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Dan, Gee and Rachel are pleased to announce their team-mates and partner line up for Atherton Bikes’ inaugural race season. Our vision for this vital stage of our development is to work with those brands who share our drive to push bike technology to the max. We couldn’t be happier with our 2019 partnerships.

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Dan Atherton said “Obviously product development will be key this year as we adapt and optimize our new bike. It’s great to welcome Renishaw and Trickstuff to the team and to re-connect with Continental Tyres and Stan’s No Tubes, all of whom will be highly significant in the evolution of our prototype to race-ready product.”

Renishaw is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of additive manufacturing systems. AM is the 3D printing process used to create the lugs on our bikes and involves melting titanium with a laser. Renishaw’s expert engineers will be a vital part of the process which will enable our 2019 bikes to be fully customizable and more adaptable than ever before. 

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Team Director Dan Brown said “For 2019, we were looking for far more than traditional sponsorships. We are stoked to return to work with Continental with whom we have already designed a range of products. We’re looking forward to being back on board with further developing that range.”

Oliver Anhuth, Continental’s Global Head of Marketing, said “We have a shared history where we’ve developed top-performing tires for specific purposes in The Kaiser 2.5 and the Mud Kings and we’re looking forward to returning to a partnership with Atherton Bikes that we’re convinced will yield great success on the MTB scene as well as future industry-leading product development.”

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Rachel said “Mud Kings are my favorite tire ever, I love cutting them down to the perfect length for each race track. Buzzing to be back with Conti, I’ll never forget them letting me drive an Audi R8 down the autobahn as fast as I could go!" 

We have run Trickstuff brake pads for a couple of years to give our braking systems the performance edge we needed so when the opportunity arose to run their brakes, we jumped at the chance. 

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Gee said “We’ve been out testing and they’ve nearly had us over the bars a couple of times! I’m pretty sure they are the most responsive brakes we’ve ever run.” 

We will revisit our successful partnership with Stan’s No Tubes and continue our relationship with Fox suspension. We are delighted that cockpit, seatpost & pedals and mudguards remain with Renthal, Crankbrothers, and Rockguardz respectively while WTB will work with us to deliver a custom saddle. 

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Off the bike we are delighted to announce a new cleaning partnership with Kingud, a local Welsh start-up already turning heads with their great products and their passion for preserving the environment which matches our own. We continue our relationships with Endura and Bell Bike Helmets.

In rider news, 2018 teammate Charlie Hatton will join Gee and Rach to take on the Elites and Mille Johnset will graduate the Atherton Academy to take her full place on the team as she battles to become the fastest female junior.

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Between them, the new team will take on the full UCI World Cup Series as well as select Crankworx and Red Bull events. 

Gee Atherton said, “It’s great to be riding with Charlie again this year –we are excited about his potential and can’t wait to see what he can do with our new bike underneath him.” 

Charlie said “It’s pretty exciting to be riding a brand new bike, especially one designed by these guys. I love the raw look of it. It’s so rad. I can’t wait for the season to start.”

Rachel said “Mille has been part of the team for years through the Atherton Academy, she is already one to watch. As we launch our own independent team it’s important to us to support an up and coming female rider. Mille is the whole package, great personality, great results and at 17 she is already a pro at promoting the sport. I’m delighted that Mille will ride as a fully fledged member of Atherton Bikes.”

Mille said “Going into 2019 with the new bike is so exciting, I’m feeling a bit more confident this year but at the same time more nervous because I know what to expect! I have used the winter to get stronger so I hopefully can stay on my bike!”.

Preparation is already in full swing as we set out to prove the new bike on the toughest of testing grounds. With this team behind us, we can’t wait to get started. 

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iceman2058 iceman2058 2/1/2019 8:24 AM

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I think both of them are awesome, but there was a Mille vs. Vali this season and only one rider stormed the entire scene like vintage Genghis Khan and took everybody's lunch box while at it. Not even a comparison. Yet.

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from the looks of it, one of the lighter frames out there. very clean as well. the quick custom geo thing must kick ass - no waiting for a mule that probably feels quite different than the end product.

@adam_schaeffer - with the whole eyelets discussion thing... this is a bike that is meant to get every last drop of performance. i believe a trunnion shock has better performance related to everything in the shock being... bigger. ya, it could be an expensive wear point, crappy coarse threads on the fasteners, and blah blah blah. but if there is no other technology available that will offer better suspension performance, what would you do if your salary was directly related to your race results?

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@dirtyberd
Please see my comment as I offered a viable alternative ala Norco Aurum carbon. Its even bigger than the Trunnion bolts, if you think thats the important point. IMO, a traditional eyelet offers a flex/twist point which reduces stress on the shaft/seal/shock body/seal head relationship. In a perfect world everything would use spherical bearings, to minimize side load in corners and allow the shock to smoothly cycle regardless of frame tolerances.

If you look at the frame in the picture there is room under the top tube for the extra ~15mm that an eyelet adds. While this may be a race prototype, the end goal is to sell bikes to consumers who have to deal with the long term durability of the design. I've been building and selling high-end custom MTBs for 15 years and I've seen a lot of stupid stuff that was done for silly reasons. I see the idea behind Trunnion (allowing lower top tubes), but it feels like a short-sighted fix that was phoned in. It has lead to destroyed shocks that had to be tossed in the bin. I'd prefer designers get creative with the lower eyelet mounting position/design, and simply add bearings to the end of the link to achieve the performance improvement.

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ya, i dont know what im talking about. i will go back into my corner. you have a good eye for spotting a trunnion!

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With that out of the way, this looks like an amazing program. Kind of like Gwin's model, but with even more flexibility in frame design.

The only fly in my ointment is the Trunnion mount on the shock, those need to die a quick painful death. Single shear bolts, course thread pitch, no secondary retaining device (pinch bolt), and the worst part being that the most expensive part of the shock is now a potential wear part. To quote Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) from Jurassic Park: "You were so focused on whether or not you could, no one stopped to ask if you SHOULD!" Separate, easily replaceable eyelet pivots just make good sense. If you want maximum performance, then engineer a cartridge bearing in the link and run a 15mm pin through the shock eyelet with spacers (ala Norco Aurum carbon).

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so 2 years ago, just think 'bigger'

https://www.pinkbike.com/news/robot-bike-co-r160-custom-review-2016.html

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They probably bought them super cheap off from ebay, or they're still waiting for the XTR stuff to arrive.
All kidding aside, are they sticking with the unofficial Sram drivetrain or will there be a later announcement about a drive sponsor?

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