First Look: Team CRC/Nukeproof 2013 Race Kit

Apr 11, 2013 at 0:01
Apr 11, 2013
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Hot on the heels of Team CRC/Nukeproof’s Pulse race bike, we can now bring you details on the team’s riding kit, which they’ll be wearing throughout this year’s UCI Mountain Bike World Cup series and other selected races.

The kit was unveiled to Sam Hill, Matt Simmonds and Joe Smith during their recent visit to CRC headquarters in Northern Ireland.



Team CRC/Nukeproof visit CRC HQ

There’s always a buzz around CRC’s buildings during the annual CRC/Nukeproof downhill team visit, but this year was a little bit different as Sam Hill joined Matt Simmonds and Joe Smith to meet the staff and see the fresh Team CRC/Nukeproof 2013 riding kit for the first time.

This image sums up most of the day the team spent with us, with autograph hunters and Kodak moments popping up everywhere.

The centre of attention for most of the day, Sam Hill was a true gent - posing for pics, chatting bikes and penning his signature for anyone who asked.

Matt Simmonds and Joe Smith are no strangers to visits to CRC, and here they are with Sam along with members of our IT department.

And again with more of our IT specialists.

Our awesome Customer Service team were stoked that Team CRC/Nukeproof took the time to drop in, and here's a large crowd of race fans posing for one of many pics!

Here's our Spanish Customer Service specialist Victor enjoying Sam's company!

"Can you sign this please, Sam?"

"Yeah, course!"

The team check the Customer Service stats monitor.

Our showroom is a veritable Aladdin's Cave for most customers, and the team were no different oogling the top-end bling on offer. Here they join the showroom staff.

We pride ourselves on our technical knowledge and ability, and Sam, Matt and Joe spent loads of time in the CRC workshop checking out the parts used on their 2013 Pulse bikes. Here they are with CRC's talented workshop technicians.

Of course, the guys were itching to get riding too, so we introduced them to our local trails in Rostrevor, County Down.

Sam waiting to ride.

Simmonds adds some style.

Anything Simmonds can do, Smith can do better?

Sam's turn.

Enjoying the Irish countryside.
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67 Comments

  • + 125
 I'm not a fan of the colours but I really, really hope Hill gives Gwin a run for his money this year! Smile
  • + 21
 Stoked for the season in General. If Aaron wins, I want him to win big, showing it wasn't the bike. But same thing for Sam, I want him to consistently be on the podium without the big S.
  • + 3
 I think that this team'll be wishing for shorts and three quarter sleeves sometime this year...
  • + 5
 I think the kit is sick! But needs more blue? Hope they all smash it this year! Getting sick of all this Gwinning.
  • + 3
 i suspect gwins results to taper off, just like sams did when he switched from ironhorse to specialized.
  • + 4
 it's odd to see sam not in a totally matching kit
  • + 1
 With the new sponsors and fresh start, I think this will be Sam Hill's year to shine once more! Personally, I think he is a better rider and a better person in general than Gwin and I'd definitely like to see Hill on the podium over Gwin.
  • + 1
 Just found out where Sams getting his energy drinks from TOP SECRET inside source, At CRC Nukeproof

www.pinkbike.com/photo/9476796

There actually owned by Lidl #dontbelievethehype
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  • + 27
 "my bike is clean, my kit is brand new" - Sam Hill

The paint/decals on that bike is hideous!
  • + 14
 if they gave it to me for free, i would ride it!
  • + 5
 I'm fast...
  • + 7
 Way faster than you..
  • + 2
 OMG memories. Just snorted my drink. Thanks.
  • + 3
 They finally got the fork right! The gold "boxxer" on the stanchion gives it some class.
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  • + 10
 while I like the pulse, it really does look awful in those colours. As does all the team kit. They could have been slightly more understated on the bikes and the kit..... Interested to see if he can regain the form from a few years ago though.
  • + 5
 Actually really like the colour way of the Pulse, but I think the kit is awful. Like you say, it shouldn't be so in your face, and should be more understated..
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  • + 13
 Never heard so many men be concerned about colors and kits. Get over it
  • + 5
 Just realised why it's called PINKbike Wink
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  • + 10
 Sam Hill is smiling in every photo, he's really come a long way from his early years! Sweet crew, and the bike looks mint!
  • + 2
 I was thinking that, Joe looked really bored and Simmonds smile fades through the pics, but Sam just looks pretty happy the whole time.
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  • + 5
 Really happy that sam is riding for a UK team... Cant believe he was riding a trail yesterday with nigel page which iv helped to build... I was stoked!!!!
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  • + 2
 These are the new trails in Rostrevor, Northern Ireland. Go visit them. The views are immense, but the riding is absolutely sweet. Multiple cross country trails and two brilliant DH runs. All expertly built. MTB festival this coming bank holiday Monday. HaPpY dAyS :-)
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  • + 1
 I am truly excited to see what happens this upcoming season with all of the new team switches that have happened here and there, but my god, you might as well have put a large yellow 'warning' or 'yield' road sign on those bikes and called it good. Not my idea of a well-thought out and aesthetically pleasing color scheme, but I guess color schemes aren't what wins races. In one word, gross.
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  • + 1
 Sam seems to be in a good place with his new team. He looks genuinely happy. Bikes and jerseys look good too. Don't know what everyone is complaining about. Good luck guys we will all be watching this team very closely. I have a feeling nukeproof signing Sam Hill was $ well spent. It has certainly brought a lot of attention to the team and two companies involved.
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  • + 1
 There bikes and jerseys are pretty trick but what's with the pants? There plain as fook they need some colour like blue or summit on them! There well boring!!!! Sort it out crc/tld! Big Grin
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  • + 0
 Nukeproof have never been renowned for their graphics, in fact the race bikes are generally hideous and this one is no exception. Really think they have missed a trick on this one, I mean sign one of the best riders on the circuit at least give him a good looking bike. At least the kit has vastly improved from last seasons, my god it was puke worthy.
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  • + 1
 2013 is gonna be awesome, it´s been a long time since i´ve seen him smiling on a photo, think he´s really motivated this season. and by the way, is sam riding clipped in in the last two photos?
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  • + 2
 Does Sam Hill has this Monster hat glued to his head? I never saw him without it.
  • + 3
 That's cos they pay him to have it glued there.
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  • + 2
 I just couldnt stop laughing at Sam; every photo, same awkward smile!!! so much respect for Hill, 'Straya reppin
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  • + 3
 I've got a feeling Sam's gonna return to domination this year
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  • + 2
 rostrover all the way its cool seeing a pic of the worlds best clearing the sam jump as i did the day after
  • + 2
 Tut tut, not open yet, keep off till they are!
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  • + 1
 I ve got it, a big blue box in the middle of the jersey and then CRC in the middle of that..............creative much?
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  • + 1
 Interesting season this year, after all those corporate crap. Lets see who is the better team this year! Race on!
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  • + 2
 Everybody should get nukeproof with North Korea being a threat!
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  • + 2
 hahaha top photo...awkward! Sick crew regardless
  • + 2
 2013 will be awsome
  • + 2
 Joe Smith looks pumped...about his short sleeves.
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  • + 1
 Kit n bikes look sic, Sams going to nail it this season and have fun looks so relaxed, all the best boys give er heaps!
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  • + 2
 Sam, why does your TransitionTR 450 say Nukeproof on it?
  • + 1
 I agree, transition and nukeproof frames are close...
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  • + 2
 Can this season please start so Sam can kick some ass!!!!!!!!!!
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  • + 2
 Hills clipped on that bottom photo, whaaaat?
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  • + 3
 Hill clipped in!
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  • + 1
 nukeproof = gay. you mindswhile put a dildo on the seat so that when you absorb the bumps , well, you know what i mean...
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  • + 2
 1st picture - #Idontknowwhattodowithyhands

still nice!
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  • + 1
 What do the striped colors on Sam's collar signify? The other two don't have them.
  • + 2
 Previous world champ.
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  • + 1
 Personally I think the bike and team kit looks well... Also Sam with spd's! Things are definitely on the change!
  • + 2
 I dig it aswell! A few more sponsor names and it would almost look like NASCAR came in and did the aesthetics haha
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  • + 2
 I'm shore Sam would go faster without those big eye brows lol
  • + 1
 Those are the manliest brows I've ever seen.
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  • + 1
 I'll support Sam all the time.
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  • + 1
 Black dude sort of looks like Dave chappelle....
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  • + 1
 Go Sam, ad GO CRC, keep up the good work
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  • + 1
 I really hope that this year will be a great one for sam !
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  • + 1
 dude the gold "BOXXER" on Hill's stanchions............ just amazing
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  • + 1
 ship me my damn order faster instead of taking group pics in the office
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  • + 1
 All those dudes looked totally stoked in the initial picture hahaha
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  • + 2
 Sam Reaction Cycles
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  • + 1
 The rear triangle of the pulse looks like a weapon.
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  • + 1
 Kick some @$$ Sam Hill good luck..
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  • + 1
 Colors remind me of those old full suspension supercycles lol!
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  • + 1
 Oh...it's blue again.
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