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4/19/2018 5:03 PM

New Kona Operator at Sea Otter (I know its nothing new but the colour I'm guessing is for the masses)

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4/23/2018 2:52 AM

Am I the only one wondering what the deal is with the whole Mondraker team racing in branded Alpinestars gear and Laurie rocking the full Fox kit? I know they have different personal helmet and goggle sponsors, as a lot of athletes do, but this looks a bit strange. I saw it in Maribor and I thought it must be some sort of a deal that doesn't cover the iXS Cup, but now at full World Cup level... Hm! Could there be something in the works between Mondraker and Fox or did Laurie, erm, lose his kit and they didn't have anything else available since two weeks now?

Anyway, nerd rant over! Time to go ride!
Mx

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4/23/2018 3:19 AM
Edited Date/Time: 4/23/2018 3:29 AM

Maxipedia wrote:

Am I the only one wondering what the deal is with the whole Mondraker team racing in branded Alpinestars gear and Laurie rocking the full Fox kit? I know they have different personal helmet and goggle sponsors, as a lot of athletes do, but this looks a bit strange. I saw it in Maribor and I thought it must be some sort of a deal that doesn't cover the iXS Cup, but now at full World Cup level... Hm! Could there be something in the works between Mondraker and Fox or did Laurie, erm, lose his kit and they didn't have anything else available since two weeks now?

Anyway, nerd rant over! Time to go ride!
Mx

All the team gear looks pretty similar, but Brooke is actually the only guy in Alpinestars kit (which looks a lot like the Dainese kit they were in last few years). Jones had been wearing 100% at some pre-season event but he and Brage are both now in PULS jerseys and pants. You wouldn't be the only one confused, we spent much of this week in Croatia trying to figure out who was who with all the different bikes, gear, and clothing being used for the first time.

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4/23/2018 7:43 AM

Was that an Alta motors sticker on Laurie Greenland's helmet?

As in www.altamotors.co ?

Sure looked like it.

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4/24/2018 12:42 AM

kidwoo wrote:

Was that an Alta motors sticker on Laurie Greenland's helmet?

As in www.altamotors.co ?

Sure looked like it.

I was told it's the Alta bike/ski/board shop in Queenstown (they rent Mondraker DH bikes) , but can't confirm if that is true or not.

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4/24/2018 2:34 AM

kidwoo wrote:

Was that an Alta motors sticker on Laurie Greenland's helmet?

As in www.altamotors.co ?

Sure looked like it.

general lee wrote:

I was told it's the Alta bike/ski/board shop in Queenstown (they rent Mondraker DH bikes) , but can't confirm if that is true or not.

Correct, Alta queenstown is a SNOW - Ski- board - bike shop in QT.

mondraker dealer also.

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4/24/2018 4:11 AM

Cheers for the answer, Lee! But I am still a tad surprised that there wasn't much branding visible on all that kit...

Thanks for the beautiful pictures,
Mx

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4/24/2018 4:31 AM

Maxipedia wrote:

Cheers for the answer, Lee! But I am still a tad surprised that there wasn't much branding visible on all that kit...

Thanks for the beautiful pictures,
Mx

Cheers man, thanks.

A few of the media squids had the same impression with a few kits and branding. Fox really seems to have it sorted out with bright blocks of colors and large, bold logos and graphics that are instantly recognizable. A few others are quite a bit busy looking and hard to separate from the crowd.

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4/27/2018 7:55 AM

Haven’t seen this yet, JC running some “NSW” rims , the nsw naming has been used by Zipp on their highest end wheelsets, which make enves seem cheap. Safe bet some new sram wheels are in the works.

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4/27/2018 2:47 PM

Well, there was an insta teasing with JC and Roppo about a new wheel/tire product.Considering their common sponsor (Sram/rockshox) and this story post I would believe too to some new high end offering from sram.

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4/30/2018 9:31 AM

LOL about the parking spaces. lopes & ibis launch american enduro team
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Lopes Launches Ibis US Enduro Team
Ibis clears out a couple of parking spots and welcomes Brian Lopes back into the fold.

Four time UCI World Champion, and winner of almost every kind of bike race you can think of , Brian Lopes has partnered with Ibis Cycles to launch a US domestic enduro racing team, along with support from DVO Suspension, G-Form Protection, WTB Tires and Saddles, ODI Grips, Wolf Tooth Components, Fox Racing, and Dynaplug.
From 2008 through 2013 Lopes was an Ibis sponsored athlete, and now he returns in a new role as a team manager. The team is focused on contesting the California Enduro Series (CES), as well as some of the EWS Continental events. The roster includes: Evan Geankoplis 26, winner of the 2016 CES, and 2017 runner-up; Essence Barton 25, 2nd Overall in CES for both 2017 and 2016; rounding out the squad will be former U18 CES Champion, Paul Serra 18; and Lili Heim 17.

According to Lopes:
“Tom [Ibis President, Tom Morgan] and I were talking, and he said that he was interested in starting a domestic racing team to compliment their EWS team, but that he didn’t have the bandwidth the manage both and Ibis. I’ve been working with athletes as a coach for a few years now and thought that it would be a way to share my experience with some younger riders and reconnect with Ibis.”

According to Morgan:
“We didn’t stop being friends when he stopped riding for Ibis. We’ve always stayed in touch and when the opportunity to work together again came up it just made so much sense. Working with our EWS team over the past few years has made it clear that we needed some way to search for and develop younger riders, and I don’t think there’s anyone who could better prepare young rider for the rigors of racing at the highest level than Brian.”

Asked about riding for Ibis under the guidance of a legend like Lopes, Geankoplis said:
“I’ve worked at an Ibis dealer for over 5 years, and since the beginning of working with and riding Ibis has been a dream of mine. And I couldn't imagine having a better team manger than Brian Lopes. The guy has as much or more experience than anyone in the sport and is always there for us.”

The team has already made its presence felt with Geankoplis winning the DVO Winter Gravity Series Enduro at Bootleg Canyon, Barton taking 2nd in the Women’s Pro Enduro at the Sea Otter Classic, and Heim winning the U18 Sea Otter enduro race. Look for them to continue slaying the field starting with CES #1 at Toro Park on May 26th.

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4/30/2018 10:38 AM

sspomer wrote:

LOL about the parking spaces. lopes & ibis launch american enduro team
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Lopes Launches Ibis US Enduro Team
Ibis clears out a couple of parking spots and welcomes Brian Lopes back into the fold.

Four time UCI World Champion, and winner of almost every kind of bike race you can think of , Brian Lopes has partnered with Ibis Cycles to launch a US domestic enduro racing team, along with support from DVO Suspension, G-Form Protection, WTB Tires and Saddles, ODI Grips, Wolf Tooth Components, Fox Racing, and Dynaplug.
From 2008 through 2013 Lopes was an Ibis sponsored athlete, and now he returns in a new role as a team manager. The team is focused on contesting the California Enduro Series (CES), as well as some of the EWS Continental events. The roster includes: Evan Geankoplis 26, winner of the 2016 CES, and 2017 runner-up; Essence Barton 25, 2nd Overall in CES for both 2017 and 2016; rounding out the squad will be former U18 CES Champion, Paul Serra 18; and Lili Heim 17.

According to Lopes:
“Tom [Ibis President, Tom Morgan] and I were talking, and he said that he was interested in starting a domestic racing team to compliment their EWS team, but that he didn’t have the bandwidth the manage both and Ibis. I’ve been working with athletes as a coach for a few years now and thought that it would be a way to share my experience with some younger riders and reconnect with Ibis.”

According to Morgan:
“We didn’t stop being friends when he stopped riding for Ibis. We’ve always stayed in touch and when the opportunity to work together again came up it just made so much sense. Working with our EWS team over the past few years has made it clear that we needed some way to search for and develop younger riders, and I don’t think there’s anyone who could better prepare young rider for the rigors of racing at the highest level than Brian.”

Asked about riding for Ibis under the guidance of a legend like Lopes, Geankoplis said:
“I’ve worked at an Ibis dealer for over 5 years, and since the beginning of working with and riding Ibis has been a dream of mine. And I couldn't imagine having a better team manger than Brian Lopes. The guy has as much or more experience than anyone in the sport and is always there for us.”

The team has already made its presence felt with Geankoplis winning the DVO Winter Gravity Series Enduro at Bootleg Canyon, Barton taking 2nd in the Women’s Pro Enduro at the Sea Otter Classic, and Heim winning the U18 Sea Otter enduro race. Look for them to continue slaying the field starting with CES #1 at Toro Park on May 26th.

So competitive he even throws his hand over the girls foot in the splits. "Get that outta here!" ;-)

I just wish he'd commit to a full play on his bad guy status and be in the pic taking up 2 spaces, up on the curb looking raged out with his shirt off and about 700 Oakley logos tattooed on his chest pushing an old lady off her wheelchair.


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4/30/2018 10:56 AM

Where's the DVO gear?

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4/30/2018 11:48 AM

here are some more bike pics


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5/1/2018 12:19 AM

sspomer wrote:

LOL about the parking spaces. lopes & ibis launch american enduro team
-----------------------------
Lopes Launches Ibis US Enduro Team
Ibis clears out a couple of parking spots and welcomes Brian Lopes back into the fold.

Four time UCI World Champion, and winner of almost every kind of bike race you can think of , Brian Lopes has partnered with Ibis Cycles to launch a US domestic enduro racing team, along with support from DVO Suspension, G-Form Protection, WTB Tires and Saddles, ODI Grips, Wolf Tooth Components, Fox Racing, and Dynaplug.
From 2008 through 2013 Lopes was an Ibis sponsored athlete, and now he returns in a new role as a team manager. The team is focused on contesting the California Enduro Series (CES), as well as some of the EWS Continental events. The roster includes: Evan Geankoplis 26, winner of the 2016 CES, and 2017 runner-up; Essence Barton 25, 2nd Overall in CES for both 2017 and 2016; rounding out the squad will be former U18 CES Champion, Paul Serra 18; and Lili Heim 17.

According to Lopes:
“Tom [Ibis President, Tom Morgan] and I were talking, and he said that he was interested in starting a domestic racing team to compliment their EWS team, but that he didn’t have the bandwidth the manage both and Ibis. I’ve been working with athletes as a coach for a few years now and thought that it would be a way to share my experience with some younger riders and reconnect with Ibis.”

According to Morgan:
“We didn’t stop being friends when he stopped riding for Ibis. We’ve always stayed in touch and when the opportunity to work together again came up it just made so much sense. Working with our EWS team over the past few years has made it clear that we needed some way to search for and develop younger riders, and I don’t think there’s anyone who could better prepare young rider for the rigors of racing at the highest level than Brian.”

Asked about riding for Ibis under the guidance of a legend like Lopes, Geankoplis said:
“I’ve worked at an Ibis dealer for over 5 years, and since the beginning of working with and riding Ibis has been a dream of mine. And I couldn't imagine having a better team manger than Brian Lopes. The guy has as much or more experience than anyone in the sport and is always there for us.”

The team has already made its presence felt with Geankoplis winning the DVO Winter Gravity Series Enduro at Bootleg Canyon, Barton taking 2nd in the Women’s Pro Enduro at the Sea Otter Classic, and Heim winning the U18 Sea Otter enduro race. Look for them to continue slaying the field starting with CES #1 at Toro Park on May 26th.

So Lopes leave Ibis, goes to Ellsworth, goes back to Ibis where they announce a partnership with DVO, does that mean Lopes55 is OFF X-Fusion?

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5/1/2018 11:35 AM

don't forget intense in there

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5/1/2018 8:09 PM

First hd4 photo is the bl55 mobile with his own sponsors aboard (wtb, x fusion)

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5/3/2018 6:32 AM

That-Norco-Dude wrote:

don't forget intense in there

yeah forgot about that one hahaha

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5/15/2018 9:34 AM

what happend to the 29er V10? isn‘t there a rule that a bike has to be available to the public 12 month or so after being raced? can someone clarify?

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5/21/2018 7:45 AM

Kaos Seagrave with Transition TR11 29er

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5/21/2018 9:45 AM

krabo83 wrote:

what happend to the 29er V10? isn‘t there a rule that a bike has to be available to the public 12 month or so after being raced? can someone clarify?

If that was an actual rule, the Norco durum HSP would have been available almost a year ago.
Who knows tho, that could have been an acceptation.

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2017 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR expert 29er
2015 Specialized Camber Comp Custom Build

5/21/2018 4:08 PM

So far Jack Moir and Bruce Klein unable to race Fort Bill due to injury, bummer.

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5/21/2018 9:44 PM

And Jure Žabjek. Apparently he broke his pinkie finger quite badly.

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bi_fa9jBxof/?taken-by=zabjekjure

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5/22/2018 2:01 AM

New 29" Specialized on the way

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5/22/2018 3:54 AM

Yeah boi is out as well with broken collarbone

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5/22/2018 4:35 AM

peecee wrote:

New 29" Specialized on the way

Kinda surprised to see them moving away from the current Demo layout/design, especially since they hung on to the dual chain stay design for so long. It has arguably been their most successful Demo yet on the WC, so it's kinda strange to see them doing something this different after only a few years.

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5/22/2018 8:20 AM

Can't see the shock layout. I'd love to find out it's a pull shock design. It's time.

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5/22/2018 9:30 AM

Time for what? For someone to overcomplicate needlessly again?

Correct me if i'm wrong, but there are hardly any pullshock configurations out there in MTB, motorbike, automotive, etc., world. Bar the few MTB exceptions (the Scott Genius malarkey, a few Giants and the Lawwil Yeti, anything else?).

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5/22/2018 10:13 AM

Primoz wrote:

Time for what? For someone to overcomplicate needlessly again?

Correct me if i'm wrong, but there are hardly any pullshock configurations out there in MTB, motorbike, automotive, etc., world. Bar the few MTB exceptions (the Scott Genius malarkey, a few Giants and the Lawwil Yeti, anything else?).

Cannondale's bikes 2010-2016

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5/22/2018 10:15 AM

Primoz wrote:

Time for what? For someone to overcomplicate needlessly again?

Correct me if i'm wrong, but there are hardly any pullshock configurations out there in MTB, motorbike, automotive, etc., world. Bar the few MTB exceptions (the Scott Genius malarkey, a few Giants and the Lawwil Yeti, anything else?).

exactly. completely unnecessary. also the angle/design of the rocker pretty much shows a standard shock configuration.

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