Nukeproof leans into mountain bike roots with a updated Digger gravel design

Nukeproof’s new Digger leans into its mountain bike roots with a complete redesign for confidence on technical descents and is more versatile on long adventures.

The idea of the Digger started as a “what if” project with famed rider Sam Hill and turned into a cult product in Nukeproof’s predominantly flat bar product line. Its popularity has only grown since the explosion of gravel racing, and with that comes a redesign. Nukeproof let their design team veer into familiar territory and gave the Digger the soul of a mountain bike.

NukeProof Digger Gravel RS front

Something Different — Nukeproof Digger

The Digger offers something slightly different from most of the gravel bikes on the market. This Digger seeks out the gravel-curious enduro and downhill crowds, calling them to long-distance adventures, but still, able to hit the features.

NukeProof Digger Gravel factory tt

The updated Digger includes a fully redesigned frame. The 6061-T6 frame boasts all-new tube profiles to create a more resilient and reliable ride on backcountry adventures. The head tube on the updated Digger is slacked-out 2 degrees and the reach increased by 20mm across all sizes.

NukeProof Digger Gravel factory chain guard

The updated geo allows shorter stems to improve rider confidence and control in the corners and technical features. The design team revamped the tire clearance, fitting an aggressive 700c x 45mm tire, with about 7mm of clearance extra to clear the grossest of trail debris.

NukeProof Digger Gravel factory

Nukeproof has also reengineered the fork to use T800 UD carbon. This new full carbon fork claims to offer a much stiffer and direct ride, enhancing handling and damping trail chatter.

Spec’d to shred

With its new shred-friendly geometry, Nukeproof went all-in with compatible componentry; wide bars, dropper posts, and a 1x drivetrain. Nukeproof designed the seat post to be shorter, allowing for longer dropper posts. The Digger now employs a 31.6mm dropper, so finding a trustworthy seat post should be an easy task, or you can swap one out from your mountain setup.

NukeProof Digger Gravel RS full

The Digger also sees an update with more utility, now outfitted with gear and accessory mounts, fork bag mounting points, and double water bottle mounts.

NukeProof Digger gravel lineup

The NukeProof Digger will be available in three different configurations:

NukeProof Digger Gravel RS full

Nukeproof Digger RS

Frame: Nukeproof Digger V3 Aluminium
Fork: RockShox Rudy Ultimate XPLR, 30mm Travel, 45mm offset
Brakes: SRAM Rival
Drivetrain: SRAM Rival 1
Crankset:SRAM Rival 1, 170mm 40T
Seatpost: Brand X Ascend Internal 125mm Dropper post 31.6mm Integrated into the GRX R810 Brake Lever
Wheels: DT Swiss GR1600 Spline 25, 700c
Tires: Schwalbe GOne Bite 700x45c, Addix Speed Grip
Handlebars: S/M/L 460mm, XL 500mm
Bar Tape: Black Cork Cushion Tape with Gel

NukeProof Digger Gravel factory close up

Nukeproof Digger Factory

Frame: Nukeproof Digger V3 Aluminium
Drivetrain: Shimano GRX
Crankset: Shimano GRX 810, GRX, 1x 11 Speed, 170mm 40t Brakes:
Shimano GRX, RX-810 Levers with RX -810 Flatmount calipers
Fork: Nukeproof Digger High Modulus T700 HM-UD Carbon Tapered steerer fork
Seatpost: Brand X Ascend Internal 125mm Dropper post 31.6mm Integrated into the GRX RX -810 Brake Lever
Wheels: DT Swiss GR1600 Spline 25, 700c
Tires: Schwalbe G-One Bite 700x45c, Addix Speed Grip
Handlebars: S/M/L 460mm, XL 500mm
Bar Tape: Black Cork Cushion Tape with Gel

NukeProof Digger Gravel Comp

NukeProof Digger Comp

Frame: Nukeproof Digger V3 Aluminium
Drivetrain: Shimano GRX
Crankset: Shimano RX-600, GRX, 1x 11 Speed, 170mm 40t
Brakes: Shimano GRX, RX-600 Levers with RX-400 Flatmount calipers
Fork: Nukeproof Digger High Modulus T700 HM-UD Carbon Tapered steerer fork
Seatpost: Nukeproof Neutron Inline, 31.6mm, 400mm
Wheels: Neutron Neutron v2 Hubs with STI25 TCS 32h Rims
Tires: Schwalbe G-One Bite 700x45c, Addix Speed Grip
Handlebars: S/M/L 460mm, XL 500mm
Bar Tape: Black Cork Cushion Tape with Gel

NukeProof Digger Gravel factory hero

Prices, geometry, and availability

NukeProof Digger Geo

The Nukeproof Digger will be available in four sizes, Small, Medium, Large, and XL. Nukeproof suggests the sizing will fit any rider from 5’7″ to 6’4″.

Bikes are available for purchase from Nukeproof.com or your local dealer.

Nukeproof Digger pricing

  • Digger RS: $3400, €3700, £ 3000
  • Digger Factory: $2600, €2900, £ 2400
  • Digger Comp: $1900, €2200, £ 1800
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Sean
6 months ago

This is sick. I love these “MTB-like” gravel bikes.

Wolf
Wolf
6 months ago

So MTB-inspired geometry and clearance for only 45mm tires? It doesn’t make sense. The new Grevil has 50mm clearance and that is designed as a gravel race bike.

Speshy
Speshy
6 months ago
Reply to  Wolf

True, but the grevil looks like a picasso painting on acid and its overpriced.

Sevo
Sevo
6 months ago
Reply to  Speshy

That’s an insult to picssso paintings on acid.

Sevo
Sevo
6 months ago

Yep the geo is awfully damn close to an Evil Chamois Hagar. People can laugh at that bike but the geo is true future.

Dontbelievethehype
Dontbelievethehype
6 months ago
Reply to  Sevo

Maybe, if ‘MTB-inspired’ geometry can change the fact it’s a drop bar bike on 45mm tyres. Which it can’t. What do we want, a bad MTB, a bad drop bar bike, or the worst of both? Best of both? Who knows.

Dave
Dave
6 months ago

I’ve got last year’s digger and it’s an excellent do-it-all bike. It handles everything from rough tarmac to rocky, rooty single track with aplomb. The additional of a front suspension solves the one complaint I’ve got about it, which is the difficulty of maintaining control on steeper descents with chattery sections. This new machine is going to be uber capable.

Howdy
6 months ago

The prices of these bikes are above that of better product from Giant, Canyon and MBC’s Carbo gravel bikes in Australia