YT Industries was next on the list. The company opened a new HQ in San Clemente, CA and we were keen to check it out. The unmarked building in an industrial complex may seem unassuming from the outside, but the inside is a whole other story. Hidden behind a door from the main entrance is a massive warehouse that holds their entire North American bike inventory.
There was also another surprise inside– freeride godfather and recent addition to the YT team, Richie Schley! He was there talking about his new bike and sorting out a few upcoming projects. Having grown up watching the New World Disorder movies, I was definitely a little star struck shaking his hand.
Just when we thought we had seen it all, the C.M.O., Inga Kaufmann, took us into a recently acquired addition. Another warehouse twice the size of the first. The adjoining building is supposed to be full of bikes once construction is completed. It’s safe to say YT are growing their presence in North America. Inga then took us upstairs to see the new office spaces where everyone works. For a company the size of YT, the number of employees at the office is surprisingly small.
One of the coolest spaces in the building is the workshop where bikes are assembled and worked on. Aside from being immaculately clean (they actually apologized for the mess) it had a cooled beer keg on tap, and some sweet artwork on the white board. Apparently the mechanics at YT are also artistically inclined.
With a thorough tour completed, we headed out to get more Mexican food for dinner. No, you can never have enough Mexican food. With YT having embedded German presence in SoCal with regular visits from key German employees, they rented an impressive home overlooking the ocean and sprawling mountains of Camp Pendleton. After burrito coma #2 kicked in, Inga was nice enough invite us over for a post dinner dip in the hot tub, and even offered us a couple clean beds to sleep in! The house was a whole lot nicer than a Motel 6. Thanks Inga and YT!