Spy shots: First photos of Sam Hill’s Nukeproof Pulse and 2013 race kit

He’s known for his eye-searing paintjobs and riding gear so these first photos of Sam Hill′s Nukeproof Pulse and 2013 race kit are a bit of a surprise – it looks like the Aussie DH legend will be rocking all-white and a standard-looking team issue bike for his first season with Team CRC/Nukeproof.

We can’t say we’re too sorry to see the back of the garish pink and green, and Sam seems impressed with his new ride, posting “#love #my #new #bike” on his Instagram feed. That’s where several of these pics are from – the rest are screengrabs from an upcoming video that Chain Reaction Cycles have published on their Hub blog. We can’t wait to see the final edit!

Sam’s bike may look a lot like Joe Smith’s 2012 race rig but there’s some very different kit bolted to it. It looks like Hill will be continuing with RockShox suspension, SRAM shifting and Avid brakes but swapping his Renthal and SDG cockpit kit for Nukeproof parts, his DT Swiss wheels for Mavic Deemaxs and his Specialized tyres for Schwalbe.

The five-time world champ’s move from Spesh to Nukeproof was a big shock to many – with the backing of the world’s biggest online bike store, can this be the year he claws his way back to the top of the World Cup rankings? It’s certainly going to be fun finding out!

Sam Hill's new Nukeproof Pulse. Source: http://instagram.com/samhill13

"My new whip for 2013" – Sam Hill's Nukeproof Pulse. Source: http://instagram.com/samhill13

Sam Hill gets ready to ride his new Nukeproof Pulse. Source: http://instagram.com/samhill13

That new kit's not going to stay white for long! Source: http://instagram.com/samhill13

"Repping the #5 from my overall last season. Gonna have to change it to a #1," says Hill. Source: http://instagram.com/samhill13

After his fifth place finish last year, Sam's gunning for the World Cup top spot. Source: http://instagram.com/samhill13

He may have toned things down for 2013 but there's no mistaking that Sam Hill style. Source: www.chainreactionhub.com

He's toned things down for 2013 but there's no mistaking that Sam Hill style. Source: www.chainreactionhub.com

Sam gets the roost flying on his local test track. Source: www.chainreactionhub.com

Sam gets the roost flying on his local test track. Source: www.chainreactionhub.com

Sam's sticking with Troy Lee Designs clothing – word is they're working on a very special custom lid for him. Source: www.chainreactionhub.com

Hill's sticking with TLD kit – word is they're working on a very special lid for him. Source: www.chainreactionhub.com

Sam Hill's new Nukeproof Mega TR. Source: http://instagram.com/samhill13

This is his new trail bike, the Nukeproof Mega TR. Source: http://instagram.com/samhill13