2019 Racing Rumors

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1/15/2019 8:03 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?

Big Bird wrote:

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.

I am 40+ So the Marin name has a ring to it for me It could be that the owner of Polygon/Marin wants to kick both brands into our attention, but still... Norco?!? Who will be riding/managing the team for one of the best race bikes out there? Athertons would be a perfect match, not?

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1/15/2019 9:09 PM

I'm a crusty old 47 and I loves me a high pivot. But I really feel like it's Marin.

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1/15/2019 9:50 PM
Edited Date/Time: 1/15/2019 10:00 PM

Big Bird wrote:

I'm a crusty old 47 and I loves me a high pivot. But I really feel like it's Marin.

47 too Oh no! 46!

OK. Norco or Marin it is. Let’s see!

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1/15/2019 10:32 PM

afterbang99 wrote:

47 too Oh no! 46!

OK. Norco or Marin it is. Let’s see!

If you, or at least I think about it, the square one suspension is very much like a high pivot accepting that it has the parallelish linkage for the small stuff and that lower vacuum piston thing for the bigger hits.Best of both worlds?

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1/16/2019 12:24 AM

Nz mtber magazine with the jump on everyone with the kona Miller press release

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1/16/2019 12:29 AM

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1/16/2019 12:32 AM

The piers linney atherton connection has been around for a while right? Would say to me he’s a better fit for Dyfi bikepark investment...

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1/16/2019 12:35 AM
Edited Date/Time: 1/16/2019 12:39 AM

A team on a marin - not branded but with the own name backed by a dragon for more than one thing, and also another non bike company.

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1/16/2019 12:50 AM

barryjenson wrote:

A team on a marin - not branded but with the own name backed by a dragon for more than one thing, and also another non bike company.

Atherton/McLaren/Mercedes Bikes...

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1/16/2019 1:08 AM

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1/16/2019 1:51 AM

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1/16/2019 1:53 AM

Those wheels really go round and round!

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1/16/2019 3:05 AM

This is all I got today 🤷🏻‍♂️

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1/16/2019 3:13 AM

Looks like a session

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1/16/2019 3:17 AM

barryjenson wrote:

Looks like a session

Narrows it down haha

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1/16/2019 3:18 AM

Looks like Shimano disk, dmr grip and trp brake? The same brendog bike?

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1/16/2019 3:20 AM

barryjenson wrote:

Looks like a session

Enve wheels and the Gambler prototype last year looked like a Session.

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1/16/2019 3:24 AM

Dorval am team teasing us on Instagram... 5 riders!

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1/16/2019 3:30 AM

I’m like 86,5% sure Monika will ride a Commencal. Maybe for Dorval?

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1/16/2019 3:33 AM

They are watching us ... 😄




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1/16/2019 4:41 AM

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1/16/2019 5:31 AM

SCOTT Sports Announces NEW Downhill Team: The SCOTT DH Factory!


The SCOTT DH Factory is ready for its debut. With Dean Lucas, Brendan Fairclough, Marine Cabirou and Flo Payet, 2019 marks the start of a new adventure.


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1/16/2019 5:36 AM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__Xz4TpzhEs

Here is the launch video too with the new Carbon Gambler, both 29 and 27.5 inch versions.

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1/16/2019 5:42 AM


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1/16/2019 6:05 AM
Edited Date/Time: 1/16/2019 6:21 AM

scott team press release all in one spot

carbon gambler




SCOTT Sports Announces NEW Downhill Team: The SCOTT DH Factory!

The SCOTT DH Factory Team is ready for its debut. With Dean Lucas, Brendan Fairclough, Marine Cabirou and Flo Payet, 2019 marks the start of a new adventure.

Givisiez, Switzerland. January 16th, 2019. 2019 marks a new beginning for SCOTT Sports. With the SCOTT DH Factory, SCOTT looks to bring fresh talent and ideas to the Downhill World Cup Circuit. With riders from all over the world, the team looks to hunt for podiums week in, week out across both the men’s and women’s fields.

With the race calendar fast approaching, our new group of athletes have training and bike testing under way and are ready to sprint out of the start gate.

The SCOTT DH Factory is Dean Lucas, Brendan Fairclough, Marine Cabirou and Flo Payet, Managed by Patrice Afflatet.

The SCOTT DH Factory is chomping at the bit to get the 2019 season started. Photos: SCOTT/Keno Derleyn
Having been part of the SCOTT Family for many years now, Brendan Fairclough will continue with SCOTT. Always a fan favorite, Brendan looks forward to more World Cup racing and other “extracurricular” activities. "I’m super keen to get the season under way. I’m feeling great heading into 2019, and look forward to riding my bike, both on track and for film projects. We have a good vibe going with the team, it’s all very exciting."

“I’m super keen to get the season under way. I’m feeling great heading into 2019, and look forward to riding my bike, both on track and for film projects. We have a good vibe going with the team, it’s all very exciting.”

Brendan Fairclough
SCOTT DH Factory

SCOTT Welcomes three new athletes to its program: Dean Lucas, Marine Cabirou and Flo Payet.

Australian 23-year-old Dean Lucas brings with him past success, and a very bright future for years to come. He's definitely looking forward to the next few years of racing, “I’m really excited to be given the opportunity to work with such a well-known and high-end company like SCOTT. I know they’re putting in heaps of work with the DH program this year and have put a lot of faith into me so in return I don’t want to let them down and have been working hard to make sure that doesn’t happen. I feel I started to peak momentum towards the end of last season and know I will carry that on leading into 2019!”

“I’m really excited to be given the opportunity to work with such a well-known and high-end company like SCOTT. I know they’re putting in heaps of work with the DH program this year and have put a lot of faith into me so in return I don’t want to let them down and have been working hard to make sure that doesn’t happen.”

Dean Lucas
SCOTT DH Factory

Marine Cabirou is coming off the back of a season that ended on a high note - a 4th place finish at World Championships in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. Her confidence both on and off the bike is very promising, SCOTT can’t wait to see what she will bring to the circuit in 2019. "I am very motivated for this new season, and even more so by integrating into the new SCOTT Downhill Factory Team. We are really in good shape and I’m sure that we are going to do big things together!"

"I am very motivated for this new season, and even more so by integrating into the new SCOTT Downhill Factory Team. We are really in good shape and I’m sure that we are going to do big things together!"

Marine Cabirou
SCOTT DH Factory

With Frenchman Flo Payet, we get a well-respected, tough competitor with plenty of speed. Having had an injury-affected 2018, Flo is eager to start putting it all on the line in 2019. "I’m stoked to ride for such a big brand with some dream teammates. We have an amazing bike and a solid crew, I’m really excited to spend more time pushing our limits with these guys!"

"I’m stoked to ride for such a big brand with some dream teammates. We have an amazing bike and a solid crew, I’m really excited to spend more time pushing our limits with these guys!"

Flo Payet
SCOTT DH Factory

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1/16/2019 6:16 AM

bigger shot of flo on the gambler

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1/16/2019 6:21 AM

Looks like a session haha! It does look very nice though

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1/16/2019 6:25 AM



Ethan Shandro signed to Trek Factory Racing
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1/16/2019 6:55 AM

sspomer wrote:

bigger shot of flo on the gambler

Is the drivetrain - Saint + RaceFace? That looks like a rapid fire shifter to me.

Bike looks good (even if it does look like a session). Hope this new team can make things happen with it.

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1/16/2019 7:02 AM

Interesting that Brendan is second in the lineup everywhere and, besides clothing, is the odd man out on Enve, when the others are on Mavic wheels. Any other differences?

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