When it comes to bike and rider combinations, the racers who have won multiple Enduro World Series crowns tend to have one bike synonymous with their successes. For Tracy Moseley it was the Trek Slash, for Cecile Ravanel it’s the Commencal Meta, Richie Rude has his Yeti SB and for Sam Hill it’s the Nukeproof Mega.
Hill’s enduro story is intertwined with that of the Mega - a bike which debuted back in 2012 and ploughed a furrow ahead of its time in terms of suspension travel and geometry. Recent years have spelt ‘success’ for Nukeproof with four titles coming in three seasons (Hill’s back-to-back-to-back titles plus Elliot Heap’s U21 crown of 2018).
The Mega’s evolution has been an interesting one, it’s dimensions and talents shifting gradually with the demands of its Antipodean handler. We’re going to look into that in a bit more detail a bit later in the month but in the meantime, check out Chain Reaction Cycles Pro Race Team’s Kelan Grant and Nukeproof-supported Team Wideopen Mag’s Christo Gallagher railing their Mega 290 C’s in Scotland’s Tweed Valley back in November:
Kelan Grant is back for another year aboard Chain Reaction Cycles Pro Race Team. Pic: Laurence Crossman-Emms/Nukeproof
Christo Gallagher will be flying the flag for Team Wideopen Mag this season. Pic: Laurence Crossman-Emms/Nukeproof
You can keep up to date with how the Covid-19 crisis has affected the start of the 2020 Enduro World Series here.