Olly Wilkins and Brendan Fairclough are easily some of the most stylish riders out there, so any video starring the both of them is bound to be a little treat. However, this new clip promoting the new DMR Axe cranks has some extra delights, namely some world-class bike gurning from Olly. Here are our favourites...
First up, you should probably watch the video below, before we deep dive into the finer detail of face-pulling while on a bike. South Africa looks nice right now too, doesn't it?
Anyway, on to business - let's check out this gurning.
As an opener, this isn't bad - consider it a taster for things to come. Two gurns out of five.
Critics might well ask if this is a proper gurn and it is slightly hard to see from this screenshot whether this is just a bit of a grimace, but when viewed as a whole sequence, this is some solid 'raging on a bike, raging at the jawline' action. As everyone knows, the harder you're charging the more you need to brace yourself and that includes scrunching your face like it's a drum'n'bass night. Three gurns out of five.
Now we're getting into it. Great action that incorporates a bit of super-concentration squinting with a light bit of sticking the tongue out, which is well known to help you corner, jump and do the hard bit of the crossword. A very solid four gurns out of five.
A great gurn that's obviously helped Olly get maximum braaaap out of the corner. Sweet corner roost is how most people like to tell the story, but as a consummate professional, he knows that a proper mad gurn is what's going to hammer that message home. Four and half gurns out of five.
Thought he was going to leave it there? No chance - in a masterstroke, he follows that classic corner-exit gurn up with some old school, full-face straight-outta-Egremont-Crab-Fair, World Gurning Champs action. He builds on the intensity of the previous gurn in beautiful fashion with a result that'll bring tears to the eyes of both people in horse collars and people still stood in a field at 5am. A solid five out of five.
Anyway, DMR's new Axe cranks are available now and ready for everything from trail riding to downhill and enduro racing, using hollow aluminium arms and an oversize 30mm axle to keep things nice and stiff. Prices start at £140 for the Axe and £160 for the Axe LE and there are a whole load of different bottom brackets available to fit most bikes, plus plenty of direct mount chainrings to choose from too. Check it out below:
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