I can't think of many, if any, more successful and long-lasting rider-mechanic partnerships than Sam Hill and Jacy Shumilak. They've been working together for nearly twenty years and, as the records will show, have won most things they've turned their hands to. Of course, everyone knows of Sam's exploits - in terms of the sheer quantity of his successes, his cult-like fan following and that idiosyncratic, paradoxically calm yet flat-out way of riding a bike. A good mechanic, as many a racer will tell you, is worth their weight in gold. In fact, Hill pretty much said as much in the classic film Clay Porter film, F1rst.
High praise indeed. I got in touch with Jacy to see what, of all the dozens of bikes Hill has ridden over the years, would be his personal favourites. Maybe for the bike itself, maybe for reasons a shade more sentimental and indeed perhaps a combination of both. Here, in chronological order are 10 of Jacy Shumilak's favorite Sam Hill builds.2003 Iron Horse SGS World Cup Race Bike2005 Ironhorse Sunday World Cup Race Bike
Father time hasn't been kind to all bikes from this era but I think the Iron Horse still looks great.2008 Ironhorse Sunday - Val Di Sole World Championship Edition
I imagine they'll be a flurry of 'Val di Sole Sam Hill' searches after reading this article.2009 Specialized SX Slalom Edition
I've always loved the often creative solutions racers end up using in dual slalom.2009 Specialized Demo 8 World Cup Race Bike
How many of you lusted after one of these?
Hill in Follow Me. Photo Credit to Sterling Lorence.2016 Nukeproof Mega 275 EWS Race Bike
It's hard to say who seems more impressed.2014 Nukeproof Pulse Hafjell World Championships Edition2017 Nukeproof Mega 275C Prototype
Some bikes take on special meaning, and this one certainly did for Jacy2017 Nukeproof Mega 275C - Cairns World Championship Edition
If you look at the back of the seat tube you have all the proof you could ever want that one page is enough for your CV.2018 Nukeproof Mega 275C - Day of the Dead Edition
Beats the 'happy stick family' bumper stickers any day of the week.