Nukeproof Mega 290 goes carbon

Nukeproof's Mega 290 has unquestionably competition pedigree
Nukeproof's Mega 290 can - finally - be had in carbon (Image credit: Nukeproof bikes)

A Mega 290 in carbon, has finally been added to Nukeproof's product portfolio. 

It features all the enhanced geometry and design features which have been proven and tested by Sam Hill in his 2020 Enduro World Championship-winning campaign.

Added to his downhill World Championship titles, there is no doubt that the Australian is one of the most gifted technical terrain riders ever. And although you might never have even a fraction of Sam’s skills, you can now ride his latest championship wining bike.

Followers of the brand have been hoping for a carbon-fibre version of its Mega 290 for a while, but it was Sam’s desire to ride a 29er which finally convinced Nukeproof to remould its popular big-wheel enduro bike in composite.

The Nukeproof Mega 290c, sees fork travel grow from 160- to 170mm, while the range-topping RC derivative runs a 180mm fork.

Bolder front suspension is balanced by a slight increase in rear damper specification too, which has swelled the aft linkage travel from 155- to 160mm.

Nukeproof has altered the Mega 290c geometry too, reducing the head angle by 1.5-degrees, to a notably slack 64.5-degrees. If you opt for the Mega 290c RS, with its huge 180mm fork, the head angle slackens even further, to 64-degrees.

These Mega 290 frames are roomy too, with generous reach numbers, totalling 455-, 470- and 515mm for the three frame sizes: medium, large and extra-large.

Suspension kinematics have been improved to prioritise small-bump sensitivity and better mid-travel support. The design goal of this change, is that skilled riders should be able to pump the bike through slower corners and berms, using the compression/rebound interplay to generate corner exiting projection.

If you have patiently been waiting for a Nukeproof carbon 29er, the new Mega 290c composite range prices from £3699 to £5299, with a choice of five variants.

Lance Branquinho
Freelance writer

Lance Branquinho is a Namibian-born journalist who graduated to mountain biking after injuries curtailed his trail running. He has a weakness for British steel hardtails, especially those which only run a single gear. As well as Bike Perfect, Lance has written for, and Cycling News.