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OLLY WILKINS: BIKE CHECK

Our Team Rider and Brand Manager Olly Wilkins gave us the low down on his new Sect build and all the little changes he makes to the stock build.

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‘The only bikes that I really cannot go without are first of all a short travel AM setup and secondly a jump bike.  This reflects the riding I have around my house perfectly.  Loads of XC but even more DIRT!.  My jump bike is always the bike I feel like I can jump straight on and have some fun.  My Sect was looking a little tired after 3 years of heavy use.  It was time for a new bike!

I went for the Tango colour frame option.  It matches my Bolt L and really shows up great in photos!’

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‘Up top I run a Sect stem with some Wingbars in the 35mm rise option.  I also run a 10mm spacer to get my bar height up a bit.  I cut those down to 750mm…you won’t catch me throwing the bars too often so this is perfect for me!’

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‘On the front end I run X-Fusion Slants.  I have them custom tuned to ramp up really fast.  I like to run my suspension a little more active than normal for a dirt jump bike and having the fork ramp up really suits this.  I also have one-off gold slick anodising on my stanchions.  It’s meant to increase small bump sensitivity but I just think it looks rad!  I have my forks travel adjusted to 100mm and they have 34mm stanchions so they are super stiff.’

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‘This bike will be the first hardtail which I’ve used MTB style cranks on.  I’m amazed at the stiffness you get from the AXE 30mm axle and hollow form arms, you really notice it with a hardball frame, especially coming off 3 piece BMX style cranks on my old bike.  I’m running a 28t Blade ring sample on these and its a really light combo.

I’m running some prototype Sect wheels that we are currently testing.  They are essentially our new Zone rim built onto dirt jump specific hub.  It’s cool because I’m going to be able to run them tubeless.  At the pressures you run on a dirt jump bike you’re never gonna burp the tyre anyway.  Makes some weight-saving sense’

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‘Finally to finish it all off I run some V12 Mags with Ti axles.  They weigh in at a tiny 290g and the Ti axle finish matches my stanchions…what a nerd!’

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‘The bike weighs in at 23lbs (10.49 kgs) and will be going even lighter when I convert it to tubeless!!’

Check out more Sect info here

ALPINE DIVISION INTERVIEW

HardtailNation recently caught up with our own Olly Wilkins to talk through our Alpine Division products.

Click here for more

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SAMSON BROTHERS IN CATALONIA

This killer edit from Nico Turner features Ray riding both his Bolt and Sect around Catalonia with his older brother Blake.

Ray rides the Bolt and Sect both in Black

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WINGBARS MAKE THE TOP TEN!

We are proud to announce that the Wingbar35 has made it into Dirt magazines top ten bars of 2014!  Check out the review here or below

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LACONDEGUY WINS RAMPAGE!

Congratulations due to Andreu Lacondeguy after his huge win at Rampage this year.  We are even more happy that he chose Vaults to help him down the mountain!  Check out the images and video footage of his run below, Rampage is crazy!

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