Nuke Proof Scalp - Eurobike 2010

Aug 31, 2010 at 13:47
Aug 31, 2010
by Mike Levy  
 
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Nuke Proof had their prototype Scalp downhill race bike out for everyone to see and it was certainly attracting more than it's fair share of attention, and rightfully so. This impressive new bike ticks off all the boxes in the go-fast DH bike category and looks to be a winner right out of the box. Inside you'll find all of the info, some great photos, and a video giving you the complete rundown of this new speed machine!

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Watch the video to learn all about the Nuke Proof Scalp

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WOW. This is Nuke Proof's entry into the competitive DH bike category and although I've yet to ride it, the Scalp certainly looks like it should be competitive once it hits the production line. This is only prototype number 2, expect the finished version to weigh in at well under 10 lbs. Geometry is finalized and must have been decided on by someone who knows what makes a fast bike fast: a slack 63 degree head angle should keep advanced riders and shredders who frequent steep terrain happy, and a low 13 3/4 bottom bracket height will have the Scalp turning on rails. Rear wheel travel measures 209 mm. There is no denying that it looks promising.
WOW. This is Nuke Proof's entry into the competitive DH bike category and although I've yet to ride it, the Scalp certainly looks like it should be competitive once it hits the production line. This is only prototype number 2, expect the finished version to weigh in at well under 10 lbs. Geometry is finalized and must have been decided on by someone who knows what makes a fast bike fast: a slack 63 degree head angle should keep advanced riders and shredders who frequent steep terrain happy, and a low 13 3/4 bottom bracket height will have the Scalp turning on rails. Rear wheel travel measures 209 mm. There is no denying that it looks promising.

A great bike must have both dialed geometry and first rate suspension. It may be a bit hard to spot, but the Scalp uses a linkage system to control the bike's suspension rate. Nearly hidden from view are the pull links that activate the suspension. We were told that the pull link suspension requires less material that if they had used a more common pushing system. Nuke Proof has also designed the bike to hold it's weight as low and as central as possible. The Scalp is designed to have a supple early stroke that progresses into a predictable mid-stroke and firm resistance to bottom out. Take note that all pivot hardware uses torx bits to lessen the chance of damage during maintenance.
A great bike must have both dialed geometry and first rate suspension. It may be a bit hard to spot, but the Scalp uses a linkage system to control the bike's suspension rate. Nearly hidden from view are the pull links that activate the suspension. We were told that the pull link suspension requires less material that if they had used a more common pushing system. Nuke Proof has also designed the bike to hold it's weight as low and as central as possible. The Scalp is designed to have a supple early stroke that progresses into a predictable mid-stroke and firm resistance to bottom out. Take note that all pivot hardware uses torx bits to lessen the chance of damage during maintenance.

A better look at the Scalp's enclosed rear triangle. Maximum stiffness was the design goal and it looks like this bike could and should be as rigid anyone would want. A bolt on brace just ahead of the seat tube further increases the bike's strength. While the frame should come in at a more than reasonable weight, you can see the trend here: stiffness and strength are key for a reliable and fast bike.
A better look at the Scalp's enclosed rear triangle. Maximum stiffness was the design goal and it looks like this bike could and should be as rigid anyone would want. A bolt on brace just ahead of the seat tube further increases the bike's strength. While the frame should come in at a more than reasonable weight, you can see the trend here: stiffness and strength are key for a reliable and fast bike.

"I've got big balls. And they're such big balls." Leave it to AC/DC when at a loss for words. The Scalp uses massive 44 mm sealed pivot bearings and a 24 mm aluminum pivot axle to tie everything together.

The lower portion of the seat tube is actually an I-beam member, with the swinglink pivoting off of the top of it. The small links that pull to activate the suspension will be able to be swapped out in order to tweak the geometry. The Scalp's head angle sits at a pro-friendly 63 degrees, but you'll be able to steepen it up by installing different length links. By going this route, as opposed to using different shock mounting holes, the bike maintains the same leverage ratio despite changing it's angles.
The lower portion of the seat tube is actually an I-beam member, with the swinglink pivoting off of the top of it. The small links that pull to activate the suspension will be able to be swapped out in order to tweak the geometry. The Scalp's head angle sits at a pro-friendly 63 degrees, but you'll be able to steepen it up by installing different length links. By going this route, as opposed to using different shock mounting holes, the bike maintains the same leverage ratio despite changing it's angles.

Shapely top tube detail on the Scalp. There will be two color options to pick from, this catching raw version, and a brighter yellow option for those who don't want to be missed. I'm a huge fan of raw bikes, having removed the paint from many of my own rides over the years, and am stoked to see more companies offering this from the factory. No matter how rough you treat her or how many times she falls out of the back of the truck, a paintless finish will always look dialed down the road. Plus you look like a factory rider!
Shapely top tube detail on the Scalp. There will be two color options to pick from, this catching raw version, and a brighter yellow option for those who don't want to be missed. I'm a huge fan of raw bikes, having removed the paint from many of my own rides over the years, and am stoked to see more companies offering this from the factory. No matter how rough you treat her or how many times she falls out of the back of the truck, a paintless finish will always look dialed down the road. Plus you look like a factory rider!

The front of the Scalp uses a full length 1.5
The front of the Scalp uses a full length 1.5" head tube that not only uses a mega low stack headset, but can also accept a Cane Creek AngleSet that will allow you to further tweak the bike's handling. Best head tube badge ever?

The rear of the bike uses standard 12 x 150 mm spacing and a traditional thru-axle. I like the burly, but tidy looking dropouts that are complete with countersunk brake adapter mounting holes. The frame has a scheduled release date of February 2011 and will come in at a very reasonable planned MSRP of approximately $2000 USD. The stock shock will be Rock Shox's coil sprung Vivid, but they are plans afoot to also offer the Cane Creek Double Barrel for a sensible upcharge.
The rear of the bike uses standard 12 x 150 mm spacing and a traditional thru-axle. I like the burly, but tidy looking dropouts that are complete with countersunk brake adapter mounting holes. The frame has a scheduled release date of February 2011 and will come in at a very reasonable planned MSRP of approximately $2000 USD. The stock shock will be Rock Shox's coil sprung Vivid, but they are plans afoot to also offer the Cane Creek Double Barrel for a sensible upcharge.


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182 Comments

  • + 98
 I just came
  • + 33
 HOLY JESUS MOTHER OF GOD
  • + 10
 not the only one
  • + 14
 i have found my new frame
  • + 14
 INSANE!!! please trade with my car !
  • + 8
 Omg, I may have to fly over to Eurobike and smuggle some stolen goods back, this bike is SICK!
  • + 21
 Beautiful bike. but either that guy is freaking huge or the bikes quite small...
  • + 5
 that bike, is the sex!
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 i think he is really tall
  • + 19
 pure british pornographic engineering
  • + 1
 looks like a solid bike.... the welds on that thing look tidy.
  • + 3
 Im pretty sure its made in Tiawan... Wink
  • + 3
 that bike looks like is built so well, and the price is really resaonable compared to others.
  • + 4
 "shittttt i just bought these pants"
  • - 2
 bike is big, but german is bigger
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 im lucky these ones are old
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 beautiful, just beautiful...
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 sooooo great and here I was thinking a DHR was an orgy...
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 those welds...wow
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 finally...my new frame.
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 TR450ish? Anyone else seeing that or am I just insane?
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 yes the difference is that the TR450 pushes the link that pushes the shock and in this bike the link that pushes the shock is pulled. By the way whos the nukeproof dealer for USA?
  • + 2
 Will any names be riding this at Mt Saint Anne this weekend? Or at the UCI's next season?
A nukeproof team would be cool to see
  • + 1
 dont think the guy testing the bike at fort bill will last 30 days....:P
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 Oh haha I meant Ascetically not Technologically
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 wow, looks like a norco team dh......
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 not in the slightest bit
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 my thoughts exactly i just didnt want to be the first to say it Smile
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 maybe not all of it, but some parts like the front triangle are exactly like the team dh
  • + 1
 dude what are you smoking? they look completely different

norco.com/bikes/mountain/dh-race-park/team-dh
  • + 2
 there really is no resemblance tbh i found a major difference of nearly every tube on the two bikes
  • + 2
 is just the swopy top tube that may resemble that norco
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  • + 27
 coming from a tig welder, those welds are BEAUTIFUL! bike looks so legit. daddy wants
  • + 4
 yup you've seen that perfectly... nice scales... specially the double ones..
  • + 4
 beefy welds, too, looks nigh invulnerable
  • + 2
 Don't know that I've ever seen double scale welds on a bike before. Is this a technique that's generally used on heavier gauge tubes? Prolly the nicest welds evar.
  • + 2
 indeed it is... its a weaving tequnique, but doesnt nesessarily mean its used because its a thicker material, only thing i can think is because a more gradual radius makes for a stronger weld joint.
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 Remember it's a proto so the welds are likely done with extra care and attention. I just hope it carries over to the production bikes. This 2nd proto does look amazing though.
  • + 1
 This is the quality of weld I expected (and wanted) to see on the Intense M9 FRO. I think Nukeproof have a world-class quality frame here, and I'm looking forward to seeing someone race on this thing.
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 I know nothing about welding but I can appreciate those welds. I don't think I've ever seen their equal. Nice and smooth radiuses like a fillet-brazed frame.
  • + 3
 ya thats a weave pattern. Much harder to make look perfect than a normal weld. Very beautiful construction! And yes, THE BEST HEADTUBE BADGE EVER!
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 Please excuse my ignorance, but is it filed down to make it that smooth?
  • + 3
 no, thats part of the reason why it is that hard to do, as you can see they are pefectly "tapered" with no undercut. Its made by going back and forth in a weave patern like this: VVVVVVVVVV except you would pause right at the point to get the extra weld to fill in and go over the middle really fast so it doesnt bulge out, otherwise that would make it a stress riser, same reason why too much weld can actually weaken the joint
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 Can a CNC welding machine do it?
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 yes it could easily do it, especially a 4 or 5 axis one, however bike companies almost always stick to hand welded because it is actually faster for a person to maneuver around the frame than a machine, also, as you can c, the quality of the welds are just as good. and of course they then get to say "hand made" which some people prize
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  • + 7
 I hate to admit it but this bike kinda reminds Transitions's TR450 in it's design.
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 the suspension design is extremely similar to the tr450 by the looks of it
  • + 1
 @nightfox And rocky mountain and commencal... loads of manufacturers use this setup.
  • + 1
 it's not the setup, it's the design of the setup that looks somewhat alike Transition's. I'm not surprised though, it's the nature of marketing.
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 I see what you mean, like how the linkage has been concealed by the swing arm.
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 i will buy one for my grandma
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 They seem to be hitting a good price point for the frame.

30 days at Fort William for testing with 1 rider, as many runs as he can in a day (you can cruise 8 in a day....)
Bet the rider breaks before the bike lol.
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 Damn they've put some effort to design and production this frame! Anyone else noticed how confident that guy was and how technically sustained the presentation was? No marketing BS, straight to the point. Actually he wasn't prepared for the marketing at all Smile More like 2300-2400 USD, but anyway the price is very competitive, especially for EU buyers.
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 Amazing technology and design. Looks like alot of thought and consideration has gone into the design and as a result a fantastic price, doesn't look like it'll collect much mud on the frame and even a place to install a rear mud guard is apparent! Too bad it's not available until Feb 2011. October 2010 would have been a nice release date.
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 Another awesome Brant Richards frame design,you can just tell from looking at it that it will be a peach to point down a hill.
I`ve been waiting for more Scalp info after reading the article in Dirt magazine a few months ago.
The big manufacturers must be quaking in their boots,the best looking bike for ages designed in a garden shed in Calderdale,Yorkshire
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 I love the look of this bike and I am looking forward to seeing what it rides like. As far as the styling I think they have hit a winner. However, not to be picky and I am no expert but does anyone else think that they could save on some material on the front of the rear triangle. I mean I know that it needs to be fairly solid in that area, just looks abit over-worked in my eyes, FEA might say differently thou, I dunno.
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 I can see them selling ALOT of frames if reviews are favourable on it's handling and ride.
Looking around at online retailers in the UK, even with discounts on 2010 frames, not many frames are less than £1500. The best I could find was a Giant glory @ £1199 and Scott gambler @ £1399.

I also love the nukeproof radiation badge. Shweeeeeeeeet!
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 ohhhhhhhhhhhh thats soooooo nice, really nice, really really nice!!
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 I didn't quite catch the fella's name at the beginning, but needless to say I have passed his details on to the Queen, and recommended a Knighthood.
  • + 1
 its brant richards, the guy that used to make onone bikes and now designs ragley bikes. looks like his frame knowledge has come in handy for nukeproof too
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  • + 3
 anyone want to buy a slightly used tr450 frame? I think a change might be in order
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  • + 1
 This is the bike I've been holding out for. Big Grin Clean look, good geometry, proven suspension design, looks strong. I don't mind the torx screws either. They're less prone to stripping the heads out.
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  • + 1
 This looks as good as the Transition TR450 and the Banshee MKII Legend. I wonder how it will ride? Cannot wait to read a full review on this beast
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  • + 2
 can I be the guy they send down the FT. williams WC track???? I mean come on! that would not suck!
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  • + 1
 WOW! just. . . WOW! I've always had a thing for Nukeproof components but this has just blwn me away!
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  • + 2
 Seriously amazing effort for a first time!!!
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  • + 2
 ..about time...a really good design...that will last....
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  • + 1
 Can I volunteer to ride it for a week at fort William? Ill even pay my own digs? Big Grin
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  • + 1
 really nice but only critisism.. ditch the comic sans font on the graphics.
  • + 1
 I would most certainly agree with you if they were stupid enough to use comic sans but I don't see any.
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 on the downtube!
  • + 1
 What,the main logo? I guess the oof bit looks a bit like CS but the rest looks nothing like it
  • + 1
 att: Barney blitz- Firstly, they have most certainly not used Comic Sans. That’s the same lettering as the original logo but it has had a revamp.

secondly, you spelt the word Criticism incorrectly.

but I'm sure the guys at Nukeproof are stoked that you took the time out to give them such valuable feedback.
  • + 1
 how can you be that much of a sad c*nt to go through and check my spelling?? and im pretty sure that in the video they said they would appreciate feedback, so get on with your life and stop being so padantic.
  • + 1
 Don't get all narky with me because you can't spell. Feedback is great, but your comment was a load of nonsense.
  • + 1
 i wouldnt call it a load of nonsense, just a padantic comment but hey whatever floats your boat mate.
  • + 1
 Aw well done, you've used the word padantic twice and in the right context and everything. Have you got one of those word-of-the-day calanders? cos you're getting you money's worth.
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  • + 1
 wooow!! amazing bike, realy interesting design, nice welds, awesome finish, light and aparently affordable. souds cool to me
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  • + 1
 The guy of the vid make the bike look my brothers bike haha he is taaaaaall
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  • + 1
 I so wish i just hadnt bought a new bike!!!! Thats sick I want one so bad!!!
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  • + 1
 bike looks sick.

So this is unrelated, but why is this not on pinkbike?:
www.nsmb.com/3906-red-bull-rampage-2010
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  • + 1
 That's what you call a good link.. Looks very sturdy and stable... Like it a lot..
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  • + 3
 Looks sooo nice !
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  • + 1
 i like the idea behind this , get it right the first time and dont change a thing ! i'd like to see a complete , personally.
  • + 1
 Is the bike above not complete ?
I agree, get it right the first time
  • + 1
 no its a frame/rear shock only sale
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  • + 1
 Thats really nice! Any sniff of a price? Apologies if there was one, I couldnt stop looking at the pics!!
  • + 1
 $2000 USD apparently. i hope they offer raw as an option. i hate when companies ruin bikes with naff paintjobs
  • - 13
 Is that for just the frame? or the whole bike?
  • + 5
 1.5k gbp for frame and vivid shock and it is coming in raw if you had actually read the article
  • + 0
 think the mate didn't chk his conversion rate. more like $23hun U.S. with the vivid.
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  • + 1
 omg that is so nice looks like it will be super quick defo want one and pretty cheap
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  • + 1
 that wow wath a bike beautiful damm ...
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  • + 1
 2000USD? Thats cheap man!
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  • + 1
 WOW, i know what im getting next year ! Razz
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  • + 1
 That is know on the top of my short list
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  • + 1
 oh f*ck...nice bike, i want one Razz
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  • + 1
 Nice bike, looks fun to ride.
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  • + 1
 Absolutely stunning IMO, I can't wait to test her out!!! WELL DONE!
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  • + 1
 That's a nice piece of bike !
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  • + 1
 another commencal....trans 450r....ventana...rocky montain.....
  • + 1
 they are all downhill bikes right?
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  • + 1
 for that double barrel i would kill
  • + 3
 kill... with a double barrel?
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  • + 1
 i wold trade in my girlfriend for that!
  • + 1
 yeah I would trade your girlfriend for that too Smile
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  • + 1
 that is sooo nice, if it is 1500 im buying it!
  • + 0
 In luck. 1500Euro
  • + 1
 yeh i saw that, i just dont belive it can possibly that cheap, looks so well made
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  • + 1
 Obviously just the frame you idiot!
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  • + 1
 this is going on my top 5 Favorited dh list of all time..........lmfao
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  • + 1
 i want this bike so much its lush
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  • + 1
 looks amazing. i would ride it! Smile
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  • + 1
 Nice frame but for a low cost DH frame I would stick to Ram DHX 2 Big Grin
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  • + 1
 id love the raw version but with a yellow badge on the toptube Razz
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  • + 1
 is it really nukeproof? like did they test it?
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  • + 1
 feb 2011 release date? 20th birthday treat? argh i want it so bad!
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  • + 1
 I think my childs name will be Nukeproof?
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  • + 1
 Well done, very impressed!
  • + 2
 My only complaint is the Torx screws. I have a personal hatred of them. Whats wrong with socket head cap screws?
  • + 1
 Torx doesn't strip as easy, if ever...
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 Torx - where the tool breaks before you strip it! I hate them too. Stripping a normal bolt is a sign of over tightening or the engineer specifying the wrong bolt or it is time to buy a new tool.
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  • + 1
 looks sick i love it, looks smooth
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  • + 1
 great looking, affordable - yes please! wonder what it'll weigh
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  • + 1
 best headtube badge ever by far
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  • + 1
 not sure about affordable
  • + 1
 well affordable is relative to your earning , to some people Mercedes Benz is affordable but to me 15 year old Toyata is Smile but it is around 500-100 pounds cheaper then anything with similar detail and quality
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  • + 1
 it looks amazing i think i would rather have that than a carbon v10
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  • + 1
 beast!! you sexy beast!!
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  • + 1
 i want one sooooo much
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  • + 1
 That things damn sexy
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  • + 0
 Is that Nuke Proof's first Bike?
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 second. they have the mechura 4x hardtail bike
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  • + 1
 Unbelievably dope
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  • + 1
 gorgeous bike! Big Grin
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  • + 1
 WOW, very nice!
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  • + 1
 damn good lookin ride
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  • + 1
 gorgeous, i love it!!!!
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  • + 0
 looks like the jamis bam frame to me
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  • + 0
 The framedizzle is forshizzle my nizzle.
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  • + 1
 BOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMM!!!!!
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  • + 1
 I f*cking love it!!
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  • + 0
 HOLY 63 degree head angle haha
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  • + 1
 I like it aaa lott.
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  • + 1
 This bike is god
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  • + 1
 what a beauty!!
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  • - 1
 that looks good whats the price?
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  • + 0
 I creamed myself.
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  • - 1
 will jack fogelquist get one?
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 Jack is a Freeride/SS Rider, That's a DH bike
  • + 10
 it would turn me into a DH rider
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 It is pretty nice! Now I'm waiting for a SS one!
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 he also has a banshee DH bike, but seeing as he also rides for banshee he probably wont be on one of these too soon
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 Naww! jack+ Sythe = Forever and ever, amen.
  • + 1
 i dont say this often, if at all ever, but that is very very nice!!
if they make a 160mm version i will most proberbly have to start saving up.
am i right in thinking that this is nuke proofs first ever bike????
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 copy cat of the Transition TR450.
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 Linkage driven single pivot has been around longer than Transition. Look at them side by side, they're quite different.
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