Nukeproof Announces 2022 Lineup & Includes Delivery Schedule

Feb 9, 2022 at 2:50
by Nukeproof  

This year see the biggest and widest range of Nukeproof's on offer. From trail to downhill the new range aims to cover your off road riding needs. Last year saw the introduction of the all new awesome Mega and Giga models. For 2022 the story for our suspension models will be subtle revisions and an injection of freshness. More choice, more wheel size options and more stock.

Possibly the big question of the past couple of years has been “Where are all the bikes? or "Where is my bike?”. As the mountain bike market continues to react to "global issues" it’s very possible to hear the same in 2022 at some points. But you can be sure that the Nukeproof team are doing everything possible to ensure deliveries are as smooth as possible. During the year and will publish any changes to timing or specification tweaks to get bikes on trails as soon as possible.

As well as showing off the latest models (many of which are in store NOW) is to be as clear as we can on when bikes and frame will arrive to our network of approved Nukeproof dealers (and in turn to you!). One thing is for sure though, the new range looks insanely. The full range and full specifications is over on

To help celebrate the launch we teamed up with the incredible artist Frances Halsey (see bio below) who turn our range into mini watercolour masterpieces.


Nukeproof’s downhill model is back for 2022 available in 290, 297 and 275 frames and builds. The Dissent is designed to be customisable to suit riding style and terrain, with its adjustable main pivot offering riders 4 levels of progressivity of the rear shock.

For 2022 Nukeproof are offering two complete models. The RS is a no compromise specification designed to be ready to roll, form the shop floor and attack any World Cup level race. The other build option is the Comp, a perfect specification for privateer racers or those wanting to lap the uplift/ park.

All models are available in mixed wheelsize 297 or 290, with the 27.5” available as a frame only.

Much lauded-on launch, the Giga has been a huge hit with racers, riders and media. With a huge 180mm of travel it’s a beast of a bike when descending but surprised many with its climbing prowess thanks to its clever design. Designed as a “super-enduro” or park bike its suspension design is based on the Dissent platform with a fast flip 2 stage main pivot to offer 2 progression settings.

For 2022 sees the introduction of the 297 mixed wheel sized bikes and frames across the range to match the 290 specification options. Joining the Factory, Elite and Comp models, Nukeproof are introducing an all-new top spec RS model. The RS features Sram AXS X01 Drivetrain and pairs a Rockshox Zeb Ultimate with a custom tuned Super Deluxe Ultimate Coil shox to be a beast of a bike.

The 4th generation of our EWS winning bike was launched in 2021 and has won over current and new Mega owners. Building on the success of the Mega, the new frame included some key updates to suspension, geometry as well as fitting the all-important water bottle!

Like with the Giga, 2022 sees the introduction of a complete range of 297 models to match the 290 range. Specifications remain largely unchanged but with the premiumization of the RS model to feature the Sram AXS wireless drivetrain and Nukeproof’s award winning Horizon V2 wheels.

The Mega is available in both Carbon (RS, Factory & Elite) and aluminium build options (Pro & Comp) in both 297 and 290 options of each. Frame only’s are available in 275, 297 and 290 options.  

The sensational hooligan of a trail bike is back (with much more stock!) for 2022. The Reactor sees a +10mm increase in travel on most models to match the range topping RS specs. The Reactor is a truly versatile bike, excelling at both big adventure days in the saddle or ripping tech trails.

The Reactor range again sees upgrades to the RS model to feature the Sram AXS Drivetrain and Nukeproof Horizon V2 wheels, with the rest of the range having a familiar feel to previous years. The RS joins two other carbon frame models; the flagship Fox/ Shimano model with the Factory, Fox Performance/ Shimano SLX Elite model. The Reactor Alloy models (which still includes Carbon Seatstays) are the Pro and Comp models. All models are ready to attack the trails.  

Sitting in the Reactor 290 line is also the ST model with features a lighter weight component build. With slightly reduced travel the ST is designed to cover the wildest terrain fast. Please note the ST model will follow this launch later in 2022. 

WHAT ABOUT........
The Megawatt, Scout, Cub-Scout and Digger?

With Megawatt launching in the middle of 2021 the release of any refreshed models will come a later in 2022 (est. around June/ July). Cub-Scout's will be released soon, with very limited stock out now, but most will be in early Autumn 2022.

For Scout and Digger, lets just put a “coming soon” tab on this. But we have just delivered some of the current models to cover the delay.

Nukeproof are proud to have worked with Frances Halsey in commissioning the above images to launch the new bike range. Be sure to check out her work over on @illustratemybike

About the Artist:
Frances is Autistic, with complex needs. Despite her challenges she loves to draw, print, laugh, walk, climb, surf, and cycle around West Sussex. She lives for riding, mountain biking is her first love, although rolling down quite lanes early in the morning on her road bike is also popular. She needs intense regular exercise to help keep calm and regulated. She enjoys technical trails and long-distance rides along the South Downs Way and has even ridden the full SDW with her Dad! They have also completed some other long multi days rides in Cornwall and the Peaks.

Frances started illustrating bikes in 2017 and has since drawn 100s of bikes. Many are surprised that Frances was never into drawing before those first few bikes when she was 22. She struggles with concentration, and being stationary is difficult, so she had never been into drawing before the bikes. Frances is Non-speaking and the art work has become a form of communication for her, cycling being her main source of inspiration.

As well as being out on her bike Frances just generally loves the outdoors, it’s colours, shadows and reflections; are all reflected in her work. She paints mainly in a sketchbook varying between detailed watercolour landscapes, quick sketches and enjoys printmaking.

We started @illustartemybike on Instagram as a way of helping Frances to share her illustrated bikes and other work. She is very protective of her work and only the pictures she’s chosen are shared. It’s a very special place because Frances will only show her sketchbook and art to a hand full of people in real life. Frances hopes you enjoy her work, and Happy Riding!

Head over the for the full range specification and images


  • 92 0
 whoa! I thought those were photos with a filter on them. Amazing illustrations, Frances!
  • 9 0
 That is awesome! Great work!!
  • 4 45
flag mininhi (Feb 9, 2022 at 13:57) (Below Threshold)
 Does it come with grips? because none of them look like they do
  • 16 5
 @mininhi: You just accomplished something I thought was impossible: distancing yourself from the pack enough to be crowned, hands down and without question, the biggest jerk on pinkbike. Hopefully you just didn't read before commenting.
  • 11 0
 Agreed. Very well done Frances and props to Nukeproof for doing something very creative and cool.
  • 14 0
 Glad you like them, Frances is incredible.
  • 11 0
 Well said. I thought they were photos as well. I love it, great job Frances...

from Steve (father to an autistic daughter).
  • 38 0
 Oh look, transparency into delivery windows. Nukeproof, I tip my hat to you. Well played.
  • 21 1
 I had a look at CRC, specs have barely changed but prices are up 25%. When your D2C bike costs more than a Trek or a Giant, I feel like something's gone wrong somewhere.
  • 1 1
 prices increased a year ago, probably Covid tax I paid 3k for my Scout in 2020
  • 5 0
 @Crom4lom: I'm comparing CRC's 2021 prices yesterday to its 2022 prices today.
  • 5 0
 @Crom4lom: prices increased twice. 1- After Brexit new taxes and some time ago due to crazy high freight cost
  • 6 0
 Not only them. Canyon's lowest model Torque went up around 700E last week. Same for Propains Tyee. I can get a Trek Slash (and not the lowest end model so comparable parts) for around the same as D2C companies. And thats MSRP.
  • 3 0
 @boozed: yep, price of the Factory Giga has jumped from $7399AUD to $9499AUD, must be special paint???
  • 11 0
 @spaced: wtf. The increase over at propain is big as well. These companies lost their minds. Looks like I'll be riding my 5 year old capra another 5 years
  • 5 0
 It looks like I’m hanging onto my bikes for another year. Fk the price rises, I spent less on a brand new MX bike than I would have on a MTB. I’m not going to buy a new MTB until the demand normalises and the price madness ends.
  • 2 0
 Nukeproof aren't just a D2C brand. You can buy them in selected bike shops in the UK.
  • 3 6
 It comes down to which bike is best for the money, buy in shop or online is all the same to me, it comes down to spec and geometry and reputation of bike brand for warranty and spares / crash replacement. Those Nukeproofs are the business and I'd definitely not see Trek or Giant as being at the same cutting edge as Nukeproof. Ask Sam Hill.
  • 1 0
 @BadWeevil: Fair enough, and it turns out there's even a dealer in Australia. Just the one, mind you, and it seems to be an online operation anyway.
  • 16 1
 Loving the 1000$ price increase for almost no spec changes
  • 10 0
 Not only them. Though weirdly it's direct to customer companies that are hiking their prices. All the cost passed to the consumer and when the oost goes down the prices won't go down. Then demand will crash and we will be wondering what happened to our sport
  • 3 0
 @spaced:maybe we should thank them for thinning the heard?
  • 14 2
 With Nukeproof going from "we're cheap and d2c" to "we cost the same or more as brands at your LBS. Why? Why would I not chose a brand with a local dealer instead?
  • 10 11
 Understand your point but we’ve never been a “direct” brand. We’ve always had an awesome network of dealers. Our distribution network is growing globally and working on building partners/ agents and distributors.

Hopefully in a shop near you soon!
  • 12 3
 @Nukeproofinternational: Spare us please. It's a bit hard to distance yourself from direct-to-consumer given the 10+year history of "Team CRC Nukeproof". You may have other dealers, but I'm guessing they're a small fraction of your volume.

Plus there's this:

The Nukeproof website is owned and operated by WiggleCRC Ltd.

WiggleCRC Ltd is registered in the United Kingdom at blah blah blah.

[EDIT - FWIW, I'm not saying there's anything wrong with D2C, I'm riding a Canyon and have spent thousands at CRC over the years. It's just disingenuous to say you're not a D2C brand when your parent company is one of the biggest D2Cs in the industry]
  • 3 6
 @dsut4392: very true, but our owners don’t dictate our retail model- they see the value for Nukeproof in having the choice, expertise and service of quality bike stores (very much more than a small fraction of our business).

We are super proud of the Retailers/ agents and distributors that we work with.

We’ve only a few Australian shops (at the moment), but the teams that run them are pretty awesome and super passionate.
  • 7 1
 @Nukeproofinternational: I have to say I always thought and understand Nukeproof to be a housebrand of CRC and only d2c. It being the more premium and Vitus being the more affordable.
Sadly, world economic issues aside, CRC has never been the same since the Wiggle takeover and rarely represents the best price or even has in stock the item I need.
I actually want a NP but it has to be good value against good/premium brands.
  • 2 0
 @ilovedust: I still feel that even with these prices NPs tend to be some of the best spec for the money. I can't think of many bikes that would represent better spec for price compared to say the elite carbon mega. I'm talking about UK specific here. Also, I know some great bikes shops in the south east that sell them, so I am thinking not specifically about D2C
  • 1 0
 can anyone tell me if Nukeproof are reliable as far as frames go? never really see them out on the trails near me or know anyone thats owned one either, just racers, but they wont tell you how long their frames last obviously, quite like the look of them for a future build
  • 4 0
 I had a Reactor for 2+years in carbon. Beat the crap out of it on shuttle days, daily trails, etc. and it is doing just fine. I have a few other friends with ether the Reactor or Mega, all happy after a year or two
  • 4 0
 There are tons of old Megas still on the trails in Northern Ireland. They've always been popular there.
  • 3 0
 My 2015 Mega TR is still kickin, albeit retired in 2019. She gave me 4 years of New England trail.
  • 1 0
 thanks for the replies guys Smile
  • 1 0
 Pain is crappy, chips easily, but the bike is great to ride (I have Giga Elite 275) and climbs well to, surprisingly.
  • 1 0
 My 2020 mega is great, except for the under- spec swing link to seat stay bearings which are a joke. At the time that was the best value carbon/XT/ Fox factory bike on the market. Love that bike except for the issue With bearings that don’t last 6 months (and have nearly tripled in cost for replacements) I was going to buy a new mega factory 297 this year (carbon swing arm has different bearings) but for that price it’s still a great bike but I’ll be looking at my options. Don’t bother contacting Nukeproof for technical advice via their website either unless you are into The sounds of silence.
  • 1 0
 I don't get all this hate and talk of horrible frame kinks and price rises, to me it's simple I like the bike I'm happy at the price therefore I've placed an order. If you don't like either don't buy one...... No one is forcing you. Its not rocket science guys.
  • 1 0
 Was hoping for a slight change in the Reactor geo though...hopefully next year. I really want to get a 290, but not the way they are now. The seat tube angles are a bit too slack for us tall boys.
  • 2 2
 About time - been itching to se the new lineup. That Kraken Blue with gold is superb, and the Orange ( Not boring black ) fox 36's just top it off. Yep the price rise is a bit of an adjustment, but everything has gone up in the last 2 years. Pipe suppliers in my industry are doing 5-10% increase every 3 months. Nukeproof from what i see also support a pretty decent amount of riders, not just pro's and everything ive heard is that they back their products solidly. My 2018 Mega is still going strong - No complaints here
  • 3 0
 Funy how they placed the Crank on the Mega so you can't see the awful kink in the downtube
  • 3 0
 Looks nice! I hope the Giga 275 is available in yellow...
  • 5 2
 Would be nice if the 2021 lineup was available in 2022. Just saying
  • 13 11
 Did they not have any bikes in stock to photograph so they had to draw them?
  • 2 0
 I would love an updated megawatt in yellow 3
  • 2 1
 Looks like a lot of people need to learn what a "Direct to Consumer" model actually is
  • 2 0
 Well done Frances, absolutely fantastic work. Love the bikes too.
  • 2 0
 Very cool to include Frances' artwork!
  • 4 3
 in bigger news, what's the story with the maxxis paddle tires?
  • 1 0
 Those look sick can’t wait to get those for the new mullet bike I have on back order!
  • 3 1
 I think that's just a function of the illustration, could be wrong though. was wondering the same.
  • 3 3
 No water bottle on the Giga??? Are you kidding? You can fit two small ones underneath the top tube
  • 3 0
 You definitely can fit a water bottle for the Giga. I think you can actually fit a full size one on the larger sizes
  • 1 0
 I like the update on the Mega - but where to buy them in Germany?
  • 2 0
 Bought mine from Mountainlove last year
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