The Nukeproof Giga 290 Elite: Gluttony is not a sin
In the pursuit of the ultimate super enduro mountain bike, gluttony is a virtue.
A bike built for the riders who demand a bike that can go bigger, faster and longer, the Nukeproof Giga 290 was birthed from a gluttonous lust for more. We wanted more travel, more capability and more shredability; something that could still comfortably pedal uphill, but would descend like an absolute hooligan.
Thus came the Giga 290, a super enduro weapon developed straight from our award-winning Dissent downhill bike. Built around a burly 180mm fork, 170mm of rear travel, 29-inch wheels and an ultra-tunable geometry, the Giga 290 is the ultimate bike for riders always hungry for more.
How it Rides
Developed alongside the modern version of the Nukeproof Mega enduro bike, the Giga 290 was birthed from the desire to have a bike as versatile as the Mega but capable of shredding just as hard as our downhill bike.
We took the test mule for the Dissent downhill bike, which was in development at the time, and modified it to work as a super enduro bike. The result was mind blowing — not only did the prototype come alive at warp speed in the rowdiest descents, it climbed well and felt flickable in tight terrain. Our test riders didn’t want to give the prototype frame back.
And behold, the Giga 290 was born.
The suspension is based on the same horseshoe-driven linkage used in our Dissent downhill bike, which is designed to be supple off the top, supportive in the mid-stroke and progressive through the rest of the travel. This means the top-end of the travel has supple small bump compliance and solid mid-stroke support for better cornering and pumping.
The geometry of the full-carbon UD 700/800 frame is based on 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. It’s a long, low and slack frame designed to feel like a big bike on the descent with the pedal-able versatility of a modern super enduro rig. There’s also an eccentric flip chip that alters shock progressivity to suit your style and the terrain.
It also features a downtube carved out to fit a full-size water bottle inside the front triangle, an accessory mount hidden under the top tube and it comes with a stock-installed frame protection kit.
It’s a bike built for the biggest lines — equally at home on technical big mountain enduro stages as it is lapping the wildest lines at the Whistler bike park.
The Nukeproof Giga 290 Elite Component Details
- Fox 38 Float Performance Elite Series fork & Float X2 Performance Series shock
- Shimano SLX 12-speed drivetrain
- Shimano SLX 4-piston brakes
- Nukeproof Horizon 29-inch tubeless wheels
- Maxxis Assegai 29x2.5 front tire & Minion DHR II 29x2.4 rear tire
|Frame||Nukeproof Giga 290 Carbon, 170mm Travel, ultra-strong monocoque UD Carbon Fibre frame, adjustable main pivot, internally piped cable routing, ISCG 05 mounts, Enduro Bearings, Threaded 73mm BB, Boost 148mm rear axle spacing, 3D contoured Rubber frame protection and Factory fitted clear paint protection kit covering TT/DT/CS/SS||Nukeproof Giga 290 Carbon, 170mm Travel, ultra-strong monocoque UD Carbon Fibre frame, adjustable main pivot, internally piped cable routing, ISCG 05 mounts, Enduro Bearings, Threaded 73mm BB, Boost 148mm rear axle spacing, 3D contoured Rubber frame protection and Factory fitted clear paint protection kit covering TT/DT/CS/SS||Nukeproof Giga 290 Carbon, 170mm Travel, ultra-strong monocoque UD Carbon Fibre frame, adjustable main pivot, internally piped cable routing, ISCG 05 mounts, Enduro Bearings, Threaded 73mm BB, Boost 148mm rear axle spacing, 3D contoured Rubber frame protection and Factory fitted clear paint protection kit covering TT/DT/CS/SS|
|Fork||RockShox , Domain, Motion Control RC damper, 180mm, 44mm Offset, BOOST, Debonair, Gloss Black||Fox 38 Float, Performance Elite Series, Grip 2 Damper, 180mm, 44mm Offset, BOOST, Black||Fox 38 Float, Factory Series, Kashima, Grip 2 Damper, 180mm, 44mm Offset, BOOST, Orange||RockShox Zeb Ultimate Charger 2.1 RC2 180mm, 44mm Offset, BOOST, Debonair, Black|
|Shock||RockShox Super Deluxe Select R, Custom LIN L tune, 205x60mm, Trunnion with Bearing End, 2 bottomless tokens fitted.||Fox Float X2, Performance Series, EVOL, 2 Position lever, Custom LCM, LRM tune, 205x60mm, Trunnion with Bearing End||Fox Float X2, Factory Series, Kashima, EVOL, 2 Position lever, Custom LCM, LRM tune, 205x60mm, Trunnion with Bearing End||RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate RCT Coil, Custom LIN L (MD) LIN M (L/XL/XXL) S320 tune, 205x60mm, Bearing End, Spring MD/L:450lbs; XL500lbs; XXL:550lbs||Fox Float X2, Factory Series, Kashima, EVOL, 2 Position lever, Custom LCM, LRM tune, 205x60mm, Trunnion with Bearing End|
|Front Wheel||Sun-Ringle Duroc SD37 Comp 29", 15x110mm||Nukeproof Horizon V2, 29", 6 Bolt, 110x15mm||DT Swiss EX1700 SPLINE 30,29", 6 Bolt, 110x15mm||Nukeproof Horizon V2, 29", 6 Bolt, 110x15mm|
|Rear Wheel||Sun-Ringle Duroc SD37 Comp 29", Shimano Microspline Driver, 148x12mm||Nukeproof Horizon V2, 29", 6 Bolt, Shimano Microspline Driver, 148x12mm||DT Swiss EX1700 SPLINE 30, 29", 6 Bolt, Shimano Microspline Driver, 148x12mm||Nukeproof Horizon V2, 29", 6 Bolt, XD Driver, 148x12mm|
|Tyres||Front: Maxxis Assegai 29" x 2.5 WT, 3C MaxxGrip DD TR, Rear: Maxxis Minion DHR II 29” x 2.4 WT, 3C MaxxTerra DD TR||Front: Maxxis Assegai 29" x 2.5 WT, 3C MaxxGrip DD TR, Rear: Maxxis Minion DHR II 29” x 2.4 WT, 3C MaxxTerra DD TR||Front: Maxxis Assegai 29" x 2.5 WT, 3C MaxxGrip DD TR, Rear: Maxxis Minion DHR II 29” x 2.4 WT, 3C MaxxTerra DD TR||Front: Michelin Wild Enduro 29" x 2.4, GUM-X TS TLR, Rear: Michelin Wild Enduro 29" x 2.4, GUM-X TS TLR|
|Crankset||Race Face Ride, 12 Speed Crank, 170mm, 30T, 52mm Chainline||Shimano SLX M7100 12-Speed, Hollowtech 2, 170mm, 30T, 52mm Chainline||Shimano XT M8100 12-Speed, Hollowtech 2, 170mm, 30T, 52mm Chainline||SRAM Descendant Carbon Eagle 12-Speed, 170mm, 30T, B148, DUB|
|Shifter||Shimano Deore M6100 12 Speed||Shimano SLX M7100-IR, 12-speed Rapidfire Plus, I-Spec EV||Shimano XT M8100-R, 12-speed Rapidfire Plus, I-Spec EV||
SRAM Eagle AXS 12-Speed, Black
|Rear Deraileur||Shimano Deore M6100, SGS 12-Speed, Shadow Plus||Shimano SLX M7100, SGS 12-Speed, Shadow Plus||Shimano XT M8100, SGS 12-Speed, Shadow Plus||SRAM XO1 AXS Eagle 12-Speed, Black|
|Chain||Shimano Deore M6100 12-Speed||Shimano SLX M7100 HG 12-speed Inc Quicklink||Shimano XT M8100 HG 12-speed Inc Quicklink||SRAM GX Eagle 12-Speed|
|Cassette||Shimano Deore M6100 12-Speed (HYPERGLIDE+), 10-51T||Shimano SLX M7100-12, 12-Speed (HYPERGLIDE+), 10-51T||Shimano XT M8100-12, 12-Speed (HYPERGLIDE+), 10-51T||SRAM XO1 Eagle 12-Speed, CS XG1295 EAGLE 10-52T|
|Chain Guide||MRP 1x CS, 28-34T, ISCG-05, black||Nukeproof guide, 28-36T, ISCG-05, black||Nukeproof guide with Bash, 28-36T, ISCG-05, black||Nukeproof guide with Bash, 28-36T, ISCG-05, black|
|Brakes||Shimano M6120 or SRAM DB8||Shimano SLX M7120, 4 Pot Brake, Metallic Pads||Shimano XT M8120, 4 Pot Brake, Metallic Pads||SRAM Code RSC, Sintered pads|
Nukeproof Neutron V2 25mm Rise, Width - M780mm, L800mm, XL800mm, XXL800mm
|Nukeproof Horizon V2 25mm Rise, Width - M780mm, L800mm, XL800mm, XXL800mm||Nukeproof Horizon V2 25mm Rise, Width - M780mm, L800mm, XL800mm, XXL800mm||Nukeproof Horizon Carbon V2 25mm Rise, Width - M780mm, L/XL/XXL800mm|
|Stem||Nukeproof Neutron AM, 45mm, black||Nukeproof Horizon, 45mm, Black||Nukeproof Horizon, 45mm, Black||Nukeproof Horizon, 45mm, Black|
|Seatpost||Brand X Ascend internal, 31.6mm, M:150mm drop; L: 170mm drop; XL/XXL:200mm drop||Brand X Ascend internal with Brand-X Remote lever, M:150mm drop; L:170mm drop; XL/XXL:200mm drop||Bikeyoke Divine Stealth with Brand-X Remote lever, M:160mm drop; L/XL/XXL:185mm drop||Bikeyoke Revive Stealth with Triggy 1x Remote, 31.6mm; M:160mm drop; L:185mm drop; XL/XXL:213mm drop|
|Headset||Nukeproof, 44-56 IITS||Nukeproof, 44-56 IITS||Nukeproof, 44-56 IITS||Nukeproof, 44-56 IITS||Nukeproof, 44-56 IITS|
|Grips||Nukeproof Sam Hill Signature||Nukeproof Sam Hill Signature||Nukeproof Sam Hill Signature||Nukeproof Sam Hill Signature|
|Bearings||Enduro Bearings||Enduro Bearings||Enduro Bearings||Enduro Bearings||Enduro Bearings|
|Weight: (Size Medium)||16.27kg Medium Tubeless||15.92kg Medium Tubeless||15.51kg Medium Tubeless||15.37kg Medium Tubeless||3.88Kgs/8.55lbs|
Geometry & Sizing
|(C) Effective Top Tube Length||565.11||590.11||609.18||631.09||653|
|(D) Seattube Length||380||410||440||460||480|
|(E) Effective Seattube Angle||77.75°||77.75°||78°||78°||78°|
|(F) Seattube Angle (Actual)||72°||72°||72.5°||72.5°||72.5°|
|(G) Saddle Height at Saddle Offset||650||700||750||800||850|
|(H) Saddle Offset at Saddle Height||139.22||154.74||165.77||179.99||194.21|
|(I) Headtube Length||100||100||110||120||130|
|(J) Headtube Angle||63.5°||63.5°||63.5°||63.5°||63.5°|
|(K) Chainstay Length||445||445||445||445||445|
|(L) Front Centre||768.03||793.03||817.42||841.8||866.18|
|(N) Bottom Bracket Drop||25||25||25||25||25|
|(O) Bottom Bracket Height||350||350||350||350||350|
|(P) Stand Over Height||702.58||710.09||729.88||734.48||750.59|
|(Q) Fork Travel||180||180||180||180||180|
|(S) Fork Offset||42||42||42||42||42|
|(T) Axle to Crown||591||591||591||591||591|
|(U) Maximum Seatpost Insert||200||225||258||275||294|
*All dimensions in mm unless otherwise stated
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- Where can I buy Nukeproof Bikes?
- Nukeproof bikes, components and apparel is sold through an authorised dealer network. Check out our dealer locator for your local local stockist or preferred online store www.nukeproof.com/dealers
- Do your bikes come with Warranty?
- All GIGA frames come with a 5 year frame warranty (Please visit www.nukeproof.com/warranty for full info). On top of that we also offer an extended 2-year warranty on all components excluding wear and tear items such as bearings, brake pads, chains & cassettes etc. Our Warranty policy applies to the original owner and processed by our authorised retail partners. To see their warranty process check: www.nukeproof.com/warranty
- Where can I demo a Nukeproof bike?
- We run numerous demo's through the year at major events and with our dealer network. Check out www.nukeproof.com/demo for when we may be near you. If this is unavailable to you, you can always request a demo through your local authorised stockist.
- What size bike do I need?
- All our products come with a size guide. This is designed as an indication of the size that may suit you. If you are still unsure speak with one of our dealers who will be happy to help you pick the right size and model for you.
- How does you bike range work?
- Our range is named based on specification level. Not every Bike Frame will have each specification level, but in order of price they run: Sport - Race - Comp - Pro - Elite- Factory/ST (Reactor Only) - RS
|Material:||Ultra Strong T700/800 Monocoque Carbon Fibre|
|Axle to Crown:||591mm|
|Max Tyre Size:||2.5"|
|Recommended Shock Sag (Measured seated):||30% (18mm)|
|Shock Hardware F:||TRUNNION|
|Shock Hardware R:||30x8mm|
|Headtube:||44-56mm Tapered Semi-Integrated|
|Headset:||ZS44-28.6 - T2 / ZS56/40 - B8|
|Bearings Required:||2x 6901-2RS MAX, 4x 6902-2RS MAX, 2x6804-2RS MAX, 2x 6900-2RS MAX|
|Seatpost:||31.6mm (Internal Routing for Dropper Seatpost)|
|BB:||Threaded 73mm BSA|
|Rear Hub:||Boost 148x12mm|
|Rear Axle:||SRAM UDH Maxle Stealth M12x1.0 180mm (Thread Length 13mm)|
|Brake Mount:||200mm Direct Post|
|Protection:||3D Contoured Rubber Frame Protection for DT/SS/CS|