In North America, O'Neal is commonly associated with motocross apparel, while in Europe the name is linked more closely with cycling. With the signing of Greg Minnaar, the company has demonstrated their desire to grow the mountain bike side of the business on both sides of the pond. Minnaar has his own signature series, a line of clothing designed with input from the two-time world champion himself, with the goal being to create functional and fashionable apparel suitable for World Cup level racing. Minnaar's new kit, the same one he'll be wearing when the World Cup kicks off at Fort William, was tucked away inside the O'Neal trailer at Sea Otter. We took a look at the jersey and shorts, along with an SPD compatible shoe that's on its way to the market. The shoe isn't part of the Minnaar Signature series since Greg still rides for 5.10. Greg Minnaar Signature Series Clothing
Minnaar's race kit for 2013 is a "look-at-me" red color, which will go well with the Santa Cruz Syndicate's black and red color scheme. The jersey and shorts are both constructed from a light weight, ventilated fabric to prevent overheating during those sprints to the finish line. The shorts have a zippered fly and a ratchet closure at the waist, with stretch panels in the inner thigh and lower back portion to prevent them from bunching up during pedalling. There are matching glove to tie it all together. Minnaar will be wearing the kit at Fort William, but the clothing should be available for the public by Eurobike. MSRP for the short is $110 USD, and the jersey will retail for $72 USD.
Torque SPD Shoes
The Torque SPD shoe is currently worn by a number of pros on the DH race circuit who appreciate its fit and overall comfort. For 2014 the Torque will be available in five different colors - red, green, orange, black and white, and blue. O'Neal wants to bring more color to the world of mountain bike shoes, letting riders choose a performance oriented shoe that still appeals to their fashion sense. The SPD compatible lace up shoe has a higher inner cuff to provide a bit of padding around the ankle bone, protecting it from impacts with the crank arm. The shoe will retail for $130 USD, and should be available by Eurobike in late August.
O'Neal also has an all-mountain helmet available, which, while the production model was not on hand for photos, looks to have the large vents and extended-back-of-the-head coverage styling that all-mountain riders and enduro racers are looking for.www.oneal.com