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9/4/2017 3:14 AM

With the World Cup now in the books and the teams making their way to Cairns for the last showdown of 2017, it's time to fire up the rumor mill for another wild winter of off-season speculation. Who fancies who? Is the honeymoon over? Who needs a little space and some time on their own? Should we see other people? It's a soap opera of shredders and the drama is sure to be at an all-time high, so let the fun begin! If you see something, say something, and no better place for it than right here in this thread. Have at it!



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9/4/2017 4:02 AM

I can see Phil Atwill filling Ratboy's shoes on the Syndicate. Hart to Saracen seems believable too.

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9/4/2017 6:06 AM

Just gonna leave this here:

- Danny Hart to Saracen (contracts are signed)
- Fischbach to Cube
- Williamson to Saracen
- Baby-faced Southafrican to launch Investec Factory Racing
- Wyn to Polygon
- Brook to MS Mondraker
- Greg retires -> Eliot replaces him at SC
- Amaury to Specialized
- Steve Peat as UCI delegated with Greg as assistant
- Payet to Propain
- New Redalp factory team with a kiwi as rider
- Tomac stays with Kawasaki

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9/4/2017 6:14 AM

Petder wrote:

Just gonna leave this here:

- Danny Hart to Saracen (contracts are signed)
- Fischbach to Cube
- Williamson to Saracen
- Baby-faced Southafrican to launch Investec Factory Racing
- Wyn to Polygon
- Brook to MS Mondraker
- Greg retires -> Eliot replaces him at SC
- Amaury to Specialized
- Steve Peat as UCI delegated with Greg as assistant
- Payet to Propain
- New Redalp factory team with a kiwi as rider
- Tomac stays with Kawasaki

i like it.

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9/4/2017 10:03 AM

Anybody know whose contracts are ending in 2018?

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9/4/2017 8:32 PM

subscribing....

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9/5/2017 1:54 AM

Saracen must be paying £££ to make Hart switch? Seems an odd move for both parties.

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9/5/2017 3:47 AM

I think Phil Atwill deserves a bigger team and a bigger wage he would be an asset to any team, he's had a great season and seems to have the most fun on a bike all year round, I just hope its not GT if it does happen as its doesn't seem to have worked for Brook or Wyn over the past 2 years. Nukeproof would be good as it would keep him in the UK.

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9/5/2017 5:47 AM

peecee wrote:

I think Phil Atwill deserves a bigger team and a bigger wage he would be an asset to any team, he's had a great season and seems to have the most fun on a bike all year round, I just hope its not GT if it does happen as its doesn't seem to have worked for Brook or Wyn over the past 2 years. Nukeproof would be good as it would keep him in the UK.

Keep him in the UK? If he gets sponsored by a non-UK team, it doesn't mean that he has to move to wherever that sponsor is located.

Brook and Wyn seem like they are making moves for sure...

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9/5/2017 2:22 PM

What's this mean?



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9/5/2017 4:32 PM

Minnar said in a recent interview that he was definitely racing next year.

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9/6/2017 12:06 AM

Sam Hill to Canyon

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9/6/2017 10:41 AM

schwaaa31 wrote:

Minnar said in a recent interview that he was definitely racing next year.

Well of course he would. And then he could say he will retire.

Audi was saying they will race in the 2017 WEC championship and had a car designed, when the bosses pulled the plug. Same with Porsche, they were saying they are staying, until after Le Mans, when they announced they are quitting.

You don't announce everything until you do, until then you deny, deny, deny.

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9/6/2017 10:49 AM

Article on PB published saying there is an 80% certainty that Devinci is coming back to World Cup DH.

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9/6/2017 11:08 AM

Verbl Kint wrote:

Article on PB published saying there is an 80% certainty that Devinci is coming back to World Cup DH.

and rumors Finn Iles is off to Devinci...

as well as the Bulldog.

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9/6/2017 11:52 AM

The Finn Iles to Devinci rumor was also on the 2017 Racing Rumors thread, along with Bulldog leaving GT.

Not sure if both rumors happen this time, though.

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9/6/2017 10:58 PM
Edited Date/Time: 9/6/2017 11:06 PM

Verbl Kint wrote:

Article on PB published saying there is an 80% certainty that Devinci is coming back to World Cup DH.

I'd love to see Devinci back on the wold cup scene after everything that happened and with the people who's contracts are up they could have a great team again

Pretty sure Blinki is up for a new contract and I'd like to see him move away from Norco as I believe he still has a lot to give and as they say a change is as good as a holiday.

Would love to see Brook also move, all that talk on the last off season about him trying to force a move away from GT and not tagging them on his Instagram but still tagging all his other sponsors makes sense. He's not had the best season and GT don't seem to be putting to much effort into producing a new bike to help the riders out, they are on mules that are just missing a link and a slightly different shock position and reverted back to 2016 team colours.

Atwill deserves a big team move.

Hart to Saracen seems very odd but they probably have the money with Manon retiring and I can't see slugger riding another year.

I think Mike Jones contract is also up ? Very fast but just can't catch a break with all the injuries.

Maybe at Yeti can finally make that Switch Technology DH bike they have been prototyping for 3 years and sign someone, be nice to see Blinki back on Yeti where he won his first World Cup.


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9/7/2017 1:03 AM

peecee wrote:

I'd love to see Devinci back on the wold cup scene after everything that happened and with the people who's contracts are up they could have a great team again

Pretty sure Blinki is up for a new contract and I'd like to see him move away from Norco as I believe he still has a lot to give and as they say a change is as good as a holiday.

Would love to see Brook also move, all that talk on the last off season about him trying to force a move away from GT and not tagging them on his Instagram but still tagging all his other sponsors makes sense. He's not had the best season and GT don't seem to be putting to much effort into producing a new bike to help the riders out, they are on mules that are just missing a link and a slightly different shock position and reverted back to 2016 team colours.

Atwill deserves a big team move.

Hart to Saracen seems very odd but they probably have the money with Manon retiring and I can't see slugger riding another year.

I think Mike Jones contract is also up ? Very fast but just can't catch a break with all the injuries.

Maybe at Yeti can finally make that Switch Technology DH bike they have been prototyping for 3 years and sign someone, be nice to see Blinki back on Yeti where he won his first World Cup.


I think you missed that Manon is (was) not on Saracen but Radon

Also don't think Yeti is going to WC DH anytime soon, they simply do not need it.

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9/7/2017 1:40 AM

Kusa wrote:

I think you missed that Manon is (was) not on Saracen but Radon

Also don't think Yeti is going to WC DH anytime soon, they simply do not need it.

DOH! Massive brain fart haha

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9/7/2017 2:41 AM

My bet on Rude doing some DH WC next year...

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9/7/2017 3:31 AM

vweb wrote:

My bet on Rude doing some DH WC next year...

Thats what everyone was saying last offseason too but it never happened :-(

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9/7/2017 5:38 AM

Petder wrote:

Just gonna leave this here:

- Danny Hart to Saracen (contracts are signed)
- Fischbach to Cube
- Williamson to Saracen
- Baby-faced Southafrican to launch Investec Factory Racing
- Wyn to Polygon
- Brook to MS Mondraker
- Greg retires -> Eliot replaces him at SC
- Amaury to Specialized
- Steve Peat as UCI delegated with Greg as assistant
- Payet to Propain
- New Redalp factory team with a kiwi as rider
- Tomac stays with Kawasaki

sspomer wrote:

i like it.

i cant believe this bike is still on the internet...

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9/7/2017 5:49 AM

That-Norco-Dude wrote:

i cant believe this bike is still on the internet...

The internet never forgets...

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9/7/2017 8:37 AM

It appears Sam Hill is quitting DH for good and will go full enduro.

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9/7/2017 9:34 AM

what about the new american boyi taking the scene by storm, Dak Norton? He was on Morpheus, but that didn't go so well... Heard he rode an old Trek at the last race...Some legit team please pick him up

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9/7/2017 11:14 AM

Mwood wrote:

what about the new american boyi taking the scene by storm, Dak Norton? He was on Morpheus, but that didn't go so well... Heard he rode an old Trek at the last race...Some legit team please pick him up

noticed he was on a trek at val di sole (and maybe mont sainte anne too?). curious to see where he goes. his last results have been really good! #dakattack

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9/11/2017 6:46 AM

Mwood wrote:

what about the new american boyi taking the scene by storm, Dak Norton? He was on Morpheus, but that didn't go so well... Heard he rode an old Trek at the last race...Some legit team please pick him up

Looks like Dakotah Norton was riding a Session at Worlds. His Instagram doesn't have Morpheus or any sponsors listed any more.

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9/11/2017 6:51 AM

He mentioned in a post after the first race that he was riding the trek something about "bike issues". I assumed it didn't make it across the pond on his flight but he has been on the Trek several times since then and riding better. Morpheus did post a congrats message to him after Worlds. Curious to see if he works his way up to a little bigger team next year. He was essentially a privateer at the races this year.

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9/11/2017 7:27 AM

Word was that he broke his Morpheus in Whistler during Crankworx, and they didn't have another bike ready for him. Not sure if that's actually the case, but that's the rumor.

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9/11/2017 8:43 AM

sspomer wrote:

noticed he was on a trek at val di sole (and maybe mont sainte anne too?). curious to see where he goes. his last results have been really good! #dakattack

Chatted with him in the parking lot at SC in between trail laps on a Trek just before Sea Otter. Morpheus lets him pick whatever trail bike since they don't offer it. Jose Gonzalez was in the lot too and they obviously knew each other. He must be able to pick up some bikes here and there from people in the industry he knows. Morpheus had the right idea sponsoring a fast rider to get the bike out there but really couldn't support him enough to be competitive on the circuit. He's a nice kid and certainly has world cup level speed, would be good to see him on a team. Although I call total BS that he gets 30mpg in his Sprinter van.

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