The Dolomites in the small town of Andalo, Italy, make an incredible backdrop for a media camp. In between coffee, gelato, and uplifts we found a few new tech and apparel bits.
Nukeproof has added purple ano options to their Horizon (or HZN? Vowels are hard) lineup of components. Their SPD-compatible clip-in pedals now have an improved engagement mechanism for more security, and they've got update kits available as well.
They also introduced women's cuts to their high-end Nirvana line of clothing. The enduro-ish long-sleeve jersey has welded seams, four-way stretch fabric, laser-cut vents, an anti-bacterial finish, silicon shoulder grippers, and Cordura arm patches. MSRP is €70.99.
The matching shorts are a four-way stretch Cordura, have a DWR finish, and use triple-stitched inner leg seams. They also have waist adjusters, silicon grippers in the waistband, and a detachable goggle bag. MSRP is €93.99.
SRAM's Alex Rafferty had his Megatower looking fresh.
Small Italian women's clothing brand Chicken Line had a bunch of their wild (and mild) clothing on display. Started by Elena Borroni with the familiar catalyst of not being able to find the fit, quality, and colors she wanted, their clothes are 100% made in Italy with Italian fabrics.
They're looking for online distribution in North America.
For all the new stuff on display (lots of which we can't share yet), Nukeproof's 1997 Reactor hardtail got a lot of attention. It's near mint and near original, with a 70mm coil-sprung linkage fork and a lot of eBay finds completing the package.
The Nukeproof Reactor was their original hardtail with a linkage suspension fork, built with a coil spring integrated into the headtube. For the time, it had forward-thinking ideas, like smooth coil-sprung travel and a Knock Block-esque headset that prevented the linkage from nailing the frame in a wreck. This sample somehow survived the past 22 years in pristine condition, so they’ve been scavenging eBay to rebuild it with a top-tier spec of period parts and original Nukeproof components that you’re sure to enjoy seeing again…