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)
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)