One of the most playful hardtails for £750.

Product Overview

Overall rating:

Score 8

Nukeproof Scout Sport


  • Modern geometry, great shape, with a wide bar and short stem.


  • Rock hard rear end, skinny tyres and cheap square-taper crankset.


Nukeproof Scout Sport (2017) review


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This product is featured in: The best trail hardtails.

In association with Sombrio

The outline of the Nukeproof Scout is a lot like the Kona Shred. It’s low, long and with a 66-degree head angle, pretty slack.

Its shape is everything a modern hardtail should be, and it is one of the most playful hardtails in the £750 category.

Bring air-sprung, the Suntour XCR suspension fork is easy to adjust for light or heavier riders. It has 100mm travel and a rough feeling lockout, but proper rebound adjustment so to offers a decent level of control. That said, the amount of grease on the uppers tubes after just one ride was a worry.

With no seat stay bridge the Scout has a ton of rear tyre clearance, which makes it all the more baffling why Nukeproof has fitted skinny 2.1in WTB Nano tyres. They’re quick rolling but there’s not a lot of cushioning or grip.

Fitting a bigger volume tyre on the rear would have really made a difference to the Scout’s ride quality, especially since it’s the harshest bike on test.

It has an oversized seatpost, massive chainstays and a compact (read extra stiff) rear triangle, which all make for a truly brutal ride – we were literally forced out of the saddle over every bump, hard edge or rock step.

First timers need a more forgiving bike and, while you learn pretty quickly to feed the bike through the dips and hollows on rocky trails, it can still catch you out.

Ultimately, the Nukeproof Scout is great shape, bang up-to-date geometry and killer value, but to score higher it needs proper tyres.

nukeproof scout


Fork:Suntour XCR Air, 100mm travel
Wheels:Novatec hubs, WTB SX19rims, WTB Nano Comp 27.5x2.1in tyres
Drivetrain:Shimano M3000 chainset, Shimano Acera f-mech, r-mech and shifters
Brakes:Tektro M290 160/160mm
Sizes:S, M, L, XL
Weight:12.5kg (27.56lb)
Size tested:L