Watch The Gate…
Nukeproof Snap Comp
In 4-Cross and dual slalom, every second counts. The races are short, the tracks are packed with obstacles and, with up to three other riders on the course at a
time, banging bars is almost a given. While this style of
racing is not what comes to most riders’ minds
when they think about mountain bike racing,
for a special breed of riders, these intense
races are a recipe for a good time.
WHO IS IT MADE FOR?
The Snap Comp is for the 4-Cross or
dual-slalom racer who’s looking for a
World Cup-level rig, but is not up for
completely draining his bank account. The
Snap Comp uses the same frameset found on
its more expensive sibling, the Snap Pro, which
is used by the ChainReactionCycles/ Nukeproof
team, but is equipped with a more affordable
component package. WHAT IS IT MADE FROM?
The Snap Comp’s frame is constructed of double-welded,
7005-grade aluminum. It features replaceable rear dropouts
that work with either standard 10-millimeter options or
Maxle 135 rear wheels. The RockShox Argyle R fork features rebound adjustment and a 20-millimeter thru-axle for
WHICH COMPONENTS STAND OUT?
The SRAM X7/X9 drivetrain is an affordable build kit
that performs. The 1x10 gearing makes it easy to use, while
the X0 chainguide keeps the chain safely in place.
The Maxxis High Roller tires are not the fastest-rolling
tires out there, but when it came to cornering hard, we could
trust that the tires would do their job and hold.
HOW DOES IT PERFORM?
Moving out: The Snap Comp is a bike for a specific job.
From the first pedal stroke, you can tell that this isn’t your
typical mountain bike. The saddle is very low and mainly
there for setting up in the gate and as a landing pad, in case
your feet blow off the pedals. The cockpit is compact, like a
BMX bike, but allows plenty of room for your legs. The
Nukeproof 29.9-inch bars are wide but fitting for this bike’s
Cornering: The Snap’s stiff frame, low center of gravity,
wide bars and 20-millimeter front thru-axle work to help it
get through corners as fast as possible.
Sprinting: The Snap is named for its ability to get out of
the gate in a hurry, and it delivers. Even while your legs are
burning, you can still be sure that your power is getting to
the rear wheel. A stout downtube, bottom bracket and
chainstays ensure that power transfer is at a maximum.
Thanks to the X0 chainguide, we never worried about the
chain coming off, allowing us to put the power to the pedals
with confidence after landing from jumps.
Pumping: This bike is all about feeling the track and
being as efficient as possible, so don’t expect a plush ride in
rough terrain. The RockShox Argyle fork soaks up hard hits,