Nukeproof at Hardline



Red Bull Hardline- The Ultimate Downhill test for man and machine? We take a look at our two gladiators that took on the course (and survived).


Both riders used our medium Dissent 297 frames, but with very different specifications to suit their preferences, riding style and strengths. Elliott Heap choosing to use all the finest components from Team Chain Reaction Cycles Sponsorship rosta, with Adam using his choice components from his "pro-vateer" program.





Elliott Heap's Dissent


  • Frame: Dissent 297 (Medium)
  • Fork: Rockshox Boxxer Ultimate
  • 5 Tokens, 0 clicks of HSC or LSC, 7 clicks of rebound
  • 130 psi Pressure
  • Shox: Rockshox Super Deluxe Ultimate air
  • 3 Tokens, 0 clicks of LSC, 6 clicks of rebound
  • 175 psi Pressure
  • Drive Train: Sram X01 DH Carbon, 34t chainring, 165mm cranks, OChain Device fitted
  • Brakes: Code RSC 200mm rotors front and rear
  • Wheels: Nukeproof Horizon V2
  • Tyres: Michelin DH22 Rear, Wild Front
  • Pressure: Front 25psi / Rear 28psi
  • Stem: Nukeproof Sam Hill DM
  • Handlebars: Nukeproof Horizon V2 Carbon 20mm rise, 760mm wide
  • Grips: Nukeproof Sam Hill Signature Super Soft
  • Saddle: Nukeproof Sam Hill DH
  • Chain Device: MRP AMG
  • Tyre Insert: Nukeproof Ard in the Rear wheel
  • O-Chain chain ring running 9 degrees of float, Dissent run in position 2

TEAM CRC Spec Dissent 297

Pilot and bike



  • Frame: Dissent 297 (Medium)
  • Dissent Flip Chip: Position 2
  • Fork: Fox 40 29"
  • 2 Tokens
  • 90 psi Pressure
  • Shox: Fox coil
  • 500lb Spring rate (higher than usual)  
  • Drive Train: Hope DH Cranks 165mm length, 34t chainring
  • Cassette: Hope Cassette
  • Derailleur: Sram GX derailer
  • Brakes: Hope Tech 3 Levers with V4 Calipers, 203mm rotors front and rear
  • Wheels: Hope
  • Tyres: Maxxis DHF Front, DHR 2 Rear
  • Pressure: Front 25psi / Rear 28psi With Cushcore front and rear
  • Stem: Renthal DM
  • Handlebars: Renthal 760mm Width/ 10mm rise
  • Grips: Renthal soft
  • Saddle: SDG I Fly 2.0 I beam with I Fly post
  • Chain Device: Hope  


Fox Spec Dissent in Position 2 of the flip chip

Fast Machine


There is a balance both riders wanted to find between mastering the "features" and finding speed in the technical downhill in between the jumps and drops.


Both riders ran the bikes a little firmer than they would for a "normal" Downhill race due to nature of the course.


Hardline is one of the ultimate tests for the bikes as well as the riders and we're stoked that both frames and components came through the week unscathed and ready to ride another day. A testament to the toughness of the Dissent and also the quality of the riders.


Follow Adam and Elliott:

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