NUKEPROOF MEGA PRO - BIKE TEST
Updated: Aug 11, 2019
The NukeProof Mega is fresh off the back of the junior and senior title in the EWS male categories in the hands of Sam Hill and Elliot Heap. There is no doubting the credentials here.
This Mega Pro may be the aluminium version but it has the same race winning platform. The bike pictured is the 2018 model in the strikingly coloured Pro build. This is the same bike as currently on the market, with some different paint jobs.
Suspension and chassis
Nukeproof have covered all bases when it comes to the build options on the Mega range. With Rockshox and Fox build kits available, there is something for everyone. This Pro build comes equipped with RockShox Lyrik RCT3 fork with 170mm travel. At the rear the RockShox Super Deluxe damper, now with metric sizing and a rocker link bearing system to improve the feel of the rear end.
Looking into the fit of the mega, the 470mm reach found on this large is more than enough for riders up to the 6ft mark. For those on the high side of that, the massive 515mm reach figures should have this covered. Matching up with this is the safe 65 degree head angle and short rear stats at 435mm. This seems to suit the fun, playful race bike that the Mega should be.
Mega 275 Alloy Fork:
Rockshox Lyrik RC 170mm, Solo Air, Diffusion Black Rear Shock:
Rockshox Super Deluxe RC3 MLS1, 230x65mm Shifters:
SRAM GX-1 Eagle 12 Speed (RH only) Derailleur (Rear):
SRAMGX-1 Eagle 12 Speed Brakes:
Sram Guide RE, Gloss Black Crankset:
Sram Descendant 7K Eagle, B148, 170mm, 34t
Nuke proof Horizon Tyres:
Maxxis High Roller II, 27.5" x 2.3, 3C Maxx Terra, 3C/TR/DD Handlebar:
Nukeproof Horizon AL 800mm, 25mm Stem:
Nukeproof Neutron AM, 50mm, Black Saddle:
Nukeproof Vector AM, Orange Seatpost:
Rockshox Reverb Stealth, 125mm/170mm, 390mm/480mm, (SM+MD / LG+XL)
It does not take long to realise that the new Mega is a solid piece of kit. Having a rework on the frame to allow for a stiffer chassis that is not harsh. The aluminium construction helps this factor also. Size wise, Nukeproof have totally nailed this area. Having a 470mm reach in the large and a whopping 515mm in the XL, the brand have really covered the taller people out there.
The Mega is the bike that you would look to for all round riding, from a big day out to the occasional uplift. This bike is more than capable. Having relatively low fatigue to the body when descending, it keeps you fresh for the climbs. The build was slightly modified from standard with the addition of the Nukeproof Horizon wheel set. These performed flawlessly with a great feel to the rim construction, whilst keeping a clean look. The RockShox dampers fitted to this Mega Pro obviously had had some serious attention. The rear shock felt supple, with more than enough hold and feeling to keep grip and poise when needed. It makes a huge difference when a company takes the time to make sure the damper tune is correct.
The mega was a blast to ride. Well setup, solid and silent. All these things aid the overall experience that you get when in the saddle.
The Sram Guide RE stoppers seemed to be a little wishy-washy with a super spongy feel out of the box. After some serious bleeding they were usable but not as good as they should have felt.
The bar height was a little on the low side, even after moving all of the stem stackers. I fitted a higher bar to get the setup I wanted, but it would be nice to be able to adjust the height enough with the spacers.
It cannot be denied that this bike is great value for money. Having a killer build and solid feel, the NukeProof mega delivers performance with realistic pricing. There are more than enough options to get your teeth into here and sizing to suit all. This whole cocktail that Nukeproof have delivered hits the mark in so many ways. After some simple, small changes this would be a killer bike to own.
PRICE - £3.699 2019 colour scheme
WORDS - Ieuan Williams
PHOTOS - Alex Hunter, Ieuan Williams