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2019 Nukeproof Digger, a mountain biker’s drop bar training partner – Updated

2019 Nukeproof Digger mountain bikers' gravel road bike
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The start of the Digger project was a couple of years back when Nukeproof’s mountain bike team were looking for a training bike, something to crank out some base miles, maybe run around town on. But seeing as they were a bunch of shredders, a standard road bike wouldn’t do, nor would a run-of-the-mill gravel bike. So Nukeproof created the Digger an affordable wide dropbar bike with monster tire clearance, simple 1x drivetrains & hydro brakes to add a little spice to your commute, while still being ready to scout new trails too…

2019 Nukeproof Digger mountain bikers’ gravel road bike

We actually got a pretty good look at the newest iteration of the Digger late last autumn. But the new bike is available now, so warrants another look and that dose of training ride inspiration up above via Elliott Heap & Caldwell Visuals film.

2019 Nukeproof Digger mountain bikers' gravel road bike

Nukeproof calls the bike a “confused beast”. It’s not meant to be the fastest on the road -but you can stick a set of 700c wheels in there with some fat slicks for some quick base miles. It’s not meant to be the most capable trail bike – but you can fit proper 27.5 trail or 29er XC tires on it. It is a versatile bike that will be a blast to ride, however you choose to.

Nukeproof Digger Tech Details

2019 Nukeproof Digger mountain bikers' gravel road bike

Let’s get to the nitty-gritty of the new bike. The Digger is a an all-new triple-butted, hydroformed alloy frame with a full carbon, tapered steerer fork, using updated all-surface geometry in three four stock sizes.

Geometry Update: A note here, a previous geometry table had been inadvertently posted here that was for the Scout trail hardtail. The new table above is the correct geo for the gravel Digger. Sorry, for any confusion. 

2019 Nukeproof Digger mountain bikers' gravel road bike

It gets internal routing in the front triangle including for a 31.6mm dropper seatpost, plus a threaded BSA BB, flat mount brake, rear rack mounts & full coverage fender eyelets.

2019 Nukeproof Digger mountain bikers' gravel road bike

It uses mountain bike standard SRAM 1×11 drivetrains and 12x142mm & 15x100mm bolt-on thru-axle wheels. You know you have some extra pre-Boost wheels collecting dust somewhere, just waiting to give this bike multiple personalities with a few different tire setup options.

2019 Nukeproof Digger mountain bikers' gravel road bike

Nukeproof says the bike is optimized for fat 700c tire or 27.5 Road Plus, but expands on that a bit recommending up to 700x45mm road tires & 27.5×2.3″ or even 29×2.1″ mountain bike tires to get really serious.

Pricing & Availability

2019 Nukeproof Digger mountain bikers' gravel road bike

The Digger comes in two complete bike builds, both spec’ed with WTB’s new 47mm wide 650B Sendero knobby Road Plus tires & tubeless-ready wheels. The blue 2019 Nukeproof Digger Pro is based off their athlete training bikes and sells for $1700 with a SRAM Rival group, a 120mm throw Brand X dropper post, and trail ready Nukeproof alloy Horizon wheels.

2019 Nukeproof Digger mountain bikers' gravel road bike

The more affordable gray 2019 Nukerpoof Digger Comp retails for $1350 with an Apex 1×11 build and a rigid seatpost. Both get wide 480 or 500mm alloy dropbars, alloy stems & Nukeproof house brand finishing kit.

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Collin S
Collin S
4 years ago

That is an awesome build. That is about everything I want for a super commuter/rain bike.

RichardH
RichardH
4 years ago

65° head angle. Man, that is SLACK for a road-isa bike.

Erv Spanks
Erv Spanks
4 years ago

Wow, it’s an aluminium Surly.

Mircea Andrei Ghinea
Mircea Andrei Ghinea
4 years ago

the picture with the geometry is wrong, it’s from another bike.
cool bike 😉
happy 2019

Sevo
Sevo
4 years ago

Whew. I was excited until I saw those numbers.

Trenton
Trenton
4 years ago

Looks like a great cross+ bike, but that cable routing down the driveside seatstay is gross. I understand that they wanted to have internal routing on an aluminum frame, but that’s an eyesore. Would look great as a SS though!

Dr Sweets
4 years ago
Reply to  Trenton

Other than offending your esthetic sensibilities what is the problem with cable routing? It doesn’t look like it will cause any functional issues. In my cursory review of current pro level CX bikes (which this is not, but that resource sets the bar for functional designs that will work in horrific conditions) every Shimano pro has Di2 (so irrelevant) and the SRAM riders routing is a combo of top tube internal then down seat stay or down tube internal and across the chain stay.

Tommy Cheatham
Tommy Cheatham
4 years ago

I wonder how this compares with the Surly Midnight Special, which I have also been looking at recently.

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4 years ago
Reply to  Tommy Cheatham

If you’ve been “looking at recently”, how did you not come up with your own comparison? One is aluminum with a carbon fork and thru axles, one is a steel frame and fork with QR, but eyelets for a rack. One comes in different build spec and colors, the other as a complete or frame set only in white. That took a whopping 2min. What else do you need to know?

mudrook
mudrook
4 years ago

ouch

Patrick Cavender
Patrick Cavender
4 years ago

65 degree head angle means it’s ready for the bike park as well!

esc8engn
esc8engn
4 years ago

i think that geometry chart is for another bike entirely.

Heffe
Heffe
4 years ago

The geometry is far too slack for me. Long chainstays… It might work well as a backcountry touring bike?

Kevin Collings
Kevin Collings
4 years ago

So close to being my perfect bike… wish they threw sliders on the back, but that’s a feature not many want I guess.

Collin S (12 years of racing ss)
Collin S (12 years of racing ss)
4 years ago
Reply to  Kevin Collings

Companies no longer care about single speed because the majority of people don’t either. At Iceman, when I first raced it 10 years ago, there were over 100 single speeders just in the under 39 catigory. It’s shrinks every year and this year us was less than 40. There is talk that alot of the gravel races are dropping ss catigories for lack of attendance.

Colin M
Colin M
4 years ago

They say Nukeproof wheels but still show WTB rims. No mention of weight but the Pro has to be a 23 or 24 pound bike stock w those wheels and the dropper. right?

mud+rock
mud+rock
4 years ago
Reply to  Colin M

the website says the Pro version is 21.5 lbs. Not back for an aluminum frame with a dropper post.

Seraph
Seraph
4 years ago
Reply to  mud+rock

Weight figures on websites are notoriously inaccurate.

DeeKeezy
DeeKeezy
4 years ago

Seems like a lot of bike for the money, would be a blast up here in Vermont.

JMS
JMS
4 years ago

Nice frame and price point. Myopic spec:
Why in the world have a dropper w/o suspension fork up front?

mudrock
mudrock
4 years ago
Reply to  JMS

With those fat tires you can still take descents, it still helps to get down low.

badbikemechanicx
badbikemechanicx
4 years ago

Roadies. Just get a mountain bike. I can’t wait until this drop bar xc fad is over.

Colin M
Colin M
3 years ago

BTW, this bike sold out in all sizes in like a week on both Chain Reaction and Wiggle. That is a hot bike.

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