O'Neal Launches 2019 Shoe Range

Mar 17, 2019
by O'Neal Racing  
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PRESS RELEASE: O'Neal

Our focus for the last couple of decades (longer on the MX side of things – 50 years next year) has been clothing, helmets and protection with shoes not really being at the center of the collection. Recently that all changed with the launch of a new range of shoes...

IF THEY RE GOOD ENOUGH FOR MATT MACDUFF THEN Not only is the video below impressive in it s own right but having bailed out the top a a 40ft loop the loop not that long ago and spending a year off the bike recuperating means Matt s trust and confidence in the products he relies on is even more important. Matt isn t your average rider. He also had issues with others shoes in the past and for him they really have to perform. Anyway over to Matt to say a few words and then if you still think it s marketing hype from O Neal then check his segments in Reverence if you didn t already where if the shoes he was wearing weren t up to scratch then he not only wouldn t have been able to pull off that move but might not be in one piece today.

A range accessible to all budgets

So about 3 years ago we set out to develop a full range of shoes, a proper range of shoes, with the primary aim being to hit prices that were accessible to all riders, whatever the budget. We wanted products that would sell for $70-100 and no more. Second was the grip. At O’Neal there's been a kind of unwritten phrase we’ve been toying with for a while: “stick but don’t get stuck” meaning trying to get the perfect balance of grip but being able to subtly readjust foot position when needed. The Honey Rubber sole was born and hopefully it's achieved what we set out to do.

At O Neal there s been a kind of unwritten phrase they ve been toying with for a while stick but don t get stuck meaning trying to get the perfect balance of grip but being able to subtly readjust foot position when needed. The Honey Rubber sole was born and hopefully it s achieved what they set out to do.

Marketing BS vs genuine no-frills products that really work…

Rather than take our word for it – because of course we are bound to say they’re great, take Matt MacDuff's! Matt MacDuff has been wearing the shoes for a while now and is pretty stoked on how they perform. Of course, you could also argue that a rider, paid by a brand, is also bound to say they rock! Well, that’s true. To a point. But then again this is Matt. He isn’t just hitting trails and jumps that the average rider (even sponsored rider) hits, he’s pulling off stuff where the contact points with the bike have to be perfect and he has to be able to place his entire trust in what he’s wearing.

If they're good enough for Matt MacDuff then…

Not only is the video below impressive in its own right, but having bailed out the top of a 40ft loop the loop not that long ago and spending a year off the bike recuperating, means Matt’s trust and confidence in the products he relies on is even more important.

Not only is the video below impressive in it s own right but having bailed out the top a a 40ft loop the loop not that long ago and spending a year off the bike recuperating means Matt s trust and confidence in the products he relies on is even more important. Matt isn t your average rider. He also had issues with others shoes in the past and for him they really have to perform.
Loop of Doom: Matt MacDuff
The O Neal Pinned Pro MTB Shoe.
Pinned Pro Shoe: Matt MacDuff's choice

Matt isn’t your average rider. He also had issues with other shoes in the past and for him they really have to perform.


Anyway, if you still think it’s marketing hype then watch Matt pulling off the open loop double from the Reverence movie again.

Check out the range

Our MTB shoe range has been completely redesigned from the ground up, literally, and tested by development riders in the 2017 and ‘18 UCI WC DH Series. Built to last, packed with features and competitively priced to deliver one of the best value-for-money MTB shoe collections on the market. Below is just the start, launching at Crankworx this year will be another 3 models with more to come after that….

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Pinned shoe: Our unique Honey Rubber sole
Pinned Shoe: Durable and lightweight PU upper


Session SPD Shoe: Micro-adjust closing system for a perfect tailored fit
Flow SPD Shoe: Reinforced toe cap for added protection

The flat pedal range

Keep it Pinned! Our Pinned and Pinned Pro shoes share the same grippy Honey Rubber® outsole and both have tough yet comfortable uppers with reinforced toe boxes to protect against rocks and crashes.

The Pinned Pro version is our ‘half-cab’ with a higher inner ankle giving added protection:


The regular Pinned is a standard low-cut design:


The SPD Range

The SPD range also uses the Honey Rubber® outsole but are of course cut to allow SPD cleats. All 3 are available in stealth all black and an additional colour which come with both black and coloured laces.

The Pinned SPD takes our Pinned flat pedal shoe concept and adapts it for SPD. A slightly stiffer sole gives great pedalling efficiency and the skate-style design makes the Pinned SPD look great on or off the bike:


The Flow SPD offers increased padding and comfort around the ankle, a Velcro strap as well as laces for a more secure fit, a more breathable upper for more intense pedalling and a handy finger loop at the back for ease of putting the shoe on:


The top of the range Session SPD has the same Velcro strap as the Flow but laces are replaced with a micro-adjust dial and cable closure system for the best possible fit.

An integrated neoprene ankle gaiter keeps soil and stones out. The Session is our high-performance option, ideally suited for DH and Enduro riding and racing:


The Loam WP SPD incorporates our new adventure sole unit giving excellent traction when hiking off the bike but still designed for easy SPD entry and exit and traction even on flat and platform SPD pedals if needed. With a fully waterproof breathable membrane and thermal insulation, the Loam gives the ultimate protection against the elements. Gusseted tongue, mud flap and ankle gaiter give even more protection when needed.

Tested extensively down to 0°C this is a true Winter shoe but is equally as happy in Spring and Fall with the thermal insulation striking a perfect balance between warmth and more year-round riding. A great option for those racing DH and Enduro due to the level of protection given, the Loam is set to be many riders' go-to do-everything shoe.

The Loam WP SPD incorporates our new adventure sole unit giving excellent traction when hiking off the bike but still designed for easy SPD entry and exit and traction even on flat and platform SPD pedals if needed. With a fully waterproof breathable membrane and thermal insulation the Loam gives the ultimate protection against the elements. Gusseted tongue mud flap and ankle gaiter give even more protection when needed. Tested extensively down to 0C this is a true Winter shoe but is equally as happy in Spring and Fall with the thermal insulation striking a perfect balance between warmth and more year-round riding. A great option for those racing DH and Enduro due to the level of protection given the Loam is set to be many riders go-to do-everything shoe.


Full O'NEAL Shoe Range: www.oneal.eu/shoe-range


MENTIONS: @oneal



63 Comments

  • + 76
 Why can't a flat pedal rider have boa style lacing system, and a protective mud flap over the front? We seem to have one option, skater style shoe, materials that replicate a spong and really long laces that would easily get tangled in chainrings or passing shrubbery. My freeriders are still wet from June last year dam it.
  • + 4
 Nothing some gorilla tape cant fix. Wink
  • + 5
 Right? I've been waiting for years for flats to get some respect and engineering behind them. Price point problem- and a problem with who the companies are looking at as their "customer" when designing these shoes. Unfortunately, flat pedal riders are put into the "beginner or must ride slope" category and not given a technically designed product. I'd say there are a lot of flat pedal riders out there who fall into the "highly skilled and experienced " currently focused on by the clipless shoe models.
  • + 2
 510 made the freerider ELC which had a lace cover and mostly waterproof. I find mine decent. Would have been perfect if it was a high top. discontinued now but they still pop up on crc from time to time
  • + 2
 I have been wanting the flap on a flat shoe for years... recently saw these... gonna check them out....

www.unparallelsports.com/product/dust-up

they may another style below, but I like the ones above better, personally

www.unparallelsports.com/product/westridge
  • + 5
 I run these on my 5-10s as there is nothing worse than big floppy laces.

www.amazon.com/Nathan-Elastic-Running-Active-Sports/dp/B073VKZ1QZ
  • + 1
 agreed!
  • + 2
 I never necessarily wanted BOA, but after the Karvers were discontinued I had to look elsewhere as the lace cover is a must IMO.
The Shimano GR9's were all I could find at the time when I was looking after last season:
www.pinkbike.com/photo/15594503 (not my photo)

Looking forward to giving them a go, but then I found Unparallel Sports. Depending on how these GR9's work, these guys may be my next.
  • + 2
 @dtax: So far as I understand, Unparrallel are all ex 5-10 people who left when Adidas took over, and are supposedly using all the original 5-10 rubber compounds. I'd be very keen to try out a pair.
  • + 3
 @oneal - "Why can't a flat pedal rider have boa style lacing system, and a protective mud flap over the front?"
  • + 1
 Here is a list of 47 flat pedal shoes. I'm sure there is one or two that will tickle your pickle

www.singletracks.com/blog/mtb-gear/flat-pedal-mountain-bike-shoe-guide-find-the-best-kicks-for-your-riding-style
  • + 3
 My Five-tens have the flap cover and they are fantastic (2018 ELC model), but I'd get boa with a flap for sure if it was available for my next purchase. I need that sticky sole though, and Five tens are the best I've found.
  • + 2
 last year at rampage I had a day off so I went to Zion National park. I was stressing because I had forgot my running shoes, but I decided to go anyways with my pinned pros. I did 3 of the famous hikes but like a total noob I went for the slot canyons first... Got wet feet... I thought i was screwed! but wanted to see the park so bad I kept going. I did about 8kms with wet feet, No blisters and the shoes where dry in the morning 3
  • + 1
 @krashDH85: I have those. The hard shell toe becomes separated from the upper. Repairable, but not a good design.
  • + 1
 @XCMark: Talking about the Shimano's? Ugh great, thanks for the info though!
  • + 1
 Vaude is coming with the AM Moab Tech now, with Boa and lace cover.
  • + 27
 I really do not see why only SPD shoes get all the cool features like lacing system and velcro flaps. How f*cking hard is it? There has certainly been enough support for this on PB alone. Nothing new here other than another brand.
  • + 17
 Looking forward to pinkbike's shoe shootout. I'm ready for anything that's not fiveten.
  • + 21
 I'm ready for an option that doesn't begin delaminating after only a month
  • + 3
 @Phazz470: Yup. Sad, but true. I wish I got a month out of some of my 5.10s.
  • + 2
 Unparallel Dust Ups have been working for me. The grip is unreal.
  • + 5
 @motard5: for $170 ill bike in a pair of jordans....
  • + 17
 Looks like Heely’s and Osiris had a baby
  • + 12
 A swing and a miss for O'Neal. Still no one can make a flat pedal shoe with Boa and it bums me out.
  • + 12
 Find it strange how many people want boa on their shoes. Id rather pay the $20 less for a lace system than a fragile expensive boa.
  • + 0
 @bcroots: BOA is actually pretty sturdy, they only really break when you intentionally cut the cables or bong the ratchet really had on something for awhile.
  • + 3
 I dont know what to say.. Something about these look so cheap.. hard to pinpoint exactly is wrong, but all I see is something that looks like a Chinese knockoff of some other brand. The materials look cheap, the build quality looks OK, except the glue coming out of every single seam..
  • + 1
 Right!!! Looks cheap
  • + 3
 Still have Teva Links that I bought in 2013. Have rode them on them extensively every year - BMX, DH Racing, Enduro, Trail - and they are still likely to hold up for one more season. Best shoes I have ever owned.
  • + 1
 vans gravel also held up strong
  • + 1
 One season with the Pinned Pro shoe. No complaints although the toebox feels flimsy compared to 510 Freerider Pro for example. I hope O`neal has their shit together with the soles, the older model shoes disintegrated after half a season. Soles could be a little more grippy... Waterproof up until the laces is a good bonus too.
  • + 1
 Hey manufacturers: The majority of flat pedal riders want flaps over their laces.

I only buy MTB shoes that have that flap. So my last three pairs have been Shimano shoes.

I dare you manufacturers to compete for my dollars!
  • + 1
 These guys are primarily an MX company so I'm trying to decide if these shoes look "cheap" or if they just look "moto".
The Pinned look like decent quality but not very breathable, the Session look pretty good too (they just need to change the colour scheme on that one).
  • + 1
 They make the cheapest MX gear, so I wouldn't get my hopes too high for their shoes.
  • + 1
 @peaotterthegreat: I don't ride MX but for real these are the best shoes I've ever put my feet in for riding bikes
  • + 1
 I ride the 2018 pinned pro.Really good shoe!
Bit stiffer than shimano, grip is perfect: enough for any riding, but not to much. -> repositioning of the foot on the pedal is possible.
  • + 1
 Have you used the 5ten shoes at all..if so, how does the grip on Oneal's compare..?
  • + 1
 best shoes ive put my feet in !
  • + 1
 I'm so bummed. This is absolutely nothing like Review Bazooka. How could we know if this shoe is even decent without any mention of a banana! I still click on anything with Matt in it.
  • + 1
 sorry man! Review Bazooka was shot with the legend Louis Lhomel, but it all honestly if the I had the shoes in the show totady I would give them a 9
  • + 1
 my old vans gravel shoes were excellent. but they discontinued an affordable, dependable shoe... with mucho grip and protection...maybe they'll bring 'em back
  • + 1
 Vans are sick, nike air are awesome too, even though they arent designed for riding. Think of these kicks as new vans, or new nikes airs, that are built just for riding. They are seriously amazing!
  • + 2
 I love my Pinned pro, it is an awesome shoe with good grip and a strong protection.
  • + 3
 Im loving my pair of FR-01's www.onlywhatsnecessary.com
  • + 2
 Almost forgot.....enough with the 6ft long laces already. The joke isn't funny any more.
  • + 2
 My 5.10 impacts look like some old man orthopedic shoes so I wouldn't say these are that ugly.
  • + 1
 Looks like you can use any of the spd shoes as flats, just leave the insert in. Problem solved
  • + 0
 I'd have a hard time migrating from Specialized's shoes ( seriously they're awesome) but I'll definitely take a look at these when the time comes.
  • + 1
 I want to try Ride Concept shoes out. Maybe @pinkbike will do a review soon?
  • + 2
 We want a review bazooka of these please!
  • + 2
 my grandfather wears a similar style that helps with his diabetes
  • + 1
 Yeah but when can we see the loop crash?
  • + 1
 For clipped riding the Loam is an awesome winter/wet weather shoe!
  • + 1
 Vans new BMX WaffleCup shoe > everything else for flats
  • + 1
 checked them out and they might be nice, how hard is that toe cap reinforcement?
I usually ride in skate shoes, but also I've hit my toes more than once, not cool.
  • + 1
 @ismasan: not much different than the normal - main downfall if you dip your toes. new sole is amazing
  • + 2
 Geriatric.
  • + 1
 Now you can ride the Flow Pinned on your Session.
  • + 1
 Yuck! Super Ugly.
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