SixSixOne Welcomes Back Kyle Strait - Video

Feb 11, 2016
by SixSixOne Protection  
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SixSixOne, revolutionizing the world of mountain bike protection gear since 1999, is proud to announce the return of Kyle Strait as a Factory Rider. SixSixOne, a One Industries brand, is one of the most recognized mountain bike protection brands in the world.

Sixsixone Welcomes Back Kyle Strait

In the early 2000’s as a SixSixOne rider, Strait gave his name to one of the most iconic MTB knee pads produced by SixSixOne that was worn by hundreds of thousands of riders all over the world.

Going forward, he will work closely with the company’s Product Managers to develop future lines of full-face helmets and pads. He will also be riding One Industries gears, and doing what he does best: sending it big.

Sixsixone Welcomes Back Kyle Strait

Strait is a legend in the sport and an amazing rider who has already accomplished so much. He participated at every Red Bull Rampage since its inception, won the event twice, medaled at UCI DH World Championships, simultaneously contended the UCI World Cup circuit and FMB World Tour, appeared on 16 magazine covers, filmed seven timeless segments with Freeride Entertainment, and found some time to develop amazing fishing skills.

Recently, Strait spent time at the new company headquarters in San Clemente, California, to discuss products and hit the trails for a photo shoot and to create video content.

Sixsixone Welcomes Back Kyle Strait

Q & A WITH KYLE STRAIT

661: Welcome back Kyle! Stoked to have you back on SixSixOne! Since our late night chat in a European bar this summer, can you tell us what motivated you to move back to 661 as your protection brand?

Kyle: Thank you, it has been some time but so stoked to be back. In the past it was always great working with 661, being able to work so close with them in designing and bringing ideas to life. Being able to grow with the company as it grows is also something that’s awesome to me. All in all, it is great to be back and I can’t wait to show everyone what we can make.

661: You are not only joining us as a rider, but will also be very involved in product development for some specific projects with our product Managers. The SixSixOne “Kyle Strait” pad, is THE MTB pad from early 2000’s. Are you looking forward to working on products again?

Kyle: This is something that I have missed for some time. Being able to work on new product and current product to make them better is one of the coolest things for me. I can’t wait to see what we can come up with in the next few years.

661: You are known for your style in tackling the biggest terrain available... big drops, massive jumps... but you also ride trails at home, race on your slalom bike and still take the opportunity to have fun at events. So, is Kyle Strait a Mountain-Biker or a Gravity rider?

Kyle: Haha, we all ride bikes. As one of my heroes has taught me (Kirt Voreis) riding everything you can is the best training you can do. The more types of riding you do the better you will be. I have always tried to ride as many types of riding as possible. So... Mountain biker.

Sixsixone Welcomes Back Kyle Strait

661: Tricks or style?
Kyle: I’ve always been a style guy.

661: How is it to have your girlfriend racing Enduro at that level? Do you train with her?

Kyle: It makes things like travelling and training really easy for me. With her racing and doing similar events we both understand about travelling and being on the bike for so much time. Also, she kicks my ass up the climbs so keeps me in shape.

Sixsixone Welcomes Back Kyle Strait

661: Most people see you as the guy hitting massive jumps and huge drops, ticking off all the US “clichés” and some fans might feel a bit hesitant to approach you. What would you want to tell fans to feel more comfortable in getting to know you more?

Kyle: I would say the main thing would be, never be afraid to come up to me. I am actually a pretty shy guy and remember I am just a dude that rides bikes. I have my heroes the same as anyone else and we are all just doing the sport we love.

661: Can you please tell us which events you will be attending this year so that people know where they can meet you in the U.S.?

Kyle: Yeah, come say hi at any of these events I will be at; Crankworx Series – Rotorua, Les Gets and Whistler, and I might be able to sneak in one more trip to Europe depending on event dates.

Sixsixone Welcomes Back Kyle Strait

Thanks Kyle!

Video - Suspended Productions
Photo - Brandon Means


MENTIONS: @sixsixone




48 Comments

  • 130 5
 last photo doesn't look forced at all
  • 46 18
 comment doesn't seem pointless at all
  • 53 6
 reply doesn't seem sarcastic at all
  • 68 3
 Bruni doesn't look uncomfortable at all
  • 20 4
 No way man, that's completely natural and in the moment.... in a photo studio....
  • 9 0
 besides chase, he's stoked lol
  • 14 0
 It would be funny if someone slyly got their nutbag out in that shot
  • 6 3
 Guy on the far right looks special
  • 4 1
 @scotttherider - 'that guy' is very special indeed as he's won the world champs as a junior a while ago...
  • 4 1
 LOIC: I'm fast....much faster than you... >.
  • 6 0
 KYLE: my bike is clean and my kit is brand and im much bigger than you....
  • 2 1
 its the way bruni is hiding his 100% aircraft beheind his back...
  • 1 0
 Bruni with his 'Mr Burns' face
  • 46 2
 Fox was stupid to let him go.
  • 10 1
 Seems there is a lot of stupidity with bike companies lately!
  • 2 0
 They had 661 reasons why.
  • 35 0
 Still rocking the original kyle strait knee pads! Most comfortable pad I've worn. Awesome to see him return to his original brand
  • 8 0
 My last pair died last spring, I kept going back to them for years as everything I tried to replace them with just didn't compare.
  • 7 0
 Kyle strait pads changed the game. So much better than the D3o pads I also had (too flexible which irritated my knees whilst pedalling). I kept buying kyle straits whenever they wore out or got too stinky. Hopefully Kyle made some good royalty payments!

Great to see him back with 661. Let's see a knee pad for 2016 progressing that awesome original design
  • 6 1
 I got my 661 Kyle Strait knee pads years ago before I even knew who Kyle Strait was. Still going strong.
  • 4 2
 I used to have some sixsixone knee/shin things that I referred to as my "goalie pads". Not because they were particularly good at protecting my lower legs, but because they were as hot, uncomfortable, and bulky as actual goalie pads.
  • 3 0
 Likewise, after several (6- maybe 7?) years of abuse they still fit well and provide the degree of coverage I want. Other pads I've worn slip in a crash, these never have.

But after so much of the aforementioned abuse... I could use another pair.
  • 1 0
 Are they going to rename the Rage?
  • 1 0
 @allmountainripper First ever pair I had was a size large, given to me by my mate. I didn't however, realise they were a large until a really REALLY hot race (we don't get many in the UK) and they bagged out slid down my leg mid run... It was then I knew I had to invest in the correct size.
That was about 6 years ago and those pair of mediums haven't even got the slightest look of 'tired' about them. Best £40 ever spent! Amen to 661
  • 3 0
 First, loved the pads, mine lasted 6 years before a major slide ruined them but saved my leg. Second, there are two mystery people in that pick and it's freaking me out, I see that random arm on the right, and too many legs and part of a helmet on the left, SHOW YOURSELVES!!!!
  • 4 0
 Bring back the Kyle Strait Knee pads, I've spent years searching and not found another pair as comfy.
  • 5 0
 Loved Straits Knee pads
  • 1 0
 Congrats with joining forces again with an old friend Kyle! Lookin forward to Crankworx, and thanks again for showing us the name game at Whistler. It's a must do there now. Sad sack is still sad as ever.
  • 1 0
 Hey @oneindustries can you make your jerseys bigger?? I'm about the same size as Kyle and ordered an xxl jersey to fit over some armour....it looks like a frekin skin suit. Good thing Kyle doesn't wear much armour.
  • 5 1
 Love the OG vans
  • 2 0
 It's funny how folks can be so opposite on their reviews and opinions of bikes, products and the riders.
  • 3 0
 Please bring back the Kyle Strait knee pads!
  • 1 0
 the beast of the best!!
  • 2 0
 (voice of japanese guy from southpark) KKYYYLLLLEEEEEEEEEE
  • 2 0
 I see a hype coming of resigning athletes Smile
  • 1 0
 I love that he still rocks Vans Old School trainers!!!
  • 1 0
 Style for miles, he makes it look like he's riding a bmx on those jumps.
  • 1 0
 Heck, I'm still rocking my Straits
  • 1 1
 When Kyle got the offer, he went Strait to the office to accept!
  • 1 1
 661.....PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, BRING BACK THE KYLE STRAIT KNEE PADS.
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