Video: Gravel Bike Hucks with Elliott Heap

Jan 4, 2019
by Nukeproof  
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PRESS RELEASE: Nukeproof

Elliott Heap, a lunatic on the Nukeproof Digger:

Originally conceived as a training tool for Nukeproof athletes* (*the discussion may have been fuelled by some Italian intoxicating fluids), we introduced the (Gravel) Digger into the line up. After 2 years of unexpectedly strong sales and the Nukeproof team learning a little about the drop bar dark arts, the 2019 Digger continues to evolve as our take on that quintessential mountain bikers training bike: Wide bars, bolt through axles, disc brakes and dropper post compatible. Created to add spice to a “training” ride or commuting to work or use it to scout out some prime future trail locations (or for the fastest commute to the pie shop like Elliott).

To be honest, the Digger if categorised is a confused beast, not the fastest on road or the most capable off. But, categories are just made up to segregate and whatever/ however you choose to categories or justify it, it’s just a hell of a lot of fun and gets you out on a bike. It’s “swift” on the road and gravel, but ultimately, it’s a Nukeproof and has an inbuilt dirt devil to lure you off road at any opportunity, where for a bike in this sector it excels!


Nukeproof Digger Pro
Nukeproof Digger Pro

Simplicity is key. With a spec inspired by our athlete’s training bikes, offering the familiar level of braking and drivetrain performance seen on our mountain bikes. The Digger is designed to take a dropper post (standard on the Pro model) to get that saddle out the way if you choose to deviate off the main paths. Rolling with 27.5" wheels (12 x 142mm) combined with "road plus 47c" tyres offers a little comfort and confidence both ride on and off road, but the frame is designed for the ability to run 700c wheels if desired, for those wanting to lap more base miles on the tarmac.

Nukeproof Digger Comp
Nukerpoof Digger Comp

For adventurers, trail builders and commuters needing some load space the Digger also is fully compatible for rack mounts for panniers, with a removable seat stay bridge for full mud clearance or to run full length mudguards.

Features:

Brand new Chassis with updated Geometry
Full Carbon Fork
Internal cable routing for dropper seat posts
Custom Triple butted Hydro formed Tube Set
Threaded Bottom Bracket
12x142mm Rear axle spacing and 15x100mm Fork Spacing
700c or 27.5” ‘Road Plus’ compatible
Rack Mounts
Removable SS bridge for proper full mudguards

Nukeproof Digger Comp

Nukeproof Digger, enjoy the insanity…

www.nukeproof.com

Rider: Elliott Heap
Film: Tommy Caldwell Visuals
Photography: Laurence Crossman-Emms


MENTIONS: @Nukeproofinternational



72 Comments

  • + 32
 Most of us have been riding mountain bikes on road.
  • + 21
 Ah Gravel bikes...for those of you who want to relive mountainbiking from the early 90s...
  • + 3
 Absolutely, only the Gravel bike rides well on tarmac and the dropbar is comfier than the straight bars.
  • + 1
 @fiatpolski: a lot of people rode drop bar mtbs in the early nineties.
  • + 5
 @fiatpolski: neg propped you by accident.

I agree. As much as the 'gravel' marketing can be annoying, these bikes make so much sense. Essentially cherry pick the best features of road, touring, XC and hybrid bikes, and mix it into one.
  • - 5
flag SintraFreeride (Jan 5, 2019 at 22:39) (Below Threshold)
 @alreadyupsidedown: Cherry picking? You can't be serious! Gravel bikes are utter crap off road. Road bikes aren't even properly designed for road with their nervous geometry and cramped cockpits...
  • + 2
 @SintraFreeride: I take it you need 160-180mm of travel to ride fire roads and flow trails then?
  • - 3
 @dontcoast: No I need 160-180mm travel to ride rough natural trails fast. Fire roads and flow trails can be ridden on shorter travel bike with decent geo. Gravel bikes? Don't know what they are meant for aside from being rubbish at everything...
  • + 8
 @SintraFreeride: I'm a bit confused.

On one hand, you're complaining that pure road bikes aren't designed properly- that they're too cramped and twitchy. On the other hand, you're complaining that gravel bikes are stupid?

You aren't thinking about this right.
A gravel bike is a road bike with better, more stable geometry. You get a slacker head angle, a lower BB, with longer reach and shorter stem. Wider bars too. These are all the features that make new MTBs great, applied to a drop-bar bike. The ability to run wider tires is just gravy at this point.

Put on slicks, and you've got a road bike that can do what 95% of real-world riders need a road bike to do.
Put on some knobbies, and you can ride trails. Not as well as a MTB, but you can. Nobody is saying it's as good as a MTB, but as the video proves, you can get out there and have a lot of fun.

It's as simple as that. it's just a road bike, but better. You get so much more, for barely any sacrifice.
  • + 1
 @SintraFreeride: ah, so you need a downcountry bike to ride fire roads then. nice.

and everybody who enjoys riding a 50 mile loop with 30 miles of roads, 10 miles of fireroad and 10 miles of singletrack should also ride a downcountry bike.

nobody said a gravel bike is the best for rough natural steeps at race pace. don't shit on it just because it's not your flave.

also they are way more stable (longer and slacker!) than trad road bikes, so you might try making more sense next time.
  • + 0
 @alreadyupsidedown: Road bikes are generally ridden at speeds over 30km/h so quick acceleration and quick handling are not important YET their geometry is twitchy and unstable (mainly due to the UCI restrictions). Gravel bikes are exactly what you stated which is why I state that they are stupid seeing as they are based on a flawed Roadbike design just like the first mountainbikes were back in the day. The video proves that with enough skill you can literally ride anything. I have ridden a bmx offroad and it was fun because it was hard but I would never replace my mtb!
  • + 0
 @dontcoast: I already have the bike I need for the terrain I ride. I am not telling anyone what they should or shouldn't ride. What I am saying is that I find it ironic that the bike industry is recycling ideas to make money. Gravel bikes are basically rigid XC bikes from the 90s with dropbars, better brakes and components. As someone who used to ride one of those bikes I can honestly say I could never go back to that. Now if you love your gravel bike then enjoy the hell out of it. I personally would like to see road bike design evolve out of the UCI strangle hold so that I may buy one and enjoy a proper handling bike.
  • + 12
 Road Bike Party 4 anyone?
  • + 9
 I've always wanted to try the skid-under-the-gate move for the mirin' hikers... but i just know i'd get a slap in the face by a yellow metal bar.
  • + 6
 You should get on an MTB course with this guy, and ride where the film was shot, it's an awesome day, you'll learn loads and get to see this dude in action, his company is called RideMTB, go get booked on a coaching day then come back and thank me...
  • + 3
 good to know , got a voucher for ridemtb for xmas , booked up for late jan , should be rad
  • + 4
 This is rad! Do not buy a gravel bike and expect it top shred trails like this and be fun. I bet his hands were hurting and his eyeballs were rattling on some of those single tracks. When you ride a gravel bike on singletrack even the smallest rock sections become scary.
  • + 3
 that's why you use 27,5x2,2 tires...
  • + 3
 @tannerd @Sethimus: I put a 2.1 front and 2.0 rear mtb tire on my Kona Rove Gravel bike and it seriously shreds. With little byway tires I got flats everywhere, but add real tires and I can take it through surprisingly rough terrain.
  • + 5
 When you ride a drop bar bike as well as a full suspension rig... You can appreciate how difficult this is. Well done Elliott that was sick!
  • + 2
 Those tires seem a lot more off-road capable than what’s on the gravel bikes I see in my area. Great video, that rider was awesome. But I was a little scared when he didn’t lock his bike...
  • + 1
 The skills are impressive and all but this whole bike out category thing is getting played out for me. It's just not an original idea.
Also how long would a bike like that realistically last being ridden that way?
Seeing more and more roadies with ZERO skills thinking they can ride like that on my local trails just skidding and clogging shit up.
Not to say that it isn't fun. I've pretty much ditched my road bike in favor of a gravel bike but that's more about having dirt under my wheels and avoiding psycho drivers.
  • + 1
 I feel like people really underestimate how capable bikes like this can be. I have a Kona Rove LTD and with xc mtb tires it can handle surprisingly rough terrain, but feel nice riding to the trailhead too. Great for getting some miles in when I don't want to drive somewhere to ride my trail bike.
  • + 1
 What xc tires fit on a Rove LTD? Not much clearance there.
  • + 5
 Nuke proof should sponsor this guy!!!
  • + 4
 WOW WOW WOWBig Grin Super fun rad riding!
  • + 2
 A bit of Rivvy, a bit of Addy and a touch of Wigan. Get a skills day with Elliott round these very trails .... he is a joke on a bike, and you may get a pie as well.
  • + 3
 He's not as smooth as JT was, but not too bad a rider. Drops make life a little more interesting when on dirt
  • + 2
 Awesome riding on some of my local trails. But what state were the wheels in afterwards @Nukeproofinternational ?
  • + 1
 They weren't too shabby at all, the 47c tyres are pretty beefy and take a beating.
  • + 2
 is it right to say this bike is at the gnar end of CX or is it just the vid making me think that?
  • + 1
 When a company designs and makes a nice Cyclo-X bike, film it in its intended environment, then claim it’s a road bike...winning
  • + 16
 we don't know how to class it, but its defiantly not a road bike Smile
  • - 11
flag smithcreek (Jan 4, 2019 at 4:50) (Below Threshold)
 @Nukeproofinternational: I can help you. It's called a bike for gravel grinding, a gravel grinder or simply a gravel bike. People used to use whatever bike they had around, an old mountain bike fitted with skinny tires, a road bike with as big tires as you could fit or a cyclo-cross bike. The bike companies noticed this and saw the opportunity to sell everyone a bike specifically designed for riding fire roads. Even Specialized and Trek have been selling gravel bikes for several years so it's not exactly a secret anymore.
  • + 1
 Really liking just about everything with Nukeproof. I think I see a nukeproof in my very near future. Awesome vid. If CX was anything like this it would be worth watching. Still everything would be better on a proper mtb.
  • + 3
 its Mind boggling how good this lad is :O
  • + 1
 So you think this bike can handle to rugged roads around my house? There are a couple pot holes here and there.
  • + 2
 Good to see other riders on my skill level finally making videos
  • + 1
 Ince Woods at 1:45! I remember when I discovered that place when I first started riding Smile
  • + 2
 In 1:28 what is the name of the bar. Smile
  • + 2
 Ice Cream Run on a gravel bike haha
  • + 2
 Every wiganers wet dream, a pie sponsor.
  • + 1
 Hairy! need to meet up for a ride soon!
  • + 1
 Finally, one of these edits where the saddle is at normal riding height, not slammed. Much respect!
  • + 2
 was thinking of getting a gravel bike but this has just sold me
  • + 2
 A cyclo cross or gravel bikes are not road bike, but sick riding anyway!
  • + 4
 Sorry, PB changed the article title- It's defiantly not a road bike...
  • + 1
 @Nukeproofinternational: What is it then, some sort of genetic modification?
  • + 4
 @aljoburr: It's the embryo of too much of the famed Italian whiskey and listening to what a certain Australian legend wanted form ta training bike. make of that what you will Smile
  • + 2
 @Nukeproofinternational: Sam Hill a secret roadie?
  • + 3
 @aljoburr: Anyone who has to pedal fast for a living is a secret roadie. Don't let the image fool you.
  • + 2
 Probably riding most of it faster than I can on my fully!
  • + 2
 Just wow! More of this please.
  • + 1
 guy has some serious skills
  • + 1
 THAT. That was a banger edit and some sick riding!! Mad skills!
  • + 2
 the blokes a lunatic
  • + 1
 Not a bad rider, he should give the EWS a crack.
  • + 1
 Tom Caldwell does not EVER make a bad edit, fact!
  • + 1
 Really cool edit guys! More Elliot edits please @Nukeproofinternational
  • + 1
 No Boost, not interested lol
  • + 2
 Im diggin' it man...
  • + 1
 Anyone know what song this is?
  • + 1
 Never mind. Found it.
  • + 1
 If I tried to ride that bike like that, I'd be left in a heap.
  • - 2
 Every road bicycle I've ever ridden just like insta-breaks.
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