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1/2/2018 12:42 PM

That-Norco-Dude wrote:

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.

This!

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1/2/2018 1:49 PM

Dave Jenvey on Orange again for 2018.

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1/2/2018 2:59 PM

Looks like a mass exodus from Fox (clothing), budget shrink? Or are Royal upping their game with sponsorship?
Iago Garay and Tyler Mcaul now both off as well.

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1/2/2018 3:43 PM

As for Ratboy on Sram, he's been running Eagle in one of the EWS races, Colorado if i'm not mistaken.

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1/2/2018 4:48 PM

That-Norco-Dude wrote:

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.

LLLLL wrote:

This!

Cathro is killing it with those videos.

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1/2/2018 7:12 PM

sam_\hughes/ wrote:

Looks like a mass exodus from Fox (clothing), budget shrink? Or are Royal upping their game with sponsorship?
Iago Garay and Tyler Mcaul now both off as well.

I saw a few additions for them. Ethan nell is a big add now.

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1/2/2018 7:21 PM

sam_\hughes/ wrote:

Looks like a mass exodus from Fox (clothing), budget shrink? Or are Royal upping their game with sponsorship?
Iago Garay and Tyler Mcaul now both off as well.

My guess they have more $ going to UCI teams

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1/2/2018 7:33 PM

Primoz wrote:

As for Ratboy on Sram, he's been running Eagle in one of the EWS races, Colorado if i'm not mistaken.

My poorly constructed, most likely wrong theory is that Ratboy's newest bikes are just being pulled off the retail racks at the SC warehouse so he rides whatever spec is on them aside from the Fabric stuff he's been promoting.

Has he mentioned any specific drivetrain/suspension sponsors lately? His DH bike is still spec'd mainly with Syndicate stuff no? Seems like maybe he isn't as focused on getting a sponsor for every single little detail and in some cases just going with the flow. You don't have to get a sponsor for every single component if you don't want to. Maybe the cash-flow is more than enough for what he wants. Plus Santa Cruz could be fine tossing him complete bikes rather than just frames. Who knows!

Or someone could try asking him on Instagram.

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1/3/2018 12:34 AM

regarding Michelin tyres - I guess the embargo ends today

https://www.mtb-mag.com/en/first-ride-the-new-michelin-wild-enduro/

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1/3/2018 1:37 AM

BMX Olympian and MTB dominator Caroline Buchanan has been in a nasty car accident, which left her with a broken sternum and a collapsed lung. Here's wishing you a speedy recovery Caroline, the mountain bike world looks forward to catching up with you again at Crankworx!

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1/3/2018 1:39 AM

lister_yu wrote:

regarding Michelin tyres - I guess the embargo ends today

https://www.mtb-mag.com/en/first-ride-the-new-michelin-wild-enduro/

THEY....LOOK.....HAWT!!

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1/3/2018 2:34 AM

Lacanuck24 wrote:

My poorly constructed, most likely wrong theory is that Ratboy's newest bikes are just being pulled off the retail racks at the SC warehouse so he rides whatever spec is on them aside from the Fabric stuff he's been promoting.

Has he mentioned any specific drivetrain/suspension sponsors lately? His DH bike is still spec'd mainly with Syndicate stuff no? Seems like maybe he isn't as focused on getting a sponsor for every single little detail and in some cases just going with the flow. You don't have to get a sponsor for every single component if you don't want to. Maybe the cash-flow is more than enough for what he wants. Plus Santa Cruz could be fine tossing him complete bikes rather than just frames. Who knows!

Or someone could try asking him on Instagram.

Good point actually, i did think about that as well. But the factory Nomads all come exclusively with RS suspension and Sram brakes, while he was on FOX suspension and Shimano brakes at the time.

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1/3/2018 4:36 AM
Edited Date/Time: 1/3/2018 4:37 AM

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1/3/2018 4:54 AM

A EWS friend was approched by the red T some time ago. He was a potential choice as the best privateer en 2017 but they finally wanted a top ten to replace the one that's moving to the Y blue...
So this means there's a big spot in the red T for a top rider... But who !?!

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1/3/2018 6:48 AM

saw this one coming. end of an era for Slugger most likely! 2 WC wins and many podiums.

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1/3/2018 7:56 AM

JoeyHooo wrote:

A EWS friend was approched by the red T some time ago. He was a potential choice as the best privateer en 2017 but they finally wanted a top ten to replace the one that's moving to the Y blue...
So this means there's a big spot in the red T for a top rider... But who !?!

Trek isn't overly know for taking risks when it comes to riders. And to be honest, the Katy Winton,Casey Brown and Lew Buchanan team was a bit of a suprise as it wasn't what Trek would normaly do. Whoever they sign, my guess is they go with a rider whos a little more on the veteran side of the EWS.

I know François Bailly-Maître had an interesting set up with IBIS last year, it was some kind of independent contract or something... The guy has had a crazy consistant career in the EWS since it started and if he's not on a standard team contract with IBIS my guess is he is up for grabs. Also if it means anything, he has no sponsors in his Instagram account...

So I am taking François Bailly-Maître as my top guess.

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1/3/2018 11:42 AM

Cody Kelley and Anneke both posted the same photo on Instagram. It's only the EWS logo, could they be going on the same team?

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1/3/2018 12:11 PM

That-Norco-Dude wrote:

saw this one coming. end of an era for Slugger most likely! 2 WC wins and many podiums.

Maybe he can come back to GMBN since they just expanded into 3 different channels so I'd think there are plenty of hosting opportunities.

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1/3/2018 2:28 PM

ck85 wrote:

Cody Kelley and Anneke both posted the same photo on Instagram. It's only the EWS logo, could they be going on the same team?

Monster Energy / Specialized? Anneke has the #unleashthebeast

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1/3/2018 2:55 PM
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danielhfranks wrote:

Monster Energy / Specialized? Anneke has the #unleashthebeast

Unleash the Beast is Saxon's thirteenth studio album, released in 1997. It is the first studio album to feature Doug Scarratt on guitar.

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1/3/2018 4:27 PM

danielhfranks wrote:

Monster Energy / Specialized? Anneke has the #unleashthebeast

didn't monster/specialized die in 2013?

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1/3/2018 5:57 PM

Anneke is going to be on alchemy bikes she had their socks on in a insta post and she was running enve wheel and which alchemy also runs.

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1/3/2018 6:32 PM

KaiQ wrote:

Anneke is going to be on alchemy bikes she had their socks on in a insta post and she was running enve wheel and which alchemy also runs.

Ya I'm almost sure Cody and Anneke are going to both be on an Alchemy Enduro team, who now's maybe someone else too.

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1/3/2018 7:12 PM



Looks like Kyle Warner is on(back on) Felt Bicycles for 2018.

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1/3/2018 7:19 PM

Nik Nestoroff is on khs now, do you guys think he will be racing wc this year? They rarely seem to have guys in europe.

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1/3/2018 7:51 PM

THooker wrote:

Nik Nestoroff is on khs now, do you guys think he will be racing wc this year? They rarely seem to have guys in europe.

And he left Bruce off the team mentions.

WHERE IS BRUCE GOING?

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1/3/2018 7:56 PM

THooker wrote:

Nik Nestoroff is on khs now, do you guys think he will be racing wc this year? They rarely seem to have guys in europe.

That-Norco-Dude wrote:

And he left Bruce off the team mentions.

WHERE IS BRUCE GOING?

Commencal

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1/4/2018 5:16 AM



Not sure if someone caught yet but Alchemy Bicycle post this on their Instagram account December 22. Of course matches Anne and Cody's Instagram account recent posts.

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1/4/2018 7:34 AM
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Just a rumor.... but Cody Kelley posted that people should try guessing his new team during the next week. Nukeproof USA ambassador Rich Houseman (bigzcasa on instagram) responded with "I’m excluded from this contest! go fast in ‘18"

If the Nukeproof ambassador is excluded then either he is involved with Cody's arrival...... oooorrrr he is simply a friend who knows too much.

Kelan Grant recently took the leap/promotion to the EWS CRC team after racing for Nukeproof domestically (I forget where he is from) so it does make sense that Nukeproof would now gun for some podiums in the USA domestic races. There is no one better to do that with than a guy who has struggled to breach the top of the EWS, and has actually missed some EWS rounds, but has proven he can quite easily win domestic races. Cody Kelley really would be the top choice for a rep in the USA to grab the BME, Scott, maybe Cascadia, and also the NAET championships. It would be quite a coup for a small inexpensive (budget) brand to add all of that to already having the EWS champion on their bike.

Let's wait and see.

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1/4/2018 9:53 AM

wmv7766 wrote:

Just a rumor.... but Cody Kelley posted that people should try guessing his new team during the next week. Nukeproof USA ambassador Rich Houseman (bigzcasa on instagram) responded with "I’m excluded from this contest! go fast in ‘18"

If the Nukeproof ambassador is excluded then either he is involved with Cody's arrival...... oooorrrr he is simply a friend who knows too much.

Kelan Grant recently took the leap/promotion to the EWS CRC team after racing for Nukeproof domestically (I forget where he is from) so it does make sense that Nukeproof would now gun for some podiums in the USA domestic races. There is no one better to do that with than a guy who has struggled to breach the top of the EWS, and has actually missed some EWS rounds, but has proven he can quite easily win domestic races. Cody Kelley really would be the top choice for a rep in the USA to grab the BME, Scott, maybe Cascadia, and also the NAET championships. It would be quite a coup for a small inexpensive (budget) brand to add all of that to already having the EWS champion on their bike.

Let's wait and see.

NEVERMIND. Cody just posted a hint picture of a rear triangle and its clearly an Alchemy Arktos.

Pretty cool!