22 Race Bikes from Red Bull Hardline 2022

Sep 10, 2022 at 13:04
by Nick Bentley  

We grabbed every bike we could from the pits at Red Bull Hardline for your viewing pleasure.

Andreas Kolb s Atherton AM. 200M
Andreas Kolb's Atherton AM. 200M

Taylor Vernon s Commencal Supreme DH
Taylor Vernon's Commencal Supreme DH

Ad Brayton s Nukeproof Prototype
Adam Brayton's Nukeproof Prototype

Thibault Laly s Santa Cruz V10
Thibault Laly's Santa Cruz V10

Charlie Hatton s Atherton AM. 200M
Charlie Hatton's Atherton AM. 200M

Brook MacDonald s Mondraker Summum Carbon
Brook MacDonald's Mondraker Summum Carbon

Matt Hockenhull s Santa Cruz V10
Matt Hockenhull's Santa Cruz V10

Harry Molloy s Saracen Mist
Harry Molloy's Saracen Mist

Chris Cumming s Nukeproof Prototype
Chris Cumming's Nukeproof Prototype

David McMillan s Specialized Demo
David McMillan's Specialized Demo

Florent Payet s Scott Gambler
Florent Payet's Scott Gambler

Jackson Goldstone s Santa Cruz V10
Jackson Goldstone's Santa Cruz V10

Jim Monro s Atherton AM. 200M
Jim Monro's Atherton AM. 200M

Bernard Kerr s Pivot Phoenix
Bernard Kerr's Pivot Phoenix

Craig Evans Santa Cruz V10
Craig Evans' Santa Cruz V10

Sam Hockenhull s DH Bike
Sam Hockenhull's DH Bike

Gee Atherton s Atherton AM. 200M
Gee Atherton's Atherton AM. 200M

Josh Lowe s YT Tues
Josh Lowe's YT Tues

Ronan Dunne s Nukeproof Prototype
Ronan Dunne's Nukeproof Prototype

Vincent Tupin s Scott Gambler
Vincent Tupin's Scott Gambler

Sam Gale s Specialized Demo
Sam Gale's Specialized Demo

Joe Smith s Vitus Dominer
Joe Smith's Vitus Dominer

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  • 84 0
 Atherton bikes appropriately representing. What’s the story behind Sam Hockenhull's “DH Bike”?
  • 32 0
 I think it's because he is on Cannondale and is riding a GT Fury. Could be wrong though?
  • 25 0
 @NickPeterson95: I'm pretty sure Cannondale and GT are owned by the same company.
  • 3 0
 @streetfighter848: youd be correct
  • 35 0
 It was a test, to see if we’d point out that it looks like a session
  • 1 0
 @freeridejerk888: And Cervelo
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 Yeah but that’s rode bike and we’re talking about dh bikes. Atleast they let Santa Cruz do their thing somewhat @z-man:
  • 5 0
 @streetfighter848: this probably does not matter in this case, if he has a contract with cdale which says he can only be seen in the wild riding cdales this does not automatically mean he can be seen riding other brands owned by the same parent company.
  • 1 0
 I was wondering the same thing. "DH Bike." Looks pretty cool. I'm glad someone knew what it was.
  • 1 0
 @Evo6: the base model fury is also a very good deal
  • 63 1
 What ever happened to proper bike checks on this website? Seems like they used to be a staple here (and elsewhere) a few years ago at all the big events but you rarely see them anymore. I assume they have looked at the numbers and the page views do not match the effort required to put it together, but they are always my favorite. A bunch of photos showing all of the cool details that goes into the pros bikes is super cool IMHO.
  • 4 39
flag mknott9 (Sep 10, 2022 at 16:13) (Below Threshold)
 Useless info less you gonna be hucking some monster shit
  • 12 1
 Sadly, there doesn’t appear to be too many custom bits anymore. Maybe a linkage here and there, but it seems like most riders are on stock parts.
  • 8 0
 @Reno233: that could be a good thing too, at least for us.
  • 3 0
 Yes I told that after World champs, we used to have winners bike check and I'd like to know what is the green light button on Loics bars.
  • 19 0
 If they'd do proper bike checks on 22 bikes, it would take forever to scroll down to the comment section.
  • 2 0
 @Reno233: that's explainable. Stock parts have reached both custom performance and pricing these last couple of years.
  • 26 3
 Not a single one has a water bottle. That's a no go for me Wink Although to be fair, the Atherton could fit one.
  • 6 2
 Water bottles on DH bikes makes perfect sense, if it can fit why not have one on? I’ve taken my trail bike instead for a days lapping before just because of that.
  • 12 0
 How much travel on the lowered 40 of that saracen??
  • 2 0
 Yes man , that seems low 180ish ...
  • 2 0
 Good cacht
  • 2 4
 I bet that that is not on purpose. I think it's stuck down due to air from the positive chamber getting into the negative chamber.
  • 11 3
 That vitus is actually pretty cool! Consumer direct dh bikes for the win
  • 4 0
 It also has one of those "dream build" videos on youtube
  • 1 0
 That thing just looks broken before it was even ridden...
  • 7 0
 “Sam Hockenhull’s DH Bike”
But what is it?
  • 20 0
 It's a GT Fury. Don't know why they didn't mention it.
  • 13 0
 @ChristianToole: ah I guess cuz he’s with Cannondale and they don’t have a downhill bike at the moment
  • 1 0
 @BamaBiscuits: weren’t they riding the new Jekylls with dual crowns before it was released? Maybe with a different link or something. Interesting they didn’t choose that for hardline
  • 3 0
 @B3NBiker: I would think that throwing a dual crown on a non DH bike might not be the best idea at an event like hardline. I’m sure it’s a perfectly capable bike under most circumstances, but hardline is on another level.
  • 6 0
 Brayton's Nukeproof is a very different shape to the others... Interesting...
  • 1 0
 I'm surprised you can see it... It just looks like a smaller frame size to me though
  • 2 0
 The v10s are pretty different between sized too.
  • 1 0
 Looks like a completely different downtube to the other ones. Maybe a 27.5” or mullet version
  • 1 1
 Camouflage jokes aside, they all look basically the same to me?
  • 4 0
 They probably tested the frames and observed them to actually not be nukeproof. Brayton's is the second try. If it survives this year's Hardline, they can officially declare it nukeproof at last.
  • 7 0
 Thibault Laly's Santa Cruz V10 Is by far the best looking of this bunch.
  • 7 1
 I can't believe a rider of David skill needs to borrow a demo bike from a shop to compete.
  • 2 0
 maybe it got lost or delayed during the flight? delayed luggage is a nightmare these days when flying.
  • 3 0
 That YT might be my favorite shape of this bunch. Next would be the Scott. I wouldn't have thought that, but these brands are making a nice looking bike. Simpler lines, less complex suspensions. In the complex suspension group I think the Specialized demo looks good. Airy layout of suspension parts, not too bunchy. The Nukeproof lines are also quite beautiful; the broken straight lines of the downtube is a cool differentiator among the strait vs. curved options out there.
  • 8 2
 Interesting to see an O-Chain on a HP Idler bike.
  • 2 1
 Yeah, interesting, probably because "perfection" is never perfect enough.
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flag MattP76 (Sep 10, 2022 at 15:47) (Below Threshold)
 Sick??? At what point in life did the common word for vomit become a 'cool' word to use to describe something you like...... "Sickk duuuuuude!!". It's almost as bad as the word 'Rad' but that is an exclusive word used by the Athertons while riding bikes held together with Pritt Stick.

  • 42 0
 @MattP76: back on the full ridgid grandpa
  • 6 0
 @MattP76: Wait until you hear "fully sick"
  • 19 0
 @MattP76: If your profile is accurate, it's basically been in use your entire life as slang. It became popular in the 80's. It's honestly shocking this is the first time you've come across this, or at least it seems to be the first time based on your incredibly overly dramatic response.

I can only imagine that your head would explode into a poof of confetti if you saw some of the other slang words that existed even before that.
  • 9 1
 @MattP76: you're going for the all time troll leader board on here
  • 8 0
 @MattP76: Rad comment dude, almost sick.
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flag MattP76 (Sep 10, 2022 at 23:48) (Below Threshold)
 @Wesley-Swipes: Well I can assure you it didn't become popular in the 80s. Not here. I suppose it's typical American garbage.... Sick duuudddee.. Or something moronic like that.
  • 10 0
 @MattP76: Alright, grandad...
  • 3 0
 @fartymarty: Ace link Marty.
  • 2 0
 @Velocipedestrian: It was a choice article by Mike.
  • 3 0
 Bets on Sam Hill un-retiring to rip the erse out of that new Nukeproof DH monster for a shot at the most male WC DH wins ever.....
  • 2 0
 The Mondraker Summum is just an aesthetically pleasing bike. Also, I know they ride great, but the rear triangle and linkage on the Demo always looks awkward to me.
  • 3 0
 Love the look of the DH bike.
  • 2 0
 The YT is still the best looking to me. I like the Athertons too though, and the Scott.
  • 3 1
 Sam Hockenhull's "DH Bike" ???
  • 2 0
 Itsa GT fury
  • 3 0
 And love the Vitus!
  • 2 0
 They all look beautiful in their own way
  • 6 6
 Apart from the vitus….
  • 4 2
 Not very pleasurable unless u like orange. So gross
  • 2 0
 Tyre brands: Not a single pair of Schwalbe tyres, interesting.
  • 1 0
 Anybody know what bike Daryl brown is riding, I saw his face in the riders pics so I'm guessing he is competing
  • 3 1
 That rust paint job is still my favorite. Dystopian Downhill
  • 1 1
 2010 called, they want their Saint back. It has zero Eaglez and no HyperGlideSuperPlus. I can't even begin to imagine how they can ride such an ancient contraption.
  • 1 0
 Shut up
  • 1 0
 I really thought this would be the year we see a hardtail at Hardline. Oh well, maybe next year…
  • 2 0
 That Nukeproof prototype is sweeeet...
  • 1 0
 The matching paint job on the fork on the Vitus is awesome, it looks so good. Give me more of that, MTB world.
  • 1 0
 Curious why there are so many Kryptals and not any Argotals. It got the Arg's and enjoy the heck out of them.
  • 1 0
 Some many of them have the seat pushed so far forward. Is everyone just sizing up? Or course specific?
  • 2 1
 Why have all the wheels 180° out?
  • 1 1
 Nope. Why the variations? Oh the inconsistency! Oh the disappointment.
  • 1 0
 FWIW, it's "Myst" not "Mist" for the Saracen.
  • 3 5
 Saying a quick prayer for the Nukeproof rims on joe smiths bike, after watching all the destroyed wheels from reputable rim brands I’ll be shocked if those POS last one run. I’m
  • 2 0
 So you're saying it's not nukeproof?
  • 1 0
 funny you should say that, NP's rims are rebranded "wheels from reputable rim brands". not sure what they are now (I've read novatechs?) but, first they where Sun Ringle' MTX then WTB i25. I've got a DH front from like 2010 (MTX) still going, a NP WTB rim still going strong an a pair of they're current wheels on my trail bike.
They as good as it gets for an affordable alloy rim.
  • 1 0
 @naptime: tell that to the two horizon v2 rims I have shaped like eggs hanging on my wall lmao. Affordable, light, strong. Pick one.
  • 1 0
 @TannerValhouli: but, do you think any other alloy rim would've held up to the same abuse?
  • 1 0
 @naptime: yes, the DT Swiss FR560 (rear) and EX511 (front) I replaced it with has been flawless and has lasted about 10x longer, surviving a whole race season. Meanwhile the horizon (both front and rear) failed after less than 10 rides with inserts and double down casing on both ends
  • 1 0
 @TannerValhouli: Soz, I should have said any other cheap alloy rim. How much more does the DT cost over there compared to NP? Here DT are as pricey as it gets without going fantastic plastic, NP are cheap as chips. Im not denying the strength of DT at all an I'm pretty sure NP are rebranded novatechs?
  • 1 0
 holy crapp sexy as hell bikes
  • 1 0
 It´s Kerr one the only full 29er ? Even Payet seems to go mullet...
  • 1 0
 loads of them are full 29
  • 1 0
 @rookie100: I counted only 6 non mullets, including a few full 27.5..
  • 4 3
 Atherton bikes look like something from 2008
  • 1 0
 No faf. I like it.
  • 1 0
 I didn't like em untill I saw them in the real. They actally look very nice, especially Dans with the raw Ti lugs
  • 2 1
 Wow the V10 looks like a big box BSO from the side.
  • 1 0
 the nukeproofs and specializeds... amazing
  • 1 0
 No pics of G Brannigans NS?
  • 1 0
 Surprised by all the Continentals
  • 1 0
 did kerr kill his martini bike. sad thing
  • 1 0
 I guess it needs an x-ray.
  • 1 0
 Nah he didn't. Was most likely being worked on at the time
  • 4 0
 @dylanpoulsen: in fact he mentions in his qualifying vlog that the martini bike got a slight crack in the downtube/swingarm area, prob. fine but they don't want to risk anything.
  • 1 0
 @ullsen: He switched to the bike he got 2nd place with at Snowshoe after they noticed the crack.
  • 1 0
 3/4 ofthe field has a mullet. Interesting
  • 1 0
 From the pics, looks like 4 maybe 5 on flat pedals
  • 1 0
 is it me or are majority of the bikes mullet?
  • 1 0
 Ay, some right fancy bikes there
  • 1 0
 That Nukeproof is "Mega Sick"
  • 2 0
 Gambler looks the nuts
  • 2 1
 What! No single crowns?
  • 3 1
 Single crown would be sketch on this track… rigidity and stability are key
  • 1 1
 Mullets > 29ers / 275s?
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 Who’s on flat peddles?
  • 9 0
  • 1 0
 @DH1977: looks like 4, maybe 5 flat pedals, tough to see in some of the pics
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