Nukeproof Announces Giga 297 and Mega 297 Frames

Sep 22, 2021
by Matt Beer  
Nukeproof Giga 297
Nukeproof Mega 297

Nukeproof's athletes have been spotted on mixed-wheel frames numerous times over the last year, and now those frames are available to the public in the form of the Giga 297 and the Mega 297. These frame use the 29" front triangles and linkages with 27.5" rear halves from the existing 290 and 270 models to correct the geometry without hindering the suspension kinematics.

We've seen Nukeproof EWS team riders Katy Winton and Sam Hill settle on the burlier Giga 297, while Elliot Heap has been rocking the Mega 297 and Kelan Grant, the tallest of the bunch, is riding a Giga 290.
Frame Details

• Giga - 180 mm F /170 mm R, MX wheels
• Mega - 170 mm F / 160 mm R, MX wheels
• 5-year warranty
• SRAM Universal Derailleur Hanger
• Threaded BB
• Molded Rubber frame protection
• Water bottle and accessory mounts
• Mega 297: £2500/ $2500/ €3200
• Giga 297: £2600/ $2600/ €3300

Both frames are very similar in geometry, but have different leverage curves and travel amounts. Scouring the geometry charts shows that the Giga and Mega have 63.5 and 64-degree head angles, respectively, while both size large frames have 78-degree seat tube angles. Interestingly, the two frames share the same chainstay length at 435 mm, a number that doesn't change with sizing. The Giga 297 is built around a 180 mm fork with 170 mm of rear wheel travel, while the Mega has 10 mm less at both wheels. A wider selection of five sizes ranges in reach from 430 mm on a SM to 515 on the XXL, so the gaps are tighter to fit riders even better than some competitors.


Giga 297

Mega 297

The frame kits come with a Fox Float X2 Factory and are only available in the yellow colorway and carbon construction. They share the same features as their 290 and 270 counterparts like a molded downtube and chainstay protection, internal cable routing, and are SRAM UDH compatible. Nukeproof also say that conversion kits for Giga 290 or V4 Mega 290 owners will be available later in the year too.

Availability is projected for the end of this month from authorized dealers. Prices are listed for different currencies as follows: Giga 297: £2600 / $2600 / €3300, Mega 297: £2500 / $2500 / €3200.

Video by Caldwell Visuals
Photos by Laurence Crossman-Emms


  • 42 0
 € $ conversion WTF ???????,????
  • 41 3
 Nukeproof totally lost it with EU pricing after Brexit. Before it they were pretty attractively direct-to-consumer priced, but now their price range is that of an LBS brand, just without any of the convenience of a local bike dealer.
  • 5 4
 @Rusettipasta: It's bizarre innit.
  • 34 21
 @Rusettipasta: Brits are f*cked after Brexit. They have financial issues in every domain. Bicycles is definitely not the most important of them. E.g. google this : "brexit agriculture financial problems". There is even a Wiki page about it Big Grin :
  • 30 2
 @goroncy: Yes, but atleast they have blue passports now.
  • 23 3
 @goroncy: I just came home from a holiday in Italy and Switzerland, and the one thing that stood out to me was full supermarket shelves.
  • 5 2
 @Rusettipasta: I would say even more expensive than a lot of LBS brands, e.g. Trek.
Having said that, at least here in Ireland, Nukeproof is a LBS brand. I'm glad I got a (2020) Mega before the prices went nuts.
  • 1 1
  • 4 3
 Easy, that's just dentist maths: 3300€ equals 2.5 fillings, which translated into USD 22'000$. Since nobody can pay that, they come down with bike prices. it's actual a social welfare pricing.

I show myself out.
  • 10 29
flag bombdabass (Sep 22, 2021 at 5:33) (Below Threshold)
 @goroncy: Yeah because wiki pages are always accurate. Try not being as smug about this stuff in future. Being pleased at anyones misfortune isnt cool.
  • 25 8
 @bombdabass: misfortune ? Is it still called misfortune when you purposely put the stick in your own front wheel ?
  • 19 6
 @Balgaroth: Yes, because a huge number of people didn't vote for this shit show. In fact, the majority of the population didn't vote for it
  • 10 1
 @Rusettipasta: yeah and we are going back to pounds and ounces, take that eu,.
  • 4 0
 At a guess, it could be to cover the additional duty incurred by Brexit. Where as before you could freely trade, there will now be an extra 14% (or maybe it's only 4% for frames) duty incurred for a second time for GB firms, selling Taiwan made goods into the EU, from non bonded warehouses. 1st duty coming into the UK, as always was, then again on export to EU.
  • 2 0
 @Rusettipasta: Made in France
  • 14 10
 @mashrv1: it's time for independent in Scotland and N.Ireland-
  • 1 0
 @Jim9792: I'm not going anywhere near those particular cans of worms!
  • 6 6
 @Jim9792: time for the Celtic union with Ireland and finally stick it to the English !
  • 2 1
 @ThinkTank45: 2 years ago Trek were doing awesome pricing in bike shops - Remedy/Slash 8s for like £2800. They looked good even compared to direct to consumer bike prices. Most bike shops would sell one for a couple hundred less than RRP as well if you offered to pay in full on a debit card. Fast forward two years a Slash 8 is £3600 and a Remedy 8 is £3350, no discount possible.

I think that has a lot to do with sky high demand and limited supply, rather than increased operating costs - although I'm sure their costs have gone up a bit with Brexit and the suez canal and socially distanced factories and warehouses etc
  • 6 4
 @goroncy: LOL, you wish, the country is booming! Strong employment, strong wage growth, strong consumer demand and exports up. The finaincial sector has even increased exports to the EU!
The government went mental printing money and borrowing for Covid but not sure any worse than most other western economies.
  • 5 1
 @Jim9792: If we revolt against the cursed Londonion 2nd-homers, would you accept the celtic counties of Devon & Cornwall in the new Celtic nation, we have some damn good riding down this way.
  • 3 5
 @goroncy: Two World Wars, One World Cup :-)
  • 1 5
flag kawkaw (Sep 22, 2021 at 22:17) (Below Threshold)
 @beermtb: you forgot to add 300 years of colonialism to the list
  • 4 0
 @aireal77: can you give your sources and references? Im not poking fun. I'm genuinely interested about the increased exports you mentioned.
  • 3 0
 @raawbikerider: guess that’s a no then :-(
  • 2 0
 @mashrv1: shame but not unexpected. Interesting that wage growth, when paired against an increase in the cost of living (likely due to leaving the single market) actually results in relative decline in living standards. However that doesn't fit the better alone and independent narrative...
  • 3 0
 @raawbikerider: At least we've got a plentiful supply of cheap fuel....
Oh wait! At least I've got a bike to ride to the trails.
  • 24 2
 If your from Australia don’t buy a Nuke from CRC.
My giga frame cracked after only 2 months. CRC took ages to reply to emails about it, tried to contact NukeProof directly & they wiped there hands clean of it & said I need to deal with CRC about the issue.
Then CRC requested I send the whole bike back for them to inspect it (clean snap through the swingarm)
They then said they couldn’t get me a frame before the end of the year.
I said f*ck that & repaired it myself.

Buy a bike through a shop
  • 5 0
 Commencal has amazing customer service at least in Canada.
  • 5 0
 In Canada, had a buddy crack the previous gen frame. They got him the new version of the frame within a couple weeks.
  • 9 0
 There's not much to guarantee a bike shop can get you a warranty frame faster than that tbf
  • 2 0
 @islandforlife: Yeah was the same with mine. Theyve got a distributor in Van who was really easy to deal with. Cracked my swingarm and got sent a new one a week later. I'd consider going with Nuke again
  • 4 0
 I'm in the UK and this sounds very similar to my experience with them on my wheelset. The hub has failed twice now, first within about 35 rides, second time was in a race 3 rides from warranty. Back and fourth between CRC and Nukeproof, in the end I've just cut my losses and binned the wheels. Neither the warranty team nor the guys at the nukeproof stand at a big bike festival were remotely interested in helping me out!
  • 3 0
 @bricknall: pretty piss poor hey mate.
Even the nukeproof dealer here in Australia didn’t want to help because “I didn’t buy the bike through them”.

Just another bullshit bike brand that doesn’t back there product.

I should have bought another Santacruz. They were wicked to deal with
  • 19 0
 Cue impotent rage about wheel sizes from a certain commenter in 3...2...1...
  • 5 0
 Fuck your wheels I'm waiting for my hoverbike to arrive
  • 8 1
 General question, would frames like the latter look different if it wasn't for the lower water bottle mount? I can't help but think about smashing rocks (with the frame).
  • 9 0
 About time, now we just need these in alloy and full builds!
  • 6 2
 Why not just buy a frame if you're stoked on it and stop worrying about if it's from a bike shop or not. I have an Enduro and won't any shop touch it with a 10 foot pole. If I could deal directly with specialized I would. Things would get done faster with higher quality results anyway
  • 10 1
 Be careful what you wish for. I've seen several situations where if it wasn't for the LBS, companies would wash there hands with it. One situation in particular (partially a covid issue) a customer was given a demo fram to ride when his frame was damaged until the brand could actually get something in stock. It ended up being roughly 3 months or so. It was the reputation of the bike shop that pushed for the rider support. I agree, ride what you want.... but I personally put careful consideration into what brand I purchase based off potentially requiring to test out their warranty service.
  • 2 0
 I think it depends on the brand, i personally dealt with SC when my rear triangle had a small crack and they replaced the whole frame bc they did not have any previous models in stock. With in two weeks i had the frame at my door; Stellar customer service. SC is expensive and some of their kits leave a lot to be desire components wise for the money, but that frame is sure as hell top quality and back up with a phenomenal warranty. IMHO that peace of mind knowing that i wont be with out a bike for months is worth it.
  • 3 0
 @fedfox: Couldn't agree more. I cracked my frame at the headtube at the beginning of the season, and I had a brand new frame (complete) at my door within 4 business days.
I also run Reserve wheels, and cracked one last year (hairline) and once again, had a brand new wheel at my door within 4 business days.
I find their build spec for completes to be on the better side of things. The cost isn't substantially higher than any competing brand, maybe a few hundred. It's generally reflected with the build.
  • 1 0
 @jomacba: I just assume they’re both going to weasel out of it no matter what anyway, so buy a frame I like/afford and call it a day.
  • 1 0
 @robertg620: in my extensive experiance dealing with Santa Cruz, I have had nothing but the best customer service dealing with them one on one as a customer. So I couldn't disagree more when it comes to them. In terms of "afford", your correct in that there are many companies that would weasel out of it, so let's say you need to change your pivot bearing, or small parts. Maybe you crack a frame. All of this is covered by their excellent warranty that it's actually painless to deal with. I could not speak any higher about any customer service I have ever dealt with.
While I may have paid a fair chunk of coin when I purchased my bike and wheels, there has been zero cost to ride this bike with the exception of a few small parts that I have broken, and tires. All in all, I'd say over the past season, I have spent maybe a grand total of about $400, and that includes a new chain, 3 sets of tires, couple spokes, some rim tape, and some sealant. I will need a pedal refresh kit soon, and my saddle is getting trashed, but it's still functional. That basically works out to be about $7.65 a week.or $33 a month. I mean I pay more for my cell phone plan per month, and hate that thing.
  • 5 0
 cool touch that they come with complete frame protection from the factory, thought it was just for photos, but nukeproof confirmed that they do.
  • 1 0
 All Nukeproof carbon frames have factory applied protection
  • 12 7
 I am pleased that the British citizens who wanted Brexit are beginning to understand what it means Wink
  • 3 2
 And for those that voted against?
  • 12 1
 @ashfordakers: Oh, we get to go f**k ourselves, that's right.
  • 2 6
flag aireal77 (Sep 22, 2021 at 13:54) (Below Threshold)
 Yep it's boom time like I've never seen before, high employment rates and strong wage growth and increased exports so all everything they hoped for. How are things in the EU?
  • 1 0
 @ashfordakers: democracy ... they suck Big Grin
  • 1 0
 @aireal77: we are fine, thank you!
  • 1 0
 I’m very much anti brexit.
But these prices are £100 less than when the giga 275 / 290 was released...
  • 7 4
 Brexit has f*cked Nukeproof EU prices. £2500 = €2900, not €3300.
Nukeproof prices had been creeping up anyway, but now something like the Trek Slash is far better value that the Mega.
  • 5 0
 Props to Nukeproof for offering conversion kits for us that jumped on the Giga early!
  • 1 0
 Wonder if the conversion kit fits an XL?
  • 7 2
 Bitching about UK pricing in 3,2,1…….
  • 12 1
 Surely everyone knows by now that US prices don't include sales tax so it's not a direct comparison?
  • 14 1
 £2500 for a carbon frame with Factory X2 shock actually seems very reasonable, especially when Yeti, Santa Cruz, etc want £3500 for similar travel frames
  • 4 2
 @ashfordakers: 3300 euro when the ibis, yeti, sc, soez, etc-etc are 3500 euro..
  • 6 3
 @secondtimeuser: just an FYI, not every state in the US has sales tax
  • 7 0
 @Kevindhansen: here I f*cking come, deleware, montana, new hampshire, oregon, etc.
  • 2 2
 @eugenux: I agree, the euro prices are a joke.
  • 2 2
 @ashfordakers: dont you worry berexit comment imminent in 3….2….1
  • 1 0
 There is no sales tax in a number of states such as Organ, Delaware and others. Many states have very lose sales tax of 3-5%. California has base sales tax if 6%, but cities also end up leaving take which brings it to an average of 7.75%@secondtimeuser:
  • 1 0
 @secondtimeuser: sales tax is 5-10%, so it’s still not even close.
  • 1 0
 @eugenux: yeti and specialized want £4k!
  • 1 0
 @rich-2000: for sure spez asked 3.5k as I was interested in the enduro when it apperead.
  • 4 2
 The Giga looks nice but the EU-prize is a complete joke. If you drop 3.5 k for a yeti frame at your LBS chances are high that you get at least 10% off. Nukeproof has to hope every boutique frame sells out.
  • 4 3
 Hey, anti brexiters, maybe you guys can invent ,create, grow ,make something and be less
Dependant on outside products ???
Haha that’s funny ! You ? Actually Making something and taking care of yourself ?? Hahaha
Omg I laughed so hard !!!
Notice how same people who come here to tell every bike company how stupid companies are and how wrong their numbers are and bike suspensions are all wrong but NEVER make anything themselves are the same who cry on Brexit ?
  • 2 0
 chill bro
  • 1 0
 Parody complete is it lol?
  • 1 0
 Hey Pink-bikers, Just want to post a warning to anyone considering a Nukeproof. Be VERY cautious if the bike isn't physically in-stock when you order. I ordered a 2021 Giga 9 months ago, shortly after they were released. Was told to expect delivery in 2-4 months. Now, after missing the entire season, the Canadian distributor is telling me I have to wait until next year to get a 2022 model. And they can't even give me a firm date for when that will ship. So I may be missing a 2nd season on it. I've contacted corporate Nukeproof and they've basically told me to piss off, it's not their problem, take it up with the distributor. Basically they don't give a hoot about their customers. Even if you can get your hands on a physical bike, I'd still be wary. Should the bike break, if Nukeproof's Warranty service is anything like their sales service, I'd expect them to screw you over. Buy a different bike!
  • 1 0
 Awesome news! One question, when fitting the MX kit to a V4 Giga or Mega 290 will the shock need to be replaced for a longer stroke or will the same shock work? Thanks Nukeproof, just what i've been waiting for...Top job.
  • 2 0
 pretty sure it's just a different rear triangle
  • 1 3
 @Paulh360 TBh, I think you could MX a Giga 290 and end up with better geometry than what this "MX frame" has. The only thing you might wanna do besides changing the rear wheel is putting shorter crank arms on. Also a plus if you wanted a different color.
  • 4 4
 Where is the stash box?
If it's a plastic frame it needs a stash box.
NP could be innovative with it too and hook up with the likes of Hope and make it fit light batteries for the long winter months.
Just a thought.
There must be a nice way that that missing stash box could have a water bottle fit in it too with room under the bottle for the tube, multitool etc.
Keep the bike looking really clean.
  • 2 1
 It would be cool to have a little battery pack place in the frame to run small lights. For the rear light it would be more complicated to route a cable. But for the front one,almost any bike now is equipped with rubber ports to route the hoses,so it could be done really easy.
  • 2 0
 Mixed wheel, horst, 78 seat angle, 435 chainstay? Just about perfect. Can the linkage be ultra progressive please? If I weren't riding a Patrol, then this mega is the bike...
  • 1 0
 Yea except no xl...
  • 2 0
 Nice one Nukeproof I have a 2021 mega and it's good to see I will not need to get a whole frame
  • 4 1
 What the Sam Hill is going on!
  • 2 2
 For those who bitching about price, $ price with no tax, plus US adds additional customs fee’s, so expect to oay couple hundred more buying from CRC

Frames look nice on the other hand
  • 3 0
 I've imported three frames now direct from manufacturer and paid no customs fees for sales tax.
  • 3 3
 We are bitching about the conversion from sterling to euro, caused by Brexit.
  • 2 1
 The import tax and shipping all together are like 150 usd, still a huge difference from UK and EU price
  • 1 0
 And if you’re in Canada add 30% in customs fees.
  • 2 0
 CRC pays all duties and fees. I’ve had 3 nukeproofs (Scalp,mega,giga) all from CRC and have not payed a dime in duties.
  • 1 1
 @Motoracer531: that is correct, CRC pays and bills you, so basically 2500 + duties
  • 1 0
 @Motoracer531: I've gotten two vitus bikes from them. $60 total for shipping. Not a bad deal.
  • 1 0
 @islandforlife: Buy them from Canada. Vancouver has a distributor
  • 1 0
 @gunners1: Who? Only one I knew was on the Island but shut down during Covid.
  • 2 0
 So the mega is a horst link and the Giga is a straight single-pivot? Or is there some magic hidden I cant see?
  • 1 0
 Appears that way. Mega is a horst link style, Giga appears to be a dual-link driven single pivot. I think that technically, this would make them both "4-bar" systems.
  • 2 0
 Giga is definitely single pivot. The shock is driven by linkage but the axle path is single pivot. Mega is a 4-bar because there are four movable frame segments connecting the rear axle to the front triangle. All of those bars play a part in axle path while the extra shock lingages of the giga don't.
  • 3 0
 I have mixed feelings about this latest development
  • 2 0
 And if you should choose to want to buy one... ... you probably won't even be able to.
  • 1 0
 Yeah my buddy has been waiting 6 months for one already with no end in sight, they still can't even give him a date
  • 3 0
 So err... is Nukeproof ditching alloy frames?
  • 1 0
 Will you be able to get any of them at all?
  • 2 0
 Important question, is it possible to run the rear brake on the right side?
  • 13 0
 not without custom made rear hub with brake mount on the right and freewheel on the left
  • 3 0
 bro, the cassette is on that side Wink
  • 3 0
 @Alexanderskh @savagelake: should have mentioned "rear brake lever" instead of just rear brake. My bad.
  • 8 0
 @Coolwinner05: they’re just taking the piss m8

(UK bois did I do that right?)
  • 1 0
 I have the 2021 mega 290 frame and it is possible to run it on the right without kinking the brake hose…I didn’t think it would work at first but it’s been fine.
  • 2 0
 Been waiting 9 months for a mega 290 frame to come this 297 will be available, what 2023?
  • 1 0
 Exactly they wont even answer me on availability
  • 1 0
 Other colors please. I'd buy the Giga just for the smoother ride when the downtube hits something. I do not like this same design on my Yeti SB's circa 2019+ ...
  • 1 0
 Look great. Anyone know if you can dual crown the Giga? Had a quick look around the NP website but couldn't find anything.
  • 3 0
 I emailed them recently about doing a dual crown on the 275, they confirmed as long as ATC is unchanged more than +-10, will not void warranty. So yes!
  • 2 0
 @sb666: ace, thanks!
  • 2 0
 Carcass in Liverpool is supporting this release w Sam Hill!!!!!
  • 2 0
 Now you need all the tire sizes suckas!
  • 1 0
 that price disparity in economy is called ''dumping'' and it is banned for the OECD
  • 3 1
 Nukeproof, just get Katy on the full team squad already!
  • 1 0
 They got a new roster to pay for next year, its clearly going to be expensive.
  • 1 0
 No Tera or Kila? Actually Nukeproof Kila would be an awesome name! But that would ruin their metric naming convention. Wink
  • 2 3
 It really looked like these professional riders had difficulty handling those bikes. They looked like lead sleds with the riders muscling them around.
  • 1 0
 2 totally different frames with only a 10mm travel difference? Seems odd.
  • 1 0
 I think it’s a typo on this article.. the nukeproof site shows the giga 297 with 180mm rear travel.
  • 1 0
 mm to inches conversion for
  • 2 0
 The Giga 297 is sexy af
  • 1 0
 Asked for this a year ago and HERE it is. BEST
  • 1 0
 GigaMix + MegaMix = sounds like perfect party MIX !!
  • 1 0
 Great vid
  • 1 0
 Good luck getting one!
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