Taking its name from the legendary track at Moneyscalp Wood in Co Down, the Nukeproof Scalp is a DH race rig, offering 209mm of progressive rear travel via a pull-link driven single-pivot suspension system. Designed and built with the target of grabbing podium places on the World Cup circuit, the Scalp is nonetheless destined to appeal to weekend warriors everywhere as a top-quality but affordable speed machine. Engineered from double-welded 6061 aluminium and tested by our team riders on courses in the UK and elsewhere, the Scalp is a slack and low-slung gravity sled built for the steepest, most technical and most challenging race runs the sport can throw up. Boasting a super-slack 63-degree head angle, 47.12 in wheelbase and 14” static BB height (medium size) the Scalp is characterised by its centrally-positioned shock and linkage system to keep the centre of gravity low and handling sweet. Rear hub spacing is standard 150mm while BB width is 83mm and the 1.5in headtube can be used in conjunction with the latest generation of Nukeproof headsets to cater for standard 1-1/8in fork steerers. Suspension-wise, the Scalp uses a single-pivot configuration with a unified rear triangle for optimum strength and stiffness. Its pull-link driven 'Fallout' linkage drives the shock in a three-stage progressive action - progressive throughout, with increasing progression at the beginning and end of the stroke, but a linearly progressive midstroke to avoid any spikes in damping. Huge 40mm diameter main pivot bearings are used with bearings mounted in machined faces in the swingarm, to provide maximum spacing and stiffness. Twin dogbones pull, rather than push, the swinglink giving a perfect progression rate, and allowing ride height tuning by swapping for different length links.
Massive single-pivot bearings for unparalleled stiffness
Fallout linkage driven three stage progression
209mm rear travel with 3in stroke shock
Double Smooth welded 6061-T6 construction throughout
4” bottom Bracket Height
63 deg head angle
Rockshox Vivid R2 Coil
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Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous Amazing
As the other reviewer says, the bike wont work with anything bigger then a 36T ring, mine was a 40T as I transferred it from the old bike and the guide rubbed on the linkage which affected shock performance, my fault however, I am now running a 36T ring and guide and its faultless. The bike is superb, very stable at high speed, jumps well, and instantly feels comfortable. Would definitely recommend.
20 June 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous Good suspension, stiff and manoeuvrable
Ridden this a few times now and felt comfortable right away. The bike accelerates very well, pedals well too. The bike jumps very great and feels easy to move around. The back end is stiff and the build quality looks good. Geometry is nice. Finally the suspension works really well giving plenty of grip. Havent had it in the wet yet, but looks likes the plenty of mud clearance.
One thing to note is chain device clearance with the swing arm. If you run a 36t device it will be perfect, but a 38t may not fit or need the back plate grinding down. I run a silent guide (which is faultless), I know the larger 38t LG1 won't fit straight on, I have been told the SRS 38t guide fits....
30 March 2012