2020 Mountain Bike Team Rumors

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1/16/2020 11:58 AM

Not sure if Vallnord has left all forms of Commencal's racing efforts but for sure it looks like they've left the Enduro Team

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1/16/2020 1:28 PM

2020 Yeti / FOX Factory Team Announced

Rude back for another three years



(Golden, Colo.) – The Yeti / FOX Factory team was announced today and will include two-time Enduro World Series (EWS) champion Richie Rude, who has raced with Yeti / FOX since he was fifteen and signed for an additional three years, and local Colorado racer Shawn Neer. Neer finished strong in 2019, including being a key member of the three-man USA team that won the Trophy of Nations title and finishing 15th overall in the EWS Series.



As one of the most decorated riders on the EWS circuit, Rude claimed a spot on the podium for every race he competed in during the 2019 season. “I’ve been racing for Yeti / FOX since I was a kid. The team is dialed, I’m stoked on the bikes and look forward to another great year,” Rude said during a recent trip to the Yeti factory in Golden, Colorado. Teammate Shawn Neer plans to carry this momentum into the upcoming season and recently headed to California to train with Rude for two-weeks.



The Yeti / FOX Factory race program is unique in that it has three tiers – the World team, a National and a Development (Devo) team. This structure has been in place for over a decade and has been integral in developing some of the best riders in the sport.



The Yeti / FOX National Team will be led by Carson Eiswald and Jubal Davis. Eiswald, from Bellingham, WA, made the jump to the National team early in 2019 after multiple podium appearances and though he was sidelined at the end of the season with an injury, looks to be a force on the circuit this year. Veteran racer Jubal Davis returns for 2020. Davis is a consistent podium contender on the national circuit and his international experience will help fast track younger Yeti riders in their development. Davis also battled injuries in 2019 and is looking forward to getting back on the bike for 2020.



The Yeti / FOX Devo Team has an exciting and promising core of young racers. Quinn Reece and Lauren Bingham will lead the Yeti Devo team. Reece secured his first pro podium in 2019 and Bingham is the current US National Junior Enduro Champion. Both return with plans to step into the national circuit. New additions of Warren Kniss and Dillon Santos puts the team in a strong position to reclaim the Big Mountain Enduro title. The team will also benefit from expanded development and coaching opportunities. Expect to see some of these athletes compete in the North American Continental Enduro Series and other high-profile, international events.



Yeti Cycles president, Chris Conroy, is excited about this year’s riders “This should be a great year for Yeti racing. Richie and Shawn are at the top of their games and our National and Devo teams are packed with strong and talented young riders.”



Long-time Team Manager Damion Smith will continue to oversee the successful Yeti / Fox Factory Race Program. Team mechanical support will be provided by the experienced lead mechanic, Shaun “Polar Bear” Hughes and assisted by Mark Hild.



“I’m excited about the upcoming year of racing with legacy riders and the new upcoming talent. Our roster is as strong as ever. We’ll have the best combination of equipment, support and mentorship for the entire team. We’re all prepared and ready to compete for podiums around the globe.”

­– Damion Smith



The Yeti / FOX Factory Team continues to thrive with the support of long-time and generous sponsors that offer high-performance products put to the test on the most grueling racecourses in the world. Sponsors for 2020 include: Fox, Maxxis, Shimano, DT Swiss, Ergon, Toyota, OneUp Components, Giro, Renthal Cycling Motorex, CushCore, Backcountry Research, Chris King, Stages Cycling, Victory Circle Graphix, Honey Stinger, Thule, Smith Optics, Skratch Labs, Big Mountain Enduro.



Yeti / FOX Factory Team will kick off the season at the first stop of the EWS circuit in Manizale, Colombia March 28 & 29, 2020.



About Yeti

Founded in 1985, Yeti Cycles makes race-bred, obsessively engineered, masterfully crafted mountain bikes proven by the fastest riders in the most demanding conditions. Based in Golden, Colorado, Yeti is owned and staffed by riders who are more likely to be out riding the company’s latest creation than sitting in a conference room. Visit www.yeticycles.com to learn more.

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1/16/2020 1:29 PM

2020 Yeti / FOX Factory Team Announced
Rude back for another three years

(Golden, Colo.) – The Yeti / FOX Factory team was announced today and will include two-time Enduro World Series (EWS) champion Richie Rude, who has raced with Yeti / FOX since he was fifteen and signed for an additional three years, and local Colorado racer Shawn Neer. Neer finished strong in 2019, including being a key member of the three-man USA team that won the Trophy of Nations title and finishing 15th overall in the EWS Series.

As one of the most decorated riders on the EWS circuit, Rude claimed a spot on the podium for every race he competed in during the 2019 season. “I’ve been racing for Yeti / FOX since I was a kid. The team is dialed, I’m stoked on the bikes and look forward to another great year,” Rude said during a recent trip to the Yeti factory in Golden, Colorado. Teammate Shawn Neer plans to carry this momentum into the upcoming season and recently headed to California to train with Rude for two-weeks.

The Yeti / FOX Factory race program is unique in that it has three tiers – the World team, a National and a Development (Devo) team. This structure has been in place for over a decade and has been integral in developing some of the best riders in the sport.

The Yeti / FOX National Team will be led by Carson Eiswald and Jubal Davis. Eiswald, from Bellingham, WA, made the jump to the National team early in 2019 after multiple podium appearances and though he was sidelined at the end of the season with an injury, looks to be a force on the circuit this year. Veteran racer Jubal Davis returns for 2020. Davis is a consistent podium contender on the national circuit and his international experience will help fast track younger Yeti riders in their development. Davis also battled injuries in 2019 and is looking forward to getting back on the bike for 2020.

The Yeti / FOX Devo Team has an exciting and promising core of young racers. Quinn Reece and Lauren Bingham will lead the Yeti Devo team. Reece secured his first pro podium in 2019 and Bingham is the current US National Junior Enduro Champion. Both return with plans to step into the national circuit. New additions of Warren Kniss and Dillon Santos puts the team in a strong position to reclaim the Big Mountain Enduro title. The team will also benefit from expanded development and coaching opportunities. Expect to see some of these athletes compete in the North American Continental Enduro Series and other high-profile, international events.

Yeti Cycles president, Chris Conroy, is excited about this year’s riders “This should be a great year for Yeti racing. Richie and Shawn are at the top of their games and our National and Devo teams are packed with strong and talented young riders.”

Long-time Team Manager Damion Smith will continue to oversee the successful Yeti / Fox Factory Race Program. Team mechanical support will be provided by the experienced lead mechanic, Shaun “Polar Bear” Hughes and assisted by Mark Hild.

“I’m excited about the upcoming year of racing with legacy riders and the new upcoming talent. Our roster is as strong as ever. We’ll have the best combination of equipment, support and mentorship for the entire team. We’re all prepared and ready to compete for podiums around the globe.”
– Damion Smith

The Yeti / FOX Factory Team continues to thrive with the support of long-time and generous sponsors that offer high-performance products put to the test on the most grueling racecourses in the world. Sponsors for 2020 include: Fox, Maxxis, Shimano, DT Swiss, Ergon, Toyota, OneUp Components, Giro, Renthal Cycling Motorex, CushCore, Backcountry Research, Chris King, Stages Cycling, Victory Circle Graphix, Honey Stinger, Thule, Smith Optics, Skratch Labs, Big Mountain Enduro.

Yeti / FOX Factory Team will kick off the season at the first stop of the EWS circuit in Manizale, Colombia March 28 & 29, 2020.

About Yeti
Founded in 1985, Yeti Cycles makes race-bred, obsessively engineered, masterfully crafted mountain bikes proven by the fastest riders in the most demanding conditions. Based in Golden, Colorado, Yeti is owned and staffed by riders who are more likely to be out riding the company’s latest creation than sitting in a conference room. Visit www.yeticycles.com to learn more.

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1/16/2020 1:33 PM

Whelp that means we still don’t know where Graves is going.

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1/16/2020 2:59 PM

Martin Ashton hinted at a Graves interview on GMBN so given the recent focus on Hill on the channel (presumably from the Nukeproof connection) might Graves be on another affiliated brand? Scott or Canyon? Flo's replacement?

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1/16/2020 3:36 PM

Graves to Pivot

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1/16/2020 3:39 PM

thatwascrackers wrote:

Martin Ashton hinted at a Graves interview on GMBN so given the recent focus on Hill on the channel (presumably from the Nukeproof connection) might Graves be on another affiliated brand? Scott or Canyon? Flo's replacement?

I was wondering this also. Scott uses Fox. Graves is headed to NZ currently and so is Dean Lucas. Throw Jack on that team and you would have a wild Aussie triple threat across DH and Enduro.

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1/16/2020 3:50 PM

Graves to Cannondale

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1/16/2020 4:03 PM

thatwascrackers wrote:

Martin Ashton hinted at a Graves interview on GMBN so given the recent focus on Hill on the channel (presumably from the Nukeproof connection) might Graves be on another affiliated brand? Scott or Canyon? Flo's replacement?

FqqTBawL wrote:

I was wondering this also. Scott uses Fox. Graves is headed to NZ currently and so is Dean Lucas. Throw Jack on that team and you would have a wild Aussie triple threat across DH and Enduro.

Cube is on fox/shimano/dt Swiss too, and Callhagan is gone... After all, they have deep pockets!

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1/16/2020 4:39 PM

FqqTBawL wrote:

I was wondering this also. Scott uses Fox. Graves is headed to NZ currently and so is Dean Lucas. Throw Jack on that team and you would have a wild Aussie triple threat across DH and Enduro.

That would be awesome, only a few issues. Presumably, Scott are using their own wheels or ENVE if your name is Brendog. Graves looked to be using DT-Swiss On the bike he did show.
Graves was also using Shimano brakes, while the whole Scott team is using TRP.

Intense was another guess for graves, however, it would make more sense for the Intense enduro riders to be using TRP, Kenda, and E*Thirteen like the DH program.

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Snoopin around lookin for the best trails and sketchiest lines

1/16/2020 4:59 PM

I think Graves is with Cube now. Intense is another option maybe?

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1/16/2020 7:02 PM

thatwascrackers wrote:

Martin Ashton hinted at a Graves interview on GMBN so given the recent focus on Hill on the channel (presumably from the Nukeproof connection) might Graves be on another affiliated brand? Scott or Canyon? Flo's replacement?

FqqTBawL wrote:

I was wondering this also. Scott uses Fox. Graves is headed to NZ currently and so is Dean Lucas. Throw Jack on that team and you would have a wild Aussie triple threat across DH and Enduro.

But what about the commencal Jack was tagged to on insta a few days ago?
If that's legit it also had full sram/rockshox components which Jack would like to be back on I bet.

Scott is a pretty French team too for Enduro and DH

THE PLOT THICKEN.

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1/16/2020 7:15 PM

Graves still with Yeti, just in a different way. All good.

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1/16/2020 10:28 PM

GUILLO wrote:

I think Graves is with Cube now. Intense is another option maybe?

Cube action team used Newmen wheels last year.

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1/17/2020 12:34 AM

GUILLO wrote:

I think Graves is with Cube now. Intense is another option maybe?

mg25 wrote:

Cube action team used Newmen wheels last year.

Ha yes! You broke my day...

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1/17/2020 4:22 AM

Official Canyon Collective press release:

”Press Release: Canyon

Whatever we do, whatever makes us tick, one thing’s always true: it’s better to do it with people who share our passion. Seeking community, likeminded people, friends – it’s part of what makes us human. We’re all looking for our own collective. With the launch of [ C L L C T V ], Canyon is uniting mountain bikers from around the world under a single banner: irrespective of whether you ride trail, bikepark, freeride, slopestyle, or dirt. No matter what language you speak, how old you are, how long you’ve been riding: everyone’s welcome in the Canyon Collective.

The [ C L L C T V ] is not just an exclusive club reserved for the pros – but that doesn’t mean that some of the world’s top stars aren’t already all-in. Troy Brosnan and Tahnée Seagrave are two of the hottest names in the downhill scene, and Ines Thoma is one of the finest riders in the world of enduro. Or if you get your kicks clocking up huge airtime and nailing insane tricks, then names like Thomas Genon, Tomas Lemoine and Fabio Wibmer aren’t bad company to be keeping. In the Collective, all riders are equal – from World Cup-level pros to YouTube stars to weekend trail warriors. Because we all share that same passion for riding: regardless of what we do, and regardless of how we do it.

So, what drives the Collective? The commitment to inspire and connect mountain bikers from around the planet. At World Cup races, at test events, at parties, online and offline, in digital and on the dirt. All year-round, in every country, at every opportunity.

And because every community needs a backbone, these Canyon pro riders are already on board:

Braydon Bringhurst (YouTube) | Dimitri Tordo (Enduro) | Fabien Barel (Mentor) | Fabio Wibmer (YouTube) | Ines Thoma (Enduro) | Kaos Seagrave (Downhill) | Kye A‘Hern (Downhill) | Mark Wallace (Downhill) | Owen Marks (Slopestyle) | Tahnée Seagrave (Downhill) | Thomas Genon (Slopestyle) | Tomas Lemoine (Slopestyle) | Troy Brosnan (Downhill)”

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1/17/2020 4:32 AM
Edited Date/Time: 1/17/2020 8:48 AM

Cam Cole team boss of a new team.... and Greg Williamson has been hanging out with him.. new team on the horizon?

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1/17/2020 5:42 AM

Primoz wrote:

TH SB150 was tested on a local site and had an MSRP of 7800 €. For that it came with Kashima suspension, 'X01' (GX cassette, but X01 crank), XT brakes and M1700 wheelset. I paid roughly 4700 € for my Al Bird Aeris AM9 where i have a complete X01 group, but with a GX crank (i prefer aluminium in high impact zones), XM1501 wheelsets, Code RSC brakes and RS SD RCT/Lyrik RC2 suspension. So all in all, i'd personally say a better or so-so drivetrain (due to a better cassette), better wheels, better brakes and a similar suspension setup. The weight difference is, at most, 1 kg (based on Yeti's advertised values for their lineup and me weighing my XL bike).

Will the Yeti ride 66 % better (price difference)? I highly doubt it. And it's a similar story with Santa Cruz, the X01 kit over here has an MSRP of 7800 € and is also on DT 350/ARC30 wheelsets (otherwise it's fairly similar to my build but with a performance elite 36 fork).

The prices for some bikes can't really be justified. I know there are premium brands in all walks of life, but at least in some cases you get the ability to spec more toys or something better (bigger engines with Audi/BMW/Mercedes compared to 'lesser' estates a-la Passat, Škodas and similar), you get better interior, actually better riding performance, etc. What do you get with the big boutique brands in the MTB world? A bit more plastic.

If you ask this question your not there target market. 🤷🏻‍♂️

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1/17/2020 5:46 AM

Mario Parker wrote:

Graves still with Yeti, just in a different way. All good.

Did he ever make a full statement on the failed piss test? Who’s bottle?

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1/17/2020 6:19 AM

Seth's Bike Hacks leaves Slime and Box for 2020

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1/17/2020 7:31 AM

Full statement announcing the Canyon Collective:
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KOBLENZ, 17 JANUARY 2020

Whatever we do,
whatever makes us tick, one thing’s always true: it’s better to do it with people who share our passion. Seeking
community, likeminded people, friends – it’s part of what makes us human. We’re all looking for our own
collective. With the launch of [ C L L C T V ], Canyon is uniting mountain bikers from around the world under a
single banner: irrespective of whether you ride trail, bikepark, freeride, slopestyle, or dirt. No matter what
language you speak, how old you are, how long you’ve been riding: everyone’s welcome in the Canyon Collective.



The [ C L L C T V ] is not just an exclusive club reserved for the pros – but that doesn’t mean that some of the
world’s top stars aren’t already all-in. Troy Brosnan and Tahnée Seagrave are two of the hottest names in the
downhill scene, and Ines Thoma is one of the finest riders in the world of enduro. Or if you get your kicks clocking
up huge airtime and nailing insane tricks, then names like Thomas Genon, Tomas Lemoine and Fabio Wibmer
aren’t bad company to be keeping. In the Collective, all riders are equal – from World Cup-level pros to YouTube
stars to weekend trail warriors. Because we all share that same passion for riding: regardless of what we do, and
regardless of how we do it.



So, what drives the Collective? The commitment to inspire and connect mountain bikers from around the planet.
At World Cup races, at test events, at parties, online and offline, in digital and on the dirt. All year round, in every
country, at every opportunity.



And because every community needs a backbone, these Canyon pro riders are already on board:
Braydon Bringhurst (YouTube) | Dimitri Tordo (Slopestyle) | Fabien Barel (Mentor) | Fabio Wibmer (YouTube) |
Ines Thoma (Enduro) | Kaos Seagrave (Downhill) | Kye A‘Hern (Downhill) | Mark Wallace (Downhill) | Owen Marks
(Slopestyle) | Tahnée Seagrave (Downhill) | Thomas Genon (Slopestyle) | Tomas Lemoine (Slopestyle) | Troy
Brosnan (Downhill)



Don’t go it alone. Join us. Join the [ C L L C T V ].


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1/17/2020 7:35 AM

trailfurnace wrote:

Seth's Bike Hacks leaves Slime and Box for 2020

He stepping up to E13 and Orange Seal?

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1/17/2020 8:40 AM
Edited Date/Time: 1/17/2020 8:42 AM

So are Troy, Mark, Kye, Tahnee and Kaos all racing under the same tent or are Tahnee and Kaos still separate under FMD but running Canyon frames?

Edit, Just saw this on another site : The two Canyon teams will remain separate entities with Canyon Factory Racing becoming Canyon Collective and FMD Transition Muc/Off becoming Canyon Collective FMD. The two teams will operate out of separate pits but will apparently be working closely together throughout the season.

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1/17/2020 9:05 AM

Graves to Merida

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1/17/2020 10:07 AM
Edited Date/Time: 1/17/2020 10:08 AM

Looks like Jerome gots a new gig with his old employer....

Hi everybody

It's time to tell you what's new for me in 2020. After my post in december, many people understood that I would leave Cannondale as I was thanking them for the amazing 11 years of Racing as a pro athlete.

In a way it's true as my new contract is not with Cannondale anymore but Cycling sports group.

When I stop racing EWS at the end of 2017, I was looking for a transition. My plan was to show that I could do something else than ride fast.

My ultimate goal was to find a job in the industry where my experience of the MTB world could be useful.

Since the 1st of January Cycling Sports Group gave me this opportunity as the MTB Coordinator Europe for Cannondale, GT and Fabric.

I'll be "on the ground", in relation with Media, events, ambasadors and everything related to the riding experience.

As my love for riding is high, I'll keep racing here and there and running few media projects on my "down time", so you can still expect to see some content from my side.

I'll keep a role of ambassador for some of my sponsors too.

I'm happy with this new chapter and I would like to thanks all the people that made this happen and who trusted me.

I'm looking forward to support the brands and all the great people working at CSG.

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1/17/2020 10:15 AM

It's interesting that Canyon lists YouTube as a discipline. Not saying it's a bad thing, just interesting.

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1/17/2020 11:58 AM

mwolpin wrote:

It's interesting that Canyon lists YouTube as a discipline. Not saying it's a bad thing, just interesting.

THIS! ))

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1/17/2020 2:31 PM

mwolpin wrote:

It's interesting that Canyon lists YouTube as a discipline. Not saying it's a bad thing, just interesting.

Maxipedia wrote:

THIS! ))

Also, it looks like Canyon put all that money in the press release, but ran out of money to pay for those vowels in their new name. "CLLCTV" - seriously?

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1/17/2020 2:38 PM

mwolpin wrote:

It's interesting that Canyon lists YouTube as a discipline. Not saying it's a bad thing, just interesting.

Maxipedia wrote:

THIS! ))

rjp wrote:

Also, it looks like Canyon put all that money in the press release, but ran out of money to pay for those vowels in their new name. "CLLCTV" - seriously?

It's art, duh!

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1/17/2020 3:42 PM

Prime Bikes, new brand of DH bikes from Europe developed by Cesar Rojo just launched their first machine.

Curious if we see it on the racing circuit and potentially in 2020 rumours?

https://instagram.com/primebicycles

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