Tuesday, September 1st, 2020
Fashion’s and trends come and go, often going full circle, returning under the guise of “retro” or “vintage”. The hardtail mountain bike never really went “out of fashion”, just skulked into the shadows, until the time was right to re-emerge.
For many (not all), the hardtail fell victim to rapid evolution of our young hobby/ sport/ life and was cast aside to make way for full suspension magic carpet rocket ships, bikes that allowed riders to shred harder, faster and give you a little life vest when seas got a little rough. The hardtail was almost just painted with the “good entry point bike” brush. Whilst this is still true in some regards and we love a good full suspension bike, there has been a resurgence in recent years of a new breed of hardtail is amazing to witness. Their simple clean lines have been seducing riders with their charms as well as the promise of a return to minimal, raw, no fuss riding with extra-large side helping of wildness. To attract these riders a select few hardtail’s underwent a mini makeover. Beefing up in all the right places, picking exotic top shelf components and gorging on the same “long, low & slack” geometry diet and that their full suspension brethren’s have been enjoying.
The result of this remodelling is that this evolution of hardtails is much more usable and have a much wider bandwidth to operate within. They excel at everything from an everything from XC hacks, laps of the trails to shredding technical enduro/ downhill runs, this new generation are a versatile and capable lot. The Nukeproof Scout has long been part of this new romantic cohort of frames, since its origins in 2014, the Scout has been building a dedicated following made up from devoted Hardtail shredder, N+1 winter bikers through to riders just curious about Scoutin’ About.
For 2021 the Nukeproof Scout returns with its proven Hydroformed 6061 Triple-Butted Aluminium frame. Featuring a 65º head angle (66.6º when sagged), 1191mm (Large Scout 275) wheelbase and 435mm chainstays making the Scout a little corner ripping punk, excelling when pointed down trail or sending of a lip. All bikes come fitted with “trail appropriate” tyres and there is plenty of clearance for the wet dust out back (2.6” in 275 and 2.5” width in 290).
The 2021 Scout brings models featuring the latest components, fresh colours and a whole lot more stock! Available in 3 complete build specifications and frame only in both 27.5” & 29” wheel options (No, it’s not the same frame). To meet the demands of riders looking for a seriously capable hardtail, we are proud to introduce the new “PRO” model.
Scout 275 & 290 Pro:
The Scout Pro means business with an “over-forked” (+10mm) Rockshox Lyrik Charger RC up front. Out back, Shimano’s 12 speed 10-51t SLX drivetrain allows you to winch up the steepest inclines whilst the 4 pot SLX ensure there is plenty of stopping power to hand. All models of Scout come tubeless ready, with the Pro rolling on DT Swiss 1900 wheels, wrapped in Maxxis tyres (Assegai up front and Dissector out back). Cockpit and controls are our premium Horizon range (wide bars, short stem and comfy saddle) topped with some quality Sam Hill Signature Grips. In a return to the old school, the Pro is finished in a stunning Brushed Raw aluminium.
Scout 275 & 290 Comp:
The Comp model see’s the introduction of the latest Shimano Deore 12 speed drive train and the awesome Marzocchi Bomber Z2.
Scout 275 & 290 Race:
Whilst the Race model has always been our entry point to adult bikes, it still features a bulletproof spec in all the areas you need on a hardtail. This includes the brand-new Shimano 10spd Deore drivetrain, a plush Rockshox Recon RL fork, our latest bombproof tubeless ready Nukeproof Neutron V2 hubs paired with some quality WTB rims and the same Maxxis Maxx Terra, EXO, TR Assegai and Dissector tyres as the rest of the range.
For those that like the “built not bought” philosophy we offer 27.5” and 29” frame only options, SRP: £400 (GBP). All Nukeproof Scout frames will come with a 5-year warranty* (*Please see terms and conditions on Nukeproof.com/warranty).
Lastly, to cope with the demand we’ve got more stock for 2021! We’ve tried (and failed) like many to keep up with the recent demand for bikes, especially hardtails, thank you to all our customers & dealers for their support and patience the whole Nukeproof team appreciate it.
We expect bikes to be in our dealers from September 14th 2020. All Scout models are available to pre-order in authorised Nukeproof retailers now, with a full list of specifications will be on Nukeproof.com.
P.S. Due to demand from customers we have released this information a little earlier than planned, more images will follow (as well as a new Video: Scoutin’ About: Three up – hope it will be better sequel than the Godfather 3 was!), for now if you want to enjoy the Scout in all it’s glory you can check out: