With the frustrating parts shortage the bike industry is currently suffering (not helped by the truck load of Shimano parts seized this week), brands are taking it upon themselves to keep potential customers abreast of exactly when they can expect complete bikes to be in stock throughout 2022. Nukeproof is the latest brand to do that, releasing a complete schedule of availability of the Reactor trail bike, Mega and Giga enduro bikes and the Dissent DH Bike… complete builds and framesets. So, here it is folks. Set your reminders.
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2022 Nukeproof Bikes Availability
This year sees the widest range of Nukeproof bikes on offer. From trail to Downhill the range covers most of a rider’s needs. With the introduction of the awesome new Mega and Giga models in 2021, 2022 sees subtle revisions and an injection of freshness to the range.
Possibly the big question of the past couple of years has been “Where are all the bikes?”. Nukeproof delivered more bikes than ever in 2021 season but demand still outstripped the supply. Not to sugar coat it, it’s very possible to hear the same in 2022 at some points as the industry catches up with itself. Nukeproof’s aim of this launch is to be as clear as we can on when bikes and frame will arrive for customers. The Nukeproof team are still working on ensuring that deliveries are as smooth as possible. During the year and will publish any changes to timing or specification tweaks to get bikes on trails as soon as possible.
One thing is for sure though, the new range looks insane!
2022 Nukeproof Reactor Availability
The mid-travel Nukeproof Reactor trail bike debuted in 2019 is updated for 2022 with an extra 10mm travel across most models, matching the spec of the top-of-the-range RS model. The Reactor range again sees upgrades to the RS model to feature the SRAM AXS Drivetrain and Nukeproof Horizon V2 wheels, with the rest of the range having a familiar feel to previous years.
The RS joins two other carbon frame models: the flagship Fox/ Shimano model with the Factory, Fox Performance/ Shimano SLX Elite model. The Reactor Alloy models (which still includes Carbon Seat stays) are the Pro and Comp models. Sitting in the Reactor 290 line is also the ST model with features a lighter weight component build.
2022 Nukeproof Mega Availability
The 4th generation of our EWS winning bike was launched in 2021 and has won over current and new Mega owners. Building on the success of the Mega, the new frame included some key updates to suspension, geometry as well as fitting the all-important water bottle!
Like with the Giga, 2022 sees the introduction of a complete range of 297 models to match the 290 range. Specifications remain largely unchanged but with the premium-isation of the RS model to feature the SRAM AXS wireless drivetrain and Nukeproof’s award winning Horizon V2 wheels (review here).
The Mega is available in both Carbon (RS, Factory & Elite) and aluminium build options (Pro & Comp) in both 297 and 290 options of each. Frame only options are available in 275, 297 and 290 options.
2022 Nukeproof Giga Availability
Much lauded on launch, the Giga has been a huge hit with racers (see Katy Winton’s and Nigel Page’s bikes), riders and media. With a huge 180mm of travel it’s a beast of a bike when descending but surprised many with its climbing prowess thanks to its clever design. Designed as a “super-Enduro” or Park bike its suspension design is based on the Dissent platform with a fast flip 2 stage main pivot to offer 2 progression settings.
For 2022 sees the introduction of the 297 mixed wheel sized bikes and frames across the range to match the 290 specification options. Joining the Factory, Elite and Comp models, Nukeproof are introducing an all-new top spec RS model. The RS features SRAM AXS X01 Drivetrain and pairs a Rockshox Zeb Ultimate with a custom tuned Super Deluxe Ultimate Coil shock to be a beast of a bike.
2022 Nukeproof Dissent Availability
Nukeproof’s Downhill model is back for 2022 available in 290, 297 and 275 frames and builds. The Dissent is designed to be customisable to suit riding style and terrain. Its adjustable main pivot offering riders 4 levels of progressivity of the rear shock. On top of this there is adjustable chainstay to 3 wheelbase options.
For 2022 Nukeproof are offering two complete models. The RS is a no compromise specification designed to be ready to roll, form the shop floor and attack any World Cup level race. The other build option is the Comp, a perfect specification for privateer racers or those wanting to lap the uplift/ park.
All models are available in mixed wheel size 297 or 290, with the 27.5” available as a frame only.
What about the MegaWatt, Scout, Digger and Cub Scouts?
With Megawatt launching in the middle of 2021 the release of the bikes will come a little later (est. around June/ July). For Scout and Digger, lets just put a “coming soon” tab on this.