Nukeproof has launched an all-new enduro bike boasting a carbon frame, 180mm of travel, and both 29-inch and 27.5-inch wheel size options.
The Giga, as it's called, has its roots in the brand's Dissent downhill bike. Nukeproof athletes asked the R&D team for a bike that rides like the downhill bike but can still pedal to the top of enduro stages. Former downhill World Cup racer and current Team Chain Reaction Cycles manager Nigel Page led prototype testing, making sure the bike was capable of being ridden to the limit by the likes of Nukeproof's enduro racer and three-time Enduro World series winner Sam Hill.
The bike features up to 180mm of fork and rear travel depending on which wheel size you go with - 170mm on a 29er or 180mm on a 27.5-wheeled rig. The horseshoe-driven linkage design also features a flip-chip to adjust progression between 25.5% and 29%. As the flip-chip only requires an 8mm hex key to adjust it should be a simple operation that can be performed between race stages.
The Giga joins the Mega, a 160mm bike, to make up the brand's enduro range of bikes. Nukeproof also offer the Reactor, a 130mm travel trail bike.
As to be expected on a modern-day enduro bike, the geometry numbers are long, low, and slack. A 63.5-degree head angle is paired with a 480mm reach on a size large. The seat angle gets steeper on larger frames to ensure a consistent seated riding position across all frame sizes. The seat tube is also long enough to fit long-travel dropper posts.
The downtube fits a 750ml water bottle above the shock, and there's room to mount tools under the top tube. Nukeproof has considered user-friendly features such as a threaded bottom bracket, small integrated mudguard to protect the shock and 3D-contoured rubber downtube, seat and chainstay protection. Frame sizes are available from small to XXL.
The Giga will be available in three different build kits: Comp, Elite, or Factory. The Comp build features RockShox suspension and a Shimano Deore 12-speed drivetrain. The Elite model will sport an upgrade to Fox suspension and a Shimano SLX drivetrain. As the name suggests, the Factory build will feature Fox Factory level suspension and a Shimano XT drivetrain. Each build is finished off with Nukeproof cockpit components and Michelin tires. The frameset option includes a Fox Factory X2 Air shock, headset, mudguards, carbon bottle cage and spares.
The three bike specs and a frameset option will be on sale from 28 January 2021.
- Giga Comp: $3,699.99 / £3,699.99 / €4,699.99
- Giga Elite: $4,599.99 / £4,599.99 / €5,799.99
- Giga Factory: $5,499.99 / £5,499.99 / €6,999.99
- Giga Frame: $2,599.99 / £2,599.99 / €3,299.99