Spy Shot: Fogel’s Prototype NukeProof Rook Slopestyle Bike
As we’ve mentioned before, Jack Fogelquist is a shredder. After watching him tear it up at the Post Office Jumps during the annual Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival, we caught up with him for a quick bike check. The bike he was ridding, very possibly the rumored Nuke Proof Rook, doesn’t appear on the manufacturers website yet. Expect a more in depth announcement at this weeks Sea Otter.
Details were scarce, especially from Jack, but check past the break for our speculations…
“The geometry of the Rook is optimized for a 110mm travel fork giving a 13” BB height and 69 degree head angle. Running the frame with a 160mm fork will raise the BB to 13.75” and slacken the head angle to a trail taming 66 degrees. Chainstays are kept short for pumping tight bowls and manuals.” – NukeProof Rook Press Release
X-Fusion front and rear suspension keep everything floating smoothly. The Syntace QR system featured on all their thru-axle forks is incredibly easy to use.
The integration of the gyro into the head tube allows the bike to have in incredibly low stack height of just 10mm, including headset cup, which is not possible on conventional frames.
The Tr!xer hydraulic gyro, seen here, and Straitline’s new gyro will be compatible with the production frame.
The build featured a full NukeProof cockpit, saddle/seatpost, and wheels.
“The Rook has a low, mildly progressive leverage rate designed to give a stiff platform for dirt jumping or slopestyle when used with 150+ PSI. Additionally, due to the low leverage rate, the feel of the ride is highly tunable by altering the compression damping of the shock. Switching the shock to its minimum compression position and running below 150PSI provides a supple, active suspension feel for freeride or trail use.” – NukeProof Rook Press Release
Take special note of the trick shifting mount. This shifter placement allows Jack to run gears without having to worry about the cables while bar spinning or tail whipping.
The build featured custom Fogel emblazoned Straightline pedals and an ‘Merican flag themed Gamut chain guide. Shifting and braking were provided by SRAMs XO groupo, cranks were Truvativ Descendants.
The spider web rotors are produced by a Half Moon Bay, CA company called Dirty Dog. The company manufacturers a fleet of unique rotors for that ultimate customized look.
Fans of the snap looking for a 4x or slopestyle bike with a little squish, or anyone in the market for a little play bike, will be stoked to get their hands on this frame. Build kits will likely be available in two trims: comp and pro. Both trims will feature a mix of SRAM and NukeProof components, and if history is any indicator, they will be very reasonably priced.
Lets hope all of Jack’s future collaborations with sponsor Nuke Proof are this awesome!