Friday, November 23rd, 2018
“Nukeproof- Elliott Heap Championship winning bike check”
Due to the nature of the Enduro World Series coverage and demands on the media to cover the elite races, there is a usually unseen battle that has raged all year. Often leaving for the first stage just as the sun rises the U21 Enduro World Series category has been super tight all year and with only 5 of the 8 rounds counting, on count back it went right down to the final round in this years series.
Finale Ligure was a fitting stage for the Series showdown for leader CRC-Mavic and Nukeproof athlete Elliott Heap. After an early season battle with Duncan Nason (Yeti), Elliott held off his challenge to lead the series going into the final round. But with a mid season charge from Cube’s Cole Lucas and Commencal’s Timmy Trabac and an injury in Whistler and illness in Ainsa left the Championship set up for a winner takes all championship showdown in Finale Ligure.
Going into the one day race I’ve never seen Elliott more nervous. But despite still suffering a little from the illness that plagued him in Ainsa, he managed these nerves to put in an awesome performance to win the Finale Ligure round and take the his first World title. Elliott Heap- 2018 U21 Enduro World Series Champion. Not bad for pie loving lad from Wigan. Elliott converted to racing bikes “only” 5 years ago after a successful junior series in Motorcross, becoming something of a protege CRC-Mavic Team Manager Nigel Page. After buying an ex team Nukeproof Mega from Nigel, Elliott showed a instant turn of pace and impressed Pager with his raw talent to win a place on the team. Since then he has continued to impress everyone. The lad just loves riding! A 3rd place in the 2016 Junior World Downhill Series with Nukeproof before a switch of focus back to enduro to be team mates to Irish man Kelan Grant and 2017/ 18 EWS champion and mountain bike legend Sam Hill.
Now back home enjoying the off season, frequent visits to his local pie shop and constant mods to his “Semi” Monster truck (check out his Instagram) and back to the day job running Ride MTB his personal coaching business. We caught back up with him at the Forest of Dean to check out his Mega (we forgot to as we go a little carried away in Finale).
So here is a belated bike check of your u21 Enduro World Champion, Elliott Heap’s Nukeproof Mega 275c.
So here is is:
Height 5’6″ / 171cm
weight: 11 stone 5/ 73kg/ 161lb
Frame: Medium; Nukeproof Mega 275c (2019 Pro edition frame)
Fork: Rockshox Lyric RC3 180mm 86.5PSI 1 volume token +1 HSC, Full Open LSC -7 rebound.
Shock: Rockshox Super Deluxe 1 small volume token, +3 clicks of lsc 156 psi
Drive Train: Sram X01 Eagle Drive train, 32t Chainring 170mm cranks
Brakes: Sram Code RSC; 200mm Rotors’ Sintered pads (medium amount of lever throw).
Seat Post: 150mm Rockshox Reverb with 1x lever
Chainguide: MRP SXG Alloy
Tyres: Front, Michelin Wild Enduro Magix 2.4″ 24psi, Rear, Michelin DH22 Magix 2.4″ 28psi
Selant: 140mm of Muc Off Tyres Sealant.
Wheelset: 2019 Mavic Deemax Pro Wheels (30mm internal rim width)
Stem: Nukeproof HORIZON 50mm, 5mm rise (Black)
Handlebars: Nukeproof HORIZON Carbon 20mm rise 760mm
Grips Nukeproof Sam Hill lock on grip, prototype 5dm Super soft compound
Pedals: Nukeproof Horizon CS Ti (Custom 2018 Champion gold edition)
Hand Guards: AVS (now with custom Championship Pie logo)
Tools: Oneup Components EDC Pump with stashed EDC Tool and C02 cartridge
Frame Strap: SRAM Back Country Research
Decals: Slik Graphics
Frame protection: by Invisiframe
A few quirky things that his mechanic Ewan does to Elliott Mega:
On the freehub apply a small amount of fork grease to allow it to glide on the hub body more freely. Also a small mount of oil inside the freehub ratchet makes it roll much more smoothly.
Elliott likes his bike to be quiet, therefore Ewan applies mastic tape on areas that might rattle and brace the cables above the bb as they pass around the seat tube with rubber fuel pipe to stop them from catching his feet. The number board holders stop interference with brake and gear cables.
Photos Laurence Crossman-Emms
Photo: Laurence CE