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2018 offseason guessing game & rumour thread

Discussion in 'Downhill & Freeride' started by 'size, Aug 27, 2017.

  1. 'size

    'size Turbo Monkey

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    so whatcha, whatcha, whatcha heard?

    *dakotah norton possibly getting a ride? he's seemed to catch a few eyes this year.
    *assuming gwin has bonuses in all the right places will he own YT outright in 2018?
    *hart's contract up? - think warner mentioned wondering who he'd be riding for next year.
     

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  2. Nick

    Nick My name is Nick

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    it would nice to see Dakota Norton with SOME support. DIY world cup racing has to be a short lifespan.
     
  3. iRider

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    In a German forum these things were thrown around:

    - YT Mob off YT
    - maybe no more GT team
    - for sure no Bergamont team

    Nearly confirmed is that Kidwoo will be picked up by Niner. They are just trying to find out how to make a 29" DJ frame (Voreis is asking for it as well). ;)

    Gary will get sponsored by Bell so the poor fella doesn't have to ride w/o helmet anymore.

    Jackalope will replace Claudio as "expert" commentator on the RB.tv live stream.
     
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  4. 'size

    'size Turbo Monkey

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    how exactly does that work?

    i'm assuming this would just be a sticker on the side of the head sponsorship? something tells me free helmets wouldn't change his mind.
     
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    It doesn't seem like anyone on that team gels with those bikes. Those are some pretty talented guys too. Hell, it seems like Sam Dale had fallen off the face of the earth.
     
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    Maybe same team with a new frame sponsor? Or YT only delivering the frames and someone else is picking up the tab of the team?
     
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    Yt might actually be too small for him right now. As good as the bikes work for him right now, he definitely is always searching for a better deal. But we'll see.

    I saw Same Dale watching the race from beside the track, so technically he's there. But that Gt team didn't work out.
     
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    From the French forum I follow : Hart and Greenland will leave mondraker. That and Pekoll retirement leave quite an empty space in the mondraker team...
     
  9. jstuhlman

    jstuhlman We noticed.

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  10. Gary

    Gary "S" is for "neo-luddite"

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    I own 5 helmets. 2x D2s, 2xScott XC, 1x Protec pisspot. Seeing as I hardly ever wear any of them. Let alone land on them they should last me longer than Hans Rey's GT sponsorship lasted.
    I'm out riding in Spain just now. I didn't even bring a helmet. I'm Scottish. It's too hot! Instead I brought sunglasses. I wear them on my head when descending the Rocky dusty Gnar. That way if I crash and land on my head I'll get a fairly good idea whether a horribly hot polystyrene hat might have been any use.
     
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    When Finn Iles turned 18, there was a joke in one of Vital's slideshows about him beeing legaly able to gamble, which was followed by nervous laughter and abrubpt ending, so maybe Claudio got an eye on him?I think he wants much more solid results than a sideways photo of Brendog in Vital and Pinkbike.
    Finn seems to be on fire in Specialized, but will they want him to compete against Loic,it beeing French based team!?
    Warner and Claudio mentioned that Mcdonald's season wasn't that great and that his contract with GT ended after this season. Only ones who wouldn't get a boot from their team would be Wyn and Maes, they do bring some kind of exposure, but Brook and Dale seemed to be lost in there, but I don't if they would be more visible in other team?
     
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  12. FlipSide

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    I would love to see the rebirth of Devinci Global Racing with Finn on board.

    Cecile Ravanel jumping to DH would be great as well. Finishing 9th (?) at VDS without much experience riding a DH bike is quite impressive. It would be interesting to see what she could do with a proper DH training.
     
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  13. slyfink

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    :stupid:

    Except that DGR was Gabe Fox. And Gabe is now Canyon.

    Though Finn to Canyon with Wallace and Troy would probably be a good thing all around. And then Wallace and Finn getting back on a Canadian manufacturer in a few year's time would be cool. To be clear, this is all fantasy. I haven't heard anything about any of this, anywhere.
     
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  14. canadmos

    canadmos Mater Slayer

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    That would be cool. Does Rocky Mountain have any bikes out there racing at that level anymore?


    Where has Connor Fearon been? Injured I'm guessing?
     
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    IMO Devinci really dropped the ball disbanding their WC team after Smiths death, leaving Wallace to scramble for a team. They should have kept in it, maybe scooping up multiple freed up riders that season. But whatever guess, same company that can't do a Smith legacy fund version of the 'wilson' or anything like that... Weird decisions from that company some times.

    Curious on the YT quip. Why would they drop the Mob after all the success it's had?
     
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  16. slyfink

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    If it happens, I think it will be because of this.

    I was curious about that too. I still wonder if the Quebec brand was just not that into racing, and if Gabe was the force behind the team. If Devinci was just not that into it, and Gabe was offered an opportunity to work with Fabian... then it made sense to jump on the opportunity? maybe it was just a question of timing? (or is that serendipity?)
     
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  17. jonKranked

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  18. jackalope

    jackalope Mental acuity - 1%

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    Reading the weed leaves tells me this:

    * Biker Fox to Muddy Fox
    * Kidwoo & Bender (who may be the same person) to Karpiel
    * Nathan Rennie to Sexy Dave Racing (see new proto model below)


    * Snoop Dog to Guerrilla Gravity
    * Sandwich to Orkin
    * Ratboy to race America's Cup
    * Gary to race (helmetless) for a local rock quarry

     
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  19. kidwoo

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    Gary's new (mandatory) avatar

     
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  20. Westy

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    If you are looking for a new one...

     
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    kidwoo Celebrating No-Pants Day

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    I thought internet me would fit that bike perfectly.

    Or am I big now?

    I'm confused.
     
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    Westy the teste

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    That is obviously not you. Dude is wearing pants.
     
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  23. maxyedor

    maxyedor <b>TOOL PRO</b>

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    Drop the Mob? Maybe not, drop anybody who's name doesn't rhyme with Smaron Smwin, that I could see. Only press at all I can think of from the other mob members is when Neko got DQd for cardboard body armor. Did the Spanish guy (I think he's Spanish anyway) even race this season? Neko started the season strong, but where did he go?

    Save the airfare and just take Gwin to the races.
     
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    I still love that Dak lives in (came from, he doesn't come back home much anymore) one of the flattest states around and is making a pretty good go of things. Good kid too.

    I thought Morpheus was giving him some support....some....either way considering this is his 4th or 5th year racing DH he's fricken killing it.
     
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    Gwinlally to Devinci. #notmyrumor
     
  28. 'size

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    Electric_City The orangutans are loose!

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    I might keep my DHR for '18... dunno yet
     
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    Take a deep breath and come out of that 29" closet...... It's ok man you'll be alright.

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    in fixer news it looks like marshy won't be mechanicing next year. dougie fresh back to minnaar?
     
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    Should we send Gwin your way for a conversation about Jesus Christ?
     
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    Did Santa Cruz fire him because of the Val di Sole flat tire/smashed rim/losing overall f-up or is he now completely taking care of his business because of the new tire insert's success (where did the announcements go, can't seem to find it anymore?)?
     
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    I read it as a joke, Doug was acting modelish, and Greg said he was becoming Morzine's next top model...not sure it was serious at all
     
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    For the curious, Here is the 2018 schedule for DH, including a new location (which I feel conflicted about)


    • April 21-22: DHI Round 1 – Lošinj, Croatia (In the youtube video)
    • June 2-3: DHI Round 2 – Fort William, UK
    • June 9-10: DHI Round 3 – Leogang, Austria
    • July 7-8: DHI round 4 – Val di Sole, Italy
    • July 14-15: DHI round 5 – Vallnord, Andorra
    • August 11-12: DHI round 6 – Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada
    • August 25-26: DHI round 7 – La Bresse, France
    • September 4-9: UCI World Championships – Lenzerheide, Switzerland
     
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    And them I'm all.......


     
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