First Look at Nukeproof Cub

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It was the new day of biking at the Singletrack Tours this week – this Nukeproof Cub Scout 26 race made its way to a very lucky junior member of the STW family.

This Nukeproof Cub Scout is not a test bike – it’s the new bike from Kid2 (Hannah’s youngest), but like many of you are probably looking for a new bike for your offspring (why oh why do they keep growing?), we thought we would show you a closer look.

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The Cub range

The Cub Scout is available in 20, 24 and 26 inch wheels, each in a Sport or Race model. The Race model is the higher specification of the two, so what we have here is the larger, more capable bike in the lineup – the Cub Scout 26 Race.

Rider height Inside leg Approximate age Color / Stickers Price
Cub Race 26 140-158cm 64-70cm 10+ years Blue / Silver £ 999.99
Cub 26 Sport 140-158cm 64-70cm 10+ years Gray / Yellow £ 849.99
Cub 24 Race 127-142cm 57-66cm 7-11 years old Silver / black £ 999.99
Cub 24 Sport 127-142cm 57-66cm 7-11 years old Gray / Yellow £ 849.99
Cub Race 20 120-130cm 52-59cm 5-6 years Red Black £ 999.99
Cub 20 Sport 120-130cm 52-59cm 5-6 years Gray / Yellow £ 649.99
Manitou Markhor Fork
Good fork, good tires

For the money you get an air fork suitable for lighter riders (except the 20in Sport model, which has a stiff fork), hydraulic disc brakes with child-specific levers, specific cranks at the waist and child-specific handles. In the box you get a set of basic composite pedals and a pedal wrench, a multi-tool, a few frame protection stickers, a set of cable ports to use if you want to install a dropper (it comes with with solid / blank port covers), the usual bell and reflectors, and a can of touch up paint for the inevitable scratches.



Cub Scout 26 Specifications

Cub 26 Sport Cub Race 26
FRAMEWORK Nukeproof Cub-Scout 26 “, custom hydroformed 6061 alloy, internal dropper post cable routing, threaded bottom bracket, 142mm bolt-on rear axle spacing Nukeproof Cub-Scout 26 “, custom hydroformed 6061 alloy, internal dropper post cable routing, threaded bottom bracket, 142mm bolt-on rear axle spacing
FORK X-Fusion RC32 27.5 “air suspension fork, 1.5” tapered steerer, 46mm offset, 15 x 110mm thru axle Manitou Markhor 27.5 “TS Air, 120mm travel, custom fit for kids, 1.5 taper head tube, 51mm offset, BOOST 15x110mm spindle
SHOCK N / A N / A
FRONT WHEEL BOOST Joytec D041-B15 15x110mm hub on WTB STi30 26 ″ TCS rim Nukeproof Neutron 15x110mm BOOST hub on WTB STi30 26 ″ TCS rim
REAR WHEEL Joytec D952TSE-X12 12x142mm hub on WTB STi30 26 ″ TCS rim Nukeproof Neutron 12x142mm hub on WTB STi30 26 ″ TCS rim
TIRES Front and rear: Maxxis Minion DHF 26 “x 2.5” EXO TR (Tubeless Ready) Front and rear: Maxxis Minion DHF 26 “x 2.5” EXO TR (Tubeless Ready)
CRANKSET Crank Samox TAF38J 2 pieces 160mm, 32T, BCD 104 Crank Samox TAF38J 2 pieces 160mm, 32T, BCD 104
GEAR SWITCH BOX FOUR 8 speeds Shimano M4100 Deore Rapidfire 10 speed
REAR DERAILUR BOX FOUR 8 speed short cage with clutch Shimano M5120 Deore, Shadow Plus, 10 speed
CHAIN BOX FOUR 8 speeds KMC X10-1 10 speed, with quick link
CASSETTE Sunrace CSM680 8 speed, 11-42 tooth Sunrace CSMS2 10 speed, 11-46 teeth
BRAKES Specific hydraulic brakes for children Tektro M276 Specific hydraulic brakes for children Tektro M291
FRONT ROTOR Tektro Wave, 160 mm Tektro Wave, 160 mm
REAR ROTOR Tektro Wave, 160 mm Tektro Wave, 160 mm
HANDLEBAR Nukeproof Urchin 700mm wide, 15mm high, 31.8mm clamping Nukeproof Urchin 700mm wide, 15mm high, 31.8mm clamping
STEM 50 mm, black Nukeproof Neutron AM, 45mm, black
SADDLE Nukeproof sea urchin, black Nukeproof sea urchin, black
SADDLE STEM Nukeproof Sea Urchin, Black, 27.2mm, 300mm Length, 0 Offset Nukeproof Sea Urchin, Black, 27.2mm, 300mm Length, 0 Offset
HELMET Nuclear warhead nuclear weapon proof, 44-44 IETS Nuclear warhead nuclear weapon proof, 44-44 IETS
HANDLES Nukeproof Urchin Single Clamp Lock on, 132mm Long, Soft Compound Nukeproof Urchin Single Clamp Lock on, 132mm Long, Soft Compound
BEARINGS N / A N / A
WEIGHT: 12kgs / 26.5lbs (Tubeless) 11.83kgs / 26lbs (Tubeless)
Nukeproof Urchin pedals
Blue bling added

If you want to shine things up a bit, there’s the Nukeproof Urchin line of bars, pedals, and grips that come with matching decals / anodizations, and you can add a 27.2-inch internally routed dropper post. Rather than the included composite pedals, we first installed a small set of pedals that Stamp 3s Kid2 has been using for a while, but when the blue Urchin pedals (“ooh my favorite color!”) Came along, we got them. have replaced. With a height of 4 feet, Hannah’s Kid2 is just under the recommended shoe size for Stamp pedals, and he says he prefers the smaller Urchins. But, maybe it is because they are blue as much as for functional reasons!

Cub Scout 26 Geometry

TO REACH 366 (381 sagging)
STACK 592 (582 sagging)
TOP TUBE EFFICIENT LENGTH 550 (546 sagging)
SEAT TUBE LENGTH 360
EFFICIENT SEAT ANGLE N / A
SEAT TUBE ANGLE (ACTUAL) 72.75 ° (74.25 ° DISPLAYED)
SADDLE HEIGHT AT SADDLE OFFSET 510
OFFSET OF THE SADDLE TO THE HEIGHT OF THE SADDLE 151.24
STEERING TUBE LENGTH 100
STEERING ANGLE 66 ° (77.5 ° sagging)
CHAIN ​​LENGTH 420
CENTER FORWARD 661
WHEELBASE 1076.5 (1065 sagging)
BOTTOM BRACKET LOWER -47 (-58 sagging)
CRANKSET HEIGHT 296.5 (285.5 sagging)
STANDOVER HEIGHT 655.5
FORK TRAVEL 120
TRACK 77.43
FORK OFFSET 46
CROWN AXLE 514 (484 sagging)
MAXIMUM SEATPOST INSERTION 260
Nukeproof Cub 26
One of them Nukeproof!

The 26 × 2.5 inch Maxxis Minion DHF tires look great on the bike and with that straight line through the top tube into the seat stays the Nukeproof Cub Scout looks like a true hardcore hardtail for riders. children. Indeed, a first outing in town aroused cries of “beautiful bike! and “ooh, this is one of them Nukeproof” of a gang of teenage mountain bikers with enough gear and GoPros between them to start their own YouTube channel (that’s probably TikTok these these days, right?). A little kudos from the older kids added a little extra sparkle to this new bike glow!

Minion Maxxis
Education on the relationship between free skids, tire wear and spending money will be provided.

The tires are tubeless ready and on Nukeproof Neutron hubs with WTB STi30 rims, which further adds to the solid construction. The ticking of the hubs is appreciated by Kid2.

Nukeproof Cub 26
‘Stop moaning, it’s only a 25% hill’

Shimano 10-speed gears with 11-46T cassette offer a huge range for little legs to work their way through even the steepest climbs of Calderdale. There is an indicator window on the shift lever to show where you are on the block. Kid2 immediately noticed that it was on the rider’s side of the bars so he could easily see it when he was riding – on his old bike, this window was on the same side as the brake levers, which meant he had to look over the bars to see it.

Nukeproof Cub 26
Simple and clear controls.
Nukeproof Cub 26
Routing of the dropper station

There’s room for an internally routed dropper, which pops out the side of the seat tube and down tube junction as it travels through the frame.

Nukeproof Cub 26
We have already played

There’s room to add a bash guard or chain guide too, if things get gnarly (or jittery and a bit casey?). It’s a threaded bottom bracket that will be good news when you inevitably end up passing it on or selling it to… child 2… child 3… child 4? This bike certainly seems to stand the test of time and questionable line choices. We will not be reviewing this as we don’t want to bring our buyer’s bias to a review, but if you have any questions, ask them in the comments and we’ll do our best to answer them. So far we’ve been out every day since arriving, new trails have been tackled, and rooted and rocky off-road descents are the new favorite trail!

If you want one, Nukeproof bikes are available online and at local bike shops. This is a shipment that just landed, so there should be stock to grab now!


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