Moonglu support Nick Wilkin for Gravity Enduro

Nick Wilkin collects his Moonglu custom wheels.

For 2015 Moonglu will be helping out Thirsk based Gravity Enduro rider Nick Wilkin. Seen above with Moonglu owner Neil Dunkley receiving his custom wheels, Nick will be riding Gravity Enduro events in the UK and abroad. Nick works for Twisted Automotive in Thirsk and backed by his 2014 results they will be providing him with vehicle support and race kit. 

In 2014, Nick recorded 2nd place 3 times plus 4th in one round at the PMBA Gravity Enduro series and a 5th place at the Ard Rock Enduro in Swaledale. 

For 2015 he's already entered the PMBA series again and where time allows will also be at selected rounds of the UK Gravity Enduro (UKGE) series and the POC Scottish Enduro series. He's also into the Ard Rock Enduro again but perhaps his biggest adventure will be at the Shimano EPIC Enduro in France, a 100km single day monster of a ride. 

Owner Neil said, "Nick has been a really good customer of Moonglu and Nicolai over the years and it's great to be able to offer support to him especially with some of our custom wheels. He had a successfully 2014 season and we're hoping this continues into 2015. The wheels are bespoke, my aim was to be light, stiff and strong. We've used trusty Hope Pro 2 Evo hubs and Stans NoTubes Arch EX 650b rims but upgraded the spokes to Sapim CX Ray to lighten the wheels but also to increase the stiffness. To finish them off we've fitted some custom black rim stickers to complement the bike. Hopefully these should help with wheel acceleration on the bigger 27.5" wheels". 

Nick will be riding his new 2015 Nicolai Helius AC650b seen below. Last season he rode his trusty Helius AM and while it was a capable bike, he was looking for a lighter and faster bike to save some precious seconds. The 650b wheel size has taken over the mid travel full suspension market and the Helius AC was always designed to be a sub 30Ib trail riding bike. The set up below came in at 30 Ibs on the nose and at 3 Ibs lighter than the Helius AM should provide to be perfect machine for Gravity Enduro and gunning the North York Moors trails he calls home.

First impressions was a big smile and "I can't believe how much faster this bike is".    


Build Specification

  • Frame - 2015 Nicolai Helius AC 650b Large
  • Rear Shock - Fox Float X
  • Colour - Green Semi Permeable Glaze with Big N graphics kit
  • Headset - Chris King Inset 2 ZS44/56
  • Fork - Rock Shox Pike
  • Stem - Renthal
  • Bar - Renthal Fat Bar Lite Carbon
  • Grips - Hope Lock On
  • Seatpost - Thomson Covert Dropper
  • Saddle - SDG
  • Seatclamp - Thomson
  • Shifter - XTR M9000 11 Speed
  • Rear Mech - Shimano XTR GS M9000 11 Speed
  • Cassette - Shimano XTR 11-40 11 Speed
  • Chain - Shimano XTR 11 Speed
  • Bottom Bracket - Hope
  • Crank - Shimano XT Hollowtech II with Hope Narrow Wide ring
  • Brakes - Hope Tech 3 E4 183F/183R
  • Wheels - Moonglu Custom Pro 2 Evo on Stans Arch EX
  • Tyres - Maxxis High Roller II 27.5 x 2.35"

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January 26, 2015 by Neil Dunkley