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Nukeproof Scout 290 Comp

Nukeproof Scout 290 Comp
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A graduate from the school of gravity, this aggressive long-travel trail hardtail is a finely tuned weapon prime for attacking trail.

There’s a reason the Nukeproof Scout has earned a cult-like following.

The bike fosters creativity on the trail, pushing even the most technically capable riders to see new lines and find ways to be smoother, faster and more aggressive. In a mountain bike world hyper-focused on big bikes and bigger travel, there’s something special about a bike that cuts through the noise and gets to the core of what really matters — getting out and having an absolute blast on the trail.

Tweaked to be the finest vintage of Scout, this third generation of the frame features some slight changes from its predecessor — namely in tweaks to the geometry and small (but notable) refinements to the frame.

The seat tube and head tube angles are updated, we’ve added frame protection in critical areas, given it a Universal Derailleur Hangar and bettered its ability to run a wide variety of tire sizes. Small changes, yes; but why make big changes to something that’s already so damn good? All added up, these little tweaks have led to the most refined Scout yet.

We’ve also developed a new pedaling position based off 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. Built around a 140mm fork, 29-inch wheels, size-specific chainstays and an aggressive trail-oriented geometry, the bike feels planted but playful in terrain typically above your average hardtail’s paygrade.

Those with sound bike handling skills will reap the benefits of the Scout’s playful nature and burly attitude, and those looking to improve will find a bike that challenges them to find flow through the most chaotic trails. No matter how you’re looking to use it, one thing’s for certain: Don’t underestimate what this hardtail is truly capable of.

The humble hardtail: Often overlooked, but not by us.

Marzocchi Bomber Z2 fork
Shimano Deore 12-speed drivetrain
Shimano Deore 4-piston brakes
WTB 29-inch tubeless wheels with Nukeproof Neutron V2 hubs
Schwalbe Magic Mary Snakeskin 29x2.35 front tire & Nobby Nic 29x2.35 rear tire


Frame Custom triple butted hydro-formed Alloy
Fork Marzocchi Bomber Z2, 130mm, 44mm Offset, BOOST, RAIL Damper, Gloss Black
Headset Nukeproof Neutron, 44-56 IITS
Rims/Wheels 29” WTB KOM Trail i30 TCS 2.0 Rim, 32H
Hubs Nukeproof Neutron V2 Hub
Tires Front: Schwalbe Magic Mary, Snakeskin, TL Easy, Addix Soft, 29x2.35’’; Rear: Schwalbe Nobby Nic, DD, Raceguard, TL Easy, Addix. 29x2.35’’
Crankset Shimano Deore M6100 or Race Face Ride 12 Speed Crank, 170mm, 30T, 52mm Chainline
Chain Shimano Deore M6100 12-Speed
Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore M6100, SGS 12-Speed, Shadow Plus
Cassette/Rear Cogs Shimano Deore M6100 12-Speed (HYPERGLIDE+), 10-51T
Shifters Shimano Deore M6100-IR, 12-speed Rapidfire Plus, I-Spec EV
Handlebars Nukeproof Neutron V2 25mm Rise, Width - M780mm, L800mm, XL800mm, XXL800mm
Tape/Grips Nukeproof Sam Hill Signature
Stem Nukeproof Neutron AM, 45mm, black
Brakes Shimano Deore M6120 4 pot brake or SRAM DB8, Resin Pads
Saddle Nukeproof Neutron, Black
Seat Post Brand X Ascend internal, 31.6mm, M:150mm drop; L: 170mm drop; XL/XXL:200mm drop

* Subject to change without notice.