Custom Build: Nuke Proof Scalp, Moonglu Team Downhill Bike
After 2 years on his Intense 951, Moonglu Team downhill racer and current Yorkshire Downhill Champion James Metcalfe asked us to put his new 2012 race bike together. After a lot of good press reviews, James decided to go with the Nuke Proof Scalp. Not exactly team colours, but definitely eye catching, James went with a bright yellow Scalp frame with a Cane Creek Double Barrel rear shock.
James wanted to keep a black and yellow theme with the bike, so we convinced him to go with 2012 Fox 40 RC2 forks with Kashima coating and new SKF fork seals. They look fantastic on the bike, but they look fantastic on most downhill bikes!
Nuke Proof provided the finishing kit, with a Warhead reducer (1.5″ to 1 1/8″) headset, direct mount stem and low rise downhill handlebar.
James used Shimano Saint on his Intense 951 and decided to stick with it for his Scalp. We specced an MRP G2 SL chain device and E13 38T guide ring with the Saint chainset. We’ve also fitted a Saint short cage rear mech, Saint right hand shifter and Ultegra 12-27 road cassette.
James has made the jump to Saint brakes on this bike after using Hope Tech v2s on his Intense. These are set up with 203mm Shimano 6 bolt rotors front and rear with Goodridge stainless braided hoses.
The Cane Creek Double Barrel rear shock sits really well in the Scalp. The suspension linkage is low in the frame keeping the weight and centre of gravity nice and low. We’re impressed both with the well thought out linkages and overall finish on the Scalp. The linkages feature nice, big bearings which should last well and there are some nice touches on the frame such as the concealed rear mech hanger and rear disc brake mounts.
Full Build List
- Frame: Nuke Proof Scalp
- Forks: Fox 40 FIT RC2
- Headset: Nuke Proof Warhead
- Stem: Nuke Proof Direct Mount
- Handlebar: Nuke Proof Warhead
- Grips: Moonglu Custom Peaty Lizard Skin
- Shifter: Shimano Saint R/H
- Seatpost: SDG I-Beam Alloy
- Saddle: SDG I-Fly
- Seatclamp: Thomson Bolt
- Bottom Bracket: Shimano Saint
- Chainset: Shimano Saint
- Chainring: E13 Guide Ring
- Chain Device: MRP G2 SL
- Chain: SRAM PC971
- Cassette: Shimano Ultegra
- Rear Mech: Shimano Saint
- Front Brake: Shimano Saint
- Rear Brake: Shimano Saint
- Front Wheel: Nuke Proof Generator
- Rear Wheel: Nuke Proof Generator
- Tyres: Maxxis Minion DH 2.5 ST
- Pedals: Crank Brothers Mallet
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