O'Neal - Eurobike 2011

Sep 7, 2011
by Alasdair MacLennan  
FURY RL HELMET
- ABS plastic shell (950g)
- Removable and washable padding kit
- Includes the patented O’Neal Fidlock buckle system which is a magnetic release system appearing on many of their downhill helmets in 2012.
- €99.90/£69.99

With pricing for the Fury as competitive as it is you’re really getting a lot of helmet for your money. There’s a swathe of colours to choose from and the looks are pretty good too. We’ve tried the Fidlock briefly in the past and it’s so far impressed. It clips in at any angle, but will only release when slid in one direction. It’s a fully certified system which makes for a quick and easy release with the added benefit that you don’t need to do any tugging or moving – important if the medics are trying to get access in an emergency.


AIRTECH AT-1 HELMET
- ABS plastic shell (1100g)
- Removable and washable padding kit
- Includes the patented O’Neal Fidlock buckle system which is a magnetic release system appearing on many of their downhill helmets in 2012.
-€129.90/£109.99

The Airtech at nigh on €130 represents both value for money and great looks while sitting right in the middle of the O’Neal MTB range. It looks aggressive in a roughly familiar way and feels like a quality piece of kit in your hand. As with the Fury it comes with the Fidlock, multiple colours and plenty of mesh to keep it well ventilated. The fit is good too, with copious padding and a large opening that seems compatible with even the largest of goggles.


ULTRALIGHT LE ‘83
- No TPR cuts cost over top end Hardwear kit but still keeps high quality materials and construction
- Lightweight vented jersey and lighter material on pants
- Original colourways from ’83 gear
€49.90/£44.99 Jersey / €139.90/£129.99 Pants

Modern but with a hark to the past was this Ultralight LE ’83 kit. It sits towards the top end of O’Neal’s downhill range and manages to look clean, bold and pretty sweet in one slick process. Ok, the colours may not be to everyone’s tastes but race kit is generally going to be pretty bright, or at least it’s that way with current fashions, and the designs here aren’t hideous. The eighty’s nod is something that manufacturers seem to be going for this year but O’Neal have executed it pretty well – by replicating the kit they sold the first time round! It’s all vented too so shouldn’t prove excruciatingly hot, even under a fierce sun.


ELEMENT FR
- Downhill race style ventilated jersey and short
- TPR, pockets & ratchet belt buckle
€49.90/£44.99 Jersey / €74.90/£64.99 Shorts

Shorts and pants may not be the current in-fashion set of clothing to be seen in when racing but many riders still prefer this, regardless of what trends may currently be telling them. This Element FR kit from O’Neal looks bright, keeps the racy look but ditches the heavy duty fabrics and trousers in favour of shorts from a lighter fabric than their high end race gear. Available in this yellow/blue offering it’s also available in a much more stealthy black with white highlights. Pockets are big enough to hold keys, change and a phone and the ratchet waist rounds out the practical features. Quite why more gravity shorts don’t come with pockets is anyone’s guess as hiding your keys while you ride isn’t ever going to be the best of ideas.


SINNER ELBOW PAD
-Sas-Tec SC1 Foam core
-Silicone grip straps top and bottom
€69.90/£52.99

This Sinner elbow pad was originally launched last year but for 2012 is significantly (50%) bigger which means that rather than fitting like a skate pad reaches farther down your forearm for greater protection. This should have the additional advantage of helping it stay in place with less tension on the single Velcro strap. The SC1 core has been used previously in both their knee and back protection and provides comfortable and flexible protection until you impact something solid. At this point the foam hardens and in effect ‘locks’ to provide effective protection. It works and works well.


STINGER SHOE


- Ultra high traction tacky sole featuring O’Neal ‘Honey Rubber’
- Honeycomb/waffle style pattern for bite on flat pedals
€99.90/£84.99

So hot were these off the machines that they were delivered by a Taiwanese man straight from the factory in front of our eyes. The Stinger is the low top shoe while the high top is the Trigger. What’s special? A sticky rubber sole, that’s what. An obvious competitor to Five Ten Freeride, this new shoe from O’Neal uses rubber with performance promised to be at least on par with the rubber from the aforementioned brand. They look good, the demo pair felt comfortable in a 43 and the price looks pretty good in comparison to what’s already available too. Available very soon they’ll be sure to sell well if the performance is as good as promised.


ANDREU LOVES DIRT GLOVES
- Single layer Clarino palm with silicone palm and fingers for extra grip.
- Mesh backed cuffless design
- Andreu Lacondeguy signature glove
€34.90/£34.99

Cuffless gloves are a bit of a love/hate thing; some riders hate the bulk, others like the security. Having used O’Neal’s glove offerings in the past we know that the fit is good and the palm tough yet thin which benefits feel but not at the expense of longevity or protection for your skin. As Andreu’s signature glove these have a bit of individualism and some neat touches like the silicone covered palm and fingers. White or black, take your pick.


MOVEO NECK BRACE


A lot of companies are now offering neck braces and all bring something a little different to the table. Moveo Safety are a Spanish brand which are distributed by O'Neal's German distributor and this is their offering. Although the subtleties of neck brace design can take a whole day to go into with each having positives and negatives, the Moveo is innovative enough to warrant some serious consideration if you’re in the market for a neck brace. Two options are available, Dynamic and Carbon, and both are almost identical with exception of the material used to produce the actual chassis components. Thanks to flexible hinges either side of your neck which incidentally are adjustable to provide size adjustment, the front can be opened like a jacket.

This means that you can attach the straps directly to your body armour or jersey should you so desire so that it can be taken on and off like a jacket simply by unlatching the front clip.The hinges are all guaranteed for life and thanks to their flexibility are designed to massively reduce the impact force on collarbones in a crash, potentially enough to save them from a break. The rear spine plate, rather than needing to be worn with a compatible backboard is itself adjustable. There is a foam padding set which sits between you and the body of the brace and there a removable part of this sits where your spine board would normally be – removing this part allows for extra clearance without modifying anything. It’s a neat and simple solution to a problem which many have experienced when trying to run a neck brace. The Dynamic pictured first is available in grey or white and comes in at €285(£249.99) with the more pimp Carbon coming in at a slightly higher €385(£349.99).

Visit them at www.oneal-europe.com to learn more.


Stay tuned for more from Eurobike 2011



28 Comments

  • 17 0
 BRULEEEEE!! "Includes the patented O’Neal Fidlock buckle system which is a magnetic release system appearing on many of their downhill bikes in 2012.
  • 1 0
 DU? Was hoast eigentlich BRULEEE?
  • 3 0
 2012 DH BIKES???
  • 4 0
 Haha good catch - fixed. Late nights in Europe can get hard on the crew.
  • 1 0
 Cheers Ty, that was the end of an all nighter that that was done so in all honesty I'm surprised there's not more illegible or just plain wrong stuff in there...
  • 7 0
 Why do people make waffle soles for flat pedals? The pins just go into the waffle holes instead of sticking right into the rubber, and then they move around.
  • 7 2
 the cg logo seems like a pretty blatant rip of the rockstar energy logo with the back to front letter on a yellow/black/white star
  • 24 0
 CG>Rockstar
  • 1 0
 I think it is meant to
  • 3 0
 Hmm.. The Fury Helmet.... isn't the 661 comp II with a little different peak for approx 2x $ Smile ?..
  • 3 1
 These shoes looks really good quality and could be a good alternative of nike and 5ten! Only the graphics are not very nice...
  • 1 0
 I wander how strong they will be compared to five tens?
  • 2 0
 O'neal, always has been a decent choice. Tempered graphics combined with beautiful colors.
Why this post wasn't published?
  • 2 0
 That moveo looks wicked!
  • 3 2
 Wow! Some really nice looking stuff. But the neckbrace looks ugly and uncomfortable.
  • 2 1
 I'm so calling up my sponsor director and getting some shoes and a new helmet
  • 2 0
 The shoes look very good! I will consider a pair for next season!
  • 1 0
 Anyone use a Moveo Safety brace and are they as good as a leat because there roughly the same price.
  • 1 0
 one is with MBUK for testing and review at the moment, first look was in the last issue. Detailed review should follow soon.

One has featured in Moto a couple of months back.

scan of review is here:

www.pinkbike.com/photo/7107486

if you want a copy email info@mtb-direct.co.uk and I'll send it over. Makes for interesting reading.
  • 1 0
 Those shoes look sick, hopefully they can compete with 5.10 for durability.
  • 1 0
 That airtech helmet looks nice, too bad it is more expensive than the fury while still being heavier.
  • 1 0
 I know it's an old post, but does anyone in Canada carry the O'Neal helmets?
  • 1 0
 well, that Fury RL was nice, for the price anyway!
  • 1 0
 that fury rl is the nicest helmet ever Beer :police:
  • 1 0
 Nope,,Anthony Messere
  • 1 4
 be careful if you chose the moveo neckbrace as it is motorcycle specific and its characteristics differ to those that are mtb specific
  • 3 0
 do you have any idea what you are talking about? what are you basing your comments on? the guys in Spain who developed the Moveo very much considered the mtb market when they developed it. Its just that the main market is motorised so most of the marketing is pushed that way. These really are a brace for all purposes. Loads of great technical features that are a step up on what is offered by the competition.
  • 2 0
 leatt braces are exactly the same! firstly designed for mx and carried through into mtb

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