Nukeproof Pulse - Review

Jul 22, 2013
by Mike Levy  

TESTED
Nukeproof
Pulse Pro

WORDS Mike Levy
PHOTOS Bryce Piwek

Nukeproof made headlines when they signed Sam Hill to ride their new Pulse downhill bike alongside Matt Simmonds and Joe Smith, both being very fast riders in their own right. Many wondered how Hill would get on with the 210mm travel, single pivot design, especially considering that the Australian has spent his most successful years aboard more complex machinery. And while Hill has proved that both he and the Pulse have the speed to play at the sharp end of the field, the bigger question is how the Pulse performs under the average downhiller out there. Can the aluminum bike hold a candle to machines with proven race pedigrees, some of them many pounds lighter? We're here to find out.


Nukeproof Pulse Details

• Intended use: downhill racing
• Rear wheel travel: 210mm/8.26''
• T6 6061 aluminum frame
• Adjustable chain stay length (10mm)
• 1.5” head tube
• ISCG 05 chain guide mount
• 12 x 150mm thru-axle
• Sizes: sm, med, lrg (tested)
• Weight: 41.2 lb
• MSRP: $6299.99 USD



Frame Details

With the look of Mike Tyson in his prime standing next to a 90lb Muay Thai fighter, the Pulse strikes an imposing figure against the current trend of minimalist looking downhill bike design. Its massive diameter aluminum tubing is heavily shaped, with a box-section down tube that sports a gentle curve to it in order to also serve as home to the forward shock mount that sits countersunk into its top side, and an equally square top tube drops down slightly to improve stand over clearance. A one-piece forged central unit is home to the bottom bracket shell and main pivot, with a wide aluminum section taking the place of where one might expect to see a seat tube, while also acting as a mud guard to keep debris off of the shock. While we are used to seeing an added protective element glued or strapped to the bottom portion of the down tubes on many carbon bikes, it was interesting to see that the Pulse comes stock with one of its own as well - regardless of its obviously burly construction, Nukeproof isn't taking any chances.

The Pulse's stout looking swingarm leaves no doubt that its well-built theme also continues on to the back of the bike. Again, Nukeproof uses rectangular aluminum tubing throughout, and while there is no seat stay bridge connecting the left and right sides, a welded together, two-piece forged section ties each side together while leaving plenty of room for the largest tires on the muddiest of days. The bike's 12 x 150mm thru-axle rear end employs clean looking inserts that can be flipped to allow the rider to adjust the chain stay length by 10mm, from 435 to 445mm on our large sized test bike, and there are two brake mounting positions that correspond to each option. We're always fans of replaceable steel inserts that prevent permanent damage during a rushed mechanical, and Nukeproof uses two steel barrels to act as anchor points for the bike's thru-axle clamps.

Nukeproof Pulse Photo by Bryce Piwek
  The Pulse's single pivot, linkage activated suspension delivers 210mm of travel.


The Pulse's Suspension Explained

While the Pulse is an entirely new bike compared to its predecessor, the Scalp, it does employ the same basic suspension layout, albeit with some important tweaks. It is still a linkage activated single pivot design, with its massive main pivot sitting just about inline with the top of its 36 tooth chain ring, and it also utilizes a pull-style linkage that is similar to what can be seen on the Scalp (different than the push-style linkage on Transition's TR450, a bike the Pulse is often compared to). While no one ever accused the Scalp of being under built, its suspension looks downright spindly when viewing both side by side, with the Pulse's burly looking rocker arm sitting captured within frame. The 210mm travel layout looks quite clean when viewed from a few meters back, with most of the bike's inner workings being hidden from view.

The bike's compact and nearly hidden linkage appears to be quite well thought out, with reliability and rigidity rating higher than light weight or designer looks. The two short, stout links that connect the swing arm to the rocker arm are home to four angular contact bearings, two on each side, as well as C-clips that act to keep the bearings from shifting in their bores over time, and steel and aluminum hardware holds everything together. The one-piece rocker arm rotates from above on a captive pivot, and the bike's shock mounts via a steel bolt and an easily replaceable nut on the non-drive side.


Specifications
Release Date 2013
Price $6299.99
Travel 210
Rear Shock Cane Creek Double Barrel
Fork RockShox Boxxer R2C2
Headset Nukeproof 49IISS
Cassette SRAM PG-1030, 11/26, 10-speed
Crankarms Truvativ Descendant 1.1 GXP; 165mm, 36t
Chainguide SRAM X0
Chain SRAM PC-1031, 10-speed
Rear Derailleur SRAM X0 Type2
Shifter Pods SRAM X9
Handlebar Nukeproof Warhead 760
Stem Nukeproof Direct Mount; 45mm, 30-degree rise
Grips Nukeproof Element lock-on
Brakes Avid Code hydraulic disc; 200mm front & rear
Hubs Nukeproof Generator Disc; 110mm x 20mm front, 150mm x 12mm rear
Rim Nukeproof Generator DH
Tires Maxxis High Roller II DH, 26”x2.4” ST/42a
Seat Nukeproof Race Pulse
Seatpost Nukeproof Warhead In-Line
Nukeproof Pulse Photo by Bryce Piwek





Riding the
Pulse


bigquotesThe bike's inherent stability and composure means that you can cross over some seriously rough ground at a speed that will upset a lot of other bikes.

Handling:

Don't think of the Pulse as a slim runway model of a downhill bike that so many other race rigs are trying to be these days, but rather a buxom sort of girl who parties hard and isn't afraid to throw some punches in a drunken cat fight. Solid and dependable, and with a planted feel through corners that doesn't have that sometimes skittery personality of a bike that is too light for its own good. Tip the bike into a corner with confidence and you'll find that it responds with confidence, but ride the 'Nuke off the back with a hesitant approach and you'll likely feel over-gunned and under-muscled. Stay on top of the bike, though, and you'll get through the bends in a hurry, which is a good thing because the key to getting down a track quickly aboard the Pulse is to carry speed rather than to work for it.

It is the search for momentum that allows the Nukeproof to really stretch its legs, with its implausibly supple suspension keeping its rear tire connected to the ground in a way that traction control in a high-end sports car must feel like. The grip is there if you have the huevos to search for it, with the key being to remember to ride the bike with a slightly forward weight bias compared to other machines. That is true of most downhill bikes, but it is an especially important facet of the Pulse - let your weight hang off the back of the bike coming into or going through a corner and you'll find that it is suddenly slacker and lower than you were expecting. But stay up over the front, thereby keeping the weight distribution more or less even, and the 'Nuke will follow any and every line through any and every corner. Quick back to back direction changes - picture tight 'S' berms - do reveal the bike's relative heft, but we don't see this holding the bike back, especially if the rider has his pro or expert racing license. The more timid out there might pay a price in these sort of sections, but those same riders could benefit from the bike's ability to carry tremendous speed straight through chunder of massive proportions. Picture the rocky open sections of the Fort William World Cup track, Val di Sole's rough fall line stretches, or your local bombed-out run and you'll know where the Pulse is in its element. The bike's inherent stability and composure means that you can cross over some seriously rough ground at a speed that will upset a lot of other bikes.

Nukeproof Pulse Photo by Bryce Piwek
  We felt most at home aboard the Pulse when the terrain consisted of more jagged rock than dirt.

While the Pulse's strengths clearly lie in straight lining it into rough sections that wouldn't look out of place on a outdoor motocross track after a day's motos, the black and yellow bike is far from being an all-arounder that can shine on all types of terrain. And while that can obviously be said of any downhill race bike on the market, including the lightweight carbon fiber rigs whose price tags are five digits long instead of the readily accepted four digits, the Pulse seems to give up more ground in this regard. We're talking about any time a track levels out, becomes smooth, or requires some solid sprinting effort, all occasions when the big Nukeproof felt uninspiring, even downright tedious after a full day's riding. The bike's 41.2lb weight certainly factors in, although we're of the mind that it is its ultra-active suspension that bears most of the blame here, with it readily plunging into its travel like an obese twelve year old jumping into the pool on a hot summer's day. Adding copious amounts of low-speed compression damping via the Cane Creek Double Barrel's gold LSC dial does help, but not enough to bring the Pulse to a level of pedalling performance where we wouldn't feel obliged to harp on about it.


Suspension:

Throwing the Pulse into the kind of toothy, rocky terrain that gives cross-country riders nightmares does little to upset the bike, with it having an air of defiance that we imagine an Unlimited-class Baja 1000 truck has to a section a washboard gravel road under its wheels. The bike's 210mm of travel takes away sharp edges and deep holes that goes beyond just simply absorbing them, but rather erases them in a way that is rare even among the most well known big-terrain bikes. It simply swallows impacts that would likely throw other bikes off line. It is moments like this when we weren't left wanting for anything aboard the Pulse; when we cared about the bike's heft and poor pedalling capability about as much as we were stressing about which contestant is going to win this season's Big Brother reality television show. To be clear, that is a big, fat zero.

The combination of the Pulse's Fallout suspension linkage and its Cane Creek shock results in an ultra-sensitive rear end that takes in the smallest trail chatter. This supple feel surely plays a part in the bike's ability to track impressively well on loose ground, especially when tracking along a root-strewn sidehill that would throw lesser bikes back down where they belong, and also gives it a properly confident attitude in wet conditions. Look where you want to go, then let the Pulse have at it and you'll be rewarded by coming out the other side on-track and with speed. Don't expect to be breaking the laws of physics aboard the 'Nuke, but do expect to get away with more than you might when riding certain pricey, carbon fiber bikes with highly regarded suspension layouts. We did come up to the end of the bike's suspension rather abruptly on a few occasions, with the hard bottoming moment felt through the soles of our feet, but these were likely well earned thanks to the Pulse's indifference at being chucked down, over, and into the worst of the worst. While the bike itself shrugged these moments off without much concern, we noted that our weight and body positioning could feel as if it was a touch too far forward, enough so that we were worried for our well being on one or two occasions. Rider error, or down to the bike? Let's just say that we didn't come across the same sensation while testing other bikes of the same class on the same trails.

Nukeproof Pulse Photo by Bryce Piwek
  Point the 'Nuke where you want to go and you'll likely get there regardless of how rough the ground is.

While we have only rarely come across rear suspension that can erase the ground like the Pulse is able to, the flip side is the bike's inclination to stay grounded more so than many other full-fledged downhill bikes that we have spent time aboard. Low is fast, you say, and there is no traction when in the air, but there are always going to be occasions when lifting the bike over a section of nastiness is going to save time. It is these moments that had us feeling as if we were just now learning how to bunny hop a bike, with it lacking that ability to easily pop it up a few feet in the air without any real lip to help in the matter. Again, tinkering with the Double Barrel's settings, both low-speed compression and rebound, greatly helped the cause, but the Pulse is never going to be a bike with 'pop'.

Nukeproof Pulse Photo by Bryce Piwek
  The Cane Creek shock tamed everything from the smallest root to the biggest rock, and its Highroller II tires helped the bike carry good speed without sacrificing grip.


Component Report

• The bike's Cane Creek Double Barrel coil-sprung shock plays a huge role in how well the Pulse can handle fast, rough terrain, with it muting that sharpest of impacts in a way that no air shock could ever manage. Its wide tuning range also allows the rider to tinker until they find the ride they are looking for, with its effective adjustments being key to improving on the Pulse's jumping and pedalling abilities.

• It is always a bit of a toss-up between the two best known DH brakes out there, the Avid Codes on the Pulse or Shimano's Saint stoppers, with the choice coming down to personal preference more than either one lacking in any regard. Yes, Saint brakes have a touch more stopping power, but all of the Codes we have used can lay claim to a much more useable, modulated feel in light to medium braking moments. We did experience a bit of inconsistency in lever feel with the bike's Code brakes, though, a sign that there was likely a spot of air somewhere in the system.

• Maxxis' 2.4'' wide High Roller II tires proved to be a good all around choice for the bike, offering some serious rolling speed without feeling under-gunned on wet or loose ground, although they didn't feel quite as forgiving as some higher volume rubber choices out there. Regardless, we didn't suffer any flats during our time on the bike.


Pinkbike's take:
bigquotesIt is a tough time to judge a downhill bike, with so many of them offering supernatural performance that borders on being a bit unrealistic for the majority of expert-level riders to ever be asking more of, and it is for this reason that we have had to look at them with an increasingly critical eye over the last few seasons. The Pulse is one hell of a bike, especially when on a race course of monster proportions, but it gives up ground to the competition when talking about its showing on everyday backyard-style tracks that most of us spend our time on. There are bikes that pedal better and offer a more involved ride, and the truth is that for most riders, on most trails, the big 'Nuke is going to feel a bit like driving a Veyron around the local go-kart circuit. Having said that, we would likely choose the Pulse before any other rig if we were told to go for a personal best time down a track like Fort William's rocky minefield, and that really says something about the potent combination of the Pulse's linkage and Cane Creek shock. Although far from being the best all-arounder, the Nukeproof might be one of the better bikes in this regard.- Mike Levy


www.nukeproof.com


147 Comments

  • + 221
 i shred it pretty hard on downhill supreme...
  • + 41
 yead id agree, rides really nicely on DH supreme
  • + 22
 especially with that 36 haha
  • - 19
flag TheFireSermon (Jul 22, 2013 at 3:43) (Below Threshold)
 I'll stick with my M9
  • + 34
 thats not in the game...?
  • + 26
 @mikelevy

review the yt tues 2.0

i reckon it will smash the competition Smile
  • + 6
 Yeah Review YT Tues 2.0 from what i heard and saw that bike is awesome !
  • + 13
 i don't care how it rides..just waitin for hill to win on his.
  • + 4
 anyone else notice it the linkage is very similar to a RM flatline? Obviously the geometry and mounting locations are slightly different, but the way the linkage and shock moves are the same with those two bikes.
  • + 2
 Agreed easternripper, the designs are very similar, the linkage system on the pulse is just lower and more hidden within the larger swing arm
  • + 1
 Question: I want a new wheelset. Are Generator rims shit?
  • + 7
 Based on my time on dh supreme, their solid
  • + 25
 i found it hard to corner with this frame on downhill supreme
  • - 4
flag rampchamp99 (Jul 22, 2013 at 21:41) (Below Threshold)
 I ride this bike it's an orgasm...
  • + 1
 @biker3335, rampchamp99

what bike do you mean? pulse or tues?
  • + 2
 So should i get a pulse or a tr450?
  • - 2
 Ride them yourself and choose
  • + 4
 Polygoon95, I asked the same question a couple weeks ago and nobody would answer. I dont have the privilege of riding either those bikes to decide and people like sladvallydh are of no help, I dont understand why he would waste time even typing out that response...
  • - 1
 its a stupid response for a stupid question
  • + 2
 Well, the thing is, pretty much every bike made nowadays is a good bike (wont break, feels good overall, etc.) so its hard to go wrong with either of those bikes
  • + 1
 if i had to choose id go with the transition
  • + 1
 rampchamp99 yours is custom built though. haha
  • + 29
 "Black and yellow, black and yellow, black and yellow..."
  • - 29
flag mtbniall (Jul 22, 2013 at 0:44) (Below Threshold)
 Na Na, it's Yellow and Black, yellow and black.
  • + 18
 Kiwis vs Ausies....
  • + 11
 i feel like i just got rick rolled. hate that song.
  • + 0
 i hate unsealed pedals
  • + 4
 i love lamp.
  • + 19
 I can't decide whether Levy's half-a-line-long similes are awesome or retarded. "Plunging into travel like an obese twelve year old jumping into the pool on a hot summer's day"? The bike's a "buxom sort of girl who parties hard and isn't afraid to throw some punches in a drunken cat fight"?
  • + 51
 He is the Jeremy Clarkson of bikes
  • + 40
 "All we know is, its called the Pulse!"
  • + 27
 At least we know Levy's back to dating girls again.........
  • + 8
 And its the fastest bike..... in the world
  • + 6
 the brake jack was - BIBlical!!
  • - 3
 I'm going with retarded.
  • - 4
flag ShiverSolitude (Jul 22, 2013 at 6:07) (Below Threshold)
 Retarded for sure.
  • + 10
 "the truth is that for most riders, on most trails, the big 'Nuke is going to feel a bit like driving a Veyron around the local go-kart circuit."
  • + 22
 some say.. he likes his handle bars wide and black, and that he like his woman the same. all we know is, hes called mike!!!!
  • + 5
 for $7k i want a bike to be "a smoking hot nymphomaniac with the mind twisting ability to beat down anything that stands in her way like a MMA heavyweight" or sumpin like that.
  • + 1
 As soon as I realise he going into another simile I just skip the rest of the line to the next comma or full stop.
  • + 20
 Well there's 6,299 dollars I don't have.
  • + 8
 Sad even at that price it's still below the treks, demos, and a lot of other heavy hitters.
  • + 17
 it's a bargain considering short travel 29er costs 9 grand.
  • - 16
flag ukorange (Jul 22, 2013 at 0:33) (Below Threshold)
 Chain reaction cycles has these for less than £2,000 !!
  • + 17
 ukorange: No bro, i think you talking about the Scalp.
  • + 12
 @Rolas
It's not the travel that makes the prices, it is the specs, a 9 grand short travel 29er for XC is a V10c for DH,because both are top of the range.
  • - 4
flag i-anac (Jul 22, 2013 at 11:08) (Below Threshold)
 hmm thats weird these frames look oddly the same. www.transitionbikes.com/2013/Bikes_TR450_1.cfm?Token=%7Bts_2013-07-18_14:15:55%7D-1acd140d55c20d1b-8019DE36-B759-88C4-AFC0D7C2516940DD along with the same adjustable chain stay as well. Does anybody now if they are made in the same factory or something?
  • + 3
 Yes, but that $9000 short travel 29er has carbon everything on it...
  • + 12
 At least 30% of the riders at the british champs yesterday were riding Nukeproof, that speaks volumes to me ... Great affordable bikes that ride Amazingly well
  • + 9
 I think 30% is going a bit far lol I'd say there were more Glorys than anything else.
  • + 3
 over egging it a bit there lawman......just a teeny bit lol
  • + 0
 You call nearly 6.3k $ affordable bike..? Just like I can call Ferrari cars affordable, of course some people can buy them, most will never be able to.
  • + 3
 Scalp is less expensive.. and the frame of a pulse is cheaper than some high end bikes frame.
  • + 2
 ehermmm thats where mr finance comes in Wink
  • + 9
 What's going on, I haven't seen a comment from deeeight telling us how much better it would be with bigger wheels.
  • + 6
 I have a 2013 Nukeproof Scalp and LOVE it..very, very plush..frame weight bias is dead center so it's a tad harder to instantly pull the bike's front end up for a manual etc..but only marginally more difficult..with that said, I haven't had any problems "popping" off a jump, rock, root, etc..The bike is very stable (as stable as my 2009 Scott Gambler which was an overbuilt tank!), Re: bike weight..the Pulse frame is fractionally lighter than my Scalp, which still dosen't make it a light bike by carbon frame standards..BUT..not difficult to change that with a light build-without getting ridiculous in terms of money spent..My Current Build: Scalp medium frame, Fork: 2013 Marzocchi CR with a Ti spring (still a heavy fork 3,300 grams), Shock: X-Fusion Vector HLR Air (very light, awesome air shock) Zee crankset 165mm with a Blackspire Der guide, Zee rear derailleur and shifter, Zee front brake and Deore rear brake, Wheelset: Spank Subrosa rims laced to Hope hubs (weight 2,050 grams), Tires: Tubeless-Schwalbe big betty front and Schwalbe muddy mary rear, Bars Chromag OSX 31",and stem Candy Components direct mount (coolest looking and best performing stem I've used)...current bike weight:38lbs!!!....AND if you want lighter, go with a RockShox world cup or even an RC, some Carbon cranks and now your between 36lbs-37lbs range!!!!...Cost: I paid $1,800 and some change for my frame on chainreaction (now they're on sale for $1,500), built the rest of my bike for around $2,300..so total is a tad over $4,000 for one KICK ASS BIKE.
  • + 5
 I like the bike, but I like the review even more. This is a bike that wants to be ridden a certain way. It doesn't care that its critics say it has a big butt. And will reward the rider that charges down the mountain. The reviewer showcased the pros AND cons of the bike in a very effective and balanced manner. More of these type of reviews please. P.s. I don't think 6k is too much for a bike. Went riding this weekend saw 5k bikes everywhere. 6k is right in the middle of the range where value meets high end equipment.
  • + 2
 How much of that lack of 'pop' simply the side effect of the geo? And when you get right down to it, isn't this kind of like a V10 vs Driver 8 comparison? The Driver 8 is going to have a lot more 'pop', but then it's not designed to be a DH racer.

That said, having gone to a large size from medium, it does take a little getting used too. However, you do get used to it. :-)
  • + 4
 Ride an uplift day in Britain where tracks are rough and not smooth and filled with jumps and you will see more nukeproofs than any other bike be it a scalp or pluse
  • + 7
 If you're riding smooth tracks most of the time then a DH bike is not the right choice.
  • + 4
 need a bad luck brian meme or something "buys a pulse, rides a line"
  • + 1
 Great review Pinkbike. It's rare to get an honest sounding review. This is one of those bikes that I wouldn't have the chance of riding a friends bike first. I feel like most if the bike magazines washed out a long to e ago with real reviews.
  • + 2
 Nukeproof have out done themselves with the 2013 rang of bikes . Bloody fantastic mega AM bike never rode a 160mm travel bike that rides so damm well and I've had a few 160mm bikes . TOP JOB NP
  • + 2
 @dhnewbie I'm 178cm and ride a large with the longest wheelbase and it's just amazing how much traction and stable the bike is! The reach is quite short so the top tube doesn't feel long at all.
  • + 1
 I really liked this review - it did a good job of spelling out where the bike excels and what its limitations are as a RACE bike compared to what else is in the market.

The Banshee Legend review the other week was not the case - comments about a DH race bike having pedal bob don't belong if they aren't put into context of it's intended purpose and how it compares to similar bikes.

Does the Pulse have a more linear suspension rate than the Transition TR450? I find my TR450 to have a lot of pop, and I know they come with a really progressive rate.
Would be interesting to see the two bikes compared as they are both similar in price point and basic design.
  • + 5
 Surprised about the weight, thought it would be a tad lighter
  • + 3
 well, its gotta live up to its name and be 'nuke proof'.. so you know its not going to be light Wink
  • + 1
 i own this bike. and i'm loving it.
but what mike reviewed theres a truth. a bit hard to bunny hop (but still can easily jump)), feel 'big' (but i like it), a bit heavy (i wll fit Ti spring), feel comfortable over rough sections (comfort=fast??).
for me the bike handle/corner better than my comencal supremeDh v2.
  • + 5
 Holy huck that looks amazing.
  • + 1
 "but do expect to get away with more than you might when riding certain pricey, carbon fiber bikes with highly regarded suspension layouts"

Tomorrow the PB test of a carbon bike (which would have a far better suspension layout, of course)??
  • + 5
 Who said "better"? Merely highly regarded instead of the 'Nuke's less flashy layout that works quite well in many situations.
  • + 15
 May I misunderstand this sentence? I read "the suspension on the pulse is as effective as others suspension on expensive carbon fiber bikes". And I think if tomorrow you will test an expensive carbon fiber bike, you won't say "the suspension is the same as on a cheap nukeproof".
  • - 8
flag cikudh (Jul 22, 2013 at 1:38) (Below Threshold)
 frame weight or full bike weight please .. thanks
  • + 5
 ^^^
• Weight: 41.2 lb
  • + 1
 41lbs.
  • + 3
 @faul,
I interpret that sentence as saying that the suspension layout on the 'nuke works better than those that are high tech and touted as 'the best'
  • + 5
 Yeah, it tooks me a lot of time to understand perfectly the sentence (my english is not that good), and I missed the word "certain". I agree "certain" suspension layout won't work much better as a good single pivot does. I add my comment too early, sorry!

(But I'm pretty sure the next expensive bike tested will have the best suspension of the world. Wink )
  • + 4
 If you break a nukeproof frame, what does that make you?
  • + 4
 Couldn't think of anything witty in 8 seconds, so my reply is: a hack.
  • + 1
 why wouldnt they put a top end fork on the bike??? if their going to go with boxxer might as well put the world cup on it, the price is already 7 grand. someone please tell me why the rc2 is on there..
  • + 3
 Unless you have pro dialed air forks, coil springs feel and response way better than air.
  • + 0
 No pop is not an issue with big bikes. Pop is a sign for limited suspension and too hard springrate. Bb are about grip and speed. Good first try Nukeproof with a singlepivot alloy big frame. Pitty its just another catalog sweatshop job.
  • + 3
 Looks like a sweet bike. Hoping to see Sam Hill get the win aboard one real soon!
  • + 1
 "The Cane Creek shock tamed everything from the smallest root to the biggest rock, and its Highroller II tires helped the bike carry good speed without sacrificing grip"

Hmmm!
  • + 2
 Thank you baby Jesus! One of the first and only "We don't love this bike" reviews posted here on PB of a bike they were given for free to test.
  • + 3
 Not sure what their Demo review looked like? But I assume it probably didn't match either Sam Hill's finding or Aaron Gwinn's. Sam seems to be liking the Pulse from his results aboard it so that is good.
  • + 4
 world cup proven racing machine.......what more needs to be said ,it works
  • + 1
 my dream bike, i had nukeproof before and im want another one again....but far away from my budget...ill keep my granny pony for a while....
  • + 2
 I've got some cracked nuke proof carbon fiber hubs lying around. can I turn em in for warranty or has it been too long? Smile
  • + 1
 Ha! You and me both. I'm getting old...
  • + 3
 the frame looks a lot like a TR450
  • + 2
 no, silly. it looks like a tr250 Wink
  • + 1
 lamely on double hops but wade's well on rough sections,
like my commencal supreme v2, i'm curious how good will be on Fox RC4 shock and my Avalanche cartridge?
  • + 2
 Looks great. I have a TR450 (very similar designs) and it rides great. I am sure this bike rides very similarly.
  • + 1
 hi. I want to buy one but i can't choose beetween med and large. I'm 180 cm tall. please help asap
  • + 2
 41 pounds at $6k.....it might ride well but holy crap is it a pig
  • + 2
 Just built mine.. 39lbs
  • + 1
 Anyone experience any brake jacking? Or is that just a marketing ploy from the early 2000's
  • + 1
 What you are refereeing to is brake SQUAT ...not jack.I havent ridden this bike, but the similar TR450 is mildly affected,not that it would bothers me, but certainly noticeable
  • + 1
 A single pivot design is not the best for braking performance, but if the bike has a low BB and a long front end, braking won't be that bad, due to a lower mass transfert.
  • + 1
 redhit you are correct. In theory single pivot bikes looses (firms up) some suspension performance during braking. That is why floating brakes were created. This is why the horst link is used and split pivot rear stays ala Treck.
Does this bike have brake jack? I don't know.
I know that single pivot suspensions travel in an arc. This is great for square edge jumps and absorbing very rocky sections of trail.
36 tooth chain ring on a DH bike????
  • + 2
 ^Square edge bumps................square edge jumps. Not a good idea.
  • + 2
 I have a Scalp and was worried about the brake squat....but I haven't noticed it one bit. If the Pulse is even half as good as the Scalp it's gotta be an amazing machine!
  • + 1
 i'm a happy man. thought my new labyrinth minotaur eas well heavy, at 41 pounds, thats just cheered me up Smile
  • + 1
 Reading through that, a lot of it seems to resound quite well with how my M9 rides.
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 This Frame with shock weight almost 6kg or over 13lbs
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 thats ludicrous
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 Great for people like me who want their frame to last more than 1 year before it cracks and dont have noodles for arms.
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 so you think itll last longer with the 3+ extra pounds this has over the many other offerings out there?
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 I just built my Pulse and the bike rips everywhere I've ridden it...... Sick ride period!
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 I LIKE IT!!!!!!
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 Carbon doesn't make a bike better, the rider does. Just watch Gee smoke all those carbon bikes!
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 Hi Mike, what size of the pulse that you test?
Do you have any size guide line for the Pulse if my height is 177 cm?
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 He was testing a large
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 and the size for you is medium.
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 Quit deleting my posts pb!
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 Who gives a sh*t what it looks like ...
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 Don't compare anything to Mike Tyson in his prime. Ever.
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 Gee wins with aluminum... What's your point?
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 I bet Matt Dennison would be faster than all of us on it
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 So which rig _is_ the best all-arounder DH bike?
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 Gt kinda set the bar for aluminum/weight. Good luck to the team tho!
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 The GT is likely to be a 1 season bike though at that weight , like mondrakers and such
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 Love to have one!
Where in the states to get?
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 Big Ring Bikes, San Diego,ca. Ask for joe, best prices period!
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 its called the pulse ... wonders if that drops wen its shredding lol
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 @ MikeLevy

What settings did you have on the CCDB ? Including Spring rate
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 Linkage seems similar to my old Rocky Flatline. Bike was a tank, but sure could take some punishment...
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 Nothing like a flatline.
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 I wish one of these would show up at my door step!
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 Where are the photos of Fogel riding one?
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 Its stinks of TR450
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 More like a glory
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 AM I THE ONLY ONE THINKING IT LOOKS LIKE A TRANSITION????
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 Yes. Infact it looks like a session. Thedude88 said it 3 hours ago.
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