Rob 'Killer' Hayles has joined British company Onix Bikes as chief development and test rider.
Hayles inked a deal with Onix after a being asked to test the 2012 range of machines by the firm’s founder Craig Middleton.
“I was introduced to Rob through a mutual friend,” explained Middleton. "We had already decided to test all our products with professional riders and when Rob retired from racing I approached him with a view to getting his opinions on our 2012 bikes.”
The result was slightly more than the head of Onix had bargained for!
“I’ve always loved testing, developing and engineering. I’m excited about the opportunity to help develop and test for such a forward looking British company.”
Middleton said: “It’s been the most exciting and stressful time of my life, often frustrating but I think the fact I have always believed that my vision that customers deserve better has spurred me on and I am ecstatic that Rob has agreed to join us.”
The Onix Black RH Pro and the more sporting Onix Black RH are the Rob Hayles signature models.
“Putting your name to a bike is a big undertaking," said Hayles. "Riding any new bike is always fun but when I tested the 2012 Onix for Craig I was genuinely amazed at how good it was."
The RH models will be available in the late spring.