Scalp still going strong after 200+ runs at Fort William

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

When the Nukeproof Scalp was unveiled earlier this year it was met with much excitement and anticipation, mainly down to the value for money on offer opening up the chance for ‘normal’ riders to get their hands on a World Cup-ready race machine. 

When the Nukeproof Scalp was unveiled earlier this year it was met with much excitement and anticipation, mainly down to the value for money on offer opening up the chance for ‘normal’ riders to get their hands on a World Cup-ready race machine.


The Scalp was definitely worth the wait, proving to be one of the gems of the racing scene ever since – picking up awards, rave reviews and accolades from the cycling press, as well as being ridden to the podium by Team CRC/Nukeproof, the Nukeproof Junior team and Nukeproof-supported international riders. One of those riders – Alastair MacLennan – recently paid us a visit and told us about the incredible battering his Scalp has taken at the hands of Fort William’s brutal downhill track: 236 runs, (around 660km) and still going strong!


Alastair’s lucky enough to live on the doorstep of Fort William’s downhill track on the face of Aonach Mor, Scotland, one of the world’s longest and toughest downhill courses which descends 555m over 2.8km, and set himself the challenge of 100 race-speed runs on the Scalp frame.


“Fort William is a bike breaking course – I’d broken 10 out of 13 downhill bikes in the past! Since picking up my Scalp in May this year I’ve put in 236 full-on race speed runs on it, and even more slower-paced rides – it’s still looking nice, shiny and relatively new in my garage. The frame has held up perfectly!” Alastair said.


As well as the relentless hammering his Scalp has taken at Fort Bill, Alastair has also used the same bike for a full season of racing, dominating the 2011 Scottish Downhill Series as well as being a regular on the BDS podiums and topping the podium at the European Masters in Slovenia, and taking the win at the Fort Bill Downhill Enduro.

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