Not so long ago the start­ing point for off-road and trial rid­ing was dom­i­nated by the petrol-pow­ered 50s… that was the ma­chine that all kids started on, and there weren’t any real al­ter­na­tives. Then in 2007 Oset Bikes came along with its elec­tric-pow­ered


The Span­ish brand Montesa, and Jim San­di­ford go hand in hand. The San­di­ford fam­ily have im­ported the machines since the late six­ties. When Jim San­di­ford passed away in 1993 it was his son and daugh­ter Martin and Caro­line who were left to con­tinue with the busi­ness. They have suc­cess­fully ne­go­ti­ated their way to en­vi­able suc­cess with sales of machines, and com­pe­ti­tion suc­cess in­clud­ing SSDT and Scott Trial wins. In a male dom­i­nated sport it was Caro­line who looked af­ter the lo­gis­tics. She has at­tended ev­ery SSDT since a very early age. With the change of di­rec­tion in the Montesa/Honda tri­als im­porter­ship she will not have the fa­mous Montesa hos­pi­tal­ity in the Parc Ferme, lead­ing her to have her first hol­i­day in May!

With suc­cess in the tri­als mar­ket, Oset is now look­ing to bring their silent revo­lu­tion to the mo­tocross and off-road mar­kets with the in­cred­i­ble MX-10, the first elec­tric ma­chine from Oset specif­i­cally de­signed for lovers of all things off-road.

The MX-10: It fea­tures an ad­justable seat height — giv­ing even the small­est riders more con­fi­dence as their feet can touch the ground. When low­er­ing the ma­chine the ge­om­e­try al­ters, pro­vid­ing more sta­bil­ity for raw be­gin­ners. The front forks, rear shock and brakes are all de­signed to suit this model and young riders — they’re light­weight and ad­justable be­cause one size does not fit all. Lin­ear, elec­tric power is easy for chil­dren to mas­ter and al­lows for greater parental con­trol. The ground-up de­sign for the MX10 has seen the team an­a­lyse the ideal off-road ge­om­e­try for chil­dren aged 4-7, de­sign­ing com­po­nents and sys­tems to achieve op­ti­mum per­for­mance. What’s more, the MX-10 model is se­ri­ously fun, giv­ing younger riders all the buzz of off-road and mo­tocross rid­ing while al­low­ing them to de­velop their skills and build con­fi­dence.

Ian Smith, founder and CEO of Oset Bikes said: “We al­ways wanted to be com­pet­i­tive. Our bikes en­able kids to prac­tice in their back gar­dens and build con­fi­dence. Phys­i­cally lighter so eas­ier to ma­noeu­vre, no dif­fi­cult kick starts and no hot parts; all this means kids can get to grips with the sport and de­velop a strong skill-set very quickly. Cur­rently, kids can get on an MX ‘rocket ship’ at age six. Many are ner­vous, even fear­ful of the power­band that kicks in on petrol machines. No one wants to see kids get­ting hurt and the Oset ethos of ‘Tak­ing Fun Se­ri­ously’ is one we are now bring­ing to the MX and off-road mar­kets.”

To sup­port younger riders, and of course their par­ents: Oset has a num­ber of MX youth ini­tia­tives un­der­way with event or­gan­is­ers across the UK and the sport’s gov­ern­ing bod­ies, which in­cludes the new Oset MX Academies, to de­velop a 4-6-year-old rid­ing cat­e­gory with the op­por­tu­nity to com­pete at an ear­lier age. The Oset team hope to roll out their first MX ini­tia­tive around Easter.

Ian con­tin­ued: “We now have ev­ery­thing in place: the fan­tas­tic MX-10 bike as well as part­ner­ships with some great or­gan­i­sa­tions and venues. What we have planned will be a blue­print to roll out across the UK and beyond.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on the MX-10, or any­one in­ter­ested in get­ting in­volved with Oset MX events and ini­tia­tives, please check the web­site www. os­et­bikes.com/gb or drop Oset an email at info@ os­et­bikes.com The silent revo­lu­tion is hap­pen­ing right now, and will be at a mo­tocross and off-road track near you.

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