Nukeproof Release Limited Edition Reactor 290c Worx

Jun 29, 2020 at 7:40
by Ed Spratt  


To mark 30 years of the brand, Nukeproof have announced a limited edition Worx version of their Reactor which they are calling "our ultimate trail bike."

The Reactor 290c Worx is the latest bike to join the exclusive collection of Worx models from Nukeproof that has previously included a replica of Sam Hill's green and gold EWS winning Mega 275 and the raw aluminium Mega 290 which was released last year.

Just like the previous Worx models from Nukeproof they have covered the standard Reactor 290c in a whole range of top of the line components which includes Sram’s AXS line up. Joining the dream build of parts is a custom raw carbon frame finish that highlights the UD woven carbon and is finished with chrome finishing decals.


Alongside a full set SRAM AXS components is RockShox's Pike Ultimate fork with the new Charger 2.1 damper offering 140mm of travel. Out back is the RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate RCT set at 130mm of travel. To finish off the bike Nukeproof have included items from the premium Horizon range including the Nukeproof Horizon Carbon bars.

bigquotesKey to the WORX spec this year is Sram’s AXS line up. Launched earlier this year the Eagle AXS and Reverb AXS systems offer riders the next level of personalization and control through wireless technology. By removing the clutter and complexity, they streamlined the cockpit and created the ultimate performance drivetrain and dropper set up. AXS is designed to be simple to set up and maintain thanks to the latest pure shifting technology.

Using these latest technologies, the limited-edition Reactor 290c WORX blends an aggressive frame design with high performance components and the latest braking and suspension packages to create the ultimate trail weapon.





Frame: Nukeproof Reactor 290 Carbon, 130mm Travel, UD woven Carbon Fibre front triangle/chainstays/seat stays, internal cable routing, custom-tuned rear shock, Enduro bearings, threaded bottom bracket, boost 148mm rear axle spacing, 3D contoured frame protection
Fork: RockShox Pike Ultimate Charger 2 RC2 140mm, 51mm Offset, BOOST, Debonair, Gloss Silver
Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate RCT, Custom ML 380 tune, 210x50mm, Bearing End (Comes with 1x bottomless token fitted so you have one if needed.)
Front Wheel: DT Swiss XM1501 SPLINE 30,29", Centrelock, 110x15mm
Rear Wheel: DT Swiss XM1501 SPLINE 30, 29", Centrelock, 148x12mm
Tyres: Front: Maxxis Assegai 29”x2.5 WT 3C MaxxTerra/EXO+/TR, Rear: Maxxis Minion DHR II 29”x2.4 WT 3C MaxxTerra/EXO+/TR
Crankset: SRAM XO1 Carbon Eagle 12-Speed, 170mm, 30T, B148, DUB
Shifter: SRAM Eagle AXS 2 button 12-Speed
Rear Derailleur: SRAM XO1 Eagle AXS 12-Speed
Chain: SRAM GX Eagle 12-Speed
Cassette: SRAM XG-1295 EAGLE, 12-Speed,10-50T
Brakes: SRAM G2 Ultimate
Front Rotor: SRAM Centreline, 200mm
Rear Rotor: SRAM Centreline, 180mm
Handlebars: Nukeproof Horizon Carbon 25mm Rise, Width - S780mm, M780mm, L800mm, XL800mm)
Stem: Nukeproof Horizon, 50mm, Black
Saddle: Nukeproof Horizon SL, Red
Seatpost: RockShox Reverb AXS with AXS Remote, 31.6mm; M: 440mm length, 150mm drop; L + XL: 480mm length, 170mm drop.
Headset: Nukeproof, 44-56 IITS
Grips: Nukeproof Sam Hill Signature


The Reactor 290c Worx will be available in limited numbers from Nukeproof dealers or online from July 4 2020. The SRP is £6499.99/ €7499.99/ $6499.99

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  • 35 1
 That spec at that price is unbeatable.
  • 7 2
 ...its a hint deceiving, thanks to the wheel spec not being carbon
  • 7 1
 @jgainey: not really, aluminum wheeled carbon bikes with X01 non axs are usually $6500 and up for the big names.
  • 3 7
flag baptistamtb200 (Jul 2, 2020 at 10:24) (Below Threshold)
 have you heard about commencal? or canyon? or yt? or propain? or radon?
  • 3 2
 @baptistamtb200: as if commencal or yt offers axs. canyon's strive axs model costs $3,000 more than nukeproof's.
  • 2 2
 It's not at all. $6400 for a GX bike with alloy wheels, and house brand stem, bar, headset and saddle (which, I might mention are all very nice in their own right, constantly impressed with nukeproof components). For $400 more you can get an Bronson with X01 and carbon wheels.
  • 4 1
 @dudee47: u can get a commencal am29 axs, factory fox, carbon wheels and a gorgeous paint job for exactly 5.6k, not hating on nukeproof they are a sick brand
  • 1 0
 I dont understand the pricing. When converting the price in euro/pound to CAD its $11,400. Converting the USD price its $8800CAD?
  • 7 1
 @StanMarsh: something to do with your import fees.
We have low taxes. You have Whistler and won't go bankrupt if you get cancer.
  • 1 0
 @fruitsd79 Im glad europe sits somewhere in the middle
  • 1 0
 @fruitsd79: his number doesn't include import fees actually. It's just straight up conversion. Where I live (Ontario) tax and duty on a complete bike adds another 26%!
  • 2 0
 @baptistamtb200: just gonna fail to mention that the meta am 29 with axs is last year's model?
  • 15 3
 "highlights the UD woven carbon"; "UD woven Carbon Fibre front triangle/chainstays/seat stays"

Carbon fibers can be either uni-directional or woven. It isn't uni-directional woven.
  • 1 0
 Each layer can either be UD or woven... layup schedule determines which global properties show up more, but as a multilayer composite, it can be both.
  • 8 0
 I was hoping this was going to be fitted with a modern reworking of the old carbon hubs and carbon bar-ends

(It's looks great though!)
  • 6 0
 Does Nukeproof have any connection with company that made carbon shelled hubs back in the 90s or is it just creative licence?
Got some at 93 worlds, but had to sell them too pay off money I borrowed to get there in the first place!
  • 3 1
 @aljoburr: same company
  • 37 0
 @aljoburr: We still speak with the original owner and proud of the Michigan heritage of the brand, but the "original company" was put up for sale in the early 00's and the current owner bought it (he was a bit of a fan boy of the company). We've been through some up's and downs, but now in the very fortunate position to engineer products that we like and hope our riders like them too (and then hope they sell).
  • 2 0
 @Nukeproofinternational: Yes, was a fan of original products too!
Is good to see original mountain bike brands kept alive, there is a lot of old brands under buy outs
Yeti, Onza GT sram rockshox Manitou Marzocchi to name a few, but does help to keep history of mountain biking alive
Would be easier to name ones that have not changed, but as long as the passion for the original company is there nothing really changes !!
  • 2 0
 @Nukeproofinternational: I'm glad you provided that clarification. I grew up not that far from the original Nukeproof headquarters, and assumed the current Nukeproof was related in name only to the original.
So many companies have been bought and sold over the years that the only thing that remains of the original is the logo. The mountain biking companies I was throwing my lawn-mowing and bike shop job money at in the early 1990s are mostly gone now, but it's good to see a few brands have been able to weather the dowturns of the early to mid 2000s and continue to produce quality equipment.
  • 1 0
 @Nukeproofinternational: Very cool - might be neat to actually have a fully retro limited edition offering, basically make a fully nostalgic rig (but with modern wheels/tires/brakes) as a dedicated fun sled.
  • 6 0
 NukeProof is on a roll...!! What a machine!! Well done guys.-
  • 6 0
 N-Works Reactor 290c would be a proper name.
  • 4 0
 What are the limitations? Can I have a unlimted one please? Razz
  • 7 4
 Hopefully this gets a good reaction
  • 6 6
 It looks Mega!! Like their fingers are right on the Pulse
  • 5 5
 I doubt there will be any voices of dissent around this release
  • 4 6
 I've been busy scouting for the pub thread... Thought it might be just over the horizon
  • 3 5
 My Pulse is racing just from looking at it.
  • 2 4
 The proof is in the nuke...
  • 1 3
 @Richt2000: anyone that thinks otherwise should be Scalped
  • 7 8
 Even though Vitus has become the more budget brand from CRC, I feel their full suspension bikes look cooler than the Nukeproof full suspension bikes. Can't say anything about "performance" of course, just looks. I prefer a low top tube (for being able to move around) and little or no underbelly (for no particular reason, just like to see a straight downtube). Obviously I understand others prefer the smooth lines of a carbon frame and ample storage for bottle etc inside the front triangle, so that's where the Nukeproof would win it for them.
  • 6 0
 I wish Vitus came as a frame only......
  • 7 0
 @nojzilla: the escarpe with the marzo fork is such crazy value you could buy that, sell all the bits and end up with a very cheap frame, of course thats a lot of effort, but you cant win everywhere
  • 4 0
 I bought the vitus sommet crx frame a year and a half ago. It pedals very good and is a demon descending.
  • 3 0
 Vitus is older than nukefroof if you look at the company that made aluminium road frames back in 80s
  • 3 0
 I absolutely love my Vitus Escarpe VRX 275. There's nothing budget about the way it rides, and it came with a great spec at a price I could actually afford. They started putting out carbon frames for their whips, too.
  • 1 0
 @nojzilla: Me too, although buying a complete bike and parting it out feels suspiciously close in terms of price.
  • 2 0
 The problem with this bike is it's almost too nice to ride. Well done though, nearly the perfect bike for me.
  • 1 0
 @Nukeproofinternational for the love of god put in some internal tubes for internal cable routing your next update! Internal cable routing on the reactor is a PITA.
  • 5 5
 Gloss black bikes look slick.. on the other hand, silver paint (the forks) just looks cheap af (IMO)
  • 1 1
 Looks amazing. What does it weigh? Hopefully sub 30lbs to make it really competitive
  • 3 0
 Mate, rad trail bikes are not under 30lbs any more! It's 2020. Bikes that light break! And then everyone goes onto social media and complains about that brand and how they break. Aggressive capable trail bikes running 36s and Lyrics etc, can't be that light anymore.
  • 2 1
 What weirdo runs brake levers positioned like that?
  • 1 1
 Nothing beats shiny black & silver, sick!

Although I do prefer satin or matte for day to day life on my MTB's.
  • 1 0
 I'll wait for the 290 Megaton (aka 210 x 55 shock for 143mm travel).
  • 1 0
 Just get this one and remove the spacer? It's not that hard.
  • 1 0
 2020 all about the limited edition bikes. Collect them all!!!
  • 1 0
 What's the weight? Looks awesome!
  • 1 0
 51mm offset. Yuck. No thanks.
  • 1 2
 i like nukeproof but when my mech hanger snapped and i couldn't buy a new one anywhere ill never buy one :/
  • 2 4
 new 29er carbon bottlerocket looks really nice. good job!!
  • 1 0
  • 1 0
probably got neg popped because people thought i meant it in a negative way :-P thats not true...rellay like that nukeproof. it was more of a fun statement but who cares ;-)
  • 2 0
 @Fufi7: I was on the design team for the original mega. We obviously referenced the bottle rocket. So your quote made me laugh.
  • 1 0
haha you gotta be kidding :-) cheers
  • 4 7
 Should of been 275
  • 6 2
 27.5 would be a win
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