“When is there going to be a carbon Mega 29’er?” This has to be one of the most commonly asked questions put to Nukeproof since the launch of the ultra-successful Mega 275c.

The honest answer is that there wasn’t going to be one. That was until Sam Hill wanted to make the switch to try racing the Mega 290. After talking with our engineers and designers, spending some time testing the current Mega 290, we formulated a plan to make the ultimate Mega 290.

After a period of development and testing, the fairy tale wrote itself. A debut podium in Val Di Fassa, going on to take the 2019 World Enduro Series Title on the final stage of the season; an unprecedented title hat trick in the men’s elite class.

The all new Mega 290c & 290 Alloy frames feature a reworked suspension kinematic with an increase in rear travel to 160mm. The suspension kinematic has been reworked to improve the small bump sensitivity, increase mid stroke support for more predictable cornering/pumping and more end stroke progression to really inspire confidence through the roughest terrain.

This paired with reworked frame geometry (a slacker head and steeper seat tube angle), creates a true “monster truck” of a bike, ultimately fast in the rough, but crucially balanced to be predictable and confidence inspiring under heavy braking and cornering in all conditions.

For 2020 the Mega 275 aluminium and 275c almost remain the same three-time EWS winning platform as in 2019, but we are always looking at areas we can improve. All 275 & 275c frames are now offered in a new size; Medium-Large. This offers riders an option with slightly longer reach and effective top tube measurement to ensure there is the perfect size for everyone. To improve quality all 275 & 290 frames now come fitted with branded “Enduro Bearings” to ensure peace of mind, longevity and performance.

All specifications have been revised to offer riders the latest products on the market. Every Mega is now 12-speed from either Shimano and Sram. Stopping power is from powerful 4-pot brakes on all Mega models too (Sram or Shimano). We’ve upgraded all front rubber to the Magic-x Compound of Michelins awesome Wild-Enduro tyres to offer improved control and grip levels.

The range topping Mega RS models have true race bread pedigree. Spec’d based on the Team CRC-Mavic race bikes. Featuring 180mm of travel (+10mm over the rest of the range) from the Rockshox Ultimate RC2 Lyrik paired with custom tuned Super Deluxe RCT rear shock. Featuring Sram’s X01 12 speed paired with Code RSC brakes.

New to the range is also our Elite Carbon models in 275c & 290c models. Designed to offer riders a lower entry price to the carbon range. This specification features a Fox 36 Performance fork, a custom tuned DPX Performance rear shock and Shimano’s all new 12 speed SLX drivetrain.

Mega’s 275 & 275c will start to be available to buy Late October, with the Mega 290 & 290c expected Late November with prices starting from £2599.99 for the Mega 290 / 275 Comp, topping out at £5299.99 for the Mega 290 / 275 RS.

Photos by Laurence Crossman-Emms.

Mon 7th Oct, 2019 @ 9:30 pm

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