Monday, September 22nd, 2014
Red Bull Bike caught up with Sam Hills very own World Cup mechanic and long time friend Jacy Shumilak in Meribel, France to check out the bike that won the race, Sam Hills Nukeproof Pulse Team Bike.
It’s hard to keep on coming up with superlatives to hang on 2014’s UCI World Cup DH season, but one of the most notable aspects about it was, without doubt, the return of the king; Sam Hill.
With two wins in Mont St Anne and at the final round in Méribel, Hill re-scaled the top step for the first time since his 2010 World Champs win at the former. We caught up with his long-serving mechanic, Jacy Shumilack, to find out more about the Chain Reaction Cycles/Nukeproof machine that Sam piloted it to the win.
In a world full of riders glad-handing how much they ‘love’ their sponsor’s products, it’s fair to say that the Pulse and Hill are a match made in heaven. Two UCI World Cup wins this season proved as much.
The rear RockShox shock is slightly shorter than standard to allow the team to run some custom shock linkage parts to accommodate 650B wheels. “He first ran the bigger wheels at the Fort William BDS,” Jacy says.
“Sam runs a 36T chainring up front,” says Jacy, “We experimented a bit when we first moved to 650B as the wheel’s bigger and it changes the gear ratio slightly.” He runs a combo of 165mm SRAM X0 cranks and a custom blue e*thriteen LG1 Turbo guide and taco.
Sam and Jacy have always been obsessed with creating silent bikes. “He can just focus on the sounds of the track, not the bike,” Jacy says. A piece of motorcycle fuel line and some custom cable routing keep things neat, tidy and quiet.
Sam, unsurprisingly, runs his own signature bars from Nukeproof with a 38mm rise. “He runs them pretty rolled back considering he rides so far over the front but I think that actually helps him with weight transfers,” Jacy says.
Nukeproof released a Sam Hill Signature range of components to celebrate the signing of their newest superstar including two heights of bar, a stem, a DH-specific saddle, a seatpost and these box-fresh grips.
Sam Hill finished the 2014 season fourth in the overall, that doesn’t really do justice to his two wins in Mont St Anne and Méribel. His World Champs run too showed flashes of brilliance before a crash. The main thing is that Hill is back however! This bike took the win by 0.36secs.
Hill is omnipresent on the Australian World Champs team and despite having a virtually identical Pulse sprayed up in one-off gold, couldn’t add to his tally of five junior and elite World crowns at Hafjell this year.