Our Team Rider and Brand Manager Olly Wilkins gave us the low down on his new Bolt L build and all the little changes he makes to the standard model.
‘Working as a brand manager for DMR as well as a rider has its perks. My bikes often get used on displays at shows and events as well as being my personal rides. My current Bolt L was looking a little tired after a year of heavy riding. With Sea Otter looming we decided to put together a new build that we could show at the event. Kill two birds with one stone!’
‘I want to make my bikes as quiet as possible and our tech guru and Mechanic Liam had a few tricks up his sleeve for this. Velcro inside the chain device really deadens any chain sound and produces no drag whatsoever. I also use road bike bar tape on my chain stays for the moments when you’re clattering through rocks in a high gear with a slacker chain. Overall it really helps keep all chain noise to a minimum and protects the frame.’
‘I’m using the Axe crank with our Blade direct mount ring. It’s Wide/Narrow design means I only use a top guide as a precaution and I love how it looks super simple.’
‘My shock is the X-Fusion Vector Air HLR. It’s actually the exact same shock and tune as my old bike so as soon as I jump on I feel right at home’
‘Up front I run X-fusion Slants with my own custom tune. I really like how progressive they feel and the Gold slick ano stanchions look killer. Again I’ve transferred the damper off my old bike so it’ll feel exactly the same as before. No time lost trying to set anything up and if it isn’t broken then there’s no point in changing for a new one!’
‘I run the new 27.5 Zone wheels and our Bolt L conversion kit. It basically adds 8mm of wheelbase and allows us to fit the larger diameter wheels into the frame. There are also offset bushings in there to cancel any seat tube buzz at full travel and on BIG bottom outs!’
Check out the Bolt L frame and our Alpine Division range.
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We recently sent out Olly Wilkins and Christian Fairclough to Chamonix for a photoshoot with TrailNinja legend Dan Milner. Check out their photo story on Pinkbike here.
There was, however, another unmentioned Star out in Chamonix and we felt he/she deserved a post of their own. Introducing the Alpine Division Bolt L:
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.
‘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!’
‘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!’
‘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.’
‘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’
‘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!’
‘The bike weighs in at 23lbs (10.49 kgs) and will be going even lighter when I convert it to tubeless!!’
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HardtailNation recently caught up with our own Olly Wilkins to talk through our Alpine Division products.
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