It all began with a group of boys from Belfast tipping off the top of Pic Blanc in Alpe D’Huez competing in the annual pilgrimage to the classic Megavalanche event and in the process deciding to make their own version of the modern enduro style bike. Welcome to the Nukeproof Mega 290.
Today we have the agonising of those angles and suspension design brought into fashion one hell of a range of bikes. The Mega may not have been the first enduro bike but it certainly delivers all the values and needs of those involved in hard riding in high places.
“Today we have the agonising of those angles and suspension design brought into fashion one hell of a range of bikes”
The Mega, be it in 27.5” or 29” wheel sizes delivers quality componentry within a solid chassis at great prices. Up until this year the design centre based out of Northern Ireland have only offered the bike in 27.5” but now they have got wise and have the larger, faster wheel into the mix. Its great to see. A scarce beast too.
How so? Well now and again there’s a feeling that 29” wheels could become a bit of a rare breed. This could in part be due to the pitiful inability of those on the shop floor of bike shops across the UK to understand the ways of the bigger wheel or the lack of heart on the part of the manufacturer to go with something new. Either one way, or another, its hard to get a good 150mm travel 29” wheel bike – only the BMC Trailfox and Specialized Enduro really cut it.