Sam Hill's Nukeproof Mega and Prototype DH Bike - Crankworx Rotorua

Mar 26, 2015 at 3:13
by Mike Kazimer  
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Add Sam Hill to the growing list of pro gravity athletes who are giving enduro racing a try. He'll be joining the fray at round one of the Enduro World series aboard a bright green NukeProof Mega, the day after he races his prototype DH bike on the steep and slippery course of the Crankworx Rotorua downhill.

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Prototype Nukeproof Pulse

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There had been rumors that a carbon Nukeproof Pulse was due to make an appearance this season, but the prototypes Sam Hill and teammate Mike Jones were practicing on are full aluminum rigs. The bike appears to share the same link-driven single pivot suspension design as its predecessor, but the tubing is much less industrial looking. Where the current Pulse looks like it was constructed from I-beams meant for a high rise building, this new beast's tubing is much thinner, with a few curves thrown in for good measure. A lighter, sleeker Pulse? Yes, please.

Photos: @fraserbritton


  • 314 12
 Ladies and gentlemen this will be the 2015 DH World Cup champion. Fitter and faster then ever.
  • 109 2
 Hear hear. Long live the king.
  • 60 115
flag Lilrumple (Mar 26, 2015 at 3:31) (Below Threshold)
  • 40 2
 I really hope you're right! been wanting him to dominate again.
  • 21 2
 Add world champ to that.
  • 22 105
flag TheFireSermon (Mar 26, 2015 at 4:35) (Below Threshold)
 @ Lilrumple, Rayboy is great! GEE is a crybaby and a poor sport, lost respect for him when he lost to the Steve "Stash" Smith in wet conditions vs. GEE's dry.
  • 153 3
 Alu single pivot with flats. Dear GOD, please, let him win!
  • 15 7
 Sam or Josh.
  • 32 3
 Impossible because every stop isn't a death trap. Everyone knows he can only win if the course is gnarly enough to claim 2 lives a season. I'm guessing top 3.
  • 52 2
 @ TheFireSermon, we lost respect for you when Gee won in Australia in that soaking wet mud fest. I guess you thought that was dry too.
  • 29 1
 Nice to see mavic rims once in awhile instead of always seeing the enve's on every bike
  • 22 5
  • 12 19
flag RedBurn (Mar 26, 2015 at 6:07) (Below Threshold)
 @Ikubica since when have the gods something to do with this? sam aint need the gods to win
  • 12 3
This was just a rethorical figure, I simply hope he will kick some (clipped, plastic and virtual) asses ;-)
  • 11 6
 Blenky FTW
  • 4 2
 Does anyone know what kind of knee brace that is??
  • 13 1
 He mugged RoboCop for it so you're going to have to ask OmniCorp to get the answer to that one.
  • 3 2
 @jlhenterprises seems to be CTI. I remember them making "ultra high top notch of the cream OMG so expensive" knee brace in the early 2000 for MX.
  • 7 14
flag Narro2 (Mar 26, 2015 at 10:22) (Below Threshold)
 @neimbc, Gee is a PlaceHolder for Redbull, whenever Gwin or Smith don't win, he will be there to take the win, even other nonRedbull ryders like, Sam or Josh, whenever they fail, Gee's consistency and less risk taking approach will secure the top spot. I like Gee but that's how the business of sport works. If I were a Redbull business man I would do the same to secure there's always one of my riders on top. Risk takers who will take the sport to the next levels and place holders.
  • 5 4
 Narro2, I think Josh is a redbull man now, judging from where his last video came from (redbull tv)
  • 21 7
 Since when is everyone on pinkbike so sensitive? Everyone giving negative props for any comment other than "i hope the butterflies bless sam hill" im tired of people hating on other people over opinions, what a bunch of fake wannabes, if you don't like what someone said than look away, negative props are for terrible insensitive comments not for opinions
  • 17 3
 ^ "propping" is an imaginary figure that's only used by hyper-sensitive and/or passive aggressive kids for the most part. Whatever that stupid number is next to your comment shouldn't have any affect on you. If it does, that's a great sign to peel your face away from the screen and to take a step outside. Its just a website for crying out loud.
  • 26 8
 Props matter. I hit my wife last time one of my comments got negative propped below threshold. I don't regret it either.
  • 2 0
 Sam's wearing a standard idea CTI knee brace. The mega $$ ones are the customs. They are bulkier and heavier and so he is running the lower profile model.
  • 2 0
 Cti with the moto knee cap protector.
  • 1 0
 CTi nothing better out there
  • 2 0
 Sam Hill for the win! It will be awesome to see him on the top again!!!Wink
  • 2 1
 lomelibikes, being popular on here with lots of likes is like being monopoly!
  • 85 3
 Let's all face it guys, the main reason we're all excited about crankworks rotorua is that we get to see Sam Hill do a downhill race for the first time in 2015.
  • 6 2
 Damn right my friend..
  • 10 1
 Definitely, on the same track he won his 1st senior world Champs on too!
  • 5 2
 On e of the thousands reason, yes, but not the only.
  • 3 4
 not me. i didnt really care if he was running or not
  • 2 0
 some of it is the same track, many changes prob faster bigger down below and a shorter track, not as pedally either, but still few good pedal sections, it shoud, suit Sam, its a narly track and if wet OMG, plus its quite different from your usual WC tracks with nar.
  • 76 5
 If Sam ever turns to the clipside.. its over.. I'm taking up fishing.
  • 5 8
 isnt he already riding clips on tracks like PMB ? or I maybe I confuse with Brendan F
  • 5 2
no, flats all day every day, bro!
  • 5 14
flag Orangesicle (Mar 26, 2015 at 10:11) (Below Threshold)
  • 7 1
 Mike Jones you mean
  • 5 8
 OOp. My bad. Mike Jones. No Knee brace. You win. But Sam has ridden enduro clipped in.
  • 3 0
 hell yeah love seeing someone not follow the sheep heard and buckle under cknvention and vanillaerisim of boardness and stick to flats, even though I ride clips, I still love flats, and he still kills it, hes even racing the Toa Enduro tomorrow on his Nukeproof Mega with flats, pity they shortend the best stage of the Toa though as the bottom section thats been taken out would have suited him, that is a mega track, am gutted they made that pussy decision.
  • 29 2
 Still rocking the flats!
  • 26 1
 sam hill is the boss.
  • 8 2
 He is the king.
  • 16 2
 maybe the king of the bosses, or the boss of the kings.
  • 2 0
 give him the crown
  • 2 1
  • 2 0
 King of the Hill!
  • 16 1
 I'll miss the industrial strength Pulse, I thought it was rad looking.
  • 13 2
 Yea I might be in the minority but I've always been a fan of that sturdy industrial look.
  • 3 1
 They have gone from industrial strength to one of the thinnest , spindly , frail looking DH bikes I have seen in a long time , that top tube is smaller than the Pulses chain stays.
  • 14 2
 So stoked to see the original style 5-10s on The King, been looking for a new pair for years (none of this new sleek sh*t). Might have to buy some after he wins the WC overall Wink
  • 15 2
 Is this the best shot of the new Pulse?? Wouldn't mind seeing a bit more of that linkage
  • 10 4
 check out vital
  • 4 1
  • 1 0
 Nice one @mikekazimer , cheers
  • 9 0
 From this pic and others I've seen of the new pulse, its aesthetics resemble an intense 951. A good thing IMO.

...i said "aesthetics" and "resemble". Not suspension and identical. So if any of you little know it all shits start slamming me on the difference between the bikes ill reach the the screen and slap you.
  • 14 3
  • 7 1
 It might be aluminium now, but most test mules for optimising geometry are. The future production bike may still be carbon fibre.
  • 7 4
 I highly respect that he had his kids names put on the tongues of his shoes. It may seem insignificant but it means a lot to kids and it was a really loving gesture. I Salute you sam. Can't wait to see you kill it this season!
  • 7 3
 New DH bike is sick. Hill for WC champion and World Champion this year I reckon...
  • 4 0
 CRC/PayPals Sam Hill is booked in for the Rose Bikes BDS rd3 at Llangollen. Don't miss that one!
  • 2 0
 Seen the new prototypes in the flesh 2 weeks ago and its a savage bike, pictures do it no justice. Apparently though they haven't decided on whether or not it's going to be called a pulse or not....
  • 1 0
 The new pulse rivals anything on the market for looks alone but think by the way Mike Jones has shown how well the bike rides in the early part of this season it looks as though the new rig is fast too....... It will definitely be priced very well also
  • 4 1
 Is it just me or do those shoes look like the old five tens? Sam to be Dh champion this year!!!
  • 3 5
 The old impacts will be all time classics, they are burlier and somehow more surefooted. Some find them too chunky and too grippy hence Impacts VXii which I am told are unfkngbelievable in clipless version.
  • 2 1
 Check out the story on Vital MTB. They are calling it the new Sam Hill shoe. I think this is a revamped original Impact shoe. It looks like it's got the old sole with a new upper. I don't think Sam liked the new slimline lightweight Impact and kept riding the original more heavy duty shoe, so Five Ten must have made a new Sam Hill shoe.
  • 2 1
 One of the pictures you can see it says SAM HILL on the back of the shoe.
  • 3 1
 one thing about the impacts they f****n lasted, after 3 seasons riding the become my best trail building shoes, VXis this year split craked within the first 3 months totally gutted they turned into a shot item pity as much more comfy and lighter than the impact, as Wak says not as sure footed as the Old Impact bjt weight and comfy made up for it, just a dam shame the VXi fell apart and Clilless fersion even worse plus I had issues stayin clipped in all season with Mallet DHs Mallet3s near new, new cleats rebuilds everythin, shoe seemed to not match pedals as well, my knees hated it but went to DX pedals and shoes, to stay on pedals no more remote unclipping at the most inconvenient times usually on biggest drops or jumps, sl I dunno if 5:10 nailed it with the VXi unfortunately, maybe Addidas cutting somehwere
on quality, my experience anyways and Im a 5:10 fanboi.
  • 2 1
 @Maverickdh00 - and I'm not sure about where you're from, but the new ones were also more expensive than the last Impacts. Here in the US they were going for $150! Um, no thanks. Ugly as sin.
  • 4 2
 Stealthy looking bike and stealthy looking shoes! Not sure about this years Team CRC kit though. Last years blue one was better looking.
  • 3 1
 The guys will have a new Royal kit for the WCs.
  • 6 8
 When will Mavic EVER move away from that yellow??
  • 11 2
 Hopefully never.
  • 1 1
 Fank thuck for that @andymac83 !
  • 5 2
 That Mega is beautiful! Wonder why they're not running Nuke Proofs Dropper?
  • 8 1
 Sam is a SRAM sponsored rider.
  • 2 1
 The Nukeproof dropper is more a budget-oriented dropper, not a high end one. It is simple and reliable, but heavy. Or so I've read...
  • 1 0
 "Where the current Pulse looks like it was constructed from I-beams meant for a high rise building"

Might wanna check what an I-beam looks like there.....the old pulse sure was Industrial looking though...
  • 1 1
 Anyone Else surprised by the NukeProof Neutron Flats? I mean, I know he rides for nukeproof, but I feel like someone who is that keen on their flats would have a more popular pedal (as I've heard the Neutrons were Good, but no where near Top-End). Comments?
  • 4 1
 where is Nuke Proof produced?
  • 6 2
 UK based company (with ties to CRC) produced in Taiwan.
  • 41 5
 Chernobyl - hence the name
  • 4 5
  • 4 16
flag Boonsa (Mar 26, 2015 at 4:55) (Below Threshold)
 Never shag a lass from Pripyat.


Cos your Chernobyl will fall off.
  • 7 1
 *cos Chernobyl fall off

Or maybe you were joking the joke...
  • 7 1
 You've totally butchered that joke. Original which actually makes sense here:

Why shouldn't you wear Russian boxer shorts?

Chernobyl fall-out...
  • 2 1
 Pripyat is in Ukraine, you need to ask about Ukrainian boxer shorts.
  • 8 3
 The joke predates western nations considering anything soviet being distinct from "the rooskies." you wanna use jokes from the 80s, you gotta understand 80s casual racism.
  • 2 1
 Would I have written that if wakis post had been on the screen? Clearly three morons think so. There are some duuuumb muggin huckers on this site.
  • 3 2
 fight till death!
  • 4 2
 Flats for life!!!! Too bad 5.10 dropped the Sam Hill edition.Now I have to go back to the old ones.
  • 2 1
 Somebody on vital said these are the new 5.10 Sam Hill shoe.
  • 2 1
 Huh? It's still on 5.10's website. Where'd you hear they dropped it?
  • 2 1
 The green ones were on closeout for the month of December. I picked up a pair for $50... Glad I got them, cause I don't see them on the website right now.
  • 1 0
 I bought a pair as well on ebay. Mint in the box. I open the box once in a while to gaze at their majesty.
  • 3 1
 Nice to see a Pulse that isn't covered in those horrendous Nukeproof stickers! Looks so much better here.
  • 3 0's a prototype, don't worry, it'll soon be stickered-up !
  • 3 2
 I don't think the frame Is carbon. I saw pix where the welds were quite visible.
  • 3 4
 If there really is an advantage for 27.5 wheels over 26ers, I guess DH WC contenders should be worried for 2015 after seeing Sam Hill in 2014 with his 26 " Pulse... He was the only top guy abroad a 26er!
  • 5 2
 He´s been riding a 27,5" in 2014...
It was a custom Nukeproof Pulse.
  • 2 0
 Who is excited to watch thim this afternoon!?
  • 12 10
 Flats and 26" = Pro
  • 14 5
 Both are 650b
  • 6 3
 Is the pulse still rocking 26" wheels?! Might look into it on shear precedence now!
  • 7 3
 Yeah the production model pulse is still 26". Sam Hill and Mike Jones just rock a moded bike that is 650b.
  • 2 1
 Thanks for the clarification. Page hadn't updated when I made my comment.
  • 4 5
 Are thought the Pulse was still 26", and wasn't aware that deemax have released a 650b wheelset.....
  • 2 0
 650b deemaxs have been around for a while
  • 3 0
 Ralston88... How dare you not be aware of mavics entire product range!!! Have some neg props from some idiots for your insolence. Don't you know you're not allowed to not know something on pinkbike!?!? Lol
  • 1 0
 I admit its criminal, maybe I just got a little bit too excited that I saw a bike in 2015 with flat pedals, and dare I say it 26" wheels........
  • 1 0
 @tobiusmaximum: @Ralston88 posted something false as if it was fact. He could have found out that Sam is on 650b pretty easily. Not really surprising that he got negged...
  • 1 0
 Willsoffe... He 'posted something false as if it was fact'? Where? I can see two things of importance here, the word THOUGHT and the words WASN'T AWARE. So, tell me the facts stated? I'm lost.
  • 1 0
 @willsoffe You sir are the kind of ear bashing 650b fact thumper that drive me nuts, I am sure you care more about your wheel sizes than actually turning them
  • 1 0
 I'm going 650b like all the cool kids... Not really...
  • 1 0
 @tobiusmaximum "Flats and 26" = Pro" Implying that Hill is running 26" wheels.

@Ralston88 Yep busted: I hate riding bikes and don't care about riding at all.
  • 1 0
 Except there are no neg props on that original post. So how was I talking about that?, as I clearly mention neg props. Plus.... 'Stating a fact' has now turned into 'implying'? Interesting.
  • 3 2
 Those Guide Ultimates have not been released yet...
  • 2 1
 Yeah this is the second time reading about them/hearing about them. I keep thinking, are they saying ultimate as in the RSC's are the ultimate brake? However, they capitalize the 'U' in ultimate making it a pronoun thus leading me to understand its the name of the brake.

I noticed Brosnan was not running codes on his Demo but Gwin is. A friend of mine has the RSC's on his enduro 29 and thinks they dont bite well enough for his tastes (he charges the DH) so with that said it kind of makes me think that Brosnan is testing the ultimates on his demo as well. Gwin is still on codes maybe because they are tried and true. That could be because of his World Champ run in '12 that went to craps due to prototype failure from Shimano. We have not heard any innovation on codes in quite some time and with SRAM going away from the Avid name makes me think that the SRAM Guide Ultimate Brakes are something that is being developed by the top riders. Race season is just getting underway so only time will tell but I would bet we will hear something soon.
  • 2 1
 I just got Guide RSC brakes dam you sram!!!
  • 4 1
 good luck with them
  • 2 1
 Haha thanks man!
  • 4 3
 Is Steve Smith injured?????
  • 3 1
 That's what I heard, yes.
  • 2 2
 I'm surprised they didn't supply him with nukeproof shock, fork and wheels.
  • 1 1
 Still in the skunkworks along with the CRC leprechauns and the 2016 nukeproof unicorn.
  • 2 1
 Another floro green bike eh....
  • 1 1
 Hell yeah! Although I can't watch the race tomorrow because I'm on the road Frown
  • 1 0
 Sam Hill you are mine and Finns favorite downhill rider in the world Sam
  • 2 1
 go sam
  • 2 1
 Flat pedal thunder
  • 3 3
 Sam has a missed pin in his pedal...maybe thats his flats secret
  • 2 1
 Sweet monster socks!
  • 2 2
 Loic Bruni is the future.-
  • 1 3
 Seen quite a few Nuke´s broken in the past 2 years, both pulse and scalp, hope they make it stronger, the pulse was a beauty.
  • 1 2
 Different knee pads on each knee?
  • 2 1
 Knee brace on his left knee.
  • 2 4
 Glad to see Sam is rising to the top again after the Specialized down time.
  • 2 3
 Oh Christ. Bloody carbon! It's just not needed Nukeproof!
  • 1 2
 No pro-core and 26 wheels? Those wheels look very small.
  • 1 3
 Lord knows I would Wink
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