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Pro Bike Check: Sam Hill's Custom Nukeproof Pulse

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Downhill's favorite flat-pedal rider, Sam Hill, has a new Nukeproof Pulse DH bike with custom geometry. He rode the bike for the first time at Fort William last weekend and is getting more and more comfortable with every run. Sam felt the original Pulse geometry did not put him in a centered and balanced riding position for his particular riding style. Because the CRC / Paypal team runs aluminum Nukeproof frames, they are able to make subtle tweaks to geometry fairly easily and inexpensively. Listen to Sam and his long-time friend and mechanic, Jacy Shumilak discuss the tweaks to this World Cup steed.

Photos and audio by Fraser Britton


  • Head Angle: 62.8-degrees (about 1-degree steeper than previous edition)
  • Bar height from ground: 1060mm
  • BB Height: 355mm
  • Chainstay length: 448mm
  • BB to front axle: 785mm
  • BB to bars: 785mm
  • Top middle of bars to seat post: 625mm

Bike Build

  • Custom-geometry size Medium Nukeproof Pulse frame
  • RockShox BoXXer World Cup 90psi of pressure, 8 clicks from full open on compression and 3 Bottomless tokens
  • RockShox Vivid RC2 coil (MM tune) with 400lb Nukeproof Ti spring and custom bottom-out bumper
  • Nukeproof Warhead Sam Hill bars, cut to 750mm
  • Nukeproof Warhead Sam Hill stem, 45mm long, 30-deg rise
  • SRAM GUIDE Ultimate levers with Code calipers, 200mm G2 rotors front and rear
  • Sam Hill Nukeproof Grips, custom softer prototype rubber
  • Sam Hill Signature Nukeproof Horizon Pedal. Full length pins with washers removed for extra length. Ti axles, magnesium body
  • SRAM X01 DH, 7-speed with custom, modified shifter paddle
  • SRAM X0 DH carbon cranks, 165mm
  • SRAM 36t X-Sync direct mount chainring
  • MRP G4 Chainguide
  • Schwalbe Magic Mary tires, tubeless at 25f and 28r PSI
  • Mavic Deemax Rims
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