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Sam Hill to ride for Specialized in 2009

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  1. syc7090

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    indeed (if true)!
     
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    How so?
     
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    at that level, it aint about the bike. he wont ride an OEM sled anyway. I think Specialized knows what they are doing.
     
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  5. Arkayne

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    I've always been a Spec guy since my first P3. If it's true, good for them! Now their bikes will get even more expensive. :(
     
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    I am going to call this BS right now. It could be leaked info that is true but something is telling me that it is a whole lot of BS
     
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    Just chalk it up to my irrational hatred for all things specialized.
     
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    Zark Hey little girl, do you want some candy?

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    In related news, millions of Sam Hill fanboys are now calling Demo 8's race bkes for the first time.
     
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    hahaha, so true. on a related note, demo8's are perfectly capable race bikes imo.

    i wonder if specialized will now develop a dh bike (if indeed this news is true)...
     
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    Don't get too excited.

    Article is from a LBS website, with no reference to any sources.
     
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    i agree. i'm hoping someone can confirm/invalidate.
     
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    The Demo 8 is a very capable dh sled for sure.

    To be honest, I don't really care what Hill rides next year..I will still cheer for him the same (and plan to keep my Sunday until it snaps) :)
     
  13. Jeremy R

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    Its already happening!! :rofl::rofl:

    "The Demo 8 is a very capable dh sled for sure.

    To be honest, I don't really care what Hill rides next year..I will still cheer for him the same (and plan to keep my Sunday until it snaps)"
     
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    could be true, becouse ska todd now works for specialized!

    If this is true, poor sam, no bling bling bikes anymore:biggrin:
     
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    I wouldn't refer to myself as a sam hill fanboy. I don't sit in a corner and cry when he gets beat because of his inability to ride consistently. My point was simply that (as stated a couple posts above) it does not matter what riders ride at this level and I still plan to root for him despite riding a specialized.

    I have always (well since they were being pumped out like shoes from a nike sweatshop) said the demo8 is a capable dh sled...this is nothing new. Sam Hill, baby jesus, ghandi, the local garbage collector...does not matter who rides a specialized as I will never own one.
     
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    i just ordered 15 demo's for shop inventory
     
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    I will never own a specialized, Sam Hill creeps me out cuz his mouth does not move when he talks and his eyebrows look like caterpillars and Chris Kovarik is my hero.
     
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    happens when you are a robot.

    if ever there were a chuck norris in mountain biking...
     
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    Yeah, since Iron Horse bikes aren't mass-produced either. :rolleyes:
     
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    I predict this Thread will over grow the New Giant Glory Thread very soon. I also predict the Stock Option Pricing for Specialized just went up too!!!!
     
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    haha touche!

    As I said in my first post in this thread...irrational hatred :)
     
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    Bingo. A few things...

    - Sam used to race a bike that was an FSR linkage; the IH SGS, prior to the DW. I wouldn't foresee this being an issue.

    - Specialized has the kind of resources and commitment to not only attract, but also fully support a rider like Hill. From what I've heard, Hill takes home a pretty nice paycheck. Specialized is most definitely the size of a company that can afford to write it.

    -Lately, Specialized has been increasingly supportive of freeriding, from offering more bikes in this category, to sponsoring more riders, and sponsoring videos. Getting back into the race scene at this point is only a natural progression (and I'm honestly surprised they haven't picked up a big name WC racer sooner).


    Granted this bit of info has yet to be confirmed, but personally, I wouldn't be all that surprised if it were true.
     
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    A friend of mine works as an engineer for Specialized, and he told me Sam Hill was in Morgan Hill to visit Specialized a few weeks ago regarding potential sponsorship for 2009. As far as my friend knows, however, nothing has been finalized yet.

    As far as the bike is concerned, Sam would ride a fully-custom Demo 8 for the 2009 season, and then for 2010 Specialized would provide him with a completely new DH platform based on his input. This is all hypothetical though.
     
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    Maybe those specialguys will make a more comfortable (to me) DH bike.
     
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    Lets look at a few things;

    Sam's name starts with a S and so does Specialized...Hmmm...

    Specialized is in Morgan Hill and Sam Hill's last name is Hill...

    The rumor must be true these facts are to big to ignore.
     
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    Intersting, very interesting.
     
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    This is true.


    I have seen Sam in the Building at Specialized.

    I have seen him at UCSC with Specialized people........
     
  28. Jeremy R

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    I thought I saw Sam Hill in the building at Specialized.
    But it was actually Bert from Sesame Street.
    I just don't know what to believe anymore.......

     
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    Is that Bert with Brendan Fairclough in the picture?
     
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    Long lost Twins at birth I am saying!!!!!! Good find JR!!!!
     
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    "The Demo 8 is a very capable dh sled for sure."












    sorry couldn't resist...
     
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    Whoa? The Demo 8 isn't made for racing? And to think I was just hucking all that time!!! :banghead:
     
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    Freakin classic isn't it? I love folks who don't pay attention to the geometry and ride qualities and just focus of who's paid to ride it on the circuit :disgust1:

    But this also means Spec. just made a wise investment in Sam.
     
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    You know, I dont care who Sam Hill Rides for, I dont care if he retires now, ALl I care is that the sport continues on. But, it would be interesting, comical, entertaining ETC...... If Sam Hill ended up riding for Giant!!!!





















    <can I stop Ducking now>
     
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    :lol: wouldn't that be a kick in the junk!
     
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    May be some of the older guys who have been in the scene forever can chime in and tell me I am wrong (Stik) but I remember 4 or 5 yrs ago the talk on the forums was how Specialized and Trek were dropping their race programs because racing was lame and dying and freeride was where it was at. Now that racers like Sam Hill, the Amazing Syndicate team, the Athertons, the Saga of the which American will once again podium at WC's, and Freecaster are making the racing scene impossible to ignore, and so exciting to follow they have decided to jump back on the bandwagon. I Just feel that they are spineless whores and should taken out back slapped around a bit is all, cause it's better to have them then not.
     
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    Do i hear the sound of nylon pant legs rustling together as Sam Hill-ites rush to their nearest S dealer?
     
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    Specialized is a sponsor of the Freecaster UCI live feeds. I have wondered if Specialized was the financial backer allowing Freecaster to make a deal with WCSN to broadcast in the US.
     
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    Seems more like a post to drive traffic to that shops site too me.
     
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    such a tuff pill to swallow for some...