IT DIDN’T TAKE LONG FOR THE BOYS FROM BELFAST TO GET TO THE VERY TOP OF DOWNHILL. MATTI LEHIKOINEN USHERED IN A BRAND WHO WERE JUST STARTING OUT MAKING DH BIKES WITH A TOP TEN RESULT IN THEIR FIRST WORLD CUP SEASON. THAT WAS 2011.
A few years later on the hallowed slopes of Mont Sainte Anne, the Australian gunslinger Sam Hill took the Nukeproof to the very highest place, a result that few brands would dare to dream of.
Hill took that win on an early version of this bike, yet it was Mike Jones who raced what in essence is the bike we have here to a podium placing at the World Cup opener in Lourdes a year ago. It’s a mighty fine bike developed and raced by a highly affable bunch of people. But how did we get in with the Nukeproof Pulse?