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12/17/2021 5:30 AM

NJPA Rider wrote:

Katy and Noga on the same team would be awesome! Would it be GT or Nukeproof? I.haven't looked at metrics. But, the women seem ...more

One US rider is enough. An Aussi rider would make sense in terms of marketing and sales.

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12/17/2021 7:02 AM

It's official! Laurie is off Mondraker.

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12/17/2021 7:08 AM

Benoit Coulanges on the latest episode of the pod & he's staying with Dorval AM Commencal for 2022:

https://pod.co/making-up-the-numbers/benot-coulanges-emilie-siegenthaler

or search "Making Up The Numbers" on Spotify / any podcast app

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12/17/2021 7:09 AM

Bernard had the big Pivot truck up for sale recently. Probably just selling it to buy a new toy or liquidate some cash he does love his toys.
And probably me wasting time posting in this thread.

I cannot imagine him not riding for Pivot or managing their DH/EWS race program. Such a stand up guy, brilliant rider and a great team.

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12/17/2021 7:30 AM

iceman2058 wrote:

It's official! Laurie is off Mondraker.

Such a class rider, exciting to watch and huge potential.

Sounds like the Syndicate is calling...

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12/17/2021 8:35 AM

Intense stoking the rumors flame!Photo

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12/17/2021 10:51 AM

Bobodaclown wrote:

Bernard had the big Pivot truck up for sale recently. Probably just selling it to buy a new toy or liquidate some cash he does ...more

I think he said in one of his previous vlogs that he was buying a new one. I think it might have been in the mxgp one, cause he was looking round one of the mx teams trucks to see how they'd laid it out

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12/17/2021 10:54 AM

Bobodaclown wrote:

Bernard had the big Pivot truck up for sale recently. Probably just selling it to buy a new toy or liquidate some cash he does ...more

c1c51 wrote:

I think he said in one of his previous vlogs that he was buying a new one. I think it might have been in the mxgp one, cause ...more

Sounds about right. Cheers for the call out from the vlog.
Interested to see what they end up with.

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12/17/2021 11:03 AM

TwinkletoesLarry wrote:

Intense stoking the rumors flame!Photo

Intense Factory Racing taking the piss.

As an American, I've longed for the opportunity to use that phrase for some years :D

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shuttles and cuddles

12/17/2021 12:25 PM

Bobodaclown wrote:

Sounds about right. Cheers for the call out from the vlog.
Interested to see what they end up with.

He’s just bought an American school bus so I’d guess at that.

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12/17/2021 1:23 PM

iceman2058 wrote:

It's official! Laurie is off Mondraker.

Bobodaclown wrote:

Such a class rider, exciting to watch and huge potential.

Sounds like the Syndicate is calling...

I bet he will be join by a junior and it will be announced 6th of January…

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12/17/2021 2:00 PM

iceman2058 wrote:

It's official! Laurie is off Mondraker.

Bobodaclown wrote:

Such a class rider, exciting to watch and huge potential.

Sounds like the Syndicate is calling...

pK wrote:

I bet he will be join by a junior and it will be announced 6th of January…

Yep, Jackson that is.

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12/17/2021 2:42 PM

TwinkletoesLarry wrote:

Intense stoking the rumors flame!Photo

Intense fishing for some attention since their team and new bike can't get any while racing world cups, they can only dream of signing someone like Laurie.

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12/17/2021 6:58 PM

Neko off intense and on to privateer? In a fairly recent podcast he mentioned he was working on putting his program together for next year.

Dak off YT and to Intense to keep the two elite riders US based?

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12/17/2021 8:53 PM

Dakota Norton with sram brakes??? 🤔🤔🤔

Photo

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12/17/2021 9:31 PM

iceman2058 wrote:

It's official! Laurie is off Mondraker.

Bobodaclown wrote:

Such a class rider, exciting to watch and huge potential.

Sounds like the Syndicate is calling...

pK wrote:

I bet he will be join by a junior and it will be announced 6th of January…

And maybe an elite woman?

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12/18/2021 8:47 AM

Carson Storch moving on from Rocky Mountain (press release below):

After a successful career with Rocky Mountain, Carson Storch is moving on in 2022. Carson joined the Rocky Mountain program in 2016 and has since grown into an internationally recognized freerider. From podium finishes at the Red Bull Rampage to logging first descents in the remote Arctic, he’s been an inspiration year after year.

Carson lives for riding and his passion for pushing the limits has given him an amazing career. From riding backcountry scree to slopestyle contests, singletrack trail rides to the Red Bull Rampage. His love for two wheels has brought him around the world, earning him incredible results and unforgettable memories.

Looking back over the years, we’re proud of Carson and thank him for sharing the past six years. We put together a photo set to highlight some of the big moments and we’re wishing him all the best in 2022 and beyond!

"Carson, being your teammate for the past 6 years has been a blast. From cheering you on at the Rampage to hanging in Bend for Black Sage, I've always been amazed by your confidence on the bike and your humility off of it. Looking forward to watching your incredible talent and creativity for years to come." - Thomas Vanderham

"Riding with Carson has always been a riot. The guy oozes style on a bike and his wicked sense of humor and positive attitude always made freeride trips more fun. My favorite memories of riding with Carson were from a trip we did to the Yukon, where he sent some big hits in an ultra-remote location. On a few of the features, he set in first tracks and some of them ended in major crashes. But - Carson always picked himself up and went back for more, which is what it means to be a true freeride legend!" - Wade Simmons

"I'd like to say thank you to Rocky Mountain for believing in me over the past 6 years. Throughout the course of our relationship, my career has shifted from slopestyle to big mountain freeride, and Rocky Mountain had my back through all of the ups and downs. It's been an honour to ride for Rocky Mountain, and I’m proud of what we've accomplished together. Freeride ain’t dead!" - Carson Storch

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12/18/2021 9:07 AM
Edited Date/Time: 12/18/2021 9:08 AM

iceman2058 wrote:

Carson Storch moving on from Rocky Mountain (press release below):

After a successful career with Rocky Mountain, Carson ...more

I wonder if they'll replace him or are they done w/ freeride? (Given that they don't have a dh bike I suspect the latter, he and Vaea both ride old Maidens).

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12/18/2021 9:28 AM

Endurhevia wrote:

Dakota Norton with sram brakes???

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Renthal bar/stem, Fox fork, and SDG dropper lever all point to YT for the bike, but I also spy an XT shifter in there, so it could be that YT's no longer running TRP on their team bikes.

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12/18/2021 10:30 AM

louevilcyclist wrote:

Neko off intense and on to privateer? In a fairly recent podcast he mentioned he was working on putting his program together ...more

Neko signed with Intense in 2019, anyone happen to know the length of his contract?

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12/18/2021 11:13 AM

Yeti are signing a EWS podium woman

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12/18/2021 11:39 AM

Endurhevia wrote:

Dakota Norton with sram brakes???

Photo

Edthorne wrote:

Renthal bar/stem, Fox fork, and SDG dropper lever all point to YT for the bike, but I also spy an XT shifter in there, so it ...more

Or he‘s just on a stock bike…

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12/18/2021 11:56 AM

louevilcyclist wrote:

Neko off intense and on to privateer? In a fairly recent podcast he mentioned he was working on putting his program together ...more

jonkranked wrote:

Neko signed with Intense in 2019, anyone happen to know the length of his contract?

Not sure of contract length for Neko but here is what we know:
- Both Gwin and Neko started in 2019 with Gwin's Intense team
- Gwin announced a few weeks ago he resigned on his program (believe I saw it was a 2 year deal this time)
- I would be very surprised if Neko signed a longer deal than Gwin in 2019 given Gwin was the premier rider of the two. Assuming that is the case (not longer), his contract would have been up this year as well.
- He has not made a similar extension announcement. This doesn't mean he has not extended just that he hasn't announced anything.
- Seth (the 3rd rider) started with the team in 2020 as a junior and they moved him up to elite in 2021 (a year early IMO but what do I know). At this point, Seth and Neko were placing around the same. My guess is he has a 3-year deal which would take him through 2022. I expect he will continue his progression and could be a solid rider for Intense for years to come.

Gwin and Neko have ridden together for quite some time now. While Neko's results haven't been anything to write home about over the last few years (not sure Gwin's have either), he does bring a lot of intangibles given his heavy involvement with promoting/starting DH races in the US. Perhaps that would be good enough to keep him on if he wants to stay on. I am sure more will come to light in the next couple of weeks.

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12/18/2021 11:57 AM

louevilcyclist wrote:

Neko off intense and on to privateer? In a fairly recent podcast he mentioned he was working on putting his program together ...more

Which podcast? Please?

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12/18/2021 12:19 PM

louevilcyclist wrote:

Neko off intense and on to privateer? In a fairly recent podcast he mentioned he was working on putting his program together ...more

Biketechspert wrote:

Which podcast? Please?

Pisgah Podcast
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12/18/2021 12:37 PM

Gwin is still riding an intense right?

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12/18/2021 1:26 PM

Doesn't Gwin own (or part own) Intense Factory Racing? Or did he invest in Intense itself?

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12/18/2021 2:23 PM

iceman2058 wrote:

It's official! Laurie is off Mondraker.

Bobodaclown wrote:

Such a class rider, exciting to watch and huge potential.

Sounds like the Syndicate is calling...

pK wrote:

I bet he will be join by a junior and it will be announced 6th of January…

Its going to be an amazing lineup!

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12/18/2021 2:23 PM

Female rider from the uk to yeti

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12/18/2021 3:20 PM

barryjenson wrote:

Female rider from the uk to yeti

Bex?

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