It is no secret that I am a huge Nukeproof Mega fan (there are three of them in my garage right now). My current steed is a 2019 275 AL Pro and I love it. But I have been wondering what Nukeproof have in stall for 2020. I had heard some rumours that there would be a change in geometry, extra sizes added to the range and options for different wheel sizes front and back. Lets have a closer look at the new range to see if I was right.

A New Bike

2020 Nukeproof Mega 290 RS

For 2020, Nukeproof have introduced a new bike to the range. The Mega 290 C was brought on to the market after Sam Hill decided he wanted to go for 29″ wheels. He spent a lot of time developing and testing the new bike and took it to the podium in Val Di Fassa during the 2019 Enduro World Series. So this bike is the new star of the show and the closest you can get to owning one at the moment is with the Nukeproof Mega 290 RS. So what is so good about it?

The 29″ wheels roll faster than 27.5″ wheels. This is an advantage on both descents and climbing, as they roll over bumps easier.

The components on the 290 RS are up there with the best in the business. Even with the 29″ wheels you get 180mm of travel from the RockShox Lyric Ultimate RCT3 fork. The rear has 165mm of travel using the Rockshox Super Deluxe RCT shock. This combo will give you amazing grip and will get you blasting over the toughest terrain.

But don’t think that this bike is just made for blasting down mountain sides. The SRAM X01 Eagle 12 speed drivetrain will have you pedalling to the top of those mountains at speed too.

To allow the bike to cope with the changes in wheel size and the increase in suspension travel, Nukeproof had to adjust the geometry. It may be no surprise to you that the head angle has been slackened and the seat post angle has been steepened.

Nukeproof have altered the suspension kinematics to make the new Mega faster and more controlled. All the changes made have improved the small bump sensitivity and mid-stroke support. This gives the bike a more predictable feeling in the corners and induces confidence when charging over technical terrain.

The carbon fibre used in the frame of the 2020 Nukeproof Mega 290 RS, is designed to withstand the punishment of the toughest enduro and downhill tracks. It is lightweight and extremely durable, meaning you can push harder. The frame is super stiff too, making the handling very responsive and predictable.

It comes with the Nukeproof Horizon finishing kit, which includes the Sam Hill grips (another thing I am a fan of). It also comes with a Rockshox Reverb dropper seat post.

The 2020 Nukeproof Mega 290 RS is for taking on seriously rough terrain. It is the perfect enduro race machine.

Geometry Updates

The 2020 Nukeproof Mega 275 aluminium and 275c are very similar to the 2019 bikes.  But the 275 & 275c frames now come in a Medium-Large size. This  is another Sam Hill influence and gives you the option of a frame with slightly longer reach and effective top tube measurement. This is so you can ensure the perfect fit for you. One of the improvements, is that all of the Megas now come with branded “Enduro Bearings” for improved durability.

Specification Updates

All the specifications have been updated for 2020. You will find 12 speed drivetrains on all of the Megas, from either SRAM or Shimano. The tyres are the Michelin Wild-Enduro, but the front tyres now use the Magi -X compound. These have wider spacing between the knobs and are more hard wearing. I was hoping for the the Wild-Enduro downhill tyres, as I have had some issues with durability with the tyres on my bike. But, hopefully the Magi-X will address this problem.

The 2020 Nukeproof Mega Elite

2020 Nukeproof Mega 275 Elite

Ne to the Mega range, is the Elite. This is an entry level carbon framed bike. This is available with both 27.5″ and 29″ wheels. But just because it is “entry level”, it doesn’t mean that Nukeproof have scrimped on the components. It comes with a Fox 36 fork, DPX shock and the Shimano SLX 12 speed drivetrain. 

2020 Nukeproof Mega Models

Nukeproof Mega 290 Comp Alloy

2020 Nukeproof Mega 290 Comp Alloy

Specifications

  • Frame: Nukeproof Mega 290 Alloy, 160mm Travel, custom triple butted hydro-formed tube set, internal dropper seatpost cable routing, Enduro Bearings, Threaded 73mm BB, Boost 148mm rear axle spacing, 3D contoured frame protection
  • Fork: RockShox Yari, Motion Control RC damper, 170mm, 42mm Offset, BOOST, Debonair, Diffusion Black
  • Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe Select R, Custom ML tune, 230×62.5mm, Bearing End (We recommend most riders use 0/1 bottomless tokens but the shock comes with 2 tokens fitted, so you have an extra if needed.)
  • Front Wheel: Sun-Ringle Duroc SD37 Comp 29″, 15x110mm
  • Rear Wheel: Sun-Ringle Duroc SD37 Comp 29″, Shimano Driver, 148x12mm
  • Tyres: Front: Michelin Wild Enduro 29″ x 2.4, MAGI-X TS TLR, Rear: Michelin Wild Enduro 29” x 2.4, GUM-X TS TLR
  • Crankset: SRAM SX Eagle 12-Speed, 170mm, 30T, B148, Powerspline
  • Shifter: SRAM SX Eagle 12-Speed
  • Rear Derailleur: SRAM SX Eagle 12-Speed
  • Chain: SRAM SX Eagle 12-Speed
  • Cassette: SRAM SX Eagle 12-Speed, CS PG1230 EAGLE 11-50T
  • Chain Guide: MRP 1x CS, 28-34T, ISCG-05
  • Brakes: SRAM Guide T
  • Front Rotor: SRAM Centreline, 200mm
  • Rear Rotor: SRAM Centreline, 180mm
  • Handlebars: Nukeproof Neutron 25mm Rise, Width – S780mm, M780mm, L800mm, XL800mm)
  • Stem: Nukeproof Neutron AM, 45mm, Black
  • Saddle: Nukeproof Horizon SL, Grey
  • Seatpost: Brand X Ascend internal, 31.6mm, S:125mm drop; M/L:150mm drop; XL: 170mm Drop
  • Headset: Nukeproof, 44-56 IITS

Nukeproof Mega 275 Comp Alloy

2020 Nukeproof Mega 275 Comp Alloy

Specifications

  • Frame: Nukeproof Mega 275 Alloy, 165mm Travel, custom triple butted hydro-formed tube set, internal dropper seatpost cable routing, Enduro Bearings, Threaded 73mm BB, Boost 148mm rear axle spacing, 3D contoured frame protection
  • Fork: RockShox Yari, Motion Control RC damper, 170mm, 46mm Offset, BOOST, Debonair, Diffusion Black
  • Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe Select R, Custom ML tune, 230x65mm, Bearing End (We recommend most riders use 1x bottomless token but the shock comes with 2 tokens fitted, so you have an extra if needed.)
  • Front Wheel: Sun-Ringle Duroc SD37 Comp 27.5″, 15x110mm
  • Rear Wheel: Sun-Ringle Duroc SD37 Comp 27.5″, Shimano Driver, 148x12mm
  • Tyres: Front: Michelin Wild Enduro 27.5″ x 2.4, MAGI-X TS TLR, Rear: Michelin Wild Enduro 27.5″ x 2.4, GUM-X TS TLR
  • Crankset: SRAM SX Eagle 12-Speed, 170mm, 32T, B148, Powerspline
  • Shifter: SRAM SX Eagle 12-Speed
  • Rear Derailleur: SRAM SX Eagle 12-Speed
  • Chain: SRAM SX Eagle 12-Speed
  • Cassette: SRAM SX Eagle 12-Speed, CS PG1230 EAGLE 11-50T
  • Chain Guide: MRP 1x CS, 28-34T, ISCG-05
  • Brakes: SRAM Guide T
  • Front Rotor: SRAM Centreline, 200mm
  • Rear Rotor: SRAM Centreline, 180mm
  • Handlebars: Nukeproof Neutron 25mm Rise, Width – S780mm, M780mm, L800mm, XL800mm)
  • Stem: Nukeproof Neutron AM, 45mm, Black
  • Saddle: Nukeproof Horizon SL, Grey
  • Seatpost: Brand X Ascend internal, 31.6mm, S:125mm drop; M/L:150mm drop; XL: 170mm Drop
  • Headset: Nukeproof, 44-56 IITS
  • Grips: Nukeproof Sam Hill Signature

Nukeproof Mega 290 Expert Alloy

2020 Nukeproof Mega 290 Expert Alloy

Specifications

  • Frame: Nukeproof Mega 290 Alloy, 160mm Travel, custom triple butted hydro-formed tube set, internal dropper seatpost cable routing, Enduro Bearings, Threaded 73mm BB, Boost 148mm rear axle spacing, 3D contoured frame protection
  • Fork: RockShox Lyrik Select Charger RC 170mm, 42mm Offset, BOOST, Debonair, Diffusion Black
  • Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe Select+ RT, Custom ML 380 tune, 230×62.5mm, Bearing End (We recommend most riders use 0/1 bottomless tokens but the shock comes with 2 tokens fitted, so you have an extra if needed.)
  • Front Wheel: WTB Speed Terra 29″, ST Light i30 TCS 2.0 Rim / 32h, 110x15mm
  • Rear Wheel: WTB Speed Terra 29″, ST Light i30 TCS 2.0 Rim / 32h, Shimano Driver, 148x12mm
  • Tyres: Front: Michelin Wild Enduro 29″ x 2.4, MAGI-X TS TLR, Rear: Michelin Wild Enduro 29″ x 2.4, GUM-X TS TLR
  • Crankset: SRAM Descendant 6K Eagle 12-Speed, 170mm, 30T, B148, DUB
  • Shifter: SRAM NX Eagle 12-Speed
  • Rear Derailleur: SRAM NX Eagle 12-Speed
  • Chain: SRAM NX Eagle 12-Speed
  • Cassette: SRAM NX Eagle 12-Speed, CS PG1230 Eagle 11-50T
  • Chain Guide: MRP 1x AMg CS, 28-34T, ISCG-05
  • Brakes: SRAM Guide RE
  • Front Rotor: SRAM Centreline, 200mm
  • Rear Rotor: SRAM Centreline, 180mm
  • Handlebars: Nukeproof Horizon 25mm Rise, Width – S780mm, M780mm, L800mm, XL800mm)
  • Stem: Nukeproof Neutron AM, 45mm, Black
  • Saddle: Nukeproof Horizon SL, Black
  • Seatpost: Brand X Ascend internal, 31.6mm, S:125mm drop; M/L:150mm drop; XL: 170mm Drop
  • Headset: Nukeproof, 44-56 IITS
  • Grips: Nukeproof Sam Hill Signature

Nukeproof Mega 275 Expert Alloy

2020 Nukeproof Mega 275 Expert

Specifications

  • Frame: Nukeproof Mega 275 Alloy, 165mm Travel, custom triple butted hydro-formed tube set, internal dropper seatpost cable routing, Enduro Bearings, Threaded 73mm BB, Boost 148mm rear axle spacing, 3D contoured frame protection
  • Fork: RockShox Lyrik Select Charger RC 170mm, 46mm Offset, BOOST, Debonair, Diffusion Black
  • Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe Select+ RT, Custom ML 380 tune, 230x65mm, Bearing End (We recommend most riders use 1x bottomless token but the shock comes with 2 tokens fitted, so you have an extra if needed.)
  • Front Wheel: WTB Speed Terra 27.5″, ST Light i30 TCS 2.0 Rim / 32h, 110x15mm
  • Rear Wheel: WTB Speed Terra 27.5″, ST Light i30 TCS 2.0 Rim / 32h, Shimano Driver, 148x12mm
  • Tyres: Front: Michelin Wild Enduro 27.5″ x 2.4, MAGI-X TS TLR, Rear: Michelin Wild Enduro 27.5″ x 2.4, GUM-X TS TLR
  • Crankset: SRAM Descendant 6K Eagle 12-Speed, 170mm, 32T, B148, DUB
  • Shifter: SRAM NX Eagle 12-Speed
  • Rear Derailleur: SRAM NX Eagle 12-Speed
  • Chain: SRAM NX Eagle 12-Speed
  • Cassette: SRAM NX Eagle 12-Speed, CS PG1230 EAGLE 11-50T
  • Chain Guide: MRP 1x AMg CS, 28-34T, ISCG-05
  • Brakes: SRAM Guide RE
  • Front Rotor: SRAM Centreline, 200mm
  • Rear Rotor: SRAM Centreline, 180mm
  • Handlebars: Nukeproof Horizon 25mm Rise, Width – S780mm, M780mm, L800mm, XL800mm)
  • Stem: Nukeproof Neutron AM, 45mm, Black
  • Saddle: Nukeproof Horizon SL, Black
  • Seatpost: Brand X Ascend internal, 31.6mm, S:125mm drop; M/L:150mm drop; XL: 170mm Drop
  • Headset: Nukeproof, 44-56 IITS
  • Grips: Nukeproof Sam Hill Signature

Nukeproof Mega 275 Elite Carbon

2020 Nukeproof Mega 275 Elite

Specifications

  • Frame: Nukeproof Mega 275 Carbon, 165mm Travel, ultra-strong monocoque UD woven Carbon Fibre front triangle, custom triple butted hydro-formed tube set for seat stays and chain stays, Factory fitted clear paint protection kit covers TT/DT/CS/SS, Internal cable routing, Enduro Bearings, Threaded 73mm BB , Boost 148mm rear axle spacing, 3D contoured frame protection
  • Fork: Fox 36 Float, Performance Series, Grip Damper, 170mm, 44mm Offset, BOOST, Black
  • Shock: Fox Float DPX2, Performance Series, 3 Position lever, Custom CL, LRL tune, 230x65mm, Bearing End (We recommend most riders use 1 spacers but the shock comes with 2 fitted, so you have an extra if needed.)
  • Front Wheel: DT Swiss E1900 SPLINE,27.5″, Centrelock, 110x15mm
  • Rear Wheel: DT Swiss E1900 SPLINE, 27.5″, Centrelock, Shimano Microspline Driver, 148x12mm
  • Tyres: Front: Michelin Wild Enduro 27.5″ x 2.4, MAGI-X TS TLR, Rear: Michelin Wild Enduro 27.5″ x 2.4, GUM-X TS TLR
  • Crankset: Shimano SLX M7100 12-Speed, Hollowtech 2, 170mm, 32T, 52mm Chainline
  • Shifter: Shimano SLX M7100-R, 12-speed Rapidfire Plus, I-Spec EV
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano SLX M7100, SGS 12-Speed, Shadow Plus
  • Chain: Shimano SLX M7100 HG 12-speed Inc Quicklink
  • Cassette: Shimano SLX M7100-12, 12-Speed (HYPERGLIDE+), 10-51T
  • Chain Guide: MRP 1x AMg CS, 28-34T, ISCG-05
  • Brakes: Shimano SLX M7120, 4 Pot Brake, Metallic Pads
  • Front Rotor: Shimano SM-RT70 203mm
  • Rear Rotor: Shimano SM-RT70, 180mm
  • Handlebars: Nukeproof Horizon 25mm Rise, Width – S780mm, M780mm, L800mm, XL800mm)
  • Stem: Nukeproof Neutron AM, 45mm, black
  • Saddle: Nukeproof Horizon SL, Grey
  • Seatpost: Brand X Ascend internal w 1x Remote, S:125mm drop; M/L:150mm drop; XL:170mm drop
  • Headset: Nukeproof, 44-56 IITS
  • Grips: Nukeproof Sam Hill Signature

Nukeproof Mega 290 Elite Carbon

Specifications

  • Frame: Nukeproof Mega 290 Carbon, 160mm Travel, ultra-strong monocoque UD woven Carbon Fibre front triangle, custom triple butted hydro-formed tube set for seat stays and chain stays, Factory fitted clear paint protection kit covers TT/DT/CS/SS, Internal cable routing, Enduro Bearings, Threaded 73mm BB , Boost 148mm rear axle spacing, 3D contoured frame protection
  • Fork: Fox 36 Float, Performance Series, Grip Damper, 170mm, 44mm Offset, BOOST, Black
  • Shock: Fox Float DPX2, Performance Series, 3 Position lever, Custom CL, LRL tune, 230×62.5mm, Bearing End (We recommend most riders use 0/1 spacers but the shock comes with 2 fitted, so you have an extra if needed.)
  • Front Wheel: DT Swiss E1900 SPLINE,29″, Centrelock, 110x15mm
  • Rear Wheel: DT Swiss E1900 SPLINE, 29″, Centrelock, Shimano Microspline Driver, 148x12mm
  • Tyres: Front: Michelin Wild Enduro 29″ x 2.4, MAGI-X TS TLR, Rear: Michelin Wild Enduro 29″ x 2.4, GUM-X TS TLR
  • Crankset: Shimano SLX M7100 12-Speed, Hollowtech 2, 170mm, 30T, 52mm Chainline
  • Shifter: Shimano SLX M7100-R, 12-speed Rapidfire Plus, I-Spec EV
  • Rear Deraileur: Shimano SLX M7100, SGS 12-Speed, Shadow Plus
  • Chain: Shimano SLX M7100 HG 12-speed Inc Quicklink
  • Cassette: Shimano SLX M7100-12, 12-Speed (HYPERGLIDE+), 10-51T
  • Chain Guide: MRP 1x AMg CS, 28-34T, ISCG-05
  • Brakes: Shimano SLX M7120, 4 Pot Brake, Metallic Pads
  • Front Rotor: Shimano SM-RT70 203mm
  • Rear Rotor: Shimano SM-RT70, 180mm
  • Handlebars: Nukeproof Horizon 25mm Rise, Width – S780mm, M780mm, L800mm, XL800mm)
  • Stem: Nukeproof Neutron AM, 45mm, Black
  • Saddle: Nukeproof Horizon SL, Grey
  • Seatpost: Brand X Ascend internal w 1x Remote, S:125mm drop; M/L:150mm drop; XL:170mm drop
  • Headset: Nukeproof, 44-56 IITS
  • Grips: Nukeproof Sam Hill Signature

Nukeproof Mega 275 Pro Carbon

2020 Nukeproof Mega 275 Pro Carbon

Specifications

  • Frame: Nukeproof Mega 275 Carbon, 165mm Travel, ultra-strong monocoque UD woven Carbon Fibre front triangle, custom triple butted hydro-formed tube set for seat stays and chain stays, Factory fitted clear paint protection kit covers TT/DT/CS/SS, Internal cable routing, Enduro Bearings, Threaded 73mm BB , Boost 148mm rear axle spacing, 3D contoured frame protection
  • Fork: RockShox Lyrik Select + Charger 2 RC 170mm, 46mm Offset, BOOST, Debonair, Diffusion Black
  • Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe Select+ RT, Custom ML 380 tune, 230x65mm, Bearing End (We recommend most riders use 1x bottomless token but the shock comes with 2 tokens fitted, so you have an extra if needed.)
  • Front Wheel: DT Swiss E1700 SPLINE 30, 27.5″, 6 Bolt, 110x15mm
  • Rear Wheel: DT Swiss E1700 SPLINE 30, 27.5″, 6 Bolt, XD Driver, 148x12mm
  • Tyres: Front: Michelin Wild Enduro 27.5″ x 2.4, MAGI-X TS TLR, Rear: Michelin Wild Enduro 27.5″ x 2.4, GUM-X TS TLR
  • Crankset: SRAM Descendant 7K Aluminium Eagle 12-Speed, 170mm, 32T, B148, DUB
  • Shifter: SRAM GX Eagle 12-Speed
  • Rear Derailleur: SRAM GX Eagle 12-Speed
  • Chain: SRAM GX Eagle 12-Speed
  • Cassette: SRAM GX Eagle 12-Speed, CS PG1275 EAGLE 11-50T
  • Chain Guide: MRP 1x AMg CS, 28-34T, ISCG-05
  • Brakes: SRAM Guide RE
  • Front Rotor: SRAM Centreline, 200mm
  • Rear Rotor: SRAM Centreline, 180mm
  • Handlebars: Nukeproof Horizon 25mm Rise, Width – S780mm, M780mm, L800mm, XL800mm)
  • Stem: Nukeproof Horizon, 50mm, Black
  • Saddle: Nukeproof Horizon SL, Black
  • Seatpost: RockShox Reverb Stealth with 1x Remote, 31.6mm; S: 346mm length, 125mm drop; M: 409mm length, 150mm drop; L: 462mm length, 175mm drop; XL: 514.5mm length, 200mm drop
  • Headset: Nukeproof, 44-56 IITS
  • Grips: Nukeproof Sam Hill Signature

Nukeproof Mega 290 Pro Carbon

2020 Nukeproof Mega 275 Pro Carbon

Specifications

  • Frame: Nukeproof Mega 290 Carbon, 160mm Travel, ultra-strong monocoque UD woven Carbon Fibre front triangle, custom triple butted hydro-formed tube set for seat stays and chain stays, Factory fitted clear paint protection kit covers TT/DT/CS/SS, Internal cable routing, Enduro Bearings, Threaded 73mm BB , Boost 148mm rear axle spacing, 3D contoured frame protection
  • Fork: RockShox Lyrik Select + Charger 2 RC 170mm, 42mm Offset, BOOST, Debonair, Diffusion Black
  • Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe Select+ RT, Custom ML 380 tune, 230×62.5mm, Bearing End (We recommend most riders use 1x bottomless token but the shock comes with 2 tokens fitted, so you have an extra if needed.)
  • Front Wheel: DT Swiss E1700 SPLINE 30, 29″, 6 Bolt, 110x15mm
  • Rear Wheel: DT Swiss E1700 SPLINE 30, 29″, 6 Bolt, XD Driver, 148x12mm
  • Tyres: Front: Michelin Wild Enduro 29″ x 2.4, MAGI-X TS TLR, Rear: Michelin Wild Enduro 29″ x 2.4, GUM-X TS TLR
  • Crankset: SRAM Descendant 7K Aluminium Eagle 12-Speed, 170mm, 30T, B148, DUB
  • Shifter: SRAM GX Eagle 12-Speed
  • Rear Deraileur: SRAM GX Eagle 12-Speed
  • Chain: SRAM GX Eagle 12-Speed
  • Cassette: SRAM GX Eagle 12-Speed, CS PG1275 EAGLE 11-50T
  • Chain Guide: MRP 1x AMg CS, 28-34T, ISCG-05
  • Brakes: SRAM Guide RE
  • Front Rotor: SRAM Centreline, 200mm
  • Rear Rotor: SRAM Centreline, 180mm
  • Handlebars: Nukeproof Horizon 25mm Rise, Width – S780mm, M780mm, L800mm, XL800mm)
  • Stem: Nukeproof Horizon, 50mm, Black
  • Saddle: Nukeproof Horizon SL, Black
  • Seatpost: RockShox Reverb Stealth with 1x Remote, 31.6mm; S: 346mm length, 125mm drop; M: 409mm length, 150mm drop; L: 462mm length, 175mm drop; XL: 514.5mm length, 200mm drop
  • Headset: Nukeproof, 44-56 IITS
  • Grips: Nukeproof Sam Hill Signature

Nukeproof Mega 275 Factory

2020 Nukeproof Mega 275 Factory

Specifications

  • Frame: Nukeproof Mega 275 Carbon, 165mm Travel, ultra-strong monocoque UD woven Carbon Fibre front triangle, custom triple butted hydro-formed tube set for seat stays and chain stays, Factory fitted clear paint protection kit covers TT/DT/CS/SS, Internal cable routing, Enduro Bearings, Threaded 73mm BB , Boost 148mm rear axle spacing, 3D contoured frame protection
  • Fork: Fox 36 Float, Factory Series, Kashima, Grip 2 Damper, 170mm, 44mm Offset, BOOST, Black
  • Shock: Fox Float X2, Factory Series, Kashima, 2 Position lever, Custom CL tune, 230x65mm, Bearing End (We recommend most riders use 1 spacers but the shock comes with 2 fitted, so you have an extra if needed.)
  • Front Wheel: DT Swiss E1700 SPLINE 30,27.5″, Centrelock, 110x15mm
  • Rear Wheel: DT Swiss E1700 SPLINE 30, 27.5″, Centrelock, Shimano Microspline Driver, 148x12mm
  • Tyres: Front: Michelin Wild Enduro 27.5″ x 2.4, MAGI-X TS TLR, Rear: Michelin Wild Enduro 27.5″ x 2.4, GUM-X TS TLR
  • Crankset: Shimano XT M8100 12-Speed, Hollowtech 2, 170mm, 32T, 52mm Chainline
  • Shifter: Shimano XT M8100-R, 12-speed Rapidfire Plus, I-Spec EV
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT M8100, SGS 12-Speed, Shadow Plus
  • Chain: Shimano XT M8100 HG 12-speed Inc Quicklink
  • Cassette: Shimano XT M8100-12, 12-Speed (HYPERGLIDE+), 10-51T
  • Chain Guide: MRP 1x AMg CS, 28-34T, ISCG-05
  • Brakes: Shimano XT M8120, 4 Pot Brake, Metallic Pads
  • Front Rotor: Shimano MT800, 203mm
  • Rear Rotor: Shimano MT800, 180mm
  • Handlebars: Nukeproof Horizon 25mm Rise, Width – S780mm, M780mm, L800mm, XL800mm)
  • Stem: Nukeproof Horizon, 50mm, Black
  • Saddle: Nukeproof Horizon SL, Orange
  • Seatpost: RockShox Reverb Stealth with 1x Remote, 31.6mm; S: 346mm length, 125mm drop; M: 409mm length, 150mm drop; L: 462mm length, 175mm drop; XL: 514.5mm length, 200mm drop
  • Headset: Nukeproof, 44-56 IITS
  • Grips: Nukeproof Sam Hill Signature

Nukeproof Mega 290 Factory

2020 Nukeproof Mega 290 Factory Carbon

Specifications

  • Frame: Nukeproof Mega 290 Carbon, 160mm Travel, ultra-strong monocoque UD woven Carbon Fibre front triangle, custom triple butted hydro-formed tube set for seat stays and chain stays, Factory fitted clear paint protection kit covers TT/DT/CS/SS, Internal cable routing, Enduro Bearings, Threaded 73mm BB , Boost 148mm rear axle spacing, 3D contoured frame protection
  • Fork: Fox 36 Float, Factory Series, Kashima, Grip 2 Damper, 170mm, 44mm Offset, BOOST, Black
  • Shock: Fox Float X2, Factory Series, Kashima, 2 Position lever, Custom CL tune, 230×62.5mm, Bearing End (We recommend most riders use 0/1 spacers but the shock comes with 2 fitted, so you have an extra if needed.)
  • Front Wheel: DT Swiss E1700 SPLINE 30,29″, Centrelock, 110x15mm
  • Rear Wheel: DT Swiss E1700 SPLINE 30, 29″, Centrelock, Shimano Microspline Driver, 148x12mm
  • Tyres: Front: Michelin Wild Enduro 29″ x 2.4, MAGI-X TS TLR, Rear: Michelin Wild Enduro 29″ x 2.4, GUM-X TS TLR
  • Crankset: Shimano XT M8100 12-Speed, Hollowtech 2, 170mm, 30T, 52mm Chainline
  • Shifter: Shimano XT M8100-R, 12-speed Rapidfire Plus, I-Spec EV
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT M8100, SGS 12-Speed, Shadow Plus
  • Chain: Shimano XT M8100 HG 12-speed Inc Quicklink
  • Cassette: Shimano XT M8100-12, 12-Speed (HYPERGLIDE+), 10-51T
  • Chain Guide: MRP 1x AMg CS, 28-34T, ISCG-05
  • Brakes: Shimano XT M8120, 4 Pot Brake, Metallic Pads
  • Front Rotor: Shimano MT800, 203mm
  • Rear Rotor: Shimano MT800, 180mm
  • Handlebars: Nukeproof Horizon 25mm Rise, Width – S780mm, M780mm, L800mm, XL800mm)
  • Stem: Nukeproof Horizon, 50mm, Black
  • Saddle: Nukeproof Horizon SL, Orange
  • Seatpost: RockShox Reverb Stealth with 1x Remote, 31.6mm; S: 346mm length, 125mm drop; M: 409mm length, 150mm drop; L: 462mm length, 175mm drop; XL: 514.5mm length, 200mm drop
  • Headset: Nukeproof, 44-56 IITS
  • Grips: Nukeproof Sam Hill Signature

Nukeproof Mega 275 RS

2020 Nukeproof Mega 275 RS

Specifications

  • Frame: Nukeproof Mega 275 Carbon, 165mm Travel, ultra-strong monocoque UD woven Carbon Fibre front triangle, custom triple butted hydro-formed tube set for seat stays and chain stays, Factory fitted clear paint protection kit covers TT/DT/CS/SS, Internal cable routing, Enduro Bearings, Threaded 73mm BB , Boost 148mm rear axle spacing, 3D contoured frame protection
  • Fork: RockShox Lyrik Ultimate Charger 2 RC2 180mm, 46mm Offset, BOOST, Debonair, Gloss Red
  • Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate RCT, Custom ML 380 tune, 230x65mm, Bearing End (We recommend most riders use 1x bottomless token but the shock comes with 2 tokens fitted, so you have an extra if needed.)
  • Front Wheel: Mavic Deemax DH, 27.5″, 6 Bolt, 110x15mm
  • Rear Wheel: Mavic Deemax DH, 27.5″, 6 Bolt, XD Driver, 148x12mm
  • Tyres: Front: Michelin Wild Enduro 27.5″ x 2.4, MAGI-X TS TLR, Rear: Michelin Wild Enduro 27.5″ x 2.4, GUM-X TS TLR
  • Crankset: SRAM Descendant Carbon Eagle 12-Speed, 170mm, 32T, B148, DUB
  • Shifter: SRAM X01 Eagle 12-Speed, Red
  • Rear Derailleur: SRAM X01 Eagle 12-Speed, Red
  • Chain: SRAM GX Eagle 12-Speed
  • Cassette: SRAM X01 Eagle 12-Speed, CS PG1295 EAGLE 10-50T
  • Chain Guide: MRP 1x SXg, 30-34T, ISCG-05
  • Brakes: SRAM Code RSC
  • Front Rotor: SRAM Centreline, 200mm
  • Rear Rotor: SRAM Centreline, 180mm
  • Handlebars: Nukeproof Horizon Carbon 25mm Rise, Width – S780mm, M780mm, ML780mm, L800mm, XL800mm)
  • Stem: Nukeproof Horizon, 50mm, Black
  • Saddle: Nukeproof Horizon SL, Red
  • Seatpost: RockShox Reverb Stealth with 1x Remote, 31.6mm; S: 346mm length, 125mm drop; M: 409mm length, 150mm drop; ML: 409mm length, 150mm drop; L: 462mm length, 175mm drop; XL: 514.5mm length, 200mm drop
  • Headset: Nukeproof, 44-56 IITS
  • Grips: Nukeproof Sam Hill Signature

Nukeproof Mega 290 RS

2020 Nukeproof Mega 290 RS

Specifications

  • Frame: Nukeproof Mega 290 Carbon, 160mm Travel, ultra-strong monocoque UD woven Carbon Fibre front triangle, custom triple butted hydro-formed tube set for seat stays and chain stays, Factory fitted clear paint protection kit covers TT/DT/CS/SS, Internal cable routing, Enduro Bearings, Threaded 73mm BB , Boost 148mm rear axle spacing, 3D contoured frame protection
  • Fork: RockShox Lyrik Ultimate Charger 2 RC2 180mm, 42mm Offset, BOOST, Debonair, Gloss Red
  • Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate RCT, Custom ML 380 tune, 230×62.5mm, Bearing End (We recommend most riders use 1x bottomless token but the shock comes with 2 tokens fitted, so you have an extra if needed.)
  • Front Wheel: Mavic Deemax DH, 29″, 6 Bolt, 110x15mm
  • Rear Wheel: Mavic Deemax DH, 29″, 6 Bolt, XD Driver, 148x12mm
  • Tyres: Front: Michelin Wild Enduro 29″ x 2.4, MAGI-X TS TLR, Rear: Michelin Wild Enduro 29″ x 2.4, GUM-X TS TLR
  • Crankset: SRAM Descendant Carbon Eagle 12-Speed, 170mm, 30T, B148, DUB
  • Shifter: SRAM X01 Eagle 12-Speed, Red
  • Rear Deraileur: SRAM X01 Eagle 12-Speed, Red
  • Chain: SRAM GX Eagle 12-Speed
  • Cassette: SRAM X01 Eagle 12-Speed, CS PG1295 EAGLE 10-50T
  • Chain Guide: MRP 1x SXg, 30-34T, ISCG-05
  • Brakes: SRAM Code RSC
  • Front Rotor: SRAM Centreline, 200mm
  • Rear Rotor: SRAM Centreline, 180mm
  • Handlebars: Nukeproof Horizon Carbon 25mm Rise, Width – S780mm, M780mm, ML780mm, L800mm, XL800mm)
  • Stem: Nukeproof Horizon, 50mm, Black
  • Saddle: Nukeproof Horizon SL, Red
  • Seatpost: RockShox Reverb Stealth with 1x Remote, 31.6mm; S: 346mm length, 125mm drop; M: 409mm length, 150mm drop; ML: 409mm length, 150mm drop; L: 462mm length, 175mm drop; XL: 514.5mm length, 200mm drop
  • Headset: Nukeproof, 44-56 IITS
  • Grips: Nukeproof Sam Hill Signature

What do you think?

The rumours that I heard were reasonably accurate. We now have a new size and tweaked geometry for the new bikes. But no news of being able to have different wheel sizes. This may be a modification that you can do yourself, depending on the suspension setup.

Will you be buying a 2020 Nukeproof Mega? If you need a long travel mountain bike that can take on pretty much anything you can throw at it, the 2020 Nukeproof Mega is definitely worth your consideration. If you are just riding trails, you may want tocheck out the Nukeproof reactor. This has much less travel, but has a more nimble feel and is perfect for trail centres.

Please leave you thoughts and questions in the comments section below.

Tom Fortune
tom@mtb-threads.com

8 thoughts on “2020 Nukeproof Mega: Everything you need to know”

  1. Having a good bike lately since there are lots of brands coming up with some that are not as good you expected is quite rare. I once got a mountain bike with a really bad shock absorber and that day I almost broke my spine, lol. The qualities of these bikes are really great and the Nukeproof Mega 290 Comp Alloy is one I’m drawn to the most. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi Benson,

      Thanks for your comment. Mountain bikes are becoming more and more capable now the 290 Comp Alloy is a great bike.

  2. I find it amazing that seemingly small changes can make such huge differences in these bikes.  For example, the increase in wheel size increasing speed and the ability to roll over bumps.  This article is chock full of helpful information so that the discerning mountain biker can make an informed decision.  Frankly, all of these look kick-butt awesome!

    1. Hi Feochadan,

      Thanks for your comment. The wheel size thing has been big news for the last couple of years. I think it is amazing that just a couple of degrees of head angle can change how stable a bike is.

  3. Dang!! I’m all about that 2020 Nuke Elite. That thing is one he** of a mean racing machine. I’ve seen some videos of it on Youtube and I’d love to get one.

    I’m probably gonna be in the market for one of these coming December. Looks like I’ll be giving myself a nice Christmas present this year!!! I’m moving to Colorado at the end of this month, and a new racing bike would be perfect for the outdoors tracks they have!! 😀 

    Thanks for the awesome post. It’s always nice to brush up on those specs. Just more motivation for me to actually pull the trigger and make the purchase!! I think i deserve it ;D 

    ~Koda 

  4. Wow another great bike in the Nukeproof Mega! The tires on this bike look pretty outstanding and that they are 29″ is a definite bonus. I do see that the seat post angle has been steepened in the 290 C, and this will allow for an adjustment to the wheel size for sure. Another bike that strikes my fancy is the Nukeproof Mega 290 Alloy. This bike has a great look and some solid features, all at a fair price for such quality. These are some tough and exceptional choices. I’ve bookmarked your page for when it’s soon time for a new bike, thanks for another great post!

    1. Hi Pentrental,

      Thanks for your comment, it is good to see people returning to the site to see the bikes. Nukeproof bikes are pretty good value for money. I hope they maintain this and are not tempted to put the prices up on the back of their success.

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