Scoop! New 4X Bike From Nuke Proof

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We’re just off the phone with Nuke Proof’s top design whizz, who gave us the low down on this innovative new 4X bike that’ll be piloted by Lukas Mechura on the World Cup circuit. Lukas rode for Team Chain Reaction Cycles last year (where he podiumed at Fort William) and this year will ride for Team CRC/Nuke Proof.

A whole lot of fun and trouble right there...
The new 44mm 'standard' headtube for maximum flexibility

Lukas is a big lad at over six foot, so his signature frame comes in XL and it has been built to be a Four Cross bike first, rather than being an adapted dirt jump bike. This means the frame is longer than a dirt jump bike for better stability on the 4X courses. To cope with the immense pedalling forces going through the bike, it comes with a 135mm Maxle back end to match the short travel 80mm Fox 831s up front. At the head tube end, there is the new 44mm internal diameter oversize headtube – this means that it can take 1 1/8th internal, or external cups, or a 1.5in external lower cup, with a regular 1 1/8th internal top cup. (This proto has a regular 1.5in headtube.)

How do they get it to stand up like that, eh?

Don't like yellow? It'll come in black for those not racing World Cups every weekend.

There will be a production version available in September – or rather two of them:

One will be as you see here, in a 135mm Maxle rear – in Small, Med/Large and Xtra Lukas sizes.
There will also be a version with replaceable dropouts, allowing rear QR, rear 135mm Maxle or the new Syntace 142mm bolt-thru dropouts.

Maxle for Lukas, but you can have QR, 142.5mm or Maxle on your one if you want.

Other clever features include the downtube logos being printed on the underside of helicopter tape. (So re-taping a scuffed up frame gives you new decals at the same time), the frame will take 2.5in tyres and has ISCG mounts as standard, with no provision for a front mech. As well as Team Issue Yellow, it’ll come in black and Spangle Black too…

Number fans take note: 67.5° head tube angle, static with an 80mm fork. And the price for the frame? “Under £300” according to early calculations…

Chipps

Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

Comments (19)

    that looks really nice, and a bargain if under £300 🙂

    I meant to say that that frame has a 1.5in headtube, but production will have a 44mm ID tube instead.

    I think it needs more stickers. Too subtle for my liking.

    its good that they have the superstar pedals on it 😉

    “We’re just off the phone with Nuke Proof’s top design whizz”

    No name eh. Must be the shy, retiring type.

    That’s the chap – prefers to let the product do the talking – that sort of fellow… 🙂

    Nice chainring/chainstay clearance going on there.

    My word that’s beautiful!

    ‘Other clever features include the downtube logos being printed on the underside of helicopter tape. (So re-taping a scuffed up frame gives you new decals at the same time)’

    I thought all bike transfers/decals/stickers are essentially an image printed on the underside of sticky tape. Or am I missing something?

    Did you ask Brant when those full sus frames are due? 🙂

    ‘I thought all bike transfers/decals/stickers are essentially an image printed on the underside of sticky tape. Or am I missing something?’

    They’re often skinny transfers which are lacquered over, or just applied to the top coat of the paint. These _should_ be equivalent to sticking helicopter tape to the downtube, over existing stickers, so a scuff shouldn’t affect the look of the decals and replacement will effectively give you a new look.

    Podium is a noun, not a verb.

    Grumblegrumblegrammarnazigrumblegrumble.

    Poor timing, Brant. How on Earth am I supposed to buy a Ragley when you come up with this beauty?

    £300 is a bargain and its nuclear proof, so it will still be around when only cockroachs enhabit the earth.

    I will start saving for one of these, love it in yellow and it will look sweet in black with yellow nukeproof wheels.

    Those forks aren’t 831’s there marzers, aren’t they?

    OOO and no front brake, brave!

    >Those forks aren’t 831’s there marzers, aren’t they?

    Duh. I knew I should have written a press release and not just chatted on the phone. My mistake not Chipps’ though.

    OOO and no front brake, brave!

    And the back brake is on the right hand – scary!

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