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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Watch as Olly Wilkins, Ray Samson, Brendan Fairclough, Sam Reynolds and Grant Fielder visit Woburn sands for the second instalment in EpicTV’s ‘United Kingdom of Dirt’
Great spot check of Swinley forest trail centre with Olly Wilkins and Brendan Fairclough. Some great shots of Ollys Bolt L in action, mixed in with some great summertime riding from both. Have a look at the bike here.
We recently sent out our team rider, Olly Wilkins, to a pumptrack race in Holland. Not your ordinary race though. This was held in a nightclub, on the dance floor, by Joost Wichman the 2013 4X World Champion. Check out the edit:
THIRTY7EVEN Bike Battle 2013 from Lars Veenstra on Vimeo.
‘Holland was crazy. I set off with Sam (Reynolds) on Saturday at Lunch. I would be racing that night at 11pm so there was no rush. We drove throughout the day. Only 4 and a half hours from Calais so not too bad, those notoriously flat Dutch roads did make for some boring driving though. After arriving that evening we had food and went for practise. The pumptrack was the same we’ve raced before at other shows. It was set up in an oval with two 180 degree berms and three rollers on each straight. A lap took just over 4 seconds!
In qualifying Sam and me came 2nd and 3rd/4th respectively I think. Everything was kinda unclear as we didn’t understand a word of Dutch. The track was surrounded by crazy dutch party people, horns, beer flying, it was nuts! Some of the crowd had chainsaw engines and the club air was thick with 2 stroke smoke. Next we went into knockout rounds. In the Quarter finals Sam came off, was a shame as he was looking super fast. I unfortunately went up against Joost in my quarter and after he messed up I had an easy route through to the semis, not a popular win up against the hometown hero. The knockout rounds involved a standing start so we had to race-start against some of the worlds best race-starters! In the semis my luck ran out and I messed up a turn and lost my ticket to the finals. After winning my B final I had scraped together a podium position in 3rd, Pumped!
I find it so stressful racing pump track. With laps so short its so easy to make mistakes. You feel like you’re holding your breath the whole time!
Big thanks to Joost for the invitation. Can’t wait for next year!’ Olly Wilkins