Video: Nukeproof Announces New 20-26" Cub-Scout Kid's Bike Range

Feb 12, 2020 at 15:52
by Sarah Moore  


PRESS RELEASE: Nukeproof

In-line with most new products to come from Nukeproof; the addition of the kid’s bike range was mostly inspired by our own selfish needs. Lots of our staff and racers such as Nigel Page & Sam Hill, now have young families and there is nothing better than getting the kids out on the trails to enjoy two wheels with Mum and Dad.


The new Cub-Scout is not just another kids bike: taking inspiration from our award-winning Scout adult hardtail range. No matter the wheel size; the Cub-Scout has been designed from the ground-up as a proper mini-hardtail bike. Designed to allow kids enjoy shredding off road, learn the ropes of riding, inspire confidence and act as the perfect platform for progression. Developed and tested with the help of our own kids, we have created a class leading lightweight kids bike range to inspire and nurture budding future World Cup or EWS winners!

The new range of Cub-Scout Hardtails are available in 20”, 24” or 26” options; meaning that there should be a bike to suit kids of all sizes from aged 5 and up. Each bike features a lightweight custom butted 6061 Alloy frame with bang up to date long, low and slack kids specific geometry.

Proper fit and function of components is essential for kids bikes because adult components are not optimised for smaller people. We took the time to test and develop our own or work with our partners to select the best kids-specific components we could find on the market. In-line with all Nukeproof bikes the components chosen were all tested, tuned and optimised to perform how we wanted them too, to ensure that our riders get the best on-trail experience possible. Lastly the fun part, testing with our very own small human trail shredders to ensure that all bikes are dialled in for you.

We’re stoked to introduce the new range, paving the way for the next generation of Nukeproof trail shredders. Bikes will be available through all authorised Nukeproof retails from 14th February 2020


Cub Scout 20” Sport:

SRP: £599 / USD $ 599

• Nukeproof 20”+ Rigid fork
• Tektro M276 Hydraulic Disc Brakes with short stroke levers for smaller hands
• 8-Speed Shimano M310 Altus
• Nukeproof Neutron Jr Saddle
• Nukeproof Neutron Jr Handlebar (20” – 600mm)
• Nukeproof Neutron Jr Grips
• 127mm Samox Square Taper Crank
• WTB STi 30 TCS Rims (Tubeless Ready)
• Large Volume 2.6” Vee Rubber Tyres to ensure grip and a smooth ride


Cub Scout 20” Race (Pictured) - As above Plus:

SRP: £899 / $899

• Upgraded Tektro M291 Hydraulic Disc Brakes with short stroke levers for smaller hands
• 9-Speed SRAM X5
• Manitou Machete Junit Expert Air Suspension forks with custom optimised damping for lighter riders
• Large Volume 2.4”/2.25” Vee Rubber Tyres to ensure grip and a smooth ride




Cub Scout 24” Sport (Pictured):

SRP: £699 / $699

Spinner 300 24-15 Air Suspension forks with custom optimised damping for lighter riders
Tektro M276 Hydraulic Disc Brakes with short stroke levers for smaller hands
9-Speed Shimano Altus M2000
Nukeproof Neutron Jr Saddle
Nukeproof Neutron Jr Handlebar (24” – 640mm)
Nukeproof Neutron Jr Grips
140mm Samox Square Taper Crank
WTB STi 30 TCS Rims (Tubeless Ready)
Large Volume 2.4”/2.25” Vee Rubber Tyres to ensure grip and a smooth ride


Cub Scout 24” Race - As above Plus:

SRP: £999 / $999

Upgraded Tektro M291 Hydraulic Disc Brakes with short stroke levers for smaller hands
10-Speed Shimano Deore M6000
Manitou Machete Junit Expert Air Suspension forks with custom optimised damping for lighter riders
Large Volume 2.4” Maxxis Minion DHF Tubeless ready Tyres




Cub Scout 26” Sport:

SRP: £749 / $749

• X-Fusion RC32 Air Suspension forks
• Tektro M276 Hydraulic Disc Brakes with short stroke levers for smaller hands
• v9-Speed Shimano Altus M2000
• Nukeproof Neutron Jr Saddle
• Nukeproof Neutron Jr Handlebar (26” – 700mm)
• Nukeproof Neutron Jr Grips
• 160mm Sunrace Square Taper Crank
• WTB STi 30 TCS Rims (Tubeless Ready)
• Large Volume 2.5” Maxxis Minion DHF Tubeless ready Tyres


Cub Scout 26” Race (Pictured) - As above plus:

SRP: £999 / $999

• Upgraded Tektro M291 Hydraulic Disc Brakes with short stroke levers for smaller hands
• 10-Speed Shimano Deore M6000
• Manitou Markhor TS Air Suspension forks with custom optimised damping for lighter riders
• 160mm SR Suntour Zeron 2-piece Crank
• WTB STi 30 TCS Rims (Tubeless Ready)
• Large Volume 2.5” Maxxis Minion DHF Tubeless ready Tyres


Learn more here.


Photos by: Laurence Crossman Emms
Video by: Tommy C / Caldwell Visuals
Featuring: Flynn Drelincourt, Albert Stewart and Harrison Page


86 Comments

  • 72 0
 Could they hold the weight of an overweight adult around 6' tall, asking for a friend
  • 4 2
 -Strong -Light -Cheap Pick two. -Keith Bontrager
  • 44 0
 Will the 26” be available in XXL?
  • 14 0
 Ha, 27.5" and 29" are dead. The latest cool kids on the block are all riding 20", 24" and 26". Jump on the train quick or be called a boomer.
  • 11 0
 Not a weight weenie myself by a far stretch, but with children's bikes, I want to see weights shown.
  • 5 0
 Have a look at the likes of WOOM - speccing nice rigid carbon forks. Makes a lot of sense for kids imo
  • 12 0
 Will have them on the website today, sorry forgot to add them to the initial press release
  • 1 0
 Absolutely. I get it, adults are always going to have a go on their kids bikes but my son's Spesh balance and first pedal bikes weigh an absolute ton.
  • 1 0
 Trailrider, woom, and earlyrider all make really good lightweight kids bikes. Typically pounds lighter. The 20" I just picked up for my son is well under 19lbs.
  • 4 1
 @Nukeproofinternational: holy crap, just looked at your website and now understand why you didn't post the weights here.

A 20" bike for a five year old at nearly 24 lbs. Your marketing has it listed as class leading - are you guys aware that lighter is better?
  • 1 0
 @mashrv1: ya but then you have rationalize the name, which is terrible.
  • 2 1
 @onemind123: Look around at the different kid specific brands before you call out Nuke... for a hardtail (front suspension), geared bike they are right inline and they are cheaper than most. I have 4 kids that bike and these look great to me!
  • 3 0
 @onemind123: Its the damn wheels and tires. I'm guessing they are huge, cheap i30 rims and those flow snap tires are crappy. We have a set of those 24" tires and alex i30 wheels...its the worst kind of boat anchor for a kids bike. My kid hates them. Whats the deal @Nukeproofinternational ? I got this same setup on a Commencal bike and it was pretty dang bad. When I swapped to light wheels and lighter tires (even DHF is lighter) it was amazing. This was a huge miss imo. Rotational weight is a big thing with kids. Bummer that these were specs. Hope I'm wrong.
  • 2 0
 Those rims are heavy, why not spec a Crest MK3 or a Flow MK3 rim? Wide and light. Kids need all the help they can get.
  • 4 3
 @onemind123: kids don't care about weight only the adults...
  • 2 0
 @enduroNZ: cuz we know better Wink
  • 1 0
 @Svinyard: not looked up what i30’s weigh but I bet it’s loads as my old i23 Asyms weigh more than my EX471’s
  • 1 0
 @onemind123: 24lbs is light for a 20 or 24 these days. They still routinely come in at 28 - 32 for front suspension only.
  • 1 0
 @jestep: no it's not. My son's 20 is under 20lbs with a fork. 18lbs if we put the rigid fork on it.
  • 11 1
 Going to hold out 5mins for the Vitus versions to come along......because I'm cheap like that
  • 8 1
 Kids don't need brand name stuff
  • 4 0
 @Nella-Bella: damn right. the younger they are the less they give a crap about brands and being the newest thing - just grip and go!
  • 3 0
 Here in the Netherlands kids seem more obsessed about brands than ever.
  • 6 1
 Ah... The Scottish: never fail to live up to their stereotypes
  • 2 0
 @Nella-Bella: Its not as much about the name band as it is the quality of the bike. The cheap no name wally world bikes are pure junk. They do not shift or stop and constantly break. Big fail on may part for setting up my kid on the cheapest bike out there - it would not stop and he kept crashing and almost turned him off to biking. Got him an entry level bike from a good brand and he is much more comfortable and safer on a good bike.
  • 2 0
 @jrostocki: last summer we went for a family vacation in Morzine and I decided not to bring kids bikes but to rent them at the spot. Big mistake. My older get a cheap and bad bike so after being quite enthusiastic at the start because he liked the color, after just 20 minutes he decided to quit. He hated it.
And I couldn't blame him
  • 2 0
 @Nella-Bella: Yes. But they do need quality stuff. At 9 and 11 my kids are already sending hard enough that they easily break most "kid spec" stuff. I'm digging the higher quality better ride quality products even if it comes at a price.
  • 1 0
 @Dustfarter: The key thing here and why this is nice to see more bikes like these (albeit they have heavy shite wheels and tires) is that 95% of stuff for kids is straight garbage. Its different than it is for adults. But yeah kids are sending it bigger than lot of adults, there are lots of programs these days so kids are getting coached a few times a week.
  • 1 0
 Do these bikes come with the fake freewheel sound from the video?
  • 6 0
 good stuff,
makes me wince when I see kids on 29'ers and/or frames WAAYY to big for them, cos some sales prick convinced dad 29 is the newest,best thing
  • 3 0
 Downhill races have always been great for that too. Tiny kids, big bikes, 800mm bars just to really ssttrrreettccchhhh them out!
  • 4 0
 this is often down to parents that have little money wanting the bike to last as long as possible - so they size up to where the kid can barely ride "they'll grow into that"
  • 2 0
 @xenonchris: sadly its also down to parents who have too much money buying a £5,000+ bike because it must be the "best" thing for their kid
  • 1 0
 an don't forget 26 is dead...........
  • 3 0
 Tired of all these kids bikes with very low end components. Purchased my son a 24" Salsa Timberjack with 1x8 Altus, twist shifters, and mechanical disk brakes that were hard to pull the lever on. Quickly upgraded it to 1x11 XT 11-42T. and Shimano hydraulic brakes. He's much happier with the bike now.
  • 5 0
 That's why Manitou made JUNIT. All kids forks were garbage until JUNIT
  • 4 0
 @Swangarten: To be fair, a lot of adult forks are garbage compared to the JUnit. The kids tune on it is insane difference too. Night and day between an adult tune.
  • 1 0
 Exactly. Marzocchi needs to put a fork out for this market. It would make sense for the brand and they could hit a reasonable price point with a Z1 based 26" fork. maybe with the rise of this market more brands will start making 24/26" forks again. Because right now they're mostly dated and/or garbage.
  • 4 1
 You can buy a Trek roscoe with an air fork, + size tyres, eagle drive train and dropper post for £950, I think £899 is a bit steep for a 20" kids bike with 9 speed gears, no?
  • 1 0
 I got my daughter a 24" trek. Went with the fully rigid bike with 1x and disc brakes. I wanted her to practice riding a normal bike before moving over to suspension. Her next bike will be a 26" with a fork and then a 27.5 full suspension bike. Same with my son. He'll transition through bikes in a similar fashion. I about to get him a Spawn 14"
  • 5 0
 I love that 26 is now a kids bike!
  • 7 0
 I just did it, bought a 25€ '01 Kona frame in small 50€ orange Z1, xt v-brakes and radom in house parts and voila a super cool vintage quality stuff kid bike for my 10y old daughter, sub150€ bike...
  • 1 0
 Reckon it’s been the kid’s size ever since we decided to move up and repurpose all our old kit eh?
  • 1 0
 @brajal: same here new NS clash frame with left over parts, kids got a sick ass 26" hardtail now. Only thing is he is big enough to ride my bikes and likes to.
Wants my Ragley piglet now and eye balling my NS eccentric.
  • 1 0
 @brncr6: haha have built a 26' around a 175€ Clash frame recently with sleeping oozy wheels/cockpit etc. But this one is for me \m/
  • 1 0
 Great to see bikes for little shredders outside of the terrible heavy stuff from the big brands. 27.2 seat post is a bit daft though. With little legs, and less confidence, getting the saddle out of the way is really important, and there aren't many decent, cheap reliable droppers in 27.2 :-(
  • 4 0
 PNW makes a decent one Smile
  • 2 0
 Also check out www.on-lynecomponents.com/collections/dropper-posts

Running a 27.2 external dropper on my son's Specialized Riprock 20.
Lyne offers an internal spacer to decrease the extension for shorter legs. Currently the one we have as the stroke limited to around 80mm
  • 1 0
 Those bikes are way too heavy.
  • 1 0
 KS makes a 27.2
  • 1 0
 @tom666: must admit I thought that it was harder than it is to get a 27.2 dropper that isn't ancient, expensive, or just plain rubbish. I stand corrected. Note to self: check before posting! But hey, this is pinkbike, who cares about truth!
  • 5 0
 Nukeproof should sell Cub Scout 26” as frame only. Parts abound.
  • 1 0
 20" wheels !!! Excellent, now I'll be able to buy some really wild tyres for my "Ugly Juggling Company" unicycle . Hey, why did spell check catch the way I spelled tyres, just spelled it like that because the unicycle was made in the UK .
  • 4 0
 Why do I want one for myself in 24"?
  • 2 0
 What do they use to tow the little guy uphill? Looks like something easy and specific for that job,. I'm tired of tying knots in a rope...
  • 4 0
 Looks like a tow whee:

towwhee.com
  • 1 0
 @zeronine3: I've been kicking around ordering one of those. But I don't ride with a pack and don't want to lug around the rope when not in use.

Kicking around the idea of engineering a retractable unit myself.
  • 1 0
 @onemanarmy: FYI, I use one with a waist belt from a belt-mounted dog leash (similar to what Tow Whee sells as an accessory but a lot cheaper).

During parts of the ride that I'm not using it, I just run it over my shoulder and clip it onto the front side of the belt (kind of like a bandolier).
  • 3 0
 Nukeproof: Releases new 26" "kids" bike.
Me: Ah, yes, Nukeproof just released my new DJ bike.
  • 3 0
 26 is a new market!! The industry just suckered everyone with new wheel sizes, again!
  • 3 0
 Finally, a new bike that doesn’t have a motor!
  • 2 0
 sssshhhhh that's tomorrows press embargo!
  • 1 0
 Was waiting to see one of them hit the road gap. Looked like Nigel Page pulling his youngest up the 4X access. Seen him riding the 20" silver one a few times at Firs.
  • 2 0
 How about a frame only option? I can’t be the only one with a kid and a stack of 26” parts.
  • 1 0
 what means --> Large volume maxxis tires? No more WT or is that something new from Maxxis?
  • 2 0
 I think it just means 2.5" tires are larger volume than the typical 1.8-2.0" tires that come on many kids bikes.
  • 1 0
 @VtVolk: okey (:
  • 1 0
 A nice bit of sloppy Delamere action! Hard to resist those water splashes at age 47 never mind 10! Bikes look good.
  • 1 0
 Awesome - although neither of my kids need new bikes at the moment. Would be interested to see the weights.
  • 1 1
 @Nukeproofinternational: those weights seen pretty fair given they're with suspension forks and discs, with real mountain bike tyres too
  • 1 1
 @Nukeproofinternational: 24 lbs for a 20” with rigid fork? Ouch. These look great but the weight is just too high. Currently looking for a high quality bike for my daughter but there is no way she could handle that weight.
  • 1 0
 Love Scoutin' about on my Scout. Can't wait to be shown up by all the little groms on Cub Scouts.
  • 2 0
 Gawdamn, I'm so psyched for my boys when they get older.
  • 1 0
 Well then, i'll start looking in the kids bike sections for some decent 26" proper sized bikes!
  • 1 0
 They plan on selling this in the USA? I’ll get some popcorn and watch the lawsuit develop
  • 1 0
 can't wait for my son to be old enough to ride a bike like this with me.
  • 2 1
 brexit in full swing -does not even show € prices
  • 1 0
 Doesn't show what price? I just see a blank space these days ;-)
  • 2 0
 Wow this is great .
  • 1 0
 Forget the kids, build me a proper dirt jumper!! Wink
  • 1 0
 With this price, we can finally buy a Mt.Bike again!
  • 1 0
 Shouldn't kids be riding BMX?
  • 1 0
 Want one!!!
  • 1 0
 More of this.

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