FIRST LOOK: NUKEPROOF SOLUM DIRTJUMP/PUMP TRACK FRAME
THE NUKEPROOF SOLUM IS BACK AND BETTER THAN EVER
Nukeproof’s Solum which was originally released in 2013 as a steel dirt jump and pump track destroyer and was made in minimum quantity. Since then Nukeproof hasn’t had a bike that fits that mold, that is, until now.
Introducing the all-new Nukeproof Solum, a bike built with the pump track pusher and dirt jump booster in mind. Built using custom hydroformed 6061 triple butted tubes, Nukeproof claims the Solum frame is light while still maintaining maximum strength.
Nukeproof utilizes sliding dropouts with chain tensioning devices installed on both sides to make the process of keeping your wheel aligned while bringing your chain to tension much easier. We very much appreciate this as single-speed dirt jump riders ourselves. The fully forged yoke is said to allow for maximum strength-to-weight ratio and maximizes chain ring and tire clearance. They’re saying it can take up to 2.3″ wide tires and up to a 32-tooth chainring.
The Solum frame comes in 2 sizes; Regular, and Long. They are both optimized for a fork set to 100mm of suspension travel and 26′ wheels. It is equipped to take a threaded bottom bracket so you can throw any number of cranks, either MTB or BMX style.
Noukeproof is, as of now, only offering the Solum as a frame and not a complete bike. It will, however, come with a headset. This bike seems like a viable candidate for any rider looking to explore the realm of pumping or boosting. It will be available for purchase through the Nukeproof retail network starting August 17th, 2022. The price in the US will be $549.99 for the frame.
Check out this rad video Nukeproof produced to demonstrate the possibilities with this bike
The return of the Solum.Only a small quantity of the 2013 Solum ever made it out to the market, this dialed 26” Dirt Jump/ Pump track frame has always an athlete favourite. We are stoked to re-introduce the Solum (it’s return has nothing to do with a new local pump track to the Nukeproof HQ).
The new version has been re-engineered to embrace new manufacturing techniques and the development of both BMX and Mountain Bike. Firstly, it’s still a26”wheelbike,butuses a tough aluminum frame and geometry honed for its purpose. The new Nukeproof Solum blends the simplicity of a single speed frame with the details that riders will appreciate.
Whilst the original Solum was Steel, the new Solum takes advantage in custom hydroformed 6061triple butted tubes. This minimizes the frame weight, whilst maximizing strength and directional stiffness(where required) to allow for efficient power transfer when pumping the bike.
The Solum has some awesome details like a fully forged yoke allows for the maximum strength to weight ratio. The custom yoke maximizes chain ring and tyre clearance (up to 2.3 tyres). Nukeproof recommend starting with a gearing is 30t-13t, but you can run up to a 32t chainring. The wavey seat stay sand brace maximize strength in multi direction for riders throwing tricks. It’s a frame that’s built tough yet comes in at a respectable 2.26Kg/ 4.76lb (regular).
The Solum comes in two lengths of bike; regular & long. Both sizes are optimized around a 100mmtravel fork. The two sizes are designed to cater not only rider’s heights, but also the intended use.
A regular frame may be better suited for riders focusing on the pump track, making manuals easier and allow for a faster change of direction. Longer frames may be more suited to the Dirt Jump trails for optimum stability. All frames feature dialed rear dropouts so you can adjust the wheelbase (slam it for street/ pumping and lengthen it for the trails).The new Solum is ready for the playground.
Corey Watson is no stranger to the Harwick pumptrack. The Enduro ace lives only a short roll away from the awesome facility. Built by Velosolutions, it’s a long tarmac track with multiple lines thaten courage progression. Whilst we were there we rode with kids of scoot along bikes as well as some BMX racers on a road trip from London-it’s awesome to see these facilities being built in towns and cities around the world. With Nukeproof-Sram racing teammate Elliott Heap recent moveto the Scottish boarders, the pair have been making use of their new vessels. It’s almost hypnotic to watch them send their Solum’s, transferring, manualing and generating ridicules speed. We invited Tommy C of Caldwell Visuals to film with Elliott and Corey and had Laurence Crossman-Emms on the stills. To keep it fresh, we headed up to Edinburgh for a bit of park and street session on some of the most iconic skate sights of the city. As with anything with Elliott and Corey the streets of the city soon become a competition, who can manny this, gap that and 360 from there. Insane to think that both Elliott and Corey had only had the frames a matter of days before this edit. From the city we headed over to Saughton Park for a quick park session before the storms rolled in to end play. Insane tothink that within the city there are so many amazing facilities to use, most of which are free of charge. The Solum now a regular in the team can, can’t help thinking there will be some awesome edits to come…
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Frames will be available through the Nukeproof retail networkfrom17thAugust 2022 (supplied with Headset).SRP:UK: £499.99Euro: $599.99USA: $549.99