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2020 Nukeproof Mega 290 Elite Carbon Bike
Since 1995, the infamous Megavalanche DH marathon race has been synonymous with big all-mountain riding. Starting at the highest point on Pic Blanc (3300m) above the village of Alpe D’Huez, it is seen as the pinnacle of mass start mountain bike racing around the world.
Originally conceived in 2009 as the perfect bike for this exact style of racing, the Nukeproof Mega was born. Now in its 4th evolution the Mega should need no introduction. It has tasted success within multiple disciplines and has numerous national and international race wins to its name.
Designed to excel on the toughest enduro tracks, the gravity focused Mega will inspire confidence on the most technical descents whilst maintaining pedalling efficiency for all-day epics in the saddle.
Brand new 29” Frame
For 2020 we decided to make some changes and bring the Mega 290 bang up to date. The 29” frame is finally available in two material options: Full alloy or Carbon fibre front triangle with an alloy rear triangle. Both options feature updated geometry, increased travel and a revised suspension kinematic.
Updated Geometry and Suspension
The brand new 29” frame uses a short offset 170mm fork paired with 160mm of rear travel to create a proper monster-truck of a bike. To accommodate these changes, we updated the geometry by slackening the head angle and steepening the seat angle versus the previous version. We also revised the suspension kinematic to make the bike as fast as possible; improving the small bump sensitivity, improved mid stroke support for more predictable cornering/pumping and increased end stroke progression to inspire confidence through the roughest terrain.
High in Fibre
Utilising a blend of the highest quality carbon fibre composites, the Mega 290 Carbon has been hand crafted with 1 goal in mind… winning!
Not only is the chassis now significantly lighter than its aluminium counterpart, the strength, stiffness and reliability of the frame has been vastly improved enabling every rider to push harder, faster and with more confidence than ever before.
Tested and podium proven on the toughest of terrain and in the most varied conditions by 2x Enduro World Series Winner Sam Hill, the 2020 Mega 290 sets out to tackle every ride with its trademark attitude.
Mega 290 Carbon
Material: Ultra Strong T700/800 Monocoque Carbon Fibre
Fork Travel: 170mm (RS 180mm)
Axle to Crown: 582mm (RS 591mm)
Fork Offset: 44mm
Shock Travel: 160mm
Wheels Size: 29″
Max Tyre Size: 2.5″
Shock Size: 230×62.5mm
Shock Hardware F: 25x8mm
Shock Hardware R: 30x8mm
Headtube: 44-56mm Tapered Semi-Integrated
Headset: ZS44-28.6 – T2 / ZS56/40 – B8
Bearings Required: 2x NP-5 (6902 2RS), 4x NP-7 (6800 2RS), 4x NP-9 (61802-2RS1 EXTENDED)
Seatpost: 31.6mm (Internal Routing for Dropper Seatpost)
Seat Clamp: 36.4mm
BB: Threaded 73mm BSA
Rear Hub: Boost 148x12mm
Rear Axle: Sram Maxle Stealth M12x1.75 180mm
Chain Guide: ISCG05
Brake Mount: 160mm Direct Post
Protection: 3D Contoured Rubber Frame Protection for DT/SS/CS
|Chain Guide||MRP SXG, 28-34T, ISCG-05, black|
|Frame||Nukeproof Mega 290 Carbon, 160mm Travel, ultra-strong monocoque UD woven Carbon Fibre front triangle, custom triple butted hydro-formed tube set for seat stays and chain stays, Factory fitted clear paint protection kit covers TT/DT/CS/SS, Internal cable routing, Enduro Bearings, Threaded 73mm BB , Boost 148mm rear axle spacing, 3D contoured frame protection|
|Front Wheel||DT Swiss E1900 SPLINE, 29", Centrelock, Shimano Microspline Driver, 148x12mm|
|Rack||Shimano SM-RT70 203mm, 180mm Rear|
|Rear Wheel||DT Swiss E1900 SPLINE,29", Centrelock, 110x15mm|
|Fork||Fox 36 Float, Performance Series, Grip Damper, 170mm, 44mm Offset, BOOST, Black|
|RearShock||Fox Float DPX2, Performance Series, 3 Position lever, Custom CL, LRL tune, 5mm, Bearing End (We recommend most riders use 0/1 spacers but the shock comes with 2 fitted, so you have an extra if needed.)|
|Headset||Nukeproof Warhead, 44-56 IITS|
|Tire||Front: Michelin Wild Enduro 29" x 2.4, MAGI-X TS TLR, Rear: Michelin Wild Enduro 29" x 2.4, GUM-X TS TLR|
|Shift Levers||Shimano SLX M7100-R, 12-speed Rapidfire Plus, I-Spec EV|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano SLX M7100, SGS 12-Speed, Shadow Plus|
|Cassette||Shimano SLX M7100-12, 12-Speed (HYPERGLIDE+), 10-51T|
|Crankset||Shimano SLX M7100 12-Speed, Hollowtech 2, 170mm, 30T, 52mm Chainlin|
|Seatpost||Brand X Ascend internal w 1x Remote, S:125mm drop; M/L:150mm drop; XL:170mm drop|
|Seat||Nukeproof Horizon SL, Grey|
|Bar||Nukeproof Horizon 25mm Rise, Width - S780mm, M780mm, L800mm, XL800mm)|
|Stem||Nukeproof Neutron AM, 45mm, black|
|Grips||Nukeproof Sam Hill Signature|
|Brakes||Shimano SLX M7120, 4 Pot Brake, Metallic Pads|