5 minutes with Nikki Whiles

Nikki Whiles is the latest shredder to join the Juice Lubes family – he’s fast and stylish, he’s from South Wales and he digs trails for a living.

Tell us a bit about yourself – who is Nikki Whiles?

I am a bike track designer and builder who also rides bikes for brands such as Marin, FSA, Troy Lee and now Juice Lubes.

Where did MTB start for you?

In my home town of Caerphilly South Wales whilst in my final years of secondary school. I’m getting a bit long in the tooth now!

What bike are you riding at the moment? How did that come about?

I’m currently running a Marin Attack Trail full suspension and an Alcatraz jump bike.

Paligap distribution approached me in 2015 asking if I would like to ride for Marin Bikes. I was chuffed and gladly took the opportunity.

This is my third year with the brand and I’m now one of their global ambassadors.

You’ve got a pretty cool day job, can you tell us a bit about that?

Yes, I love what I do, I dig bike tracks for a living with my business TrailCraft. Every day is different. New places and faces. I’ve been doing it for over a decade now and I wouldn’t change a thing.

Where do you normally ride and what sort of trails do you love the most?

I normally ride the stuff on my door step in Wales. We are lucky here to have some of the best trails in the UK. Flowy trails are my favourite, preferably with a few jumps in.

I really don’t enjoy trails that stall all the time and you’re constantly searching for speed.

What really gets you stoked when you’re riding your MTB?

Good trails and good people. If the track is good and the sun is shining, there’s plenty of stoke.

A good dose of music always helps!

You’re unusual in that you don’t do loads of racing … what’s the story there?

I grew up racing. From youth through the ranks up to elite. Solidly attending every series for years. Guess I have done my fair share and just want to ride my bike and enjoy it.

I don’t want to stop racing completely, it’s just a dry out doing it all the time.

What were your highlights from 2017?

Building trails in Madeira for the Deathgrip movie and then racing in Madeira.

And what are you most looking forward to in 2018?

Some fun trips and more good times!

Thanks to Nikki for talking to us – you can follow him on Instagram @nikkiwhiles