Unless you’ve been living under a rock lately, you will have heard of Harry Mills-Wakley – through such stellar video productions such as his EpicTV edit, Eclat‘s Young Bloods project, and a killer section on United‘s Still United DVD out now, Harry is one of the most productive and down-to-earth dudes on the scene. Always positive, always down for a trip, Harry knows what’s up. So we caught up with him for a quick Q&A and to see what he’s riding right now.
FRAME: United Region (Jeff Kocsis colour way) Dark Red
FORK: United Dinero V2, black
BARS: United Mothership XXL, black
STEM: Éclat Slattery stem, black
GRIPS: Éclat Zap Grips, black
HEADSET: Éclat Cargo headset, black
SEATPOST: Éclat Torch straight post, chrome
SEAT: Éclat Slim Oz seat in black canvas
PEDALS: Éclat Slash nylon, black
CRANKS: United Nash Cranks spline drive, black
SPROCKET: United Machinez 28t sprocket, black
CHAIN: Éclat Diesel change, black
FRONT TYRE: United U-slick, grey
REAR TYRE: United U-slick, grey
FRONT WHEEL: Éclat Dynamic front hub in Black laced up to an Éclat Polar rim in chrome. 2 x nylon hub guards
REAR WHEEL: United Freecoaster in black laced up to an Éclat Polar rim in Chrome. 2 x Primo cog guards in black
PEGS: 4 x United Stealth nylon pegs
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What custom mods have you made to your bike?
The only major mod I do is cut my bars down a little. I run them just under 28” wide.
What’s the newest part on your bike?
I built a whole new bike up at the end of February, so the whole set up is pretty new.
What’s the oldest part on your bike – any part you just won’t change?
Well, I don’t really like changing my grips until I really need to, or to be honest anything on my bike until it needs it. I find it takes me a little while to get used to new parts on my bike if I haven’t had them before. I jump between the Éclat Zap grips or the United Geoff Slattery grips. They both feel amazing and they’re the only grips I’ve run for the past couple years!
How often do you put together a new set-up?
Well, I would say two full set-ups a year filtered in with components that regularly need replacing.
How good are you at keeping the thing dialled?
I like having a solid feeling bike. I guess that I keep on top of the maintenance as much as I need to for it to feel good for me. The tires have to be hard and the wheels need to be straight! It just makes the bike roll superfast and it just feels amazing.
What else is new – what are you planning next?
Carry on staying healthy, riding and exploring new places with my friends. I’m heading to Lyon in April with some of my buddies to get some French sun and scenery! Can’t wait for that. Work on some new projects with both United and Éclat throughout the coming year. Cal Earnshaw and I have a few ideas for a new video. And United are planning some more projects straight off the back of the full length DVD project, Still United.
Harry featured in the Eclat Young Bloods video project – hit the microsite for more images and videos – http://www.eclatbmx.com/youngbloods
Harry Mills-Wakley is a name you should have certainly picked up on after our #youngbloods trip we dropped a few weeks back. One of the most talented riders coming out of the UK right now, Harry has a unique and refreshing style that makes him a valued addition to our UK team. Filmed across the UK last year, if Harry isn’t on your radar yet, that’s about to change. Filmed and edited by Callum Earnshaw for Epic TV