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12/15/2018 3:06 PM

Mablung wrote:

This is somewhat odd, but also some parts fall into place. The Athertons and Fabien Barell did NOT get along for quite some time, yet oddly enough Fabien started commenting on Gee and Rachels posts on social media. And we all know that Fabien is deeply involved in the Canyon program. And here we have Rachel commenting on Canyons road bike post. Very interesting indeed. BUT, Troy Brosnan cant stand the Athertons... specifically Gee, likely because of his friendship with Sam Hill who does NOT like Gee. So... is there going to be a new Canyon Atherton squad on the horizon? Or did the Athertons and Fabien decide to all act like adults and be nice to eachother? Very Interesting permutations... is Troy on his way to another team?

paulinhorula wrote:

Maybe two Canyon squads? Canyon runs SRAM/RockShox gear and Mavic wheels on their team and the Athertons have long been with Fox and Shimano...Maybe they will just be Sponsored for frames and have their own sponsors for the other stuff...
And also, are they really off Hope components? because since Brayton is rumored to go to Nukeproof, that could mean that they could get a similar deal has he had until 2018...

They could try to do the same as Gwin did when he started the YT MOB...Canyon frame, Hope components and wheels, maybe stay with Fox for suspension or maybe go with Ohlins, or DVO (since giant is rumored to go with Fox for next season)....


Mablung wrote:

Yeah, Athertons off of Hope for sure, there is buzz that they both have a beef with eachother. Nobody that knows will say exactly how it started or whose fault, but no matter... Hope is off the A train. I cannot see Athertons not being Fox though, no way. Drivetrain wise... its all up for grabs in my opinion. Canyon looks to be a good ride, Id like to see that happen with the Athertons.

Rachel skipped out being at an all women's Enduro race that Hope Puts on. Same day someone spotted her riding her bike.... Thats how the story has been explained to me.

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12/15/2018 4:07 PM

paulinhorula wrote:

Maybe two Canyon squads? Canyon runs SRAM/RockShox gear and Mavic wheels on their team and the Athertons have long been with Fox and Shimano...Maybe they will just be Sponsored for frames and have their own sponsors for the other stuff...
And also, are they really off Hope components? because since Brayton is rumored to go to Nukeproof, that could mean that they could get a similar deal has he had until 2018...

They could try to do the same as Gwin did when he started the YT MOB...Canyon frame, Hope components and wheels, maybe stay with Fox for suspension or maybe go with Ohlins, or DVO (since giant is rumored to go with Fox for next season)....


Mablung wrote:

Yeah, Athertons off of Hope for sure, there is buzz that they both have a beef with eachother. Nobody that knows will say exactly how it started or whose fault, but no matter... Hope is off the A train. I cannot see Athertons not being Fox though, no way. Drivetrain wise... its all up for grabs in my opinion. Canyon looks to be a good ride, Id like to see that happen with the Athertons.

Brock_Fisher wrote:

Rachel skipped out being at an all women's Enduro race that Hope Puts on. Same day someone spotted her riding her bike.... Thats how the story has been explained to me.

Still...I always thought Hope should've sponsor a bigger team. Even though they're already recognized for being one of the best components and frame manufacturers and don't really need the advertisement of a important DH team to support that, I felt that their sponsoring of the Athertons was good for them. I wonder if they're still thinking of sponsoring another big team in the WC circuit...
I also think this would be a logic thing to do, since, over the last couple of seasons, many other brands are coming in the market with good components and showing that by sponsoring WC teams (Ohlins, DVO, Formula, TRP, Onza, Kenda, Magura...etc). And I know they always sponsored with Adam Brayton and, before, also with Craig Evans in their WC DH exploits, but it never really had the impact of a real big team, like it would have had if they kept sponsoring the Athertons.

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12/15/2018 7:22 PM

Hard to not notice Rachel Atherton liking Norco posts from the last few weeks on IG.

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12/15/2018 11:54 PM
Edited Date/Time: 12/15/2018 11:55 PM

mlr42881 wrote:

Hard to not notice Rachel Atherton liking Norco posts from the last few weeks on IG.

by now i think most of the riders are just messing with us by liking every mtb related post on instagram. only a few more weeks guys until the contracts are officially over and we should get some clarifications

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12/16/2018 12:20 AM

I don't understand how Brayton is off Hope ”for sure”. I believe he also keeps doing his thing and Nukeproof only provide frames and what not.

Also, I understand that, besides the Rachel skipping an event thing, there was bad blood boiling already? Regarding Hope going bigger, does anyone still remember how small of a company Hope actually is? I believe it'sgreat that they are doing the kind of support they already do!

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12/16/2018 12:48 AM
Edited Date/Time: 12/16/2018 12:50 AM

He meant Athertons off Hope for sure.

(At least that is how I read it)

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12/16/2018 3:19 AM

mlr42881 wrote:

Hard to not notice Rachel Atherton liking Norco posts from the last few weeks on IG.

krabo83 wrote:

by now i think most of the riders are just messing with us by liking every mtb related post on instagram. only a few more weeks guys until the contracts are officially over and we should get some clarifications

Well, if they would like maintain most of their sponsors and switch frames, the logic step would be going to Cube. They have more or less te same sponsors as the athertons have now.
Norco and Canyon run more SRAM and RockShox stuff.

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12/16/2018 4:09 AM

Well, unless this is a combined Xmas and leaving present, Brayton is probably staying with Hope then...:

View this post on Instagram

Yewwwwww New Steed! @hopetech @ohlinsmtb @crankbrothers 💚 #hb160 #hopetech

A post shared by Adam Brayton (@adbrayton) on

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12/16/2018 4:50 AM

He was hinting at this before on IG, as far as I can remember.

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12/16/2018 8:22 AM


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Pain is temporary glory is forever

12/16/2018 3:08 PM

Brook hinting at something?

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12/16/2018 3:54 PM


Is this the new Intense Ebike in the background. Caught this on AG’s IG the other day. Not so good with knowing who people are... thoughts
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12/16/2018 4:40 PM

Could be someone from intense that he know riding. The intense employees and Gwin frequent the same trail system.

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12/16/2018 7:14 PM


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12/17/2018 2:28 AM

steveperry wrote:
Is this the new Intense Ebike in the background. Caught this on AG’s IG the other day. Not so good with knowing who people are... thoughts

There is also a Commencal in the video. He is allowed to ride with people who use other brands for their bikes.

(Although Intense is looking like the next bike for Gwin haha )

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12/17/2018 3:27 AM

Andrew Shandro's kid makes up a third of a Factory Team for next year too. Shouldn't too hard to guess which.

Also, Brayton won't be on Nukeproof Trail bikes...

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12/17/2018 8:36 AM

mtbrealtalk wrote:

Andrew Shandro's kid makes up a third of a Factory Team for next year too. Shouldn't too hard to guess which.

Also, Brayton won't be on Nukeproof Trail bikes...

^^ you definitely know things

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12/17/2018 8:59 AM

mtbrealtalk wrote:

Andrew Shandro's kid makes up a third of a Factory Team for next year too. Shouldn't too hard to guess which.

Also, Brayton won't be on Nukeproof Trail bikes...

Interesting!

I guess it would be a bit redundant for Nukeproof to push a trail bike upon Brayton (if the news regarding their connection is true and it probably is), when they have the reigning EWS champ rocking one. Plus Brayton can stay close to Hope and ride one of the most exclusive trail bikes out there. Everybody wins, hurray! :D

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12/17/2018 9:47 AM

sunkidh wrote:
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Damn, they are teasing us..

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12/17/2018 10:51 AM

cheesmaster wrote:

Damn, they are teasing us..

Oh I'm sure this thread gets passed around a table or two over a few beers and a few laughs/head shakes are had while they figure out ways to mess with people who are taking it too seriously.

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12/17/2018 3:30 PM


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12/17/2018 10:18 PM

thegromit wrote:

If Rat is making a team with Cannondale is possible for Marco riding for Transition .

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IMunteanu

12/18/2018 3:08 AM

It's official! Brayton on Nukeproof for 2019!



Last year we’re not going to lie, despite the success of the team we did miss a full-time presence in the Downhill World Cup. So, we’re stoked to announce that Nukeproof will support Adam Brayton as a frame sponsor for his and Hope Factory Racing’s assault on the UCI Downhill World Cup for 2019.

Adam is an awesome addition to the Nukeproof team as the reigning British Downhill Champion with proven history of results, numerous top 10 World Cup results (including a podium in Fort William, 2016) and represented Great Britain at the past two Downhill World Championships. His awesome attitude and ride style is a perfect fit for Nukeproof and we look forward to working with him.

For 2019 we will be working closely with Adam to continue the development of a new downhill platform, in anticipation of a 2019 release. Adam has been very positive on the current mule prototype he is using. Straight out the box the new concept has proved competitive already winning in the hands of Sam Hill at the Garbanzo Downhill at Crankworx.

Adam will continue with the Hope Factory Racing team and represent a full range of Hope components with support from Ohlin’s suspension and Maxxis tyres.

From Adam:

“GastoFlat is NukeProof! I’ve already spent a lot of time on the prototype Nukeproof and I’m excited! It’s nice that me and Meg won’t have to hide testing frames anymore. The “dad bod” has gone and we’ll be coming out swinging come 2019.”

We also super proud to introducing Meg Whyte to the team. Meg, a winner in UK Enduro and Downhill will be competing again in both disciplines, as well as heading to select European races (once they have converted their new van!). Hailing from her home in North Wales, she is a great ambassador for Nukeproof and we’re excited to work with her in 2019.

She’s already customising, you wouldn’t miss her on the trails on her fresh decaled Blueberry and Pink Nukeproof Mega 275c.



From Meg:

“Looking forward to lots of adventures with Ad and the team aboard my Mega! Like a shark to water!.. I've never felt so comfortable on a bike so quickly. Huge thanks to Nukeproof for giving me the opportunity. Bring on 2019!”

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12/18/2018 3:56 AM


New bike already there!

Also the guy behind Crema cycles is heavily involved with ENVE (distributing?) And he seems to be at the Commencal training camp. Commie on ENVE next year seems likely after the Chris King link with the Commencal team for next year already mentioned.



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12/18/2018 4:02 AM

Looks like Brayton does have a Nukeproof trail bike too: http://nukeproof.com/latest-news/nukeproof-welcome-adam-brayton-meg-whyte-to-the-team/

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12/18/2018 4:54 AM

Myriam is also on a Bell helmet as opposed to the IXS she and the Commencal team had this year...

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12/18/2018 8:22 AM

valhallascott wrote:

who cares about spilly!

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12/18/2018 8:47 AM

Looks like a YT Tues or could just be the Commencal Furious, but the shock mount seems to low.

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12/18/2018 8:54 AM
Edited Date/Time: 12/18/2018 8:55 AM

metadave wrote:

Oh I'm sure this thread gets passed around a table or two over a few beers and a few laughs/head shakes are had while they figure out ways to mess with people who are taking it too seriously.

@metadave

was working with a wc team on two occasions in 2016 & 2017 and they definitly have a good laugh with it

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12/18/2018 9:23 AM

WalterBlackman wrote:

Looks like a YT Tues or could just be the Commencal Furious, but the shock mount seems to low.

looks to me just like the supreme they where riding last couple seasons. they are just messing with us!!

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