New Product Discovery: Nukeproof’s Sam Hill Signature Enduro Pedal
Nukeproof Sam Hill Signature Enduro Pedal
The question every interviewer asks Sam on his decision to switch to enduro; “Are you going to clip in?” Sam’s response was always the same “Nah”.
Look beyond the stages and towards the back of the team pits, you may see a man that has been an integral part to Sam’s success. A man that has been by Sam’s side nearly all his career; Jacy Shumilak. Much more than just a “mechanic” to Sam, he’s a friend and the two share an almost Jedi like method of communication when it comes to setting up the race bike. In Jacy skills, Sam can find that extra degree of confidence that every time he breaks that start line he’s on the fastest, most dialed machine possible.
Sam, Jacy and Nigel Page (Team CRC Manager) lead the development of our ultra-successful Horizon flat pedal (the pedal that bears Sam’s name). The pedal was originally conceived to offer the best platform for gravity/ downhill racing. The switch to enduro raised the opportunity to refine the pedal to suit the demands of enduro (longer stages with more pedaling and chances of clipping trail debris). Fettling in his workshop Jacy started removing some excess surfaces to give the pedals more clearance whilst crucially keeping a supportive platform and the same pin placement.
After numerous races on the original “filled” prototypes, Jacy and Sam passed our R&D department a set to see if we could refine and perfect a new “enduro” platform version of the pedal. At the time there wasn’t a plan for a production update. The Horizon Pro pedals have been one of our most successful products, gaining numerous industry accolades and a firm riders favorite. But the chance to re-engineer our pedals using the knowledge and experience of the world’s fastest flat pedal merchant is a very special project and opportunity, one not to be missed.
After 2 years of development and prototyping, the result is a fully redesigned pedal body. The new Horizon Enduro retains the same pedal feel, strength and crucially pin placement for ultimate grip and confidence and vastly improved pedals strike clearance. A by-result of this was also shedding 23g of weight (per pedal).
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