Video: Olly Wilkins Kicking Up Roost in the Surrey Hills

Aug 18, 2020
by Paligap-cc  

When Olly Wilkins joined the Stans NoTubesUK family, we knew he’d need an extra special pair of wheels.

Whilst there’s nothing wrong with a good alloy wheelset, we wanted to go the extra mile for Odub and the Stans Flow NoTubes CB7’s were the obvious choice - super light, amazing performance on the trail and a perfect ‘feel’ over rough terrain.

The CB7 was developed with the carbon specialists at Ibis, who helped Stans create a super tough and impressively light carbon rim that’s packed with features.

It’s asymmetric profile creates a super-stable, tough and lightweight rim that accelerates like a bullet on the trails. Low sidewalls and careful attention to shape and lay-up let the CB7 deflect radially to absorb impacts, adding up to loads of durability, loads of speed and excellent stiffness. If you're not sure, that means that Olly will have no problem absolutely thrashing them up, along and down his local trails... and neither should anyone else.

Olly Wilkins new handbuilt Stans CB7 wheels. Photo d by Sam Andrews Y3 Media.

Olly Wilkins joined the StansNoTubesUK family so we built him a super special pair of wheels using the Stans CB7 carbon rim. Photos by Sam Andrews Y3 Media.

To create Olly’s perfect wheelset, we teamed up with Bristol-based custom wheelbuilders RyanBuildsWheels. Ryan and crew built the CB7’s with Stans Neo Hubs and the excellent Sapim CX Ray bladed spokes.

Again, Stans off-the-peg wheels are brilliant but we wanted to do something extra special so Ryan created this custom wheelset to exactly match Olly’s weight, bike and riding style.

Olly Wilkins joined the StansNoTubesUK family so we built him a super special pair of wheels using the Stans CB7 carbon rim. Photos by Chris Greenwood.

Fresh off the truing stand, Ryan shipped the wheels direct to OdubHQ where he got them straight on his Focus and onto the trails for a test ride.

We’ll let Olly’s riding do the talking from there…

More from Stans here.

Workshop images by Sam Andrews, Y3 Media
Trail images by Chris Greenwod
Video by Openwide Agency // Dom John and Jamie Edwards

Olly Wilkins joined the StansNoTubesUK family so we built him a super special pair of wheels using the Stans CB7 carbon rim. Photos by Chris Greenwood.

Olly Wilkins joined the StansNoTubesUK family so we built him a super special pair of wheels using the Stans CB7 carbon rim. Photos by Chris Greenwood.

Olly Wilkins joined the StansNoTubesUK family so we built him a super special pair of wheels using the Stans CB7 carbon rim. Photos by Chris Greenwood.

Olly Wilkins joined the StansNoTubesUK family so we built him a super special pair of wheels using the Stans CB7 carbon rim. Photos by Chris Greenwood.

Olly Wilkins joined the StansNoTubesUK family so we built him a super special pair of wheels using the Stans CB7 carbon rim. Photos by Chris Greenwood.

Olly Wilkins joined the StansNoTubesUK family so we built him a super special pair of wheels using the Stans CB7 carbon rim. Photos by Chris Greenwood.

Olly Wilkins joined the StansNoTubesUK family so we built him a super special pair of wheels using the Stans CB7 carbon rim. Photos by Chris Greenwood.



19 Comments

  • 15 0
 Watching that wheel being built was strangely satisfying...
  • 1 0
 Agreed! Anyone know what kind of truing stand that is?
  • 2 0
 @DeepDickens: P&K Lie from Germany.
  • 13 0
 if all the advertisements were like this one I would buy more bike parts than washing powder.
  • 11 0
 Wonder how many freehubs they went through while filming. Bet the rim's great tho
  • 5 0
 Every time I see Focus bikes I hear in my mind "fokk-yous bics" because that's how a German guy once pronounced it at Interbike (RIP) during a presentation.
  • 3 0
 Nice face plant Olly. Watch out for sunburn though, if thats your tanning technique.
  • 2 0
 Great editing synch’ed to a killer jazz drumming soundtrack - a welcome change from the ubiquitous lego-block synth pablum!
  • 3 0
 Sick trail that, some top digging in that area
  • 1 0
 GReat guy built that one
  • 3 0
 can't unhear the squeaks coming from his bike
  • 1 0
 Definitely Hindhead, not Surrey hills!
Electric driver for the spokes-yes!! How much time will that save! Where to get the drill bit??
  • 2 0
 Can't you just mod a flat screwdriver bit until it fits? I recall Tyler Morland used an electric driver in The Collective movie and a friend was using one too back when he was working in a bike shop. So I just thought it was common practice. I don't. I build my wheels quite casually. I could be a lot quicker but I'm in no rush so I just chill out. I built my latest wheel in about three hours or so. Baby steps, tea and cookies. An electric driver wouldn't have made me one bit quicker.

I recently noticed that they now sell electric tools to twist the guitar tuning pegs for quicker string changes. Like, how much time does that even save compared to a manual winder. It may be interesting for a roadie or gigging artist who'd have to change strings on several guitars every single concert or recording studio day. But for the end user?

So yeah for a pro mechanic and especially a dedicated wheelbuilder I can imagine it adds up and it'd be well worth it. But for the home mechanic, lacing up only a few wheels a year at most, it would come across as a case of taking yourself too seriously. Then again in true e-bike discussion manner, let me say that I can imagine it would be a great solution for the elderly and rheumatic who'd otherwise never be able to lace up a wheel. But just like in an e-bike discussion, please don't take me too seriously here Wink !
  • 1 0
 hindhead is in surrey hills.
  • 1 0
 @a-d-e: Ah yes it is, just at the edge. I didnt realise it extended all that way. I thought it was east of Godalming, but appears to go to West Farnham+Frensham. Very educational Big Grin
  • 2 0
 Olly looks like he's charging in every. single. picture.
  • 2 0
 Goodyear?!?
  • 1 0
 Yeah, please pleaaase look up his earlier video where he joined them. You can thank me later.

www.pinkbike.com/news/video-olly-wilkins-joins-the-goodyear-wingfoot-alliance.html

That said, I thought it implied he was from now on supposed to always wear their garment.
  • 1 0
 "We need more Roooost!"

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