It's time to check out the first new World Cup downhill bike of the year and it comes in the form of Adam Brayton's Nukeproof Dissent.
Brayton announced he was switching frame supplier from Scott to Nukeproof in December
and has since been riding the same alloy test mule of this bike
that Sam Hill rode to victory in the Garbanzo DH last year.
Now, Nukeproof have a finalised version and it has already been decked out in Hope Racing Green kit ready for Adam's 2019 World Cup challenge. Nukeproof have named the new frame the Dissent and, much like the Pulse that preceded it, it's an aluminium framed, 27.5" downhill bike. Nukeproof told us they hit the weight they were aiming for using alloy so we weren't expecting any carbon, however they did also say they were working on 29er, which hasn't yet broken cover. It looks like Adam will be sticking to the 27.5" wheels he's used to racing but we'll wait and see if a production 29er comes along when more details are released.
All the pictures have come from Hope so we've got a lot of photos of green bits but not too many of the linkage at the heart of the bike. From what we can see though, it now sits outside of the seat tube, rather than being tucked inside a split in the frame. Moving away from that clamshell design helps to shed some weight, and it also means there's the possibility this suspension layout could make its way onto a bike that's not strictly designed for DH riding.
Nukeproof haven't released any numbers yet but we've been told to expect a full run down along with public availability soon. For now, enjoy some more pictures of Gas to Flat's new ride.
Photos: Roo Fowler
PRESS RELEASE: Nukeproof
You don't always have to agree to follow the norm and agree with convention and dissent from the masses and go your own way. Nukeproof have always chosen to do things our own way, in our time and style. After nearly seven years of using our highly successful Fallout linkage, the new Dissent displays a new update to our downhill linkage design. The new Dissent platform was originally conceived by our engineers as a concept to test several leverage curve theories. Turning the theory into practise proved much better than anything we could have expected with the prototype winning on its international debut at Crankworx festivals Garbanzo Downhill race with Sam Hill (and winning his approval).
We're proud to introduce the Nukeproof Dissent. What’s new? Frames will be coming to Nukeproof retailers in the not too distant future, with more information on the Dissent design being released closer to the in-stock date (including full geometry and key features).
2019 marks our return to the full time downhill World Cup program and a new partnership with Mr Gas to Flat; Adam Brayton and Hope Factory Racing as a frame supplier. After initially testing with our prototype Adam was super positive and we are stoked to partner with the 2018 UK Downhill Series champion and support his assault on the UCI World Cup. Hope have once again smashed it out the park with a build that will make the Dissent one of the trickiest custom factory bikes out there.
Adam’s first impressions have been super positive. More details will follow soon for the Dissent, with delivery times and a full geometry.