Video: A Deep Dive on Katy Winton's Nukeproof Giga Race Bike

Jul 11, 2021 at 10:06
by Pinkbike Originals  

Katy Winton is on an entirely new program this year and with that comes an entirely new bike and new gear. We caught up with Katy to get the scoop on how she sets up her Nukeproof Giga.

Katy Winton

Nukeproof Giga Details

Frame size: Small
Wheel size: 29" / 27.5"
Rear Shock: Rockshox Super Deluxe 170mm // 132psi //
Fork: Rockshox Zeb // 1 Token // 45psi
Drivetrain: SRAM X01 AXS // 32t Chainring
Pedals: Crankbrothers Mallet E
Cockpit: Nukeproof
Brakes: SRAM Code RSC
Wheels: Zipp 3Zero Moto
Tires: Michelin Wild Enduro
Inserts: None

Katy Winton
Katy Winton

Katy Winton
To run the mullet setup Katy is using the 27.5" rear end paired to the 29" Giga front triangle.

Katy Winton
Katy Winton
Katy has plenty of custom finishes on her new race bike for 2021.

Katy Winton
Katy Winton

Katy Winton
For her saddle Katy has opted for the Nukeproof Sam Hill model as she found it has the lowest stack height letting her still run a 150mm dropper post.

Katy Winton
Katy Winton

Katy Winton







85 Comments

  • 78 8
 I could listen to Katy talk all day long. Rad rider, awesome person and a beautiful voice.
  • 5 0
 zipp mo-o? this sounds funny for me as non-native speaker Smile
  • 5 0
 was curious to hear her fork setup - SRAMs forks can be a challenging setup for lighter riders (ie. really light - less than 120 lbs). she was using nearly all her fork travel, so looked about right for her. very cool.
  • 3 0
 @shredddr: RockShox used to have a 'light weight' tune (shim-stack order in a PDF) on their website for the Charger Dampers - I'd expect she (along with the likes of Isabeau) are running something like this at least, if not light(er)-weight damper fluid also...

Had this done years ago to my son's (who is sub-#100) Pike, and still has usable adjustment for me at #155
  • 1 0
 @shredddr: Listen again, I think she goes through it. I think she has only a tiny bit of air in there.
  • 2 1
 @shredddr: I'm about 130ish pounds myself and run 60psi in my Lyrik with 1 spacer. Works perfect for me Smile
  • 1 1
 @HeyBaumeister: ........so heavier then 120lbs or less point that he made........
  • 1 0
 katy, my dream.
  • 25 0
 Impressed that she knows all her settings so well. Some of the more Pro riders have no idea of their setup...
  • 2 0
 She was a privateer for a while, so would know her bike pretty well you'd hope. If someone asked me, I'd be 2-3 clicks from fully open on everything, but whether it's two or three..... I'd have to check.
  • 4 0
 @Waldon83: She still is a privateer, moxie 11 is the team she created
  • 1 0
 @Waldon83: Was she privateer before Trek? Because she was in-between rides for a very small amount of time.
  • 17 0
 I generally find female racers setups more interesting than the men's because I'm a short arse, light and have all sorts of historical injuries. So tyre pressure and setup tips are more likely to apply than some huge unit like Jack Moir or even someone closer to my size, but freakishly athletic like Melamed.

What I ended up doing was just running my levers flat, going full coil and I think that is honestly about 80% of it for me.

Sadly I have no idea of what Katie does for a lot of these things because I did a Brexit rage quit when she said she ran her brakes euro style. Needless to say she's now it off my fantasy team and I'm in the process of writing some strongly worded letters about it.
  • 17 1
 how does one decide which size spare tube to bring on race day when running a mullet?
  • 19 1
 Idk, toss a coin?

You can use either tube size on either wheel. You can bring a 26" tube for that matter if you want to save weight and it will stretch to a 29" wheel easily.
  • 25 2
 she probably uses leftover 26" tubes like everyone else on earth
  • 5 0
 Doesn't matter, they both work .
  • 12 6
 @bananowy: meh my joke got lost with the serious bunch :-)
  • 6 0
 @SquattiePippen: My bad Smile In my defence, people have asked this seriously so many times on PB that it's hard to tell sometimes. Cheers!
  • 3 0
 A 29” tube can be sleeved into itself easily to fit a 27.5 wheel. Betting she’s got a 29” tube. You can find videos on it.
  • 15 1
 @cougar797: Someone on here called it "foreskinning".
  • 2 0
 @IntoTheEverflow: As well they should haha
  • 11 0
 She's the only person I can listen to talk about brake bite points. Wishing Katy all the best for this season.
  • 6 0
 She alludes to it a bit, but her riding position and technique looks so much better on this bike. It looks like she is able to move her hips/weight around a lot more, whereas before she (and a lot of other small riders) looked very 'stuck' in one position because of the seatpost length, dropper length, and wheel size. At 5 foot 9 I still notice a difference between a 175 and 150mm dropper when riding steep terrain or manualling through rollers, so I can't imagine how tough it would be if you're shorter and only had a 125mm post!
  • 6 0
 ah yes, I miss the days of old pinkbike where every moron in the comments said 150 was enough (and then 175).
  • 6 0
 Nice bike check, very interesting for vertically challenged people like myself. I believe her previous bike could only fit a 100mm dropper in size small, so a 150 is a massive improvement. Looks like she's really in tune with her equipment, wish her all the best!
  • 6 1
 She could fare even better with a one up dropper, but cables suck it seems....
  • 4 0
 Brake bite point setup make sense. I have done that for many years.

My front brake bite point engages sooner therefore when I brake equally between front / back, I have more front.

Good luck Katy! Nice rig!
  • 4 0
 Except she is doing the opposite, she has her front brake engage later so that she isn't comfort braking unnecessarily. Wild but loved the honesty!
  • 1 0
 @L0rdTom: lol! Could barely hear a word she said so I thought she was running moto style brakes.

Crazy indeed but make sense in a panic moment.
  • 4 0
 I've been looking at that bike for a while, looks real nice, the mullet setup isn't an actual option for us chumps out there though, that's a shame.
  • 4 0
 Terrific rundown with the explanations of the “why” of the set-up and not just the specs/settings themselves. Thanks so much!
  • 2 0
 I really wish stack height would grow more with the larger sizes of all trail/am/enduro bikes. The position on this looks like it would be so comfortable. I have to run 25mm of risers and a 37mm rise bar, and that's as low as I wanna go for any sort of decending. Hate losing reach for a comfortable bar height.
  • 4 0
 cool to see such a tiny, but hardcore bike like this. a descending monster, but for wee strong people.
  • 1 0
 Thanks Katy, great video.

I have run my brakes higher/lower since breaking a wrist too, so good to know there are others out there who do the same thing. I also do a similar thing with my bite points.

Nice to hear someone who doesnt "fit and forget" their suspension settings and adds tokens, pressure to suit the track.
  • 3 0
 @nukeproof Please give the customers the option to buy a 27.5 rear triangle.
  • 4 1
 They will have to give customers a chance to buy anything first!
  • 3 0
 This is such a great reference for any short person wanting to set a bike up for enduro. Thanks Katy!
  • 2 0
 Like how Katy runs her brakes!
Glad to see not the only one that has trouble, with brain saying brake, when you know that will mean OTB/ Crash?
  • 1 1
 Lololol Yeah I got the sram codes 200 rotors don't want Too much brakes.... Lol. She weighs 90lbs and doesn't consider codes with 200 powerful. Those brakes should be illegal on e bikes they don't work for normal sized adults.
  • 2 0
 That would be something else for my climbing saddle height to be lower than my bar height
  • 5 2
 video lacks a huge amount of contrast
  • 1 0
 Yeah, thought something was up with my screen!
  • 2 0
 I want that rear tyre. Michelin only released the 29 inch version but no 27.5 option...yet.
  • 1 0
 Hey? I had one come on the front my my 275 Mega I'm sure. Are they not available aftermarket or something or have I got the tyres mixed up?
  • 1 0
 @mrtoodles: Those are probably standard Wild enduro.
The ones I'm talking about are racing line that use DH casing and rubber but with a folding bead.
  • 1 0
 Just noticed that the rear tyre is a 'front' tyre - interesting set up!
  • 1 0
 Wild Enduro Front on the rear? The tire has not been available in germany for six months.
  • 2 0
 @tonit91: Ah yep for sure standard. Didn't realise there was a second casing option.
  • 2 0
 Awesome in depth bike check. Way more information than the guys. Good vibe too Smile And amazing riding! Checks all the boxes.
  • 1 2
 Picking a saddle based on stack height instead of actual body fit? Yuck. Need to ditch the fancy e-dropper (except SRAM would never ever let that happen, yuck again) and get a nice lowest-stack-height-out-there OneUp, could probably get to 160 or maybe 170mm of drop, with a properly chosen saddle.
  • 1 0
 Would you rather listen to Katy or Loris give a Ted talk. I'm team katy all the way.
  • 1 0
 a pro rider who knows her suspension dials by heart, abnormal that voice is insane wow
  • 3 5
 How are people getting on with Zebs? Mine feels like it the high speed damping doesn't work, rebound set second slowest. I have had the HARSHEST bottom out a couple of times too. 66psi/78kg
  • 10 1
 There's GOT to be a forum for that...
  • 1 0
 Fine here, I've only managed to get full travel once but then mine is at 190mm. If I had a complaint it would be that it doesn't have the small-bump performance I remember from new, despite a lowers service.
  • 1 0
 I haven't used mine yet - first ride on Thursday. I have set mine up with 70-72psi though just on feel in the garden. I'm also 78kg (I think)
  • 5 0
 speed up the rebound a bit? it’s possible you’re bottoming because it’s not returning fast enough and leaving you short on travel for a subsequent hit.
  • 1 0
 my has been lovely but found I ended up running higher air than recommended along with 4 tokens to get the feel right. Using suggested setting fork was to soft and had to much movement, got way better once i upped air spring and added tokens (I added 1 at a time until i got that sweet spot). I personally find RS stuff runs better when rebound is a little 'fast' where as Fox has a more useable range
  • 2 0
 Yeah based off your spring rate I would probably speed up the rebound a few clicks to start. How many tokens are you running? I’m surprised to hear you’re bottoming out so hard, the Zeb is quite progressive.
  • 5 0
 Your rebound is waayyy too slow. That's the harshness. Add air and tokens, problem solved
  • 1 0
 I found mine a little harsh at first similar weight and psi to you, removing a volume spacer (only 1 in now) really improved things for me!
  • 1 0
 Hah, no way @bmxconan, mine are in at Alta Suspension in Dyce right now for an early first service to see if that helps them feel a bit better. Mine felt harsh compared to my old Lyriks.
  • 1 0
 Pressure wise I thought you were maybe a little low but I went up the street on mine last night and it was pretty warm (for here). I increased the rebound damping by a couple of clicks during the bounce test and it started making this kind of squeaky ball sound. I messed around with it a bit and fund that I too am only two clicks away from the slowest rebound. The compression adjuster also seems to make no difference from one end ot the other. (Mine is the cheapest fork - Select with the Charger damper).

I am hoping it's something that can be improved by simply using heavier oil. I watched a couple of videos on the damper rebuild - it looks pretty easy. I guess I would double the oil weight and see how I go.

I did hear that Rockshox 3wt oil may not be the same as any 3wt fork oil you can get from a motorbike shop though. I will have to look into that.
  • 1 0
 CRC ....waiting for these frames to get back in stock!
  • 1 0
 Very decent looking machine.
  • 1 0
 Remy Morton has just the cranks that you need!
  • 1 0
 Its goy to look so strange with a reversed arch.
  • 1 0
 Looking good. Been really loving Nukeproof bikes.
  • 1 0
 Another mullet, these are coming outta the woodwork now
  • 1 0
 Tires not being aligned is giga annoying.
  • 1 4
 Excited to see what the PB comments say now with videos and photos in the same article. Will people still find a way to complain?


(Apologies if this joke was made already somewhere and I missed it)
  • 5 1
 I have been interested to see a couple of Seb Stott ones have the exact same words in the video and the write-up. I wonder, does he write the script and then use an autocue to present to camera, or does he freestyle the verbal and then transcribe later?
  • 1 1
 No interpretive dance jokes that I saw.... looks like a session has sadly died as well.... Where is waki, gone Donald trump jokes, gone
  • 3 3
 Finally a new Nomad! Take my money!
  • 1 0
 looks nice....
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