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Video First Look: Nukeproof Digger Pro - the most aggressive gravel bike yet?

Knobbly tyres, dropper post and very wide handlebars, it's the 2019 Nukeproof Digger gravel bike

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 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. 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!

Nukeproof Digger Pro bike detail

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.

- 20 of the best 2018 gravel & adventure bikes — super-versatile bikes that are at home on lanes, potholed streets and dirt roads

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 for a review in the next couple of weeks.

More info over at


David worked on the tech team from 2012-2020. Previously he was editor of 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, and you can now find him over on his own YouTube channel David Arthur - Just Ride Bikes

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Hirsute | 5 years ago
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Eradicate all humans - it's the only solution.

Mungecrundle | 5 years ago


At the risk of using whataboutery to counter your arguments about allowing access for recreational cyclists to designated trail areas, and the points you make about the disruption to those environments by human activities of all kinds.

But you have a far greater problem in the USA right now which you should perhaps be addressing as a matter of priority. The current US administration is reviewing the status of 27 of your national monuments and aggressively removing protections from millions of acres of pristine wilderness to allow commercial exploitation. Your fantastic National Parks Service is under political attack, and the Trump administration's refusal to accept the reality of climate change, the impact of human activity in that and the consequent lifting of many regulations designed to protect the environment and waterways is damaging your country now and for decades to come, maybe permanently.

Recreational use of natural areas is a balance; Hunting, fishing, kayaking, hiking, cycling, camping, hang gliding, horse riding, off roading and other outdoor activities are all legitimate uses in designated areas and all need a level of control to mitigate damage. However banning is not the answer, and to be picking on cycling out of those seems somewhat obtuse, though I'll give you the excuse that maybe you post the same sentiments on other specialist interest sites as appropriate to those particular activities.

Christopher TR1 | 5 years ago

Whatever damage cyclists of any flavours are causing, it is nothing compared to motor vehicles. Get rid of the real baddies, then turn your attention to the lesser of two weavels.

davel | 5 years ago

It's a trade-off, isn't it, mjvande.

Whenever I've gone mountain biking in N Wales, I've taken a spare pic-a-nic basket for the local bears to yoink when I'm not looking, but it's good to learn that the federal court system now has global jurisdiction. 

Make Everywhere Great Again!

Mungecrundle | 5 years ago

Why not go the extra mile? Stick on a flat bar, add a suspension fork and call it a hardtail MTB.

Does look like a lot of fun though.

bendertherobot | 5 years ago

Looks a lot like my vitus energie crying

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