The eagle eyed amongst you will have noticed that team ChainReactionCycles/Nukeproof were riding the new Pulse at the Val D’Isere World Cup, a bike which has been two years in the making – but improving a frame which is widely regarded as one of the best available hasn’t been an easy task. It requires months of planning, design, testing, development, feedback and more testing.
This process is little documented and often very secretive, but these edits give you a real insight as to what’s involved in making a World Cup ready downhill race bike.
‘Nukeproof Pulse: Concept to reality’ takes you through the design and prototyping phase of the project, introducing you to the unsung heroes of the bike industry; the engineers and designers that push the boundaries of what’s possible on two wheels. Taking the successful design of the Scalp, the team set to work on making its evolution a stiffer, lighter more functional product.
The second edit, ‘Nukeproof Pulse: Testing and development’, illustrates the vital role that quality real-world testing in the harshest of conditions plays. Nukeproof have some of the best test pilots to call on from the ChainReactionCycles/Nukeproof race team who help validate lab testing results and provide valuable feedback on the feel of the bike and suspension settings. This feedback is used to make final tweaks to the design and specs of the bikes before drawings are signed off and the frames go in to production.