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8/31/2019 9:01 AM

jeff.brines wrote:

I only remember because he rode (basically) naked on a cx bike down some trail at whistler. #stunting

Giant needs an entire rebranding to have a relevant team. As you guys noted, they've had some big names, and nobody remembers. Go to their website, report back on how it "made you feel". You know its bad when visiting Proctor and Gamble's website gives you a "less corporate feel". Sterile isn't a strong enough word for the brand's image these days.

Maybe they are fine making bikes for everyone else, but they could be a total powerhouse on the retail end too if they kicked things up a few notches.

Just like, my opinion, man.

bulletbass man wrote:

I like what Elliot Jackson is doing these days and Marcelo and Jacob are no slouches so I really don’t have a problem with their program. Glory’s are still a popular rental bike and their reasonably specEd trail bikes generally sell out quick so I can’t see exactly what they are doing wrong.

jeff.brines wrote:

Fair point for sure.

I suppose the biggest thing is if I were buying a new mtn bike, Giant really wouldn't even be on my radar. This wasn't the case 10 years ago. The OG Reign was way ahead of its time, and the price was SO good.

Giant has a few cool bikes, the one that is aimed at the NICA crowd (I forgot the model) is great.

I just think they need to "up" their image and do the little things better. Just feels like they are phoning it in, and the best team in the world won't change that feeling.(okay, it might...)

Elliot is the guy I watch the most on the team right now... They've got some solid riders with great marketing potential, even without top finishes... In the social media age, a good personality will get more attention than finishes..

They are putting out some bikes at great price points right now.. The Stance 2 that my son is on this weekend is $1500... We added a dropper for demo use... The Stance 1 at $1800 is impossible to get since Giant is consistently sold out... And the Trance 3 at $2100... Damn!

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8/31/2019 11:56 AM

They are workhorse bikes, not dentist bikes. They have a workhorse team, nothing flashy.
People don't lust after them.

Im on a 2016 glory for bike park duty. It does a great job, doesn't hold me back, works reasonably well. Could leave it laying in the village and it probably wouldn't even get stolen.

I agree though, they don't try and make their bikes appeal to the fast guys, though the new reign looks sick. Kind of turning into what Kona was doing 10 years ago before the new round of Process'.

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8/31/2019 11:41 PM

The modern (2015?) Reign was for sure ahead of the curve, used to see soooo many 2015-2017 Reigns in BC, still see those same bikes but less new ones. Used to have a Glory that was great and reliable.

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9/3/2019 9:25 PM

In outspoken Troy ribbed Bruni a bit about how much they’d ride together if on the same team. In the MSA coverage Wallace was talking about riding more with Finn. And Bruni was also speaking very highly of Fabien.

Maybe all just friendly or maybe some shuffle btwn Canyon and Spec????

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9/4/2019 6:50 AM

Jakers wrote:

In outspoken Troy ribbed Bruni a bit about how much they’d ride together if on the same team. In the MSA coverage Wallace was talking about riding more with Finn. And Bruni was also speaking very highly of Fabien.

Maybe all just friendly or maybe some shuffle btwn Canyon and Spec????

Wallace and Finn are both Canadian and "relatively" close with both being from BC, Fabien is part of the French Nationial team with Loic, and I mostly think the boys were just talking race game. I wouldn't look into that too much. But hot damn would a Loic/Troy race team just smoke the competition the way those two are on form.

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9/7/2019 9:03 AM


Often teams helping out privateers hints to something for the next year. It could be nothing but you never know.
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9/7/2019 9:46 PM

Joe Breeden was also riding one of Dean Lucas' spare Worlds Scott frames... I wouldn't read into it too much.

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9/8/2019 12:59 AM

During Tahnee's race run, Warner mentioned that Transition might not be the brand that FMD goes with next year...

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9/8/2019 6:48 AM

Looking forward to this forum lighting up even more now the season is getting towards the end.....only need the EWS to close off now :-)

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9/8/2019 8:53 AM

onenerdykid* wrote:

During Tahnee's race run, Warner mentioned that Transition might not be the brand that FMD goes with next year...

I thought Transition said last year during the rumors that they are signed through 2020... but, I could be mistaken..

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9/9/2019 6:36 AM

Troy signed with Canyon for another 3 years.

It's here on WynTV if you want to check it out:

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9/9/2019 9:57 AM
Edited Date/Time: 9/9/2019 10:14 AM

Wallace’ Insta would seem to indicate he’s signed on with Canyon for the upcoming year as well.

Hart to be be sponsored by Snowshoe #a$$holeofnowhere

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9/12/2019 4:24 AM

Lucy Mackie to nukeproof

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9/12/2019 11:14 PM

Polish Pete split with the Athertons.

Your insights....?

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9/13/2019 12:30 AM

Shawn_Trudell wrote:

Polish Pete split with the Athertons.

Your insights....?

Who?

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9/13/2019 12:39 AM

Shawn_Trudell wrote:

Polish Pete split with the Athertons.

Your insights....?

metadave wrote:

Who?

Head Technician at Atherton Racing, Gee's mechanic.

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9/13/2019 1:41 AM

Official confirmation from Troy on his Canyon deal extension:

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9/13/2019 3:42 AM

iceman2058 wrote:

Official confirmation from Troy on his Canyon deal extension:

Taking all the fun out if it.....

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9/13/2019 5:12 AM

Jakers wrote:

In outspoken Troy ribbed Bruni a bit about how much they’d ride together if on the same team. In the MSA coverage Wallace was talking about riding more with Finn. And Bruni was also speaking very highly of Fabien.

Maybe all just friendly or maybe some shuffle btwn Canyon and Spec????

Bruni grew up in the South region with Loris both looking up to Fabien Barel and Nicolas Vouilloz. Having Bruni not speaking very highly about Barel would actually be very surprising.

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9/13/2019 6:09 AM

It would be awesome if Troy would speak on his contract now, him being one of the first contracts to be revealed of the season. Since he brought up the topic in Outspoken. Be the change you want to see bra!!

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9/13/2019 3:48 PM

SB14 wrote:

It would be awesome if Troy would speak on his contract now, him being one of the first contracts to be revealed of the season. Since he brought up the topic in Outspoken. Be the change you want to see bra!!

Unfortunatley there would be something in his contract saying he cant talk about it, and would probably be penalized by the company in some way if he did.

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9/14/2019 10:11 AM

Isn't Jared Graves's contract with Spez ending this year?

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9/14/2019 1:58 PM

So do "we" know for sure who's contract is up this year?

Troy, yes and resigned.
Mark, yes and maybe resigned based on his IG post.
Jack Moir is up, is he not?
Laurie, I think so but I do not see him going anywhere. MS has a great rep for how he treats his riders and Laurie has a wicked relationship with Brook.

Who else?

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9/14/2019 2:06 PM
Edited Date/Time: 9/14/2019 2:07 PM

Jack had a giant intense sell off of his bikes this week.

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9/14/2019 11:34 PM

brash wrote:

Jack had a giant intense sell off of his bikes this week.

I really enjoyed the vibe the pre-gwin intense team had and Jack just seemed down this season to not have like minded people on the team. Hopefully he finds that sort of team again if he's going elsewhere.

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9/15/2019 12:57 AM

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9/15/2019 5:44 PM
Edited Date/Time: 9/15/2019 5:45 PM

brash wrote:

Jack had a giant intense sell off of his bikes this week.

metadave wrote:

I really enjoyed the vibe the pre-gwin intense team had and Jack just seemed down this season to not have like minded people on the team. Hopefully he finds that sort of team again if he's going elsewhere.

IFR went from punk rock and to adult contemporary in less than 12 months. Pretty obvious reasons for the move toward the beige and boring...

Hope Jack finds his mojo again at a team better suited to his style.

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9/15/2019 6:00 PM

brash wrote:

Jack had a giant intense sell off of his bikes this week.

A *giant* sell-off? Hmmm

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9/15/2019 11:32 PM

metadave wrote:

I really enjoyed the vibe the pre-gwin intense team had and Jack just seemed down this season to not have like minded people on the team. Hopefully he finds that sort of team again if he's going elsewhere.

THIS! The young loud Intense team of Jack, Dean and Charlie was the best ever and definitely the most fun out there. They really seemed to be enjoying themselves and results started to come together. For chrissakes, they were wearing polka dot TLD kits nobody would actually buy and score top 20's on them AND carry a full size grin at the end of each run, not giving an F. Compare that to the utterly BORING image and seriousness of this year. I get it, they were marred by injuries, but regardless, it never looked like a team, but rather like ”Gwin and sidekicks”. And I say that having great respect for Neko and Jack.

I too hope IFR finds some mojo. And even not being a Gwin fan I hope he gets them some good results.

Mx

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9/15/2019 11:39 PM

brash wrote:

Jack had a giant intense sell off of his bikes this week.

metadave wrote:

I really enjoyed the vibe the pre-gwin intense team had and Jack just seemed down this season to not have like minded people on the team. Hopefully he finds that sort of team again if he's going elsewhere.

Maxipedia wrote:

THIS! The young loud Intense team of Jack, Dean and Charlie was the best ever and definitely the most fun out there. They really seemed to be enjoying themselves and results started to come together. For chrissakes, they were wearing polka dot TLD kits nobody would actually buy and score top 20's on them AND carry a full size grin at the end of each run, not giving an F. Compare that to the utterly BORING image and seriousness of this year. I get it, they were marred by injuries, but regardless, it never looked like a team, but rather like ”Gwin and sidekicks”. And I say that having great respect for Neko and Jack.

I too hope IFR finds some mojo. And even not being a Gwin fan I hope he gets them some good results.

Mx

Right? I'm a fan of all of them, but even when the whole team was out there was just a lack of energy. Even the MOB last year had more pizzaz than IFR did this year. Hopefully next year things turn around for everyone. Shame though, the M29 is really Jacks bike.

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