Nukeproof Megawatt 297 Factory Bike (XT – 2021)

Nukeproof take the ultimate enduro bike to new heights with the Megawatt. This monstrous E-Bike is built for incredible performance on any terrain, anywhere in the world. Loaded with innovative features, including Shimano STEPS motor drive, Fox Factory Kashima suspension, the finest components from the top manufacturers, and a low-slung frame that’s built to unleash your downhill capabilities, this bike looks purposeful and unstoppable.

This is the ultimate big mountain E-bike for outstanding performance on technical trails, on climbs and descents. With its Shimano STEPS motor drive system and a lightweight chassis of 6061-T6 triple butted alloy, it’s a bike that will put a smile of your face. It’s a bike designed to get you further along the trail quicker and safer with greater control, thanks to its Fox Factory Kashima suspension system. And the 1×12-Speed Shimano XT group set means that you get reliable shifting with greater range for the toughest trails. In fact, this is a bike that was born for rough terrain.

With Shimano STEPS E8000 intelligent pedal-assist technology, the Nukeproof Megawatt 297 Factory Bike (XT) makes an excellent partner for all your on-, off- and even extreme riding. Offering up to 305 watts of power to the Bosch Centerdrive, the Nukeproof Megawatt 297 will enable you to conquer climbs, tackle shuttle missions and achieve high speeds with ease while maintaining total control. This bike has been designed to take on some of the most challenging terrain on earth, using its Boost hub spacing together with 177mm cranks to ensure it is stable and stiff. Its super well built.

The outstanding build kit includes a RockShox Judy Gold front suspension fork, RockShox Monarch RT3 rear shock, Fox Factory Kashima shock absorbers, Shimano M615 brakes and Shimano XT wheelset. Performance is delivered by a Shimano STEPS motor driving the Shimano XT 1×12-speed groupset.

The Megawatt 297 is a true enduro race bike, for riders that want to leave nothing but burnouts as they charge through mud, over rocks and roots and up steep climbs at breakneck speeds. Nukeproof have paired a Shimano STEPS E8000 motor with a 1×12-speed Shimano XT groupset for phenomenal shifting performance and even greater gear range options. They’ve teamed this up with a RockShox Yari fork and Monarch Plus shock so you can tackle everything from big drops into rock gardens to rutted, rock-strewn inclines across technical sections that demand total control.

NUKEPROOF MEGAWATT 297 Factory Bike Review 2021

We are clear that the Megawatt 297 Factory Bike isn’t just suitable for the UK downhill scene, it will steamroll over anything you can throw at it. Combining the all-electric power of Shimano STEPS with Performance riding, this E-MTB is a serious step forward towards GT-Enduro domination.

The ultimate enduro E-Bike for outstanding performance anywhere on Earth, the Nukeproof Megawatt 297 Factory Bike (XT) features a Shimano STEPS E8000 motor drive, Fox Factory Kashima suspension and a 1×12-Speed Shimano XT groupset.

Tackle any trail, any terrain and anything in between on the Nukeproof Megawatt 297. The Megawatt 297 Factory is designed around the Shimano STEPS E8000 motor system for outstanding performance with outstanding control. The Shimano XT 1×12-Speed Groupset provides simplicity, durability and precision shifting when you need it most. This bike will guide you effortlessly over any terrain you want to ride at unrelenting, jaw dropping speeds. Nothing can stop this E-Bike!

The Nukeproof Megawatt is ready to take on the toughest enduro missions. The Shimano STEPS E8000 motor works in collaboration with the 1×12-speed drivetrain, Fox Factory Kashima suspension and MTP tyres to provide the perfect balance of efficiency, power and control anywhere on Earth.

The all-new Megawatt is the ultimate E-Bike for winning both in the bike park and on the trails. The aggressive alloy chassis, built around 27.5″ wheels, matches the best handling in the game with our new progressive geometry for an unstoppable ride in any terrain. Add to that a Shimano STEPS motor drive system, Fox Kashima rear shock and Nukeproof Horizon bars /stem combo and you’re ready for anything!

The Megawatt is a monster. Packing the power of Shimano’s revolutionary STEPS E8000 hub motor system and Fox Factory Kashima Suspension, it offers unparalleled control and handling. With Nukeproof’s legendary attention to detail and design, this bike is as beautiful as it is powerful.


Frame: Nukeproof Megawatt 297 Alloy, 170mm Travel, custom triple butted hydro-formed tube set, internal Battery, Internal cable routing, Enduro Bearings, Boost 148mm rear axle spacing, 3D contoured Rubber frame protection, Shimano STEPS compatible
Drive System: Shimano STEPS EP8, 250W, 85Nm
Battery: Shimano E8036, 630Wh
Display: Shimano EM800
Assist Switch: Shimano EM800-L
Fork: Fox 38 Float, 29”, Factory Series, Kashima, Grip 2 Damper, 170mm, 44mm Offset, BOOST, 1.5T Steerer, 68mm Crown, Black (SHORT ID: D6G3)
Shock: Fox Float X2, Factory Series, Kashima, EVOL, 2 Position lever, Custom CL, RM, Rezi CM tune, 230x65mm, Bearing End, 2x 0.3 spacer fitted. (SHORT ID: D7JL)
Front Wheel: DT Swiss H1700 SPLINE 30,27.5″, 6 Bolt, 110x15mm
Rear Wheel: DT Swiss H1700 SPLINE 30, 27.5″, 6 Bolt, Shimano Microspline Driver, 148x12mm
Tyres: Front: Maxxis Assegai 29”x2.5 WT 3C MaxxGrip/DD/TR, Rear: Maxxis High Roller II 27.5”x2.5 WT 3C MaxxTerra/DD/TR
Crankset: Shimano EM8150 XT, HOLLOWTECH II, 165mm, 34T, 52mm Chainline
Shifter: Shimano XT M8100-R, 12-speed Rapidfire Plus, I-Spec EV
Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT M8100, SGS 12-Speed, Shadow Plus
Chain: Shimano XT M8100 HG 12-speed Inc Quicklink
Cassette: Shimano XT M8100-12, 12-Speed (HYPERGLIDE+), 10-51T
Chain Guide: Shimano EM800 drive unit mount
Brakes: Shimano XT M8120, 4 Pot Brake, Metallic Pads with Fins
Front Rotor: Shimano SM-RT76, 203mm
Rear Rotor: Shimano SM-RT76, 203mm
Handlebars: Nukeproof Horizon V2 25mm Rise, Width – S780mm, M780mm, L800mm, XL800mm, XXL800mm)
Stem: Nukeproof Horizon, 50mm, Black
Saddle: Nukeproof Horizon Enduro, Black
Seatpost: Bikeyoke Divine Stealth w Shimano SL-MT500-IL Remote lever, S:125mm drop; M/L:160mm drop; XL/XXL:185mm drop
Headset: Acros AZX-589R1, sealed bearings, ZS56/28.6 – ZS66/40
Grips: Nukeproof Sam Hill Signature
Battery Charger: Shimano E6002
Certification: EN 15194 Compliant
Weight: 23.9Kgs/52.6lbs (Tubeless)


Material: Hydroformed 6061-T6 Triple-Butted Aluminium
Fork Travel: 170mm
Axle to Crown: 582mm
Fork Offset: 44mm
Rear Travel: 170mm
Wheels Size: Front: 29″ Rear: 27.5″
Max Tyre Size: 2.6″
Recommended Shock Sag (Measured seated): 30%
Shock Size: 230×62.5mm
Shock Hardware F: 25x8mm
Shock Hardware R: 30x8mm
Sizing: S/M/L/XL/XXL
Headtube: 56-66mm Tapered Semi-Integrated
Headset: ZS56-28.6 / ZS66/40 (1.5″ Tapered) or ZS56-28.6 / ZS66/46 (1.8″ Tapered) Requires cable routing through top cap
Bearings Required: 4x F6802 LLU MAX, 4x 6902 LLU MAX, 2x F6902 LLU MAX-EA
Seatpost: 31.6mm (Internal Routing for Dropper Seatpost)
Seat Clamp: 34.9mm
Motor System: Shimano STEPS EP8, 250W, 85Nm
Battery: Can fit either Shimano E8035, 504Wh or Shimano E8036, 630Wh
Rear Hub: Boost 148x12mm
Rear Axle: SRAM UDH Maxle Stealth M12x1.0 180mm (Thread Length 13mm)
Brake Mount: 180mm Direct Post
Protection: 3D Contoured Motor Protector and Rubber Frame Protection for DT/SS/CS/Battery Door

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