First Ride: 2021 Nukeproof Mega

Oct 14, 2020
by Dan Roberts  


We've seen Nukeproof's enduro riders Sam Hill, Eliot Heap, and Nigel Page aboard a new bike this year, and that machine, version 4.0 of the Mega, is now available to the public. It's more of a revision rather than a complete reinvention of the wheel, since the previous Mega was already an impressive package. Nukeproof just looked to take all the good points of that bike and attend to the areas that needed attention.

Earlier this year we did a full review of the Mega 290 Factory and found it to be a comfy, fast and all around capable bike bike for the money with the cherry on the cake being its proven racing pedigree.

That going through with a fine tooth comb also applied to the design of the bike, with them looking through the previous 10 years of Megas to find the best design elements to keep the new bike looking like a Mega.
Mega V4 Details
• Wheel Size: 29" or 27.5"
• Carbon fiber or aluminum frame options
• 29" version: 160mm rear travel, 170mm fork
• 27.5" version: 165mm rear travel, 170mm fork
• Sizes S to XXL
• 2.8kg frame weight (carbon frame w/o shock)
• Carbon frameset £2,500 / $2,500 USD / €3,000
• Aluminum frameset £1,800 / $1,800 USD / €2,100
• Complete bikes from £2,700 / €3,150 / $2,700 USD
nukeproof.com

It's like an old friend that went to the gym and visited the hairdresser for a shave and a new 'do. So let's look at the nips and tucks that Nukeproof have done to the V4 Mega.


2021 Nukeproof Mega

Frame Details

The Mega is still split by wheel size and frame material. Carbon fiber and aluminum versions are available, with the carbon version now seeing a composite chain stay and seat stay to match the tweaked main frame. That composite rear end not only allowed Nukeproof to drop the overall frame weight but to also drop the unsprung mass in the suspension system.

The seat tube shape was altered to allow more seat post insertion and the mainframe of the carbon version has tube in tube cable routing to make the internal routing a little easier.

2021 Nukeproof Mega
2021 Nukeproof Mega
The V4 Mega now has carbon fiber composite chainstays and seat stays as opposed to the previous V3 version's aluminum rear end.

2021 Nukeproof Mega
There's main frame changes too, with one of them being the ability to fit a 750ml water bottle inside the main frame.

2021 Nukeproof Mega
2021 Nukeproof Mega
There's a gear strap mount under the top tube too and a Nukeproof specific brake mount to fit the composite seat stay. The bike comes with a 180mm rotor and adapter as standard.

The biggest main frame shape change was done to allow a 750ml water bottle to live inside the main frame and away from the firing line of crud, welcome news for all the riders who prefer a little less mud on their bottles. There's also the inclusion of a gear mount on the underside of the top tube to carry the necessary bits and pieces for your ride.

There's still a threaded bottom bracket and now all frames are equipped with SRAM's Universal Derailleur Hanger, or UDH. Enduro Max bearings are at all pivots, although some of the pivots are naturally better shielded from the muck than others, and the main pivot now uses a collet style construction to allow you to tighten to the correct torque and then lock the head of the axle to resist undoing.

2021 Nukeproof Mega
2021 Nukeproof Mega
Frame protection is plentiful with the underside kink of the down tube being well covered and the industry standard ribbed chain stay protector also in place and working well.

2021 Nukeproof Mega
All frames use an aluminum rocker link that drivers the shock, with the bikes also specced with the bearing eyelet option for help with sensitivity.

2021 Nukeproof Mega
2021 Nukeproof Mega
Cable routing is all internal, with the aluminum frames being external at the rear. The main frame to seat stay routing now follows a bit of a different path, but one that flows nicely internally with the new downtube shape.

The carbon fiber main frame sees improved stiffness with 45% more head tube stiffness and 14% more bottom bracket stiffness, when tested to the Zedler test standards, compared to the V3 Mega.

All carbon models come with clear frame protection covering a large percentage of the bike to keep it looking fresh, and all bikes have moulded rubber frame protection covering the underside of the down tube, seat stay and chain stay with the latter being of the ribbed variety.

The aluminum version carries over all the same qualities as the carbon fiber version, but with triple butted and hydroformed tubes and forged parts where needed. Cable routing is internal in the main frame and external at the rear of the bike.





Geometry & Sizing
Mega 275 Geometry

Mega 290 Geometry


The V4 Mega now sees more frame sizes with M to XXL covering the same reach spans just with an additional size to break up the jumps. The addition of an S is also a good point for smaller riders, especially with the 29" Mega.

The nip and tuck refinement theme carries on with the V4 having a slightly slacker head tube angle at 64°, slightly shorter seat tube lengths to combine with long drop posts and now with a focus on the seat tube angle to bring it steeper but also adjust it for the different frame sizes.

Nukeproof now uses and quotes the designed seat heights for the individual sizes and also talks about the saddle offset, the horizontal distance from the bottom bracket to the seat height, with the larger frames having a larger offset combined with a 0.5° steeper seat tube angle on sizes L, XL and XXL.

The 27.5" version is slightly longer reach than 29", with a 5mm shorter chainstays and slightly higher bottom bracket, but is still in keeping with the overall shape of the previous version Mega and is available in the same S to XXL sizes.


2021 Nukeproof Mega
The V4 Mega uses the same Horst link and top tube mounted rocker design as the previous version, with some tweaks throughout the kinematic.

Suspension

The V4 carries the same four bar layout, with a Horst pivot and top mounted rocker link, as the previous version. Nukeproof gives a recommended sag range of 30-35% shock stroke.

The Mega 29" version has 160mm rear travel and the 27.5" has 165mm, both with a 170mm travel fork. The RS version also now keeps the 170mm fork, like the rest of the range, rather than the 180mm travel version on the previous RS model.

Little tweaks are also present in the kinematics, with the new bike having slightly less overall progression, at 17%, with a higher average leverage ratio, at 2.6, when compared to the old bike's 22% and 2.5 values.

Nukeproof say this was done to improve the sensitivity of the suspension, with the bike also still using the bearing eyelet at the rocker end of the shock, while giving the bike a touch more support for better responsiveness when pumping or cornering.

2021 Nukeproof Mega Leverage Ratio
Leverage ratio
2021 Nukeproof Mega Forces
Rear wheel forces


2021 Nukeproof Mega Anti-Squad aka Anti-Squat
Anti-squad aka anti-squat
2021 Nukeproof Mega Anti-Rise
Anti-rise

The leverage ratio curve shape has been tweaked to remove the initial regressiveness and allow the shock to begin moving from zero travel with more ease.

The overall suspension forces, when combined with the shock, have slightly less force needed at the initial portion of travel, slightly more needed in the middle portion and with less final force needed to reach the end of travel. The curve shape is now closer to a constantly changing line as Nukeproof wanted this to avoid any sudden changes in the suspension feel and have a predictable feel all the way through travel.

Anti-squat is massaged to have an increased amount in all gears while not pushing it too far and keeping the trend of dropping amounts as the bike goes through its travel. The V4 now has 102% at sag in the 32/50T gear compared to the previous bikes 96% in the same gear.

Anti-rise is reduced a smidge to keep the same bike stability when braking hard but to introduce a touch more activeness to the suspension when hard on the anchors.


2021 Nukeproof Mega RS
Mega RS


Options & Price

The Mega V4 range is split from the RS version, through the Factory, Elite and Pro and is rounded out with the Comp, with all spec levels available with 29" or 27.5" wheels.

Mega RS: Rockshox Zeb Ultimate fork and Super Deluxe Ultimate shock, SRAM X01 and Descendant Carbon drivetrain mix, SRAM Code RSC brakes, Rock Shox Reverb dropper, Mavic Deemax Pro wheels with Michelin Wild Enduro tyres, Nukeproof finishing kit and components - £5,500 / €6,400 / $5,500 USD

Mega Factory: Fox 38 Factory fork and Float X2 Factory shock, Shimano XT drivetrain and brakes, Bikeyoke Divine dropper, DT Swiss E1700 Spline wheels with Michelin Wild Enduro tyres, Nukeproof finishing kit and components - £5,000 / €5,700 / $5,000 USD

2021 Nukeproof Mega Factory
Mega Factory
2021 Nukeproof Mega Elite
Mega Elite


2021 Nukeproof Mega Pro
Mega Pro
2021 Nukeproof Mega Comp
Mega Comp

Mega Elite: Fox 36 Performance Elite fork and Float X2 Performance shock, Shimano SLX drivetrain and brakes, Brand X Ascend dropper, DT Swiss E1900 Spline wheels with Michelin Wild Enduro tyres, Nukeproof finishing kit and components - £4,000 / €4,700 / $4,000 USD

Mega Pro: Rockshox Lyrik Select+ fork and Super Deluxe Select+ shock, SRAM GX and Descendant drivetrain mix, SRAM Guide RE brakes, Brand X Ascend dropper, Nukeproof Neutron V2 wheels with Michelin Wild Enduro tyres, Nukeproof finishing kit and components - £3,400 / €4,000 / $3,400 USD

Mega Comp: Rockshox Yari and Super Deluxe Select, Shimano Deore drivetrain and brakes, Brand X Ascend dropper, Sun Ringle Duroc wheels with Michelin Wild Enduro tyres, Nukeproof finishing kit and components - £2,700 / €3,150 / $2,700 USD





Ride Impressions

Our test bike is the Mega 290 Factory, which is handy as we previously tested the V3 Mega 290 Factory, so there's already a lot of familiarity there in the components and bike character.

Some of those components are now updated however, with the move to the Fox 38 up front and Float X2 out back, but still with Shimano XT drivetrain and brakes with DT Swiss aluminum E1700 Spline wheels.

One nice spec highlight though is the BikeYoke Divine dropper. Our size L test bike comes with a 175mm drop post, but we're also testing the 213mm drop Revive, so that's on the bike too for anyone with eagle eyes.

The Mega looks like, well, a Mega. Which is a nice thing to see a brand stick with a good design and refine it bit by bit over the years rather than feel the need to radically change their direction to have something "all-new" to help sales. The V4 Mega looks and feels like an old friend that just got a bit toned in the gym and had a bit of a makeover. It feels familiar jumping on it and that dependability of the old bike still feels to be there.

The suspension was easy to set up, with it feeling already in a good ballpark after the initial setup. Water bottles seem to drive a lot of bike design, but the fact that you can now take a water bottle inside the front triangle on a ride, and also some spares to boot, is a good thing and just makes the bike even more dependable for those wanting to leave the backpack at home.

This V4 Mega's slight loss in weight, improved climbing position, upped anti-squat and the new Fox shock make the bike into a rapid climber. It feels very direct and positive when climbing, and even when it gets bumpy while going up it's able to absorb to the impacts without having the feeling of a loss of speed or momentum. That gives the new bike the ability to cover ground incredibly well and get you to the start of the trail down with the sense of being quicker and a bit less tired.

On the way down, that old friend feeling is still there, just better. It is slightly more supple, but still with good predictability when you open up the taps. There's also some additional sprite in the bike's character compared to the previous version's more abundant liveliness at higher speeds and technicality of terrain.

As you look through the nips, tucks and additions all the way through the frame they all make sense and add to the already impressive package that the Mega offered. So far I've really enjoyed having the Mega back in the workshop and getting acquainted with its refined self. More time on the bike is of course needed for a long term review, but it's already a bike I want to put more miles in on and fire up the old friend conversation that finished with the previous Mega version.


2021 Nukeproof Mega
Eliot Heap's V4 Mega ready and waiting at the top of Morgins bike park in Switzerland.







235 Comments

  • 103 7
 "Looks like an old friend that has been hitting the gym lately.....it feels familiar to jump on it" ..... hmm well, not sure how to Reactor on that....
  • 24 3
 that comment had my pulse racing
  • 27 6
 These puns are mega cheesy.
  • 14 3
 @MaN-oF-STeEL: I knew there was gonna be some dissent
  • 7 2
 Most of these are straight over my scalp
  • 11 1
 some of these puns are as old as a half life
  • 4 4
 I going to Scout this out
  • 3 2
 @dtax: Stop being mean or i might Snap Really Mad
  • 4 2
 These puns put me in a state of propain
  • 6 0
 You...you jump on your old friend that's been hitting the gym lately?

Shooter: "I eat pieces of shit like you for breakfast!"
Happy: "You eat shit for breakfast?"
  • 5 0
 @rickybobby18: Then Fletch: "Why don't you two go down to the gym and pump each other?"
  • 4 15
flag metong (Oct 14, 2020 at 14:21) (Below Threshold)
 Looks like a santa cruz
  • 1 1
 I thought I would have to be a digger to find a pun that works
  • 3 0
 Stop being funny, you are a german
  • 56 16
 I am interested in this bike and came here looking for some good information. But when I read a review with lines such as, "that old friend feeling is still there, just better" and, "it feels familiar jumping on it and that dependability of the old bike still feels to be there" I get absolutely no useful information. Please, with a review, do not assume the reader has read last years review. What I learned from this was that it has a place for a water bottle and it feels like a nicer version of the old version.
  • 38 3
 This isn't a full review of the bike, just a first ride impression, so I don't think you can expect much more than this.
Instead of complaining on pinkbike you can call Morgan at Trailside Kragerø and ask him when he gets the new Mega and book a test ride. Wink
  • 21 0
 @erlingba: You sir are a gentleman and a scholar. Thank you for the info, and I will do that! Smile
  • 6 1
 @CrimsonGrimace21 The tone of this review suggests that Nukeproof marketing have obviously told them to say things like this.

I suspect that Nukeproof changed the frame because people were butthurt that it couldn't accommodate a bottle. Then when they changed it so that it could accommodate a bottle, people were butthurt that they changed the frame.

So they're saying things like "just like your old buddy pally pal" to suggest that it's still the same bike that everyone asked them to change but no one wanted them to.
  • 2 0
 @excavator666: mega needed a sizing adjustment too, old m-l and L had 15 mm of reach difference but l to xl was 35 or 45 something like that
  • 11 0
 Go to vital if you’re looking for any real review info. “Take the Slash's ability to monster truck anything, the cornering of the Altitude, and the efficient, speed-demon nature of the Enduro and you will have the Mega. The chief, standout trait, of the Mega would be its ability to track and hold any line (especially the inside) out on the trail. Of the four bikes, the Mega 290 RS was his pick as the most well-rounded of the bunch.” This from a tester that owns the enduro and has a lot of time on the new Slash and Altitude.
  • 4 0
 @CrimsonGrimace21 I have a 2018 Mega, and it's very predictable, comfortable, not especially efficient, carries speed in rough ground like crazy, doesn't like flat'n'slow, benefits from a megneg and a 500ml bottle can be fitted up front with some bodgery. I love it. The new one will hopefully not lose the good bits and fixes the annoyances.
  • 31 1
 $5000 for full Fox Factory and Shimano kit, a threaded bottom bracket, and the option for #27.5aintdead. Either this bike sells like hot cakes, or the entire comment section at Pinkbike must be invalid.
  • 9 0
 Agree. I came here to talk about how much bike you’re getting in the $5500 RS and $5000 Factory models. Those prices are crazy low for those builds, even if the wheels aren’t super high end.
  • 4 0
 @GPP2117: Agreed. The pricing seems odd between those models - I think many would still agree that Fox Factory suspension has the edge over Rockshox (certainly at least with regards to the rear damper, if not the 38 vs. Zeb), and Shimano XT is going to offer slightly better overall performance than the X01 groupset (I've owned both and can confirm that hyperglide+ does offer better shifting than SRAM).

Aside from my utter distaste for shimano brakes, the $5000 Fox/XT build seems like a winner. And it comes it at a price range BELOW the premium offering from DTC brands like Guerilla Gravity, YT and Commencal.
  • 1 0
 A commencal AM Signature is cheaper with some specs @KJP1230:
  • 1 0
 Same**@KJP1230:
  • 41 13
 3150€ for a nukeproof with such a cheap build kit? No thanks ^^ also 2100€ for the alu frame, wtf nukeproof? Now i really can just get something with a long history in good quality for the same price or even cheaper
  • 2 2
 I mean common, the kavenz vhp 16 frame was 2250 in pre sale ^^ and that is one completely different beast
  • 7 2
 I own a Mega from 09 and thought this could be interesting when seeing the title.

Nope - I´ll stick with my old havyass 26" Mega and safe a coin.
  • 3 3
 @Stokedonthis: yes you can have a cheaper frame, aluminium and carbon and also from a non direct sales brand. But then you’re just not as enduro.
  • 28 19
 Don‘t blame Nukeproof, they are just supplying a useless demand, cuz all those muppets (yes, I mean you, avg pb user) buying carbon just for looks.
So lots of cost for carbon tooling and development and no real volume for aluminium frames anymore > ca ching, high prices, no performance gain. Thank you, muppets, I hate you ;-)
  • 26 4
 @ArturoBandini: I received a full-carbon Propain Tyee 29 last week just because carbon is sexy. You mad? Smile
  • 5 0
 @Stokedonthis: or just buy a raaw madonna. both bikes are impressive.
  • 1 0
 @Jaytronster: there was no Mega available to buy in 2009 ... it was first shown to the world in 2010 at Eurobike I think.
  • 8 0
 The main issue is the euro pricing in my opinion, the GBP and dollar pricing is good/excellent, but europeans get screwed.
  • 3 0
 @ArturoBandini: just buy a Commencal
  • 14 10
 @ArturoBandini: with you on this, there is literally no point to carbon frames unless you are a pro racer who needs to save 300g off their race rig, its just been pure marketing idiocy from the start
  • 1 0
 @mo-T: You might be right. The first Mega was raced in Megavalanche in Alpe d’Huez back in 09. Maybe the retail dropped in 2010.
  • 3 0
 @ctd07: dont you think carbon is more durable? i was looking at propain recently, and their AL have 3y warranty, while CF have 5Y.. wonder why, any clues?? and warranty is important to me
  • 4 0
 @ctd07: I somewhat agree with you folks on this but, trying to make sense of an individual`s mindset when it comes to the acquisition of a superfluous object like a mountain bike, is indeed very tricky. I have always owned alu frame bikes ( mtb that is, road is another story ), until I decided to give 29ers a try. Now , Transition in my case, no longer produce 29er alu bikes, leaving me with only one way to go . I know there are plenty of other brands out there that could offer a more than capable or even better alternative, the thing is, I buy my bikes on impulse, not logic. Wink Guilty !
  • 4 0
 @ctd07: Aluminium eventually gets clapped out. Is true.
  • 7 0
 @GZMS: warranty is a marketing tool too, with a £/$/€ figure attached for the manufacturer. So increased warranty is a tool to add perceived value to the higher price tagged item. It’s very effective for the company as you’re less likely to find manufacturing faults with each year that passes. exceptions being companies that also cover faults that are more likely fatigue related than an actual manufacturing fault (the likes of Specialized for example)
  • 10 0
 @Gruta: buying bikes on impulse is the way to go. They're big toys to most of us, no need to sweat the small stuff
  • 8 4
 @ctd07: What if you generally like the way carbon feels? I for one love the dampening feel of a carbon bike. I used to love steel bikes just as much, never been an aluminum fan. They just don't have the same feel to me. I don't think it's an impulse buy, especially if you get a frame with a great or lifetime warranty. To each their own, to this guy carbon is superior.
  • 2 1
 Big S bikes are soo cheap this days...compared to others :-)
  • 6 1
 @GZMS: you can put a hole in carbon with a rock and it won’t be rideable or warrantable. Aluminum can take some hits. MO
  • 2 0
 @ArturoBandini: What is wrong with the muppets? The Muppet Christmas Carol best holiday movie ever....no cheeses for ArturoBandini......
  • 5 1
 @jpwvy5: it will likely be easily repairable though, carbon repair shops all over these days. Aluminium otoh is likely to be a pig to try and repair
  • 2 1
 They used to be a more affordable option. Just wait until CRC discounts them end of season to get a decent deal.
  • 2 0
 @mashrv1: that kinda was my point, that 3Y warranty is for the company not to suffer costs with fatigue related cracks on alu bikes.. which is not a problem for CF and thus 5Y.. So it creates an image that alu bikes are disposable while cf are reliable.. but maybe they are just tricking me.. any engineers here to comment on fatigue time of alloy welds (assuming quality welds)?
  • 5 1
 @zarban: Not all carbon frames ride soft, not all steel frames ride soft, and not all AL frames ride harsh. We are talking about a FS bike here tho, do you seriously think you can tell the difference in dampening between a carbon, alu, and steel FS frame if everything else is identical? I highly doubt it.
  • 2 5
 @jpwvy5: Why does this filth continue to plague the comments. Skip to the "swing-a-carbon-frame-into-a-block test" www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5eMMf11uhM No welds to break in a carbon frame. More durable, lighter, stiffer...etc.
  • 2 4
 @ArturoBandini: another retard born! Ca- ching ????. Non-performance gains? Nobody cares that you still don’t think carbon fiber is better
  • 5 2
 @ctd07: guess you don’t need a dropper post or suspension if you aren’t a pro racer either. Tired of all you cry babies on here. You sound like a jealous little man girl. Let people buy what they want ,why you care
  • 1 0
 @chrisrut: that is true, people are free to buy whatever their wallet and bank account lets them...but, there really isn't a performance gain on gravity oriented bikes.
My gravel is carbon.., all my XCs were carbon as well(either ht or full) but the big bikes(enduro/park) were always alu and will keep being alu as long as the frames I want are available in metal; if the only available material will be carbon, then they will carbon. But, as long as the bike model has an alu version and you're not racing XC...why bother paying more for the same performance?
  • 1 0
 Also..don't get me wrong, if I were to buy this mega, it would be the carbon frame as I like the yellow color but, let's all be honest here...there is a single advantage in using carbon over alu going down the hill.
  • 1 0
 @HollyBoni: Yes, I seriously can tell the difference and I think most can, including you. This is just one example, take a Ripmo AF and a Carbon Ripmo with the same build for a ride and tell me you can't tell? Suspension is great but it can't take the feel of the frame away completely, especially with big inputs and big off camber landings. I know there are all sorts of nuances and ways to change the feel of these materials but there's still a perceivable difference. It's not me making up stuff here, this is just a fact. What is not a fact is which one is better, that is just personal taste. I wasn't making a blanket statement that carbon is better, I only expressed the fact that I, myself, prefer it. I was also trying to make a point to counter what a few people mention as carbon being pointless and a waste of money. I think it's money well spent, maybe not for everyone but it absolutely is for me.
  • 1 1
 Whatehell is going on,must be pretty expensive to pay and maintain an elite rider like Sam Hill, but come on Nukeproof!.... stop doing Virtus and sell us good nukeproofs for a good price.
  • 3 4
 @CantClimb: aircraft are made with the same material and go through hundreds of thousands more stress cycles, no alloy frame will fatigue due to age in your lifetime
  • 2 4
 @chrisrut: just another angry abusive American, enjoy 4 more years of anarchy and corruption
  • 1 1
 @GZMS: the warranty issue has become so big with carbon due to its poor reputation, its now a selling requirement to have an increased warranty on carbon to put peoples mind at ease
  • 3 2
 @zarban: you can get two alloy frames that feel entirely different just as much as two carbon ones will... plus wheels, tyres, bars and everything else perhaps more significantly contribute to a bikes feel... feel is important but attributing it solely to having a carbon frame means you just fell for the marketing blurb more than anything. The mondraker dh team is running alloy frames this year as they prefer the feel of alloy... horses for courses
  • 1 0
 I actually looked at frame prices and was really impressed at the cost for the carbon AUD$3600. That X2 rear shock is $1,000 here retail plus comes with factory fitted clear paint protection. I'd be paying an extra $2k for a special ed endurobro or Panty Cruze old Nomad then have to get frame wrapped.
  • 3 0
 @danielstutt: are you mad? They have pressfit bbs. NP are thread fit.
  • 2 0
 @ctd07: We were only talking about the feel of frames. Of course all the other items change the way a bike feel. I also think I said almost exactly what you just said about different feels from different bikes because of the nuances and how even one manufacturer can make their trail bike feel one way and their enduro bike feels a little different. To each their own, horses for courses, whatever floats your boat. Ride what you like and I'll ride what I like.
  • 3 0
 @zarban: when you are on a tight budget, spend ob the things that add performance.

When there is no limit regarding expenses of this type, buy the most expensive shtie you can throw money at it, 'cause why the f not?!
  • 1 0
 @Stokedonthis: I'm kinda with you, but in terms of realistic street prices, those will spend most of their time on sale, and for the kind of customer looking to purchase those bikes, a bigger discount percentage is also attractive
  • 1 0
 @Luc96: Raww Madonna is around 3k€ for frame + shock and remember only 2 year warranty. Nukeproof offers frame+shock for 2.1k€ and 5 year warranty.
Also price for Kavenz was for frame only, so total (frame+shock) it was around 2.8k€ and now it is around 3k€.
  • 26 0
 1 degree slacker every year, then at some point the industry will be marketing steeper head angles for more pop and livelyness.
  • 2 1
 If you told me 6 years ago that I'd be riding a tank slapping DH head angle that wallowed on flat ground like a fish with a hook in it's mouth.... Still a stunner that modern bikes have 64 degree head angles.
  • 1 0
 @blowmyfuse: reduced fork offset makes it work.
  • 16 0
 Over 2K euro for the alloy version! Window shopping for a new frameset but won't be buying here. Good luck...
  • 3 0
 The 2020 Mega frames are currently discounted on CRC, not much stock left though
  • 1 0
 2019 alloy comp 275 complete bike was 2100 USD to my door.
  • 17 1
 Now sold out on chain reaction
  • 19 1
 ChainReaction probably had a stock of 2 to begin with, and no more coming in. Since merging with Wiggle the stock levels are shocking
  • 3 6
 @melonhead1145: More to do with Covid & Manufacturing Limitations all the Dealers are getting restricted Stock due to demand. So if you want one your best contacting a local dealer ( E.g. Bike & Spanner in Edinburgh ) to pre Order as CRC doesn't let you do that
  • 2 1
 Its bot even listed on CRC/Wiggle yet
  • 1 0
 @Richt2000: With the reactor it was available next day, so I would expect it tomorrow
  • 11 3
 Nothing to do with Covid. CRC were bandits already when it came to what was in stock. Wiggle was a crap company and since they took over, CRC is no longer competitive often and has had much reduced stock levels. Then Covid came and made it worse. Merlin, Tredz and Whinstaleys are all often better options but the Germans take it every time.
  • 3 1
 I think they just put the product pages live as the new bikes launch, and stock will come in later. It's not that they sold out in two minutes like Glastonbury tickets.
  • 3 1
 And yet somehow they have 2021 Leatt rain jackets in stock and ready to ship when you can't even buy them from Leatt.

At least my order details lead me to believe. WIll report back to see if I was swindled and am in "Covid Limbo" with my order or if they're telling the truth.
  • 2 0
 @blowmyfuse: Nukeproof has raon jackets. I know a dealer...
  • 1 1
 @ridesmoothbro: Almost called you but I wanna see if that magnetic hood will work well & the stretch of the DBX.

I'm guessing my big issue will be packability. Can't find any video or images of the Leatt DBX 4.0 packed down. If I don't like it, I'll swing by
  • 1 0
 @melonhead1145: Agree.... 2 different companies with different approach to stock levels. Now the old CRC team have gone you've got the wiggle (low stock) approach. They are known for it. I used to hand over a healthy chunk of my pay-packet to CRC but those days are long gone. Sigma are branching into MTB fast with increasing product lines and i also use Bike24 from Germany (ironically i think there is a link between CRC ownership and Bike24 but i could be wrong - don't tell anyone i said it). Tredz will tell you its in stock and after you've paid you'll get an email saying it isn't. Aren't they owned by Halfords now ? you'll probably get sent a tail light for a 1977 Morris Marina.
  • 4 0
 @Norski: Yes CRC used to be the best in the business, always shipped same or next day so often received next day. Prices used to be lower than most other places too. Now the prices are the same, sales are a bit lacklustre and nothing is in stock. I would say I don't really have a favorite retailer now, I buy from CRC, Tredz, Leisure lakes, whatever google says is cheapest and is in stock
  • 10 3
 Whoa, they shrunk the chainstays by quite a bit (~10mm on the 29'er), and they don't have longer chainstays for the larger sizes.

I didn't see that coming, as the Mega has always been on the long chainstay bandwagon, trying to keep the front/rear center balanced.
  • 20 0
 When everyone else is doing longer chainstays... I wish bike manufacturers would give us flip chips so we could make up our own mind.
  • 3 0
 @fartymarty:

100% agree.

The Raaw Madonna, Kona Process X, and the Banshee Titan (kind of, its a dropout switch instead of a flip chip) all have that option, and it does make them very appealing.

I'm also a fan of the proportional chainstay length by size thing that Norco, Privateer, and even Specialized are starting to do (their S4/S5's have longer chainstays on the new stumpjumper and stumpjumper Evo).
  • 4 1
 The long chainstays/balanced front and rear centers were somewhat a selling point on the previous iterations, so I'm kind of surprised they dropped that
  • 3 2
 Yes, I had the original 290 and the geometry was brilliant with the 455mm rear end, just a shame it had wallowy suspension and banged through the travel way too easily.
Sounds like they've fixed the suspension, but shortened the stays. WTF Nukeproof?
  • 10 1
 Looks like a Santa Cruz Nomad 3 and a Cannondale Habit had a baby. Is it me or are the Alloy version of bikes much better looking than the carbon versions these days.
  • 6 0
 Depends on the brand, the new Kona alloys are hideous.
  • 1 0
 Everyone is saying it looks like the older style linkage Santacruz. But honestly it looks like an SB150 to me
  • 8 0
 "There's also some additional sprite in the bike's character compared to the previous version's more abundant liveliness"

So the old one had more liveliness, but the new one has more sprite? Which one has more Dew?
  • 7 0
 It's a good thing the cranks hide that downtube kink/BB junction area in every side profile shot. I get why they did it (room for water bottle) but it makes my stomach a little uneasy.
  • 3 0
 Yep. That's a pretty sharp turn.

It'd be cool if instead of such design elements we got "carved out" water bottle niches.
  • 1 0
 It's gonna be sam hill's next bike for ews, i reckon... I know he's rather flying than riding, but even he might slam that belly into rocks sooner or later.
  • 7 0
 CS Went from 450 to 435 and no mention of an effect on handling. Either tester didn't push, cant ride so couldn't tell, or CS length only make me think it rides different.
  • 2 0
 440 for 29er. 435 for 27.5
  • 1 0
 Yeah it’s pretty disappointing to not be highlighted in the review and even more so that long cs hasn’t been used on the xl & xxl. I was really looking forward to an update to the mega but if you’re tall, look elsewhere.
  • 5 1
 Once again Nukeproof has a killer product with annoying missing option. Where is the factory yellow colour option for complete build? (not frame only) Most bike brands out there have their top racers on a bike that anyone can buy (lease some custom parts and tuning).

Isn't this marketing 101 stuff. People are seeing team Nukeproof kill it, and they say ''I want that bike''. But they cannot get that bike in that colour in a build, only in a frame.

I don't know the answers, but this seems at odds with what is being generated as the image of Nukeproof and the passion from fans of their products to feel like part of the team.
  • 1 0
 I've heard that the yellow might be as a frame only option; but, until is confirmed, it is pure speculation.
  • 2 0
 @eugenux: It is frame only - I just edited. But so strange not using this as the feature colour to sell their bikes. The team/factory version or RS version build needs this colour IMO.

nukeproof.com/collections/enduro/products/2021-mega-275-carbon?variant=35850165616794
  • 5 7
 Are you the kind of guy that puts Ferrari, OZ, Brembo stickers on his FIAT since you want to support the F1 Team and feel like a wannabe F1 driver or something ? Most of us appreciate the quality of the bike thanks to the development done during racing but don't want the wannabe race team look, quite the opposite actually. Bar that one guy, nobody wants be that guy riding with all the replica trying to mimics his idol.
  • 4 0
 @Balgaroth: I don't either, but man... thinking no one else does is nuts.
  • 2 0
 @Balgaroth: what if you are that guy that likes yellow colored frames/bikes?
  • 8 1
 it's always a tough call and very subjective colours and spec's. We've seen huge demand from Nukeproof customers for yellow frames recently, so just though it was a nice option for owners to upgrade their older frames for a new one (as all the parts fit nicely). No plans for a LTD. Yellow one, a full team replica would be cool, but a bit scary when you total up the $$$
  • 1 2
 @OrangeGoblin: Like I said "bar that one guy" so I don't think no one wants them, just that they are a minority. And creating a product reference for a minority is hard to justify in terms of business, especially if you end up having to put them on sale at the end of the season because no one actually bought them. @eugenux that should answer your question.
  • 2 0
 @Nukeproofinternational: why is the bottom bracket on the 27.5 so high?! Does that affect stability? What were your reasons for this?
  • 1 0
 @Riwajc: it’s actually a measurement error that we only just noticed, sorry! One of the team measured it with 2.6 tyres vs the rest of the range! Will update the site next week with it
  • 3 0
 I think it looks pretty cool, I like almost everything about it. The only thing that bugs me is that for the sake of the large bidon we have to have this kink in the down tube, imagine the clearance without it. Anyway, cool bike nonetheless.
  • 7 0
 Graphs are useless if you can't read the scale.
  • 3 0
 Agree!
  • 11 4
 The price is insane high
  • 6 1
 @Nukeproofinternational Where is the 279? Elliot Heap has been running a Mullet for EWS this year, where is ours?
  • 2 0
 Yes finally more up to date STA just wish the kink in the seattube was redesigned to a straighter option, ppl riding S&M always have to settle for less dropper travel and hence less space to work over the bike on the downs. Nukeproof is so underrated, these bikes are cheap AND ride incredibly well. C and AL framesets
Very vey few in the states and canada
  • 1 0
 The actual STA seems a bit slack, so taller riders might have troubles. Nukeproof are still good value but seem to get less and less every year. The Mega Pro, or Elite seem to be the best performance per price bikes. It's a shame they only now have 1 option under £3k, as the old Mega Expert was on my list for the next bike but that was stretching the budget to it's max.
  • 3 0
 What's with the carbon bike weighing only 50g less than the alloy frame? For that difference I think most riders would prefer the option for an allow frame with a high end build kit!
  • 2 0
 Yea my reactor carbon 275 in large weighed 7.5lb
  • 4 0
 Definitely. And Nukeproof, like so many others keeps the good bits for the carbon models. No Zeb or 38 for the ally builds is BS!
  • 4 0
 Anybody know if you can run a coil shock on the new Mega? i thought they would have brought this up somewhere in the article.
  • 2 0
 yes you can, from Nukeproof website: "Simple answer is yes, the Mega suspension curve will suit a coil shock if you want to run one. In recent years air shocks have come along way and we prefer the feel and performance of them (as do all our pro team) which is why we choose to fit air shocks to all our frames and bikes. Should you wish to buy a coil shock you will need a shock size: 230x62.5mm (290) or 230x65mm (275) using a 25x8mm (front) and 30x8mm (rear) hardware. "
  • 2 0
 Can someone help me understand why the frame in M has a wheelbase of 1223mm with HTA 64°, while the Madonna V2 has a wheelbase of 1233mm (+10) with HTA 64,5°, both bikes having the exact same reach and chainstay (respectively 455 and 440). I would expect the Mega to be longer because slacker, wouldn't it?
  • 1 0
 head tube lenght maybe(?)
  • 1 0
 Probably the slightly higher stack of the Madonna accounts for that.
  • 2 0
 There's a 2mm difference in fork offset, but where the rest of it came from is an excellent question. Would love to have a definite answer on this or learn it's a mistake.
  • 2 0
 It seems that every bike now (outside of an all out XC race bike) utilizes the same leverage curve. They are all progressive from the start and begin somewhere near 3.0. I know that this is to improve initial sensitivity, but this doesn't seem to be a new discovery. Why are all bikes moving to this? And does that mean that prior leverage curves like the previous Mega's were not good?
  • 2 0
 Well, that big hump in the V3's curve made the shock work really hard, and potentially could give a weird feel to the rider as the suspension goes through that transition point. So more than the ratios changing, the smoothing of the curve is the big deal here. Higher leverages are more likely a result of more travel with a relatively small shock (thanks to metric sizes for making this more viable) than just trying to add suppleness. It takes a bit more design work to get those nice smooth and continuously progressive curves, and brands are finally realizing that it's worth that work because the resulting bikes really do feel nicer to ride, more predictable, more tunable.
  • 1 0
 @just6979: Thanks! However, the last Mega was a 2020 model that was reviewed by Pinkbike in July. Three months later and that bike is outdated! It's not like it the previous design was ancient which in bike years is like 6 months these days.
  • 2 0
 Not sure why but I think the aluminum version looks better. It's probably something about the extreme kink in the down tube on the carbon frame. It looks like a bike that just had a serious case and that's right where the frame bent. Other than that it's great that Nuke Proof exists. Good stuff
  • 3 1
 "There's also some additional sprite in the bike's character compared to the previous version's more abundant liveliness"
So this new bike has FAIRY in its character? What the hell is the translation there? How does a bike ride like a fairy?
Apparently it's not to be translated as being 'lively', because he says point blank the older bike was different because it had more liveliness.
Does it run around with a magic wand and spray pixie dust all over the place?
  • 1 0
 Glad to see that they fixed the somewhat akward sizing gap they had going on with the V3.

The old size Large was 15mm larger in reach than the Medium, but 45mm smaller than the XL. So this is a definite improvement. Plus there are way more size options now, which is also great.

I know its cliche to say it, but the geo looks really reminds me of the most recent Transition Sentinel (reach numbers across sizes, fixed chainstay length, very similar HTA, and STA), just with more travel.
  • 2 0
 I'm in the market for a new bike asap as I sold mine a couple of months ago. I was looking forward to this bike being released but I can't help being a bit disappointed with the prices/specs
  • 1 0
 Hurry there are a few V3 left CHEAP!
  • 3 0
 Could ne nice to trace the inflation on mega bikes, back in 2018 the "factory" was 1500€ less expensive than 2021 with moreless same spec...
  • 1 0
 Running the cables inside the seat or chain stays for a total of like 6 inches has got to be the silliest thing the industry is doing lately. The are almost as many entry/exit ports as there would be external cable bosses! More if you consider that many bosses held multiple cables/hoses.

This bike isn't the only one, but it's got the perfect example of there being more cable/hose in the loop from down tube to seat stay than is inside the seat stay. Plus Dan specifically mentioned that the main frame has tube in tube, does that mean the rear triangle doesn't? So fishing the housing through that 6 stupid inches is going to be literally the worst part of working on this frame?
  • 1 0
 I just Noticed... cable routing is UK / Moto style rear brake placement... ;(
So for the rest of the planet if you want to have a rear brake on the right side... and don't have AXS shifter and dropper... super messy cables Big Grin LOL
  • 2 0
 I think when they ship over here they switch it up. Mine was delivered left front / right rear.
  • 1 0
 It's got the right numbers, thats for sure. Nicely done Nukeproof! It's a bit on the expensive side, but oh well. Also not trying to kink-shame, but that kink in the downtube is hideous. This bikes value is definitley determined by its speed on rough enduro courses - and not by its looks.
  • 1 0
 Dear All, I know I shouldn't question or expect excellent climb capability from DH/enduro bike, but anyone could share own experience with last version of Mega, I would greatly appreciated. I live in CA and most of my trails are up and down. But, I want little more capable than my current 130mm trail. Compare to Ripmo, how is the climb performance from mega? Thanks for your feedback in advance
  • 1 0
 I just checked the Nukeproof site, they are actually including the anti-squat charts with illegible numbers. I don't get it - why? The informative value is zero, they seem to think that decorative charts make their product more appealing or convincing???
  • 3 0
 Why such a high BB on the 275? Thats got to be the highest BB of any 275 going. Can’t see that feeling very planted.
  • 1 0
 1mm more than the Remedy, kinda high yeah!
  • 1 0
 To be able to throw in a 29er up front and not messing up the whole geo?
  • 1 0
 Amazing how things have progressed. My 14 Nomad 3 was a large size with 438mm reach. Now a small is 435mm. That's a big shift! Looks like the ebike will have the exact same silhouette as this Mega.
  • 1 1
 nah it's all in the seat tube angle buddy, that steep seat tube angle means it probably won't feel any more stretched than your Nomad! Reach is from BB center to center of head tube / bars, not from seat to bars
  • 4 0
 @sewer-rat: when peddaling it will feel the same correct but not when out of the seat
  • 3 0
 @sewer-rat: Some companies are now using "span" which is the length from BB to head tube TDC. Since I set my bike up for standing not sitting, it's likely that this small is going to feel similar to my large Nomad. Granted I haven't checked the stack and worked out the pedals to bars size, but it's likely to be similar I think.
  • 1 0
 My 5’7” (170cm) tall friend just ordered a size medium Knolly Warden with a 475.5 mm reach...my V1 Banshee Prime in a size XL has a 475mm reach...it’ll be interesting to see what geometry looks like in a few years from now...
  • 1 1
 @unrooted: your buddy wants to go fast down the hill - hood for him! -; if I were to order, at my 173 cm, I'd order the L size Mega 29er as the geo numbers look spot on for fast dh-ing.
  • 2 0
 @eugenux: I’m not against it, and my hope is that the bike helps him ride faster/better because he’s still a beginner...
  • 1 1
 @unrooted: easier control means more control. More control means more speed. (at least, that's what I keep telling me Smile ))) )
  • 4 2
 It still amazes me when I look at my Bird AM9, essentially a 2017 design, that most brands are only now catching up with the specs
  • 2 0
 Sorry, but what's the point of including the anti-squad chart if the numbers are impossible to read at 937x1024px? It's very little more than completely useless.
  • 3 0
 Wow no one complaining about the Nukeproof specific caliper mount? What happened to this comment section?
  • 1 0
 And the sram universal hangar!
  • 3 0
 this looks like it’s missing its motor, ebike version next?
  • 1 0
 I thought the same. In some way I ike how the bike looks, but in other ways it looks a little too much like an ebike. It's weird I think ebikes have changed my taste in bike styling, I now am more drawn to bike that specifically can't be confused with ebikes.
  • 1 0
 @Nukeproofinternational finally a better/less open to abuse way of measuring the seatangle, hopefully will see other manufacturers join you.
  • 2 0
 So what do the complete bikes weight or as a minimum what does the test bike weigh?
  • 1 0
 So that’s where all of the stumpy Linkages went. Looks like a Hightower and a stumpy had a three way with a Marin wolf ridge down tube, and I like it.
  • 1 0
 Sad they went to all that trouble to redesign the frame to fit a bottle, and none of the photos here include one. There's not even a bottle mount!
  • 1 0
 I enjoy the marketing campaign for this bike. Taking about how EWS results don't lie. Come on guys, Sam Hill could have ridden a big wheel and still won.
  • 1 0
 "All carbon models come with clear frame protection covering a large percentage of the bike to keep it looking fresh."
Nice touch!
  • 2 1
 There's no way the elite and the factory are both 5k that doesn't make any sense. Perhaps 4000...?
  • 2 0
 Nice. A battery fits right above the bottom bracket.
  • 3 1
 Why the hell isn't that Yellow a standard colour? Stunning!
  • 1 0
 Keeping my 2018 Mega...the price increase is quite high for the entry alloy model, I guess a Propain is my next bike.
  • 1 0
 I have the 2017 mega comp. Got it on sale but RRP was £2799.99.

£99.99 decrease over the cost of a bike 3 years ago.
  • 1 0
 @DidNotSendIt: I payed 2450€ for mine and it came with a SLX drivetrain, and since then I have not seen the comp model for the same price - at the same time you could get the Pro for 2890€ and the Factory for ~3500€.
There is no denying that the prices have increased (or stayed the same with lower end components).
  • 1 0
 I get the water bottle thing, but damn that downtube kink is ugly. It almost extends past the cranks...
  • 1 0
 It seems agreed between the manufacturers. They never do the front and rear suspension with the same travel.
  • 1 1
 That is probably because pivot/link driven suspension feels diff than a telescopic susp. One needs more telescopic susp travel to eaqual apivot/linkage driven susp travel.

Or maybe I'm BS-ing on the heavy side.
  • 3 0
 the vertical travel of a telescopic fork is less than it's nominal travel because of the head angle. This way the vertical travel front and rear are a bit more similar.
  • 1 0
 Isa is the cheapest? Eur most expensive? Weird?? So cheaper to buy in the UK
  • 1 0
 I meant to say USA is the cheapesr? Wtf
  • 1 0
 Really liked the 2020 version of the 290c. Great bike but sounds like them improved upon it.
  • 2 0
 Looks like a 2017 Santa Cruz Nomad.
  • 1 0
 Hmm. Has the sizing changed too? I'm 185 (6'1) and and last gen L was recommended with no doubt. Now I'm between L and Xl Frown
  • 2 0
 I'm 6'1" on a 2019 large. Probably could do an XL. I rode a 275 and 290 back to back and the 29erl felt was smaller and slower. Seat of the pants o meter says 275 was more fun.
  • 1 0
 @fruitsd79: When I compared the geo charts, I noticed that new Mega XL should be the one for 6'1 guy but the seat tube is 470 mm (440 for L). nukeproof.com/products/2021-mega-290-alloy
470 mm is a bit long and about 10 mm too long for me with the 170 mm dropper. Sad. Now I'm waiting what the new Field test will give us and at the moment thinking that the Propain Spindrift (or the Tyee) is going to be my next bike instead of Mega. I'm looking something more bike park oriented reasonabable priced bike than my current 160/140 mm Al Canyon Spectral.
  • 2 1
 I consider the Enduro Max bearings a disadvantage and not a selling point Big Grin
  • 1 0
 Brilliant seat angles and reach geo!! Feel bad for all 2020/1 bikes that are so behind on that.
  • 2 0
 That thing looks mega!!
  • 6 0
 It looks 5010
  • 5 4
 what happened with the GIGA?
  • 3 1
 Coming soon, I think closer to December I believe. I expect a 180/180 bike. Probably why they took the 180 fork off the Mega RS.
  • 4 3
 @melonhead1145: the initial release date were 7th of Oct for the Mega and 9th of Oct for the Giga. As we can all see, changes have been made. With a bit of luck, maybe we'll see the Giga this Friday. If not, well...probably sometime later this year or early spring 2021.
  • 1 0
 @melonhead1145: what's a Giga? Ebike?
  • 2 0
 @jaame: It's like a mini Dissent, uses the same single pivot suspension rather than the horst link on the Mega. Think it will be billed as more of a park bike than the mega. The theory is the Mega Carbon frame will be used as an E bike, as the BB junction looks bulky enough to support a motor. Speculation is it will be called the Mega Watt but who knows? I'd expect an E bike this year though as the team have been using Vitus E bikes.
  • 2 0
 @crashtor: Tjanks both. I have now seen it. Interesting looking bike, I would be keen to give it a go but it's not for me I don't think. I prefer the shape of the outgoing mega and the colours are a lot better.
Still, it's nice to see a lot of companies bringing out bigger hitting bikes again. A bike I always loved and regretted not buying in 2011 was the Yransition TR250. Now we have a few similar bikes coming out with bigger wheels. It's a good direction.
  • 3 1
 is it nukeproof marketing who is downvoting this thread Big Grin
  • 2 1
 Looks like a sessi....yeti.
  • 3 3
 The frame design at the BB is seriously ugly. Why does the factory come with Fox when Sam Hill runs RS?
  • 2 0
 Factory is always Fox....RS is Rockshox (similar to what Sam runs)
  • 2 1
 Looks ripe for a motor ????
  • 2 0
 Strange looking yeti
  • 3 2
 Thank god the only company refusing to leave 275
  • 1 0
 Apart from all those other ones?
  • 1 0
 @Corinthian: for enduro specific bikes i don't see any new 27.5
  • 1 0
 @Noeserd: Propain
  • 1 0
 Bar & seat position on that bike indicates the frame size is too small
  • 2 0
 Nukeproof htlt
  • 1 0
 Not sure about the end of the downtube
  • 1 0
 Same.. That kink just for a water bottle?... It has something of a homer simpson car.
No offense.
  • 1 0
 @xice: Don't Kink Shame.
  • 2 1
 It seems like the yellow color isn't available to buy Frown
  • 1 0
 Rear cable/hose routing is horrendous
  • 1 0
 just not a mega anymore.. ..looks good tho
  • 1 0
 Looks like a Gen 3 Nomad.
  • 2 0
 Green SB150
  • 1 0
 Will the mega be part of the field test?
  • 1 0
 What on earth happened to that downtube?! I just scouted that...
  • 1 1
 Good review. Good point for the prices in € $ and £ !
  • 2 1
 Ebike coming soon then?
  • 1 0
 Apparently yes, using the Mega frame
  • 1 0
 "Elliott Heaps......"
  • 1 1
 I can see that linkage wearing out the carbon on the seat post.
  • 1 3
 Can't have an article without using the word kinematic.
  • 20 1
 can't have a bike without kinematics either... Smile
  • 5 0
 @Nukeproofinternational: Can't have a Nukeproof living in Canada Smile
  • 2 0
 @james182: of course you can... www.canadacycles.com

You’re welcome Smile
  • 1 0
 @CircusMaximus: (checks site..all models out of stock)
  • 1 0
 @james182: haha fair enough.
Below threshold threads are hidden

Post a Comment



Copyright © 2000 - 2020. Pinkbike.com. All rights reserved.
dv56 0.026507
Mobile Version of Website