Aaron Gwin Signs With Specialized - It's Official!

Jan 8, 2013 at 0:05
Jan 8, 2013
by Mike Levy  
 
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I'm super excited to start this new chapter in my career with Specialized bicycles. The entire Specialized staff has welcomed me with open arms and I'm blown away by the level of support they've shown me. This is my dream program and I can't thank them enough for this opportunity. Bring on 2013!” - Aaron Gwin

The combination of Aaron Gwin and the Specialized brand have an American storyline written all over it that was always meant to be. Aaron will not only bring another element to the program, but it’ll be amazing watching this trio ripping down the tracks together. We can’t wait to get started with this new exciting opportunity and look forward to the season ahead.” - Sean Heimdal, Team Manager

I’m stoked to have a new teammate this year, it will be a fresh start and I will be able to learn a lot of things from Aaron. The season starts late this year and will give everyone time to get to know each other and do testing on the Bike. I cannot wait to work together and smash out runs!” - Troy Brosnan

We are really excited to have Aaron on board. He has a lot of interest in product development, advocacy, junior development, and so do we. We are looking forward to a very successful future together.” - Geoff Rogers, Specialized Sports Marketing


About Specialized: Specialized Bicycle Components was founded in 1974 by riders for riders. Based in Northern California, we focus on the rider's need for functional and technically advanced products that provide a performance benefit.
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827 Comments

  • + 629
 Specialized made a big mistake. I was available!
  • - 175
 me too!?!
  • + 117
 me 3! but i suck
  • + 248
 My jaw actually dropped when I saw this.
  • - 93
 I don't think this is true... didn't gwin just sign a 2 year contract with trek again?
  • + 69
 Well I'm available to ride the Session 9.9! Big Grin
  • + 21
 'lmbngtracer7975'... specialized bought out the contract
  • + 129
 andddd there go trek sales!
  • + 17
 How did this happen? $$$
  • - 1
 I love that video haha. But I don't agree.
  • + 96
 they should have got tippy out of retierment
  • - 62
 'lmbngtracer7975'...= DUMBASS .. Money talks and bullshit walks , dont you know this already ?
  • + 15
 wtttfff dude aaron gwin signed with spesh... waattt whatt omg that came out of nowwhere i thought he loved trek and loved his bike this keeps on getting interesting now whos racing for trek is the new article ayy
  • + 14
 Oh man, this is gonna be interesting.
  • + 108
 those who said specialized wasnt happy about sam hill leaving i think they are perfectly content
  • + 23
 hahahaha i was about to sell my specialized.
  • + 20
 my jaw actually dropped too...this is crazy, kinda sad to see him leave trek but I am excited to see how he shreds on a demo.
  • - 52
 Next year every magazine is going to be running stories about how the Session is "good" and the Demo is "the best"... or not.

Gwin's past his best. Haven't you heard? Steve Smith, Danny Hart and Bulldog McDonald are going to own the races next season! Read it and weep Specialized!
  • + 2
 What confuses me the most is that in the video gain is wearing a redbull hat, but by signing with specialized shouldnt he be wearing a monster hat?
  • + 15
 That interview with the Specialized team manager made it pretty clear that Monster weren't going to be there next season.
  • + 28
 The team contract is up with Monster as well. Maybe they made the swap? But all i can say is i CANNOT WAIT for this season to start. And, is Gwin on RockShox Sram now?
  • + 38
 WOAH WOAH WOAH GUYS! Treks sales are not going to dump..... Remember whoelse rides for them. Just to name a few...... Mccaul, Semeneuk, Rdog, and not to mention RHEEDER!!!! I am still happy to own a TREK!!!!
  • + 5
 @ mnorris122 Neko Mullay (spelling?) Pretty sure hes is still TWR... Anyone correct me if I'm wrong.
  • + 5
 Monster Energy is being investigated by the FDA not to mention they're facing several wrongful death lawsuits in america from the fact each can contains the caffeine content of SEVEN coca-colas and there's improper warnings on them about the risks of drinking more than 1 can per day. A 14 year old had a heart attack and died in california after drinking two cans of the stuff. I have a caffeine addiction... so Specialized probably does not want to be associated with the Monster Energy brand any longer to minimize their exposure to future lawsuits.

www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/oct/22/monster-energy-drink-investigation-fda-deaths
  • + 29
 I've got to be honest and say that I'm not fully convinced yet. I'm not calling bullshit, but when the top rider in the world signs with a company like Specialized, I would expect a big press release. This little video of Brosnan clicking a button and Gwin wearing a Specialized shirt.....it's a little strange.
  • + 8
 Notice gwin is still wearing his red bull hat! looks like no more monster specialized
  • + 4
 Nothing on the Specialized website
  • - 6
 part of my message got chopped... I was saying "I have a caffeine addiction but the amount of the stuff in two cans of monster is just ridiculous."
  • + 14
 I was thinking the same thing. Leov retired and with Gwinn leaving it leaves 1 if not 2 big holes on the Trek roster. Trek will likely now be looking to sign or poach another top rider for TWR now which means we probably haven't seem the last of the big riders changing teams. This will have a domino effect.
  • + 7
 Maybe they could go with the Trek satellite riders?
  • + 13
 Interesting, there hasn't been much news about how Brook 'Bulldog' McDonald is on Trek
  • + 20
 Haha I bet Troy and Aaron are on that computer right now, laughing their asses off at the speculation and shock running rampant through the online forums.
  • - 5
 When your a sponcered rider during your contract your not allowed to be seen riding wearing or even talking to another bike company's brand, so i think this is a done deal because he is talking to the team manager and wearing a specialized shirt.
  • + 1
 Not that this would happen, but I for one would love to see Trek drop the price on their sessions with the money they save on the salary and/or got from specialized in the buyout. The session is way overpriced compared to the competition and i figured it's due to their team payroll and R&D. But judging from the reaction of the race fans on here, that would not be a sustainable strategy since people seem to want to see the pros rip on a bike to prove that it goes fast.
  • - 4
 Theres no shock really anymore because people have been talking about Gwins move for a couple weeks. You'd think there would be more about Bulldog there wasn't even any body thinking about a possible move for him.
  • + 6
 didnt leov just retire from DH? I thought he was racing enduro next year?
  • + 6
 Steve Smith to Trek?
  • + 3
 holy shit i am amazed
  • - 16
 @jfyfe wouldn't the price go up on Ttrek bikes because they'd have more money meaning more money going into the bikes and quality going up
  • - 7
 Steve Smith is rumoured to be going to mongoose or some other not as good as Devinci bike brand
  • + 12
 be good to see specialized run a shimano/saint groupset....
  • + 12
 I'm guessing they made such a simple video to announce this because they knew that they had exactly 10 seconds after the ink on the contract had dried to announce this their way, before it was leaked and all over every bike website in the world.
  • + 6
 I totally was saying this in my head the whole time, but thought Gwin would never leave trek...ever.
  • - 1
 Omfg, that one survey "Who Will Ride For Specialized DH Now?"

^ I saw list of all these names of people I didn't know...so I randomly chose Aaron Gwin and like you said, I thought, eh he'll never leave Trek..looks like I was wrong lmao.
  • + 28
 great news!!! lets just hope ProTour doesn't come in and ruin it...
  • + 1
 maybe KTM wanna make a DH bike. amen...
  • + 3
 Sam's transfer has shocked a whole DH nation... and now Gwin's transfer news has just thrown us into a deepest abyss ... one word, LEGEND!!!
  • + 7
 fuck all these shallow fucks selling their bikes cuz someone moved sponsors... i know you guys are saterizing them but someone has to knock the animal spirits outta them dammit
  • + 0
 Troy Brosnan just posted this on his Facebook fan page

www.facebook.com/Troy.BrosnanPage
  • + 11
 So is it still cool to ride a Demo?
  • - 31
 Well i guess Aaron Gwin showed his true colors....$$$$
I thought he was great and was in it because his loved riding and wanted to win, not for the $$$$, you have let a lot of your fans down. the first time in years America has a good rider and you go and do this. WTF. I have nothing against Specialized at all, and i love there demos like most do, but for you to do this, and treat trek like this....you have let me and many others down.
  • + 7
 Mind = BLOWN
  • - 4
 I figured he was gonna leave after his contract expired, but I would never have guessed him just selling out like this. However, if this becomes a 'Redbull-Specialized' team its gonna be awesome, just saying. 'Murica!
  • + 16
 So...the Demo Hype will go onBig Grin
  • + 15
 Yeah I'm thoroughly shocked on this one! Will he still be running Saint/Fox?!? I can't imagine going from the new saint brakes to crappy avids, no matter how much cash you threw at me!!
  • + 6
 @shawnryantyra....stop posting the same comment. You're entitled to your opinion, but Aaron is an awesome guy and awesome rider. He worked hard to get where he has, and should enjoy the rewards!! Good on you Gwin, can't wait to see this year unfold!!!!!
  • + 5
 @shawnryantyra: Seriously??? What's wrong with him wanting to ride a new frame and possibly a better, more dedicated and intensive R&D/Team program. The Demo is a top race bike and Gwin's a top rider. I didn't see this much shit being thrown around when the Athertons left Commencal for GT... Why is it such poor treatment of Trek??? If they didn't want to let Specialized buy his contract they could have just said no... clearly they didn't. I'm stoked to see Gwin on a Demo, it's always cool to see riders on new bikes. Keeps things fresh.
  • + 5
 gwin is not past his best, all that has happened is the same that happened with sam hill, he came in on top form and was way quicker than anyone else, then after some head scratching the rest of the world up their game, next year will be much closer contested i think, lets hope for some good racing, personally i was getting a bit fed up of a 1 horse race
  • + 6
 @The-medic

He did sign a contract. Its does seem a rather ungentlemanly way to go about it, then again your colonial cousins where never known for their finesse. Without TWR support could gwin have become what he is today? Maybe, maybe not, we will never know. But the fact remains he became the worlds fastest man with TWR's Bikes, support, training programmes (which he has admitted were the biggest reason for his success 2 years back) IMO he was winning with trek never seemed unhappy with trek, why would you leave a brand who has given you such a huge step up.


$$$
  • + 14
 Justin leov retired. Gwin has pretty much fucked trek in the ass with this.
  • + 6
 I was so sure it was going to be Palmer returning.
  • + 2
 I think you're right
  • + 2
 WWWWWWWWWWWWWHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT??????????
  • + 0
 Damn I really thought Specialized was over for the next season with Sam Hill leaving. I should have said that Trek World Racing is screwed especially since they also closed their XC team to concentrate on their remaining DH squad.
  • + 2
 I choked on my breakfast when I saw this. I'm so stoked!!!!!
  • + 4
 More to Gwin than what he makes out, he leaves Yeti, the company that actually gave him a shot at the big time and essentially made him and he leaves in a heart beat for a bigger deal and now he's breaking a previous 3 year contract with Trek?
  • + 2
 Poor trek. Can't get their house in order. Had to kick 7 time tour de drug cheat to the kerb, now losing Gwin, and no xc team? Ouch. Maybe they have a short term future with continental riders racing enduro on a scratch or remedy? That might be the only card they have left to play. Patch up Leov, get him fit and get him racing in Europe.
  • + 1
 Eric I will ride for trek
  • + 5
 Matti Lehikoinen and Bulldog to trek!
  • - 1
 Aaron Gwin wasn't enough for Trek !! They want me.
  • + 4
 Gwin better be happy at Specialized because after a move like this, no other major corporate team is going to trust him ever again at honouring his word/commitments in the future.
  • + 10
 I heard they made him pinky swear
  • + 2
 Oh that's getting messy. It seems like a bad trick from Gwin, the only open question is: is it legal? Whitley says no, in the mean time he said they signed a "Letter of Intention". What does this legally imply? (and we know Whitley can play with words like when they made the post-World Champ press release pretty much saying the World Champ means nothing...) I guess Aaron Gwin's Lawyer knows better than us... Looks like Gwin clearly f*cked TWR. Moral? No. Legal? Looks like it. We'll see what the justice says. Just hope there's no more mess when the World Cup starts.
  • + 2
 No matter how this turns out it will be talked about all season! Every win will be doubted any loss will be questioned. I just hope Gwin knew that before opening pandoras box...
  • + 3
 Why does everyone keep saying he had a 3 year contract? He had no such thing. There was a letter of intent, but that's it. Get your facts straight before you start bad mouthing the guy.
  • + 8
 Gwin will be disappointed in the Demo, just like SamHill was. It's not as responsive at pedaling so he will lose time to Minnar at the start and in every pedal section. The chainstays on the Demo are too short for the current World Cup tracks, which are more wide open than ever. Once the rear wheel starts to wash out it doesn't stop cause the chainstays are so short there isn't enough pressure to keep the tire in contact, especially in off-camber or flat corners. Just watch Brosnan's crash at World's. I also don't think he is going to be stoked to ride SRAM and RockShox instead of Shimano and FOX. It will all take some time to get used to at best, worse case is that he is slower on slightly inferior equipment. This move had to have happened because of more money, he was in a good situation at Trek since he had just resigned. His results might suffer but his bank account won't. Makes the season alot more interesting.
  • + 4
 Couple things there Protour. No one is really arguing the fact that the Demo isn't a World Cup proven bike really....it is. Also, the contract states that he is supported by Specialized for frames and tires only, so he'll still be running Fox and Shimano.
  • - 6
 as a trek fan i feel like i have nothing to look foward to
  • + 7
 as a Specialized fan i feel like i have everything to look forward to
  • + 5
 Protour you need a blog. Your posts are great. I have to say you have a couple points. The Demo is quite different and I guess we will find out if it's as capable of dominating the field like the Trek was under Gwin. You can be sure of one thing, if Gwin needs longer stay's he will get them. They will build him whatever he needs. So that to will be very interesting. How much will he wish to alter the Demo if at all? How big of a role does Gwin's steed play? We will find out. Interesting season indeed.
  • + 3
 It doesn't matter if it only a Letter of Intent, that can still be legally binding depending on what it says. I mean if it didn't mean anything why would they have even bothered with it?

In general, what signing the letter of intent means is he committed to ride for Trek for 3 more years, and that enough of the details had been agreed upon for him to commit to that and he backed out. It could also contain provisions that he's not allowed to negotiate with another team, which he clearly did.

I mean lets be honest, hes not going back to Trek. That wouldn't be awkward or anything? Trek will likely push and ultimately settle on something monetarily from Gwinn of Specialized and that will be that.

I can see both sides of it. Gwinn wants to do whats best for him, but Trek for their sake and the sake of all other teams really, needs to put its foot down in some respect, otherwise these contracts and agreements become worthless.
  • + 3
 I was wrong, it's not about the money, and it looks like he might stick with Shimano and Fox.

Is it about Lance? Can't wait to hear more...
  • + 7
 Yeah we need a Gwin interview.
  • + 1
 He just tweeted he's gonna set the story straight. Go on his twitter, but his main site is still down.
  • + 0
 I'm going to go ahead and predict that he will not be #1 next season.
  • + 1
 I also agree 100% with Protour. He is definitely going to be happier.
  • - 2
 Trek>Specialized=simple math...So mad
  • + 3
 Sooooo Semenuk is gonna race for TWR now?
Cause freestyle was obviously too easy for him.
  • + 4
 Quick! Everyone head to www.pinkbike.com/news/who-will-race-dh-for-specialized-next-year.html and make it look like we knew what was going on all along!
  • + 1
 Ha !! already did it 7 hours ago .. way ahead !! :o)
  • + 2
 Specialized has a lot more to offer other than the money.
  • + 1
 just like V.Rossi left Honda..Honda claimed they have the best bije with advanced technology, anybody could win on it..just pissed rider off.
Now Trek just busy with Full.Floater thing..&Treknology
  • + 1
 Anyone see how pissed trek is at this?
  • + 5
 Protour hit on the head, this will make the season more interesting! Looks like everyone else has been thinking the same thing as I have... Gwins move is going to prove his dominance is skill more than bike... unless he loses races... then we will all know... I wonder if Trek will sell more Sessions if Gwin doesnt win any races on the Demo... and then it will come out this was a marketing ploy by Trek to prove the Session 9.9 is KING!
  • + 0
 WOW, that is kind of shocking. I had no idea he'd just jumped ship and left Trek in the lurch aye... I just assumed it was like every other sporting contract and he'd decided to move teams. I'm still very excited to see him on a new frame/team as I think it's just more fun to see people mix it up over the years, but I stand corrected on his actions. All the best of luck tae Gwin on his new team, but it sure seems he could have been a bit more professional about how he left. That's like finding out your missus is leaving when you find a video of her banging some other bloke on the internet... Poor form aye
  • + 1
 Yeah but from what everyone is saying, all he did was put out a letter of intention. The worst level of professionalism that Aaron Gwin displayed is the same level of standing up a girl on a date. Sure, it's bad, it sucks, it's not the most gentleman thing you can do. But, if that Girl that you were suppose to go on a date on was all but bad news...I'm sure it's something that everyone would do. Either way, no one gets hurt, only some bad feelings but ultimately everyone moves on.
  • + 2
 I don't see why people are so cut over this move. This is business someone always come of second best. Trek have got Brook MacDonald who has got the talent to dominate the world cup. Now on a better bike he has the platform to do this. Trek world racing could still be a big force they have some XC rider called Anton Cooper who is meant to be another next big thing.
  • + 1
 I'm sure the truth lies somewhere in the middle. That interview with Trek posted above sure paint a different picture aye.
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 Don't even know what's real anymore.
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 I'm with you on this one wtf?
  • + 5
 my first reaction was your last 3 letters
  • + 1
 exactly..!
  • + 0
 I will not believe it until he is on iamspecialized.com/gravity/riders .... even if I see footage of him riding a Specialized it will just look bizarre...
  • + 3
 I didn't go on pinkbike for 2 weeks and this is what I find when I come back? Sam Hill is on CRC Nukeproof and Gwin is on Specialized? Im having a sensory overload right now.
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  • + 97
 I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened."
  • + 12
 Comment of the day. Millions of voices cried out: "What the f*ck????!!!!"
  • + 8
 What you felt was Lance "Darth" Armstrong threatening to come clean and return to bike racing. On a Trek.
  • - 14
 Well i guess Aaron Gwin showed his true colors....$$$$
I thought he was great and was in it because his loved riding and wanted to win, not for the $$$$, you have let a lot of your fans down. the first time in years America has a good rider and you go and do this. WTF. I have nothing against Specialized at all, and i love there demos like most do, but for you to do this, and treat trek like this....you have let me and many others down.
  • + 1
 Think I heard Zak Bagans say that exact thing once
  • + 2
 @shawnryantyra: the problem with SOME Gwin fans is they believed he was a pure saint... Won't come into the religious thing, but Aaron showed he is a human being, and a very good one I believe, no matter that story of which we don't know anything. Who tells you it's not Trek putting pressure on Gwin that he goes to Spesh cause Spesh was buying the contract for a super high price?
  • + 8
 Doesn't sound like Trek is too happy about it:
The last several weeks have been a very difficult period for our company as owners of the Trek World Racing program. Despite the fact that on August 9 of last year, Aaron Gwin signed a legally binding Letter Of Intent with our team for the next three seasons, his agent wrote an email to the team in mid-December stating he had decided to race for another bike brand. Mr Gwin confirmed his agreement with our team in public statements, and he and his agent repeatedly confirmed the existence of, and commitment to, the agreement in written correspondence with us. Yet, only weeks before the team was required to submit the official team roster to UCI, Mr Gwin informed the team that he was abandoning TWR in total disregard of his contractual obligations.

The team reached out on several occasions in December in order to try and remedy whatever concerns Mr Gwin had, but these were ignored until the team received a letter from his Attorneys on December 27 stating he would not ride for our team. In the interests of the team and our sponsors, we are actively pursuing all options open to us at this point, including legal action, and remain completely surprised by Mr Gwin’s unprofessional actions.
  • + 3
 @EmilMP: This is starting to sound like what's called in motorcycle racing "silly season".
  • + 4
 I wasn't following dh when gwin left yeti, but wasn't that his foot in the door? Lured away by $? Correct me if I'm wrong, but Gwinn could have done massive things for Yeti, but didn't.
  • + 3
 @twozerosix: If lance were to come back to bike racing, it would take a lot of ball(s)
  • + 1
 wow - I just figured Gwinn had some sort of buyout in the deal and Specialized ponied up some $$$ to get him out of it. Doesn't sound like that's the case. I realize guys need to do whats best for themselves but if this is how it played out its pretty much a scumbag move on Gwinn's part. Its one thing to leave for more money when your contract is up, but sign an extension and then bail, thats kind of low.
  • + 2
 Suth17, the general feeling I got when Gwin left Yeti was positive. Yeti just isn't able to provide the sort of support that Trek or Specialized can. They seemed genuinely happy to see his career taking off, and proud that they showed him the ropes.
  • + 3
 DH racers can lose seasons and careers on one mistake. I don't blame anybody for chasing what money they can get in such a dangerous sport.
  • + 1
 Well that's fair enough then I suppose. I suppose I'm a bit cynical when it comes to peoples motivations to change at the top level. I assume that $ are the deciding factor. If there is some merit in straight edge Gwinn leaving tarnished trek post lance, that's a different story.
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  • + 95
 My jimmies are rustled
  • + 34
 Demos just got taken off the buy/sell!
  • + 11
 god dam it now my trek is goin gto be worthless!
  • - 3
 who will sign with treck now? > (i can't stand this anymore >Wink
  • + 1
 3rd thing on the buy/sell list, trek session 88
  • + 3
 @GabrielDugas, going by team rumours which have been right so far it'd be Brook McDonald
  • + 3
 this is epic. troy lee/ redbull colab demos cant be far off....

wonder if they'll run shimano instead of SRAM now....?
  • + 1
 Does he get to keep the Red Bull sponsorship?
  • + 1
 @GabrielDugas, Brook "Bulldog" Mcdonald to TREK done and dusted...
  • + 1
 Actual reaction "naaaaaaah????:s" wasn't expecting that!!
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 I got in trouble at work for saying HOLY F***ING BALLS out loud and had to explain what happened....I work at a restaurant and the customers didn't like it....congrats Aaron!
  • + 2
 hahahaahha nice!!!
  • + 1
 We're they on the specials board too?
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 NO. FUCKING. WAY.
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 WOW, BUT DOES HE EVEN LIFT?
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  • + 35
 Wow!! What next? Danny Hart on Norco?
  • + 24
 Minnar on a Knolly I heard.
  • + 27
 Danny Hart on a kona
  • + 24
 def sam on iron horse
  • + 72
 Me on a clunker
  • + 14
 i heard minnar on supercycle...?
  • + 6
 Peaty on Giant?
  • + 16
 Minnarr will be riding the team supercycle carbon hooligan.
  • + 6
 smith on hyper/huffy/airborne
  • + 1
 Steve Smith on Monguoose is what I heard.
  • - 5
 Steve Smith shoudl stay on Devinci, Canadian bikes Canadian rider. If he moves to Huffy he can kiss his career goodbye, no matter how good you are you cannot win on a huffy
  • + 37
 I heard Gee got adopted by the McCaul's
  • + 18
 The Atherton/McCaul/Beaumont/The other two project
  • + 4
 grieve, have you seen walnart huffys??? way better than my bike, thats for sure. and you know we're kidding right? Wink
  • + 10
 stevie smith on ccm
  • + 3
 Riding a Huffy in Australia is no joke because they weigh 20kg+
  • + 13
 I heard the anthertons are with clorox
  • + 6
 I heard a shut the f**k up somewhere
  • + 3
 Hart , Peaty, Minnar on Monty bikes Smile
  • + 4
 Smith on Surly for shure!
  • + 2
 i got wind of a super team that mountain cycles are putting together through my little brothers mates girlfiends besties big brother with minnar peaty and the athertons
  • + 21
 Me on your sister Smile
  • + 11
 Rachel Atherton is actually a dude! :-o
  • + 4
 I heard Peaty and Bryceland are moving to Apollo/Halfords
  • + 7
 In other news, There is a hockey season!!
  • + 2
 @bdkr just because she's faster than you doesn't make her a dude
  • + 4
 @dyamatt: I knew somebody wasn't going to get the joke.

I think Rachel is the most adorable thing on the planet! I don't care if she's faster then me. My first GF taught me how to ride motorcycles so Rachel being fast is no threat. It just makes her even desirable.

Scroll up to the top a little and read the post by JevinHoll to get some context. Then you'll see no offense was meant.
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 I JUST DONT KNOW ANYMORE!!!
  • + 1
 Lol best comment ever
  • + 5
 comment from yeahbro from Sam hills post from last week! -

yeahbro (3 days ago)
My brother has a friend whose girlfriends dad knows some guy who is cousins with this one guy from America who says that Gwin is joining the Specialized.

The dude was totally right !!! LOL,the best nostradamus-like comment we've ever seen on pinkbike!
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 WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON!
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 what.just.happened.
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 This is the best moment of my life the animal is goin to be riding a demo Smile
  • + 10
 April Fools?
  • + 8
 1 comment every five seconds Wow !
  • - 19
 Well i guess Aaron Gwin showed his true colors....$$$$
I thought he was great and was in it because his loved riding and wanted to win, not for the $$$$, you have let a lot of your fans down. the first time in years America has a good rider and you go and do this. WTF. I have nothing against Specialized at all, and i love there demos like most do, but for you to do this, and treat trek like this....you have let me and many others down.
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 DAFUQ IS DIS SHIZ MY MIND IS BLOWN CAN I HAZ CHEEZBURGER?
  • + 1
 Really, really hope that's a joke shawn hahaha
  • + 2
 dan stop feeding trolls
  • + 1
 This has to be april fools. Im currently crying on the inside. I really hope he never wins another WC
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 Where's Protour? He's gonna love this.......
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 Seriously where is he? Is Protour Aaron Gwin?
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 good one ..loll....where is the man who knows everything ......not
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 The fact you guys talk about him and bring him up when he isn't even here is just proof he's won this little "game" he's been playing with all of you. Congratulations, you all fell for it, hook, line, and sinker.
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 Fame and infamy are not the same thing...Protour is legend.
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 It's not a game, it's just communication on the internet. I do like this move, it makes the season alot more intriguing.

I'm shocked he would dump Trek like that, maybe he didn't want to be associated with them because of their longtime association with Lance? Trek had to have known Lance was doping.
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 Maybe he wasn't getting along so well with Martin?
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 April Fools came early this year or something...first Sam on CNC/Nukeproof and now Gwin, this is crazy!
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 Where's my delorean
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 no time to reach 88 mph quick hop in my tardis
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 There goes my operatunity to buy super cheap demos everyone was predicting.
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 Now you can grab a session for cheap instead.
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 All this is does, for those that still don't believe, is just further prove that money talks and is the driving force behind everything. It has nothing to do with brand loyalty, or any wanting to ride the best bike or any of that.

Look at Gwinn and the things he's said the past few seasons about how he couldn't ask for a better situation. He won 2 championships and (supposedly) had the greatest most supportive team (Trek), the greatest bike in the world (9.9), the best mechanic, the best team manager, a new three year deal with Trek etc. You'd think from a riding standpoint the guy could not have it any better, yet here you go, he jumps ship for a new team. Unless he was just lying every time he spoke the last few seasons, the only reason he would switch is money.
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 You know riders are contracted to say that, right?
ALL world cup level riders on big contracts say their bikes/teams/sponsored drink/trainer/mechanic are the best.

Don't believe the hype. This is why you should buy a bike based on how it rides rather than who rides it.
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 You mean...you actually believe what professional athletes with sponsorships say ?!? You probably still believe in the easter bunny and santa claus also....
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 you leave santa out of this!
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 Brooklynuk and Deeeight,

I know that all the stuff they say is BS. That was the point I was trying to make. Thats why I said "further proof". I'm on board, I know the deal.
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 Santa and the Easter Bunny bring me chocolate so don't go around spreading rumours about them!!
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 Is santa riding for trek next year? I hear his dh sled is magic!
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 @sino248: It's hard for me to believe that the only option here is that he was lying. As others have stated, there are things that he should and should not be saying on and off season, but none of that gives a 100% picture into what might really be going on behind the scenes. Who knows what may have happened that caused him to change his mind.

All that said, I wish he hadn't.
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 BDKR: Yea I'm not saying he was lying either. He probably was very happy at Trek and meant alot of the things he said. I mean he did sign a contract extension with them last year. If he had designs on leaving all along it would have been easier to not do that.

My point really is that all this is just a business for these top level riders. This is their living and they will do what is best for them, which usually means taking the most money.(and there is nothing wrong with that). When news like this drops (as was the case with Hill) there is always that first reaction of "how could he leave Trek", or "they've done so much and he was so successful with them". For a guy like Gwinn, whats really the difference between all these big teams? All great bikes, great support etc. A guy like him could win on any big team. He's simply doing what is best for him.
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 A lot can change in the off season... I would reserve judgement about Gwin's motivations until you hear from the man himself. The TWR team is independent of Trek, so who really knows what went down? It probably has more to do with some executive level bean counter ego battle than it does with Gwin. He may have signed a letter of intent back in August, but perhaps they were giving him the run around about the actual contract terms, or changing some key aspect of the program ( mechanic, training, etc ) out from under him? I kinda doubt that it was solely about money, but that is probably icing on the cake... and he definitely deserves it.
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 THIS YEAR IS GETTING TOO STRESSFUL
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 haha a week in and I'm tired already.
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 not stressful, instead very exciting Smile
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 Bulldog will go to Trek I reckon.
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 Already has.
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 and somewhere 1000 unicorns died... good job specialized you killed unicorns.
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 best comment ever!!!
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 Not a good year for Trek first Armstrong, now Gwin.
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 The events might be related.

Or maybe Gwin was pissed about what happened to his brakes at World's? Probably not. The timing of it points to the Lance Factor, Lance had lost all legitimacy by mid-December, that's when Gwin said he wanted to ride another bike brand. Perhaps he had been a Lance fan and was so disdained he no longer felt good about riding the brand.

From a legal perspective, Trek's association with Lance might help give Gwin justification for breaking his contract. Regardless, I think it would be really bad PR for Trek if they try to sue Gwin.
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 Protour, after thinking about it more last night I agree with your comment. It's about the only event I can as an outsider put my finger on. Given the scale of Armstrongs fraud (ie biggest scandal in sporting history and the not very nice person he appears to be) I wonder whether this was the game breaker for Gwin and his ethics and morals.
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 When Gwin signed with Trek he talked about how he looked up to Trek bicycles when he was a kid and Lance was wining the Tour de France, so he must have been disappointed when he found out Lance was a fraud. Makes sense he wouldn't want to ride Trek anymore.
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 my jaw doesn't drop often, but it's dropped now and will remain there until we find out if this is legit...
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 im pretty sure they wouldnt let them post it on the home page if it wasnt legit Wink
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 If you click the YouTube link, it was posted by "specialized411" with the following description:

Troy Brosnan is hanging out with his new team mate, and takes Pinkbike's "Who Will Race World Cup DH For Specialized Next Year?" So, were you right?
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 Why is everyone so shocked?
I know nothing about racing, but I'm not surprised to read this.
Big company with big budget buys big champion. Almost predictable it seems.
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 but he signed for three more years with trek, also he always talked about how he couldn´t be in a better factory than trek.
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 RRReeeeeeally...I didn't know that. Well that is shocking. And scandalous. Shame on him.
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 HAHAHAHAHAHAHA F#CK TREK AND THEIR REMEDY SS
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 Hahahaha I loved Trek, and they betray me twice?!
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 Its going to be embarrassing for Hill when Gwin kicks his ass on a bike he helped develope
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 What is going to be funny to see is Sam smash Gwin and the big S. Dont forget Sam helped develop the bike and turned it into a WC contender, Gwin really didnt have much input with the Trek, it was made before he got there. Will be intresting to see if Gwin can win on the Demo. This is kinda remanicent of the Rossi V Stoner in moto gp. Rossi "I can win on the Ducati", some how didnt happen........and Stoner smashed everyone on the Honda.

Go Sam and kill them next year.
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 ^^^^^^ this
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 Well i guess Aaron Gwin showed his true colors....$$$$
I thought he was great and was in it because his loved riding and wanted to win, not for the $$$$, you have let a lot of your fans down. the first time in years America has a good rider and you go and do this. WTF. I have nothing against Specialized at all, and i love there demos like most do, but for you to do this, and treat trek like this....you have let me and many others down.
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 Third identical post... you have a real problem sir.
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 don't feed the troll ^
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 Not trolling man sorry I'd you think so. :-)
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 we all heard you the first time. so stfu.
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 i guess i should stop checking my email now....
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 or you could be waiting for the Trek contract to rock up???
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 This has no effect on me riding my bike whatsoever Smile
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 Well said! I'm with you on this one!
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 i would really like a explanation
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 HOLY f*ckING SHIT NO WAY?!
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 Troy Cheated!
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 Lol he knew this whole time! !!!
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 Does this mean that Monk will move over to Specialized to be with Gwin, leading the way for Jacy to go with Sam on CRC. Maybe CRC will pouch Monk anything can happen after what we've seen today!
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 So Gwin renewed for 3 years with Trek World Racing in August. In November, they shut down their XC team to focus completely on gravity. Now they let Specialized buy Gwin away. They just completely fucked over their World Cup DH program.
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 Not if they can keep Lance out of prison, He would be a real shot in the arm, or between the toes, lance they never look there!!!
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 No one knows the terms of Trek's contract with Gwin. Perhaps he had signed a three year option that he could walk away from after each year. Maybe he chose to leave and sought out Specialized. Maybe he was not getting the support that he saw other teams providing their riders. Who knows? Certainly none of us. I just know that he'll be a fantastic face for the racing team.

In any event, this is a profession for all of these guys, so I wouldn't fault him if it was for more money. Perhaps his contract with Trek underpaid him relative to his fellow competitors. We just don't know. Funny that so many people are offended that people prefer more money over less money. This puts him on one of the best bikes out there and he'll still dominate.
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 Both teams will have to agree on the decision if its a letter of intent, even if it states that gwin can leave and obviously trek havent agreed, so legal action looks likely
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 Never thought I would see the day. I'm shocked.
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 Great now Specialized is going to tell me "if you want to be as fast as Aaron Gwin you have to be riding a Specialized" -___-...........................great!
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 Gwin is one of the last guys I expected to sign with spec. I thought he was Locked with Trek. So happy!
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 PINKBIKE LIED TO US! "Many people have their money on World Cup crusher Aaron Gwin making the move to the the empty seat at Monster Energy - Specialized but really, how many athletes leave Red Bull? Factor in his re-signing with Trek World Racing and there is slim chance of Gwin on a Demo 8 Carbon."
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 was just thinking the same thing...not lying but what they said was already wrong in the first place and made little sense...zero credibility from PB
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 When Hill left there was an interview with the Specialized team manager and he was non-comital to the Monster Energy/Specialized deal. He never said for sure that there would be a partnership with Monster and the press release just refers to the "specialized DH program". Perhaps there will be a redbull/specialized partnership announced next.

Also while rare, its not unprecedented for an athlete to leave Redbull. Shaun White left Redbull last year.
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 Well i guess Aaron Gwin showed his true colors....$$$$
I thought he was great and was in it because his loved riding and wanted to win, not for the $$$$, you have let a lot of your fans down. the first time in years America has a good rider and you go and do this. WTF. I have nothing against Specialized at all, and i love there demos like most do, but for you to do this, and treat trek like this....you have let me and many others down.
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 you already posted that one! Ridiculous...
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 More like Redbull had enough of Shaun White and left him...
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 kyle strai left redbull aswell
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 2013 season is looking so exciting! Sam on Nukeproof, Gwin on Specialized. Gonna be an interesting year!
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 Bulldog to Trek?
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 Quite possibly Wink lot's of team changes. Looking forward to this years World Cups.
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 Brook is on Trek. Source: Revolution MTB Magazine.
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 He has to be on Trek. There are no big players out there now to fill the Trek team and since he is managed by 23 Degrees/Martin Whiteley, Martin does all the negotiations.
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 trek are not very happy

When we spoke to Martin Whiteley, team boss of Gwin’s ex-team TWR, yesterday he told us: “Aaron Gwin signed a 3 year commitment with us, and we will be filing his name along with other team members with the UCI next week as part of our team registration process.”

Then this morning following the internet explosion, Martin Whiteley released the following statement:

The last several weeks have been a very difficult period for our company as owners of the Trek World Racing program. Despite the fact that on August 9 of last year, Aaron Gwin signed a legally binding Letter Of Intent with our team for the next three seasons, his agent wrote an email to the team in mid-December stating he had decided to race for another bike brand. Mr Gwin confirmed his agreement with our team in public statements, and he and his agent repeatedly confirmed the existence of, and commitment to, the agreement in written correspondence with us. Yet, only weeks before the team was required to submit the official team roster to UCI, Mr Gwin informed the team that he was abandoning TWR in total disregard of his contractual obligations.
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 The team reached out on several occasions in December in order to try and remedy whatever concerns Mr Gwin had, but these were ignored until the team received a letter from his Attorneys on December 27 stating he would not ride for our team. In the interests of the team and our sponsors, we are actively pursuing all options open to us at this point, including legal action, and remain completely surprised by Mr Gwin’s unprofessional actions.

Team Director Martin Whiteley says: “This has not been an easy time for us. In the bigger picture however I find positivity in the fact that the Trek World Racing program will continue regardless of the outcome of this dispute, as no single rider is bigger than the team as a whole. Every rider who has been on our Downhill program has had the best years of their career with us, and we will continue to bring on talented riders. The team has a history of helping riders win who had not previously won, including Aaron Gwin. It’s our intention to continue that type of record with new talent. I would personally like to acknowledge the complete support and loyalty we’ve received from our title sponsor Trek Bikes who have been unwavering in their commitment to the program since this news broke. In the interests of the fans, we hope this matter will be resolved sooner rather than later”.
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 This is going to be pretty harsh...
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 Could Trek tie him up with legal stuff so he cant race for SPESH.
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 Maybe they could schedule all the court dates on race days :p
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 Adds another dimension to the forthcoming season though, is it Trek, or is it Aarons talent alone? Reading Treks statement, they think it's their programme that put him where he is today. Will Gwin continue to dominate,?And how will Sam Hill fair with Chainreaction? I peronally cannot freaking wait. All the politics aside it's gonna be awesome!!!!!!!
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 I'd love to know why Gwin decided to move to Specialized, Gwin was doing great with Trek!? Part of me thinks it's to do with getting paid a lot more, but I'm still pretty confused with why he moved and why he sort of did it without letting Trek know personally. Looking forward to see what happens in the next few months and how he'll be getting on with Specialized .
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 I've been having fun refreshing the pinkbike site and watching the spike... 50, now 70, now 90, now 115 comments in the first 12 minutes!
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 yeah it'll likely get to four digits by tommorow morning. Wait for the euros to wake up and things to really get going. Its 4:52am in the UK right now...
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 We've been here all along...
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 This has probably got even more comments than the news of Hill moving to nukeproof... =D

Maybe just some publicity trick..? Wink
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 Can't wait to see how Brook McDonald does on Trek
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 The Mayan were right, once again.....
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 i didn't buy a trek because aron gwin rode for them i didn' even hear of him till i saw some footage last year. i bought a trek because it was the right thing to do and the trek dealer where i shop provides a very very good service and its a dam good bike i bought . aron gwin is a test pilot and a great one goo luck to him who ever he rides for .
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 Great, now I'm going to be at work all day refreshing the pinkbike and specialized home pages every thirty seconds waiting for an official release.
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 The guys over at Bike Mag are insinuating that the news got leaked early. Kinda like the the Sam Hill move. If Gwin's a sell out, he was when he took a fat cheque to leave Yeti. But come on guys, he's a pro racer. He gets paid to do this. If someone offered you more money to do your job, you'd probably take it, right? It all comes down to the almighty buck.

www.bikemag.com/news/news-specialized-gwins-him-over
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 Good for specialized, bad for trek
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 So I guess this was why troy and gwin were spotted following each other during practice at Austria. Will gwin still win on a demo? Will bulldog win on the session? Will Sam get higher than 5th on the nukeproof? It's going to be good.
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 funny cause Trek World Racing and Gwin just renewed their partnership for 3 more years back in August. You all just got Punk'd
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 I'm with this guy till I see more
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 Everything has a price! Specialized just opened their wallet enough to buy out the contract
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 Why would he leave RedBull who he just signed with last year? He on a solid program with Trek that supports him well and his partnership with RedBull is helping him destroy the circuit.
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 Also gwin's twitter feed still has a huge banner photo of him on his session and zero posting today about any signing with someone else....
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 He hasn't left red bull...
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 exactly, as far as we know there still is a Monster Energy-Specialized Team. Therefor he could not sign with specialized with out dropping redbull first. He is wearing his RedBull hat in the video with a Specialized shirt on. They're pranking us
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 Since RedBull pay their athletes in free stickers and crates of RedBull, rather than actual money, it's not that hard to leave. Or so I'm told.
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 He's wearing a redbull hat...
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 monster-energy specialized is not going to be a team next year. troy will ride for the specialized factory team and be personally sponsored by monster, this was hinted in the last article with the interviews with nigel paige and that spec dude whose name i can't remember right now.
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 "Aaron will be supported with frames and tires"

That leaves him free to run anything else he chooses from any other sponsors even if it conflicts with what other Specialized team riders are using.
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 @jaame do you know anything?!
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 At least he is staying with Maxxis!
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 Could just be a joke on Treks part to pull attention away from their rival, Specialized, so that we all start talking about Trek. Seems to have worked. If not its definitely the least formal sponsorship change I have ever seen. If I was Gwin and saw that poll, It would definitely be tempting to mess with people and show internet land just how silly and gossipy we can be.
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 Gwin never signed a new contract with Trek, Everyone assumes he did! He will still be RedBull as TB will be Monster. The Team is now just Specialized.
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 Except he DID...it was announced in august, he even gave interviews about it afterwards.
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 He signed a letter on intent, which he declared he would sign a contract.
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 Letters of Intent are legally binding also. We're about to see who has more money to spend on lawyers....Trek or Specialized...
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 Letters of Intent are not legally binding.that's the whole purpose of one letter of intent
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 no way gwin and his lawyers are moving forward with this if aaron couldn't get out of this "letter of intent". there's probably plenty of precedent of athletes breaking much larger "real" contracts in the sports world. and for goodness sake, we haven't even heard the other half of the story. of course whitely is gonna be bitter right now.
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 What I know is, the only people who get actual cash out of RedBull are Vettel and Baumgartner. All the others are getting free drinks and a rental car for the year or some shit. Look on Wikipedia if you don't believe me.
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 Makes you wonder.........Did Hill leave or was he pushed? Didn't PB report that Gwin inked a 3 year deal with Trek a few weeks ago? Hmmmmmmmmmmm. Specialized has some REAL DEEP pockets.

Wonder if he's going to run a Boxxer WC or stick with the 40.
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 It all just seems a bit strange that Sam Hill has went from one of the top sponsors, earning big money and then suddenly taken a step back into CRC, without any news of him being replaced. Then, all of a sudden, we get this little report, no big press release, a out Gwinn signing for Specialized. Hm.
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 A lot of crap being wrote- i bought my specialized too soon, or trek riders moaning about him leaving, who gives a f#k. Are these also the guys you see wearing replica tops pretending to be a wc rider?

Both the Trek and Specialized bikes will be awesome, they both have an abundance of top class sponsored/test riders and people who have been making top class bikes for years so no worries there.

Personally my bike doesnt have to be ridden by a top wc rider for me to enjoy riding it, as long as it suits me and im comfortable on the bike its all good.

good luck to both teams and its going to be an interesting season!!!
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 I wish I could prop this post x10. I don't get why people care who rides what bikes. Buy a bike because you like it and it suits your needs. There are countless great bikes out there than don't even have top level teams. The idea that someone would actually go as far as selling their bike and buying a new one because a pro switched teams seems utterly ridiculous. Do people really do that???
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 Too bad no one has cared to comment on this one.
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 people are not reading !!! gwin has abandoned his contract which is legaly binding,spesh didn't buy any1 out of anything (they just probably offered him a ridiculas pay check and he thinks its ok to leave...gues whan it aint...trek have said they will persue this through the courts if they need to and i dont blame them...and also its for frame and tyres ...thats it.. he keeps redbull, he keeps shimano..
all i can say is very very foolish is pi$$ off 1 of the biggest names in DH racing oh and his managment aswell....
dick :-/
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 Would be fun if Brook gonna win 2013, so Trek able to say, everyone can win on our bikes Big Grin
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 well seeing as gwin n brook are just two pro riders and therefore not everyone, it would be a bold claim
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 I think the biggest consequence is probably Gwin missing world champion's title for the 3 time. Anyone see a demo winning in PMB? I mean considering Minnar on a SC V10 and Gee Atherton on a GT? Super strong pedalling guys and good pedalling bikes? Just thinking loud, sorry!
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 Looks like Speah better figure out the 40 bumper issue.
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 Haa!! I hate that my 40 hits!!
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 Gwin is a true American - following the American dream - no loyalty except to a fist full of dollars. And who can fault him? It's a small window in a mountain bikers life to make some good cash. Got to love the DH Shuffle!
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 I have used both of those bikes and Trek is way better. Minnaar World Cup Champ 2013!!
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 I now think that a significant part of of Gwinns decision may have been influenced by what happened to Lance armstrong and being on the same brand and doing so well might draw the kind of attention to Gwinn that he doesn't want. Can't say I blame him!
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 Trek are not in a good state. Plagued with drug cheats and contract cheats.
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 This certainly shows that Sam didn't leave Specialized because of money. Clearly they have bucket loads.
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 Yeah, you'd have to think they didn't renew the contract rather than the other way round.
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 Aron Gwin: August 2012 "I’m honored to continue my relationship with Trek Bicycles, and the Trek World Racing program,” said Aaron Gwin. “Their support has been a key part of my success over the last 2 years, and they’ve given me all the tools I need to reach my goals. I'm excited for the years ahead, and looking forward to further developing the Trek brand.”
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 Im not entirely happy, coz' this way it kind of looks like specialized took out the trash. Other than getting someone new or less known rider to bring up, they just got the wc champ, and gave away a less produktiv rider. Football feeling....buy the best so you dont have to do anything but give away a check. Not a good move, they should learn from Devinci ...
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 I was sitting in my chemistry class when I saw this and I was so surprised I shouted out WHAT really loud. Chemistry prof was like "what up?" and I'm like "Gwin's on Specialized now!" He was as surprised as me, but then the bell rang and I got myself a nice cup of lemon tea
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 Very big move for Gwin. Quite brave actually, he'l get a lot of stick for following what most will assume is the money. In all honesty though I cant see why Trek are so upset. This happens all the time in almost every other sport. Look at F1, those guys are being payed 10 times that of the DH guys and they jump the boat as soon as the car is crap! Fair play to Gwin, he wants to prove himself on another machine to show that its him thats smashing it, not just the bike!
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 Motorsport usually has a performance clause in every contract, both from the position of the team to enable get out should a driver not perform as expected, and from the position of the driver should the team not be performing as expected. The last driver to be 'bought' out of their contract was Raikkonen when Ferrari paid him to take a year out when they wanted Alonso on board for a longer term deal. In fact, the only other previous time I can recall there being serious strife was either Schumacher renaguing on his letter of intent in 1991 with Jordan Racing, or Jos Verstappen with Benetton in 94.
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 I think F1 guys make way more than any DH rider could ever dream of. Michael Schumacher is the second richest sports figure in the world!
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 I cant believe Specialized bought out Gwins three year contract with Trek. Thats ALOT of money there throwing at him, but hey.... you want the best, all you need is money.
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 douchebag decision, had a great contract and and team, then goes to another team for more cash, and I ain't no fanboy, never liked him.
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 www.trekbikes.com/ca/en/trek_life/news/article/3199/2012/08/14/trek_bicycle_and_trek_world_racing_extend_partnership

mmmm -- I have always told my kids. Finish what you start and then move on. But if someone offers you double. - Rolleyes
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 why would he just leave his friends at treck. he had so many. now he has to make new friends. he might even feel a little bit like alone because he wont have friends. if i were him i would ride a KONA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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 Seen that coming!!!
I think bryceland needs to step out of minnaar/peats shadow. He would fill one spot on trek!!
Bulldog or Blenki for the other.
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 In terms of podium wins Specialized definiteley made the better deal with Gwin. From the selling point of view I gues they would have sold more Demos in the future if Hill would have stayed...No matter what I'm excited for the 2013 race season to kick off!!
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 Think we all missing the big issue, is he bringing monkey with him???????
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 That is what I would like to know, I certainly hope Monkey goes with him.
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 Bummer day. Instead of just getting massive negative props I would really like some explaining on what the three year contract meant last August. There must have been a lot of zeros involved. $$$$$
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 I can't wait to see some vids of Aaron shredding on the spesh AM bikes. Spesh always has some great vids, and that video of Aaron shredding on that Yeti AM bike years ago was epic!
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 If gwin isnt a force on the demo. Then we know why hills results suffered.
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 CANT WAIT TO SEE HIS DEMO!!!!
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 I was hopping that specilized would not find a good rider like Aaron gwin just to see how realy good the bike is, becuase like I always say it's the rider that make's the bike specile, and not the bike it self. And if I had a trek or a demo 8, I would not sell it just becuase a specile rider left the brand, if the bike was good with sam or gwin last year, why sell it now because they left. I have a friend of mine that has a bike that does not cost one peny, and he is one of the best Maltese riders.
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 Team rumours nails it again!
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 Its like what they did with Sam he was wining on ironhorse so they bought him and now Gwin was wining on trek so they bought him It's just because the always want the best rider on the team it's also like this in the FMB they have soderstrom and the claw But I carny wait to see how they will do on new bikes
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 Trade Deadline bike edition holy smokes.
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 I don't get it. Why are some of you puppets going to buy a Demo now? Were you really riding Sessions during the Gwin era too? Ride a brand you like because of how it rides or maybe even because you like how it looks, but to have to switch brands because a pro switches brands, well that is just being a f*cktard.
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 Specialized has grown to be to big of a company now that they have stopped caring about making their customers happy. So if I was Gwin I would not dare to support a company that is only in it for the money. Why not sign with Transition or intense or another smaller company?
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 Good thing I was wearing my full-face when I saw this because that was a HUGE blow to my head!!! Troy better become the best rider the world has ever known. Learning from Sam and now Gwin. I told y'all Specialized asked Sam to ride clipless. They'll just find someone who will. Bulldog definitely on TWR now.
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 It will be interesting to see what happens. I have always thought that Sam sells bikes, Aaron is stupidly fast, but he does not have the marketing power of Sam. Results count for nothing when the bean counters look at the bottom line... profit. I hope that Troy can stay injury free for 2013 and rock it on the Demo with AG. 2013 is more interesting than the last 10 years already!
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 Gwin.......the all american american! Who just screwed his team over, his contract over and his career over.

Could you ever trust this man?

It's a bit like soccer/football in the UK. Guys go to teams for bigger money, but they never win titles.......whatever makes him happy really......but by the looks of it, it's money.
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 I like the video, nice way to bust Treks nose and than shove in shit! I like it!...Welcome to the team Gwinn, Go Gwinn, Go Specialized What poor losers trek is trying to sue, makes the way Gwinn and Specialized handled even better! When Sam Hill left specialized, specialized created a farewell video, when a rider leaves trek, trek sues...
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 Trek tried to force Gwin to race the new 650b Session for 2013, but he refused. It wasn't part of the deal back in August. I was just chatting with him about it, outside the liquor store. Then, Specialized offered to pay for a sleeve for every WC round win and a full back piece for the World Champs to lure him away from Trek.
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 First interesting thing I have heard about this.
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 “The combination of Aaron Gwin and the Specialized brand have an American storyline written all over it that was always meant to be"...Trek was an American founded company.
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 As was Yeti...
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 The American dream , a storyline made in Taiwan
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 The American dream, now made in China! No refunds roundeye!!!
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 So what?
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 We need another Pinkbike pool! who will replace Gwin???????
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 there goes gwins winning streak lol, but seriously specialized are going to in everything with brosnan and gwinner on board, just crazy!!!
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 i guess that trek gwin jersey dude one a couple months ago here on pb, just went down in value...
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 my guess is, all of these switching were done a few months back, its only now that they are letting the public know about their program since they need to finish some business. and yes, specialized could or did pay off trek to let gwin walk away. and this years DH will be one of the most exciting season to watch.
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 I logged on pink bike and had a heart attack. I am sure Aaron can be blamed for at least 20 deaths today. If this isn't a prank there might be more.
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 I know this is all about the money (money that Trek couldn't offer him and/or money Spec could offer him) but you'd think that Gwin wouldn't mess with a winning combination?! Wonder if he is taking Monk too?
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 So dumb to sign Gwin if he won't fulfill his agreement with trek he will prob leave specialized before his contract is up I hope trek sues that lil bitch
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 So did I just imagine the article about Gwin signing a three year contract with Trek? Now it is time to see if Gwinny can win on an inferior product.
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 Somebody remembers the dude who won the Trek Jersey from Gwin? - He can burn it now hahaha
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 So does this mean that Gwin is no longer sponsored by Red Bull? As correct me if I'm wrong but Specialized are with Monster aren't they? If not, one thing for sure is that Specialized are with Monster more than they are with Red Bull. I can't imagine Red Bull being happy with him moving to a Monster supported team... ?
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 So much for the speculation of some that Demo 8 popularity will drop due to Sam going to Nukeproof, following that some train of thought then Gwin on a Demo will shoot the sales through the roof!
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 In other news... Danny Hart signs with Trek and Rob Warner decides to return to DH racing on a Huffy.
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 Gwin will ride Specialized frames, primarily the carbon S-Works Demo-8, and Specialized tires.
velonews.competitor.com/2013/01/news/gwin-breaks-deal-with-trek-to-sign-with-specialized_270718
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 i wonder how much money they threw at him
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 I'm actually happy about this, I think he'll look a lot less boring on the Specialized. One thing Specialized are missing is a UK rider, I really think they could do with young rider to promote the brand in the UK such as Greg Williamson or Adam Brayton. Just a thought... Having said that this might still happen as they haven't announced the full team yet Smile
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 I think i`m gonna fail my university assignment that is due today,but when i saw this i had to leave everything immediately and pick up my jaw and then do some research on WHAT THE f*ck IS GOING ON!
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 YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING!!!!!!!!! this is awesome
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 Specialized handled this extremely well - with a certain sense of humour but with a seriousness about it. Well done. I look forward to seeing Aaron Gwin join the '13 DH team of Spec.
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 WTF!!!! I LOVE DEMOS AND ALL BUT REALLY?????
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 cash is king, gwinner takes all...
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 storage wars on A&E?
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 Hahaha brilliant show!
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 Sam Hill not winning Aaron Gwin winning Specialized one of the biggest bike companies This wasn't planned at all Just a coincidence
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 If Specialized had to pay a lot to buy out gwin's contract, that might mean the Sam Hill move was also influenced by them not having the funds to retain him. Sam's not about to take a pay cut so they can hire another big name afterall...
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 Buying out a contract requires negotiation and some sort of meeting taking place. Yet TWR seem shocked by this move. Any coincidental money savings or money for a buyout will be used to satisfy and potential monetary penalties levied against Aaron Gwin paid by specialized for him. Letter of Intent is NOT a contract but can provide somewhat of a legal basis for a company to week compensation to mitigate their losses. Gonna be an interesting next couple weeks.
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 W.T.F I know there was loads of talk about this but i never thought it would actually come off, big props to specialized for pulling that off. Thank god i already own a demo the price just went through the roof
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 Specialized has had a huge move into motocross lately, and seing how Gwin has a few ties to that industry as well, and the paychecks coming out of that camp: i'm not suprised. Money=fame=power.
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 Excellent observation.
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 IGwin signed a three year deal with Trek but just maybe it was more than Trek can afford to pay him right now. Trek could very well be financially hurting with this whole Lance Armstrong mess. If Lance confesses like the reports are claiming there will be alot of people and companies brought to their knees which will hurt some pockets out there. The economy is in very poor shape and not showing signs of recovery anytime soon so who know what may have transpired since the three year was announced.
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 haha . nutz .. no one expected that .
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 Your kidding me...
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 Think I have this one worked out, no comment from Protour. Hill to Nukeproof, Gwin to specialized, Protour to Trek... It all makes sense now!
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 Juhu BROs cool down! I lift the curtain... TREK just sent me the contract for the next 3 years... My last 3 years on the WC-circus before getting 40 and retarded... rrr I mean retired...
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 I guess Aron will be the black sheep of the team because he will only be supported for frames and tires according to vitalmtb...So I guess we will see his bikes with shimano/fox components and he is still with Red Bull.
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 Looks like I won't have to swap my Demo for a Nukeproof. ;-)

On a more serious note, it'll be interesting to see if Gwin can keep his current form on the new bike. Really excited for the race season to begin now.
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 twr is screwed, forst they lost emily batty from their xc team, then t-mo, then leov retires and now gwin moves??? do they have many riders left??? or are they moving the whole circus for neko mually???
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 They disbanded the whole XC team... they announced that in august when they Aaron Gwin signed with them for 3 more years and they decided to switch focus strictly to gravity events. That in itself isn't unusual, many brands have done that before... it happens in cycles.
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 I love this. All of these changes make for a fresh and exciting atmosphere. Next years season is going to be amazing. Can't wait to see how Gwin and Hill perform on their new bikes. Will a switch to a different frame slow Gwin down at all? Will Sam be his old self on a different frame? Awesome. I am looking forward to some exciting times.
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 I hope soooo much, that Sam will smash him!!! Sorry mr. Gwin , but there is no one like Sam .
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 People saying his fans are being let down - he's still the same rider. Your favorite football player isn't your favorite player because of the equipment he wears, it's how he plays the game.
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 i think it is a hoax. specialized never releases anything without their name all over it, not even the Burry Stander tribute video was immune the redboxed letters and closeups of the specialized logos whenever possible
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 Could just be a 'teaser' before more news is announced, from specialized, and his new helmet, gear, protection company....
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 Video is from Specialized YouTube acct.
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 It's real.
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 Hey Stikman, thanks for dropping hints! It'd be awesome to see him on TLD!
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 Troy and Gwin were wearing specialized jumper and shirt?
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 Trek would sued Aaron from promoting another company...even if it was just a joke...its real, Aaron is officially a sell out
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 No one liked him anyway, this isn't going to make him any less popular.
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 Stig knows... full fledge proof that this is no hoax..
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 Lol a sell out?? He has a chance to ahred with another company and he took it..I bet you could label thousands of professional athletes sell outs...ignorant
  • + 1
 @jaame aaron is actually a really cool dude. always down to ride. talk about keyboard hero
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 @larryssman7 would be great to see him Troy Lee Designs, wouldnt it? Heck, he lives 20 minutes from us, think I will go see him tomm!
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 You are a funny man. Hey, if it doesn't work out (I know this is probably a done deal by now if you're dropping hints online) I'd be happy to drive to within 20 min of you! Wink
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 Is team rumours ever wrong? How does he find out all this ?

All these big team changes have me so excited for next season.....!!!!!!!!
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 Congrats aaron! i dont care what team you are on youre still my favorite
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 More interesting read from Treks point of view... things are gonna get messy indeed
www.moredirt.co.uk/features/Aaron-Gwin-Makes-the-Move-to-Specialized/3715
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 I still thnk there might be too much or not enough room for either Troy or Aaron. Thats a lot of talent lol but hey santa cruz does it.
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 Why is everybody shocked? Every athlete is just passing by, just like coaches, managers and mechanics etc. Only the teams are the constant factor.
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 Here here! Finally somebody said it.
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 I still love Trek. Looking forward to see how Gwin goes on the spesh, and who's taking the reigns for Trek. Going to be weird with Monk off trek, because surly he'll stay with Gwin...
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 I am predicting he doesn't win it this year. The Session is a better bike hands down!
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 Will gwim still have tomac???
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 F*cking Spiders! Didnt see that one coming. Great signing, just a shame as I thought Gwin would stay loyal to Trek. All the best anyhow.
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 Hah, maybe Gwin had an attack of conscience. I'd certainly never buy Trek after reading about the whole Armstrong/LeMond affair.
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 The team that appears to be in the losing edge just recently now suddenly appears to be on the winning stand. Cant believe it. Better go ride my bike now.
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 Insane, but theyre goes Gwins dominance, Hill Ftw, Peaty for World Champ in PM 2013. Money talks, records just walked.
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 Red bull specilized
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 Nice winter prank you bastards.... At least I hope it is!
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 Wow! Wow. Some things you just don't do, like burn major bridges. He said he loved Trek and the professionalism of the team. Lies.
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 Gwin has to win or Trek is better
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 OMG, Sam leaves join CRC and now Gwin joins Spec, My heads going to explode
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 Interesting news...BUT... I just hope to see Mr. Ropelato own the Specialized Team!!
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 Just looked at todays POD and saw the advert in the background. "Great athletes ride trek" "Aaron Gwin/ Trek World Racing"... Had a bit of a chuckle to myself.
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 that's avideo of the month right there! i mean, the editing and the tension, it was beautiful!!
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 Spesh should keep Sam Hill and sing Gwin to Brendog's position. Hill+Gwin+Brosnan
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 Brendog isn't on Spesh....
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 career suiside...breaking a contract like that is a HUGE no no...Trek have every right to screw him to the ground for this and i hope they will:-I
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 theres the highlight of the new year Let me gess, semenuk is going to speacilized also.... just kidding But mainly i cant wait to see what aaron looks like on a demo
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 Trek lost a good rider but they still have kick ass bikes. Wonder what Trek has up the sleeve.
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 i seriously didnt see this comeing!! i dont think any one did!! mind blown!
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 MONEY TALKS - BULLSHIT WALKS! DH has become a big money business with no loyalty...
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 at this rate halfords and apollo are gonna set a WC team supported by RST and tesco basics energy drink!
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 Can't wait to see Gwinn's demo..
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 Trek needs to sign the the hanna's... Tracy is the only person man enough to unseat Rachel with the proper support. And we all now Mick is Sik!!!!
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 So you can actually just trash the other contract? C'mon! Gwin just signed a 3 year contract from trek just last year? Wow still in shocked! WTF!
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 Dude could win on a 15 year old beater with a sid on the front.
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 I'm just speechless right now.
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 money money money
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 are you kidding me? gwin don't have contract for three more years with trek?
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 whaaattttttttttttttttttttttttttt
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 If true, expect Specialized to raise the price of their bikes to pay for his contract buyout.
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 They're already just about the most expensive in the world
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 ... if you buy a carbon Demo.
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 WHAT THE FUUUUU!
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 and i thought everyone selecting Qwin in that poll the other day were idiots...... now I feel like an idiot
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 This guy is rolling in world cup money. Good job!
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 You cash world cup checks at a hot dog stand.
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 It's not April 1st! don't pull this crap!
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 its deleted!!!
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 and now I believe it all
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 damn!...if only that thing on MBA could disappear, from friday, about his 'treatment' haha
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 You mean this thing...

mbaction.com/Main/News/Trek_World_Racing_Gets_the_Royal_Treatment_for_201_6156.aspx

Here's another of the trek/gwin 3-year deal press releases they didn't delete, and its from late october.

www.trekworldracing.com/news/1350980075/trek-world-racing-to-focus-on-gravity-from-2013
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 Im doubting that after the release of a 3 year deal, Gwin (let alone Trek) would just up and forfeit on a contract considering his track record..either big joke or specialized up the anti major!
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 If it wasn't real it wouldn't be on. Trek would sack him if it was a gag.
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 Better buy your demos now before they sell for 6 grand a piece
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 I thought Gwin was born on a Session.. Never saw this coming
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 gwin ride yeti originally.
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 Gwin on Haro originally, truth.
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 The prices are going uuuuuuuuuuuuup in the sky
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 i was keen to see a vid of sam on nukeproof but now im dieing to see a vid of aaron on specialized.
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 I can grant you your first wish only!

www.pinkbike.com/video/293375
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 This is a joke, right? I was thinking Aaron and Danny were the least likely!
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 pants have been shit
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 Checks date...nope it's not April 1st.
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 Ok people.. Enough already! It is taking me a ridiculous amount of time to scroll down this page on my iphone. I actually believe my thumb has carpotunnel.....
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 HOLY F>>>>> WOOOO HOOO>

What a move! Im super pumped!!!! way to go specialized!!! Back on the podium for sure!!! This season is going to be a battle for sure. Im so Glad I have a Demo 8...
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 Sam Hill there... Aaron Gwin here.. whatever!!! What really matters is that NORBS AND CAM McCAUL GOT ROBBED!!!! Shame on Rampage rules!!!
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 ...words can not express...
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 what the hell???
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 Would love to se demo with shimano/fox parts.. and gwin on it Big Grin

I builive those transfers (hill, gwin...) wil be a refreshment in this season; and change can not be bad..
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 Hmmm..... So with Hill to Nukeproof, Gwin to Specialized, and Brook to Trek, it seems the only team with out a heavy hitter this upcoming year is Mondraker. Any news?
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 and now the million dollar question... ¿who will race DH for trek in 2013? seems like we gonna have another earthquake.
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 Quick everyone back to the buy/sell and get those demos back!
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 Did'nt he sign Trek for another 3 years ?
And all luck with Aaron this year3
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 yes!! specialized on the podium in 2013
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 WHAT THE HELL IS HAPPENING? Hill went to Nukeproof...Gwin in Specialized.. my whole life has changed in 2 weeks..
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 Specialized is Gwinning again!
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 Hey Trek...So...I'm available now!
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 sam hill wont get very far with arron on a specialized
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 After a record season, shocking.
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 i never expected that Frown i thought he liked trek alot? oh well...things change!
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 Wow! Trek must be pissed off as all hell!
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 This has got to be the biggest shock of the year!! Wow is all i have to say
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 aaron gwin sells out to the big red S
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 I wondered if this was the reason that Hill left...?
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 I didn't expect that but I think Gwin will take the Specialized Team in a whole new level.
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 Does this mean that Specialized will drop Sram ? I hope not
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 You're kidding i hope
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 HeavyP just in case you got back from outer space last night. Hill is not with Spesh anymore.
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 Sram not sam ya dummy!
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 You guys are kidding. He said SRAM not SAM. Gwin rides shimano and Fox... Wonder if they will tweak the demo frame to run the 40s. I bought my demo one year too early...
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 machaut: I now that but I was thinking that Specialized will still stay on Sram/Rockshox.
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 Oh yeah what is the problem with running fox 40's on a demo ? I heard this the other day, and I just saw a clip of Claw riding a demo with Fox 40's on it on the speialized youtube page.
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 Problems with the bottom crown hitting the frame, so not getting full steering, or running a bearing cup spacer to lift it away from the frame.
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 Considering that Specialized has long been bed-buddies with Fox... if Gwin is sponsored by them its not going to be a problem. Also as to shimano... if individual riders have contracts with specific brands for components, bike brands usually accept that to be able to sign the rider. Shimano would be sponsoring the individual racer, not the team.
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 @Mup33t - I know he said SRAM.
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 gwin didnt liked shimano that much last worlds....
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 Ok, so this explains why Lance is coming clean. Same brand, different bike, just cleaner this time. LOL!
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 Wow, i voted for him but never thought it would happen :o and now it seems like the buzz is off sam hill leaving
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 You'd only be shock if Steve peat leaves syndicate and rides a kona... Nothing against kona they are awesome bikes!
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 whaaat!!!!!!! no way!
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 Huge signing for Spesh & a kick in the balls for Trek! I dont like Trek anyway - I hope Smith doesnt join them!
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 I thought it was only football where people were sellouts… booooooring. Disappointed by both gwin and specialized
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 looks like we'll be seeing a load of new specialized demo's out on the trails for the next few years...
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 Anyone else like the big advert on the POD page saying "Great athletes ride Trek" with an image of Aaron Gwin?
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 Wow... Im surprise but never the less excited how Gwin do his magic with his new bike...
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 Now everybody is going to be riding demos. Oh wait!
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 Letter of Intent does not equal legally binding contract for 3 years. Sorry Trek.
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 my exact thought.
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 Sam left so they poached G-win Seeing as he had just signed a 3 year deal, this must have cost specialized ~$10m
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 WTF ?!?! We all read a couple weeks ago that Trek and Gwin made a multi years deal and now he is with Specialized...
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 WHAT THE f*ck HAPPEND?! HE WAS SO GOOD AT TREK ALL HIS TEAM ARE VERY GOOD?! WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THIS WORLD?! IT'S THE END!
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 WOOOOOOOOOOOAHHHHHHHH
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 UPSET! Gwin keepin the mountain bike world on their toes!
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 Oh no! Freakin´world! Why do this happen? Why Aaron Gwin? He should ride Trek!!!
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 word is that spesh is offering more punani's than trek thats why gwin moved.....lol
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 I am thinking gwin and bulldog on twr but this move by gwin is very surprising! This will create stir for a sometime!
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 Interesting turn of events. Thinking gwinny and bulldog on twr but it is now over. Now who will man twr.
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 I was shocked and felt dirty on spec when Sam left but now I'm exxxxcited!!!!
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 Trek is Aaron, nothing else, this is sh*t..
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 If AG won 2013 DH World Cup, it goes to show that biker's count - nothing to do with bike.
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 Is it true!!!!!!!!

Pamela Anderson has been voted off dancing on ice! : )
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 This might shed some light on the recent Gwin/Hill moves: dirt.mpora.com/news/omg-aaron-gwin-joins-specialized.html
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 Finalmente a Pergunta foi respondida! O Gwin Passo a perna no Sam! e agora aparece outra. Quem Vai andar de 9.9?
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 redbull specialized? or does Gwin loose his deal with redbull and become a monster rider?
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 he still had his redbull hat on in the video..
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 I heard something about there not being a monster specialized team next year, just a specialized factory team where each rider has their own sponsors aswell, like syndicate
  • + 1
 I talked to a guy, who knows a guy at redbull, he has a longterm redbull deal, not a letter thingy, but a contract with redbull.
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 I love this sh!t, this is entertainment :-) Looking forward to the season so much!
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 Did he not just sign with Trek??
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 he should've staid with trek
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 It's been annouced on the Specialized facebook page, so MUST be true now......Wink
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 Now that Trek revealed as number 1 steroid pushers in world cycling nobody want to support them or race for their bikes. Welcome to the family Gwin, no we on the same squad again lol. Guess what sports fans it really makes nooo diff what bike he rides you guys all in trouble when Gwin get off the chairlift. Give him a huffy or a moondraker it doesn't really matter, this is a mental game. Mechanical advantage is for the suckers that pay our paychecks.
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 RedBull Specialized?
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 trek have to agree to release him if its a letter of intent? they have have to collaborate, correct me if im wrong
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 Guess that means Trek won't be doing a nice farewell montage like Specialized did for Sam.
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 WHAT THE F$cking F#ck!!?!?!?!?!? HOLYYY COWW! HOW THIS THIS HAPPENED! OH MY GOD!! I'm shockeeeed!
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 “What the f*cking f*ck!!?!”

-HariMXDH
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 Wow, this is cray. Mad cray! Wherever Aaron rides for next season I will be rooting him on for sure!
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 182 comments in 30 min by my count, is that a record?
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 Maybe they'll make the demo ride well,now.Flame on
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 Well, his site's being updated aarongwin.hookit.com
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 Now whos gonna ride for trek??
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 money talks i guess.....
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 Money talks everytime Smile
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 who else could fit Hill's shoes?
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 actually he still doesnt fit Hills shoes. He is how many world champs shy of atempting this?????
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 In contemporary means, I would say that Gwin has enough thunder behind him that specialized needed on their flagship team. Not many other legends are that mobile...they are pretty static on their teams and companies and you wouldn't any of the running ups filling in Sam's shoes. Sam is a legend, and Gwin, for now, is probably one of the only contenders that could touch him in regards of a cult following amongst riders in the sport. Gwin's name may not have the legendary status behind it quite yet, but in regards to people who recognize the name and the talent, in this day and age, it really only makes sense that the big "S" would try and start a comfy contract with him... I mean they basically run the industry standards as the biggest frame company. They need a good name, and good wins/times at races.
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 Gwin rides with Shimano parts...wonder if his DEMO will have saints fitted since all team DEMOS have SRAM parts
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 Gwin just said there is more to the story and he will set it straight soon. Fall out with trek?
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 i remember the days of gwin on yeti and owning it. he'll do fine wherever hes at.
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 Looks like demo sales arnt going to drop...
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 having a very hard time figuring out how Trek would let this happen...HUGE loss. . .Guess he wasnt happy with them anymore...that or he's just a massive sell out ;-)
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 The deal is for frames and tyres only, check the press release spesh just dropped...
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 Crazy. Good for Troy, he'll have a good mentor in Gwin. It's hard to be second fiddle to a guy who's slower than you.
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 ermagerd specialized,just like all the little kids, gwin wants all the specialized things!
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 Really? He was doing so well with trek
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 And on that day, BULK DOSCH was spent.
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 gwin made a mistake. specialized sucks!
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 By the great beard of Zeus!!
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 Ugh, this means that people will think they can sell their demos for more than they could yesterday
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 I am sorry to hate but Aaron Gwin you will no longer be the fastest dh rider in the world.
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 HOLY CIGARETTES!!!!! THIS IS UNBELIEVABLE! SO STOKED FOR GWINNY!
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 Gwin can suck a big bag of dicks. Loyalty............pfffffffffff. I will ultimately respect what Sam did way more because he went to a smaller team looking for a change to help his riding, not his wallet. Gwin you just spit in mountain bikings face, and sure as hell don't help change your countries image as selfish and money driven. i hope your season eats a pile of shit.
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 Yeah, i was pissed off when he left Yeti after they got him in the top 5 from nowhere Frown
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 aaron gwin got himself into the top 5. Seems like a lot of hate for the kid. None of us know whats going on at trek. Are trek having problems, does it have something to do with lance? Is gwin trying to distance himself from this guy? Did martin whitely build another awesome team that was completely unsustainable? Who knows. These men and women racers are risking their lives for a paycheck so if they have to make moves to get a head then go for it. There is no retirement benefits for these guys/gals and they only have a few years to get it done. Best of luck to you aaron gwin. This was completely shocking news.
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 wow i was just on the DIRT website. Whoops. Sounds like a lawsuit in the making. Sorry mr. whitely. There is going to be some drama in the pits this year.
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 I was not Expecting that to happen
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 WHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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 aaaannnnnnndddddddd Treks gone!
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 Did we just get Punked?.....
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 HOOOAAHHHHH!!!!!! gonna be a good season, best of luck to Aaron and Specialized!!!!!!!!
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 That was the quickest 310 comments ive ever seen!!!!!!!!
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 Make that 641!! CRAZY!!
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 hey then what about this contradicting article PinkBikehttp://www.pinkbike.com/news/Aaron-Gwin-on-Trek-for-3-More-Years.html
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 I just hope Sam gets that fire back in his belly and makes Specialized regret ever letting him leave.
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 my jaw just hit the floor. gwin on the easiest too ride bike ever made, o this will be a good year. USA.
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 comments now at 400+...gotta grab more popcorn.
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 What about the contract Gwin JUST SIGNED with Trek?!
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 That's what I'm wondering. Wasn't it a 3 year contract signed in Augest 2012... maybe there was a loophole for such an occassion, seems weird though!
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 Another press release happened in october, and 3 days ago there was a press-release on MBA's website about Royal clothing signing with trek world racing till 2015, and Trek being the only team they'd sponsor because they had riders like gwin....
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 It wasn't a contract... A letter of intent does not guarantee a contract.
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 And the plot thickens! Can't wait to see what happens on race day!
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 hes the britney spears of world cups yolo
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 Can not believe this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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 HAHAHAHAHAHAH I LOVE THIS , STIR THINGS UP ,
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 Does this mean the Trek Session no longer has ginger power?
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 Easily the juiciest gossip I have ever seen on pinkbike
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 sean heimdal said trio who is the other ?
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 didnt think that was going to happen.
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 all comes down to money and marketing. I bet that paycheque is huge!!
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 He needs a TLD helmet and Fox deal!!!
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 Well I'm available to ride the Session 9.9 from now !!thanks gwin!!!
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 yehhhh,baby! specialized back on TOP.... where they belong
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 finally , PB being struck by huge amount of comment ... maybe a record
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 LOL have Brandon Semenuk race WC for Trek, he will trick everything hahaha
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 はぁぁぁあああーーー????
寝耳に水…
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 I guess we should have been asking "who will Trek pick up?"!
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 WHAT THE HELL!!!!! I don't understand this...
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 whats next ..cedric gracia to diamondback?
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 say what get rid of sam hill for gwinn wow
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 Gotta sell my session fast..... For a new Scott Gambler!!
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 Makes sense spes is a cali company and gwin is a cali boy.
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 For sale..... 1 - 2008 Specialized Enduro Wink
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 WTF!!! o_O This is some kind of joke........
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 And what about Monkey ?
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 Well he's on dope too, and lately made a major f*ck up to Gwin brakes..that's a big fail, bye bye! ..and f*uck LA
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 Monkey did't mess up his brakes, it was a fatigue failiure, and both Gwin and Monkey visited the Shimano HQ to find out what went wrong! So Monkey is stil one of the best and deffenatley the biggest mechanic out there!
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 So did specialised drop hill to make space for gwin in their budget?
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 This is f**ckin disgraceful. You've lost a lot of respect with me Aaron...
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 TREK! I CAN RIDE FOR YOU!!!! PICK ME PICK ME!!!
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 I hope everyone in the Santa Cruz squad is locked in!
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 Now let's get a quick comment from Trek Racing...
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 i cant wait for the vid of gwin showing off the demo
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 i can honestly say i did not see this coming.
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 hey, maybe Brandon Semenuk should compete for Trek. Ha Ha Ha!:Cool
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 YEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!! So stoked!!!
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 THE. BEST. THING. EVER. LONG LIVE THE BIG RED S!!!
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 See some podiums again on Specialized DEMO!!
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 I'm ready for otter!
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 All this news makes me want to do is go riding. Cya
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 Can't wait to see the Carbon Demo with Shimano/Foxshox/Redbull Kit!
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 Specialized team ride for Sram/rockshox stuff...
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 interesting.................
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 nice Gwin with specialized!!
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 The world need to change,so do we!
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 how are trek going to justify £7000 for a session 9.9 now!?
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 whaaaaaaaaatttttttttttttttt???
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 gwin gives way to someone else !!
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 From soul of Yeti to $$$ of Specy! no good!
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 WTF? I would have never guessed Gwin!
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 Wonder is monk is going with him.
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 So does that mean sram and rock shox?
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 ?????????????????????????????????????
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 I hear tommy roth, aka timmy raw is still on there list
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 Would love to see Gwin walk over and pat Sam on the back after a massive win. "thanks for the bike champ"
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 Would love to see Sam smash the shit out of gwin and pat him on the back and say nice bike champ.
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 Haha yeah true
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 holy shit holy shit holy shit holy shit holy shit HOLY SHIT
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 Gambel by spesh, Gwin has to win or the trek is better!
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 Will Genon be the next addition to the Spesh DJ//SS team?
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 WOW...gob-smacked...Whatta coup by the BIG 'S'!!!
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 who will sign with trek is the real question now?
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 How long are the Athertons signed to GT until ?
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 Too long for that.
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 I thought Trek = Aaron?
Please correct my Math...
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 IS THIS REAL LIFE?! SOMEBODY PINCH ME!
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 this is a prank! ...
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 I have the same amazement level as I would have found pink unicorn!
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 Brilliant !! Absolutely Fcuking Brilliant !!
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 no gwin, no leov, treks done for.
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 cept for semenuk and rheeder and rdog.. nobody cares about racing anyways
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 and mcaul
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 haha effing pinkbikers
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 @raymond-george ya man, no one cares about DH, its all enduro bro!
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 cam texted me as soon as i wrote that, blew it so hard. spaced that one...
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 wow, didn't see that coming. well it's gonna be an interesting WC season.
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 If these surprise team changes keep showing up i'm going to have a hernia!
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 Very funny... NOT
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 as if!! nice choice team monster
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 Sick mick on Cervelo!
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 nice coup spesh....
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 What???!!!!?! Did not see that coming! Who will Trek have now?
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 I didn't expect that but I think Gwin will take the Specialized Team in a whole new level.
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 So that puts brook macdonald onto trek
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 oooooohhhhhh yeaaaaaah!!!!
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 now there's only one cyborg left for trek!
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 HOLY sheisse....wow.
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 Yay a new demo buddy!!!
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 What.... Just what??!?!
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 Someone grab the defibrillator, cause I am in shock!
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 Jaw dropper. Huuuuge!!
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 Everytthing is money
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 C.R.E.A.M.....
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 I'm gonna shit in someone's mouth...
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 Trolagem da poha!
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 Num pode ser trolagem vei... o Gwin é funcionario da trek, ele nao pode simplemente aparecer num video com a camiseta do concorrente!!! É o equivalente ao neymar postar uma foto com a camisa do sao paulo ou do curintia...

A cupula ia cortar o saco do cara!!!

Enfim... grana pra bancar a quebra de contrato a specialized tem... fato!!!
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 Já viu a resposta de Gwin? Carta de compromisso não é contrato. Mas se fosse um vc teria toda razão. Eu acredito que a Spec. bancaria mesmo. Trolagem que eu digo dos dois fanfarrões que botaram a poha do video de sacanagem pra deixar toda galera intrigada e especulando! Foi muito bom! hahahaha
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 Sim eu li. Agora as coisas estao ficando mais claras. Boa sorte ao Gwin mas espero q mais pessoas vençam as provas este ano. Só o Gwin ganhando é foda. Torcer para os outros darem uma pressao. Acho q o Hart e o Smith tem algo a mostrar este ano. Vamos ver.
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 Didn't see that coming. It will be so nice whenever Sam beats Aaron at the track.
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 like hardly ever
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 Believe man Sam's gonna pull a win this year.
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 HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
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 Gwin + Big S = 1st
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 What the f*ck
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 STOKED!!! SO STOKED!!!!
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 Three words. O MY GOD!
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 round one!!!! FIGHT!!
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 you have got to be kidding me!!!!!!!
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 he is going to get a custom status and a bag of nuts!
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 Thanks Lance, jerk
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 Okaaaay, so who goes to Trek now? Don't say Minnaar
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 Gwin is getting paperrr!
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 Bike life is changing.
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 who will ride for trek?
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 Did not see that coming!
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 How much does your word worth?
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 Awe, struck :0
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 Lance made Trek, No more Lance no more Trek! Trek can not afford to pay Gwin now that they have lost money with Lance going down.
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 That's about the most misinformed thing I've ever read on here.
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 I agree with you!!! Aaron's going to rip it up on the Demo. Go Specialized
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 WHHAAAAATTTT ?!
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 Holy fuck jaw dropped.
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 FUCK 2013 SO FAR!!! THIS IS ABSURD! !!! This will be a very different year for him..thankfully im getting a devinci soon so no spesh or trek for me...stoked for him though.
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 Power of a paycheck.
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 hmmmm....GREAT !!! Wink
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 The mayas had reason o_O
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 What components will he ride/ shocks/ Helmet
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 .....................
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 This is strait bullshit... I hope this is a bad joke..
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 Hahaha cud your name is trek session 8 hahaha
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 specialized has the best bikes and now the all around best team! dhers, bearclaw, soderstrom, gwin, bigelow, and montgomery. specialized bikes for the win
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 where is the post I made earlier saying I saw this coming??
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 the code that's used to track/display comments often LOSES content... if you look at your profile your comment will still be there even when its not displaying under the editorial.
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 thanks and yes the comment is on my profile, but did everyone really not see this coming?
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 Jasona, your comment got negative propped out of sight... not sure why.
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 I was hopping that specilized would not find a good rider like Aaron gwin just to see how realy good the bike is, becuase like I always say it's the rider that make's the bike specile, and not the bike it self. And if I had a trek or a demo 8, I would not sell it just becuase a specile rider left the brand, if the bike was good with sam or gwin last year, why sell it now because they left. I have a friend of mine that has a bike that does not cost one peny, and he is one of the best Maltese riders.
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