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Oddly, there was no official Nuke thread. I figured this woud be a good item to start an official thread with. Even though from what I've been able to determine it was built about 1996, so its not strictly VRC as its too new. The hard tail reactors are rare enough, but this is only one of two duallys that I've ever seen, and oddly enough they both came up on e-bay within a week of each other. The other didn't have the front fork/suspension though. I've always been attracted to the odd and early suspension designs, so when this came up I had to have it. Luckily almost all the small parts are there, and what isn't shouldn't be too hard to have fabed. All of the front linkages are on roller bearings and are rusted solid but should be easily replacable. The guy I got it from was under the impression that it was used for downhill and was raced by a sponsored rider of some kind. It is definately no weight weenie; 11lbs for the frame/fork/headset. Plans are for a slow build with as many Nuke parts as possible. Now to my questions:

Does anyone have any more information on the reactors in general and specifically the full suspension ones? Years built, copys of literature... (for purposes of keeping the build as correct as posible.)

I was wondering if the "Simple Green" decals were from a sponsor, possibly of a local team in the Michigan area?

What parts did nuke make? stem, hubs, bars, seatpost?...
 

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Hey, good for you getting that one, it's pretty cool. I really thought about it but a different deal came up about the same time. How much of the front fork is missing? Is it kinda like a Girvin? Keep us abreast of progress.

I've got a bare Nuke Proof hardtail frame I'll take a shot of and post when I get one of those "round tuits".;)
 

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The design is very similar to the Girvins except the shock is mounted inside the head tube instead of in front. After a quick inventoy and trying to figure out where all the parts in the little baggie go... The only thing that seems to be missing is a pivot spacer bushing, but there are seven of the eight that are there, so I just have to take one to my friend at the machine shop and have one made.
 

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Nuke Proof made:

1. Stems (aluminum)
2. Bars (carbon fiber wrapped aluminum)
3. Hubs (1. carbon fiber wrapped aluminum/2. titanium with al flanges/ 3. really ugly all aluminum)
4. Skewers (Ti)
5. Frames (1. Ti lugged, carbon tubed (really rare, Rumpfy owned one)/ 2. all Ti/ 3. aluminum front suspension Reactors/ 4. aluminum full suspension Reactors/ 5. really ugly all aluminum)
6. Suspension forks for said Reactors.
 

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Good to see that equal effort was used proof-reading their catalogue and designing/testing hubs :thumbsup:
 

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Rumpfy said:
From a long time ago.

Prototype Ti/Carbon NP frame.





Who ever ended up with that one?
 

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The 1997 Catalog.

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The topic that i started some time ago on retrobike has been found already in a previous post.
I have started a database on my blog with the still known Nuke Proof bikes
If you own one, please be so kind to email me a picture and serial number so i can include this in the serial number topic.
https://old-metal.blogspot.com/2010/03/official-nuke-proof-serial-number.html

basads (at) gmail (dot) com

thanks

ps,..i someone on here still has the carbon wrapped ti frame, please let me know, i want it bad ;)

Bas



 

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Rumpfy said:
Been so long I don't remember. Would have been a cool bike to keep though. Sorta wish I had.

The way they bonded materials, I would think riding that bike would have been a death sentence.
 

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Frame: Nuke Proof Titanium made by Litespeed ; former Team Brooklyn bike

Fork: Manitou 3 Disc

Headset: Chris King
Stem: Nuke Proof
Handlebar: Nuke Proof
Grips: Sachs
Barends: None, looking for Nuke Proof

Brakes: FRont Sachs Powerdisc; rear Suntour SE
Brake Pads: front Sachs ; Suntour rear
Brake Cables: Sachs and Shimano
Cantilever cable hangers: Suntour at the back
Brake Levers: Sachs

Shifters: Sachs Powergrips
Front Derailleur: Sachs New Success
Rear Derailleur: Sachs New Success
Derailleur Cables: Sachs
Cassette: XT for now but will be replaced
Chain: XT
Cranks: Cook Bros RSR but might be replaced
Bottom Bracket: Shimano UN92
Pedals: Onza

Hub Skewers: Nuke Proof titanium
Rims: will be replaced by Campagnolo
Hubs: Front Sachs new success, rear XT but a Sachs New Success is being made at the mo
Tyres: Tioga Psycho
Tubes: Michelin

Saddle: Flite Titanium
Seatpost: Tioga Carbo
Seatpost Binder: Nike Proof own





























i am waiting for the matching rear Sachs New Success wheel and some minor detail changes.
Rides like a dream, best bike yet for me
 

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Thanks mate,

it is also a great rider.
I own many special bikes like the fat ti, serotta ti etc,..but these Nuke Proofs are amazing.
I did not see any other manitou 3 disk but this one, i guess there are not so many around
This one i found NOS some time ago, was used on a Sachs showbike bitd

first i tried a Rock Shox Mag21 ti with a blue Brodie booster, then a AMP fork
I was building the bike using XTR M900 parts but when i found the Manitou with the Sachs Powerdisk i was also impressed with the Sachs New Success front hub, best i have ever seen.
Because i like matching hubs for the front and rear i searched for a rear hub but ended up with a complete NOS Sachs new success group so put these on to try something else for a change.
And it looks great, the Sachs brandname is also blue which looks nice with the new blue decals.
 
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