Hi! I’m Nick Dalton and I’m the owner and developer of Filthy Products.
I started my working life in 1983, in the North of England as a car mechanic, this led to me working as a Professional Rally Car Mechanic, building and servicing cars, mainly for the Scottish Championship. I worked on all sorts of vehicles such as Talbot Sunbeams, Vauxhall Chevettes, Ford Escorts and Cosworth Sierras etc. I then went to University of Wales Cardiff to study Design Engineering. I carried on building Rally cars in the holidays.
In 1990, my passion took over and I decided to spend a season skiing in France. I had a long career in the ski industry working as a ski patroller, heli ski guide and ski workshop manager, I tuned skis for world champion skiers and competed a little myself in big mountain extreme skiing.
I had to find something to do in the summers! The obvious choice was fixing mountain bikes as that was what ski towns had to offer when the snow melted, and my mechanical background suggested a perfect alternative. My first job was at Chamonix Mountain bike and I loved it. I fact I still have my first mountain bike that I bought whilst working there, a 1991 Specialized Stumpjumber, Tange Prestige steel frame and fully rigid, what a beast!
In 1998 I moved to New Zealand and became Assistant Manager to the great Des Marshall in the workshop at Outside Sports in Queenstown. I continued with skiing in the winter and riding bikes in the summer.
Mountain biking had become as much a passion as skiing, I competed on and off for the next 15 years In Downhill. Becoming Masters 2 Champion for the Top Of The South in 2013. By then I had my own bike shop, NickyD’s Cycle Works, located in the climbing wall in Nelson, specialising in high end servicing and repairs, suspension work and importing Morewood bikes from South Africa, at the time Morewood built arguably the best downhill bike available. I built. ran and competed in my own Morewood team in the National Championships in 2013 where we had some great success on and off the track, we gained sponsorship from VW commercial vehicles, Sprig and Fern Breweries and Interislander Ferries. Currently, I’m trying to improve my skills at Hard Enduro on a Dirt Bike, which is definitely a challenge
On top of all that, for ten years, through my company Efficient Power Solutions Ltd I was the first to bring specialised engine management computer modifications to commercial vehicles. We focused on fuel saving modifications, saving haulage companies up to 30% in fuel!
In 2022 I decided that importing bicycle cleaner from the other side of the world was a crazy idea, so I thought I would try and do it better, it had to work better than everything else on the market, be more environmentally friendly and support ‘Shop Local’. Initial talks with specialist engineers in New Zealand turned into 6 months of rigorous development, we finally met the criteria and Filthy was born. If you support those ideals, give Filthy a try.
Let’s see what the next chapter will bring!
Kia ora Nick.