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1/17/2019 12:09 PM

Rachel just confirmed on IG that they will release the new team in 5 days from now.

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1/17/2019 12:17 PM

Loic's bke is on the FOX Raptor. Gwin confirmed back to Specialized.

(But yeah, it looks like the current main triangle, the new bike looks to be either about ready, he's doing the Neko thing like mentioned or is playing with us by putting 29er stickers on 650b wheels.)

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1/17/2019 12:25 PM


Burn
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1/17/2019 12:33 PM
Edited Date/Time: 1/17/2019 1:29 PM

Primoz wrote:

Loic's bke is on the FOX Raptor. Gwin confirmed back to Specialized.

(But yeah, it looks like the current main triangle, the new bike looks to be either about ready, he's doing the Neko thing like mentioned or is playing with us by putting 29er stickers on 650b wheels.)

Fox apparel, not suspension. And it's also a Tundra, not a raptor.
Gwintense is happening people. We will know by this time tomorrow.

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

1/17/2019 12:40 PM

Samwell wrote:
Remaining riders : Benoit Coulanges and Mariana Salazar and ?
New riders ?

I'd say Rudy Cabirou in the middle. Strong and not that tall

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1/17/2019 1:30 PM


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@jason_gainey

1/17/2019 1:34 PM

Samwell wrote:
Remaining riders : Benoit Coulanges and Mariana Salazar and ?
New riders ?

clem-mk wrote:

I'd say Rudy Cabirou in the middle. Strong and not that tall

I'd say same, + Baptiste Pierron and Monika Hrastnik !?

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1/17/2019 1:36 PM

Not on the UK front page.


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1/17/2019 1:37 PM

It’s a bad photoshop lol

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1/17/2019 1:38 PM

danposs86 wrote:

Not on the UK front page.


Because it was photoshopped!

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1/17/2019 1:39 PM

danposs86 wrote:

Not on the UK front page.


Ha

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1/17/2019 1:42 PM

Samwell wrote:
Remaining riders : Benoit Coulanges and Mariana Salazar and ?
New riders ?

clem-mk wrote:

I'd say Rudy Cabirou in the middle. Strong and not that tall

vweb wrote:

I'd say same, + Baptiste Pierron and Monika Hrastnik !?

That will be great! Or Baptiste on commencal /100% and Antoine with Dorval?

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1/17/2019 1:57 PM
Edited Date/Time: 1/17/2019 1:59 PM

enej_46 wrote:

It’s a bad photoshop lol

That was the point, would kinda be messed up if it was done too well.

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@jason_gainey

1/17/2019 2:03 PM

Gwin of the day

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1/17/2019 2:06 PM

enej_46 wrote:

It’s a bad photoshop lol

Hollywood Gainey wrote:

That was the point, would kinda be messed up if it was done too well.

Not bad enough though.... Still got some low lying fruit...

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1/17/2019 5:52 PM

K_Enduro wrote:

The rim states that it is a 29er. I see another discussion about a bike coming in this thread...

29mm ID
Nothing to see here. Specialized does have their 29er but that ain't it.

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1/17/2019 9:54 PM

Primoz wrote:

Loic's bke is on the FOX Raptor. Gwin confirmed back to Specialized.

(But yeah, it looks like the current main triangle, the new bike looks to be either about ready, he's doing the Neko thing like mentioned or is playing with us by putting 29er stickers on 650b wheels.)

Broken_spoke.photo wrote:

Fox apparel, not suspension. And it's also a Tundra, not a raptor.
Gwintense is happening people. We will know by this time tomorrow.

Is it not obvious i was joking?

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1/17/2019 10:02 PM

StainedSilver wrote:

?? That's Loic's mechanic no? Nothing to see there. I bet his demo does work at its best when he's around..

K_Enduro wrote:

The rim states that it is a 29er. I see another discussion about a bike coming in this thread...

onthewhiskey wrote:

29mm ID
Nothing to see here. Specialized does have their 29er but that ain't it.

I don't buy that. DT clearly labels their wheels 26, 27,5 or 29 as in inches,w hile the widths are 22,5, 25, 30, 35 and 40 for their X(R), (X)M and E(X) series of rims and wheelsets. And the widths are not marked with the number directly, the XM series of rims is labeled as XM 401 (22,5 mm), XM 421 (25 mm), XM 481 (30 mm), XM 521(35 mm), while the 1900, 1700 and 1501 wheelsets are labeled with the width of the rim directly. But still, there has been no 29 mm wide rim from them. I can't see them making a 29 mm rim when the whole lineup is at 30 mm and 5 mm increments (bar the 22,5).

The 29 has to be for the diameter. As to why it's there, i already wrote in a post above.

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1/17/2019 10:27 PM

sspomer wrote:

full commencal / vallnord press release here.
https://www.vitalmtb.com/news/press-release/COMMENCAL-VALLNORD-DH-TEAM-SIGNS-WITH-ENVE-AND-BELL,2481 - they're on enve wheels and cockpit, chris king bits and bell helmets. no team rider changes.

the coolest part of the PR besides the nasty roost and whips being thrown is seeing the bikes with the stock idler and the modified one. it's just like they did last year, but it looks like they have a cleaner version of the multi-position idler.







So Commencal, the incredibly sustainable company that only uses Aluminium and talks a lot about how bad carbon supposedly is chooses the most carbon wheel and parts manufacturer ever

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1/17/2019 11:27 PM

sspomer wrote:

full commencal / vallnord press release here.
https://www.vitalmtb.com/news/press-release/COMMENCAL-VALLNORD-DH-TEAM-SIGNS-WITH-ENVE-AND-BELL,2481 - they're on enve wheels and cockpit, chris king bits and bell helmets. no team rider changes.

the coolest part of the PR besides the nasty roost and whips being thrown is seeing the bikes with the stock idler and the modified one. it's just like they did last year, but it looks like they have a cleaner version of the multi-position idler.







Max_Scl wrote:

So Commencal, the incredibly sustainable company that only uses Aluminium and talks a lot about how bad carbon supposedly is chooses the most carbon wheel and parts manufacturer ever

Commencal/vallnord isn't Commencal's factory team, its managed/owned by the Ruffin's/Riding Addiction and for the moment Commencal is it as their flagship team the same as they did with the Atherton's before they went to GT. So Riding Addiction gets the sponsors they can while Commencal supplies frames, money and R&D for a very winning team that's been out in front for many years now. Enve lost santa Cruz Syndicate as it's lead team and likely wanted the other top contenders on their stuff. Why would they turn down money and too end gear?

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1/18/2019 12:06 AM

Remember UCI ditched the matching diameter rule.
Bruni may be running 29 with 27.5 back there on stock Demo.

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1/18/2019 1:13 AM

metadave wrote:

Commencal/vallnord isn't Commencal's factory team, its managed/owned by the Ruffin's/Riding Addiction and for the moment Commencal is it as their flagship team the same as they did with the Atherton's before they went to GT. So Riding Addiction gets the sponsors they can while Commencal supplies frames, money and R&D for a very winning team that's been out in front for many years now. Enve lost santa Cruz Syndicate as it's lead team and likely wanted the other top contenders on their stuff. Why would they turn down money and too end gear?

Totally valid point! Nevertheless Max Commencal who has at least indirectly critizised carbon manufacturers himself must have some influence on the team, which is obvious on their team videos where he is often shown as a strong supporter.... Therefore I still think that the deal has a certain taste to it as we would say in German.

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1/18/2019 3:06 AM
Edited Date/Time: 1/18/2019 3:07 AM

Surely Max care a lot more how shinny and successful is the team than what wheel material it rides!

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1/18/2019 4:04 AM

danposs86 wrote:

Not on the UK front page.


Forget the rumors, Holy-open-tabs-Batman! 44!

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1/18/2019 4:10 AM

danposs86 wrote:

Not on the UK front page.


Shartriloquist wrote:

Forget the rumors, Holy-open-tabs-Batman! 44!

69% porn

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1/18/2019 5:46 AM

David Trummer (ex Dirt Propain Zelvy) lands with Team Racing Dudes:
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Team Racing Dudes grows this year from two to three riders. Besides South African Johann "Pottie" Potgieter and German Erik Irmisch it will be Austria's secret weapon David Trummer who will be sailing under Team Racing Dudes flag.

The 24 years old current Austrian Downhill champ is said to have magic potency on a bike - he's completing the team now with his unique style and character. David already did some testing on his new bike and reported big smiles.

On our racing schedule there will be the iXS European Cups as well as some World Cups and national iXS Cup races, of course. Preparations are running at full speed in every sense. Our Team Racing Dudes touring circus will be spreading the spirit of the Greedy Vultures with our Good Times motto in the very front row.

As he wrenches faster than his shadow Lars Diedenhofen will be head mechanic again. If you're looking for a custom paint job contact his company 70ID for info.

Some eye pleasing stuff will be coming out of several video projects being in the pipeline realized by Ralf Schupp from thesureshot.tv.

We remain faithful to our longtime sponsors this year and are a little proud about that.

The whole team is super keen for the upcoming season and we think we could arrange one or the other surprise.

Our full team presentation will be coming soon - stay tuned!

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1/18/2019 6:15 AM

So this means Trummer joins Potgieter and Irmisch on YT frames.

Speaking of Dirt Propain, I have found this the other day and I don't think it needs any further explanation...

https://www.pinkbike.com/u/firebird79/buysell/

Sniff!

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1/18/2019 6:24 AM



Finally Reece Wilson to finish off the Trek Factory Racing Downhill Team
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1/18/2019 6:42 AM

Sigh the sport is further digging some holes as far as welcoming outsiders with Trek focusing on "youth" and teams having "Dudes" in the name. No need to walk on glass worrying about every last word and rider image but coming in a bit from the other extreme with official brand marketing might help. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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1/18/2019 6:51 AM

15 seconds? wowwww! new record!
There goes the gwin to trek rumors down the drain... its getting gwintense

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