One person’s trail, is another riders’ downhill track, so the Reactor had to be designed to punch above riders expectations and expected limitations of an short travel bike. More precisely, it’s the bike of Kelan Grant, Sam Hill’s teammate. At the rear, you’ll find a RockShox Super Deluxe shock with a MegNeg chamber. You’ve got a lot of freedom of movement, not least of all thanks to the long dropper post. All are spec’d with Sam Hill’s Signature Grips, Nukeproof Horizon SL saddle and Maxxis rubber.eval(ez_write_tag([[580,400],'bikerumor_com-medrectangle-3','ezslot_1',103,'0','0'])); The all-singing all-dancing Nukeproof Reactor RS is an “over-forked” version of the Reactor. Bikerumor.com reaches close to one million passionate cyclists per month. The only annoying thing about our test bike was its noisiness. Kelan rides the bike in size large, which suited us perfectly. Paired with the tall front end, it almost makes you feel indestructible. Responding to customer demand for a higher spec aluminium frame, Nukeproof swap the Pro from a carbon frame to the alloy Reactor frame. There are five new model builds for 2021, for both the Reactor 275 and the Reactor 290, plus an update for the shorter travel Reactor ST. Stopping is taken care of by SRAM CODE RSC brakes paired with 200 mm rotors. Stay off the brakes and just let it go! The Alloy frame with carbon seat stays remains unchanged for 2021, but now up front is the new Marzocchi Bomber Z2 paired with a Rockshox Super Deluxe Select R out back, complimented by Shimano’s all new Deore 12 speed drivetrain and brakes. Our passion is the products, technology and people that make them. The carbon frame boasts 125mm rear wheel travel, a 130mm fork and runs a 29″ wheelset. We tested the 140mm all-mountain bike on Aberdeenshire’s finest – check out our first ride review here. When you see it standing there, there’s no denying that the Nukeproof Mega 290 on test is a race bike. Through rock gardens as if on rails – the Nukeproof Mega on the trail. For MY21, it gets a Fox 34 Float Factory Fork, a Fox Float DPS and a DT Swiss XR1700 SPLINE 25 wheelset. This build is our very own “test bike” spec. The head and seat tube angles are balanced. When things get tight, there are more agile bikes but as a bike for hobby racers, the Nukeproof offers unbeatable value for money. Scout 275 Scout 290 Adventure. The Nukeproof seems to stick to the ground and offers tons of traction! • How We Make Money If you want to catch air, you compress the suspension, push off and as soon as you land, the bike sucks itself back onto the ground. Merely a limited edition bike last year, the final model in the MY21 line-up is the short travel Reactor ST. Full spec list below. The internally routed cables also made a lot of noise. Bikerumor.com is the world’s largest cycling tech blog. ST= Short Travel. Full suspension, short travel (120-150mm), efficient pedalling machines. All bikes in test: Canyon Strive CFR Jack Moir Edition (Click for review) | Commencal META AM 29 (Click for review) | GT Force Carbon Pro Martin Maes Edition (Click for review) | Lapierre Spicy Team (Click for review) | Nukeproof Mega 290c RS Team Edition | Raaw Madonna V2 FOX Factory Custom (Click for review) | Specialized S-Works Enduro Team Edition (Click for review) | Trek SLASH 9.9 2021 (Click for review) | Yeti SB150 Team (Click for review) | YT CAPRA Elite 29 (Click for review). 3 The bike is very precise through rock gardens and the plush suspension doesn’t just provide plenty of traction, it also keeps the bike calm and composed. It rides like it’s on rails, staying on track with minimal input from the rider in almost all situations. Generally, the bike tends to stay lower in its travel but without wallowing or ever feeling vague. • Contact Us Geometry designed to handle technical terrain fast, whilst being fun and playful and then get you back to the top as fast as possible to do it all again. The Reactor is designed to perform in the wild and not just the spec sheet. From long days in the saddle, out exploring the wilderness to shredding your local woods, park or trail centre, no matter how technical, the Reactor will keep on rewarding your effort. As we move swiftly into Model Year 2021, Nukeproof have seen fit to update the Reactor with new spec options and a fresh lick of paint. Both have good suspension, a long rear triangle and are very composed. The only exception to this rule is in tight spots with quick direction changes. The moment you climb aboard the Nukeproof Mega, your self-confidence goes through the roof. When things get tight, there are more agile bikes but as a bike for hobby racers, the Nukeproof offers unbeatable value for money. … Smaller riders have to resort to the 27.5” version. Designed as the ultimate hard charging hooligan of a trail bike. The Elite now comes with the the new Performance Elite Series Fox 36 and DPX2 Performance Elite series to provide an even better ride. When work doesn't feel like work, then you've probably done everything right. Nukeproof Reactor 290 Alloy. Stay off the brakes and just let it go! The line-up comprises the top-end RS, working down to the Factory, Elite, Pro to the the budget-friendly Comp build. Fresh components from Fox, Shimano, Rockshox, Sram and Mavic, as well as the introduction of the finest components from brands like Bike Yoke see the specifications improve. Our Reactor platform is designed to be truly versatile, our engineers blending playful yet supportive kinematics with gravity focused geometry to ensure the Reactor has the heart of a hooligan and excels no matter what trail it was pointed down or up. It is at home on technical climbs, but happiest when thrashing the most technical trails you can point it at. What's 2+2? Fork RockShox Lyrik Ultimate 180 mmRear Shock RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate 160 mmSeatpost RockShox Reverb mm200Brakes SRAM CODE RSC 200/200 mmDrivetrain SRAM X01 Eagle AXS 32 (10-50)Stem Nukeproof Sam Hill 40 mmHandlebar Nukeproof Horizon Carbon 775 mmWheelset Mavic Deemax DHTires Michelin DH34 2.4". It gets a RockShox Pike Select + Charger 2 fork and a RockShox Super Deluxe Select+ shock. On the 275, we see a 160mm fork up front as opposed to the 150mm you’ll see on the rest of the line-up. eval(ez_write_tag([[300,250],'bikerumor_com-box-3','ezslot_6',101,'0','0']));The Reactor trail bike bike first graced singletrack last year, entering Nukeproof’s mountain bike line-up between the Scout and the Mega enduro bike. We tested the 140mm all-mountain bike on Aberdeenshire’s finest – check out our first ride review here. A lot more mtbs, our findings and the trends for the upcoming saison can be found in our introduction of the fastest enduro race bike on test. Shimano’s 12 speed XT drivetrain propels this carbon frame trail bike. Whilst the frame remains unchanged for 2021, the Reactor range sees subtle tweaks to the specifications to ensure there rolling on the latest components and performing better than ever. Our bike came with the DH34 front and rear, mounted on a set of Mavic Deemax DH wheels. The 2021 Nukeproof Reactor is due with Nukeproof’s dealer network from 8th October. We love learning the technology and celebrating innovation at every level -from crowdfunded start ups to major global brands- and sharing it all here with you! You human? From concept through to design, the Kinematics, the geometry and specification; the Reactor is designed from the ground up to be the ultimate aggressive trail bike. Copyright © 2020 ENDURO Mountainbike Magazine. 2020 YT CAPRA Elite 29 on test – Out of the box, onto the racetrack. You’ll need to give the bike some encouragement here as it’s always in traction mode and won’t easily slide around corners. Read the new issue of ENDURO Mountainbike Magazine now. Digger. The category “trail bike” can be all things to all folks. He loves biking and the tech talk surrounding it (to the detriment of his girlfriend Toni), photography and travelling the world. Luckily, that’s exactly what Christoph did. * The standard 470 mm reach is moderate and it’s a little shorter on this bike due to the longer fork. The moment you climb aboard the Nukeproof Mega, your self-confidence goes through the roof. Shimano’s XT 11-51t XT drive provides all the dive you should need to climb and the stopping power from XT 4 pot brakes tells you all you need to know about these bikes intended use. Servicing the 140mm rear end on the 275 and the 130mm rear end on the 290 is RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate with a custom ML 320 tune. Instead of the AXS model, you’ll find the hydraulic version on this bike, the reason being that only this version is available with 200 mm stroke for maximum freedom of movement. Also responding to popular demand, the Pro is now a RAW brushed aluminium frame and exposed carbon seat stays, it looks stunning! Subscribe to get latest news from Nukeproof, our athletes and new products. • Comment Policy The Elite model gets a fork upgrade for 2021 to the Fox 36 and DPX2 Performance Elite series. None of this fitting inappropriate products such as tyres to save grams, all bikes are ready for any trail off the shop floor.