2024 TEAM RUMORS

2/3/2024 5:53am

What I find remarkable is that in this age of instant access and smartphones, Gwin’s program (and there must be a plan of some kind in place) hasn’t been leaked here or elsewhere already. The freckle detectives would have certainly figured something out by now. I guess off-season secret testing is easier when you have the keys to the local bike park. Anyhoo, I’d love the Yeti rumors to be true. It would be so rad to see him back in turquoise, and on that new bike. Wouldn’t this be the second time that Gwin and Graves are Yeti teammates?

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2/3/2024 6:23am
MoscoOne wrote:

Katy couldnt fill in her forms properly.

There’s no place for that attitude here, I suggest you quieten down or find positive things to say. Straight up, people are losing their livelihoods this...

There’s no place for that attitude here, I suggest you quieten down or find positive things to say.

Straight up, people are losing their livelihoods this year and they’re going to be in turmoil, put yourself in their shoes and be kind or keep your hate in that thick skull.

People losing livelihoods…. They race bikes it’s literally a dream job. It’s not like there factory workers in a war torn third world country. Most pro athletes come from very wealthy family’s you don’t see kids from the hood racing world cups.I’m sure she will be just fine… Dude can say what he wants or was that too many aggressions for your pc world.

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What I find remarkable is that in this age of instant access and smartphones, Gwin’s program (and there must be a plan of some kind in...

What I find remarkable is that in this age of instant access and smartphones, Gwin’s program (and there must be a plan of some kind in place) hasn’t been leaked here or elsewhere already. The freckle detectives would have certainly figured something out by now. I guess off-season secret testing is easier when you have the keys to the local bike park. Anyhoo, I’d love the Yeti rumors to be true. It would be so rad to see him back in turquoise, and on that new bike. Wouldn’t this be the second time that Gwin and Graves are Yeti teammates?

All the WR locals live within something like a mile of each other.  If they knew, none of them have anything to gain. Why would they say anything?
 

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2/3/2024 6:45am
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Really strange that Gwin is not on a trade team of some kind. As he missed all of last season he won't have the required UCI...

Really strange that Gwin is not on a trade team of some kind. As he missed all of last season he won't have the required UCI points to race WC#1 unless he gets them at a race before then. There's a few opportunities there but not many.

Gwin is a businessman. Won't work (race) for less than makes sense to him. I'm sure most of the trade teams would have picked him up...

Gwin is a businessman. Won't work (race) for less than makes sense to him. I'm sure most of the trade teams would have picked him up if he was willing to race for bikes, travel and $20k. But he's not.  

Also compounding factors: 
-I wouldn't be surprised to learn that Intense cut ties with him late in the season last year. Giving him another YT situation where he was kind of left scrambling for a ride in bad bike industry climate.
-He was out all last year and he's nearing the end of his career, so there is obvious concern with any brand investing a lot in him--especially after seeing he's starting to diversify with other things like the bike park, etc. (that will distract his attention).  
-Gwin is a 'lone wolf' type racer and older than most of the field and wants a program built around him (he deserves that obviously). Not easy to do right now in this market. 
-That wrist/arm injury he had clearly ended up being more gnarly than he thought it would be. Dude wasn't able to ride a DH bike for something like 6 months if I'm not mistaken. That will scare off teams/companies as well. 

Gwin has said multiple times that his intention is to race this year. The issue is that he's not going to do it for cheap. Those two things, in a shit bike market make it hard. Seems like IF he's able to get something together it's going to be last minute and going to be a privateer style deal. Which is a bummer because it probably will mean less time getting up to speed on the bike, and having a new mechanic to jive with, etc. All a bummer since it will put him more on the back foot. 
 


 

astrizzle wrote:
From what I remember Gwin destroyed his elbow in that crash and those are really difficult injuries to come back from. I would say at least...

From what I remember Gwin destroyed his elbow in that crash and those are really difficult injuries to come back from. I would say at least a year if not longer. 

I dislocated my elbow in June 2020. I was able to ride again just 3 weeks later, not surgeon approved though lol but almost 4 years later, still experiencing nerve pain. But still ride every day, just not at the same level before and the older you get, the longer the injuries take to recover 
If he broke bones , might be worse. 

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2/3/2024 7:10am
What I find remarkable is that in this age of instant access and smartphones, Gwin’s program (and there must be a plan of some kind in...

What I find remarkable is that in this age of instant access and smartphones, Gwin’s program (and there must be a plan of some kind in place) hasn’t been leaked here or elsewhere already. The freckle detectives would have certainly figured something out by now. I guess off-season secret testing is easier when you have the keys to the local bike park. Anyhoo, I’d love the Yeti rumors to be true. It would be so rad to see him back in turquoise, and on that new bike. Wouldn’t this be the second time that Gwin and Graves are Yeti teammates?

bizutch wrote:
All the WR locals live within something like a mile of each other.  If they knew, none of them have anything to gain. Why would they...

All the WR locals live within something like a mile of each other.  If they knew, none of them have anything to gain. Why would they say anything?
 

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Gwin is a businessman. Won't work (race) for less than makes sense to him. I'm sure most of the trade teams would have picked him up...

Gwin is a businessman. Won't work (race) for less than makes sense to him. I'm sure most of the trade teams would have picked him up if he was willing to race for bikes, travel and $20k. But he's not.  

Also compounding factors: 
-I wouldn't be surprised to learn that Intense cut ties with him late in the season last year. Giving him another YT situation where he was kind of left scrambling for a ride in bad bike industry climate.
-He was out all last year and he's nearing the end of his career, so there is obvious concern with any brand investing a lot in him--especially after seeing he's starting to diversify with other things like the bike park, etc. (that will distract his attention).  
-Gwin is a 'lone wolf' type racer and older than most of the field and wants a program built around him (he deserves that obviously). Not easy to do right now in this market. 
-That wrist/arm injury he had clearly ended up being more gnarly than he thought it would be. Dude wasn't able to ride a DH bike for something like 6 months if I'm not mistaken. That will scare off teams/companies as well. 

Gwin has said multiple times that his intention is to race this year. The issue is that he's not going to do it for cheap. Those two things, in a shit bike market make it hard. Seems like IF he's able to get something together it's going to be last minute and going to be a privateer style deal. Which is a bummer because it probably will mean less time getting up to speed on the bike, and having a new mechanic to jive with, etc. All a bummer since it will put him more on the back foot. 
 


 

astrizzle wrote:
From what I remember Gwin destroyed his elbow in that crash and those are really difficult injuries to come back from. I would say at least...

From what I remember Gwin destroyed his elbow in that crash and those are really difficult injuries to come back from. I would say at least a year if not longer. 

I dislocated my elbow in June 2020. I was able to ride again just 3 weeks later, not surgeon approved though lol but almost 4 years...

I dislocated my elbow in June 2020. I was able to ride again just 3 weeks later, not surgeon approved though lol but almost 4 years later, still experiencing nerve pain. But still ride every day, just not at the same level before and the older you get, the longer the injuries take to recover 
If he broke bones , might be worse. 

Oh yea, not only did he break bones, If I remember correctly he "shattered" his elecronon and possible both condyles which would take a lot of bolts and screws to put humpty dumpty back together again there...

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2/3/2024 10:25am

Elecronon and Condyles are D&D characters. A mage and like…an innkeeper or something. They’re not bones or body parts. AG did roll for damage, so it makes sense. 
Elecronon and Condyles. 
 

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2/3/2024 4:19pm

I'm just watching a Danny Hart video on the YouTube and he said "Our manager." in relation to Ed Masters. Does that mean something? Two Chains?

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2/3/2024 7:18pm
Big Bird wrote:
I'm just watching a Danny Hart video on the YouTube and he said "Our manager." in relation to Ed Masters. Does that mean something? Two Chains?

I'm just watching a Danny Hart video on the YouTube and he said "Our manager." in relation to Ed Masters. Does that mean something? Two Chains?

I think someone posted a picture of Hart on a Nukeproof a few pages back.

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2/3/2024 7:19pm Edited Date/Time 2/3/2024 7:23pm

Looks like Thomas Genon is now on GT. It looks like they follow GT and SR, but no longer follow Canyon or Marzocchi. Hand specialists can maybe confirm?

ThomasGenon1.png?VersionId=IhrEmaormHiGBZR9 grXPwX. RW

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2/3/2024 8:14pm
Big Bird wrote:
I'm just watching a Danny Hart video on the YouTube and he said "Our manager." in relation to Ed Masters. Does that mean something? Two Chains?

I'm just watching a Danny Hart video on the YouTube and he said "Our manager." in relation to Ed Masters. Does that mean something? Two Chains?

No. He’s listed on the UCI team list for Conti Nukeproof. Don’t know how more official that can be.

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2/4/2024 1:28am
Edthorne wrote:
Looks like Thomas Genon is now on GT. It looks like they follow GT and SR, but no longer follow Canyon or Marzocchi. Hand specialists can...

Looks like Thomas Genon is now on GT. It looks like they follow GT and SR, but no longer follow Canyon or Marzocchi. Hand specialists can maybe confirm?

ThomasGenon1.png?VersionId=IhrEmaormHiGBZR9 grXPwX. RW

Given the clues, it's either Tommy G or Wout Van Aert.

Only one of them could be stylish on a dual-crown bike and fit with the existing pool of riders (I think about Eliott Lapotre).

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2/4/2024 6:02am
Big Bird wrote:
I'm just watching a Danny Hart video on the YouTube and he said "Our manager." in relation to Ed Masters. Does that mean something? Two Chains?

I'm just watching a Danny Hart video on the YouTube and he said "Our manager." in relation to Ed Masters. Does that mean something? Two Chains?

In all fairness, it's often difficult to decipher Danny's words.

 

Maybe it was; "that loony slapper" ?

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2/4/2024 6:03am

Sc is teasing something, or is it something I'm not picking up on, Screenshot 2024-02-04 at 8.52.42%E2%80%AFAM.png?VersionId=LwwZbMNNqGC1T8Uq3OUH  

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2/4/2024 7:53am
roost66 wrote:
Sc is teasing something, or is it something I'm not picking up on,  

Sc is teasing something, or is it something I'm not picking up on, Screenshot 2024-02-04 at 8.52.42%E2%80%AFAM.png?VersionId=LwwZbMNNqGC1T8Uq3OUH  

might just be a new edit… only jackson in all those pics.

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People losing livelihoods…. They race bikes it’s literally a dream job. It’s not like there factory workers in a war torn third world country. Most pro...

People losing livelihoods…. They race bikes it’s literally a dream job. It’s not like there factory workers in a war torn third world country. Most pro athletes come from very wealthy family’s you don’t see kids from the hood racing world cups.I’m sure she will be just fine… Dude can say what he wants or was that too many aggressions for your pc world.

The down ratio indeed proves your point .. pcvital or bust

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2/4/2024 9:25am

C'mon guys...weird discussion really

If you use political correctness as a way of critique against someone, you're missing the point.

If a rider gets a contract or not, is down to team owners. In times of Internet, there are many different reasons to hire a rider or not, and they're not always related to the rider him/herself.

But that's not really up to you. That leaves the question: what do you gain from hating publicly on someone you don't even know. And even worse, hiding behind a username at the same time.

Just try and find a better pasttime, it'll do you good, I bet ya...

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2/4/2024 9:42am
roost66 wrote:
Sc is teasing something, or is it something I'm not picking up on,  

Sc is teasing something, or is it something I'm not picking up on, Screenshot 2024-02-04 at 8.52.42%E2%80%AFAM.png?VersionId=LwwZbMNNqGC1T8Uq3OUH  

krabo83 wrote:

might just be a new edit… only jackson in all those pics.

New Goldstone edit dropping 2/6/2024.

https://youtu.be/goc0a4-t2Ig?si=lQAKDkYU8tuelx3v

 

Quite early to be advertising an edit which will be dropped on 2nd June 👀

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2/4/2024 10:17am
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Quite early to be advertising an edit which will be dropped on 2nd June 👀

I hope the eyes are indicating sarcasm and I’m just dense.

But, American date system month/day/year.

News comes out Tuesday.

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Big Bird wrote:
I'm just watching a Danny Hart video on the YouTube and he said "Our manager." in relation to Ed Masters. Does that mean something? Two Chains?

I'm just watching a Danny Hart video on the YouTube and he said "Our manager." in relation to Ed Masters. Does that mean something? Two Chains?

BGoldstone wrote:

No. He’s listed on the UCI team list for Conti Nukeproof. Don’t know how more official that can be.

Whilst yes he is riding a Nukeproof and registered on an old Nukeproof team, Nukeproof, along with CRC/Wiggle are in adminstration. There is little to no chance the administrators will fund a race team when they are trying to sell a business. Hence there has been a max exodus of people from riding for Nuke/Vitus and no one signing for them since. I see it as his new team gave him one of their old frames whilst they sort their new frame sponsor out. He's on fox suspension - Nuke/Conti last year were SRAM. So no, i dont think it is official in the slightest he's on Nukeproof. 

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No longer a mystery....

Gwin

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On the https://www.redbull.com/us-en/athlete/aaron-gwin link, it mentions Intense under the "other partners" section. Might be dated information, or he might be racing the new frames he had...

On the https://www.redbull.com/us-en/athlete/aaron-gwin link, it mentions Intense under the "other partners" section. Might be dated information, or he might be racing the new frames he had a hand in developing. I hope the latter is the case

It also mentions Onza which would be a new sponsor for him since IFR was on Vee.

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On the https://www.redbull.com/us-en/athlete/aaron-gwin link, it mentions Intense under the "other partners" section. Might be dated information, or he might be racing the new frames he had...

On the https://www.redbull.com/us-en/athlete/aaron-gwin link, it mentions Intense under the "other partners" section. Might be dated information, or he might be racing the new frames he had a hand in developing. I hope the latter is the case

w4s wrote:

It also mentions Onza which would be a new sponsor for him since IFR was on Vee.

I think he was on Onza with YT

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2/5/2024 7:29am
On the https://www.redbull.com/us-en/athlete/aaron-gwin link, it mentions Intense under the "other partners" section. Might be dated information, or he might be racing the new frames he had...

On the https://www.redbull.com/us-en/athlete/aaron-gwin link, it mentions Intense under the "other partners" section. Might be dated information, or he might be racing the new frames he had a hand in developing. I hope the latter is the case

w4s wrote:

It also mentions Onza which would be a new sponsor for him since IFR was on Vee.

Jason333 wrote:

I think he was on Onza with YT

That's a good point, he was on Kenda when he started with Intense, so maybe that sponsors list isn't as dated as I originally thought! 

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2/5/2024 8:26am

Thomas Genon (Tommy G) on GT.

Rachel Strait is off GT. I believe her and Kyle are going to be on same bikes as a couple (Fezzari... maybe?).

 

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2/5/2024 8:38am

Woooo

Glad to see AG is racing. 

Mikey Delesalle has some recent socials on a Commencal, but then this video of him riding in Temecula: 

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