Nuke­proof Mega 275 Pro

Cycling Plus (Malaysia) - - BIKE OF THE YEAR 2018 -

The Mega has gone through some se­ri­ous changes for 2018 and now comes with a met­ric shock, widened Boost rear end and 170mm fork. Siz­ing has changed dra­mat­i­cally on the large and XL bikes too, though the small and medium stay roughly the same. We tested the medium and – while the reach isn’t the short­est on test, at 435mm, and our 5ft 8in main tester felt comfy enough – the gen­eral con­sen­sus was that it could do with be­ing a touch roomier. The seat an­gle is quite steep, at 75.5 de­grees. Com­bined with the 585mm ef­fec­tive top tube length, it sits you quite up­right when climb­ing, so we wouldn’t want to run a shorter stem than the stock 50mm unit.

Get out on track and those siz­ing con­cerns feel less im­por­tant, thanks to just how play­ful and fun the Mega feels. It’s ea­ger to pop from ob­sta­cle to ob­sta­cle, or change direc­tion with a split sec­ond’s no­tice. While the ride is a lit­tle live­lier than that of some of the longer bikes here, the well-con­trolled, bal­anced sus­pen­sion keeps your tyres stuck to the dirt and pre­vents too much clat­ter be­ing trans­mit­ted through your hands and feet. That means you can ride fast, run af­ter run, without fa­tigue slow­ing you down.

Get on the gas and the light Mavic wheels spin up to speed rapidly, while power de­liv­ery through the frame feels di­rect and re­spon­sive. The slack 63.9-de­gree head an­gle boosts con­fi­dence as the trail steep­ens, and the sup­port and com­po­sure of the Lyrik fork up front means it’ll keep your front wheel track­ing the ter­rain without div­ing through its travel. At the rear, there’s a de­cent amount of sup­port for pump­ing un­du­la­tions or carv­ing turns and, with a sin­gle vol­ume spacer added, enough pro­gres­sion to take the edge off harsh bot­tom-outs.

We’re mas­sive fans of the SRAM

Guide RE brakes, which de­liver oo­dles of easy-to-con­trol power. And high-fives to Nuke­proof for us­ing Maxxis tyres with re­in­forced ‘Dou­ble Down’ cas­ings, which let you run lower pres­sures with less chance of punc­tur­ing. The wheels do feel quite flexy when push­ing hard, though, and, at 25mm (in­ter­nal), aren’t ex­actly wide. Some more ro­bust hoops would make this great bike ride even bet­ter.

The Mavic wheels are light and re­spon­sive but flexy when pushed hard

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