This could be the most aggressive gravel bike we’ve yet clapped eyes on. It’s the brand new 2019 Nukeproof Digger Pro and it’s got a knobbly WTB Sendero 47mm tyres on 650b wheels, a 120mm dropper post and very wide handlebars.
It’s actually come in for review by the nice guys and gals at off.road.cc but we wanted to share it here as it has many features we roadies have come to expect on a gravel and adventure bike. Plus a few aforementioned interesting details.
off.road.cc describe it as a gravel bike for mountain bikes, which explains the dropper post. Dropper posts (height adjustable seatposts) are common on mountain bikes, but less so on gravel bikes. They are starting to pop up though, the Specialized S-Works Diverge has a diddy 35mm dropper post. But this one boasts a whopping 120mm!
Then there is the hugely wide handlebar made even wider by the flared drops, clear evidence this bike was penned by a mountain biker. Then there are brand new WTB Sendero 47mm tyres, which are based on the Horizon and Byway tyres of the same width, but a much more suitable tread pattern for going where normally only mountain bikes can, and dealing with the muddy conditions at this time of year.
This range-topping Pro model costs £1,849 and the equipment list includes a SRAM Rival 1 groupset with most of the finishing kit own brand stuff, down to the hubs and saddle. The wide tubeless-ready rims are from WTB.
It looks like a riot, and if you want to know what it rides like then keep an eye on off.road.cc for a review in the next couple of weeks.
More info over at http://nukeproof.com/products/digger-pro-2019/
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.