Nukeproof Updates its Horizon and Neutron Wheelsets

Jun 10, 2020
by Nukeproof  

Press Release: Nukeproof

Since the early 90s, Nukeproof has been synonymous with creating quality hubs and wheelsets for riders. The new range is a result of many hours of research, development and testing by our team. The result is an all new, improved and updated Horizon & Neutron wheel range (version 2/ v2).

Improvements have been made across all aspects of performance, durability and serviceability of both Horizon and Neutron wheel families. As a response to customer demand we have changed the way we supply the wheels. Wheels now sold individually (front/ rear) to give riders versatility in a complete new set, replacement for one wheel or mix and match. As well as the wheels, a full list of accessories (valves, ARD, Rim Tape etc.) and spare parts are available, forming our most complete “wheel range” to date.  

Horizon Range:


The Horizon range is our premium performance component range, designed for riders looking for the ultimate performance from their bike. At the heart of the new wheelsets is an all new hub. Featuring 102 points of engagement (engagement ever 3.52 degrees), the Horizon hub offers rapid engagement to allow riders to get the power down instantaneously when asked. As it’s a Nukeproof product, longevity and reliability are key. The Horizon hub rolls fast and smooth using lipped Enduro ABEC 5 Bearings, which importantly protect the hub from the water and dirt on the trails. To ensure longevity, they feature 80% grease filled bearings to reduce metal to metal contact (generally bearings are 30% filled). Lastly, the hotly debated topic of how they sound? Off the shelf they have a (nice) distinctive “buzz” to them, but as a result of a unsettled debate between our office team, we have also chosen to offer a stealth pawls & springs upgrade/ option for riders who prefer to shred in silence.


To cater to all modern drivetrains, Shimano HG, Sram XD and also Shimano Microspline freehubs are available as an option. To ensure they fit a wide variety of frames, various hub widths are available: 135mm/ 142mm/ 148mm/ 150mm & 157mm and 110 & 100MM Fork Spacing.


Like most of our customers, we wanted to create the wheels with a wide range of use and appeal. Therefore, the rim had to be tough enough to withstand the abuse of racing downhill, but svelte enough to be happy on fast rolling trails. The rim is constructed using a dynamically aged magnesium-Silicon enriched alloy to give both the stiffness and hardness, but also ductility and yield properties (in short, the benefits of both 7 series and 6 series alloys). Rather than exposing the rim to the heat of the welding process, which can lead to potential week spots, they are sleeved. This ensures the properties of the alloy remain consistent and effective throughout the circumference. In simple terms; strong and stiff but with a nice level of compliance allowing you to feel the trail where you need it to and ultimately help improved handling and control.


In terms of rim width, we believe the 30mm rim width (internal) gives the best compromise. For most 2.3 to 2.6” tyres it allows the tyre casing to create the best contact patch with the trail, while retaining strength and protection. For ease of maintenance, they are finished off 32 hand laced J bend spokes (laced in a 3x pattern). The wheels are therefore tested and approved for downhill, enduro, all mountain and trail use.

Neutron Range:


The Neutron range gets a full overhaul as well. Again, from hub to rim we’ve made improves in performance, strength and reliability.  The all new hub is designed for a smooth, fast pick up with increase in points of engagement (36point of engagement, every 10degrees) . The same freehub and width options are available on the Neutron range to ensure maximum compatibility. Strength and reliability of the wheelset are key for Neutron and 6066 alloy 29mm internal width rims are hand laced to the hubs with 32 J-Bend spokes. Again, we have developed and approved Neutron V2 Wheels for downhill, trail and enduro use. To keep them always running fresh we’ve designed all our wheelsets to be fully serviceable and a full range of spares will be available through Nukeproof retailers.  



Both Horizon and Neutron wheel are available in 27.5” and 29” wheel offering and are supplied set up and tubeless ready (just add tyre and sealant) and come pre-taped with Nukeproof rim tape and our Horizon Tubeless valves.

The rim tape is also available separately in various widths 28mm-36mm, as our the Horizon tubeless Valves (black supplied, but also sold separately in various colours). All our wheels are fully compatible with our Active Rim Defence (ARD) tyre and rim protection.

Weight (Inc Valves and tape):
Horizon:
Front:  884g (27.5" 15mm Boost) 
Rear: 1093g (27.5" 148mm x 12mm) 
Neutron:
Front:   905g (15mm Boost) 
Rear: 1045g (27.5" 148mm x 12mm) 

Prices (Srp):
Horizon:
Front: SRP £150/ US $169/ Euro €168
Rear: £250/ US $352/ Euro €280
Neutron:
Front: £120/ US $169/ Euro €134
Rear: £170 / US $239/ Euro €190 
Photos: Laurence Crossman-Emms

Click here for the complete wheel brochure


89 Comments

  • 31 4
 Hope their wheels are better than their grammar....that was a tough read. Maybe Pinkbike editors should have got some free wheels to proofread it first.
  • 10 3
 Indeed, that was horrible. And the best thing at the end was: " Euro $168"...
  • 7 1
 I had the same thought. Was this written by dictating to an iphone or something? Hope the QC of the actual wheels is on a different level than the copy editing.
  • 4 1
 Geez that was a tough read. It looks like a 1st grader wrote this.
  • 56 1
 @gnarcissistictendency: A severely dyslexic marketing manager in a rush, sorry people, D- will try harder next time. But the wheels are ace
  • 3 0
 @VtVolk: QC is in Taiwan or China, so no worries. And no, that is no sarcasm.
  • 4 0
 @gnarcissistictendency: I wish my first grader could write like that!!
  • 3 2
 Probably not. I had the last generation rear horizon wheel, and it was a complete piece of shit. I would never buy another nuke proof wheel, especially with having to rely on chain reaction cycles for customer service. Garbage all around
  • 2 0
 @Nukeproofinternational: Professional writer here - feel free to hire me to proof read. Will edit for bike parts.
  • 1 0
 @ratedgg13: Cheers bud! Will just check what i'm tapping out next time better!
  • 4 1
 @Nukeproofinternational: You mean "Typing"? Or did you mean to say tapping?
  • 2 0
 @PtDiddy: They mean tapping
  • 2 0
 @onlyDH: I hear you, I'm in the process of trying to get my rear wheel replaced because the pawls broke and the engagement ring snapped after 6 months of use. They told me to go to my local bike shop to get it looked at. so I will be avoiding CRC like the plague from now on.
  • 1 0
 @frenchfly: unfortunate! Gotta love that CRC service. Pretty typical of them.

I operate a wheel building shop out of Toronto, and I have the beta on getting those wheels fixed if you want to PM me.
  • 1 0
 @frenchfly: fortunately it was a backup wheel for me. I had the same problem after two rides. CRC was no help, I just chalked it up to money lost in the bike game
  • 1 0
 @onlyDH: doesn't have to be. There is a pretty easy (upgrade!) fix for those hubs.
  • 1 0
 @onlyDH: Gutted bro. I think CRC doesn't give a shit if you're North American. I had the opposite experience with them and I'm pretty sure NZ is a whole lot further from Northern Ireland than what the US is.
  • 1 0
 @streetkvnt-kvlt: What happened to your wheels?
  • 1 0
 @privateer-wheels: they sent me the wrong size wheel. Replacement came a week later no problem and they said keep the other one. Guess I got the customer rep who gave a shit?!
  • 16 1
 I can see a new star in the affordable-wheelset market on the horizon
  • 4 0
 Is it a neutron star?
  • 2 0
 they may even go nuclear.....
  • 3 0
 @sarrows92: but they're nuke-proof...
  • 3 0
 Hard to pass last years Horizon wheel set on sale for an NP Scout Build...in Copper too. They have been fun so far. I would ride some new 102's...but also on a sale price (6-hundy USD is bit steep). Nice they are selling the individual comps/rebuilds instead having to go through Novatec though.
  • 2 0
 Those Coper hubs are upgradable to a more reliable 120 points of engagement, FYI
  • 1 0
 @privateer-wheels: Novatec? Or somebody compatible? I am intrigued for further info.
  • 2 0
 @Nwsurfkid: Factor hubs, are manufactured by Novatec. They have a properly heat treated harder steel ratchet ring and pawls. I've built probably 100 sets of them by now and I've put them under guys over 250 lbs, and not a single set has come back to me with issues. The bare bones of the hubs are the same as the NP. Same freehub body and hubshell (which is quite nice), different ratchets and pawls. Just a swap out, and you get upgraded 120 Poe engagement and real reliability. And you can also get Microspline freehubs!
  • 1 0
 @privateer-wheels: Thats not a bad upgrade and tip. I need to look into this. Sounds sweet.
  • 5 0
 "offering a stealth pawls & springs upgrade/ option for riders that don’t want that prefer to ride in silence"

Take. My. Money.
  • 1 1
 Brrrrrrrrzzzzzz...
  • 1 0
 What makes it quieter though? Other than putting a grease instead of an oil, which is what Industry Nine recommends for shushing their hubs.
  • 1 0
 @Nukeproofinternational can you let me know how much the stealth upgrade to the Horizon hub is? My dealer just ordered a set of the hubs but I didn't inquire about this option and the cost isn't addressed in the article.
  • 1 0
 @Woody25 Nukeproof said on their Instagram the stealth pawls/springs would be $11.99, but didn't specify what currency.
  • 4 1
 Oh Enduro bearings! Very nice. That's the name I look for when I want crappy Chinese lowest bidder commodity bearings. Why bother with actual bearing companies like NTN, Nachi or SKF when you can buy from a company that makes actually nothing.
  • 1 0
 Now I need more info.
  • 4 0
 Yea boys. Last gen Horizon owner here, love em. One of the few brands that still carry 15x100 & 12x142 that are new, reliable and cost competitive.
  • 2 0
 Did all of the Neutrons they sold succumb to catastrophic rear hub failure? I know both of the ones I owned did, and rather rapidly. CR was good with warranty on the first, about to find out with the second one. Would be nice if they replaced it with the new version.
  • 1 0
 You can replace the engagement bits and upgrade to a much more durable 120 points of engagement, FYI. Just in case you have a hard time with warranty.
  • 2 0
 I was a little hesitant about the Neutrons that came on my Scout, but so far they've been flawless. In half the time I've had the Neutrons I've stripped a DT370 on a different bike, and I've stripped three other hubs in the past (Stans Neo's and an e13).

What I'm trying to say is I have MASSIVE He-Man legs and put out watts like you don't even know, and the Neutrons hubs seem to hold up really well. Wink
  • 1 0
 It reads a little bit more like you've never had a good set of hubs lol. Glad you're happy with the new set
  • 6 1
 Very respectable little set of hoops. all the best
  • 3 1
 The last gen Horizon wheelsets couldn't keep their true and tension. And the hub was a rebranded Novatec. They were quickly replaced with the vastly superior DT Swiss M1700s I had laying around.
  • 6 0
 Fair play then to Nukeproof going back to the drawing board and working hard with thorough R&D and testing to get an all new product to market.
  • 1 0
 Losing tension just means they were poorly built - which is super common with factory built wheels. Those Novatec hubs are actually pretty great if you upgrade the ratchet ring and pawls to the 120 Poe version. Fits right into your existing hub, and they are bomb proof.
  • 3 2
 After trashing a Spank vibracore rim (several spoke holes cracked, JRA), I needed a wheel, fast. I ordered a set of the last gen Horizon wheels as a budget fill-in until the warranty rim arrived. Although I received the Spank rim a couple of weeks later, I never put those wheels back on. The Nukeproof have been my regular wheels. The last version were only 28 hole rims, but after 9 months of use they are still factory true; I check them monthly.

Nukeproof also impressed me by including the tubeless valves and a few spare spokes for each length. Beside recommending the Horizon wheels, the ARD inserts have replaced the PIA Cushcores in my Horizons. Even without considering the ARD as a price leader for inserts, they are far superior to Cushcore or Huck Norris.
  • 1 0
 Wow . Another updated version of that wheel . Can the freehub be swapped directly with the last model of horizon wheels ? I just bought a set and now it looks like I should have waited even longer to get the right set of wheels . Btw the set I have are bomb proof it would just be nice to get the better engagement and micro spline for a future upgrade
  • 1 0
 Sorry, the new hubs are all new and A completely different make up and internals to the old hub
  • 2 0
 @dawnofaids If you want Microspline, and an engagement upgrade, PM me.

Parts are available for your hubs to increase engagement to 120 points of engagement, and, Microspline freehubs are also available.
  • 1 0
 Hey @Nukeproofinternational The price in this article doesn't align with the price in the brochure (Horizon USD: front $211, rear $352 in brochure , front $169, rear $532 in article).

Ya'll will give me the price here, right?
  • 4 1
 Previous generation horizon wheels were fucking garbage...mine didn't even last a month...total joke
  • 3 0
 I can second this. Bought them in morzine after snapping a rim. After 3 days of riding I had about 3 dings in the front and 7 in the rear and both wheels were buckled.
  • 1 1
 Daym! Well I can say the same about a set of Novatecs I destroyed, then only to replace em with Stans which are pretty smashed up also... I remember some 26" 2004 Mavics that were the best, nothing could hurt those things.
  • 2 0
 I trashed my rear wheel on the first ride out.
  • 1 0
 All subjective. I had a set of horizons they stood up fine. 1 flat spot in 1 years riding. 105kg rider, with very poor judgement.
  • 1 0
 @iian: truuee. Depends on type of riding. I was riding rooty trails. I’m 82kg, tyre pressures where 29/25 and after 3 days the looked and felt 3 years old
  • 1 0
 I'm 70kg, running 24/28psi with inserts and after 3 weeks of riding (1 race and a few local woods rides) mine had 2 dents in the front and 5 or 6 in the back, a massive flat spot, rear wheel buckled, seperating at the rim joint and would not hold air....
  • 2 1
 I LOVE my Nukeproof Horizon Wheels. Affordable, came pre-taped/valved for tubeless, still perfectly true after a year or so of riding, and the copper hubs looks steeeeaazy.

Would buy again if I needed to.
  • 1 0
 Noice, would like to see the copper hubs.... Love the black on copper colorway. Just googleized it... Cool hubs
  • 3 0
 well , I need that new 102 points hub in copper please !
  • 1 2
 If only hope offered a stealth up grade on their pro 4. At 42 years old I get embarrassed by the sound they make tbh. I pack them with grease which lasts a few months but weaker springs would be very welcome and they’d sell even more hubs too. I know several riders who won’t use Hope because of the obnoxious racket. With modern bikes being so quiet the ride is ruined when coasting. Get on it hope please.
  • 1 0
 Still running the same Nukeproof hubs since 2009. CRC built wheels actually, on MTX rims. Never serviced in any capacity whatsoever, still running beautifully.
  • 4 2
 Sleeved rim joint, ahhh no
  • 1 0
 Yeah, that made me smile a bit too...
  • 1 1
 Ya, the whole spin on it like a sleeved joint is a good thing? Going with their logic we should sleeve the headtube junctions as well.......


I nominate the following statement for the greatest load of shit catagory 2020:

"The rim is constructed using a dynamically aged magnesium-Silicon enriched alloy to give both the stiffness and hardness, but also ductility and yield properties (in short, the benefits of both 7 series and 6 series alloys). Rather than exposing the rim to the heat of the welding process, which can lead to potential week spots, they are sleeved."
  • 1 0
 @onemind123: It could be a clever design, they seem pretty confident about it. I’d like to see a cross section to see what they mean before passing judgement.
  • 2 0
 There is nothing wrong with a sleeved joint. Maybe not quite as neat (sometimes) as a welded and ground joint, but they are plenty strong.

There are an awful lot of good companies sleeving their rim joints. Spank, WTB, and RaceFace all sleeve most if not all their rims currently.
  • 2 0
 @privateer-wheels: Industry nine too as far as I’m aware. There are a few big brands who do not weld rims and don’t seem to have any issues.

I’d happily buy these.
  • 2 0
 @dhrideruk: Exactly. There are probably more sleeved rims out there right now than welded.
  • 2 0
 @privateer-wheels: it’s Pinkbike tho, everyone’s an expert :-D
  • 2 0
 Had the previous gen horizon's. They were a nicely built set of wheels!
  • 1 0
 these or the hope fortus pro 4 ? both sets will be about 6-650aud from CRC.
  • 1 0
 What's the difference in the front hubs that's generating the 21 gram weight difference? Just curious.
  • 3 4
 Nuke proof of the 90s couldn’t be further from the nuke proof of today. It’s not the same company. Suggesting an association to boost the latest product is disingenuous.
  • 6 0
 Few companies are the same as in the nineties.
  • 2 0
 @fiatpolski: ye almost every brand that is owned by a financial company has been drained from its soul. Look at GT and all the brands that are owned by Dorel, pretty vivid exemple.
  • 10 1
 @Balgaroth: I would lie to think that us folk that work for Nukeproof are not "draining it's soul", true it's a different ownership (like loads of companies- most who fell on tougher times due to changes in competition, the economy and the general changing markets), but we're a small team of genuine people that are just as passionate about our products as John and the crew back in the day.
  • 3 4
 @Nukeproofinternational: been living in Ireland and there is no question that the lads at CRC are genuinely nice. But Nukeproof, same as Vitus are only "shells" that have been emptied of their content to brand CRC direct sales product and give them a premium image without having to built an image as if CRC created brands out of nowhere. It is a bit misleading to customers that believe they are buying a brand when the product they buy has been created by a company that doesn't have a single employee from the original brand don't you think ? That doesn't make the current team or products any less good, passionate pf genuine.
  • 1 0
 Look like Hunt Enduro wide rims
  • 1 0
 Hunts are 32mm internal but yea same shot pean finish
  • 1 0
 wheres the best place for a frozen northerner to buy these?
  • 1 0
 CRC is probably the easiest!
  • 1 0
 @dhrideruk: so gotta pay up the ass on duties?
  • 1 0
 @arrowheadrush: You’ll effectively pay duty even if you buy directly from a shop in Canada, it’s just built into the price.
  • 1 0
 @arrowheadrush: my crc stuff i typically get dinged for duty maybe 25% of the time - just make sure tonuse regular mail and not dhl at checkout.
  • 1 1
 There is a wheel builder in Wisconsin who is killing it on high engagement wheel builds right now.
Also, Factor is running operations of Georgia in the USA offering the same style product & price.
  • 1 0
 Where the hell can we buy these?!
  • 2 0
 @ridesmoothbro carries them. Picking up my rear 27.5 12x142mm rear today in Asheville

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