2024 TEAM RUMORS

Ahab
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2/7/2024 10:19am
AndehM wrote:
As someone who can see the iconic radar dome from my house, you have no idea how accurate this is. "Locals only, man!"

Laughing As someone who can see the iconic radar dome from my house, you have no idea how accurate this is. "Locals only, man!"

Back off, Warchild!

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2/7/2024 10:42am
Same can be said for Amaury Pierron and no one seems to question his value. When Gwin is healthy and has confidence in his setup, he...

Same can be said for Amaury Pierron and no one seems to question his value. When Gwin is healthy and has confidence in his setup, he is still seriously fast. You will probably never see the YOLO laps from him, but he knows how to get a bike down a hill rapidly.

2024 will be Gwin's 17th season in Elite vs Pierron's 10th.  different points in their respective careers, 9 year age difference too. 

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2/7/2024 11:54am
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Trinidad, Colorado

bizutch wrote:

Let the record show no one can ever tell @chriskief anything again.  

Just a straight up unreliable narc of a human.

 

dolface wrote:
Is Danerbomb "Just a straight up unreliable narc of a human." too?

Is Danerbomb "Just a straight up unreliable narc of a human." too?

Screenshot 2024-02-07 at 09.18.13

Let's see. 

A.  Did a person learn about a location via an invitation or personal verbal and social engagement that the trail was only then revealed to that person based on their apparent merits as a decent human being who can be trusted to not trash the place you love?
Maybe even help you take care of it and definitely NOT post it online.

B.   Or...did the person rush to the internet to boldly proclaim it's name and/or location because what they really desire selfishly is to get some form of personal social media boost to bolster their own narcissistic need to tell every Tom, Dick & Harry about it without ANY idea if the people they told or will read are the most lowly of the low and capable of truly getting it shut down and/or F-ed up beyond repair?  

If they are B...unreliable narc of a human.  

 

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2/7/2024 12:59pm
shreda wrote:
It‘s her in front, not on the cam. Read the caption guys!    This is her, but what bike is it?   

It‘s her in front, not on the cam. Read the caption guys! 
 

This is her, but what bike is it? 
 

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2/7/2024 2:36pm
Again, Gwin will be collecting a solid check for the frame brand he is riding. He's not going to be on Contra or some tiny brand...

Again, Gwin will be collecting a solid check for the frame brand he is riding. He's not going to be on Contra or some tiny brand that can't come up with up $75-100k+/yr for him to ride their frames. 

jonkranked wrote:
I'm no Gwin hater, but I don't think Gwin can pull that kind of salary from a frame sponsor alone when he's running his own team...

I'm no Gwin hater, but I don't think Gwin can pull that kind of salary from a frame sponsor alone when he's running his own team and not on a factory team.  Maybe collectively for his whole team, but not by himself. Historically his high payouts were the result of his performance (win) bonus structure.  Objectively speaking, the last time Gwin was on a WC podium was 2018. Don't get me wrong, I'm stoked he's still racing and even more stoked he's investing in bike parks, US racing, etc, but I'm not holding my breath that he's going to have the kind of winning season that resulted in his million dollar yearly payout. His name recognition does carry value, but that's only one part of the equation when it comes to sponsors opening their checkbooks. 

Well Gwin was on the podium (4th) in Val Di Sole in 2022....

Just saying

4th is not on the podium, god damn that was a silly thing to do

In what other discipline is 4th a friggin podium.

It was a mistake when it first happened, but I understand it.  It should have been a one time thing.

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2/7/2024 2:48pm
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https://www.instagram.com/reel/C3DqduJPl1H/?igsh=MTR6Mjl1Z3NobG44aA== Katy Winton on a new dual crown bike with what looks like Rockshox suspension. Any guesses?
dolface wrote:

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shreda wrote:
It‘s her in front, not on the cam. Read the caption guys!    This is her, but what bike is it?   

It‘s her in front, not on the cam. Read the caption guys! 
 

This is her, but what bike is it? 
 

IMG 7240

Cube? NS?

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2/7/2024 3:32pm

Seth Sherlock riding an intense on most recent ig post 

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IMG 3987.png?VersionId=Te9UURTxeZjPDnamfr Danny Hart riding for nukeproof? Or just privateer mates rates from Brayton?

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2/7/2024 3:58pm Edited Date/Time 2/7/2024 4:46pm

People talking about what Gwin might get paid on a "factory" team vs Gwin Racing are missing the point that Gwin Racing is exactly the same organisation as IFR was last year with Dak replaced with another younger, probably cheaper rider.

He's been the team owner for a while. He's a good businessman and I'm sure he'll have some lucrative component and frame sponsorships lined up for the team to make sure it is well funded and he gets paid what he's worth.

Intense is off the table. Not being IFR anymore confirms this. Frameworks is tiny and can't afford to pay for another team so it won't be them. Yeti makes a lot of sense. GT would make sense, especially if there was a Windrock rental fleet tie in.

Trek and Spesh are already sponsoring a bunch of teams, but who knows?

But Aaron has surprised us all a few times before. It's the one thing keeping team rumours season exciting!

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2/7/2024 4:03pm
lloyd506 wrote:

Seth Sherlock riding an intense on most recent ig post 

And Michael Delesalle is still on his Commencal as of 2 days ago, so looks like they are all still riding their old bikes for now. 

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2/7/2024 4:10pm

Don't let socials fool you. A lot of that stuff you see can be old footage. There is a clip of him riding in Temecula on a bike that's covered up. 

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2/7/2024 4:19pm

Them still being on old bikes could lend to the Yeti rumor... they're 1-off protos and there's only a few out there.  It probably takes a month or 2 to make them.  It's not like they just pull them off a shelf in a warehouse.

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2/7/2024 4:20pm
quaymtb wrote:
Danny Hart riding for nukeproof? Or just privateer mates rates from Brayton?

IMG 3987.png?VersionId=Te9UURTxeZjPDnamfr Danny Hart riding for nukeproof? Or just privateer mates rates from Brayton?

Continental Nukeproof Factory Racing was confirmed a week ago.

https://www.uci.org/team-details/19918

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2/7/2024 5:13pm

I never post here, but have lurked for years. This years rumor thread has been so epic with so many fun high/lows. The very first world cup dh race I had access to live was South Africa 2011 when Qwin won "out of nowhere", and Warner was walking about eating his hat. I will never accept that he isnt on the verge of a comeback, and this year is no different. I wouldnt doubt him.

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Personally while I think it’s unlikely I’d love it if gwin went without a frame sponsor and just rode whatever frame he tests to be best.  Not that uncommon in other two wheeled sports and neko has proven you don’t need a frame sponsor to put a budget together with far less resources than Aaron has at his disposal.

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Big Bird
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2/7/2024 9:10pm
chriskief wrote:
Never heard of the place 

Never heard of the place Evil

Isn't that trail in Ridgecrest? Coulda sworn.

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2/7/2024 11:55pm
pheller wrote:
Don't let socials fool you. A lot of that stuff you see can be old footage. There is a clip of him riding in Temecula on...

Don't let socials fool you. A lot of that stuff you see can be old footage. There is a clip of him riding in Temecula on a bike that's covered up. 

did someone spot the color under that cover? if it was turq we have a clear winner Wink

2/8/2024 6:33am

Not really a rumor, since it's published on UCI's team listings for 2024, but Nathan Pontvianne and Mylann Falquet are shown as members of the Goodman Santacruz team. UCI listed them as members of the Pinkbike team last year, although they apparently only received "support" (whatever that means) from PB. 

Nathan placed 2nd overall in Men's Juniors last year and Mylann was 4th in Juniors. Nathan took 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in 3 of the last 5 races. Mylann placed 2nd and 3rd in the last 2 races of the season. 

I don't know if they are still Juniors for 2024. They join former PB rider Thibault Laly on the Goodman Santacruz team. Also on the team is Malo Rochet, who took 2nd in the French National DH Championship last year as a U17 rider.

Just passing that along in case it might be of interest in terms of riders to keep an eye on this season. Seems like a young team with tons of potential.

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2/8/2024 10:44am
pheller wrote:
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: 

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: 

image-20240205093756-1

I went back and looked at this again, and I don't think it's Mikey in front, I think he's filming. He's got a white helmet half helmet and when Gavin wear a half his is black. Gavin rides for Specialized. 

Seth was tagged 6d ago by TRP for their new drivetrain and it was him and Cody Kelly in the vid (in what looks like SoCal). Seth's on a Intense and Cody on Specialized. That could be months old footage, though. 

 

Windrock lists the Commencal Supreme, Commencal Furious, and Specialized Status as rental bikes. Gwin has owned Windrock since October. If there was a relationship between Windrock's rental fleet and Gwin's racing partner, I'd think the rental fleet would have seen a turnover with new ownership. Anyone know how long Windrock has been renting Commencal bikes? 

Commencal going for a big name American rider could be a similar strategy that Mondraker is taking with Dak. Get an American on your product so that Americans are more comfortable riding these lesser-known brands.

Fun stuff. 

 

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2/8/2024 11:12am
pheller wrote:
I went back and looked at this again, and I don't think it's Mikey in front, I think he's filming. He's got a white helmet half...

I went back and looked at this again, and I don't think it's Mikey in front, I think he's filming. He's got a white helmet half helmet and when Gavin wear a half his is black. Gavin rides for Specialized. 

Seth was tagged 6d ago by TRP for their new drivetrain and it was him and Cody Kelly in the vid (in what looks like SoCal). Seth's on a Intense and Cody on Specialized. That could be months old footage, though. 

 

Windrock lists the Commencal Supreme, Commencal Furious, and Specialized Status as rental bikes. Gwin has owned Windrock since October. If there was a relationship between Windrock's rental fleet and Gwin's racing partner, I'd think the rental fleet would have seen a turnover with new ownership. Anyone know how long Windrock has been renting Commencal bikes? 

Commencal going for a big name American rider could be a similar strategy that Mondraker is taking with Dak. Get an American on your product so that Americans are more comfortable riding these lesser-known brands.

Fun stuff. 

 

well, commencal signed dylan maples and dispite his name he‘s american and not canadian Wink

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2/8/2024 3:19pm

Has anyone watched Katy Winton’s vlog in which she apparently divulges her 2024 program? I’m interested but I can’t be bothered to watch anybody’s vlog.

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2/8/2024 3:36pm
yahmon wrote:

Has anyone watched Katy Winton’s vlog in which she apparently divulges her 2024 program? I’m interested but I can’t be bothered to watch anybody’s vlog.

Quick scrub on the last episode on YouChoob:Screenshot 2024-02-08 at 4.35.19 PM

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2/8/2024 4:53pm
pheller wrote:
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: 

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: 

image-20240205093756-1

pheller wrote:
I went back and looked at this again, and I don't think it's Mikey in front, I think he's filming. He's got a white helmet half...

I went back and looked at this again, and I don't think it's Mikey in front, I think he's filming. He's got a white helmet half helmet and when Gavin wear a half his is black. Gavin rides for Specialized. 

Seth was tagged 6d ago by TRP for their new drivetrain and it was him and Cody Kelly in the vid (in what looks like SoCal). Seth's on a Intense and Cody on Specialized. That could be months old footage, though. 

 

Windrock lists the Commencal Supreme, Commencal Furious, and Specialized Status as rental bikes. Gwin has owned Windrock since October. If there was a relationship between Windrock's rental fleet and Gwin's racing partner, I'd think the rental fleet would have seen a turnover with new ownership. Anyone know how long Windrock has been renting Commencal bikes? 

Commencal going for a big name American rider could be a similar strategy that Mondraker is taking with Dak. Get an American on your product so that Americans are more comfortable riding these lesser-known brands.

Fun stuff. 

 

I was with you all the way till the part "lesser known brand" I don't think Commencal is on that category. 

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2/8/2024 6:53pm
pheller wrote:
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: 

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: 

image-20240205093756-1

pheller wrote:
I went back and looked at this again, and I don't think it's Mikey in front, I think he's filming. He's got a white helmet half...

I went back and looked at this again, and I don't think it's Mikey in front, I think he's filming. He's got a white helmet half helmet and when Gavin wear a half his is black. Gavin rides for Specialized. 

Seth was tagged 6d ago by TRP for their new drivetrain and it was him and Cody Kelly in the vid (in what looks like SoCal). Seth's on a Intense and Cody on Specialized. That could be months old footage, though. 

 

Windrock lists the Commencal Supreme, Commencal Furious, and Specialized Status as rental bikes. Gwin has owned Windrock since October. If there was a relationship between Windrock's rental fleet and Gwin's racing partner, I'd think the rental fleet would have seen a turnover with new ownership. Anyone know how long Windrock has been renting Commencal bikes? 

Commencal going for a big name American rider could be a similar strategy that Mondraker is taking with Dak. Get an American on your product so that Americans are more comfortable riding these lesser-known brands.

Fun stuff. 

 

Windrock has been renting Commencal's since a little after the National there last year.

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