At Eurobike we spent a lot of time trekking around the huge trade halls to see the latest and greatest of new kit and technology on show. We’ve already shown you the 2011 Nukeproof Scalp frame in video, but here is a little more of what the following year holds for the brand which has come a long ways in a very short time.
Snap! The new 4x race hardtail frame from Nukeproof has been put through its paces at World Cups all year in the hands of Lukas Mechura. And if you buy the large size, then you will be running exactly the same frame that Lukas rode to the European 4x series overall title in 2010.
A short back end that still manages to keep a decent amount of tyre clearance with some sleek looking chainstay yokes. Lots of bracing and tight angles keeps the strength and stiffness up, regardless of the size you opt for. The headtube enables the full spectrum of headsets and forks to be used, allowing for a flush setup to keep the front end ultra low should that be your wish.
The full build seen here features a significant number of Nukeproof parts which tie together well and should help the bike come in at a killer price as well. It weighs in at 26lb (including pedals) and felt well balanced both in hand and when we took it for a quick spin in the car park at the back of the show. Currently no firm price was available for the full bike, the frame only should come in somewhere between 300-350Pounds which is a bargain in anyone's book.
Mega. This is a bike which has been in various stages of prototyping for over a year (we first saw a basic frame at the 2009 Megavalanche). And now it's getting closer to the final version, the aim being to have frames ready for sale in February 2011. At 150mm travel it is what most would consider an 'all mountain' bike, aimed to be matched with 150-160mm forks up front. Despite being about a pound overweight it still comes in at 31lb for the full build seen here.
Bolt on dropouts allow the bike to accept a multitude of different axles: Maxle in both 135mm and 142mm spacing, standard vertical QR and also horizontal should you wish to set it up as a singlespeed. Meanwhile, up front, there is a 66 degree head angle with a 75 degree seat angle in the middle to help keep weight over the front wheel when climbing, sometimes the achilles heel of longer travel bikes. Available very soon, the colours will be the awesome raw featured here, Nukeproof yellow or black.
A 13.2" BB (+5mm from baseline) and offset chainstays are a prime feature of this bike, enabling it to keep clearance on the rocky trails, but still keep stability when the ground starts pointing down. The offset chainstays provide clearance for both front mechs and ISCG05 chainstays so you have the choice of how you set the bike up. You can also just see from this photo that the main pivot is tucked behind the chainring.
CNC machined dropouts take a 135mm Maxle and also take the seatstay pivot (which makes this a single pivot with a linkage driven shock). Lots of work on the machining means that this bike has a great look of something vastly more expensive. Another feature to note is the addition of cable guides for a dropper post which should save on the zip ties as well as looking infinitely neater and more integrated.
Erosion Link. This is the linkage system which drives the shock in a motion aimed to reduce mid stroke dive in an effort to improve pedalling. Combined with the pivot positioning this should ensure that the bike drives forward with the best of them - and we're looking forward to testing this out as soon as the bikes are available.
A view from the other side of the drive area showing the offset chainstays and more of the detailed machine work that has gone into this bike to create hollow and pocketed sections. This means that even in prototype stage the frame weighs 6.7lb plus shock. The aim is to get this under the 6lb mark for production by February. Torx hardware throughout may be unpopular with a few riders, but to those who spend their lives working on bikes this is a very welcome addition - even the best make mistakes when tired and rushing before a race run.
Pedals were something we heard a lot about from Nukeproof at Eurobike. Several platform designs and a multitude of options when it comes to body and axle materials are now available. The body options are both standard aluminum and the lighter magnesium on the Proton and Neutrons shown here with their more squared body shape. Both feature the options of a standard chromoly steel axle or titanium for the ultimate in lightweight pedals when combined with the magnesium bodies. And while it may be a small thing, an 8mm allen key can be used to remove the pedals or a standard 15mm pedal spanner - as with many things in life, you don't realize how handy the choice is until you don't have it!
Neutrons in the foreground, Protons in the background.
Seen on the Scalp downhill bike was this prototype direct mount stem that uses the now standard Boxxer pattern. At 45mm long it's on the money as far as length goes and looked good in the various colors. No weights yet, but be sure that we'll get all the info to you, the readers, as soon as it's available.
It's a subtle change and one which is perhaps not picked up on by many, but the name in previous years has been 'Nuke Proof', but revised graphics bring about a consolidation to 'Nukeproof'. Moving from utilitarian graphics, these look much slicker and bring with them an increased number of finishing options: Lacquered raw, Yellow & Black. The raw shown here is very brushed, the final is likely to be more along the lines of the pedals seen below which feature a more tarnished effect.
We tested these Warhead cockpit controls last year in the 760mm wide, 20mm rise option. For 2011 there are now the options of 800mm and zero rise. All come in the new Nukeproof color options.