New Colors & Components for Nukeproof's 2023 MTB Lineup

Aug 1, 2023 at 11:48
by Nukeproof  


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Giga 290 Carbon Factory and Mega 290 Carbon RS

PRESS RELEASE: Nukeproof

This year’s Giga, Mega, and Reactor: same, but different

Over the past year, the Giga, Mega, and Reactor have proven themselves in media tests, on the race course, and as the bikes of choice for countless mountain bikers across the globe. So, we figured, why mess with a good thing?

For 2023, the main changes on our core line of carbon full-suspension mountain bikes are spec changes and some glorious new coats of paint. Mid and top-tier specs feature the new SRAM AXS Transmission for the latest in shifting and other no-compromise componentry.

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The Giga earned several nominations of enduro and bike park bike of the year from a number of publications and continues its winning ways at the Enduro World Series and in countless national victories. It has also been put to the test by several of our freeriders in some of the biggest terrain in the world.

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Historically our flagship enduro model, the Mega is our best-selling model in the full suspension range. It has proven itself as the Nukeproof-SRAM Factory racing team’s bike of choice, and it’s the weapon Dan Booker is using in his hunt for the overall enduro world series title.

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The Reactor is our Goldilocks trail bike: it’s not too big, not too small — it’s just right. A firm favorite among Nukeproof riders, the Reactor climbs with ease and descends like a hooligan. It defies its “short travel” status in the Nukeproof lineup and is a great option for big days in the saddle.

New specs:

While the frames remain the same, the new iteration of the Mega carbon and Giga carbon get all-new specs — namely, the new SRAM AXS Transmission.

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The RS models are outfitted with the full SRAM X01 Eagle AXS Transmission, while the Factory models are a blend of the SRAM XO/GX Eagle AXS Transmissions.

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Elite models are outfitted with the full SRAM GX Eagle AXS Transmission system, and the Giga Carbon Comp is specced with the Microshift Advent-X


As always, these new builds are paired with the latest custom-tuned suspension packages from RockShox and Fox. In all, it’s the best-equipped line up we’ve ever produced.

The Giga

The Nukeproof Giga came to be because we wanted a bike with a little bit more; something that could still comfortably pedal uphill but would descend like a hooligan.

Thus came the Giga, a long-travel weapon designed around an evolution of the Dissent downhill bike’s fallout suspension linkage. It’s hugely capable, equally at home on the enduro world cup as it is lapping the gnarliest downhill trails in the park. The monocoque UD carbon frame is internally piped for easy-fit cable routing, the downtube is sculpted to easily fit a water bottle, and the seat tube is designed to maximize post-insertion depths, allowing riders to run longer dropper posts. To ensure the Giga is protected, the frame comes fitted with 3D-moulded rubber protection and a factory-fitted clear paint protection kit.

Available in both 290 and 297 mixed-wheel options, the Giga features ultra-tuneable geometry and a top-notch component package.

RS:

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£6499.99 GBP / $7,699.00 USD / €8099.99 EU

The RS spec of the Nukeproof Giga is our Nukeproof-SRAM Factory racing replica. It’s built around the latest RockShox Ultimate suspension. Out back the RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate air is custom-tuned to maximise performance and soak up even the roughest terrain. With 180mm of travel up front from the RockShox ZEB Ultimate Charger 3 taking the hits.

The biggest update to this spec is the addition of the latest SRAM XX/XO Eagle Transmission. The switch to SRAM T-Type comes with huge benefits, including a vastly improved ability to shift under load — meaning riders can find the gear they want when they want it.
To finish the RS spec, it's equipped with a full suite of our premium-tier Nukeproof Horizon Components, as used by the Nukeproof-SRAM Factory team. Fast engaging, reliable, and tough Horizon wheels are wrapped in ultra-grippy Michelin Wild Enduro tires.

The RS is the ultimate specification of Giga.

Factory:

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£5999.99 GBP / $6999.00 USD / €8099.99 EU

The Factory spec of the Nukeproof Giga is a high-performance build featuring Fox’s top-tier Kashima coated Factory series suspension. Like the RS, it features a custom-tuned rear shock, but this time using the Fox Float X2 EVOL with a 2-position leaver. Up front is the ultra-successful Fox 38 Float in Factory orange finish.

The Factory model now comes with the new SRAM X0/GX Eagle T-Type AXS Transmission. Rounding out the parts kit are Hayes Dominion A4 4-piston brakes, DT Swiss EX1700 wheels, and the full suite of Nukeproof Horizon cockpit components.

It’s a build for riders and racers looking for a zero-compromise bike that performs at the highest level.

Elite:

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£4999.99 GBP / $5999.00 USD / €6199.99 EU

As the name suggests, the Elite spec of the Nukeproof Giga is built around the Fox Performance Elite series suspension package. A 180mm Fox 38 Float Performance Elite fork pairs with the Fox float x2 Performance Elite shock for 180mm of rear travel in the 297 wheel option and 170mm of rear travel in the 290 wheel option.

It’s a hard-hitting setup, to say the least.

The Giga Elite comes with the all-new SRAM GX Eagle AXS 12-speed Transmission. Designed to be durable, GX Eagle T-Type offers on-point shifting time and time again. This system is easy to get dialed and maintain.

Braking is covered by SRAM’s powerful and reliable db8 4-piston hydraulic setup. Out of the box, the Elite is ready to take on any track or trail with a quality rubber combination of Maxxis Assegai and Minion DHR II tires wrapping the proven performance of the Nukeproof Horizon v2 wheels. The Giga Elite is a top-class specification, blending confidence-inspiring performance, durability, and stability in all trail conditions.

Comp:


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£3599.99 GBP / $4199.00 USD / €4499.99 EU

The Comp spec of the Nukeproof Giga is built around the RockShox Domain RC fork and RockShox Super Deluxe Select R shock, a durable and hard-hitting package. Stopping power is covered by SRAM’s hugely powerful db8 4-piston hydraulic brakes.

Shifting is handled by Microshift’s Advent-X 10-speed drivetrain, which balances performance, cost, and reliability. The Microshift system features a wide-range 11-48t cassette and offers a quality crisp shift every time. In testing, it was a firm favorite among the Nukeproof staff verses its competitors.

The Giga Comp is ready to roll straight from the shop floor to any enduro or bike park with the Maxxis Assegai and High Roller combo. While the Giga Comp is the entry point to the Giga range, it’s far from “entry level” performance.


Nukeproof Mega

An enduro bike built on the tenets of balance, predictability, and absolute speed.

Originally designed as the “downhiller’s trail bike” made specifically to tackle the infamous MEGAVALANCHE enduro in France, the Mega frame has evolved with the sport over the years. No matter the version, its performance remains consistent: the Mega keeps racking up enduro stage wins and press accolades. With no less than four Enduro World Championship titles to its name, the Mega has become an icon synonymous with Enduro racing.

This latest iteration of the bike — the Mega v4 — is built around a horst link suspension design. No matter the terrain, it inspires confidence with a subtle feel in the top of the travel that remains progressive and predictable through to the end of the stroke.

The Frame sizing is designed around our “dynamic saddle offset geometry” to optimize seated riders' weight distribution on each frame size, with sizes available ranging from small to XXL.

Available in both a standard 290 and 297 mixed-wheel configuration, riders can choose which version of the Mega suits them best

RS:

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£6399.99 GBP / $7299.00 USD / €7999.99 EU

The RS spec of the Nukeproof Mega is our Nukeproof-SRAM Factory racing team replica, as used this year in the enduro world series. Specced around the latest RockShox Ultimate Suspension, a custom-tuned RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate air shock soaks up the roughest terrain. Out front, a 170mm RockShox ZEB Ultimate fork takes the hits.

We've kitted the RS with the latest SRAM XX/XO Eagle Transmission. Rounding out the RS spec is the full suite of our premium-tier Nukeproof Horizon Components, as used by the team. Fast engaging, reliable and tough Horizon wheels are wrapped in ultra-grippy Michelin Wild Enduro tires.

If you want a bike that has taken riders to the podiums of this year’s enduro world cup, the RS is for you.

Factory:

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£5899.99 GBP / $6899.00 USD / €7299.99 EU

The Factory spec of the Nukeproof Mega is a high-performance build featuring Fox’s top-tier Kashima coated Factory Series suspension. Like the RS, it features a custom-tuned rear shock; but this time it’s the Fox Float X2 FactorySeries with a 2 position leaver. Up front is the ultra-successful Fox 38 Float Factory Series fork in a Factory orange finish.

The Factory model now comes with the new SRAM XO/GX Eagle T-Type AXS Transmission. Rounding out the parts kit are Hayes Dominion A4 4-piston brakes, DT Swiss EX1700 wheels, and the full suite of Nukeproof Horizon cockpit components.

It’s a build for a rider and racers looking for a zero-compromise bike that performs at the highest level.

Elite:

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£4899.99 GBP / $5899.00 USD / €6099.99 EU

The Elite spec of the Nukeproof Mega is built around the Fox Performance Elite series suspension package. A 170mm Fox 38 Float Performance Elite fork pairs with the Fox Float x2 Performance Elite shock for 170mm of rear travel in the 297 wheel option and 165mm of rear travel in the 290 wheel option.

The Mega Elite comes with the all-new SRAM GX Eagle AXS 12-speed Transmission. Designed to be durable, GX Eagle T-Type offers on-point shifting time and time again. This system is easy to get dialed and maintain.

Braking is covered by SRAM’s powerful and reliable DB8 4-piston hydraulic setup. Out of the box the Elite is ready to take on any track or trail with a quality rubber combination of Maxxis Assegai and Minion DD TR’s wrapping the proven performance of the Nukeproof Horizon v2 wheels.

The Mega Elite is a top-class specification, blending confidence-inspiring performance, durability, and stability in all trail conditions.

The Reactor:

A trail bike that thrives in technical terrain — both up and down — it’s the ultimate option for the rider looking for one bike to do it all.

From concept to design, the Reactor is built from the ground up to be the ultimate aggressive trail bike. It’s an uncompromising build with a full-carbon frame and suspension designed to maximize pedalling efficiency and traction. Specced with a build that leans towards aggressive and with it’s “trail or rail” geometry-altering flip chip, the Reactor is the perfect go-anywhere and do-anything machine.

The Reactor’s UD carbon monocoque frame comes with 3D-contoured frame protection and is Factory fitted with a clear paint protection kit to keep the bike looking fresh.

It’s a bike built for all-day epics in backcountry terrain, where a 2,000-foot climb will inevitably lead to a 2,000-foot descent and you need a bike that’ll handle both equally well.


RS:


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£6299.99 GBP / Not available in the US / €7899.99 EU

The RS spec of the Nukeproof Reactor is assembled from Components that mirror the rigs used by the Nukeproof-SRAM Factory racing team. Built around a top-tier RockShox Ultimate suspension package and the new SRAM AXS Transmission, the RS comes with a hard hitting yet buttery smooth 150mm RockShox Lyrik paired with a 130mm RockShox Super Deluxe.

The RS uses the awesome SRAM X01 AXS Eagle 12-speed electronic drivetrain to keep shifting crisp and precise. The build is finished with a full suite of Nukeproof premium-tier Horizon cockpit components, and it rolls on DT Swiss wheels.
The RS is a true trail weapon.

Factory:

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£5299.99 GBP / $6499.00 USD / €6599.99 EU

The Factory spec of the Nukeproof Reactor is the highest-end Fox suspension build. The drivetrain is Shimano’s XT 12-speed drivetrain, paired with a Fox Factory series fork and shock. The 150mm Fox 36 Factory series fork pairs with a custom-tuned Fox Float X Factory series shock that makes 130mm of travel in the rear.

Rounding out the parts kit are Hayes Dominion A4 4-piston brakes and the full suite of Nukeproof’s premium Horizon series cockpit Components.

It’s a build for the rider looking for a zero-compromise bike that performs at the highest level.

Elite:

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£4399.99 GBP / $5499.00 USD / €5999.99 EU

The stealthy Nukeproof Reactor Elite is assembled around the amazing Fox performance Elite series suspension. The 150mm Fox 36 Performance Elite fork is more than enough to take on the most technical terrain when paired with the Fox Float X Performance Elite shock. It works so well it will have riders convinced that they have more than 130mm of travel. It’s a hard-hitting setup.

Shifting is handled by the Shimano SLX 12-speed drivetrain and braking is covered by SRAM’s reliable db8 4-piston hydraulic setup.

It’s a class-leading bike that inspires confidence in all trail conditions.


You can find the complete lineup of Nukeproof bikes including these models as well as our electric mountain bikes, dirt jumper, hardtails, gravel bikes, kid's bikes and more over on Nukeproof.com

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70 Comments
  • 59 9
 $4200 for a domain and Chinese 10sp drivetrain. Oof. Great looking bikes, but the value isn't there compared to other comp specs
  • 15 17
 To be fair, it is on a CF frame. A lot of carbon frames are that much on their own these days. If you can sell your frame for one price, or a full build for very little more, I'm sure you're going to attract the buy-and-upgrade crowd with the latter more than the buy-the-frame-and-build-it-up crowd.
  • 28 5
 @big-red: brands like Fezzari, Giant and canyon are selling carbon trail bikes with 12 speed and good suspension for less than 4k all day.
  • 71 0
 Give me Microshift Advent X over SRAM NX or SX any day of the week.
  • 4 0
 @Rickos: or even advent. never had a problem with mine. been super reliable, clutch is super simple and easy to adjust
  • 13 0
 @Rickos: I mean I'm sure it's great, but for less than $4k, I can get a YT jeffsy core 3 with Fox suspension and GX eagle. The part specs of other manufacturers just blows Nukeproof out of the water. I just don't see how they can justify $4.2k for that comp spec with whatever else is out there in the market.
  • 13 3
 I'd rather have Microshift over most of SRAM's or Shimano's stuff. Reliable, cheap to replace parts if needed, 10 speed is easier to keep shifting nicely then 12 speed, cheaper chains. Also Microshift is from Taiwan just like a lot of Shimano or SRAM stuff.
  • 5 0
 I'll go for Advent X over anything less than GX personally, but I agree on a 4.2k build that's insane. Its a sub $200 groupset (w/o cranks) at full MSRP, can't even image how cheap Nukeproof gets them
  • 6 0
 @Ironchefjon: you’re forgetting that nukeproof is still primary a dealer based brand
  • 1 1
 @Rickos: I'd even go far as to say give me Advent X over GX, X01, XX1. Microshift has them all beat on bang for buck.
  • 1 2
 @Ironchefjon: You're comparing a Jeffsey which is a 150mm trail bike to the Giga which is a much burlier bike, burlier bikes and components aways cost more, Elite Giga Vs Elite Reactor is 500usd difference for example.
  • 5 0
 @maglor: core 3 Capra's are currently 3,999 with a zeb ultimate and GX eagle. I don't know what to tell you man...they just ain't a good deal.
  • 2 2
 @Ironchefjon: you right but it's still a YT ‍♀️
  • 2 2
 Half of the United Kingdom have just bought Nukeproofs and Vitus for next to nothing. £300 for a Vitus, £500 for a Mega frame only. They can sell them at those prices and still make a profit then maybe they hadn’t been so greedy the rest of the year they wouldn’t have ended up with a mountain of stock they had to sell dirt cheap.
  • 3 0
 @Ironchefjon: Not saying it's cheap but Nukeproof has become the more premium brand and Vitus (Sister Brand) takes up the more value space, YT are direct so you'll never get the same support, and picking a brand known for thier good value and spec to compre will always be a skewd view. Worth noting in the UK the core 3 Capra at RRP (not current sale price) is £1000 more than the comp Giga, thats nearly the elite price. Bikes are also a very emotional purchase so if one gets you heart racing more than the other then it can be better value to you even if it cost more.
  • 3 0
 @maglor: YT in my experience has excellent support and customer service
  • 26 4
 If you delve a bit deeper on the interweb the amount of snapping NP models is alarming and if the damage is any more than a hair line crack in chain stay they will hit you with the 'it's crash damage here is 15% off a full retail new frame'
  • 3 0
 Serious question, where would you look to find such reports?

Is there a database somewhere with this sort of information from bike technicians or something?
  • 3 1
 @PeakHopper: theres been quite a few issues on the nukeproof owners page on FB, people being denied warranty.
  • 9 3
 don't look into the owner page of any bike then
  • 1 0
 If I had delved deeper I doubt I would have bought one. As it is it provided all the bits to hang off another frame, one I have a lot more confidence in the build quality of.
  • 4 1
 I bought a NP Mega in 2019 from Wiggle/Chain Reaction and have had no issues with warranty. I have made two claims for cracked frames and each time a sparkling new frame arrives on my doorstep (in New Zealand) within two weeks, no questions asked. On top of that, the warranty frames were upgraded to the latest model year which was a massive bonus! I would definitely buy another Nukeproof based on my warranty experiences.
  • 12 0
 @Greyboy1: not sure two cracked frames in 4yrs is a great endorsement of the brand but who knows
  • 7 0
 @tomo12377: most people I ride with break frames of all kinds of well known brands, so it is nothing unusual and almost expected from time to time due to where and how much we ride. My point is that my experiences with the warranty process has been quick and easy, particularly when I compare with friends who have had to wait months for warranty frames from other brands. This is contrary to tomo12377's comment, so I'm providing balance to that. And I can't complain about receiving a nice new shiny frame every couple of years!
  • 25 1
 You can tell it’s a bike by the way it is.
  • 14 0
 These all seem nice and the spec is okay-but the value proposition isn’t there anymore. If I’m paying premium brand prices, I’ll get a premium brand bike.

Interesting that sister brand Vitus is still selling bikes that ARE high value.
  • 2 0
 Agreed. NP hasn't been value since 21-22. It's sad because they were once super value!
  • 1 1
 What, exactly, are you talking about? For less than $7.5k USD, you can buy a carbon-framed (well reviewed) enduro rig, with XX/XO AXS T-type transmission and top-of-the-line suspension.

That seems very reasonable given plenty of brands are selling similar build kits for $9-11k. Hell, top-flight bikes from back in the late 2000's also cost about $7.5k, and that doesn't even adjust for 15 years of inflantion.
  • 1 0
 @KJP1230: But I got my NukeProof Mega 275 FACTORY model, which is loaded with high end kit for less than $4800 USD in 2020!! That bike has been around $7000 the last couple years.
  • 16 6
 "it’s the weapon Dan Booker is using in his hunt for the overall enduro world series title." Don't mean to be derogatory, but Booker currently sits in 9th place
  • 14 0
 Top10 in the world is crazy good! But i understand what You are saying.
  • 2 0
 @HundredPerCent: no doubt about it, no disrespect to Dan - I'm just allergic to marketing copywriting
  • 1 0
 Not every hunter gets to eat I suppose.
  • 10 0
 And never available in the US website Frown
  • 1 0
 The RS Reactor is one of the best looking builds, and also not available in US
  • 4 0
 Totally agree. NP advertises new colors but they are not in stock. Now they are advertising new builds, again not in stock in the US. Trying to buy a medium Giga 297 frame in petrol green since several months but nothing is available in the US. They maybe great bikes but their supply chain at least in the US doesn’t seem to work.
  • 3 2
 Buy US then.
  • 3 1
 These bike are definitely available in the US on the website unless you're looking for a particular size that's already sold out. But just click through- they're there!
  • 2 0
 I bought my Giga frame from the UK because it was perma-out of stock in the US..
  • 9 1
 The Red ZEB is gonna look sick on these
  • 8 2
 The Giga is one of the best looking frames. The Mega and Reactor not so much.
  • 1 0
 The Mega and Giga are fairly close in appearance, but yes the Giga has better lines in the front triangle.
  • 3 0
 @Baller7756: I just think the Giga has a really compact triangle with great lines nd looks lightweight as well. I think they should use the Giga frame design for the Mega and Reactor like Santa Cruz and many other companies.
  • 1 0
 Beauty is in the eye of beholder. I personally like the look of both the Mega and the Giga. The Mega has that hard kink at the bottom of the downtube, and the odd bend at the bottom of the seat tube, and the curved crossbrace in the rear triangle...but despite all that, I still think it looks the business. Slap a Zeb and a Push Eleven Six shock on there...and you got a stew going baby!
  • 3 0
 Now if you want a Mega or Reactor with 27.5 you need to buy the frame and build it up yourself. Seems like they're trying to kill 27.5. Althoiugh, i was just thinking about getting a frame and a high end fork and swapping all my parts over
  • 6 0
 Shame they did away with the yellow frames
  • 6 1
 McDonalds probably sued.
  • 2 1
 Best time to buy these are in the crc sale about black Friday time. You get a great discount and by the time the next year model comes out you will be needing a cracked frame replacement, so that means you get a new frame colour!
  • 3 0
 My bike feels so yesterday now I wish I was due for a new one. Nice colours
  • 6 2
 Gorgeous green ruined by an orange fork.
  • 4 0
 Love to see the dominions specced on a build.
  • 1 1
 Really great to hear about the giga "In testing, it was a firm favorite among the Nukeproof staff verses its competitors" So inspiring to know that Nukeproof staff didn't prefer competitors bikes to their own. That means so much.
  • 4 0
 Reactor not UDH?
  • 3 0
 I'm a sucker for metallic paint.
  • 3 0
 Ooooo new colors!!
  • 3 2
 almost a year late for a 2023 announcement?
  • 1 1
 Super bummed there was no update to the Reactor! Come on NP! That's old now and needs some refinement. Get on that shit!
  • 1 0
 Is there still an alloy version on the reactor and mega?
  • 1 0
 That black Giga Elite would fit me like a slap to a fool
  • 5 5
 Drivetrain options absolutely suck, everything wireless.
  • 4 4
 yeah but they've downgraded the brakes to make up it . . . oh
  • 4 3
 Cracking line up!
  • 1 1
 Mine was a 'cracking' bike
  • 1 3
 Nukeproof is simply the worst bike brand. No morals, terrible warrenty and there bikes are the most snapped in the uk...
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