2020 Mountain Bike Team Rumors

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2/10/2020 4:51 AM

Its not a team rumor but I think SC is filming the video of the new ebike in Chile

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2/10/2020 4:52 AM

GUILLO wrote:

Its not a team rumor but I think SC is filming the video of the new ebike in Chile


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2/10/2020 6:58 AM

rheeder stepping back from full-time slopestyle competition.

via the crankworx rotorua press release
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Noticeably absent from the roster, the reigning Crankworx FMBA Slopestyle World Champion. In recent years, Brett Rheeder has been the most decorated Slopestyle athlete currently competing on the circuit, second only to Brandon Semenuk in the history of the discipline.

“My decision to step away from competing for part of 2020 was tough to make but I feel good about it, in that it’s a decision that will prolong my career, “ says Rheeder, who turns 27 in under a week. Rheeder has won seven Crankworx Slopestyle comps over the course of his career so far. “Because of the level of riding we’ve reached in slopestyle, the athletes who consistently stand on each podium now have to dedicate everything they have to staying up there. For me, this has been the case for over 10 years and I feel that I’m at a point in my career where it’s important to take a step back and give myself the time to re-focus on elements of my riding that I haven’t been totally satisfied with in the past so that I can continue to achieve my goals for the future.”

Rheeder still plans to return to compete at Red Bull Joyride at Crankworx Whistler 2020, as well as Red Bull Rampage.
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2/10/2020 7:24 AM

Full team announcement from MS Mondraker:
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STRONG 2020 MS MONDRAKER TEAM LINE-UP CONFIRMED!

Laurie Greenland builds on his World Cup-winning form and Brook Macdonald is pushing hard to get back on track after his spinal injury at the World Champs



10th February 2020 – Kitzbühel, Austria: The start of a new year means one thing in the downhill (DH) world – the much-anticipated team line-ups. MS Mondraker Team is fired up for the MTB World Cup season, confirming the return of the core of their multi-national, podium-winning team, maintaining continuity in the pro rider roster and support staff, looking to build on a successful and exciting 2019 season.

Fresh and on-form following his victorious World Cup run in Val di Sole, 6th in the World Championships and 6th place in the UCI Ranking last year, Great Britain’s Laurie Greenland is once again pulling on the Austria-based team’s jersey, ready to race on the much-lauded 29er Mondraker Summum.



Laurie’s dedication to the sport and hunger to win is even more evident than ever: during the off-season he chose to stay on home soil, training with ex-British Cycling MTB advisor Olly Morris, and enjoying his new-found status as a Red Bull athlete – a recognition of his amazing 2019 form. He is determined to claim more World Cup (WC) victories over the next seven months.

Laurie’s fellow British teammate Mike Jones also comes into the 2020 season in great form, eager to impose himself on the Elites. A super talented rider, Mike’s grit and tenacity have him looking for his first WC podium.

After a World Championship practice run crash last August on Mont-Sainte-Anne’s 'La Tarzan' rock drop saw New Zealand’s national champion, Brook Macdonald, bow out early from the tail end of the season with a spinal injury, MS Mondraker can confirm the return of “The Bulldog” to the 2020 calendar. Although the Elite World Cup winner and former Junior World Champion will not be racing the first DH World Cup round in Lousã, Portugal (21st-22nd March), he is set to make his comeback later in the year.



Italy’s former double national champion Eleonora Farina returns with confidence following two WC podium finishes last year in Andorra and Les Gets. The technically gifted rider and former European DH Champion has her eyes firmly fixed on the top step this season.

Rounding off the Elite team roster, and one to watch for this year is 22-year-old Thibault Laly.
The former French Junior national DH champion and EWS U21 race winner is a formidable gravity rider with the capability and talent to ride at DH Elite World Cup level. Thibault has made some notable lifestyle changes to ensure that racing is his primary focus, so he’s set to make this his best season ever.

Lukas Haider remains at the helm, continuing his 9-year career as manager of the Mondraker team, starting the ninth race season together under the MS Mondraker name. Looking to the 2020 season, Lukas said: “2020 is going to be an interesting season for us. We have a strong team roster with Laurie, Brook, Eleonora, Mike and Thibault, and realistic chances for World Cup podiums and victories; this is our main goal, for sure.

“After his World Cup victory last season, Laurie is more motivated than ever. It will also be great to see Brook return after recovering from a spinal injury in Mont-Sainte-Anne last August. His latest rehabilitation progress is promising and we hope to have him back for the second half of the season. We will have some new developments in the material sector in the pipeline, which should help us as well. We just can’t wait to get it started!”

About MS Mondraker Team

MS Mondraker is a professional Elite UCI downhill (DH) mountain bike (MT team. The initials ‘MS’ stand for Markus Stoeckl, who is a former DH racer and the current world record holder of the high-speed record on mountain bikes. Based on his experience of racing World Cups, he found his own vision of how the sport should look. Thus, the MS-RACING programme was born, marking the beginning of the implementation of MS’s vision.

The original MS-RACING team was founded by Markus Stoeckl and Lukas Haider in 2004 to support semi-professional athletes. Within two years MS-RACING grew from a semi-pro race team to one of the most important UCI trade teams in the MTB race circuit.

The team has enjoyed a lot of success in the professional sphere since its inception: winning the Four-Cross Team World Cup title in 2008; dominating the 2016 UCI DH World Cup with the overall team victory and taking 1st and 2nd places in the 2016 DH World Championships; and taking the win in the 2019 UCI DH World Cup in Val di Sole.

For more information, visit www.ms-racing.at.

About Mondraker

Mondraker is a proudly independent specialist mountain bike brand from Alicante, Spain, creating performance bikes that are race proven at the highest level – World Cup and World Championship winners in Downhill with MS Mondraker on the Summum Carbon, and racing at the highest level of Cross-Country on the F-Podium Carbon RR with PMR Racing.

Over our 20 years of competing, designing and manufacturing we have developed the knowledge and expertise to craft ‘racing bikes for daily use’ – the same machines that our pro riders use. We are never shy to innovate and take risks, but we always keep focused on what really matters: making Mondraker bikes feel right out on the dirt.

For more information, visit www.mondraker.com.

MS Mondraker Team Partners

– e*thirteen
– Fox Suspension
– Michelin
– Race Face
– Renthal
– Shimano

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2/10/2020 8:18 AM

GUILLO wrote:

Its not a team rumor but I think SC is filming the video of the new ebike in Chile

GUILLO wrote:

That's the Megatower. No motor.

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2/10/2020 8:43 AM

GUILLO wrote:

Its not a team rumor but I think SC is filming the video of the new ebike in Chile

GUILLO wrote:

Hittheshowers13 wrote:

That's the Megatower. No motor.

Stay tune tomorrow 11⚡️02⚡️2020

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2/10/2020 12:52 PM

GUILLO wrote:

Its not a team rumor but I think SC is filming the video of the new ebike in Chile

GUILLO wrote:

Hittheshowers13 wrote:

That's the Megatower. No motor.

*Electrical-tower

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2/10/2020 12:56 PM

27.5 wheels
160mm front / 150mm rear
Shimano E8000
500wh battery
Full carbon (front and rear triangle)
~20kg
Build kits from NX to XX1


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2/10/2020 3:01 PM

Powertower™?

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MRP - VP of Business Dev.

2/10/2020 3:40 PM

That’s his regular mega. But man, not thrilled with that eBike spy shot, still looks clunky.

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2/10/2020 3:58 PM

Can we please stick to racing rumors, not motorcycle rumors?

JK Bikes are bicycles too. dont hate me for trying to get the forum back on track

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Snoopin around lookin for the best trails and sketchiest lines

2/11/2020 12:40 AM

Broken_spoke.photo wrote:

Can we please stick to racing rumors, not motorcycle rumors?

JK Bikes are bicycles too. dont hate me for trying to get the forum back on track

No 2020 bike tech thread?

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2/11/2020 1:14 AM

Continental steps up as co-title sponsor of Atherton Racing:

11th February 2020 – Korbach, Germany: Dan, Gee and Rachel Atherton are delighted to confirm that their long-time partner and collaborator Continental Tyres will become joint title partner for their 2020 downhill race team. The team will be known as Continental Atherton, or in full, Continental Atherton MTB Race Team.

The Athertons will continue to support team-mates Charlie Hatton and Mille Johnset and are pleased to renew all of their 2019 component partnerships.



Team Director Dan Brown said: “Racing is at the core of everything we do but our relationship with Continental has always gone beyond the traditional team partnership model. Our shared history developing the top-performing tyre ranges Kaiser 2.5 and Mud Kings provides a strong foundation for future innovation.”

Gee added his thoughts: “This is a true joint venture with all of us striving to make the strongest product. We welcome the opportunity to use our combined experience in partnership with a committed R&D team. We’ve made a solid start with some exciting developments in the mix and I’m looking forward to testing the tyres in the toughest conditions on the World Cup circuit and at Dyfi Bike Park.”

2020 looks set to be a big year for the new Continental Atherton team as they build upon 2019’s three World Cup wins aboard their own brand Atherton bikes.

Rachel said: “Racing our own bikes is one of the best things that ever happened to us but its also hugely challenging. Having Continental step up to support us at this level means a lot, especially as I work to get strong again after my Achilles injury. Having a brand as respected as Continental share our aspirations and back our plans for the future has been a massive boost.”

Oliver Anhuth, Continental’s Global Head of Marketing Bicycle Tyres, said: “We’ve worked with Atherton Racing for many years in the past, and stepping up as joint title partner of the Continental Atherton team feels like a natural and progressive move for Continental. There hasn’t been a tyre manufacturer giving top-tier sponsorship support for a long time – it is time for us to lead the way in the serious business of downhill.

“This partnership also demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the talented racers in the team, and of course, gives us a seamless opportunity for further product development which will give us credibility in the bicycle industry overall and advances in the tyre market specifically.”


In terms of rider line-up, there are no surprises this season with Charlie Hatton re-signing to the team for his 3rd season as he continues to challenge for a top ten spot on the World Cup circuit. The team will continue to support Mille Johnset as she takes her place amongst the Women’s Elite.

Catch the team in action at the UCI World Cup Series as well as Sea Otter Festival and selected Crankworx and Red Bull events. Visit the website for more information about Continental Atherton MTB Race Team.

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2/11/2020 6:53 AM

danposs86 wrote:

No 2020 bike tech thread?

2020 bike tech thread can be found here now - https://www.vitalmtb.com/forums/The-Hub,2/2020-MTB-Tech-rumors-and-innovation,10797

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2/11/2020 8:08 AM

sspomer....a man of the people!

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2/11/2020 8:23 AM

danposs86 wrote:

No 2020 bike tech thread?

sspomer wrote:

2020 bike tech thread can be found here now - https://www.vitalmtb.com/forums/The-Hub,2/2020-MTB-Tech-rumors-and-innovation,10797

mwolpin wrote:

sspomer....a man of the people!

thankfully the people (broken_spoke.photo) started the thread! : )

now, which truck should i get?

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2/11/2020 8:45 AM

sspomer wrote:

2020 bike tech thread can be found here now - https://www.vitalmtb.com/forums/The-Hub,2/2020-MTB-Tech-rumors-and-innovation,10797

mwolpin wrote:

sspomer....a man of the people!

sspomer wrote:

thankfully the people (broken_spoke.photo) started the thread! : )

now, which truck should i get?

I hear that new GM electric hummer will really make every other shuttle truck driver throw their fists up in anger due because e-shuttle trucks.

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2/11/2020 9:24 AM

mwolpin wrote:

sspomer....a man of the people!

sspomer wrote:

thankfully the people (broken_spoke.photo) started the thread! : )

now, which truck should i get?

metadave wrote:

I hear that new GM electric hummer will really make every other shuttle truck driver throw their fists up in anger due because e-shuttle trucks.

Brilliant observation.

Am away from home trails this year and, at least in Beach Community area of Florida, eBikes and knock off motorized wheels bolted onto townie bikes are running all over. Even on beaches which is prohibited. And, much like President Donald J. Trump's Golf Cart - quite a few of these bikes get entirely uncorked and are hitting upwards of 40mph.
No helmet, flip flops, pilled-out or likely drunk.

Back to Racing Rumors if we may -

Steve Peat goes all in, competes in eBike World Cups. Then, attracts even more outside sponsorship dollars (I hear the Moon finally has some surplus cash) and just in time for his 60th, wins the elusive World Championship. Unknown if propensity for raiding competitor Pits to access secret data (Honda) but - perhaps he should.

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2/11/2020 6:06 PM

Funny how ebikes are way noisier then pedal bikes and ev cars are practically silent compared to gas.

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2/11/2020 7:22 PM

I read over on the other site that Richie Schley has joined Fezzari bicycles. Interesting move, I thought he was going to Borsche for sure.

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2/11/2020 8:45 PM

Minor detail, but Chainreaction Nukeproof team looks like using Nukeproof apparel this year.

Sam Hill

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2/11/2020 10:02 PM

watchcwgo wrote:

Funny how ebikes are way noisier then pedal bikes and ev cars are practically silent compared to gas.

This analogy would make sense if bikes were as loud as MX bikes... I don't see how your comparison is funny TBH.

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2/12/2020 3:27 AM

watchcwgo wrote:

Funny how ebikes are way noisier then pedal bikes and ev cars are practically silent compared to gas.

Or a CR500 🤷🏻‍♂️

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2/12/2020 3:30 AM

SlalomSlayer wrote:

Minor detail, but Chainreaction Nukeproof team looks like using Nukeproof apparel this year.

Sam Hill

Nukeproof might have more marketing budget than CRC at the moment...

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2/12/2020 6:58 AM

Richie Schley gets atleast another year of "living the dream" signing with Fezzari and the most hideous E-bike to date.

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2/12/2020 10:23 AM

That-Norco-Dude wrote:

Richie Schley gets atleast another year of "living the dream" signing with Fezzari and the most hideous E-bike to date.

As long a hes get keeps those deals coming because he appeals to those other 50 year old guys with too much money because they hate they're life's and live through him, richie is living the dream. Not to take away from what he did for the sport in anyway, I'm stoked he's still at it and doing his thing, but that's his audience now and they have way more disposable dollars than the 15 year old kids watching slopestyle that has Ticket taste and a 2005 Norco Katmandu budget. Didn't he have a sponsored AMG G-wagon a few years ago.

Also, his website is gold. Wow. Almost as bad as that Fezzari.

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2/12/2020 7:29 PM

watchcwgo wrote:

Funny how ebikes are way noisier then pedal bikes and ev cars are practically silent compared to gas.

Primoz wrote:

This analogy would make sense if bikes were as loud as MX bikes... I don't see how your comparison is funny TBH.

The marketing for that new hummer electric is all about its silence, yet every review of an e-mtb talks about how noisy it is. I know nothing about either really. It’s just interesting that something with a loud v8 previously is now so quiet it has to have artificial sound so pedestrians can tell it’s behind them. Yet, we are at the point with bikes where if you put an onyx hub on one they are dead silent, but the e mtbs whirr and hum and whine. I see people riding electric dirt bikes around town and they seem silent compared to a specialized Levo.

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2/12/2020 9:44 PM
Edited Date/Time: 2/12/2020 9:46 PM

I get what you're trying to say. But still, you're comparing bikes and cars and saying how the alternative, which is electric in both cases, is either loud or quiet. You're not starting at the same point.

Compare MX bikes with electric MX bikes, GoKarts with electric GoKarts and then compare THAT to cars and electric cars. When you're going from something that produces 100+ dB, electrify it and cut the noise in half, of course it's going to be quiet. But when you put an electric drivetrain to something inherently quiet, of course it's going to get noisy.

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2/12/2020 9:47 PM
Edited Date/Time: 2/12/2020 9:48 PM

I thought this forum was about team rumours?

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2/12/2020 9:49 PM

Why are we still stuck on eBike BS all the time?

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