2018 Racing Rumors

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1/12/2018 7:49 AM

loic.penel wrote:

Mr Fearon !!!!

Goddam I wish! But he resigned for two years in 2016. Maaaaan that would be sick though haha

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1/12/2018 8:06 AM
Edited Date/Time: 1/12/2018 8:08 AM

I smell a shimano-crisis.... it seems they are dumping quite a few teams....
Scott on trp brakes, trek with renthal and hope....
Wondering whats going on there...

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1/12/2018 8:07 AM

Atherton rider announced as Charlie Hatton

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1/12/2018 8:09 AM

Wasn't Norton seen doing some riding on a Devinci just a bit ago?

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I'm hungry.

1/12/2018 8:21 AM

Petder wrote:

I smell a shimano-crisis.... it seems they are dumping quite a few teams....
Scott on trp brakes, trek with renthal and hope....
Wondering whats going on there...

Sram dumped a ton of riders a year or two back as well. More of them were slopestyle and freeride guys and what not, others were racers.

I think if you listen to that inside line podcast episode The chick from sram kina explained it as a necessary evil. Maybe same thing happening with Shimano.

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1/12/2018 8:37 AM
Edited Date/Time: 1/12/2018 8:42 AM

charlie hatton confirmed on trek factory racing, hope, endura, renthal, MRP and WTB in the line-up for parts, too. note the "further news shortly" at the end. hmmmm.



TREK FACTORY RACING SIGNS CHARLIE HATTON AND ANNOUNCES THREE NEW PARTNERSHIPS FOR 2018
 
 
The Trek Factory Racing team are pleased to welcome an Elite rider with enormous potential – 19 year old Brit Charlie Hatton. 

Charlie’s 2017 was packed with great performances; two National wins, the overall British Downhill Series title and three World Cup top 20 results, the highlight 11th place at the World Cup Finals where he was just tenths of seconds off the top ten. 
 
Team Director Dan Brown said “ We’ve been keeping a close eye on Charlie since he was a Youth rider and his performance last year was one of the breakthroughs of the 2017 season. It’s exciting to be heading into the season with such a strong roster”.
 
Charlie Hatton “I’m stoked to be joining one of the very best teams out there. Growing up I used to always see the team on films and now it’s crazy to think I’ll be riding with them, I can’t wait for the season to kick off.” 
 
Charlie will join Gee, Rachel and Junior Kade Edwards on board the Trek Sessions as the team sets its sights on regaining the title of “World’s Fastest Downhill team” which they held for both 2012 and 2013. 

Kade said “I can’t wait to go racing. Last year’s podiums were Ok, a start, but I want to win… it’s gunna be a hell of a year with some good people.”
 
Gee Atherton said “Having Charlie on board with us is going to be awesome, we’ve already got to know him pretty well and I think he’ll be a massive asset to the team. Personally I’m coming in the strongest I have for some years, not having to rehab this past off season has allowed me much more bike time which means I’m feeling super comfortable on the Session”

Eldest sibling Dan Atherton will continue to hold a pivotal role guiding the team.  Dan will concentrate on progressing mountain-biking in the UK through his work on Dyfi Bike Park, designing the fifth Red Bull Hardline and mentoring the Atherton Academy which continues to support young riders including Mille Johnset and Luke Williamson. 

 There are some significant changes to the team’s equipment line up for 2018 with Endura supplying apparel, Hope Technology moving up to be the key component supplier and Renthal supplying bars, grips and stems. 
 
Dan Atherton said “My life is all about pushing boundaries, whether it's a day on the mountain digging or a day on the bikes. With Endura on board it's good to know I have a company behind me that is willing to push as hard as I am. We are all stoked to be working with a company whose products can stand up to our lifestyle! “
 
Pamela Barclay, Endura’s Brand Director said “Dan, Gee and Rachel offer something more and embody the Endura mantra of Renegade Progress. Sometimes, you have a hunch that a group of people share your outlook on life, and we’ve always liked the way that they go racing: with commitment and dedication, but an unmistakable sense of fun. It already feels like a good fit.”
 
On the bike, Barnoldswick based Hope Technologies become lead component partner, they will supply everything from headsets to hubs and brakes to seatposts. 
 
Rachel Atherton “First day on my new bike and it feels amazing, I’m not renowned for liking change but when I jumped on the bike yesterday for the first time since breaking my collarbone I felt totally at home, the set up feels really square, and attacking which I love, I cant wait to take it to the races.”

Head Technician Joe Krejbich said “We’ve run Hope for many seasons but for 2018 that relationship has deepened so that we are finally representing them in true fashion! It goes without saying that they have a fantastic reputation of making great bombproof products.”
 
Rachael Walker of Hope Technologies said “Hope have worked with the Athertons for a long time, since 2012, with the supply of seat clamps and headsets. Now that partnership will expand to brakes, drivetrain components, carbon seat posts and hubs. The Athertons have been at the peak of our sport for so long, achieving what many other teams and riders can only aspire to. To build on our relationship with Atherton Racing seems like a natural step. Having some of the best riders in the world using what we feel are some of the best components produced can only mean there are some exciting times ahead.”
 
Renthal will provide bars, grips and stems, while chain devices will come from MRP and seats from Wilderness Trail Bikes ( WTB ). 
 
Ian Collins, Renthal’s Cycle Product Manager said “We’re super excited to collaborate with Trek Factory Racing DH and the Athertons. Renthal chooses to work with the very best riders in the World and Trek Factory Racing DH has two distinct facets which we can draw from. Gee, Rach and Dan are legends of the sport, all still at the top of their game. Their depth of knowledge and racing experience is vital. Added to this, Kade Edwards and Charlie Hatton are young, exciting, up and coming riders, who are the next talent to push the sport forwards. This is a great combination for Renthal to continue to develop cutting edge product with ultimate reliability.”
 
In other partnership news, long term supporters Silverline Tools, Red Bull, Oakley. Fox, Muc-Off and Bell also remain in the mix. 
Look out for further news very shortly.

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1/12/2018 8:43 AM

some bikeage.

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1/12/2018 8:47 AM

Zakarias Johansen in Cube Action Team



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1/12/2018 8:51 AM

So... Hope cranks and cassettes on TFR? Looks to be SRAM shifty bits. I agree with the above, a bit wild to see the mass Shimano exodus...

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1/12/2018 9:02 AM

Brock_Fisher wrote:

Sram dumped a ton of riders a year or two back as well. More of them were slopestyle and freeride guys and what not, others were racers.

I think if you listen to that inside line podcast episode The chick from sram kina explained it as a necessary evil. Maybe same thing happening with Shimano.

'the chick from sram' also goes by the name Elayna Caldwell. She's SRAM's Brand Director for MTB

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1/12/2018 10:14 AM



Finally official. Bruce Klein riding for new Commencal/100% team.
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1/12/2018 10:16 AM

Mitch Ropelato competing in the full EWS season this year. The guy has incredible skill, I can't wait to root for him. https://www.instagram.com/p/Bd2xhAdH8UQ/?hl=en&taken-by=mitchropo

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1/12/2018 12:06 PM

Reece Wilson on Commençal/100% as well.



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1/12/2018 12:50 PM

Here is the full 2018 announcement for the Commencal / 100% team (formerly Commencal / Lac Blanc):
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New Blood, New Name!

We’re stoked to welcome Bruce Klein (20 year old, Los Angeles, CA) and Reece Wilson (21 year old, Gordon, Scotland), who join Thomas Estaque in the COMMENCAL / 100% Team! These three riders, already familiar with World Cup top 20s, are a real explosion of style and motivation.



Of course we’re also super stoked to strengthen our relationship with 100%. The attractive Californian brand has been supporting us for two years now and we feel very close to their cutting edge products. Special thanks to Lac Blanc Bike Park for a wonderful decade of partnership and support! The team grew thanks to this French resort, they’ve been there since the beginning. We will never miss the opportunity to ride again in their wonderful place during summer!



We had an eventful 2017 season, a mixture of international podiums and injuries. Amaury Pierron and Thomas Estaque showed us we had the tools to get on the podiums along with COMMENCAL’s drive for racing. However, now it’s time to turn a page and we hope the coming years will be even more exciting because we love this sport!

Can’t wait for the action!

Pierre-Charles GEORGES
COMMENCAL / 100% Team Manager

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1/12/2018 2:56 PM

Petder wrote:

I smell a shimano-crisis.... it seems they are dumping quite a few teams....
Scott on trp brakes, trek with renthal and hope....
Wondering whats going on there...

Brock_Fisher wrote:

Sram dumped a ton of riders a year or two back as well. More of them were slopestyle and freeride guys and what not, others were racers.

I think if you listen to that inside line podcast episode The chick from sram kina explained it as a necessary evil. Maybe same thing happening with Shimano.

general lee wrote:

'the chick from sram' also goes by the name Elayna Caldwell. She's SRAM's Brand Director for MTB

Couldn't remember her name. Thank you!

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1/12/2018 7:00 PM

tlax88 wrote:

Mitch Ropelato competing in the full EWS season this year. The guy has incredible skill, I can't wait to root for him. https://www.instagram.com/p/Bd2xhAdH8UQ/?hl=en&taken-by=mitchropo

Best news so far this year. Great kid and seriously talented! Hopefully he gets over his dislike for international travel this year.

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1/12/2018 7:24 PM
Edited Date/Time: 1/12/2018 7:25 PM

longroadtonowhere wrote:

Finally official. Bruce Klein riding for new Commencal/100% team.

Stoked for Bruce Klein. He had a great 2017. I'm curious how the Commencal team will influence his results in 2018. He's hoping for a bunch of top tens on the big stage.

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1/12/2018 7:36 PM

Fresh lid for Yoann


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1/12/2018 7:49 PM

Shimano picked up two top previously Sram XC teams this season, Topeak ergon and cannondale factory racing. Maybe their sponsorship priorities have shifted with a new xtr release on the horizon.

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1/12/2018 8:51 PM

watchcwgo wrote:

Shimano picked up two top previously Sram XC teams this season, Topeak ergon and cannondale factory racing. Maybe their sponsorship priorities have shifted with a new xtr release on the horizon.

They've also become the dominant component sponsor in top-level road cycling (at least on the men's side) in the last couple of years. From CyclingNews:"Of the 18 WorldTour teams, 14 use Shimano drivetrain components either fully or partly..." Maybe that push is partly responsible for cutbacks on the mountain biking side.

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1/12/2018 9:14 PM

The road side of sponsorship is different, in that many times, some teams don’t have an official component sponsor and they actually buy their choice of drivetrain. This is true for several world tour teams on Shimano. I think you can look up official partners on Shimanos site. The top teams can have somewhere in the range of 40-60 bikes built at any given time, that’s a whole lot of $$$$$

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1/12/2018 10:11 PM

I think they've worked out that DH is dead.

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1/13/2018 8:18 AM

Fairclough on TRP and BOS




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1/13/2018 8:41 AM
Edited Date/Time: 1/13/2018 8:43 AM

oddly enough, seems Gwin is riding shimano stuff.. check Jacob Gibbins' instastory

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1/13/2018 8:44 AM

matt.greenwood001 wrote:

oddly enough, seems Gwin is riding shimano stuff.. check Jacob Gibbins' instastory



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1/13/2018 8:48 AM

matt.greenwood001 wrote:

oddly enough, seems Gwin is riding shimano stuff.. check Jacob Gibbins' instastory

Bell helmet too, could confirm that he’s off tld

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1/13/2018 9:09 AM

matt.greenwood001 wrote:

oddly enough, seems Gwin is riding shimano stuff.. check Jacob Gibbins' instastory

probably nothing as his team doesn´t have a drive train sponsor , and the new jeffsy come with shimano whit e.thirteen cassette

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1/13/2018 9:47 AM

matt.greenwood001 wrote:

oddly enough, seems Gwin is riding shimano stuff.. check Jacob Gibbins' instastory

tmano2 wrote:

probably nothing as his team doesn´t have a drive train sponsor , and the new jeffsy come with shimano whit e.thirteen cassette

I agree, he runs X0 on his tues

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1/13/2018 10:01 AM

matt.greenwood001 wrote:

oddly enough, seems Gwin is riding shimano stuff.. check Jacob Gibbins' instastory

tmano2 wrote:

probably nothing as his team doesn´t have a drive train sponsor , and the new jeffsy come with shimano whit e.thirteen cassette

Mineral_Wasser wrote:

I agree, he runs X0 on his tues

I think that‘s because YT specs Shimano 11-speed drivetrains with E13 cassettes on their Jeffsy models, Sram X0 and GX on thr Tues DH bikes.

The YT-Mob doesn‘t have a derdailleur/shifter sponsor. At least that was the case last year.

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1/13/2018 1:10 PM

What happened to Matt Simmons?

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