Ladies who lift weekender

Ladies who lift weekender

Having fun on bikes, that’s why we all do it right?

It wouldn’t be presumptuous to say that female riders seem to have got it a little better when it comes to creating a community for riders to thrive in. Once you have unlocked the key to the mountain bike world there is a huge number of online forums/ groups providing great advice and mastering the art of organizing group ride outs together. Recent years have seen a hugely positive shift to the demographic at trailheads. Inspirational figures can now be found across all disciplines of the MTB world, from freeride to enduro to XC, all promoting this awesome sport. Safe to say more and more riders are finding the love of riding bikes and creating a community to ride together.

The Nukeproof brand over the years may, through no fault or chosen direction, be perceived as a more masculine focused brand. Our focus has always been to share our passion for bikes with customers. As the team has grown, we've always focused on ensuring the best person with a genuine passion joins the team, no matter what gender. The Nukeproof staff team now boasts a balanced female to male ratio creating more conversations around our female customers and their wants and needs.

The same attitude runs across our athletes too, our focus is not to support riders simply because they are Female. We want genuinely rad riders who can connect, engage and inspire riders from all walks of life. However, we're fortunate to support and work with some of the very best. In recent years we've noticed a natural growth in the Female following of the brand and wanted to celebrate this with a mini meet up of our own. A weekend to bring together a few of our athletes, customers and media to meet up to ride some incredible trails in the Wye Valley, UK and engage in some meaningful conversations to ensure we’re heading in the right direction.

Check out some of the good times had and bike checks from some of the girls who joined us below.

Amy Watts: Mega 297c

Amy's stand out upgrade is her Revsgrips, this is to help with her carple-tunnel in her wrists. Amy also swapped her Sram brakes for Shimano XT as a personal preference.
Fork: Fox 38 Factory Float
Shock: Fox X2 factory
Handlebars: Nukeproof Horizon 25mm rise
Stem: Burgtec 40mm
Grips: Revsgrips
Brakes: Shimano Deore XT
Wheels: Nukeproof Horizon V2
Saddle: Nukeproof Horizon Enduro
Seatpost: Rockshox Reverb Stealth
Drivetrain: Sram X01
Tyres: Schwalbe Magic Mary
Pedals: Nukeproof Horizon Sam Hill Pro

Meg Whyte: Reactor 275c Custom

Meg has a custom painted Reactor (from Elite Refinish). Key callouts for her build are, 740mm bars paired with a 50mm stem. Shorter cranks fitted and a short spindle pedal too.
Fork: Fox 36 Factory Float
Shock: Fox DPX2 factory
Handlebars: Raceface Next R 740mm
Stem: Raceface 50mm
Grips: DMR Race edition thin
Brakes: Shimano Deore XT
Wheels: Industry Nine Enduro
Saddle: Fizik female specific
Seatpost: Fox transfer 175mm
Drivetrain: Shimano Deore XT
Tyres: Maxxis DHF and Dissector
Pedals: Crankbrothers Mallet

Queenie Waterman: Giga 275c

Queenie chose the Giga Comp and upgraded various parts to keep her bike feeling familiar to her other ride, her ebike.
Fork: Fox 38 Factory Float
Shock: Fox X2 factory
Handlebars: Renthal Alloy Bars
Stem: Nukeprof Horizon 40mm stem
Grips: Nukeproof Horizon Sam Hill
Brakes: Hope V4
Wheels: Hunt AM Carbon
Saddle: Specialized Mimic Power
Seatpost: Crankbrothers Highline 7
Drivetrain: Shimano Deore
Tyres: Maxxis DHR II & DHF
Pedals: Hope F20 Flats

Teah-Mae Gillingham: Mega 290 alloy

Teah's Mega 290 alloy needed little in the way of upgrades. Teah's 40mm stem helped to customise her bike to the size she felt most comfortable on.
Fork: Rockshox Yari
Shock: Rockshox Super Deluxe select R
Handlebars: Raceface Turbine 20mm
Stem: Unite 40mm
Grips: Ergon 100 grips
Brakes: Hope V4
Wheels: Nukeproof Horizon V2 and Sunroc
Saddle: Nukeproof Horizon Enduro
Seatpost: Brand X Ascend
Drivetrain: Shimano Deore
Tyres: Schwalbe Magic Mary and Big Betty
Pedals: Pembree Flat pedals

Anna Cipullo: Mega 297c

Anna has her Mega 297 primed for perfection. One key upgrade was having her suspension revalved to a lighter compression and a lighter rebound to fit her lighter weight. Its now the dream rig!
Fork: Fox 38 Factory float revalved to light compression & light rebound
Shock: Fox X2 factory
Handlebars: Nukeproof Horizon V2 25mm rise
Stem: Nukeproof Horizon 45mm
Grips: Ergon Slim-fit GE1
Brakes: Shimano XT
Wheels: Spank 350
Saddle: Ergon female specifc
Seatpost: BikeYoke divine stealth
Drivetrain: Shimano XT M8100
Tyre Inserts: Vibrocore
Tyres: Vittoria Mazza
Pedals: Nukeproof Horizon CS

Faye Reid: Reactor 290 Alloy

Faye's key upgrade was fitting a 175mm dropper post, this allowed her to keep the medium frame reach but allowed more efficient pedalling for her longer leg length.
Fork: Rockshox Pike Select
Shock: Rockshox Super Deluxe Select R
Handlebars: Nukeproof Horizon 760mm
Stem: Nukeproof Stem 35mm
Grips: Vitus grips
Brakes: Shimano Deore XT
Wheels: DT Swiss E1700
Saddle: Nukeproof Horizon Enduro
Seatpost: Rockshox Reverb 175mm
Drivetrain: Shimano Deore XT
Tyres: Michelin Wild Enduro
Pedals: Nukeproof Horizon Sam Hill Pro


With a special thank you to WyeMTB for an epic day of guiding and Laurence Crossman-Emms for capuring the action.