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Oset

OUn­til re­cently elec­tric mo­tor­cy­cles were con­sid­ered just a nov­elty, but not any­more. Oset Bikes, the elec­tric bike man­u­fac­turer, has stormed the youth tri­als scene and this year cel­e­brates a land­mark an­niver­sary. Ten years ago the first Oset Bike rolled out of Ian Smith’s garage in Den­ver, Colorado, USA to be rid­den by his son Oliver. Named after its in­au­gu­ral rider, Oliver Smith Elec­tric Tri­als, the then three-year-old Oliver took to the ma­chine like a duck to wa­ter.

Within just a few min­utes he was rid­ing stand­ing up and just a week later was com­pet­ing against chil­dren aged eight and nine. Within the month the small­est rider in town was mak­ing

head­lines, tak­ing the top spot on the podium against the older kids.

set Bikes is

the brain­child of Ian Smith, who wanted a safe, light­weight and fun ma­chine for his young son to ride. What started out as a garage project be­tween him and en­gi­neer Mike Buch­holz be­came a valid business con­cept almost overnight that has taken the world of off-road mo­tor­cy­cling by sur­prise! Fast for­ward ten years and the ‘project’ now sells bikes to over 25 coun­tries world­wide, has eight mod­els and a cloth­ing and ac­ces­sories range.

The company has been in­vited to at­tend the high­est pro­file events the UK has to of­fer in­clud­ing Moto GP, WSB, BSB, Isle of Man TT and Good­wood Fes­ti­val of Speed.

And its proven tech­nol­ogy has seen the company con­sis­tently dom­i­nate the youth tri­als scene for the last two years, mak­ing it the first elec­tric pow­ered ma­chine any­where in the world to win a na­tional cham­pi­onship against petrol coun­ter­parts. While Oset Bikes has en­joyed un­prece­dented suc­cess Ian is keen to keep his feet firmly on the ground.

He said: “It’s an amaz­ing feel­ing look­ing back to­day and re­mem­ber­ing the day Oliver rode the very first bike. I hon­estly can’t quite be­lieve we’re here, ten years on. It was never the in­ten­tion and

Putting on the style for this Oset video shoot.

Ian Smith has the Oset in his mind. TRIAL MAG­A­ZINE

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