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8/12/2018 7:44 PM

It is time to start spouting out the 2019 team rumors, especially with the last couple topics posted in the 2018 thread (Vital member, MPH, asking if Warner just eluded to Vergier leaving Syndicate).

This is the ultimate real or fake gossip center about professional mountain bike racers, teams and who will be running what.

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8/12/2018 7:47 PM

Subscribing 😜

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8/12/2018 10:19 PM

Hello Racing Rumors! Missed you!

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8/13/2018 12:14 AM

All aboard the Hype Train to Rumor Town!

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8/13/2018 2:45 AM

He said rumours but I think the Syndicate are so close that surly they will do everything they can to keep him, great team, great bike, his first win be silly to leave when its all starting to gel unless Max Commecal wants to sign Vergier and Bruni and turn the Commencal team into the new sunn chippie team from 20 years ago.

GT should sign someone who will put there new bike in the top 10 ?

Reece Wilson should get picked up by another team or bumped up to the Commencal/Vallnord team.

What actual riders are at the end of their contract this year ?

Gwin ? isn't this his last year with YT ?

I love silly season and its not even over yet haha

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8/13/2018 3:48 AM
Edited Date/Time: 8/13/2018 3:56 AM

Gwin to Santa Cruz, Minnaar to GT, and Loris to start his own team with Pole Bikes. Trust me, my sources are watertight

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8/13/2018 7:22 AM

General Lee's comment in the 2018 rumors about salaries is interesting. In inside line pod with Whitely, he mentioned that viewership is up, etc. with the stream and what not; is that playing a bigger role in increasing salaries? If salaries are up 20% plus over the past couple years, I think we are in for some big shakeups.

At the moment, the Syndicate, really has 3 top 5ish riders (Minnaar has been hurt but he's definitely paid like a top 5 guy). Even SC, who seems willing to spend a lot of money here, this could be too rich for the team. Loris may not want to leave, but if he is being given significantly more money than SC can afford, I would totally get him moving for a bigger pay check.

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8/13/2018 10:13 AM

Nukeproof are dropping the DH squad for next season , along with the Pulse to concentrate on Enduro, some free agents soon.

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8/13/2018 10:16 AM

How is Vali's contract, is she getting on mob for 2019 or is she staying with sram? Or do you think any other team might be willing to invest heavily into the future ?

Also in women field Hrastnik turned many heads as its been long time since privateer got on podium, UTT seems like a first option since they are from the same country but you never know...

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8/13/2018 11:17 AM

ok, i probably shouldn't post this, but the athlete figured it's worth the hype and we need to kick things off.


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8/13/2018 11:18 AM

Bigburd wrote:

Nukeproof are dropping the DH squad for next season , along with the Pulse to concentrate on Enduro, some free agents soon.

who was/is on their DH team this year? CRC/Mavic dumped the DH team before the 2018 season and were the only team riding nukeproof afaik.

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8/13/2018 11:22 AM

@sspomer 'tis a rampage logo at the top. LET THE SPECULATION BEGIN.

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8/13/2018 1:12 PM

Bigburd wrote:

Nukeproof are dropping the DH squad for next season , along with the Pulse to concentrate on Enduro, some free agents soon.

literally wrote:

who was/is on their DH team this year? CRC/Mavic dumped the DH team before the 2018 season and were the only team riding nukeproof afaik.

Yeah I completely forgot they already dropped the team, but the hearsay of the DH bike not being made anymore is still quite shocking.

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8/13/2018 2:12 PM

Make a seperate one for EWS and another for Freeride

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8/13/2018 2:15 PM

Bigburd wrote:

Nukeproof are dropping the DH squad for next season , along with the Pulse to concentrate on Enduro, some free agents soon.

literally wrote:

who was/is on their DH team this year? CRC/Mavic dumped the DH team before the 2018 season and were the only team riding nukeproof afaik.

Bigburd wrote:

Yeah I completely forgot they already dropped the team, but the hearsay of the DH bike not being made anymore is still quite shocking.

http://nukeproof.com/#riders Webpage describes 2 riders and wideopenmag team with tag downhill, feels really weird seeing brand that was basically reborn from DH ditching all of that...
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8/13/2018 2:30 PM

sspomer wrote:

ok, i probably shouldn't post this, but the athlete figured it's worth the hype and we need to kick things off.


REDDIE MASTERS

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8/13/2018 3:11 PM

sspomer wrote:

ok, i probably shouldn't post this, but the athlete figured it's worth the hype and we need to kick things off.


Rampage Riders on TLD (unless someone is also newly on TLD also)

Cam Zink - monster
Brandon Semenuk - already redbull
Kyle Strait - unlikely
Tom van Steenbergen -very likely
Brendan Fairclough - monster

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8/13/2018 3:18 PM
Edited Date/Time: 8/13/2018 3:19 PM

sspomer wrote:

ok, i probably shouldn't post this, but the athlete figured it's worth the hype and we need to kick things off.


mnebraska wrote:

Rampage Riders on TLD (unless someone is also newly on TLD also)

Cam Zink - monster
Brandon Semenuk - already redbull
Kyle Strait - unlikely
Tom van Steenbergen -very likely
Brendan Fairclough - monster

thx for the list, but tom is on monster too so also unlikely to join redbull

also warner mentioned that Anne-Caroline Chausson might join the commencial team

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8/13/2018 9:21 PM

In for this year, I've got nothing so I'm going to predict Saracen with a non single pivot bike, or maybe high single pivot, purely on the basis Hart is somewhat struggling to get on the top step and Brook is enjoying being back on Mondraker after the single pivot GT.

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8/14/2018 3:34 AM

sspomer wrote:

ok, i probably shouldn't post this, but the athlete figured it's worth the hype and we need to kick things off.


mnebraska wrote:

Rampage Riders on TLD (unless someone is also newly on TLD also)

Cam Zink - monster
Brandon Semenuk - already redbull
Kyle Strait - unlikely
Tom van Steenbergen -very likely
Brendan Fairclough - monster

Its not tom van steenbergen he is on monster now.

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8/14/2018 7:16 AM

Here’s my completely unfounded rumours. I haven’t seen one photo of the Specialized gravity team together this year so I predict Miranda Miller retires or is leaving the team based on her last post about team memories. Specialized should sign Val Holl to a three year contract while she’s still reasonably priced. Finn Isles is moving to Santa Cruz Syndicate based on his eating with them, Loris and Bruni back on the same squad but I don’t know where.

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8/14/2018 7:29 AM

sspomer wrote:

ok, i probably shouldn't post this, but the athlete figured it's worth the hype and we need to kick things off.


Ahab wrote:

REDDIE MASTERS

I really hope Eddie doesn't sign with Rebull. That would be a bummer.

Now that he's a top 10 guy, Eddie needs a way more "bougie" helmet sponsor to fit his brand. I'm thinking something like Audi or Breville that fits in with the mid-30s enduro guy with his full carbon pivot on his kuat rack talking about how good his espresso is at home on the group ride.

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8/14/2018 8:06 AM

MPH24 wrote:

I really hope Eddie doesn't sign with Rebull. That would be a bummer.

Now that he's a top 10 guy, Eddie needs a way more "bougie" helmet sponsor to fit his brand. I'm thinking something like Audi or Breville that fits in with the mid-30s enduro guy with his full carbon pivot on his kuat rack talking about how good his espresso is at home on the group ride.

LOL !!! I read the humour, however Breville is the Huffy/Walmart of the high end espresso aficionado

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8/14/2018 8:09 AM

luisgutrod wrote:

LOL !!! I read the humour, however Breville is the Huffy/Walmart of the high end espresso aficionado

Good catch. Haha. Can't have Eddie repping huffy level products. haha

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8/14/2018 10:49 AM

Do we have a list going of athletes whose contracts are up for the season? I can't keep track of them all, but here's some I believe are correct with much help from previous posts:
Aaron Gwin / YT MOB
Loris Vergier
Finn Iles / Specialized Gravity Team
Athertons / Trek Factory DH

Brosnan's been with Canyon for a bit now, same with the Intense Factory Team and Giant racing. Now that Norco and GT have new bikes, maybe we will see a shakeup there?
I'm less certain about what's happening on the Enduro circuit, but Graves, Rude, and Maes have all been at their respective teams for a while now, but I don't see any of them leaving anytime soon.

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8/14/2018 2:57 PM

Racing Rumors came a month early this year!


Wild guesses with a touch of speculation:

Valentina Holl to become the first female rider of the YT Mob.
  • Vali will be with the Mob next season because team vids and photos look better with 2 Red Bull helmets instead of one.
  • Vali Holl will be moving to Elites for sure. Her national federation will need to send the request over to the UCI as a formality but the UCI won't say no.



    Loris will be moving to Norco, and it's thanks to Loic.
  • His performance dramatically improved on 29" wheels so he'll pick a team with a good 29" bike
  • Loic doesn't like the Demo 29, so no going back to Spez for Loris
  • Loic is good friends with Blenki
  • Loic mentioned he was spending his off-season in New Zealand
  • (probably because Loris already made plans)


    The new Fury needs to be on the podium next season so GT will sign any or all of these riders whose contracts are up:
  • Laurie Greenland
  • Jack Moir
  • Remi Thirion


    Specialized Gravity Racing will cease to exist, they go back to Specialized Racing or Specialized Factory Racing.
  • Finn moves! While Devinci is the sentimental favorite, they already have a full roster
  • (which will include Monika Hrastnik).
  • I see Finn going to Mondraker, who will lose Laurie Greenland.
  • Laurie Greenland will probably be a Specialized rider in 2019.
  • Loic stays on and helps lead development to on the next Demo.
  • Miranda Miller will choose not to race the full 2019 WC season.


    Lapierre will be back on the EWS.
  • They will be racing a new bike which can run both 27.5 and 29 in wheels.
  • Adrien Dailly might prefer 650b at the onset but if Nico V tests the 29er, we will likely see the 29 version on track.


    Eddie Masters to race the EWS full time.
  • He will still race a couple of World Cups depending on the schedule.
  • He will be signing with Monster Energy.
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    8/14/2018 3:12 PM

    MPH24 wrote:

    I really hope Eddie doesn't sign with Rebull. That would be a bummer.

    Now that he's a top 10 guy, Eddie needs a way more "bougie" helmet sponsor to fit his brand. I'm thinking something like Audi or Breville that fits in with the mid-30s enduro guy with his full carbon pivot on his kuat rack talking about how good his espresso is at home on the group ride.

    Why you talking about me?

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    8/14/2018 3:18 PM

    Ahab wrote:

    REDDIE MASTERS

    MPH24 wrote:

    I really hope Eddie doesn't sign with Rebull. That would be a bummer.

    Now that he's a top 10 guy, Eddie needs a way more "bougie" helmet sponsor to fit his brand. I'm thinking something like Audi or Breville that fits in with the mid-30s enduro guy with his full carbon pivot on his kuat rack talking about how good his espresso is at home on the group ride.

    NoahColorado wrote:

    Why you talking about me?

    Is MRP suspension breaking into the world cup circuit ?

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    8/14/2018 4:11 PM

    No rumor, as I assume Gwin will be riding for YT for the foreseeable future. But did anybody else find YT new Tues ad funny?

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    8/14/2018 5:55 PM

    Not a rumor, but Isak Leivsson should be picked up by a real team.

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