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1/15/2019 5:46 AM

onthewhiskey wrote:

Yeah, there are plenty of pictures of him riding in that jersey from last season.

Hopefully, nobody in here is actually a detective for their job haha

or needs eyes.

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1/15/2019 6:21 AM

PolkaDot wrote:

Zoom in. Its quite visible and its written Mondraker

vweb wrote:

2018 jersey maybe ?

onthewhiskey wrote:

Yeah, there are plenty of pictures of him riding in that jersey from last season.

Hopefully, nobody in here is actually a detective for their job haha

Yep, and it's written Mavic, Formula and SR Suntour on his jersey.
Where are on his camouflaged bike the Mavic wheels, rims or tires ? Where are the Formula rotors (there are clearly some Sram), where is the Suntour Rux (same, those are clearly Boxxers lowers ? Since when the Mondraker Summum have this thin rear triangle (https://www.mondraker.com/uploads/images/pages/trackwalk-ii-18-jpg_1900_9000.jpg) ?

My guesses are actually on a jersey borrowed to his brother (Antoine) who maybe rides for Voulvoul Racing in 2019, when Baptiste will be on a Commençal. Why not with Benoit Coulanges, in the Dorval Team, it would be a great addition.

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1/15/2019 6:40 AM
Edited Date/Time: 1/15/2019 8:00 AM

Don’t overlook at this, Baptiste He’s wearing the worlds championship jersey that VoulVoul Racing and Kenny made for that very occasion !

VVR already announced that Baptiste and his brother Antoine will not race for them in 2019.

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1/15/2019 6:55 AM

laric wrote:

Don’t overlook at this, Baptiste He’s wearing the worlds championship jersey that VoulVoul Racing and Kenny made for that very occasion !

VVR already announced that Baptiste and his brother Antoine will not race for them in 2019.

So that is a 2018 jersey. And not a Summum camouflaged.

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1/15/2019 7:51 AM

ck85 wrote:

Lewis Buchanan off Ibis?


Last January I was told by him directly he was on a two year deal... So if thats the case then something happened with his contract.

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1/15/2019 8:00 AM

DJ Brandt on Commencal!
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DJ Brandt is one of the fastest growing names in freeride.
From skateparks to Red Bull Rampage, he's a rider that can do it all.

Residing in Colorado and spending much of his time in Utah, DJ has built himself numerous training grounds that have helped get him to where he is today.
Coming fresh off an amazing 2018 season competing in many different style events such as Crankworx, Fest Series, Red Bull Rampage, and many more, we look forward to seeing what 2019 has in store.

Welcome to the COMMENCAL family DJ!
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1/15/2019 8:21 AM

iceman2058 wrote:

DJ Brandt on Commencal!
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DJ Brandt is one of the fastest growing names in freeride.
From skateparks to Red Bull Rampage, he's a rider that can do it all.

Residing in Colorado and spending much of his time in Utah, DJ has built himself numerous training grounds that have helped get him to where he is today.
Coming fresh off an amazing 2018 season competing in many different style events such as Crankworx, Fest Series, Red Bull Rampage, and many more, we look forward to seeing what 2019 has in store.

Welcome to the COMMENCAL family DJ!
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HUGE move !

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1/15/2019 8:36 AM

stoic_machine wrote:

Last January I was told by him directly he was on a two year deal... So if thats the case then something happened with his contract.

Yep - his insta post last January said "...to sign with Ibis Cycles Factory race team for 2018 & 2019."

Be interesting to see what happens there.

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1/15/2019 9:16 AM


Is it me or is brendog running maxxis tyres
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1/15/2019 9:42 AM

Think it came up a while ago that Brendog’s on Maxxis and Enve wheels.

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1/15/2019 10:04 AM

Cant wait to see that carbon gambler though...

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1/15/2019 10:51 AM

I think one of these companies like Trek, Intense, Atherton, Santa Cruz, etc should post on this forum first. Maybe just a half hour or so before it goes public on main page here or PB. Show us some love for our commitment to the speculations and rumors. Clearly we are the deepest invested group of super fans to the brands, riders, and teams news. Return the love companies. Or at least make us feel special for just a few minutes.

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1/15/2019 11:30 AM

andreastheodorou wrote:

Cant wait to see that carbon gambler though...

Oh mate, if they do a 27.5 frame only, I will For sure be having it

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1/15/2019 12:33 PM

andreastheodorou wrote:

Cant wait to see that carbon gambler though...

Hopefully fairclough back challenging for podiums

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1/15/2019 12:47 PM
Edited Date/Time: 1/15/2019 12:48 PM

andreastheodorou wrote:

Cant wait to see that carbon gambler though...

ck85 wrote:

Hopefully fairclough back challenging for podiums

that one time...in 2005...when he got 2nd...

i had to say it! doesnt change the fact that he has the most style points in the uci

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1/15/2019 12:57 PM

If you were setting up a new bike brand, you would want an investor on board.




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1/15/2019 1:18 PM
Edited Date/Time: 1/15/2019 1:21 PM

I think danposs86 is onto something. Piers background pic on his blog (clearly into gravity riding):



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1/15/2019 1:29 PM

danposs86 wrote:

If you were setting up a new bike brand, you would want an investor on board.




Even if this comes to nothing it's the best red herring thus far, so intricate.

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1/15/2019 1:32 PM

waldog wrote:

Even if this comes to nothing it's the best red herring thus far, so intricate.


Greg also follows him, so he is also going with the Atherton’s, right?
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1/15/2019 2:29 PM

c1c51 wrote:
Is it me or is brendog running maxxis tyres

Looks like the new Michelin dh tire

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1/15/2019 2:55 PM

c1c51 wrote:
Is it me or is brendog running maxxis tyres

grinch wrote:

Looks like the new Michelin dh tire

Assegai for sure

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1/15/2019 3:09 PM

c1c51 wrote:
Is it me or is brendog running maxxis tyres

grinch wrote:

Looks like the new Michelin dh tire

It’s just a Maxxis Assegai

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1/15/2019 4:06 PM
Edited Date/Time: 1/15/2019 10:35 PM

With team announcements fast approaching, I thought it would be fun to look back and some of the early pronouncements in this thread and see who was dropping knowledge and who was dribbling crap. These posts are from August-December.

Now we'll know who to believe in the 2020 Racing Rumors thread!

dirk—diggler - Aug 25, 2018
here are a few new infos straight from la bresse:

-gwin will leave the yt mob, whitley will continue with angel, nekko and maybe valli. sram will get part of the team!
-gwin on his way to trek factory joined by reece willson
-athertons will have a ride with marin
-scott is setting up an own real factory team w/o velo solution
-no changes at the syndicate for the next 2 years
-100 percent will kick out ixs at commencal/vallnord team
-radon will stop their dh team
-specialized will split up with pure an go factory direct


paulantonyio Aug 27, 2018
Legit moves from legit sources.

-Reece Wilson and Charlie Harrison to Trek.
-Gwin is on the hunt for more money.
-Frixtalon to Commencal/100% or sram/commencal privateer deal
-Athertons to Cube or Marin.
-Scott off Velosolutions


astrizzle Oct 12, 2018
Gwin and Neko are going back on Trek Frames for 2019-2020. I know a guy who know's a guy....


muddymurphy
Athertons to Marin on the grape vine...
Even if they were bringing a dh bike out it’s a strange move with no real racing experience behind the bike. maybe it’s the only brand that would have the athertons as a collective team?


cldnld Oct 31, 2018
Yep - Athertons got ditched by Trek - new factory team comming with Harrison, Wilson and Edwards


ClaudioFinale Nov 8, 2018
Finally the big question was revealed, Gwin to Intense with Neko and Jack Moir.
Today, during the launch of Tazer in Europe, a conversation between journalists and the European manager confirmed it.

Great movement from Intense that signs its neighbor of Temecula. We'll see what Gwin can do with one of the best paddock bikes.

Dean Lucas signed with Scott, new French team that replaces Velosolutions Scott, with Brendan as team mate

Charlie Harrison, Reece Wilson, and Charlie Hatton part of the new Factory team of Trek

Athertons moving to Marin Bikes

YT Mob will keep Angel Suarez and will join Vali Höll under the management of Martin Whiteley

Ratboy with Cannondale as 'manager' of the new team


well, go and check my posts of the last seasons, any mistake when I'm said that is confirmed.


Hi again, for those that are asking how's Intense able to pay AG here is the explanation.

The factory of Intense in Taiwan, Fritz Jou (they make some big brands as Canyon, Scott, Cannondale to name some) bought a part of Intense Cycles and wants to put them at the top of sales of the boutique brands. Then they're investing to do the Factory Racing program still bigger than now, and with the last movements they will count with a potential not seen for years in the brand.
Gwin can win every race, Mulally is a serious contender for the podium at each race plus the progression of Moir the last couple seasons achieving some podiums and been close of the victory put them at the top of the World Cup teams together with Santacruz Syndicate, Specialized Gravity, Saracen, and Commençal Vallnord.


dylanemdasilva Nov 22, 2018
Yup. In house team [Trek] with Gwin. Heard they're paying him 1.5m


Dickscruttock
Athertons to Marin, Gwin to Scott.


Mtbrealtalk
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...


Steeezzz
Reece Wilson and Charlie Harrison to Trek
Gwin, Neko, Moir on Intense





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1/15/2019 5:33 PM

Well said Sir! And meticulously well researched!

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1/15/2019 5:44 PM
Edited Date/Time: 1/15/2019 5:46 PM

There's a certain tone of voice that comes off in a post from someone who really knows what the hell they're talking about. Half of those posts say Athertons to Marin. 3/10 Gwin to Trek, 2/10 Gwin too Intense. Iff I counted right. Feel free to correct or dislike.

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1/15/2019 6:13 PM

The Gwin to Trek seems to go up in smoke isn’t it. The Athertons to Marin still strikes me as odd. You would have two similar bikes (Polygon/Marin) at two different teams. What is in it for the owner of Polygon/Marin? Do they expect to get more street credibility for Marin?

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1/15/2019 6:33 PM
Edited Date/Time: 1/15/2019 6:36 PM

afterbang99 wrote:

The Gwin to Trek seems to go up in smoke isn’t it. The Athertons to Marin still strikes me as odd. You would have two similar bikes (Polygon/Marin) at two different teams. What is in it for the owner of Polygon/Marin? Do they expect to get more street credibility for Marin?

YES! Marin has always been the laid back hippy roots brand from the birthplace of mountain biking. Since those legendary Mount Tam trails and fire roads aren't available to ride, why not take it straight to the World Cup? They've already hired Matt Jones in the freestyle category, to great effect (They've got me subscribed at least.) the next obvious step is a DH race team, easily realized through their relationship, ownership, with Polygon, who have a very successful race team. (Which was one of the few to beat Ratchel at the World Cups.)

Apologies to my former English teacher mother for any run on sentences.

And it would be credibility for Both teams of the top two racers all funneling back to one company.

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1/15/2019 6:50 PM

afterbang99 wrote:

The Gwin to Trek seems to go up in smoke isn’t it. The Athertons to Marin still strikes me as odd. You would have two similar bikes (Polygon/Marin) at two different teams. What is in it for the owner of Polygon/Marin? Do they expect to get more street credibility for Marin?

Do we know Hutchinson UR is on Polygon for 2019? I can't remember seeing anything, which I'm guessing means that program is the same for this year.

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1/15/2019 7:18 PM
Edited Date/Time: 1/15/2019 8:46 PM

afterbang99 wrote:

The Gwin to Trek seems to go up in smoke isn’t it. The Athertons to Marin still strikes me as odd. You would have two similar bikes (Polygon/Marin) at two different teams. What is in it for the owner of Polygon/Marin? Do they expect to get more street credibility for Marin?

Marshall Willanholly wrote:

Do we know Hutchinson UR is on Polygon for 2019? I can't remember seeing anything, which I'm guessing means that program is the same for this year.

Good point. If the company is loosing the UR team, why not put up a team from the birthplace of the mountain bike?


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1/15/2019 7:56 PM
Edited Date/Time: 1/15/2019 7:57 PM

afterbang99 wrote:

The Gwin to Trek seems to go up in smoke isn’t it. The Athertons to Marin still strikes me as odd. You would have two similar bikes (Polygon/Marin) at two different teams. What is in it for the owner of Polygon/Marin? Do they expect to get more street credibility for Marin?

Marshall Willanholly wrote:

Do we know Hutchinson UR is on Polygon for 2019? I can't remember seeing anything, which I'm guessing means that program is the same for this year.

Tracey just posted a pic of her Polygon in Queenstown and thanking Fabien for his help. And Mick posted a pic of his Polygon in the Colorado snow. So yes...?

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