PRESS RELEASE: Nukeproof
“When is there going to be a carbon Mega 29’er?” This has to be one of the most commonly asked questions put to Nukeproof since the launch of the ultra-successful Mega 275c in 2018.
The honest answer is that there wasn’t going to be one, the Mega 275c was originally developed to make the ultimate bike to take on the Enduro World Series. This changed when Sam decided to ultimately make the switch to racing the Mega 290. After spending time with his mechanic and our engineers and designers and time testing the current Mega 290, we formulated a development path to make the ultimate Mega 290 for him to support his choice.
Mega 290c- 2020 EWS title in the books, the Mega 290c is a big travel & speed machine
After a period of development and testing, the fairy tale wrote itself. A debut podium in Val Di Fassa on the alloy prototype 2020 Mega 290, before moving to the Carbon Mega 290c in Whistler. This was crowned with the incredible achievement of battling back to take the 2019 World Enduro Series Title in dramatic fashion on the final stage of the season; an unprecedented title hat trick in the men’s elite class.
Sam Hill’s Carbon Mega 290c Race Bike the basis for the Mega 290c RS spec
The all new Mega 290c & 290 Alloy frames feature a reworked suspension kinematic with an increase in rear travel to 160mm. The suspension kinematic has been reworked to improve the small bump sensitivity, increase mid stroke support for more predictable cornering/pumping and more end stroke progression to really inspire confidence through the roughest terrain. This paired with reworked frame geometry (a slacker head and steeper seat tube angle), creates a true “monster truck” of a bike, ultimately fast in the rough, but crucially balanced to be predictable and confidence inspiring under heavy braking and cornering in all conditions.
The Alloy 290 Frame gets the same Geometry upgrades, Pictured here the new 290 Expert (SRP:£2999.99)
For 2020 the Mega 275 aluminium and 275c almost remain the same three-time EWS winning platform as in 2019, but we are always looking at areas we can improve. All 275 & 275c frames are now offered in a new size; Medium-Large. This offers riders an option with slightly longer reach and effective top tube measurement to ensure there is the perfect size for everyone. To improve quality all 275 & 290 frames now come fitted with branded “Enduro Bearings” to ensure peace of mind, longevity and performance.
New Spec’s & a host of small detail upgrades for 2020 across the range
All specifications have been revised to offer riders the latest products on the market. Every Mega is now 12-speed from either Shimano and Sram. Stopping power is from powerful 4-pot brakes on all Mega models too (Sram or Shimano). We’ve upgraded all front rubber to the Magic-x Compound of Michelins awesome Wild-Enduro tyres to offer improved control and grip levels.
The Range topping RS. No compromise EWS winning performance
The range topping Mega RS models have true race bread pedigree (SRP: £5300). Spec’d based on the Team CRC-Mavic race bikes. Featuring 180mm of travel (+10mm over the rest of the range) from the Rockshox Ultimate RC2 Lyrik paired with custom tuned Super Deluxe RCT rear shock. Featuring Sram’s X01 12 speed paired with Code RSC brakes.
The Mega 275c & 290c Factory models- Now Inc Shimano’s new 12 speed XT Drivetrain (SRP:£4900)
All new Entry spec Mega 275c & 290c Elite model
New to the range is also our Elite Carbon models in 275c & 290c models (SRP: £3700). Designed to offer riders a lower entry price to the carbon range. This specification features a Fox 36 Performance fork, a custom tuned DPX Performance rear shock and Shimano’s all new 12 speed SLX drivetrain.
The 275 & 290 Alloy range start from SRP: £2599.99 for the Comp model
The complete Mega Range- All specifications will be available across 275 & 290 platforms
Mega’s 275 & 275c will start to be available to buy Late October, with the Mega 290 & 290c expected Late November
The 2020 photoshoot was in a truly iconic building in Belfast: Riddlles Warehouse. Located next to the central police station in the city centre, the warehouse is currently raising funds to regenerate to become a venue for the arts. An amazing piece of Belfast history and we thank the Ulster Heritage team for letting us use the venue.
For all the information on the new range visit: www.Nukeproof.com CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL 2020 BROCHURE
Photos by Laurence Crossman-Emms.