Nukeproof and Smith - Bike Connection Winter 2018

Feb 12, 2018
by Paul Aston  
Nukeproof Launches Their First Apparel Line, New Wheelset, and Sam Hill Replica Bike

The Bike Connection - Nukeproof
The Bike Connection - Nukeproof

Though Nukeproof support many racers and teams including the mighty Sam Hill/CRC setup, they are still a small operation with a handful of staff working on all of their products. This clothing line has been in the works for three years and totals 17 different shorts and shirts for men and women.

The range isn't simply an open product with their logos printed on - the cut and shape of every panel have been designed from scratch. The clothes are mostly understated, incorporate lightweight and flexible materials, and have plenty of attention to detail.


The Bike Connection - Nukeproof
The Bike Connection - Nukeproof


The Bike Connection - Nukeproof

Not wanting to go for a 'shrink it and pink it' approach to the female clothing like some brands, the line has also been created from the ground up for women that ride.


The Bike Connection - Nukeproof
The Bike Connection - Nukeproof


The Bike Connection - Nukeproof
The shorts have a goggle bag that attaches inside in the right-hand pocket. If you want to keep your goggles clean on a climb just put them in the bag and use the press-stud button to store them on the outside.
The Bike Connection - Nukeproof

The Bike Connection - Nukeproof
More neat details including those little radioactive zips and a plastic hoop inside the left-side short pockets to secure your house or car keys.


The Bike Connection - Nukeproof
The Bike Connection - Nukeproof
Cordura patches on the elbows to prevent rips and silicone printing on the shoulders to grip your bag straps.

The brand from Belfast also has a few more tricks up their sleeves, including the new Horizon wheelset which looks to have a massive amount of tech packed in for its €439 price tag: DH-strength rims developed in conjunction with WTB that come taped and with valves, straight pull Sandvik spokes with 8x spares included, 84 points of engagement with double-toothed pawls, and all options of widths and drivers. Plus the copper color hubs are one of a kind, look rad and has a full complement of matching Horizon components to roll with them. NP's final news is that they are launching a limited (50x bikes) Sam Hill replica of the Mega that won the EWS in 2017, the exact spec Sam used and the gold and green colorway he also raced to 7th place at the DH World Champs in Cairns.


The Bike Connection - Nukeproof
The Bike Connection - Nukeproof
The Horizon wheelset looks like a great option for riders who want a high-end alloy wheelset at a competitive price.



Smith's New Session Helmet and Attack Glasses

The Bike Connection - Fox Attack


Smith was the first mountain bike brand to use Koroyd's material instead of a standard EPS foam as a base for their helmet construction. Koroyd is basically a bunch of plastic tubes bonded together that crumple upon impact, it is said to absorb more energy than regular foams and was inspired by alloy tubes that support airplane seats that reduce impacts during emergency landings. The original Forefront helmet appeared in 2013 and was a break from traditional helmet styling; for 2018 Smith has redesigned a whole new range of helmets and the first to launch is the Session.


The Bike Connection - Fox Attack

The Bike Connection - Fox Attack
The Bike Connection - Fox Attack

The Bike Connection - Fox Attack


The Bike Connection - Fox Attack



The Session lands in the middle of Smith's new range, and uses strategically placed Koroyd in the most important impact zones, with cheaper 'Aerocore' EPS foam to keep the cost down – according to studies Smith found that 64% of impacts are on the side of the head, so this is where the Koroyd material is utilised.

The center portion of the helmet has six huge vents which Smith have tagged as their 'AirEvac' ventilation system which helps channel through the air and exhausts it from the rear of the helmet. The peak also has three positions to stow goggles or sunglasses. The Session is equipped with MIPS, comes in six colorways and will retail for $160 USD.

Smith helmet impact zones


The Bike Connection - Fox Attack


Smith have also released two new riding glasses called the Attack and Attack Max that features clip-on 'MAG' technology arms. The clips and magnets are a quick and easy way to switch lenses or disassemble for storage. The glasses retail at $250 USD supplied with two shades of ChromaPop lenses and a hard case.


The Bike Connection - Fox Attack
The Bike Connection - Smith



59 Comments

  • + 48
 It comes to something when even your helmet "looks like a session"
  • + 19
 At least the "bun" is gone.
  • + 1
 I thought it was just rumours the ‘keegan perm’ was coming back
  • + 1
 It also comes to a new world record for "gaper gap" in helmet photos. You couldn't pay me to wear a helmet that sits that high on the head & leaves 2" of forehead exposed.
  • + 25
 Fox take notes.....no pointy bits at the back (tiny bit lumpy but meh) a visor that is actually a visor! and a lid that doesn't appear to sit atop your head like a Fox designer put a plate on it, and told you it was a helmet.
  • + 1
 One caveat is that the large vents have a higher likelihood of snagging in the event of a crash, but that's the price you pay for a cooler helmet.
  • + 1
 One of the main things I love about my Forefront is how engulfed my head feels in it. Excellent fit and coverage.
  • + 2
 Looks so much better than a forefront
  • + 19
 So they put the fancy helmet material where 22% of impacts occur, but not where the other 78% happen.
  • + 3
 at least you have a 22% chance of increased safety
  • + 13
 60% of the time it works everytime.
  • + 1
 I know right?! Not a confidence inspiring number...
  • + 1
 Pinkbike updated the information.
According to this study carried out by the European Union, 64% of all helmet impacts occur on the sides (where Smith integrates Koroyd in this helmet)
  • + 1
 @ElTonno: but what about impacts per square inch of helmet surface? Wouldn't that be a more revealing statistic?
  • + 18
 Bushy hair > man bun

Always.

Thank you for efforts in resisting the man bun movement.
  • + 5
 Haha for real though... I'm sure Smith also appreciates that it makes it look like the helmet sits where it is supposed to...
  • + 15
 Where’s this Sam Hill replica bike we were promised in the headline?
  • + 0
 Made you look!! Hahahaha
  • + 6
 We're just waiting on some parts dates from suppliers which has slowed it up a little- Good news is we have the AVS hand guards already. But as soon as we have a date we will put out all the info for you and make it available to pre-order.
  • + 8
 I'm glad to see they didn't use that honeycomb stuff on all the vents. I had a Forefront back in 2014 and you can't mount a light on it, because the straps for the mount can't go through the helmet. Instead had to buy a $25 proprietary mount that went on top of the helmet and was only compatible with certain brands of lights. No niterider lights would work with it, so I could only mount a light on my bars. For how expensive the helmet was, it was a pretty poor feature.
  • + 2
 i know (from personal crash testing) that normal EPS foam can leave a pretty good impression on your head after an impact, so does Koroyd punch a bunch holes in your skin? Seems like the tubes should run on the opposing axis.
  • + 1
 I've seen people who are bald have that honeycomb imprinted on their head after rides.
The thing I don't get is I would think it acts as a cheese grater on your hair. I'm not terribly vain, but I'd think it would basically be breaking your hair follicles off all day every day?
  • + 5
 It's interesting that a helmet costs $160 but glasses cost $250! Doesn't seem right...
  • + 5
 That helmet is dope, anyone know when it will be available? Google can't seem to find anything about it...
  • + 3
 ah yes, the good ol' days when a product announcement was planned with the ability to purchase. I don't get this whole 'rush to market' mentality. Those Michelin tires look awesome, but since the price and availability are TBD, I guess another DHF shall do...
  • + 3
 will Smith make a full face for the Rocky team, or will they have to run Fox with sharpie'd out logos?
  • + 14
 Will Smith is having a block party for the Rocky Team, with both Tippie and DJ Jazzy Jeff making an appearance.
  • + 1
 Surely that honeycomb stuff is just gonna fill with mud and stuff cutting down on your ventilation and it's ability to protect the rider? And it doesn't look like it'd be easy to keep clean...
  • + 3
 I have the old version and they don't clog ever. Also air moving over the straws creates suction that pulls heat out of the helmet so it stays very cool
  • + 1
 @roadrunner1212: Sounds quite good from what you say, I'll have to try it out some time!
  • + 3
 Me thinks that nukeproof garb looks pretty good, hopefully it's priced well like many of the other products.
  • + 3
 $250 for the glasses. Hahahaha
Smith does have a good warranty policy at least.
  • + 3
 And they look similar to a USD 15 Uvex pair.
  • + 1
 Not sure who made the call to Jackson Pollock all over the model in the Smith shoot, but it definitely adds a sense of expressionism not usually seen in mountain bike industry release photos.

7/10
  • + 4
 So much hair.
  • + 2
 At least it's not in a bun this time. But yes, I think it's to the point where you don't get a clear idea of how the helmet actually fits his head.
  • + 1
 If it’s anything like the Rover, it should be a cool helmet. I love my Rover and it’s one of the best helmets I’ve had.
  • + 3
 So what exactly happens when a rock hits that massive hole in the helmet?
  • + 2
 Blunt force trauma, lots of blood.
  • + 1
 At least it leaves a nice place for the brains to leak out
  • + 2
 Yeah, where's the replica bike?
  • + 1
 We were delayed a little by parts suppliers- but will release more info once we have exact delivery dates for pre orders.
  • + 1
 Can we get someone that doesn’t have a jheri curl model it? I wanna see just how far your head sinks into the thing.
  • + 1
 Aha! Anyone notice his man bun is down for this picture! Helmet looks like fits right now.
  • + 0
 What does this mean, i.e 22/29%:
"according to studies Smith found that 22/29% of impacts are on the sides of the head, so this is where the Koroyd material is utilised."
  • + 3
 Left side / right side.

Duh.
  • + 8
 It means it rates a solid 5/7.
  • + 1
 Where are my Sam Hill handguards???
  • + 1
 That wheel set looks promising. What’s the rim width?
  • + 1
 Foreskin...for extra protection around the head
  • + 1
 "airplanee seats"
That is all.
  • - 1
 Smith makes the dumbest helmets. Can't even run a proper night riding light on any of them.
  • + 7
 Looks like you can on this helmet.
  • + 2
 @chillrider199: plenty of room in the middle for a gorpo mount, thats how i mount my lights to my smith helmet
  • + 1
 Bike?
  • + 0
 trim it at last this "mannequin"
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