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Obviously, Lionel and his switch to Canyon is the biggie, and Laura Phillip also on a Canyon this year, but what are the other big bike changes among the pros?

I always liked the ST article about this but I don't know that there has been one for a while.

Any and all insight is nothing but fun! Happy New Year!

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Re: New Bike Sponsors Thread 2019 [dfru] [ In reply to ]
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No Team Timex, so a bunch of good pros needing new bikes...

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Re: New Bike Sponsors Thread 2019 [dfru] [ In reply to ]
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dfru wrote:
No Team Timex, so a bunch of good pros needing new bikes...

Are they going to ask for the bikes back?

Pink? Maybe. Maybe not. You decide.
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Re: New Bike Sponsors Thread 2019 [japarker24] [ In reply to ]
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japarker24 wrote:
dfru wrote:
No Team Timex, so a bunch of good pros needing new bikes...


Are they going to ask for the bikes back?

Yes, confirmed from multiple sources that they are required to return all bikes.

Or...more common sensically, there are more pros without contracts to ride Trek.

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Re: New Bike Sponsors Thread 2019 [dfru] [ In reply to ]
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Was Team Timex sponsored by Trek?

Pink? Maybe. Maybe not. You decide.
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Re: New Bike Sponsors Thread 2019 [japarker24] [ In reply to ]
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Yes.

http://www.timexteam.com/about/


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Re: New Bike Sponsors Thread 2019 [dfru] [ In reply to ]
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dfru wrote:

Yes, confirmed from multiple sources that they are required to return all bikes.

Or...more common sensically, there are more pros without contracts to ride Trek.

I maybe can see this with the pro's that are on the team but I have a hard time seeing this being true for the AG'ers on the team.

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Re: New Bike Sponsors Thread 2019 [stevej] [ In reply to ]
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stevej wrote:
dfru wrote:


Yes, confirmed from multiple sources that they are required to return all bikes.

Or...more common sensically, there are more pros without contracts to ride Trek.


I maybe can see this with the pro's that are on the team but I have a hard time seeing this being true for the AG'ers on the team.

Should have been pink...

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Re: New Bike Sponsors Thread 2019 [dfru] [ In reply to ]
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dfru wrote:
Obviously, Lionel and his switch to Canyon is the biggie, and Laura Phillip also on a Canyon this year, but what are the other big bike changes among the pros?

I always liked the ST article about this but I don't know that there has been one for a while.

Any and all insight is nothing but fun! Happy New Year!
From what I've seen:
Ironman:
-Jeanni Seymour: Ventum (well she was at least wearing the hat, and she was Timex)
-David McNamee: Back with Cervelo after riding one unsponsored last year
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-Richard Murray: TBD, but he's not with Specialized anymore
Casper Stornes: Giant

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Re: New Bike Sponsors Thread 2019 [ChasingPB] [ In reply to ]
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Not triathlon but maybe one of the biggest surprises was that Kate Courtney who just became the first American XC Mtn Bike world champ in 17 years is leaving Specialized. She is 23 years old with a long career ahead.

A lot of heads being scratched on that one because she is one of the most marketable people right now on 2 wheels. Not sure why Specialized did not retain her, she is from the bay area.

The rumor is she is going to Scott.
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Re: New Bike Sponsors Thread 2019 [endosch2] [ In reply to ]
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That girl has so much talent it's insane. Just watching her race she... flows. It's like she's part of the trail. Seems like she has a pretty big engine too. I'm surprised Specialized "let" her go. Seems like she would be an athlete they would definitely want to hang on to: young, dominant, and representative of a huge product category. I'm curious to see who ends up sponsoring her.
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Re: New Bike Sponsors Thread 2019 [endosch2] [ In reply to ]
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Really enjoyed watching her on the Fast Life series on the Redbull channel. I think she's going to be a huge star for whoever signs her (likely Scott). In agreement that I think Specialized will regret letting her go, but it may have been her decision as I'm sure she's going to cash in on her XC championship, and hopefully, upcoming Olympics showing.
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Re: New Bike Sponsors Thread 2019 [endosch2] [ In reply to ]
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Well, it's easy to see why Scott snatched her up. They had no-one on the women's XC side of things, and now they'll have 2 rainbow jerseys on the WC circuit this year.

Specialized still has Annika Langvad, who is probably still a little better overall than Courtney (although she is a lot older), and 20 y/o Ida Jansson on the u-23 circuit.

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Re: New Bike Sponsors Thread 2019 [GreenPlease] [ In reply to ]
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GreenPlease wrote:
That girl has so much talent it's insane. Just watching her race she... flows. It's like she's part of the trail. Seems like she has a pretty big engine too. I'm surprised Specialized "let" her go. Seems like she would be an athlete they would definitely want to hang on to: young, dominant, and representative of a huge product category. I'm curious to see who ends up sponsoring her.

I would add that XC Mtn biking was more popular with viewers than Downhill and Enduro on Red Bull TV for the first time ever this year.

The mens racing has been a race for second to Nino for the last 6+ years, but the womens racing has a number of high quality contenders and has been really awesome to follow over the past year. There are 5-6 women legitimately battling for every place on the podium in each world cup.
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Re: New Bike Sponsors Thread 2019 [endosch2] [ In reply to ]
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Agreed, and it is fun to watch. Unlike road cycling where it's mostly about the engine and team work, there's lots of different aspects in XC: engine, line choice, technique... very exciting to watch.
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Re: New Bike Sponsors Thread 2019 [ChasingPB] [ In reply to ]
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ChasingPB wrote:
dfru wrote:
Obviously, Lionel and his switch to Canyon is the biggie, and Laura Phillip also on a Canyon this year, but what are the other big bike changes among the pros?

I always liked the ST article about this but I don't know that there has been one for a while.

Any and all insight is nothing but fun! Happy New Year!

From what I've seen:
Ironman:
-Jeanni Seymour: Ventum (well she was at least wearing the hat, and she was Timex)
-David McNamee: Back with Cervelo after riding one unsponsored last year
ITU
-Richard Murray: TBD, but he's not with Specialized anymore
Casper Stornes: Giant

Ventum...I don't know why I have trouble with getting behind that. But they have a nice little stable and Jeannie is a good good athlete.
McNamee...unsponsored, but must love the bike to a) ride unsponsored, and b) not take money from anyone else if it was out there to show cervelo the middle finger for not paying him last year.

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Re: New Bike Sponsors Thread 2019 [JasoninHalifax] [ In reply to ]
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Well, it's easy to see why Scott snatched her up. They had no-one on the women's XC side of things, and now they'll have 2 rainbow jerseys on the WC circuit this year.


Sometimes to the casual viewer, these things don't make sense - after all these are very often business decisions - made in the best interest of both parties.

Yes it would seem odd that Specialized would let her go - she's clearly a rising star in the sport, and MTB is experiencing from what I can tell a bit of a resurgence and Renascence at the moment, but perhaps it's as simple as Scott plunking more money down on the table - who knows?


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Re: New Bike Sponsors Thread 2019 [dfru] [ In reply to ]
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Angela Naeth on Quintana Roo from Scott. Looks like I Race Like A Girl bikes too - a la Cupcake Cartel

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Re: New Bike Sponsors Thread 2019 [endosch2] [ In reply to ]
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I though this was because there were more events in XC (with the short track and qualifiers) or something like that.
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Re: New Bike Sponsors Thread 2019 [Fleck] [ In reply to ]
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Fleck wrote:
Well, it's easy to see why Scott snatched her up. They had no-one on the women's XC side of things, and now they'll have 2 rainbow jerseys on the WC circuit this year.


Sometimes to the casual viewer, these things don't make sense - after all these are very often business decisions - made in the best interest of both parties.

Yes it would seem odd that Specialized would let her go - she's clearly a rising star in the sport, and MTB is experiencing from what I can tell a bit of a resurgence and Renascence at the moment, but perhaps it's as simple as Scott plunking more money down on the table - who knows?


The business irony is that Scott is losing dealers right and left because they have no inventory in the US. Try to get one of their bikes and be prepared to wait 6 months, and their promised dates suddenly move by months. I have 2 Scotts but I had to order them and wait an eternity to get them. I ordered one for my daughter's MTB high school season and after missing the delivery date we cancelled and had to buy a bike from the Great Trek Bike Making Company.
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Re: New Bike Sponsors Thread 2019 [dfru] [ In reply to ]
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Ben Hoffman isn't with Specialized - should be a good pick up for someone if he's back to healthy.

Also, Bart Aernouts isn't with BMC, so should be interesting for him on a sponsorship side.

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Re: New Bike Sponsors Thread 2019 [dfru] [ In reply to ]
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I saw the Ben Hoffman post, it looks to me like they dropped him rather than him seeking something else. I'm curious as to who he goes to, he seems like Potts type of guy where he is model spokesperson.

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Re: New Bike Sponsors Thread 2019 [aerobean] [ In reply to ]
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I saw the Ben Hoffman post, it looks to me like they dropped him rather than him seeking something else. I'm curious as to who he goes to, he seems like Potts type of guy where he is model spokesperson.

Seems like Specialized has moved on from a handful of athletes then including Murray... Weird because they're talented and still at the front end and marketable, but maybe they want to make moves into a younger portfolio of athletes

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Re: New Bike Sponsors Thread 2019 [aerobean] [ In reply to ]
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aerobean wrote:
I saw the Ben Hoffman post, it looks to me like they dropped him rather than him seeking something else. I'm curious as to who he goes to, he seems like Potts type of guy where he is model spokesperson.

Where did The Hoff post his words on this?
Would you mind sharing it here? I couldn´t find it.

Thanks a lot.
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Re: New Bike Sponsors Thread 2019 [Chris_Mint] [ In reply to ]
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He didn't, specialized bid him farewell on their Instagram. Meanwhile Hoffman is still riding the bikes as of new years and still has the logos on his kit.

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