When Nukeproof’s mountain bike team went looking for a training bike for long base miles, they decided a standard road bike wouldn’t cut it. So Nukeproof cooked up the Digger, an affordable wide dropbar bike with huge tire clearance and simple drivetrains.
Nukeproof has dubbed the bike the “confused beast”. It’s not the best at any one thing, but it will do just about anything. Throw a set of 700c wheels on with slicks and you’ve got a road bike. Or you can hit the trail with 27.5 trail or 29er XC tires on it. It’ll happily do it all.
The 2019 Digger is a an all-new triple-butted, hydroformed alloy frame with a full carbon, tapered fork. The frame is internally routed including for a 31.6mm dropper seatpost. In addition, there’s a threaded BSA BB, flat mount brake, rear rack mounts and fender eyelets.
SRAM 1×11 drivetrains are standard for both builds. Nukeproof says the bike is optimized for fat 700c tire or 27.5 Road Plus, but the bike will accommodate up to 700x45mm road tires and 27.5×2.3″ tires. You can even go up to 29×2.1″ mountain bike tires.
The Digger comes in two builds. Both roll on WTB’s new 47mm wide 650B Sendero Road Plus tires and tubeless-ready wheels. The blue 2019 Nukeproof Digger Pro closely resembles the companies athlete training bikes and sells for $1700 with a SRAM Rival group, a Brand X dropper post, and Nukeproof alloy Horizon wheels.
The gray 2019 Nukerpoof Digger Comp retails at $1350 with an Apex 1×11 build and a rigid seatpost.