Nukeproof Updates Cub-Scout Range with In-House 'Urchin' Components for 2021

Sep 23, 2020
by Nukeproof  

Press Release: Nukeproof

Some of the biggest stoke from Nukeproof's team this year was to see wee rascals shredding their Cub-Scouts on the trails, especially during the current times. The emergence of more options of quality bikes for the young shredders has to be one of the most positive “trends” in recent times. With the future of our sport in amazing hands, it's an exciting time to see the evolution and progress of some amazingly talented youths on the trails at a much earlier age. 

Elliott Heap- literally born onto two wheels, will the next generation be even better?

Launched in 2020, the Cub-Scout range takes direct inspiration from our award-winning Scout hardtail range with one subtle difference - the Cub-Scout is designed from the ground-up as a proper mini-hardtail mountain bike around the ergonomics of an youngster. The Cub-Scout is available in 20”, 24” or 26” options; meaning that there should be a bike to suit kids of all sizes from ages 5 and up.

Like most Nukeproof products, the reason behind the product has purely selfish motivation! This range of bikes has been developed by an elite group of future shredders, our staff’s and athletes’ very own tiny humans! We used our dedicated test team to ensure that we offered fellow riders a class leading lightweight range to help inspire and nurture budding trail heroes, downhill superstars and enduro megastars (do we add YouTubers in there too now to stay trendy?)!

The all-new Scout Pro for bigger humans (note. Bushed alloy finish is also on the 24" race!)

The mainstay of each Cub-Scout is a lightweight custom butted 6061 aluminium frame. Based on our youth optimised Scout geometry, it is in keeping with all the latest modern standards (cue, “long, low and slack" marketing terms). This means some seriously capable frames that can be ridden properly off road and, if you want, customised using the latest components. 2021 sees a fully revised components list. A year of sweating the detail and optimising the frames to make them perform even better. We’ve updated and improved the forks, drivetrain and controls to make these Cub-Scouts proper off-road trail rippers. The forks are custom tuned to tiny human rider weights to ensure they perform on whatever trail they are thrown down. 

To complement our Cub-Scouts and launching in October is our all new “Urchin kid’s components”.  Optimised for smaller paws and digits, the Urchin range has been developed to offer the best functioning and fitting kit on the market, more on this coming soon.  


Cub Scout 20”

Cub Scout 20” Sport Specification:
Frame: Nukeproof Cub-Scout 20”, custom butted hydro-formed 6061 Alloy, threaded bottom bracket, 142mm Bolt-thru rear axle spacing
Fork: Nukeproof Cub-Scout 20”+ Fork, custom butted hydro-formed 6061 Alloy, 1 40mm Offset, 15x100mm Bolt-thru Axle
Wheelset: Joytec hub on WTB STi30 20" TCS Rim
Tyres: Front & Rear: Vee Rubber Crown Gem 20" x 2.6” Skinwall, MPC Compound
Crankset: Samox TAF38J 2 Piece Crank 127mm, 32T, BCD 104
Rear Derailleur: Shimano M310 8-Speed, 11-34t
Brakes: Tektro M276 Kids Specific Hydraulic Brakes
Handlebar: Nukeproof Urchin 600mm Wide, 15mm Rise, 31.8mm Clamp
Stem: OEM 40mm, black
Saddle: Nukeproof Urchin, Black
Seatpost: Nukeproof Urchin, Black, 27.2mm, 300mm Long, 0 Offset
Grips: Nukeproof Urchin Single Clamp lock on, 115mm Long, Soft Compound
Weight: TBC

Cub Scout 20” Race Specification:

As Sport plus
Fork: Manitou Machete JUNIT 20” Expert Air, 80mm Travel, 40mm Offset, BOOST 15x110mm Bolt-thru Axle
Wheelset: Nukeproof Neutron hub on WTB STi30 20" TCS Rim
Tyres: Front: Vee Rubber Flow Snap 20" x 2.4”
Crankset: Samox TAF38J 2 Piece Crank 127mm, 32T, BCD 104
Rear Derailleur: BOX FOUR Short Cage 8-Speed with Clutch
Brakes: Tektro M291 Kids Specific Hydraulic Brakes
Weight: 10.8kgs/23.76lbs

Cub Scout 24”
Image shown Cub-Scout Race

Cub Scout 24” Sport Specification:

Frame: Nukeproof Cub-Scout 26”, custom butted hydro-formed 6061 Alloy, internal cable routing for dropper seat posts, threaded bottom bracket, 142mm Bolt-thru rear axle spacing
Fork: Manitou Markhor 27.5” TS Air, 120mm Travel, Custom Kids tune, 51mm Offset, BOOST 15x110mm Bolt-thru Axle
Wheelset: Nukeproof Neutron hub on WTB STi30 24" TCS Rim
Tyres: Front & Rear: Maxxis Minion 24" x 2.5” EXO TR (Tubeless Ready)
Crankset: Samox TAF38J 2 Piece Crank 160mm, 32T, BCD 104
Drivetrain: Shimano M5120 Deore, Shadow Plus, 10-Speed, 11-46t
Brakes: Tektro M291 Kids Specific Hydraulic Brakes
Handlebar: Nukeproof Urchin 700mm Wide, 15mm Rise, 31.8mm Clamp
Stem: Nukeproof Neutron AM, 45mm, black
Saddle: Nukeproof Urchin, Black
Seatpost: Nukeproof Urchin, Black, 27.2mm, 300mm Long, 0 Offset
Grips: Nukeproof Urchin Single Clamp lock on, 132mm Long, Soft Compound
Weight: 11.83kgs/26lbs (Tubeless)

Cub-Scout 24” Race Specification:

As Sport Plus
Fork: Manitou Machete JUNIT 24in Expert Air, 100mm Travel, 42mm Offset, BOOST 15x110mm Bolt-thru Axle
Wheelset: Nukeproof Neutron  hub on WTB STi30 24" TCS Rim
Tyres: Front & Rear: Maxxis Minion 24" x 2.4” EXO TR (Tubeless Ready)
Crankset: Samox TAF38J 2 Piece Crank 152mm, 32T, BCD 104
Shifter: Shimano M4100 Deore Rapidfire 10-Speed
Drivetrain: Shimano M5120 Deore, Shadow Plus, 10-Speed, 11-46t
Brakes: Tektro M291 Kids Specific Hydraulic Brakes
Weight: 11.2kgs/24.64lbs (Tubeless)


Cub-Scout 26”

Image shown Race Model

Cub Scout 26” Sport Specification:

Frame: Nukeproof Cub-Scout 26”, custom butted hydro-formed 6061 Alloy, internal cable routing for dropper seat post, threaded bottom bracket, 142mm Bolt-thru rear axle spacing
Fork: X-Fusion RC32 27.5” Air Suspension forks, 1.5” Tapered Steerer, 46mm Offset, 15x110mm Bolt-thru Axle
Wheelset: Joytec hub on WTB STi30 26" TCS Rim
Tyres: Front & Rear: Maxxis Minion DHF 26" x 2.5” EXO TR (Tubeless Ready)
Crankset: Samox TAF38J 2 Piece Crank 160mm, 32T, BCD 104
Rear Deraileur: BOX FOUR Short Cage 8-Speed with Clutch, 11-46t
Brakes: Tektro M276 Kids Specific Hydraulic Brakes
Handlebar: Nukeproof Urchin 700mm Wide, 15mm Rise, 31.8mm Clamp
Stem: OEM 50mm, black
Saddle: Nukeproof Urchin, Black
Seatpost: Nukeproof Urchin, Black, 27.2mm, 300mm Long, 0 Offset
Grips: Nukeproof Urchin Single Clamp lock on, 132mm Long, Soft Compound
Weight: TBC

Cub-Scout 26” Race Specification:

As Sport Plus
Fork: Manitou Markhor 27.5” TS Air, 120mm Travel, Custom Kids tune, 51mm Offset, BOOST 15x110mm Bolt-thru Axle
Front Wheel: Nukeproof Neutron hub on WTB STi30 26" TCS Rim
Tyres: Front & Rear: Maxxis Minion 26" x 2.5” EXO TR (Tubeless Ready)
Crankset: Samox TAF38J 2 Piece Crank 160mm, 32T, BCD 104
Rear Derailleur: Shimano M5120 Deore, Shadow Plus, 10-Speed, 11-46t
Brakes: Tektro M291 Kids Specific Hydraulic Brakes
Weight: 11.83kgs/26lbs (Tubeless)

Full info and details can be found on www.nukeproof.com as well as the adults' range of Scouts

Cub-Scouts will be in stores from 25th September 2020, whilst stocks last. 

#itsanattitude


83 Comments

  • 13 0
 Well done. Still a bit heavy, but HUGE improvements on the ergonomics for the kids! And 28h rims! 32/36h are SO DUMB on kids bikes. I really like what TrailCraft is doing with there 20hole wheels. huge weight savings. If I can shred on 28/32h 29er wheels, the kids should obviously be able to do just fine on fewer spokes.
  • 4 0
 I want a reactor in XS for my kid, but he is going to get the LIV intrigue or Fuel Ex since they have XS available.
  • 2 0
 Agree. It's totally awesome to see youth sizes get proper geometry and decent kits, but the weight has been slow to come down. In addition to wheels, it seems the frames could use lighter aluminum and still be plenty strong for pint size pilots.
  • 1 3
 So dumb might be a bit of an aggressive take on the matter.
Sure they don’t need the strength of 4 or 8 more spokes but they also don’t need to save the weight of 4 or 8 spokes.
The only factor with deleting spoke count is when you try to buy a new rim and there aren’t any that fit cuz somebody thought saving a teeny bit of weight was better than any kind of comparability.
Maybe that isn’t Much of a problem with kids bikes but it sure is with adult bikes.
  • 5 0
 @Nukeproofinternational Can you guys provide the wheel weight or at least the rim weight and spoke type/brand? Also, what is the inner width on the rim? One of the largest performance indicators of a kids bike comes from the wheel weight and its also the most difficult to determine. Love seeing the Manitou JUnit line!! Cheers for going that direction. (Lets drop the plus tire stuff btw...its not a good thing)
  • 4 0
 Will be interested in prices and weights. Kind of wish there was a 20" option with a rigid fork and slightly narrower tires to keep weight and price down, but I guess I can always go woom off or spawn if that is the best option.
  • 2 0
 Also the new Early Rider Seeker 20 which has the same Box 4 wide range and hydraulic brakes. Ticks a lot of boxes.

ALSO: I'm pissed that Orbea pulled out of the kids bike market in the USA due to "cost of paint testing." The new Laufey Junior 20 is PERFECT, but good luck getting somebody to ship it to you from Europe.
  • 10 1
 @halljam: California Prop 65 has been hell on a lot of manufacturers across all industries. We manufacture high-end plumbing valves (hand made and tested in Canada), and in order to be compliant we needed to switch from an already medical grade low-lead (0.4%) brass alloy that the NSF and CSA have verified to be not susceptible to lead leaching to a prop 65 compliant brass that meets their 0.25% cutoff. The only problem with that is it is now about as hard to machine as stainless steel which has increased our tooling costs by about 70% and reduced production volumes by about 20% for the same machine time. All to meet a number that was proposed by people without the metallurgical knowledge to make that distinction. I can understand limiting older high zinc, high brass alloys that were up to 8% lead and demonstrated significant leaching, but to arbitrarily shut down use of alloys that already meet the spirit of the regulation to limit toxicity is kind of crazy. I imagine paint testing can be even more touchy because it can and does flake off and literally EVERYTHING is covered under Prop 65 as "Known to the State of California to cause cancer".
  • 1 0
 So a BMX then?
  • 1 0
 @cueTIP: When I visited California it became a running joke, every door to every building had a prop 65 warning.
  • 1 0
 @fruitsd79: Any building 15 years or older is likely going to have pneumatic thermostats operating with mercury, so by the letter of the law the signage is required. And yes, that's stupid.
  • 1 0
 @fruitsd79: I know you're probably joking but it pisses me off how many dumbass parents buy little kids a BMX because it has small wheels (so must be a kids bike) even though the geo is designed for adults and the sizing is completely wrong for a child.
  • 5 0
 24 sport is bang on with 140mm cranks .. why go to 152 with the 24 race? Samox do the 2 piece crank in 140.
  • 1 0
 Hoping that's a typo on their part
  • 4 0
 now they just need to stay in stock for longer then the single day they come out
  • 1 0
 Stoked to see new stuff for the kids coming out! Still waiting on a 16" Suspension fork with 15x100 axle though!

Hope they offer the Urchin Components kits in a variety of colors, will be a cool upgrade for my kiddo's bike!
  • 1 0
 Prevelo makes a 16" bike like that. Its sweet
  • 1 0
 I have the 14 in (non-suspension) Prevelo and have been impressed with its build. It feels like it would hold up to Rampage at my kid's weight.

Their main problem is that they seem to be sold out most of the time. I will say, though, that it's worth a call even if it says that online. When I bought my Zulu One, they claimed online to be sold out, but when I called them they had some in stock.

Now I'm just deciding whether to upgrade to the 16, or see if my son can jump straight from 14 to 20, where there are a few more options.
  • 2 0
 www.earlyrider.com for proper lightweight well thought out bikes, or www.lilshredder.com for more bling to go with Daddy's full carbon rig! (or Mummy's) Smile
  • 1 0
 Wow frame only price..for a kid!!
  • 2 0
 @Nukeproofinternational you need to downsize the saddle some more for the 20" model, that long nose is killing the standover.
  • 3 0
 WANT those kids components for my little rippers bike!
  • 2 0
 I second that!!! Hope they sell them separately soon, and in GREEN as that's my kiddo's favorite color.
  • 3 0
 Check out SDG's Jr Pro kit. Its good stuff.
  • 1 0
 @ttollefsbol: Check out the Spawn in green. My boy loves his. Lighter, too.
  • 1 0
 Protaper makes some killer JUNIT kids bars and grips. All ergonomically designed around small hands using real data vs just "make it smaller"
  • 1 0
 @ttollefsbol: ditto, green green green!
  • 1 0
 @laksboy: We bought the SDG Jr saddle. Its pretty good but very heavy due to the steel rails. Would be nice if this Urchin brand used aluminum rails. But what the heck is going on with that skull graphic - is it drawn with a paint pen?
  • 3 0
 @twozerosix: yeah I'm not a big fan of the SDG saddle. it's too long for the groms (nose get's in the way of valuable standover space on a 20" bike) and it's also not that narrow and about as firm as an adult seat... I LOVE the bars/grip size though. Pedals are decent. And matchy.
  • 3 1
 Too bad they are already sold out for the year and they aren't making anymore.
  • 1 0
 What are you on about? They aren’t even instock yet for this years model range
  • 2 0
 Actually these bikes are available on the CRC site.
  • 1 0
 @dirtpedaler: even better!! :-D
  • 3 0
 Nice to see a 20" kid's bike that does not have a 71* HA.
  • 1 0
 I’m a fan of fat tyres on kids bikes, it helps soften the trails and improve grip, especially as so many kids bikes are rigid or have forks of questionable quality.
  • 4 0
 That's where these JUnit forks come in. They are nicer than what a lot of adults ride and the custom kids tune is for such a small weight window that they are tuned better than lots of adult equipment. Highend dual-chamber airsprings, nice ABS+ damper with proper oils and nice seals... in a compact fairly light package. Ridiculously nice. Plus tires have so much rotational weight it eats away at the fun. Most any kid on our local MTB team with plus tires is in the back and struggles with wheel lifts, manuals, climbs, american bunny hops etc etc. Thankfully they have all but disappeared from the team since bikes have improved. Kids just need a proper MTB tire like Spawn makes (like an ultralight HR2). These Crown Vee's in the smaller 2.25 size (iirc) aren't bad at all either...tho a bit more XC than I'd like.
  • 1 0
 Take care kids with urchin on the handlebars, or scar on urchins with high pins
  • 1 0
 That cub scout 20" looks rad. So happy brands like Nukeproof have great bike options available for my kids.
  • 2 0
 What we want to see is prices of the awesome rigs
  • 3 1
 shame a dropper is not added
  • 12 0
 They can fit one if you want, the main reason we didn't to the Race models is we are yet to find one that works perfect with kids weights (most droppers are designed for adults weights). It's on the to do list when we find a reliable dropper.
  • 1 0
 +1 to what Nukeproof have said, I got a dropper for my almost 10 year old (cheaper Brand X one) and he is only just about heavy enough to make it go up and down
  • 1 0
 @Nukeproofinternational: Truth. If the spring is light enough for the Grom, it's not strong enough to over come the seal friction on the return... But it does help ole' Dad with quick seat-height changes for long climbs and long descents. So there's still a benefit.
  • 2 0
 @Nukeproofinternational: Ya we have x fusion. My kid knows the drill. Stop pull lever, dad pushes down, go.

I dont have to get off my bike adjust, get back on bike etc...
Dropper is awesome for the kids but would be nice if it worked for the kid without help.
  • 1 0
 @Nukeproofinternational: ah, i did not realise that. My son moans at me all the time when he has to stop to put his seat post up/down. I try and say set it at a height for going up and down, but he knows better lol Cheers
  • 1 0
 @Nukeproofinternational: I have a Reverb on one bike and a Transfer on the other. When I get on the Transfer it is so much less force to push down it throws my balance off sometimes.
  • 1 0
 @klerric: I got a $50 exaform, lever under the seat, and as long as I use chain lube on it frequently my 10 yo is able to use it.
  • 2 0
 @fruitsd79: My guy is only 45 pounds so until he gains a few pounds I will have to help with putting the seat down.
  • 2 0
 that 26'er begs for the Solum to make a come back...
  • 1 0
 These look good - keen to see if the Urchin components become available separately.
  • 1 0
 crazy how bada$$ the 20" version looks compared to the fairly tame "dad stylings" of the 26er
  • 1 0
 No more purple handlebars? I got the purple stem, but I cannot find those handlebars anymore...
  • 2 0
 I wish I was a little bit smaller
  • 3 0
 Skee Lo would differ with this opinion.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmXZOI7cM0M
  • 2 0
 @preach: I had that song in mind while typing.
  • 1 0
 Hard to find prices but based on hotlines site its £700 for the sport 24 and £1000 for the race 24.
  • 1 0
 The "Cub Scout 24” Sport Specification" is the same as the 26 version.
  • 2 0
 yea so sorry, getting that changed now, I've corrected our website if you want to check. slight madness creeping in over here!
  • 1 0
 @Nukeproofinternational: I have a Mega, and I would like to get a reactor in XS for my 10 year old. For the bike park. YT is sold out on the primus 26. So if that is on the 2021 table, i would preorder today.
  • 1 0
 Any other short riders want to try the 26" hardtail?
  • 3 2
 Still too heavy! This is # 1 with kids bikes.
  • 2 0
 I don't know about the frame side but on the component side all dirt specific product regardless of size or intended age has to pass adult ISO standards. There is no youth MTB ISO standard

This means two things-
1. Every dirt specific kids component(bar, fork etc..) is strong enough for an adult to ride
2. Every dirt specific kids component is overbuilt relative to rider weight
  • 2 0
 so far early rider holding the top for making light bikes for kids
  • 5 1
 Pretty sure dads are the only ones bothered by this, kids don't care.
  • 1 0
 @nickmalysh: I think TrailCraft might disagree with you.
  • 4 0
 My 10 year old daughter has the 2020 24 inch model and there’s no issue with the weight at all. It’s heavier than her previous Orbea, but she’s much faster on this bike. In fact, the additional weight (which is only a kg or so, unless you’re comparing it with super expensive bikes) seems to help the bike ride better over the bumps - something that’s important with a light rider who can get knocked around.

JP
  • 1 0
 @jefe: it true.
  • 2 0
 Grrr...meant to say ‘not true’. Weight is a big issue especially with the under 20” crowd.
  • 3 0
 @CircusMaximus: I just saw a kid roll bike on a shitty walmart 20" bike with a massive smile on his face
  • 2 0
 @jefe: Not really btw age 2 and 6 when bike weight 1/2 of the kid or more that does matter; especially with 20 mile ride or so
  • 1 1
 @jefe: well beyond being happy for the kid, I’m not sure what that proves? Weird to debate this, btw...
  • 2 0
 www.trailcraftcycles.com if you want really light kids bikes. They are the lightest, and most expensive (aside from Meek Boyz Smile 20" bikes are 18.5 pounds with a suspension fork and Stans wheels. 24" bikes start at 19.5 pounds, and 26" bike at 20 pounds.

www.pinkbike.com/buysell/2689709
  • 1 0
 @TenderRoni: cheers, first time hearing about them, will check
  • 1 0
 @TenderRoni: Meekboyz. #mikedrop. And I thought my 20" TC was expensive and borderline excessive.... WOW.
  • 1 0
 What is bushed alloy?
  • 6 0
 it's very similar to brushed alloy, but just bush-ier. (ok, you got me)
  • 2 0
 @Nukeproofinternational: lol, when i have alloy bikes they usually end up in the bush...lil more carefree with Al vs carbon
  • 1 1
 Those offsets are huge
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