14/05/2013 | 18 comments
If you sign one of the biggest riders in the world it makes sense to make the most of them, and that’s exactly what Nukeproof have done. The new Sam Hill series features a whole range of components which have been emblazoned with his name. To be honest most of the products that now bear his name are actually the same as the standard Nukeproof offerings but the range of ‘bespoke’ products will increase over time. It’s good to see though that Nukeproof haven’t added a Sam Hill tax to their products as the products that remain unchanged apart from logos are the same price as the standard ones. The standard versions will still be for sale too so you can chose to be Sam Hill’ed or not. The two products which are entirely new though are the grips and the seat. The grips are a tiny bit fatter than previously, and a little softer, and we love the new half waffle design as it provides great grip without sacrificing comfort. The new end caps are pretty classy too. As for the dinky seat, we reckon a load of riders are going to love that. It was interesting to hear that Nukeproof actually made Sam several prototype bars with varying angles but after testing them all his favourite turned out to be the one that they already made. I bet they wish they hadn’t bothered. Anyway, here are the full details of the new range…
The Sam Hill Signature Series has been developed in conjunction with five time downhill World Champion Sam Hill. Sam needs no introduction. He is widely regarded as one of the best riders of all time and as such, he knows what works best! The signature series is a no-compromise range of race ready components chosen and designed with direct input from Sam to be the best tools for the job.Signature Mud Saddle
The Sam Hill Series signature saddle design was inspired by Sam’s own motocross saddle and was created on Sams request: It’s most obvious feature is the pleated top cover which is designed to optimise grip in wet and muddy conditions. Made from a tough, durable Lorica material, it is tear resistant with Kevlar scuff guards on the outer corners to improve abrasion resistance. It features a smaller body than any other Nukeproof saddle, measuring in at 255mm x 127mm to maximise clearance and manoeuvrability on the bike. The smaller body, reduced padding and CrN Ti alloy rail compound, improve the strength-to-weight ratio. Weighing in at just 234g it is a lightweight contender, with a heavyweight punch.
CrN Ti alloy rail compound, improve the strength-to-weight ratio. Weighing in at just 234g it is a lightweight contender, with a heavyweight punch.
- Size 255mm x 127mm
- RRP: £59.99
The Sam Hill Series Signature Grip has been custom designed to Sam’s specification. It features a soft-compound Kraton rubber which has been moulded to Sam’s preferred, thickness and circumference with Diamond texture pattern and a MX inspired half waffle to optimise grip, comfort, control and riding confidence. Featuring CNC-machined 7000-series aluminium lock-rings for wet-weather peace of mind and built in bar end plugs, the Signature Grip is both comfortable and confidence-inspiring.
- 135mm Wide
- RRP: £21.99
Sam has always been particular about his handlebar set-up: Manufactured from high grade 7075 aluminium for strength and featuring a shot-peen finish to maximise fatigue resistance, The Sam Hill Signature Riser Bars feature a 20mm or 38mm rise, 760mm width and a 9° back-sweep/6° up-sweep, to optimise ergonomics and deliver confident handling through the roughest of terrain. Although the bars were built for the rigours of world cup level DH competition they are light enough for any kind of riding at just 298g making for a strong, comfortable, lightweight and confidence inspiring handlebar.
- Rise: 20mm or 38mm
- 760mm wide
- RRP: £44.99
Custom 3D forged from 7075 series aluminium for optimum strength, the signature seat post consists of a one piece shaft and lower clamp section topped with a cold-forged clamp head, with both the upper and lower clamp and rail assemblies CNC-machined in critical stress areas for superior strength and fatigue resistance. The 400mm long shaft is turn finished for quality and features an elliptical internal bore to further increase the strength to weight ratio without compromising structural integrity.
- Sizes available: 30.9mm, 31.6mm
- Length: 400mm
- RRP: £49.99
Precision CNC-machined from high-grade 7000-series aluminium, the Sam Hill Signature Series stem has been engineered for the optimum balance of light weight and stiffness without compromising structural integrity.
Featuring a one-piece four-bolt face plate for maximum stiffness and security against bar slippage, it is compatible with RockShox BoXXer and most other fork manufacturers utilising the standard 4 bolt crown mount.
- Length: 45mm
- RRP: £59.99
- 100% Cotton
- Available in Small, Medium, Large and X-Large
- RRP: £20.99