2023 TEAM RUMORS

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10/6/2022 7:22pm
Martin whiteley had an interesting post about signing lots of papers today. Hope he’s bringing a new team into the mix.
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10/6/2022 8:34pm
Amaury racing a yet to be announced Commencal XC rig this weekend. Possibly PFP’s new rig for next year? [img]https://p.vitalmtb.com/photos/forums/2022/10/05/13082/s1200_640E22A1_81B8_4242_9FBD_973D2F3178F1.jpg[/img]
Amaury racing a yet to be announced Commencal XC rig this weekend.

Possibly PFP’s new rig for next year?


everyone keeps putting PFP and Commencal together, but maybe the incentive was that all their DH riders wanted a better bike to train on, and there's actually demand for fun, short travel bikes.
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10/6/2022 9:10pm
There is something big stirring
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10/6/2022 11:26pm
I find that rebranded Santa Cruz Highball in Jumbo Visma yellow very telling with its Cervelo labeling
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10/7/2022 12:35am
Sam Hill, in an interview at Crankworx Cairns, said that he is keen to be racing more downhill next year.

Unfortunately, he dislocated his shoulder during practice and is reported to have multiple fractures. He will undergo more scans and MRI's back home to confirm the extent of the injuries.
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10/7/2022 4:10am
Pedal4life wrote:
I find that rebranded Santa Cruz Highball in Jumbo Visma yellow very telling with its Cervelo labeling
I don’t think anyone’s trying to hide the links between Santa Cruz and Cervelo but as far as XC hardtails go those two frames look nothing alike. Cervelo top tube and seat stays run in-line, it doesn’t have the kinked seat stays and cables run through the headset. Plus the geo numbers are different.
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10/7/2022 4:17am Edited Date/Time 10/7/2022 4:19am
Pedal4life wrote:
I find that rebranded Santa Cruz Highball in Jumbo Visma yellow very telling with its Cervelo labeling
highball and that cervelo don‘t look alike.
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10/7/2022 12:14pm
ALN sounding nostalgic and "hoping to see us next year" in the latest Jank Files. Could she be departing Rocky?
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10/7/2022 1:08pm
forkyeah wrote:
ALN sounding nostalgic and "hoping to see us next year" in the latest Jank Files. Could she be departing Rocky?
I heard some rumors in Finale last week.....

Jack Moir to another Euro brand
Jesse off Rocky Mountain
Mark Wallace off Canyon
Gracey to Santa Cruz


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Pedal4life wrote:
I find that rebranded Santa Cruz Highball in Jumbo Visma yellow very telling with its Cervelo labeling
krabo83 wrote:
highball and that cervelo don‘t look alike.
And then there will be a revised HighBall released soon as it’s been awhile
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10/7/2022 8:42pm Edited Date/Time 10/7/2022 8:43pm
I heard some rumors in Finale last week.....

Jack Moir to another Euro brand
Jesse off Rocky Mountain
Mark Wallace off Canyon
Gracey to Santa Cruz


excited to see where jesse lands. will look so weird not on a RM.
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10/8/2022 5:42am
I heard some rumors in Finale last week.....

Jack Moir to another Euro brand
Jesse off Rocky Mountain
Mark Wallace off Canyon
Gracey to Santa Cruz


krabo83 wrote:
excited to see where jesse lands. will look so weird not on a RM.
Seems like Specialized or Trek would make the most sense. Either one of them would love to have a consistent podium rider in elite males. Who was the last rider to win an EWS on a Trek or Specialized? Jared Graves?
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10/8/2022 8:08am
Seems like Specialized or Trek would make the most sense. Either one of them would love to have a consistent podium rider in elite males. Who...
Seems like Specialized or Trek would make the most sense. Either one of them would love to have a consistent podium rider in elite males. Who was the last rider to win an EWS on a Trek or Specialized? Jared Graves?
Well, let's not discount Harriet Harnden's wins in women's elite EWS. But it has been a while since either of those brands had a win in the men's elite category.
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10/8/2022 12:13pm
I heard some rumors in Finale last week.....

Jack Moir to another Euro brand
Jesse off Rocky Mountain
Mark Wallace off Canyon
Gracey to Santa Cruz


krabo83 wrote:
excited to see where jesse lands. will look so weird not on a RM.
Seems like Specialized or Trek would make the most sense. Either one of them would love to have a consistent podium rider in elite males. Who...
Seems like Specialized or Trek would make the most sense. Either one of them would love to have a consistent podium rider in elite males. Who was the last rider to win an EWS on a Trek or Specialized? Jared Graves?
It's been mentioned before, but anyone who's goes to spesh in recent memory for the most part suffers on the Enduro side of things. Like since 2015 I don't think there's barely been a specialized athlete who's been top 10 at an event on the inside of a specialized contract and then back to doing ok after if they physically didn't crash out for the rest of their career. For a company who owns the Enduro name, it's pretty brutal. If they couldn't win with graves, I'd be interested if they can win at all.

Hey specialized, prove me wrong.
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10/8/2022 12:31pm
Isn't Charles Murray riding specialized? He had soem top tens this year and was with Eddy and Matt on team NZ winning Trophy of Nations.
10/8/2022 12:34pm
metadave wrote:
It's been mentioned before, but anyone who's goes to spesh in recent memory for the most part suffers on the Enduro side of things. Like since...
It's been mentioned before, but anyone who's goes to spesh in recent memory for the most part suffers on the Enduro side of things. Like since 2015 I don't think there's barely been a specialized athlete who's been top 10 at an event on the inside of a specialized contract and then back to doing ok after if they physically didn't crash out for the rest of their career. For a company who owns the Enduro name, it's pretty brutal. If they couldn't win with graves, I'd be interested if they can win at all.

Hey specialized, prove me wrong.
Charlie Murray wants to prove you wrong.
Finished the season with 2 top 5s and only finished outside the top 15 at 1 race this year, and all that with a win in Trophy of Nations for NZ in his second year as a full time racer.
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10/8/2022 12:53pm
forkyeah wrote:
ALN sounding nostalgic and "hoping to see us next year" in the latest Jank Files. Could she be departing Rocky?
I heard some rumors in Finale last week.....

Jack Moir to another Euro brand
Jesse off Rocky Mountain
Mark Wallace off Canyon
Gracey to Santa Cruz


It will be interesting where Wallace will go. He has slipped a bit in the past few years so hopefully he will be able to get a ride with all the new up and coming talent and a change that would help him in the standings.
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10/8/2022 2:48pm
Neither Specialized or Trek need to sign anybody to sell enduros and slashes. And as far as supporting the sport at least state side both do a pretty good job of supporting local and regional series enduro. Specialized sponsoring Cody Kelly doesn't do a whole lot for them in terms of international results, but it does do quite a bit in plenty of other areas. It's not like Charlie Murray or Harriet aren't giving both brands some results to be proud of regardless.

It's pretty clear the EWS is on a bit of a downturn while enduro racing is only growing. I think most brands would be smart to focus their resources on a more local level than one international race series most enduro racers don't even care about.
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10/8/2022 4:37pm
I heard Cody Kelly's shampoo and conditioner requirements are killing the Specialized enduro team budget.
Takes a lot of cash to keep those golden locks shiny.

That combined with the American Dream's skin tight pants addiction, it is surprising they have anything left to pay the riders.Shocked
10/9/2022 9:12am
With Giant coming out with a new Reign, do they spent some money and get a proven name or do they just stay the course?
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10/9/2022 4:33pm
With Giant coming out with a new Reign, do they spent some money and get a proven name or do they just stay the course?
I've heard they've signed a young Aussie who is likely to get them some results on both the Reign and Glory Wink
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10/9/2022 5:34pm
With Giant coming out with a new Reign, do they spent some money and get a proven name or do they just stay the course?
I've heard they've signed a young Aussie who is likely to get them some results on both the Reign and Glory Wink
Meir-Smith?
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10/9/2022 5:42pm
With Giant coming out with a new Reign, do they spent some money and get a proven name or do they just stay the course?
I've heard they've signed a young Aussie who is likely to get them some results on both the Reign and Glory Wink
Aushred wrote:
Meir-Smith?
Both of them apparently
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10/9/2022 7:45pm
Jrp wrote:
Both of them apparently
That would be a great pickup for Giant...
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10/10/2022 12:35am Edited Date/Time 10/10/2022 12:36am
krabo83 wrote:
excited to see where jesse lands. will look so weird not on a RM.
Seems like Specialized or Trek would make the most sense. Either one of them would love to have a consistent podium rider in elite males. Who...
Seems like Specialized or Trek would make the most sense. Either one of them would love to have a consistent podium rider in elite males. Who was the last rider to win an EWS on a Trek or Specialized? Jared Graves?
metadave wrote:
It's been mentioned before, but anyone who's goes to spesh in recent memory for the most part suffers on the Enduro side of things. Like since...
It's been mentioned before, but anyone who's goes to spesh in recent memory for the most part suffers on the Enduro side of things. Like since 2015 I don't think there's barely been a specialized athlete who's been top 10 at an event on the inside of a specialized contract and then back to doing ok after if they physically didn't crash out for the rest of their career. For a company who owns the Enduro name, it's pretty brutal. If they couldn't win with graves, I'd be interested if they can win at all.

Hey specialized, prove me wrong.
That seems especially weird (or perhaps merely interesting) doesn't it considering the current Enduro model keeps winning group tests and the line is often "this is the one to buy if you're racing".
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10/10/2022 3:35am
Seems like Specialized or Trek would make the most sense. Either one of them would love to have a consistent podium rider in elite males. Who...
Seems like Specialized or Trek would make the most sense. Either one of them would love to have a consistent podium rider in elite males. Who was the last rider to win an EWS on a Trek or Specialized? Jared Graves?
metadave wrote:
It's been mentioned before, but anyone who's goes to spesh in recent memory for the most part suffers on the Enduro side of things. Like since...
It's been mentioned before, but anyone who's goes to spesh in recent memory for the most part suffers on the Enduro side of things. Like since 2015 I don't think there's barely been a specialized athlete who's been top 10 at an event on the inside of a specialized contract and then back to doing ok after if they physically didn't crash out for the rest of their career. For a company who owns the Enduro name, it's pretty brutal. If they couldn't win with graves, I'd be interested if they can win at all.

Hey specialized, prove me wrong.
boozed wrote:
That seems especially weird (or perhaps merely interesting) doesn't it considering the current Enduro model keeps winning group tests and the line is often "this is...
That seems especially weird (or perhaps merely interesting) doesn't it considering the current Enduro model keeps winning group tests and the line is often "this is the one to buy if you're racing".
how many editors do you know who also race?
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10/10/2022 3:43am
Just got word that Worlds will be in Valais (SUI) in 2025, this includes Enduro as well.
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10/10/2022 11:15am
Seems like Specialized or Trek would make the most sense. Either one of them would love to have a consistent podium rider in elite males. Who...
Seems like Specialized or Trek would make the most sense. Either one of them would love to have a consistent podium rider in elite males. Who was the last rider to win an EWS on a Trek or Specialized? Jared Graves?
metadave wrote:
It's been mentioned before, but anyone who's goes to spesh in recent memory for the most part suffers on the Enduro side of things. Like since...
It's been mentioned before, but anyone who's goes to spesh in recent memory for the most part suffers on the Enduro side of things. Like since 2015 I don't think there's barely been a specialized athlete who's been top 10 at an event on the inside of a specialized contract and then back to doing ok after if they physically didn't crash out for the rest of their career. For a company who owns the Enduro name, it's pretty brutal. If they couldn't win with graves, I'd be interested if they can win at all.

Hey specialized, prove me wrong.
boozed wrote:
That seems especially weird (or perhaps merely interesting) doesn't it considering the current Enduro model keeps winning group tests and the line is often "this is...
That seems especially weird (or perhaps merely interesting) doesn't it considering the current Enduro model keeps winning group tests and the line is often "this is the one to buy if you're racing".
What the Sunday racer needs might be a bit different to what a pro needs. QED, Jack Moir running a medium Strive while based off the sizing charts he should be on an XL...

Any guesses what he'll be riding at YT if he ends up there? The Capra or the Jeffsy?
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