MTB Essentials | Olly Wilkins | DMR Bikes
August 3rd, 2016
Olly Wilkins from DMR Bikes
Many of you will have heard of Olly Wilkins, and will certainly have seen him in videos floating round on the web – more often than not hooning about with close friend Brendan Fairclough or professional mega-mouth Ben Deakin.
Olly is one of the most stylish riders around, and is well known for his love of getting loose in the turns and sending it sideways on huge jumps.
But not many folk know that Olly Wilkins is the brains behind so many of the brilliant DMR Bikes products on the market right now. He’s a talented designer, ruthless tester and holds down an office position at DMR Bikes as Brand Manager.
He even wears a shirt to work occasionally.
Olly Wilkins spends more time smiling and laughing than not. He’s got a very unique position in the industry in product design, testing and marketing.
But don’t let the pick up truck and dirt bag biker image fool you – Olly is all about looking sharp away from the bike. You probably wouldn’t even recognise him bopping down Guildford high street in double denim.
This is the sixth part of our MTB Essentials series where we talk to industry workers and fellow riders about five MTB related things they simply can’t be without.
Some folks might pick the latest and greatest carbon fibre super bikes – but others will be delving in their riding bags to pull out trusty multi-tools a decade old…
This time, we chat to Olly Wilkins about the five things that his MTB lifestyle can’t live without…
Long Handled Shovel
“I got my shovel a few years ago at my first Rampage. It probably cost $9 or something. The bond between me and that shovel was so strong that I had to bring it back! Since then it’s built everything I ride and has the biggest flattest face, just right for lips”
You can get quality long handled shovels for about £22. Try this one
“I’ve always loved the ProTec full cut and I’ve always been a fan of patina. This helmet combines these two loves nicely. Every crash I’ve had is recorded in the scratches it’s covered with!”
The TSG Dawn is the modern equivalent of this lid, retails for about £40 and is available from Ison Distribution
“The perfect after-ride accompaniment. I was first given Snus by Trond Hansen after a hard days riding in Norway. It’s become a part of the ritual since. I’m not condoning it, but I am recommending it!”
If you want to know where Olly get’s his stash, you’d better ask him as getting hold of it in the EU is a bit of a grey area!
DMR Vault Brendog Pedals
“Okay obviously I work for DMR, help develop products and obviously Brendog is my mate… but STILL! These pedals are the only ones for me. Matte black, the perfect platform, the perfect grip, the perfect concave. Simple”
The DMR Vault is available in various guises from £109.99 all the way up to £199.99 for the Vault Super Light Magnesium body/Ti Axle option. Get them right here
“#trucklife can be hard. Especially if you’re a walking talking mtb stereotype like myself. Do I worry about my Reynolds carbon wheels when I’m buying sushi between rides? Well no, not since I got myself a HipLok Homie! The only way I can buy my sashimi and know my ride is 100% safe”
Hiplok chain locks range from £44.99- £109.99 for the Homie that Olly uses. Check out the full range right here
Follow Olly’s Athlete Page on Facebook right here to follow his escapades. Expect anything from Dirt Burke Edits with Ben Deakin to top Tinder tips and male grooming advice.