Nukeproof Mega 290 Carbon
An enduro bike built on the tenets of balance, predictability, and absolute speed
Originally built as the “downhiller’s trail bike” made specifically to tackle the infamous MEGAVALANCHE enduro in France, the Nukeproof Mega has been racking up enduro stage wins and press accolades for over ten years. With four Enduro World Series titles to its name, the Mega has become an icon synonymous with racing.
Since 2009 the Nukeproof Mega has been on a constant development to meet the demands of our riders and customers alike.
Available in both a standard 290 and 297 mixed-wheel configuration, you can choose which version of the Mega suits your riding best — either the stability of a matched 29” setup front and rear, or the quick and playful pairing of and 29” front wheel and 27.5” wheel in the rear.
Currently in its fourth generation, the Mega is the product of more than ten years of refinement. It’s progressive, predictable, and downright fast; a bike as much at home between the tape at an Enduro World Series as it is bombing sketchy rock gardens on your home trails.
In pursuit of optimizing weight, strength, and stiffness, the Mega 290 Carbon is built around full T700/800 UD woven carbon fiber front and rear triangles. Its long, low, and slack geometry is designed around our saddle offset principle, which adjusts seat tube angle across the size range to ensure the seated riding position is perfect, no matter the rider’s height.
Everything on the bike has been carefully designed for racing and hard enduro riding. We've carved out space inside the front triangle of the frame for a 750ml water bottle, the seat tube is designed for slammed dropper posts, and we’ve even fitted the Mega with a threaded bottom bracket and universal derailleur hanger for easy maintenance.
The Mega’s Horst-link suspension system is tuned for suppleness over small bumps while remaining supportive on the climbs. Solid mid-stroke support balanced with relatively modest anti-squat gives the Mega an active rear end that feels shockingly efficient when pedaling uphill. Anti-squat reduces as you shift down the cassette and pick up speed, making the bike come alive on descents
After winning 4 Enduro World Series Titles in 3 years the all new design is an evolution of our ultimate Enduro bike. At the heart of the frame is suspension Kinematics, designed to be more subtle off the top, whilst remaining progressive and predictable . Anti-Squat is used to create an effective pedaling bike that can be thrashed through technical terrain. The useable SAG range is also widened to allow riders to tune the suspension to the trails. Other key features include:
- All New Carbon chassis
- Designed and improved suspension kinematics
- Tube In Tube design for easy cable installation
- All new Geometry
- Optimised sizing/fit - Small to XXL (290 M to XXL, 297 S to L)
- SRAM UDH
- Now fits a 750ml water bottle inside the main front triangle!
The Mega frame is optimised around the rider and weight distribution. The geometry features dynamic saddle offset. Seat angles are optimised for each frame size and the seat tube itself is designed to take a longer dropper post if required.
- Enduro Bike
- Nukeproof T700/800 UD woven Carbon Fibre frame
- 160mm Rear travel
- Comes with 3D Contored rubber protection and clear paint protection kits
- Boost 148 Hub Spacing
- Sizes Available: Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large, XXL
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|Frame||Nukeproof Mega V4 290 Carbon, 160mm Travel, ultra-strong monocoque UD Carbon Fibre frame, internally piped cable routing, ISCG 05 mounts, Enduro Bearings, Threaded 73mm BB, Boost 148mm rear axle spacing, 3D contoured Rubber frame protection and Factory fitted clear paint protection kit covering TT/DT/CS/SS||Nukeproof Mega V4 290 Carbon, 160mm Travel, ultra-strong monocoque UD Carbon Fibre frame, internally piped cable routing, ISCG 05 mounts, Enduro Bearings, Threaded 73mm BB, Boost 148mm rear axle spacing, 3D contoured Rubber frame protection and Factory fitted clear paint protection kit covering TT/DT/CS/SS||Nukeproof Mega V4 290 Carbon, 160mm Travel, ultra-strong monocoque UD Carbon Fibre frame, internally piped cable routing, ISCG 05 mounts, Enduro Bearings, Threaded 73mm BB, Boost 148mm rear axle spacing, 3D contoured Rubber frame protection and Factory fitted clear paint protection kit covering TT/DT/CS/SS|
|Fork||Fox 38 Float, Performance Elite Series, Grip 2 Damper, 170mm, 44mm Offset, BOOST, Black||Fox 38 Float, Factory Series, Kashima, Grip 2 Damper, 170mm, 44mm Offset, BOOST, Orange||RockShox Zeb Ultimate Charger 3 RC2, 170mm, 44mm Offset, BOOST, Debonair, Grey|
|Shock||Fox Float X2, Performance Series, EVOL, 2 Position lever, Custom 0.3 Spacer x2, CL, RM, Rezi CM, 230x62.5mm, Bearing End||Fox Float X2, Factory Series, Kashima, EVOL, 2 Position lever, Custom 0.3 Spacer x2, CL, RM, Rezi CM tune, 230x62.5mm, Bearing End||RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate Air, Custom, M- 0L2 LNL1 32SB C1, L/XL/XXL - 0L2 LNL 32SB C1, 230x62.5mm, Bearing End, 2 bottomless tokens fitted||
Fox Float X2, Factory Series, Kashima, EVOL, 2 Position lever, Custom 0.3 Spacer x2, CL, RM, Rezi CM tune, 230x62.5mm, Bearing End
|Front Wheel||Nukeproof Horizon V2, 29", 6 Bolt, 110x15mm||DT Swiss EX1700 SPLINE 30,29", 6 Bolt, 110x15mm||Nukeproof Horizon V2, 29", 6 Bolt, 110x15mm|
|Rear Wheel||Nukeproof Horizon V2, 29", 6 Bolt, XD Driver, 148x12mm||DT Swiss EX1700 SPLINE 30, 29", 6 Bolt, XD Driver, 148x12mm||Nukeproof Horizon V2, 29", 6 Bolt, XD Driver, 148x12mm|
|Tyres||Front: Maxxis Assegai 29" x 2.5 WT, 3C MaxxGrip DD TR, Rear: Maxxis Minion DHR II 29” x 2.4 WT, 3C MaxxTerra DD TR||Front: Maxxis Assegai 29" x 2.5 WT, 3C MaxxGrip DD TR, Rear: Maxxis Minion DHR II 29” x 2.4 WT, 3C MaxxTerra DD TR||Front: Michelin Wild Enduro, 29" x 2.4, MAGI-X TS TLR, Rear: Michelin Wild Enduro, 29" x 2.4, GUM-X TS TLR|
|Crankset||SRAM GX Eagle, 12-Speed, DUB, 170mm, 30T, T-Type, 55mm CL||SRAM XO Eagle, T-Type, 12-Speed, 170mm, 30T, 55mm CL, DUB||SRAM XX Carbon Eagle, T-Type, 12-Speed, 170mm, 30T, DUB, 55mm CL|
|Shifter||SRAM AXS POD Ultimate, Eagle, T-Type, 12-Speed, Black||SRAM AXS POD Ultimate, Eagle, T-Type, 12-Speed, Black||SRAM AXS POD Ultimate, Eagle, T-Type, 12-Speed, Black|
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM GX AXS T-Type, 12-Speed Eagle||SRAM XO AXS Eagle, T-Type, 12-Speed||SRAM XX Eagle, AXS T-Type, 12-Speed, Black|
|Chain||SRAM GX T-Type, 12-Speed, Flattop, PowerLock||SRAM GX, T-Type, 12-speed, Flattop, Powerlock||SRAM XO Eagle, T-Type, 12-Speed. Flattop, PowerLock|
|Cassette||SRAM GX CS-1275 T-Type, 12-Speed, 10-52T||SRAM GX Eagle, CS-1275, T-Type, 12-Speed, 10-52T||SRAM XO Eagle, T-Type, 12-Speed, CS-1295, 10-52T|
|Chain Guide||Nukeproof Guide with Bash, 28-36T, ISCG-05, 55mm CL, Black||Nukeproof Guide with Bash, 28-36T, ISCG-05, 55mm CL, Black||Nukeproof Guide with Bash, 28-36T, ISCG-05, 55mm CL, Black|
|Brakes||SRAM DB8, 4- Pot Brake||Hayes Dominion A4, 4-Pot Brake, Metallic Pads||SRAM Code RSC Sintered Pads|
|Front Rotor||SRAM Centerline, 200mm||Hayes, 203mm||SRAM HS2, 200mm|
|Rear Rotor||SRAM Centerline, 200mm||Hayes, 203mm||SRAM HS2, 200mm|
|Handlebars||Nukeproof Horizon V2 25mm Rise, Width - M780mm, L800mm, XL800mm, XXL800mm||Nukeproof Horizon V2 25mm Rise, Width - M780mm, L800mm, XL800mm, XXL800mm||Nukeproof Horizon Carbon V2 25mm Rise, Width - M780mm, L800mm, XL800mm, XXL800mm|
|Stem||Nukeproof Horizon, 45mm, Black||Nukeproof Horizon, 45mm, Black||Nukeproof Horizon, 45mm, Black|
|Seatpost||Brand X Ascend internal with Brand-X Remote lever, M:150mm drop; L:170mm drop; XL/XXL:200mm drop||Bikeyoke Divine Stealth with Triggy lever, M:160mm drop; L/XL/XXL:185mm drop||Bikeyoke Revive Stealth with Triggy 1x Remote, 31.6mm; M:160mm drop; L:185mm drop; XL/XXL:213mm drop|
|Headset||Nukeproof, 44-56 IITS||Nukeproof, 44-56 IITS||Nukeproof, 44-56 IITS||Nukeproof, 44-56 IITS|
|Grips||Nukeproof Sam Hill Signature||Nukeproof Sam Hill Signature||Nukeproof Sam Hill Signature|
|Bearings||Enduro Bearings||Enduro Bearings||Enduro Bearings||Enduro Bearings|
|Weight(Size Medium)||15.65Kgs (Tubeless)||15.76Kg (Tubeless)||TBD (Tubeless)||3.82Kgs/8.4lbs (Medium)|
Geometry & Sizing
|(C) Effective Top Tube Length||567.7||592.71||610.87||632.79||654.71|
|(D) Seattube Length||380||410||440||470||500|
|(E) Effective Seattube Angle||77.5°||77.5°||78°||78°||78°|
|(F) Seattube Angle (Actual)||71°||71°||71.5°||71.5°||71.5°|
|(G) Saddle Height at Saddle Offset||650||700||750||800||850|
|(H) Saddle Offset at Saddle Height||142.22||158.59||166.66||181.58||196.49|
|(I) Headtube Length||100||100||120||130||140|
|(J) Headtube Angle||64°||64°||64°||64°||64°|
|(K) Chainstay Length||440||440||440||440||440|
|(L) Front Centre||758.5||783.5||812.11||836.42||860.72|
|(N) Bottom Bracket Drop||30||30||30||30||30|
|(O) Bottom Bracket Height||345||345||345||345||345|
|(P) Stand Over Height||725.16||724.41||722.92||730.78||736.07|
|(Q) Fork Travel||170||170||170||170||170|
|(S) Fork Offset||42||42||42||42||42|
|(T) Axle to Crown||582||582||582||582||582|
|(U) Maximum Seatpost Insert||250||250||255||274||293|
All dimensions in mm unless otherwise stated
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- Where can I buy Nukeproof Bikes?
- Nukeproof bikes, components and apparel is sold through an authorised dealer network. Check out our dealer locator for your local local stockist or preferred online store www.nukeproof.com/dealers
- Do your bikes come with Warranty?
- All Mega frames come with a 5 year frame warranty (Please visit www.nukeproof.com/warranty for full info). Components will follow the component manufacturer warranty policy. Our Warranty policy applies to the original owner and processed by our authorised retail partners. To see their warranty process check: www.nukeproof.com/warranty
- Where can I demo a Nukeproof bike?
- We run numerous demo's through the year at major events and with our dealer network. Check out www.nukeproof.com/demo for when we may be near you. If this is unavailable to you, you can always request a demo through your local authorised stockist.
- What size bike do I need?
- All our products come with a size guide. This is designed as an indication of the size that may suit you. If you are still unsure speak with one of our dealers who will be happy to help you pick the right size and model for you.
- How does you bike range work?
- Our range is named based on specification level. Not every Bike Frame will have each specification level, but in order of price they run: Sport - Race - Comp - Pro - Elite- Factory/ST (Reactor Only) - RS
- Where can I buy touch up paint for my bike?
- Nukeproof have partnered up with paint specialist G-Paint to offer touch up paints for popular Nukeproof models. These can be bought direct from G-Paint's website HERE.
|Material:||Ultra Strong T700/800 Monocoque Carbon Fibre|
|Axle to Crown:||582mm|
|Max Tyre Size:||2.6"|
|Recommended Shock Sag (Measured seated):||30-35%|
|Shock Hardware F:||25x8mm|
|Shock Hardware R:||30x8mm|
|Headtube:||44-56mm Tapered Semi-Integrated|
|Headset:||ZS44-28.6 - T2 / ZS56/40 - B8|
|Bearings Required:||4x F6802 LLU MAX, 4x 6902 LLU MAX, 2x F6902 LLU MAX-EA|
|Seatpost:||31.6mm (Internal Routing for Dropper Seatpost)|
|BB:||Threaded 73mm BSA|
|Rear Hub:||Boost 148x12mm|
|Rear Axle:||Sram UDH Maxle Stealth M12x1.0 180mm (Thread Length 13mm)|
|Max Chainring Size||36T/34T Oval|
|Brake Mount:||180mm Direct Post|
|Protection:||3D Contoured Rubber Frame Protection for DT/SS/CS|
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