Riders and Teams - Lots of Movement

Discussion in 'Gravity Junkies' started by herzalot, Jan 24, 2017.



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  1. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Tracer and/or Megatower?
    Conor Macfarlane wanted to be just like me. He too left Knolly and is now riding Intense. He too loves the Marzocchi! OK - all kidding aside, it's cool that Intense picked up a relevant free-rider to fill the gap left by Lopes. Fair trade, I'd say.

    http://www.pinkbike.com/news/conor-macfarlane-intense-cycles-press-release.html

    There have been a ton of riders changing teams and thus changing bikes this year. Hard to keep up. Which moves were your biggest surprise, biggest disappointment or best stoke?
     
  2. DBMX119

    DBMX119 Member

    Location:
    Huntington Beach
    Name:
    Rick McKee
    Maybe not too relevant because he's not really racing still, but I was surprised Lopes left Intense so soon to go to Ellsworth.
     
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  3. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Tracer and/or Megatower?
    I think we were all a little surprised to see ANYBODY go to Ellsworth. That said, their new bike gets rave reviews, even from one of our own.
     
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  4. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J M
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS, SC Hightower
    Ellsworth can have Lopes....a rider and a bike manufacturer that I really could care less about.

    On the other hand, it does seem like there is lots of movement for riders and teams this offseason.
     
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  5. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Tracer and/or Megatower?
    Troy Brosnan from Specialized to Canyon - love to see anybody leave the Evil S, especially a previous and future WC winner.

    Neko Mulally rejoins A-A-Ron on YT Mob. They were together on Trek. Neko is one of three 'Mericuns with podium visits (Luca Shaw - Santa Cruz being the third). That's a good move. Neko seemed to languish on Claudio's Scott team.

    Most know that Neko and Aaron have podiumed on runs where their chain broke at the beginning of their race run. Aaron won in Leogang and Neko was 4th in World Champs - technically not a podium I guess, since World Champs only recognizes 3 spots.
     
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  6. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Tracer and/or Megatower?
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  7. doublewide

    doublewide iMTB Rockstah

    Name:
    Mark
    Current Bike:
    Ride Life Ride Giant
    I retired.....
     
  8. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Tracer and/or Megatower?
    Feb 4 - practice runs. I predict you will un-retire Feb. 5.
     
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  9. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Tracer and/or Megatower?
  10. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Tracer and/or Megatower?
  11. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Tracer and/or Megatower?
  12. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J M
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS, SC Hightower

    I heard the Kate Courtney to Scott rumor right after she won Worlds.....they have been without a Women's Contender since Jenny Risveds stepped back due to an eating disorder.

    Perhaps YT was spending way too much money for a small company. Granted the results were there for at least Gwin.....Neko, not so much. Given his proximity to Intense, sounds like it could work.

    Ratboy going to Cannondale......meh. He is not really racing these days. Dabbles in EWS here and there, but otherwise is just making videos....that all look the same. No real reason for SC to keep him on the books.
     
  13. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Tracer and/or Megatower?
    I know it's uncool to say, but I have never been a Ratboy fan. It seemed to me that he was stoned or drunk all the time, and thus became a favorite of the partiers. He appeared to be a lazy top-level contender who pissed away natural talent. I've just never been a fratboy partier or prankster, so I don't really care for icons who represent those characteristics. I could be wrong about Mr. Bryceland, but that's the image that seems to be most admired by his fans.

    That said, he could be perfect for Cannondale, who have a reputation of being an uptight company focused on dirt roadies and proprietary designs. Loosen them up a bit and force them to build a mt. bike that people will like. I know they had Jerome Clement and Mark Weir for a while, but with zero DH participation since the Missy Giove days, they don't enjoy much of a "hard core" mt. bike reputation.
     
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  14. mtbMike

    mtbMike Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Oceanside
    Name:
    Mike
    Current Bike:
    Ibis Ripmo & Intense Primer
    Agree 100%
     
  15. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J M
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS, SC Hightower

    Yeah, it was kind of a weird combination(SC)......Mr. Serious(Minaar) and Mr. Not Serious about anything(Ratboy).
     
  16. tick

    tick Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    Tick
    Current Bike:
    Process 111
    It makes me think that the founders are looking for capital, either to expand but possibly just to sell the business. A bike team that successful would be a fun toy for a successful founder, but the next owner will probably focus on delivering more bikes. Polishing the bottom line like this is probably mandatory...

    Just daydreaming on a rainy day about how sucky it would be to run a bike company....all those bikes in the office, but you’re stuck in a Taiwan motel...
     
  17. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J M
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS, SC Hightower
    That time of year again......

    Seagrave going to Santa Cruz?????


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  18. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Tracer and/or Megatower?
    So many announcements of athletes off of particular brands, but not much being revealed about where they are going.
     
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  19. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Tracer and/or Megatower?
    Ummmm....

    Graves back from cancer and off Specialized. Back on... YETI!!!! He belongs there. He helped bring that brand into the current age and together with Dick Rude, redefined the All-Mountain/Enduro bike category into what we have today.

    I say they just bring back Gwin and Blenkinsop too. Put 'em on the new SB 200 and grin.



    (And maybe bring back Giove, Tomac, Furtado, Grewal, Rennie, Rockwell, Juarez, Leov...)
     
  20. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J M
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS, SC Hightower
  21. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Tallboy Upgrade
  22. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J M
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS, SC Hightower

    been there.....done that. Believe it or not, it feels so much better afterwards.
     
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  23. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Tallboy Upgrade
    Hopefully something I will just have to take your word on!
     
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