I was riding it in Trail mode for the last couple rides. I was surprised it climbed as well as it did, actually, it climbs better than my old HT. I was making it up some tight and rooty switchbacks that I would normally have issues on my HT with identical 1x11 drivetrains. I'm running a 1x11 (30t ring and 11-46t cassette and a 150mm fork).

    I'm going to ride it in Rail mode this weekend. There's a lot of climbing on my local home trails so this was something I was concerned about when I bought it.

    That said, LinkageDesigns didn't give the Reactor great reviews for pedalling efficiency.

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    Scout 290, but I run with both 29s and 27+ depending on mood
    Awesome. My next HT frame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trinimon View Post
    Awesome. My next HT frame.
    I have had it for a little over a year as I built it up early last spring. I love it as far as a HT goes and it is much more capable than I even intended it to be. It performs really well in aggressive chunk and with the Pike and the dropper it is setup to handle some decent East Coast rocks and roots.

    To me the 290 makes the most sense as I can run my plus wheelsets as well since they are all boost 148.

    And thanks for the reply on the Reactor question......
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    Quote Originally Posted by River19 View Post
    I have had it for a little over a year as I built it up early last spring. I love it as far as a HT goes and it is much more capable than I even intended it to be. It performs really well in aggressive chunk and with the Pike and the dropper it is setup to handle some decent East Coast rocks and roots.

    To me the 290 makes the most sense as I can run my plus wheelsets as well since they are all boost 148.

    And thanks for the reply on the Reactor question......
    Gives me something to think about when I get my Scout frame. I was thinking about the 290 and switching to/from 29 to 27.5 when needed but read that using 27.5 wheels on the 290 drops the BB too low.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trinimon View Post
    Gives me something to think about when I get my Scout frame. I was thinking about the 290 and switching to/from 29 to 27.5 when needed but read that using 27.5 wheels on the 290 drops the BB too low.
    Sure it drops, but too low is subjective, depending on what people re doing. If I was running it at a bike park with smooth well built machine stuff and wanted it more playful 27s would be fine.....

    Quick Edit: My wife and I are spoiled in that we have a number of wheelsets to swap between our Pivots and hard tails as they all take boost 148, we run the same 11sp setup and 180mm discs so swapping is a 5 min job. Due to that, our 27.5 wheelsets are true 27+ sizes at 2.8" or 3.0" tires in fairly aggressive treads so we tend to use them for sloppy, rocky, rooty, muddy shit and/or I actually like them for the bike park on my Pivot and I don't push hard enough in berms to roll them if I am careful, I'm 45 so my days of constant 110% effort on berms ended with my BMX days.
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    Thanks for the response Trinimon. I was thinking that I'd build my own, but ended up opting for purchasing from an on-line shop. That said - your comment on the protective film was especially helpful, as I will be doing this when the bike arrives. I'll have to replay your video and have a closer look at how the film piece went down. It sounds like you opted for the universal film kit...is that right? Mind sharing the product name?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JR11 View Post
    Thanks for the response Trinimon. I was thinking that I'd build my own, but ended up opting for purchasing from an on-line shop. That said - your comment on the protective film was especially helpful, as I will be doing this when the bike arrives. I'll have to replay your video and have a closer look at how the film piece went down. It sounds like you opted for the universal film kit...is that right? Mind sharing the product name?
    Hey JR11,

    I just bought a small roll of 6" and 2" wide 3M Paint Protection Film from Amazon that was 8mil thick. I used pieces of heavyweight paper to create templates and then transferred them to the PPF for cutting.

    Applying is pretty easy. Good to start with a factory clean bike else wash down the bike if it's drity.

    - Make some slip solution in a spray bottle using a couple drops of Baby Shampoo or liquid Dawn (I'm told to avoid the scented stuff).

    - Wash your hands free of any dirt/grease.

    - Degrease/clean the area you're working on with some isopropyl alcohol.

    - Spray the area with the slip solution.

    - Dip your fingers into a bowl or soapy water or spray the slip solution on your fingers then carefully remove the backing of the PPF, spraying the tacky side of the PPF with slip as you go. You DO NOT want this to curl up and stick to itself and make a mess if dry.

    - Carefully lay the PPF on the area.

    - Using a credit card or applicator squeegee, work the water and air bubbles from the middle of the PPF out towards the edges. On areas with slight curves, use a hair dryer to warm up the PPF to make it pliable.

    Tips:

    - If your PPF has a rough edge, use a sharp utility knife or scissors to cut off the edge so you'll a nice clean edge. The rough edge tends to not stick well and makes it easy to cause the PPF to lift. Ask me how I know. lol

    - Round off any corners. Sharp corners will catch and lift easily.

    I was surprised when I got my Reactor frame. Most of the main contact areas already had PPF on it.

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    Trinimon - Nice write up, thanks. I’ve got the 3m ppf and squeegee. Now just need to assemble my bike and follow your instructions

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    Hey JR11,

    I just bought a small roll of 6" and 2" wide 3M Paint Protection Film from Amazon that was 8mil thick. I used pieces of heavyweight paper to create templates and then transferred them to the PPF for cutting.

    Applying is pretty easy. Good to start with a factory clean bike else wash down the bike if it's drity.

    - Make some slip solution in a spray bottle using a couple drops of Baby Shampoo or liquid Dawn (I'm told to avoid the scented stuff).

    - Wash your hands free of any dirt/grease.

    - Degrease/clean the area you're working on with some isopropyl alcohol.

    - Spray the area with the slip solution.

    - Dip your fingers into a bowl or soapy water or spray the slip solution on your fingers then carefully remove the backing of the PPF, spraying the tacky side of the PPF with slip as you go. You DO NOT want this to curl up and stick to itself and make a mess if dry.

    - Carefully lay the PPF on the area.

    - Using a credit card or applicator squeegee, work the water and air bubbles from the middle of the PPF out towards the edges. On areas with slight curves, use a hair dryer to warm up the PPF to make it pliable.

    Tips:

    - If your PPF has a rough edge, use a sharp utility knife or scissors to cut off the edge so you'll a nice clean edge. The rough edge tends to not stick well and makes it easy to cause the PPF to lift. Ask me how I know. lol

    - Round off any corners. Sharp corners will catch and lift easily.

    I was surprised when I got my Reactor frame. Most of the main contact areas already had PPF on it.

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