Nukeproof Mega 275C RS - Review

May 2, 2018
by Mike Kazimer  
It's been interesting to watch the progression of Nukeproof's Mega over the last few years. What was once an industrial-looking machine, constructed from square aluminum tubing and possessing a tank-like demeanor has transformed into something that's much sleeker, and if Sam Hill's performance is any indication, much faster than before.

There are four complete models in the Mega 275 lineup – the RS and the Factory have carbon front triangles, while the Pro and the Comp are all aluminum. We've been spending time on the 275C RS, which retails for $5,200 USD and comes with a race-ready selection of components, including a 170mm RockShox Lyrik RCT3, SRAM Code brakes, DT Swiss XM 1501 wheels, and an Eagle X01 12-speed drivetrain.
Nukeproof Mega 275C RS

Intended use: all-mountain / enduro
Travel: 165mm rear / 170mm front
Wheel size: 27.5"
Frame construction: carbon fiber front triangle, alloy swingarm
Head angle: 65º
Chainstay length: 435mm
Sizes: S, M, L, XL
Weight: 31 lb (14.1 kg) - size large, w/o pedals
Price: $5,200 USD / Frame only: $2,450 USD
More info:

bigquotesThe Mega 275C won't automatically give you the skills of Sam Hill, but it sure is fun to try to emulate the speedy Australian by tossing on some flat pedals and searching out every inside line around. Mike Kazimer

Nukeproof Mega 275C

Construction and Features

According to Nukeproof, the Mega 275C's carbon front triangle is 320 grams lighter than the alloy version, which is a fairly significant weight saving. Along with the new carbon option, the main changes that the Mega underwent are the addition of Boost spacing front and rear, metric shock sizing, and revised geometry for the large and extra-large sizes. Running a front derailleur is no longer a possibility, but I doubt too many tears will be shed over that change.

I'll try not to gripe too much over the lack of water bottle mounts inside the frame, but it is the one glaring omission from an otherwise very well thought out design. There's a threaded bottom bracket, downtube and chainstay protection, ISCG 05 tabs, internal cable routing, room for wide tires... Nearly all the key boxes are ticked, but if you want to bring a bottle it'll need to be affixed to the underside of the downtube.

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There's plenty of room for running wide tires on the Mega 275.
Nukeproof Mega 275 review
Housing is routed inside the carbon front triangle, and then it remains outside the frame on its path along the alloy swingarm.

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Those bottle mounts aren't in the ideal spot, but the threaded bottom bracket and downtube protector are nice to see.
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C is for carbon.

Geometry & Sizing

Nukeproof Mega 2018

The Mega's geometry numbers didn't change too dramatically for 2018, although the large and extra-large sizes did gain some more room in the cockpit. The large now has a reach of 470mm, and the extra-large checks in at 515mm. While many companies increase the reach between sizes by approximately 20mm, Nukeproof's scaling is a little different. There's a 35mm spread between the medium and large frames, and a 45mm spread between the large and extra-large.

Other key numbers include a 65-degree head angle, a familiar figure for bikes in this category, a relatively steep seat angle of 75.8-degrees, and a chainstay length of 435mm.

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Suspension Design

The Mega 275 uses a Horst Link suspension layout, with a short link that's attached to the top tube and seatstays to drive the shock. Anti-squat values are a little below 100%, sitting at approximately 87% with 30% sag, and although all the complete bikes are equipped with air shocks, the suspension design provides enough end stroke progression that running a coil shock shouldn't cause any issues.

Nukeproof went for the bearing mount option on the 230 x 65mm RockShox Super Deluxe shock, which they say helps improve small bump sensitivity and can handle heavy usage better than a bushing mount.

Nukeproof Mega 275 review
Nukeproof Mega 275 review


Price $5200
Travel 165mm
Rear Shock RockShox Super Deluxe RC3
Fork RockShox Lyrik RCT3 170mm
Headset Nukeproof Warhead, 44-56
Cassette SRAM X01 10-50 tooth
Crankarms SRAM Descendant Carbon 34t
Chainguide MRP SXg
Rear Derailleur SRAM X0-1 Eagle 12 speed
Shifter Pods SRAM X0-1 Eagle 12 speed
Handlebar Nukeproof Horizon Carbon 780mm, 25mm
Stem Nukeproof Neutron AM, 50mm
Grips Nukeproof Lock-on
Brakes SRAM Code R
Wheelset DT Swiss XM1501
Tires Maxxis High Roller II, 27.5" x 2.3, 3C Maxx Terra, 3C/TR/DD
Seat Nukeproof Vector AM
Seatpost Rockshox Reverb Stealth, 170mm

Nukeproof Mega 275 review

Test Bike Setup

I aired up the RockShox Super Deluxe to 165 psi to achieve 30% sag, and didn't need to run any volume spacers. The one slight issue I ran into was with the shock's range of rebound settings – in order to get the rebound speed I wanted I had to run the dial fully open. Luckily, the rebound was just quick enough for me in that position, but it's possible that lighter riders (I'm 160 pounds) may need a different rebound tune to get the shock set up properly.

Up front, I ran the Lyrik with 66 psi, 6 clicks of LSC from fully open, and the two bottomless tokens that it came with.

The bulk of my testing on the Mega took place on my home trails in Bellingham, Washington, aside from a field trip up to North Vancouver to revisit some classic old school jank. Conditions tended to be wet and muddy during the four-month test period, but there were a fair number of days with perfect hero dirt thrown into the mix.

Mike Kazimer
Mike Kazimer
Location: Bellingham, WA, USA
Age: 35
Height: 5'11"
Inseam: 33"
Weight: 160 lbs
Industry affiliations / sponsors: None
Instagram: @mikekazimer

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Nukeproof Mega 27.5C


The Mega was designed with descending in mind, but I was pleasantly surprised by just how well-mannered it was on the climbs. Yes, it's a relatively long and slack bike, and it's not a featherweight, but the comfortable geometry and excellent traction makes those traits much less of an issue than I'd anticipated.

Super tight, technical sections of trail do take slightly more effort to get through than they would on a more nimble, shorter travel machine, which isn't exactly surprising, but even on mellower trails the Mega never really felt like 'too much' bike. The 165mm of rear travel is well supported, which makes it easier to pump through rolling terrain to maintain speed, rather than feeling like you're riding through quicksand. There is a little bit of extra suspension movement when the shock is in the fully open position, but there's no wallowing, and that blue compression lever is easy to reach in order to firm things up for extended, smoother ascents.

Steep seat angles have been getting a lot of press lately, but there's sound reasoning behind the amount of electronic ink being spilled. Rather than having your weight situated over the rear axle when the seat is fully extended, a steeper seat angle shifts everything forward to a more centered position, where it's easier to keep weight on the front of the bike, especially on steeper climbs. That means the front end is much less likely to wander or feel like it's lifting up, even when there's a long travel fork and a shorter stem. That was certainly the case with the Mega 275 – I never felt like I was too stretched out, and didn't experience any discomfort during big days in the saddle.

Nukeproof Mega 27.5C
The rougher the better - the Mega 275 is most at home on steep, rugged trails.


Unfortunately, the Mega 275C won't automatically give you the skills of Sam Hill, but it sure is fun to try to emulate the speedy Australian by tossing on some flat pedals and searching out every inside line around.

The Mega strikes a very nice balance between being a bike that wants to plow straight through everything and one that wants to bound down the trail like some sort of carbon kangaroo. “Well-rounded, balanced, manageable, smooth” – all of those adjectives made their way into my notes during testing. It's an extremely easy bike to get along with, no matter how steep or technical the trail. There's plenty of stability at speed, but it'll also slap through quick corners without putting up a fuss – the front end is long enough that's it's no trouble at all to unweight the rear wheel for faster direction changes.

Nukeproof Mega 27.5C
Sometimes the fastest way between two points is in the air, and when that's the case the Mega is an excellent flyer.

The Mega's traction in the wet was especially impressive – the excellent suspension tune and thicker casing tires kept the rear end glued to the ground, and prevented any harsh vibrations from making their way to the pedals or handlebar. The way that the Mega erases the small chattery stuff is one of the reasons this is such a satisfyingly fast bike. Compared to the Trek Slash, the Mega's frame has a more muted feel, and it's a little less jarring in really rough sections of trail. The Slash is an unapologetically stiff, race-oriented machine, while the Mega is a little more forgiving when you make a poor line choice and end up pinballing through an ugly mess of softball-sized rocks.

Of course, the Mega does have 15mm more travel than the Slash to help out with those 'Oh, shit' moments, and despite my best efforts I didn't encounter any harsh bottom outs. The 170mm Lyrik is well matched to the Super Deluxe shock, and when you add in the powerful Code brakes to the equation you have a bike that's very well suited to getting rowdy. It's also uncannily quiet – the hub is nearly silent when coasting, and there isn't any audible chainslap, which means there aren't any clanging or clicking noises to distract you, or to make you consider slowing down.

Nukeproof Mega 2018
Nukeproof Mega 275 RS
Cannondale Jekyll
Cannondale Jekyll 2

How does it compare?

There's no shortage of options in the 150 – 170mm travel segment – this category has boomed over the last few years, thanks in part to the growth of enduro racing. But just because two bikes have the same amount of travel and similar geometry doesn't mean that they'll behave the same way out on the trail. Take the Mega 275 and the Cannondale Jekyll for example. Both bikes have 165mm of travel, a 470mm reach for a size large, and 65-degree head angles, but they have very distinct personalities out on the trail.

The Jekyll's travel can be reduced to 130mm on the fly, which gives it the edge when it comes to overall climbing chops. The Jekyll's shorter chainstays also make it feel a little easier to get around tight switchbacks, and make manuals a breeze.

On the descents, the Nukeproof has a more balanced feel than the Jekyll. While those short chainstays make the Jekyll entertaining to ride, and give it a more poppy, playful feel, I felt more centered on the Nukeproof, ready to respond to whatever nastiness was around the next bend. The Nukeproof's suspension also felt more supportive than the Jekyll – there was more end-stroke ramp up, compared to the fairly linear feel of the Float X on the Jekyll. This helped keep the shock from feeling overwhelmed when multiple hard, fast hits were encountered.

When it comes to climbing prowess and hydration the Jekyll takes the win, but for outright speed and control the Nukeproof comes out on top.

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MRP's SXg chainguide provides security for the chain and chainring.
Nukeproof Mega 275 review
There aren't too many bikes out there that come with Double Down tires already installed, but they're a good pick for the Mega.

Technical Report

Maxxis Highroller II DoubleDown Tires: The Mega 275C is race ready right out of the box, right down to the 2.3” DoubleDown casing Maxxis Highroller II tires. That thicker casing isn't usually standard equipment, since it does add a little bit of extra weight compared to Maxxis' EXO casing tires, but it's an appropriate choice for this bike. I did end up swapping out the front tire for a 2.5” Minion DHF for the latter portion of the test period – I prefer a wider tire up front, and I think the Highroller II works best as a rear tire.

SRAM Code R Brakes: The Code R brakes worked perfectly for the entire duration of testing, but the lever blades have started to develop a bit of play at the pivot bushing (the higher end RSC model uses cartridge bearings in this location). It's a minor detail, and the extra vertical movement isn't noticeable on the trail, but the play developed more quickly than I would have expected

DT Swiss EX1501 Wheelset: I did manage to put a little ding in the rear rim, but otherwise, the 1501 wheelset has held up quite well, especially considering what it's been through. It's nice to see a set of alloy wheels spec'd on a bike that's meant to be raced – carbon wheels do seem to be getting stronger, but once a rim cracks it's pretty much game over on race day, as opposed to alloy where dents can often be straightened, at least enough to last for a few more runs.

Reverb Plunger Remote: I'll be glad when the plunger-style Reverb remote is fully extinct. Thankfully the one on the Mega sits under the handlebar, but still, the newest shift-lever style remote is much more ergonomic.

Lower Shock Bolt: The lower shock bolt loosened up a couple times during the test period, even after I applied medium-strength Loctite. I was extra generous with my application the last time around, and that fix has held up for the last month, but it's something to keep an eye on.

Nukeproof Mega 27.5C


+ Fast and stable, but also able to handle slower speeds.
+ Excellent suspension performance.
+ DoubleDown tires as standard equipment.

- You still won't be able to ride like Sam Hill.
- No water bottle mounts inside front triangle.
- Lighter riders may need different rebound tune

Is this the bike for you?

The Mega 275 is a textbook example of a modern all-mountain / enduro bike. It's tough enough to handle bike park laps and big race weekends, without being too much of a burden on long, extended climbs or on less technical trails.

Pinkbike's Take
bigquotesThe Mega is ready to rally right out of the box, with a well-sorted parts spec and up-to-date geometry. Even riders who aren't harboring dreams of EWS glory but want a bigger bike for more technical trails will find a lot to like about the Mega 275. There's plenty of travel on tap, but it's well managed, and help make the Mega more versatile than its numbers may suggest. Mike Kazimer


  • 127 0
 Thanks for the "How does it compare?" section
  • 16 32
flag MattInNZ (May 2, 2018 at 3:36) (Below Threshold)
 Yes but comparison with a few more bikes like the nomad 4 would be nice.
  • 83 5
 I wish they would compare it with every bike that's been made within 15mm of the rear travel, and $550 of RRP, since May 2016. SORT IT OUT PINKBIKE.
  • 84 7
 @dingus: After this is done, I wish Pinkbike would make it less confusing and release an App where I can go to preferences and settings and type in which bikes I would like to buy but i will never buy, so that this mess can be filtered. Also I wish Pinkbike would have a rating system for trail bikes going from Sloth to Goat for climbs and Lycra to G.O.A.T. for descents.

I also want rating system for reviewers. Mike Kazimer gets 26 out of 29+ today.
  • 5 3
 @mikekazimer Do you always run odd gloves? Or is that some sort of weird testing strategy you've got going on?
  • 3 0
 until we see levy's review, we'll never see a how does it compare section
  • 7 5
 @SnowshoeRider4Life: I read Levys reviews exclusively for punch lines... makes me imagine his happy round face giggling to himself to slowly become "me gusta" meme.
  • 20 0
 @samjobson, odd gloves? I run whatever’s sort-of clean. I suppose that counts as a strategy.
  • 6 0
 How about comoaring it to the Mega 290?
  • 7 8
 Blah blah blah threaded bottom bracket. Press fit on my meta has been fine for last 4 years. Get over it.
  • 5 0
 @Lims26: Where do you live? In our neck of the woods we see a LOT of rain and BB's take a beating... I typically replace them about once a year and pressfits make that job a whole lot more annoying. Some people are also OK with some creaks and noises but some aren't... I'm too OCD sometimes...
  • 44 4
 How long can brands like Trek, Santa Cruz, Yeti, etc. maintain their $2-3k premium over direct-to-consumer brands like this? There's no way I'm *not* buying a Nukeproof or YT for my next bike. They've gotten too good, and I can't stomach the huge premium I'd have to pay buying from a retail shop with their distributor and retail markups (that literally just go to paying extra people whose hands the bikes pass through).
  • 9 0
 Actually I don't think nukeproof is direct to consumer. It may be in areas around Ireland where they come from chainreaction, but they actually do have dealers if you check their website. The dealer here in Canada (only one unfortunately) still maintains the awesome prices. The fact that the dealers still offer those prices adds to your point though... why this 2-3K premium?
  • 2 9
flag jclnv (May 2, 2018 at 9:10) (Below Threshold)
 The non-direct brands will keep selling bikes if they offer something different. All the direct brands are too conservative in geometry for me. Reach on YT/Canyon mediums is too short.
  • 5 1
 @jclnv: *cough* pole *cough*
  • 4 3
 @fedemeta: unfortunately not having a warehouse in canada, when you order a brand like pole you have to pay our full 12 percent sales tax instead of the usual 5%, plus duty, and brokerage fees for shippers and when all is said and done, it makes it not worth it.
  • 5 0
 @BEEner: Shipping to Canada is a royal PITA - horrible customs people, ridiculous charges - you guys are getting ripped off. Shipping to the US is a breeze in comparison.
  • 2 0
 @Jprestidge: ya so I've heard. There was supposed to be some free trade agreement with Europe and I'm not sure where that is at... I guess we could ship to a shipping house and drive to the border but if you try and bring the bike across and get caught you could be trouble. Its frustrating Frown
  • 1 6
flag shaowin (May 2, 2018 at 12:15) (Below Threshold)
 @fedemeta: that video of the single track sampler in Moab, keeps me from considering pole. He exploded the seat stay, on a carbon frame and it looked really rough. No thanks
  • 5 0
 @shaowin: He wasn't riding a pole.
  • 5 0
 @shaowin: he was riding a spot bike not a pole
  • 1 1
 @fedemeta: True. I don't want a mega reach bike though. I just want 10-20mm more than the direct brands.
  • 29 1
 FYI - this bike is only compatible with flats and works best with moto handguards
  • 19 6
 @mikekazimer - a punchline for your next trail bike review: "Remarkable machine! Descends like a DH bike and climbs like an E-bike"
  • 4 0
 Leave Sam Pilgrim outa this! Lol
  • 10 0
 I have this one right now, size M for 1.70m rider, just swapped the Code Brakes for Hope Tech3V4. I can totally relate to your review @mikekazimer, everything is there! I'm 70kg and even smashing it the hardest I can I was surprised not having to add volume spacers in the shock. I wish they put a 150mm dropper on the M Sized frame though. You can see the bike with custom bits here if you want to have a closer look
Ride on!
  • 2 0
 One more thing: the grey paint job seems fragile, even like there's just a layer of paint and nothing to protect it. Better use some protective film.
  • 2 0
 @bastmann: 100% agree on the paint being fragile, kind of dissapointing
  • 14 0
 So if I buy the Jekyll I will be able to manual. Sold
  • 19 0
 Yeah but if you buy the nukeproof you'll have a good excuse for not being able to.
  • 8 0
 holy crap that's a big bike in L and XL! at 6 5 i don't even know what's the right size anymore. the new XL bikes are 2-5 cm's longer in reach than my current 2016 XL and it was considered huge at the time (Transition Patrol). geometry is changing as fast as these bikes go downhill.
  • 13 2
 If I have to be a dick about it. I'm picking 275c over 650b.
  • 14 1
 On one hand, 'c' is better than 'b'. But 650 > 275. I really need someone to tell me how to feel about this.
  • 6 0
 @ChiawY: good thing there's plenty of people here to set you straight
  • 10 1
 Must bee hard to review the bike that won all the things
  • 3 0
 Great review @mikekazimer. I have had last years alloy mega and you ride feelings are similar to mine with the added change of lighter carbon a ride quality taken into account. Sounds like the 2018 pedals slightly better and a bit more well rounded.

I found the same with having to run the rebound fast. Would this not mean heavier riders may need a different tune rather than lighter?

Good work, cheers.
  • 2 5
 The mega sure does like to plod up the climbs, the same as the mega Tr in a lot of respects. They seem to be made for going down. I borrowed Deans 400lb spring for the Mega Mark and omg does it do down a hill fast, faster than the V10 down Gi! Not on the same day but I was astounded that my first run with the 400lb spring was well under 2 mins, the next run under a 1.55! Hitting the big jump line up the mast wasnt that scary on the Mega either which surprised me, no way would I hit them on the Nomad.
  • 3 1
Heavy riders typically use more pressure thus needing more rebound. They won’t have any problems with this tune but a lighter rider could have trouble having to much rebound.
  • 1 0
 @JorisW: light rider here (70kg) with the exact same bike (2018 Mega 275RS). I found rebound to be perfect at one click from fully open. That surprised be but that just works.
  • 2 0
 @bastmann: I am 102kg I run the shock at 245psi no problem with the rebound at all
  • 1 0
 @JorisW: Spot on. An appropriate rebound tune is dependent on spring rate. I confused myself, I’ve watched enough vorsprung vids to know better.
  • 1 0
 @betsie: ya it’s a beast on the DH. I guess you just need to get the legs strong for the ups, like I have had in the past. But it certainly doesn’t fill you with joy about climbing.

In Revelstoke on Frisby ridge DH I had a run on the mega when I was feeling good and I was on a pace that I’ve rarely ridden at on a DH bike, never mind a trail bike. It was unreal.

Ya it’s good at Gi, the XL was even faster, but no fun.
  • 1 0
 I’m around 65kg and my Mega is perfect with 1 click of rebound and no volume spacers.
  • 4 0
 look at the pretty pictures....climbs good....descends like a dh bike....came with this, but I swapped for that....proceed to comments.
  • 6 1
 Nuke it for 3 minutes on high for best results
  • 7 2
 Nuking it won't do anything to it.
  • 2 2
 I guess people are missing the NukePROOF joke here. My bad. I'm leaving now.
  • 4 1
 > The large now has a reach of 470mm, and the extra-large checks in at 510mm.

nice! i love my mega but even xl is a bit too small for me
  • 1 1
 The table says 515mm. That would be a large jump between 2 sizes! At least that would justify all the comments saying "I'm between sizes" for once.
  • 1 0
 I have this one in small. My height is 163 cm. I can sign on the lower shock bolt issue, it's very annoying! Otherwise this bike has a great performance for money. Not the lightest one, but can handle rough stuff surely! And yes, the rebound turns very slow in just 3 clicks, 57 kg and running lightest rebound. I also like new Codes very much. Great modulation, though I didn't have experience with saints.
  • 1 0
 Same problem with the bold though I put some Loctite right away and wasn't annoyed since. Let's hope it'll stay that way.
  • 1 0
 @bastmann: maybe a needle bearing over that bolt helps.
  • 4 1
 Must have been so hard to find some cons against this bike. Smile
Different rebound for lighter riders? Doesn't that apply to virtually any full suspension bike?
  • 3 0
 Optimal settings would ideally be in the middle of the compression / rebound range so any rider could apply different and optimized settings for their riding styles / weights, etc. Here you don't have much margin with fast rebound even though it works very well that way
  • 1 0
 I think so,at 65 kg I use like 3 clicks on my forks and 2 on the shock. I ride a 2018 L size Jekyll,but is almost the same for any suspension bikes I own in the past. If I put 3 click more suspension feels horrible dead to me.
  • 1 0
 O no! In the medium size, the reach (435mm) and effective top tube length (585mm) are short and the head angle is not very progressive (65 degrees)! Therefore it is not fashionable and it has to suck!

On the other hand, Sam Hill rocks on this bike and wins many races....
What do we have to think of this bike Wink ?
  • 3 0
 A) Head angle is around 64 in reality - measured my own and other bike magazines have tested and measured and found the same.
B) Comparing spec sheets and getting hung up on a few mm is a bit armchair enthusiast - just ride it and see!
  • 5 0
 That Sam Hill would also win on a Yeti, Santa Cruz, Trek, Ibis, insert any bike brand here, etc.
  • 1 0
 @Jprestidge: you do know my post was sarcastic right Wink ?
It was protesting people only looking at specs sheets...
  • 1 0
 @mollow: definitely right. However, again, my post was meant sarcastic.
Apparently this was not obviously enough Wink
  • 1 0
 @mollow: *obvious

Off-topic: why is it impossible to edit posts from the mobile site?
  • 1 0
 @Jprestidge: interesting, I've been wondering about this. on my 290 with the fork stretch to 160mm i measure just about 63 deg. and its notably slack in appearance compared to a 65 deg bike.
  • 1 0
 What about Jingus Cycles?@mollow:
  • 1 0
 LOVE my Mega, though I find the bigger wheels to my liking. Been on mine for over a year now, and the only thing i'd consider an upgrade would be the release of the carbon version. Nice to see Nukeproof getting the good press that they deserve.
  • 9 8
 Hey Pinkbike, Love the reviews. Question/ Suggestion if you read this. Any chance you get try to get a rider in your stable who weight is more in line with the average male out there? Someone in the 180-200 pound category, a lot of these reviews don't really give the majority of riders an accurate description of how a bike feels and rides at their weight. Here's to hoping. Smile
  • 18 4
 90kg is way above average
  • 5 4
 @Asmodai: I will admit, I am thinking of the North American market here. Not globally. I'm a 6ft 190lb male built like Richie Rude, and I would venture a guess that nearly 65% of the people on Pinkbike are within a few pounds of my build.
  • 8 2
 @Nathan6209: Look at an EWS podium. Bikes are designed for fit, light, guys like that and most R&D guys I've seen are the same build.
  • 2 2
 @Nathan6209: that's for NA
  • 4 1
 @Asmodai: don’t think so. I’m 14 and weigh 165 pounds (6ft tall). And I’m not fat
  • 1 1
  • 3 4
 I been thinking the exact same thing with you there, I am 225lbs and a hard rider, hit 20' drops on my mega all the time, it would be nice to see reviews from someone in that spectrum
  • 3 0
 @K1maxX: Skewed when not factored with average height. American male is 5'10' average. Take that in account and Mexico is the fattest with their 5'4" average.
  • 2 0
 i think this is a rad idea. definitely true that podium contenders and a lot of industry people aren't as big, but i think we all see a wide variety of sizes on the trail and especially at the bike park. also, let's not get too caught up in the averages. we all mountain bike so that alone makes us not the average body. i doubt any of us are truly fat.
  • 3 0
 Maybe they started out this way before riding & testing bikes every day.
  • 13 0
 @danny611, exactly. It's a catch-22 - we could bring in a big dude, but before you know it he'd be down to 160 pounds from all the bike testing, and then we'd be right back where we started. Maybe I'll just start riding with a weight vest.
  • 3 6
 @K1maxX: Then again half the world's population is starving to death. Capitalism isn't so bad...
  • 1 0
6’2 200
I feel the same.
  • 2 0
 @Nathan6209: Holy cow, we North American men are overweight. An average of 5’9” at 195 pounds and a 40” waist is pathetic. I makes my 225 pounds at 6’ with a 46” jacket and 37” waist seem slim, and it doesn’t take a genius to figure out I could comfortably lose 25 pounds.
  • 1 2
 @drunknride: I don't want to call anybody fat or overweight or something, i just thing that 90kg and average male rider weight don't go along in mostcountries
@Boondocker390: realise that half of the world is starving or suffering because of capitalism and it's consequences?!
  • 1 0
 they are a light weight bunch eh?
  • 3 0
 @mikekazimer: Get Radek reviewing bikes. IIRC, he's no small fry... Or get everyone on Levy's doughnut diet.
  • 1 0
 @mikekazimer: just wear a hydration pack with 5 litres of water in it and you'll be solving two problems.
  • 1 0
 In the bike comparison they should talk about whether Nukeproof will honor the warranty on their frames or if they will go the Cannondale route (since the Jekyll was referenced) where they will just call any failure a "crash" and refuse to warranty....
  • 1 0
 They honored in my case. Rear triangle snapped somewhere during riding, didn't notice it before stopping for a break. Would've get a new frame but chose to get money back for full bike. Had to send the old one back of course. That was last years 290.
  • 3 0
 (Genuine) question for owners: do all Mega frames indicate the shock size there like this one does?
  • 3 0
 Yes it does, on all 2018 bikes
  • 3 0
 my 2013 mega tr did but not my mk1 2012 mega
  • 3 0
 165mm travel and a 65mm stroke , perfect LR ! is it that difficult ? take note SC !
  • 2 0
 Be rad to see a comparison of this and the GG Megatrail..same exact travel, both Mega in the names but one made in Colorado. Cheers
  • 2 0
 Probably don't film yourself riding so slow next time?

I mean....soooooo slow. Wink
  • 3 1
 Bizarre that they've copied the worst traits of VPP suspension leverage rate wise.
  • 6 1
 To make what is, apparently, one of the very best enduro machines.
  • 1 0
 It's at least more progressive after sag. With modern large-negative-chamber air springs it's fine. Gives great small bump anyways
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 @bvwilliams: The kinematics are already providing that characteristic.

Why they would add a wallowy mid stroke is odd. Flat off the top to sag I get to lessen stiction effects but...
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 I would like you to test the TRUE INNOVATION BIKES, the ONES that really ARE IMPORTANT to us...but if you don't...we don't buy a new's crystal water clear...On your own !!!!
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 Where’s the 29er Carbon frame Frown
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 Agree! Will buy!
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 @doe222: Guess or knowledge?
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 Love this bike.. (And no yoke so the shock will never fail!) :-)
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 Except that loose shock mount bolt will kill a shock quickly. My 2014 Mega TR destroyed a nearly new Monarch because I wasn't generous enough with the Loctite, gouged the hell out of it in the few minutes it took me to realise there was a Big Problem. Coated that bitch in the stuff when I replaced with a DPS EVOL.
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 @gkeele: its a joke.
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 I think this might be my next bike!
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 Lighter riders ( than 160lbs), lolz.
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 @mikekazimer what are the tune codes on the shock?
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 @kperras, U,U,D,D,L,R,L,R,A,B,Select,Start. Oh, I mean M / L.
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 wow, that cannondale sure is ugly
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 said everyone..ever. About every Cannondale. Every. Single. One.
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 @bizutch: right?
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 Any lower and that taco would be dragging on the ground!
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 "You still won't be able to ride like Sam Hill".... Challenge not accepted
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 @mikekazimer What size frame were you riding?
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 Size large.
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 I would have thought heavier riders required faster rebound speeds. Can someone explain this to me?
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 Is that the larabee shuttleable area in the video?
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 That thing just looks fast!
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 Rear shock motion videos are so satisfying to watch
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 custom frame bearings (fffffffffffffuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu)
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 Affiliation none ? lol Buddy , you're paid to review a bike your employer was PAID for by the said bike manifacturer ! Does anyone here still take PB's review seriously ?
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 I do and have for years. I can't recall ever buying something and thinking "man, what were those guys smoking?".
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 nukeproof is dank.
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