Nukeproof has revealed its first downhill monster to use an alternative to their established Fallout linkage – The Dissent.
According to Nukeproof, the Dissent’s design was conceived by its engineers as a platform to test suspension progression curves. Now the system they developed for on-the-fly pivot setting changes has made it to the trails.
And it’s already proven itself in race conditions with the prototype winning its international debut at the Crankworx festival’s Garbanzo Downhill race, piloted by reining EWS champion Sam Hill.
Indeed, Sam has become the bike’s foremost ambassador and was captured taking it for a spin around some of the biggest bike parks in Western Australia in Nukeproof’s You’re Welcome edit.
While similar to Nukeproof’s Pulse frame at first glance, a closer look reveals The Dissent is far from towing the line.
The rocker link is now positioned outside of the seat tube, rather than tucked inside a clamshell unit, providing a lighter yet stiffer frame.
The Dissent’s suspension also uses a push rather than a pull link, reducing the loads and stresses on the frame, saving yet more weight – shearing some 400g off the frame compared to the Pulse.
However, Nukeproof say the most interesting feature is the least obvious – the main pivot flip chip, which is designed to work like a bottomless token but for a coil shock.
This gives it four main pivot positions to choose from, each altering how progressive the suspension is without affecting geometry or travel.
Riders often want different suspension characteristics depending on their riding style or whether they run flat pedals. The Dissent’s adjustable pivot feature can be moulded to suit your style or the terrain with ease.
Position 1: 17% Progression – This is the setting most similar to the Pulse frame but with more mid-stroke support. It starts with the least progressive rate off the top, offering the most mid-stroke support. Interestingly this is the position that Sam Hill prefers and the one he raced at Crankworx.
Position 2: 21% Progression – Nukeproof consider this “the Goldilocks position”, which should suit most riders most of the time and how they’ll suggest the bike is shipped.
Position 3: 26% Progression – According to Nukeproof, this is the position Adam Brayton prefers and has raced to several medals already this year.
Position 4: 30% Progression – It starts with the most progressive rate off the top (most supple over small bumps), has the least mid stroke support but then ramps up at the end. This is the setting Nukeproof suggest for riding a bike park with loads of braking bumps and massive drops.
According to Nukeproof, The Dissent will be released to key suppliers from November.
The 27.5″ wheeled bikes will be available in S, M, L and XL sizes, while the 29er offers M, L, and XL.
Author: Matthew Cole