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9/11/2017 9:35 AM

This thread is almost as good as the race season...almost

9/11/2017 1:37 PM

Did anyone notice the rider at worlds that had tape over most sponsors on his Jersey? I can't remember who it was, I just remember it being a pretty big name rider and being shocked.

9/11/2017 5:43 PM

Moosey wrote:

Did anyone notice the rider at worlds that had tape over most sponsors on his Jersey? I can't remember who it was, I just remember it being a pretty big name rider and being shocked.

Marcelo had the Giant logo blacked out.
I noticed as well and was not sure if that was a violation of some arcane UCI rule on official country jerseys, a skinsuit tucking tactic or new sponsor possibilities

9/11/2017 5:44 PM

Moosey wrote:

Did anyone notice the rider at worlds that had tape over most sponsors on his Jersey? I can't remember who it was, I just remember it being a pretty big name rider and being shocked.

Likely their national team sponsors conflicted with their personal sponsors, one of the women xc riders didn't race because of this, other national teams allow them to cover up the logos.

9/11/2017 9:55 PM
Edited Date/Time: 9/11/2017 9:57 PM

That 'one of the women' is none other than Jenny Rissveds, the olympic champion.

I also doubt Marcelo blacked out the Giant logo, since it's prominent on his leg and is his factory ride, it must have been some other sponsor on his national jersey that isn't kosher with it being there and having a factory Giant ride.

9/11/2017 10:25 PM

The logo in question is a "postobon" logo, most likely blacked out because it conflicts with red bull.

9/12/2017 5:38 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

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

Hittheshowers13 wrote:

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.


Dakotah's newest Instagram post with personal sponsors tagged minus Morpheus. Hot take alert!!! - Maybe a move to the Mondraker team with Danny leaving.

9/14/2017 2:52 AM

I expect Daknorton to get some kind of a TREK deal, young up and coming American on a made in USA frame makes for good marketing.


- Danny Hart to Saracen -> seems like this could happen
- Fischbach to Cube -> if Cube keeps their current line up I dont think they need Fischbach, also him on Radon makes still sense
- Williamson to Saracen -> no idea if his contract is up, but he had 1 great and 1 bad season...could stay to figure it out
- Wyn to Polygon -> see his focus shift more towards EWS so probably staying on GT or switching to a brand who needs more Enduro exposure
- Brook to MS Mondraker -> I can see this happen
- Amaury Pierron -> strongly believe he gets picked up by the Commencal Factory Team, current team is commencal sponsored and he is french, with a super strong seasons. Think he will be a solid podium thread 2018

But overall I have no idea, just my 2 cents on mentioned rumors

9/14/2017 10:21 AM

Mick Hannah, while being interviewed on WynTV, just mentioned that Wyn was going to retire (as per Wyn's brother Eddie).

It looks like Wyn is going to go full enduro next season, I reckon. Which team, though?

9/14/2017 10:39 AM

Verbl Kint wrote:

Mick Hannah, while being interviewed on WynTV, just mentioned that Wyn was going to retire (as per Wyn's brother Eddie).

It looks like Wyn is going to go full enduro next season, I reckon. Which team, though?

Wyn also replied and said he is not retiring and to not listen to Eddie.

9/19/2017 5:07 AM

Athertons to try their hand at enduro with possible move to full time in 2019
Rude to YT enduro team
Minaar to return to his Global Racing roots and ride for Orange
Blenki to Specialized

9/19/2017 10:43 AM

ck85 wrote:

Athertons to try their hand at enduro with possible move to full time in 2019
Rude to YT enduro team
Minaar to return to his Global Racing roots and ride for Orange
Blenki to Specialized

Did you miss the comments Rachel was saying during her one Enduro race? She didn't exactly seem like someone even considering racing Enduro.

9/19/2017 4:30 PM

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

What about the other new american boy, bruce klein? 19 years old, a 3rd at crankworx, and two top 20 world cup finishes at the end of the year. Heard he's been getting some calls.

9/21/2017 7:41 AM
Edited Date/Time: 9/21/2017 7:44 AM

I really like the idea of Richie going to YT the building of a Super Brand & Super Team putting that much talent with one brand, we all know they’re bikes are good this would be great

9/22/2017 9:11 AM

9/22/2017 2:31 PM

9/22/2017 2:40 PM

would make sense as I saw him in the YT Mob Pits in Leogang for a long chat

9/22/2017 3:29 PM

lister_yu wrote:

would make sense as I saw him in the YT Mob Pits in Leogang for a long chat

Chatting in the pits means nothing... most of the racers are friends with each other and there is a lot of down time on a race weekend. Racers hang in each other's pits because they are friends and need to pass the time. Chatting in the pits (on its own) does not amount to much.

9/26/2017 1:59 AM

Bump haha

9/26/2017 11:06 AM

we've heard some things involving e-bikes.

9/26/2017 2:37 PM
Edited Date/Time: 9/26/2017 2:39 PM

onenerdykid* wrote:

Chatting in the pits means nothing... most of the racers are friends with each other and there is a lot of down time on a race weekend. Racers hang in each other's pits because they are friends and need to pass the time. Chatting in the pits (on its own) does not amount to much.

I am well aware of that as there were many others stopping by and chatting with Martin, Aaaron and Neko. That is also the reason Sam Dale or Wyn Masters gave his hand brace to Neko to be able to race.

But the thread is named Rumors so there needs to be some "beef" otherwise there is not happening much ;-)

9/26/2017 4:01 PM

lister_yu wrote:

I am well aware of that as there were many others stopping by and chatting with Martin, Aaaron and Neko. That is also the reason Sam Dale or Wyn Masters gave his hand brace to Neko to be able to race.

But the thread is named Rumors so there needs to be some "beef" otherwise there is not happening much ;-)

More than that, Brook is managed by Martin / 23 Degrees, so he does spend quite a bit of time there. As much as I'd love to see it, it's very unlikely Brook will be joining the Mob. He'd be a good fit back at Mondraker.

9/27/2017 1:57 AM

Mille Johnset will race world cup junior women with Trek Factory Racing DH.

9/27/2017 6:32 AM

Greg Callaghan Insta

Greg Gallaghan signs with Red Bull

9/27/2017 11:21 AM

malle wrote: Greg Callaghan Insta

Greg Gallaghan signs with Red Bull

boom! good find. i embedded the post here


9/27/2017 11:28 PM

malle wrote: Greg Callaghan Insta

Greg Gallaghan signs with Red Bull

sspomer wrote:

boom! good find. i embedded the post here


cheers!

9/28/2017 9:53 AM

Ride.io joined in the Team Rumours fun, claiming:

1. Danny Hart off to Saracen

2. Wyn Masters off to Polygon Bikes. His focus will switch more towards EWS and therefore jump onboard a brand who want lots of enduro exposure. Possibly won’t be seeing him World Cup Downhill at all next year.

3. Brook Macdonald to MS Mondraker

4. Johannes Fischbach to Cube Bikes

5. Unior tools to Join Forces with Devinci Factory racing

6. Matt Simmonds to move on from Madison Saracen but to where??

7. Greg Gallaghan signs with Red Bull

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9/29/2017 5:56 AM

bturman wrote:

Ride.io joined in the Team Rumours fun, claiming:

1. Danny Hart off to Saracen

2. Wyn Masters off to Polygon Bikes. His focus will switch more towards EWS and therefore jump onboard a brand who want lots of enduro exposure. Possibly won’t be seeing him World Cup Downhill at all next year.

3. Brook Macdonald to MS Mondraker

4. Johannes Fischbach to Cube Bikes

5. Unior tools to Join Forces with Devinci Factory racing

6. Matt Simmonds to move on from Madison Saracen but to where??

7. Greg Gallaghan signs with Red Bull

that number 5 rumor tho!!!

9/29/2017 9:02 AM

Exactly my thoughts!

10/1/2017 1:39 AM

I can see RR moving from Yeti.