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Nukeproof Scout 290 Race

Nukeproof Scout 290 Race
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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 130mm 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.

RockShox Recon Silver RL fork
Shimano Deore 10-speed drivetrain
Shimano MT4100 2-piston brakes
Nukeproof Neutron V2 29-inch tubeless wheels
Schwalbe Magic Mary Snakeskin 29x2.35 front tire & Nobby Nic 29x2.35 rear tire


Frame RockShox Recon Silver RL, 140mm, 42mm Offset, Solo air, Gloss Black
Fork Custom triple butted hydro-formed Alloy
Headset Nukeproof Neutron, 44-56 IITS
Rims/Wheels Nukeproof Neutron V2 Hub 15x110mm, built onto a 29” WTB STi30 TCS 2.0 Rim, 32H, Nukeproof Neutron V2 Hub, Shimano freehub with 36 points of engagement, 148x12mm, built onto a 29” WTB STi30 TCS 2.0Rim, 32H
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 M5100 Deore 10 Speed Crank, 170mm, 30T, 52mm Chainline
Chain KMC X10 10-Speed, with Quick Link
Rear Derailleur Shimano M5120 Deore 10-Speed
Cassette/Rear Cogs Sunrace CSMS2 10-Speed, 11-46T Black
Handlebars Nukeproof Neutron V2 25mm Rise, Width – M780mm, L800mm, XL800mm, XXL800mm
Tape/Grips Nukeproof Sam Hill Signature
Stem Nukeproof Neutron AM, 45mm, black
Brakes Nukeproof Neutron AM, 45mm, black
Saddle Nukeproof Neutron, Black
Seat Post Nukeproof Neutron, Black, 31.6mm, 450mm

* Subject to change without notice.