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.