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1/1/2018 8:55 AM

Does this mean there will be motorcycles @ Rampage?

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1/1/2018 9:14 AM
Edited Date/Time: 1/1/2018 9:15 AM

jimmypop wrote:

Sam Pilgrim can fuck right off.

Also: if this asshole shows up at a comp with an e-bike I hope he's booed out of the venue.

Sounds like someone got there KOM stolen by an ebike hahahaha nerd

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1/1/2018 9:19 AM

Not trying to be a stravatard here, but that could be a real issue in a few years... Even if Strava makes e-bike leaderboards or anything the like, people can still post to ordinary non-e leaderboards.

I'm starting to like e-bikes less and less to be honest.

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1/1/2018 9:20 AM

sammcneesphotography wrote:

Sounds like someone got there KOM stolen by an ebike hahahaha nerd

Strava is right up there with eBikes as technologies steering the sport in the wrong direction.

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1/1/2018 10:08 AM

Josh Bryceland and Josh Lewis to Royal, full story HERE.

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1/1/2018 11:06 AM

iceman2058 wrote:

Josh Bryceland and Josh Lewis to Royal, full story HERE.

Looks like Ratboy is on SRAM for 2018.

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1/1/2018 11:35 AM
Edited Date/Time: 1/1/2018 11:39 AM

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1/1/2018 12:26 PM

In case you want to know bit more about the two young spanish riders on the Orbea Enduro Team, here are my interviews with them (in Spanish for now):

Javier San Roman

Gabriel Torralba

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1/1/2018 1:33 PM

Sam Pilgrim really upping the level of discourse with his comments on this article:

https://www.pinkbike.com/u/pinkbikeaudience/blog/sam-pilgrim-on-haibike.html

This guy's dumber than a box of rocks. Is this really what his new sponsor needs, particularly when the sponsor will already have an image and acceptance issue?

I bet the checks do cash though, yes.

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1/1/2018 2:34 PM

Jimmypop to butthurt cycles in ‘18 . Pretty much confirmed

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1/1/2018 2:58 PM
Edited Date/Time: 1/1/2018 3:00 PM

Vital MTB: I think you need to add a thumbs up and a thumbs down option. Some of these posts are just too funny not to recognize.

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1/1/2018 3:06 PM

grinch wrote:

Jimmypop to butthurt cycles in ‘18 . Pretty much confirmed

It's true. We race with posts but no saddles.

Yeah, this eMTB thing is just great. What was I thinking?

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1/1/2018 3:09 PM

jimmypop wrote:

Sam Pilgrim really upping the level of discourse with his comments on this article:

https://www.pinkbike.com/u/pinkbikeaudience/blog/sam-pilgrim-on-haibike.html

This guy's dumber than a box of rocks. Is this really what his new sponsor needs, particularly when the sponsor will already have an image and acceptance issue?

I bet the checks do cash though, yes.

Yeah he's a complete cock. If he hadn't chanced upon mountain biking (which he looks shit at compared to 99% of their pro SS riders) he would be stacking shelves and drinking cheap cider his entire life.

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1/1/2018 3:54 PM

Lets all just get back to this being the Team rumours thread... The guy wants to make a living riding bikes and it so happens to be an E-bike focused company. I would not be suprised if Hai Bike offered up some juicy incentives to get him on board... I doubt NS was writing big checks.

Listen, I get crazy discounts on Trek bikes and Bontrager gear.. I look like a fucking walking billboard and you know what I couldnt care less lol as long as someone is gonna give me shit for super cheap I'm all about it! For Sam its even better, the dude is gonna get flown around to ride a battery assisted bike and go on cool trips. Im stoked for the guy.


Also if someone threatens to throw sticks in your wheel... Its an appropriate time to reply with "I'll punch your face"

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1/1/2018 6:04 PM

jimmypop wrote:

Sam Pilgrim can fuck right off.

Also: if this asshole shows up at a comp with an e-bike I hope he's booed out of the venue.

sammcneesphotography wrote:

Sounds like someone got there KOM stolen by an ebike hahahaha nerd

jimmypop wrote:

Strava is right up there with eBikes as technologies steering the sport in the wrong direction.

Wait who are you and what have you done to “steer the sport” in the right direction lol

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1/1/2018 6:48 PM

grinch wrote:

Jimmypop to butthurt cycles in ‘18 . Pretty much confirmed

jimmypop wrote:

It's true. We race with posts but no saddles.

Yeah, this eMTB thing is just great. What was I thinking?

We don't ride with saddles because any weight saving helps with climbing when you don't have a motor.

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1/1/2018 6:57 PM

sammcneesphotography wrote:

Wait who are you and what have you done to “steer the sport” in the right direction lol

Your comment reminded me that I still have to steer my bike, which makes me hope that autonomous e-MTBs are on the way. I hate the way that current mountain bikes force me to have the skill to navigate terrain and also the fitness to turn the pedals.

$uch a drag, pedalling!

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1/1/2018 11:46 PM

There must be loads more embargoed stuff out there just waiting!

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1/2/2018 1:19 AM

iceman2058 wrote:

Josh Bryceland and Josh Lewis to Royal, full story HERE.

dylanemdasilva wrote:

Looks like Ratboy is on SRAM for 2018.

Yes he is on SRAM.

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1/2/2018 2:54 AM

CRC switch to full time Enduro.. Where is Mike Jones going to end up?

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1/2/2018 3:18 AM
Edited Date/Time: 1/2/2018 5:58 AM

Ugh, what a heartbreaker!

(edited w/ the PR here)
Following a hugely successful 2017 season in which Sam Hill was crowned the Enduro World Series Champion, Team CRC Mavic will focus all their attention on enduro this year with Sam Hill, Elliott Heap and new rider Kelan Grant racing at the EWS.

While Team CRC Mavic take a step back from the UCI Downhill World Cup this year, the guys will continue to work closely with Nukeproof to help develop their downhill products.

Team Manager Nigel Page is excited for another year of glory at the top of the world stage:

“With the success of downhill legend Sam Hill becoming Enduro World Series Champion in 2017, we’re concentrating on one discipline in 2018 and that will be enduro. With its awesome mix of natural diverse tracks, plus all the tactics and new venues the EWS provides it really has given Sam a new lease of life.

Elliott Heap remains on the team and after some great results in 2017 as a first year elite rider in downhill, Elliott will focus on the under-21 category of the Enduro World Series. Elliott won the Irish round in 2017.

Team CRC Mavic dominated at the EWS round in Wicklow with Elliott Heap winning the Under-21 race, Sam Hill narrowly missing out on first in the Pro Men category and Nigel Page bagging second in the Masters category.
We feel to concentrate 100% on one discipline is the right thing to do. After 10 amazing years of competing in the UCI Downhill World Cup with some great results and great times we’ve decided to take a break from downhill racing at World Cup level for this year to concentrate on the EWS and a few other select events.

While the team’s focus switches to enduro this year we say farewell to young ripper Mike Jones, who’ll continue to pursue his goals in downhill. Mike is like part of the family and has had some amazing success as part of the team with two World Cup podiums, numerous top ten finishes and a fourth place at the World Championships in Andorra.

We wish Mike all the very best for his future and I know he will reach his goals! Thanks Mike, it’s been awesome to have you around.

We’re excited to welcome Belfast-based enduro ripper Kelan Grant to the team. His super positive attitude is backed up with some fantastic results in the UK and Ireland, taking wins at the 2017 Ard Rock Enduro, Tweedlove, Red Bull Fox Hunt and he’s the reigning Irish National Enduro Championship.

Here’s Kelan winning his qualifying heat at the 2017 Megavalanche on board his Nukeproof Mega 290 Pro:

We are very proud that the team remains as Chain Reaction Cycles Mavic, with SRAM, RockShox, Muc-Off, MRP, 100% and Mudhugger as team sponsors. We are very excited and proud to announce we will be partnering up with Michelin tyres for 2018 too. Michelin are probably the most iconic tyre brand in the world and they have some amazing enduro tyres and plans for the future that we can’t wait to be involved with.

Look out for more news and info about the team after our team camp in February 2018.

We are really excited for a new chapter of the team to begin, bring on 2018!

Cheers, Nigel."

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1/2/2018 3:54 AM

Mike Jones to MS Mondraker B Team

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1/2/2018 6:47 AM

I think Brannigan and Bulldog will join MS Mondraker.
Probably Mike Jones will find a place at Unior Tools Team.
Danny Hart joins Madison Saracen.
Taylor Vernon probably takes place in a the new Unno WC Team with Williamson.
Could also be possible that Jones or Vernon go to Cube or Radon because they have lost riders...

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1/2/2018 7:17 AM

jimmypop wrote:

Strava is right up there with eBikes as technologies steering the sport in the wrong direction.

sammcneesphotography wrote:

Wait who are you and what have you done to “steer the sport” in the right direction lol

jimmypop wrote:

Your comment reminded me that I still have to steer my bike, which makes me hope that autonomous e-MTBs are on the way. I hate the way that current mountain bikes force me to have the skill to navigate terrain and also the fitness to turn the pedals.

$uch a drag, pedalling!

Still didnt answers the question mate. just do you and ride your bike, if you dont like E-bikes stay off them and if you dont like E-bikers then stick to building top secret trails in remote as fuck places by your self so no one in the world will come ride it.

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1/2/2018 9:50 AM

MaxPiotrowicz wrote:

I think Brannigan and Bulldog will join MS Mondraker.
Probably Mike Jones will find a place at Unior Tools Team.
Danny Hart joins Madison Saracen.
Taylor Vernon probably takes place in a the new Unno WC Team with Williamson.
Could also be possible that Jones or Vernon go to Cube or Radon because they have lost riders...

Is the Unno WC team purely for downhill?

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1/2/2018 10:25 AM

I think more importantly, who is giving to front the tab to get Ben Cathro at every world cup and world champs this upcoming year? Cathro Vision has been amazing all last season. The insight and video he gets is second to none. love the rawness.

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1/2/2018 11:09 AM

I think this might be a confirmation. Not that we didn't have a strong idea already.

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1/2/2018 11:20 AM

Has Cube made any announcements yet?

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1/2/2018 11:40 AM

baronKanon wrote:

Has Cube made any announcements yet?

yes, Daniel Schemmel (Austrian U21 EWS Racer) is not on the team anymore. No word about the other riders.

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1/2/2018 11:42 AM

baronKanon wrote:

Has Cube made any announcements yet?

lister_yu wrote:

yes, Daniel Schemmel (Austrian U21 EWS Racer) is not on the team anymore. No word about the other riders.

There are some speculations that Zakka (Zakarias Blom Johansen) is moving there from Ibis.

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