Hello Minnaar, goodbye moto! O’Neal’s 2013 mountain bike gear is looking good

We knew O’Neal were getting serious about mountain biking when they signed Greg Minnaar, and it seems like his input is paying off – their 2013 range looks spot-on. The motocross influence has been toned down and the new kit looks – and feels – like it’s been designed with pedalling in mind. It’s not too heavy on the wallet either. We’ve already shown you the zip-off AMX knee pads – check out some more of the kit below.

The Stormrider jersey is new for 2013 and looks like just thing for all-mountain/enduro/freeride duties. Picture by Faye Brozek Sanders

The Stormrider jersey is new for 2013 and looks like just thing for all-mountain/enduro/freeride duties

It's got a loose fit and is made from a quick-drying fabric, with mesh sections for ventilation. Picture by Faye Brozek Sanders

It's got a loose fit and is made from a quick-drying fabric, with mesh sections for ventilation

The matching Stormrider shorts are a decent length, with downhill looks but a light and airy feel. Picture by Faye Brozek Sanders

The matching Stormrider shorts are a decent length, with downhill looks but a light and airy feel

Now, here's something we like to see – plenty of pockets. Six in all, including one for lift passes. Picture by Faye Brozek Sanders

Now, here's something we like to see – plenty of pockets. Six in all, including one for lift passes

This is the O'Neal Spark Fidlock Carbon – their new top-end downhill helmet. Picture by Faye Brozek Sanders

This is the O'Neal Spark Fidlock Carbon – their new top-end downhill helmet

It's a lightweight lid, weighing in at just 830g on our scales. Picture by Faye Brozek Sanders

It's a lightweight lid, weighing in at just 830g on our scales

If you can't stretch to carbon, there's a cheaper fibreglass/Kevlar version that's said to weigh just 70g more. Picture by Faye Brozek Sanders

If you can't stretch to carbon, there's a cheaper fibreglass/Kevlar version that's said to weigh just 70g more

The Spark's got 14 vents and a Coolmax lining. Picture by Faye Brozek Sanders

The Spark's got 14 vents and a Coolmax lining

This is its USP – O'Neal's magnetic Fidlock buckle. Much easier than trying to thread a D-loop with gloved hands! Picture by Faye Brozek Sanders

This is its USP – O'Neal's magnetic Fidlock buckle. Much easier than trying to thread a D-loop with gloved hands!

O'Neal even do a set of gloves to match – the AMXs. Picture by Faye Brozek Sanders

O'Neal even do a set of gloves to match – the AMXs

  • Stormrider jersey: €44.90 / £39.99 (also comes in black)
  • Stormrider shorts: €89.90 / £74.99 (also comes in black)
  • Spark Fidlock Carbon helmet: €269.90 / £229.99 (neon green only)
  • Spark Fidlock helmet: €149.90 / £129.99 (black, white or green)
  • AMX gloves: €29.90 / £29.99 (also come in lime, grey and cream)

More info at www.oneal-europe.com / www.shop.flidistribution.co.uk.