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Nukeproof Scalp Frame (discontinued)

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World Cup rig on a budget

The Good:

Geometry- this frame was developed as an out and out race bike, and the geometry definitely suits that description. low and slack geometry matched with a decent wheelbase leads to an incredibly stable ride on high speed sections and always inspires confidence on the steep stuff. Suspension- when paired with the CCDB, the linkage driven single pivot performs as well as any frame on the market. Both geometry and linkage wise the frame is very comparable to a TR450, but after riding both frames fitted with a CCDB i would say that where the TR450 completely flattens the trail the Scalp instead offers a little more feedback and feeling. Simply put, to get the best out of this frame you really need to spend some time tinkering with the shock. The frame was developed with the use of a CCDB in mind because with a shock this capable there is no need to over complicate the linkage, for example, bottoming out too easy? just increase the compression damping. Price- the current scalp frame is around half the price of most boutique DH frames, which for a world cup capable downhill frame is amazing value.

The Bad:

Performance wise when compared to a TR450 you can notice a slight increase in flex, but personally i have never found this to be an issue. Also, whilst it can be tuned to become quite an efficient pedaller, this does hinder the suspension over rough terrain, so it will come down to whether you want to burn it on the flat or through the rough stuff. other than that, It does go through DU bushes and top link bearings quite quick, that being said, this is with regular pressure washing and constant British weather, and the overall simplicity of the frame makes replacement a really easy job.

Overall Review:

Overall, with both the price and performance in mind, i don't think that you can do much better than a Scalp for the same amount of money without going second hand. Plus, paired with the CCDB it gives you the ability to tune the bike to perform exactly how you want it provided you're willing to take the time setting up the shock.

Nukeproof scalp

The Good:

I bought this bike about 7 months ago second hand and I was amazed. With a 63 degree head angle the bike is very stable at speed , at home on the steep stuff , while being easy to handle in the jumps. The bike reacts amazingly well to everything that is thrown at it. It isn't too long in length or heavy in weight ( I don't have the lightest of parts on it) , this makes it easy to manoeuvre in corners and tight sections where needs be. The bike also keeps traction when it is faced with a slippy rocky or rooty section.

The Bad:

I had my shocked TF TUNED about 2 weeks ago now , and although it performed exceptionally better on the small bumps and other stuff thrown at it , if the shock (cane creek Double barrel ) took a medium and fast hit it would blow through it's travel exceptionally fast. I highly doubt this is to the shock tuning as TF TUNED are masters in what they do so can only blame it on suspension design. But that is not a deal breaker as the bike is very capable at what it's built to do. Also if my memory serves me correct , Nukeproof have a linkage that stops the shock from ramping up. I am still not sure if it's available to the public yet though , but I'm sure they will release one therefore making my negative points about this bike non-existent when they do.

Overall Review:

Taken into consideration all of the things mentioned I feel the scalp is a very comfortable and extremely fun bike to ride and wouldn't hesitate to buy one again as I have been very happy with what I have got.


Product Nukeproof Scalp Frame
Riding Type Downhill, Freeride / Bike Park
Rider Unisex
Sizes and Geometry
S, M, L View Geometry
Size S M L
Top Tube Length 572.3 592.3 612.2
Head Tube Angle 63° 63° 63°
Head Tube Length 124 124 124
Seat Tube Angle 68° 68° 68°
Seat Tube Length 15.3” / 390 16” / 405 16.5” / 420
Bottom Bracket Height +17 +17 +17
Chainstay Length 446.3 446.3 446.3
Wheelbase 1176.8 1196.8 1216.7
Reach 370.5 390.5 410.5
Wheel Size 26"
Frame Material Aluminum
Frame Material Details T6 6061 Aluminium, Custom Triple-Butted Hydroformed Tubing
Rear Travel 209mm
Rear Shock RockShox Kage, Length: 240mm x 76mm
Head Tube Diameter 1.5”
Bottom Bracket 83mm
Rear Dropout / Hub Dimensions 150mm x 12mm
Front Derailleur Size N/A
Seatpost Diameter 30.9mm
Max Tire Size
Bottle Cage Mounts No
Colors Black/Yellow, Silver
Warranty 2 Years Frame
Weight N/A
Miscellaneous Three-stage Fallout Linkage suspension
Price N/A
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