Nukeproof gives its Scout hardtail a long-awaited update

Nukeproof Scout V3 Elite
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The Nukeproof Scout has proved to be a popular bike but after five years of service Nukeproof has decided that it's time for the brand's best hardtail mountain bike to get a refresh.

While the new Scout frame gets some neat new geometry updates, don't expect anything dramatic as Nukeproof have opted to try and keep the new Scout as close to the do-everything hardcore hardtail mantra that has proven so successful with the previous models.

The triple-butted, hydro-formed, aluminum frame is still built around a 140mm fork (and will accept 130-150 mm of travel) and most sizes will be available in both 27.5 inch and 29er builds. The 27.5 bike comes in sizes small to extra-large while the 29er starts at a medium and goes up to a new extra-extra-large size.

Nukeproof has updated the chainstay length based on frame size to make all the bikes ride proportionally the same which is a nice touch. The rear ends increase by increments of 2.5mm as you move through the sizes.

Nukeproof Scout V3 Elite

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Geometry gets a refresh – albeit with small tweaks. Half a degree slacker at the front and one degree steeper seat tube should put the rider in a slightly better position. Reach numbers stay much the same at 470mm (sagged), however, with the introduction of a extra-extra-large and the Scouts low standover height, taller riders have an option to size up.

The frame is still a no-nonsense design with a threaded BSA bottom bracket, internal dropper and external gear and brake routing, and ISCG05 tabs for those that want to run a chain guide. The frame now benefits from a SRAM UDH (universal derailleur hanger) which should make grabbing a spare much easier. A new ribbed chainstay and downtube protector should and protection and make things quieter on the trail. The Scout only has one bottle cage mount found inside the main triangle, although there is an accessory mount under the top tube.

If you have been waiting for the Scout to be back in stock then I don't blame you if you start getting excited that this announcement will bring with it new bikes. However, the wait isn't quite over as frames won't be available till the 1st of June 2022 with full builds expected to land from the 11th of July.

Nukeproof Scout V3 range and specs

Nukeproof Scout V3 RS

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Nukeproof Scout RS 275 / 290

  • Frame: Nukeproof Scout 275 or 290
  • Fork: RockShox Lyrik Select+ Charger 2.1 RC 150mm
  • Groupset: SRAM GX Eagle 12-speed
  • Cranks: SRAM GX Eagle, DUB, 170mm
  • Brakes: SRAM Guide RE
  • Wheelset: DT Swiss XM1700 Spline 30
  • Tires: Schwalbe Magic Mary Snakeskin Addix Soft (f), Hans Dampf Snakeskin Addix Speedgrip (r)
  • Handlebar: Nukeproof Neutron V2 25mm rise bar
  • Stem: Neutron 45mm stem
  • Seatpost: Brand-X Ascend (small 125mm / medium 150mm / large 170mm / XL-XXL 200mm)
  • Saddle: Nukeproof Horizon SL
  • Price: £2,999.99 / $TBC / €TBC

Nukeproof Scout V3 Elite

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Nukeproof Scout Elite

  • Frame: Nukeproof Scout 275 or 290
  • Fork: FOX 36 Float Rhythm, 140mm
  • Groupset: Shimano SLX M7100 12-speed
  • Cranks: Shimano SLX M7100, 170mm
  • Brakes: Shimano SLX M7120 4 pot
  • Wheelset: DT Swiss M1900 Spline
  • Tires: Schwalbe Magic Mary Snakeskin Addix Soft (f), Hans Dampf Snakeskin Addix Speedgrip (r)
  • Handlebar: Nukeproof Neutron V2 25mm rise bar
  • Stem: Neutron 45mm stem
  • Seatpost: Brand-X Ascend (small 125mm / medium 150mm / large 170mm / XL-XXL 200mm)
  • Saddle: Nukeproof Horizon SL
  • Price: £2,499.99 / $TBC / €TBC

Nukeproof Scout V3 Comp

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Nukeproof Scout Comp

  • Frame: Nukeproof Scout 275 or 290
  • Fork: Marzocchi Bomber Z2, 140mm
  • Groupset: Shimano Deore M6100 12-speed
  • Cranks: Shimano Deore M6100, 170mm
  • Brakes: Shimano Deore M6120 4 pot
  • Wheelset: Nukeproof Neutron V2 Hub with WTB KOM Trail i30 TCS 2.0 rims
  • Tires: Schwalbe Magic Mary Snakeskin Addix Soft (f), Hans Dampf Snakeskin Addix Speedgrip (r)
  • Handlebar: Nukeproof Neutron V2 25mm rise bar
  • Stem: Neutron 45mm stem
  • Seatpost: Brand-X Ascend (small 125mm / medium 150mm / large 170mm / XL-XXL 200mm)
  • Saddle: Nukeproof Horizon SL, Black/Grey
  • Price: £1,799.99 / $TBC / €TBC

Nukeproof Scout V3 Race

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Nukeproof Scout Race

  • Frame: Nukeproof Scout 275 or 290
  • Fork: RockShox Recon Silver RL, 140mm
  • Groupset: Shimano M5120 Deore 10-Speed
  • Cranks: Shimano M5100 Deore, 170mm
  • Brakes: Shimano MT4100 Lever with Shimano MT410 2 Pot
  • Wheelset: Nukeproof Neutron V2 Hub with WTB STi30 TCS 2.0 rims
  • Tires: Schwalbe Magic Mary Snakeskin Addix Soft (f), Hans Dampf Snakeskin Addix Speedgrip (r)
  • Handlebar: Nukeproof Neutron V2 25mm rise bar
  • Stem: Neutron 45mm stem
  • Seatpost: Nukeproof Neutron
  • Saddle: Nukeproof Horizon SL, Black/Grey
  • Price: £1,299.99 / $TBC / €TBC

Nukeproof Scout V3 frameset

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Nukeproof Scout Frameset

  • Frame: Nukeproof Scout 275 or 290
  • Fork: 140mm recommended (up to 150mm approved)
  • Sizing: S, M, L, XL, XXL
  • Price: £449.99 / $TBC / €TBC
Graham Cottingham
Senior reviews writer, Bike Perfect

Graham is all about riding bikes off-road. Based in Edinburgh he has some of the best mountain biking and gravel riding in the UK right on his doorstep. With almost 20 years of riding experience, he has dabbled in downhill, enduro and, most recently, gravel racing. Not afraid of a challenge, Graham has embraced bikepacking over the last few years and likes nothing more than strapping some bags to his bike and covering big miles to explore Scotlands wildernesses. When he isn’t shredding the gnar in the Tweed Valley, sleeping in bushes or tinkering with bikes, he is writing tech reviews for Bike Perfect and the muckier side of Cyclingnews 


Rides: Canyon Strive, 24 Bicycles Le Toy 3, Surly Steamroller

Height: 177cm

Weight: 71kg