Nukeproof launches a whole new bike in the form of the Nukeproof Giga!
Gluttony (noun): Habitual greed or excess.
As riders, we are all guilty of the gluttonous sin; enough is never enough in the hunt for the ultimate ride or result. There is a constant push for bigger, longer, rougher and faster with ever-increasing demands on the performance and capabilities of our bike and products. The pursuit is endless. It’s a philosophy that athletes like Sam Hill live by. The new Nukeproof Giga is the embodiment of this idea; Designed to be the ultimate hard-hitting Super-Enduro weapon for when you just need more.
The Test Mule
The brainstorm was to trial a “mini-version” of our Dissent downhill frame as a potential platform that could take on the roughest and toughest Enduro races and/ or lap all day in at the bike park. We were always confident in the descending capabilities of the Dissents horseshoe linkage design but needed to ensure the pedalling characteristics allow the rider to get back to the top again in relative comfort. As soon as we turned the cranks of the test mule, we knew we were on to something special. Despite the obvious weight of the mule (which was still built to DH standards) it was super-efficient and climbed well, but on the descents, it was incredible. With Team CRC Manager Nigel Page leading the charge in a testing (once tried, we couldn’t get the mule back!), the concept had to be turned into reality.
From the initial mule, it was back to the drawing board to create a next-generation frame. From hand sketches to CAD modelling, the concept was fully re-engineered to bring the Giga in line with all the modern “enduro” standards (148mm back end, insertion depths for dropper posts, perfect the geometry etc.).
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Optimised dropper insertion depth / integrated mudguard, 3d protection and tyre clearance
Sculpted space for a water bottle/ Tube in Tube for easy cable routing
The re-packaged design makes no compromises. The Horse-shoe driven linkage (with a 2-stage main pivot flip chip to alter suspension progression) is wrapped by the carbon frame allowing us to enhance the performance, whilst further optimising frame components for performance and to save weight whilst sculpting in space to fit the essential water bottle. All frames are designed “Tube-in-Tube” to allow for easy cable maintenance and assembly.
5 sizes available in both 27.5” and 29” frames / 2 position flip switch.
Using UD 700/800 carbon fibre allowed us to optimise the stiffness and compliance of the frame layout. The front triangle layup has been tailored for stability and precision, whilst the rear triangle was designed for compliance to help tracking with the ground and improve and optimise grip. Another bonus of the lightweight carbon rear triangle is that it has a lower un-sprung mass for ultimate suspension performance. (See leverage curves in frame pack)
What do you think of the new Giga from Nukeproof? Personally, I think it looks incredible! I imagine these will be hard to get hold of so best hit up your local bike shop / Nukeproof stockist to book a demo ASAP. I’ll be heading to my local bike shop Ace Bicycles to do the same!