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Nukeproof Horizon components

Updated range - now in a stunning copper colour option for that custom touch

The Nukeproof brand has been a key player in designing and producing products that are both high in performance yet realistic in price. The Horizon range of hardware HAS BEEN expanded further INCLUDING the added touch of a copper colour option.

Words: Sean White Images: Steve Jones and Nukeproof

With Sam Hill using Nukeproof Horizon products on his EWS enduro race bike you can be assured that this is kit is tried, tested and most importantly, trusted. There are cheaper and premium versions of key designs, such as our favourite Horizon pedals, but the basic design blueprint is the same. These are products that are race ready, yet not overkill in either spec or price point for a privateer’s DH set-up or heavily-used uplift bike. With bars, stems, grips, saddle and both flat and clipped pedals, Nukeproof’s Horizon range has all the bike’s contact points covered.

Here’s a run through of the latest in the Horizon line-up.

BRAND HIGHLIGHT: HORIZON FLAT PEDALS

These pedals have quickly become a favourite of ours here at Dirt HQ. Nukeproof have a range of flats under the Horizon name, even a version with a titanium axle if you you are looking to shave weight on a lightweight trail bike. But it’s the standard pedal, selling at just under £70 that fits the bill for us and will serve many riders very well. At around 100mm x 100mm in size with an external depth of 16mm, the Horizon’s size is spot on and compares well to another favourite, the DMR Vault. The shape is good too, and with development from Sam Hill (who uses the Horizon pedal on his EWS enduro bike) we would expect nothing else. A pleasing concave shape and ten good sized pins (which are easily removable from behind if damaged) give excellent grip regardless of weather conditions. The seals have kept out UK slop too, with the bearings and bushings still running smoothly after plenty of abuse. A product that we can totally recommend and one that is sensibly priced too.

Read our 2017 Dirt 100 review of these pedals HERE

WEIGHT: 427g/pr (our samples)

PRICE: From £69.99

HORIZON CL CLIPPED PEDALS

A new venture for Nukeproof and now this brand can offer a gravity focused clipped pedal to go up against the best from Crankbrothers and Gwin’s choice, HT. With Shimano having recently announced a revised pedal range the timing is spot on too. It seems that whether you run flats or clips, trail or DH, you have plenty of choice.

Nukeproof’s Horizon clipped pedals come in two flavours – the larger bodied CL model (pictured here) or with a smaller platform on the more trail focused CS model. For DH riding, with larger ‘skate style’ footwear, we would pick the CL option. The useable platform size is L 95mm x W 85mm.

The retention mechanism is sprung both on the front and rear for easy entry and there are two cleat options with either 4° or 8° float. You can use Shimano cleats but it does look like NP have got two good options here. Spring tension is adjustable, as is the height of the pins. The CL models uses six pins on each side whereas the smaller platform of the CS trail model uses four per side.

Twin bearings and DU bushings are as per the Horizon flats so we should see good durability from these CL pedals.

WEIGHT: 521g/pr (our samples)

PRICE: From £109.99

 

HORIZON ALUMINIUM HANDLEBAR

This is wide aluminium bar from Nukeproof that sits alongside their lighter weight and more expensive carbon model. Made from 7050 aluminium, they have a ‘micro shot pean finish’ and are acid dipped giving a durable finish – this copper colour looks great. Other options are available – red, blue and black.

This brand was in early on the movement to a wide bar width and these Horizons are 780mm as standard. With markings for WTB’s PadLoc grip system (very few brands offer this), these bars are available in 12mm, 25mm or 38mm rise. As far as we know they are just offered in the 31.8mm bar clamp diameter and we’re fine with that.

These bars are priced well and are a touch more affordable than our benchmark aluminium bar, the Renthal Fatbar.

WEIGHT: 292g for the 12mm rise (our sample)

PRICE: £54.99

HORIZON DIRECT MOUNT STEM

This direct mount DH stem is based on Nukeproof’s Sam Hill signature model but sizes up with a slightly longer 45mm length. Constructed from 6061 aluminium and heavily CNC’d to trim weight, this stem hit our scales at 142g including all the six chunky M6 mounting bolts.

With a 31.8mm bar clamp and a 30° rise, there is plenty of support for the wider 780-800mm bars most riders now run. The bar clamp width tapers from 60mm to 50mm – a touch narrower than the Renthal Integra II stem. This Horizon DH stem is available in black, blue and red as well as the copper finish.

WEIGHT: 142G (our sample)

PRICE: £49.99

HORIZON ENDURANCE AND RACE GRIPS

In drier, rougher and faster track conditions we find ourselves favouring a larger diameter grip, with ODI and Specialized having become favourites at Dirt HQ. The new models from Deity seem to be on the money too. Nukeproof’s two new options look like they follow this theme with a chunky but tapered external diameter of 31.5-33mm on both models. The length is good too at 143mm which should suit larger hands.

‘Working to combine superior vibration damping, comfort and grip in all weather conditions’ – Nukeproof’s words on these new grips.

They use a double lock-on style with collars at both ends (as do Reverse components). We have a preference for a single collar but on DH bikes many riders prefer the extra security the two collars can give. The collars and a metal protective end cap are colour matched. A low profile ‘half flange’ sits around the inner clamp.

The Race and Endurance models differ by way of rubber compound. They both use a sticky Kraton material but the Race has a super-soft A15 compound whereas the Endurance grip uses a slightly longer lasting (but still comfortable) A25 durometer. The grip has a textured surface which is hard to describe – take a look at the above photo for details.

WEIGHT: 127g/pr (our sample)

PRICE: £19.99/pr

HORIZON SL SADDLE

Many riders pay little attention to their saddle choice unless they churn the miles out on long trail rides. For bike parks and shuttling, with your seatpost dropped even a cheap saddle may well do the job. However, if you need to upgrade then there are some good options out there. What does this seat from Nukeproof offer?

With colour coordinated cro-mo steel rails (which match the rest of the Horizon range) this may well be a finishing touch to a custom build. As with many of these Nukeproof components Nukeproof say that they have been developed with input from Matti Lehikoinen, Sam Hill and the team. Who remembers Sam’s SDG Storm saddle with added surface rubber for muddy conditions? Or the more recent Nukeproof Scrub saddle with a similar textured face fabric for added grip?

The Horizon SL seat has a smooth synthetic surface covering with varying densities of lightweight foam padding sitting beneath. This should add comfort where required without unnecessary weight or bulk. It has a slim width at the rear (135mm at its wides point) allowing easy movement off the back of the bike, whether on a trail or DH bike. Well made with clean lines, no stitching and no gimmicks. A touch of extra protection on the rear of the saddle wouldn’t go amiss though…

WEIGHT: 227g (our sample)

PRICE: £49.99

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