ION Mountain Bike Team Announced

Dec 20, 2012 at 9:33
Dec 20, 2012
by Bastian Dietz  
 
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ION is set to enter the mountain bike market in 2013 with a strong team of athletes. Initially founded as a water boardsports brand, ION is looking forward to joining the mountain bike world with a focus on freeriding and enduro.

The international Core Team consists of some well-known riders of the 2012 FMB World Tour:

photo by Christoph Bayer
Antoine Bizet, the French rookie from Versailles, signed just two weeks before his second place at Red Bull Rampage 2012. The young Kona rider is considered one of the most progressive and promising big mountain talents.

Massive cork flip on Crabapple hits to insane drift almost landing it.
The same can be said about Italian, Nicola Pescetto, who is now spending his off-season in Barcelona riding with the Lacondeguy brothers... Nic really turned some heads at the Whip Comp in whistler with his huge, wild, whipped backflips.

copyright SUD PRESSE Vincent Rocher - 20121128 - Plainevaux Neupre liege - Thomas Genon - champion VTT extreme slopestyle - 3 eme championnat du monde
Our next rider barely needs an introduction after the year he's had. Crankworx Joyride winner and third placed overall in the FMB World Tour, Thomas Genon.

Pilgrim oozing style on and off the bike. Photo by Kuba Konwent http konwent.fotolog.pl
Rounding out our freeride team is Mr. Awesome, the UK's one and only Sam Pilgrim.

Rob J at the atelier photo by Yorick Carroux
The ION Enduro Collective includes Rob J Heran (above) – a well-known European freeride athlete who will concentrate on enduro races after becoming a proud father this year and Markus Reiser, overall winner of the 2012 German Specialized-SRAM Enduro Series.

Photo by Daniel Geiger Copyright Deuter backpacks
Other additions include Hannes Klausner and Tanja Hendrysiak (photo) who will be riding for the the Merida Freeride Team, Megaavalanche-specialist Max Schumann, the Chinese Mag41 DH team and the Enduro Magazine race team.

Steffie shredding during Roc D Azur Festival 2012 photo by Christoph Bayer
Among the women, ION will be represented by Kathi Kuypers and Michele Quint riding for the Trek Gravity Girls, enduro racers Julia Hofmann and Steffi Teltscher (photo) as well as by one marathon-specialist, Katrin Neumann.

More info about the brand and its products can be found on: www.ion-products.com

You can follow us on Facebook too: www.facebook.com/ion.bike - don't miss our X-Mas raffle and your chance to win gloves and protective gear.
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24 Comments

  • + 8
 Yep, they did a good job recruiting those people.
  • + 0
 Especially the Chinese Mag41 DH team.
  • + 2
 Not energy drink companies want to sign Genon?
  • + 4
 He's going to wear a RB helmet next year Wink
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  • + 11
 yay for sponsoring female riders, more of that please!...its almost 2013....
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  • + 7
 What do Ion do?
  • + 7
 Bike clothing (shirts, jerseys, shorts, pants, jackets), gloves & protection (knee & ellbow pads), plus regular, non functional street-/beachwear.
Check the website link to get an impression.
The site now running is just a "microsite", which will be replaced with a bigger one featuring all the products in detail as soon as the products are available (in March 2013). You will also find an shop locator on it, then.
  • + 21
 Sam Pilgrim better get a line of sleeveless shirts or I won't recognize him Wink
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  • + 5
 Antoiiiiiiiiiiiine !
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  • + 3
 'Wife beater by ION' GO SAM!
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  • + 0
 seems like this company has a shit load of money. they were the main sponsor of the winter dew tour and now this....
  • + 5
 Nope, that wasn't us. The ion brand you mean is an action cam manufacturer, founded bit more than 1year ago, registered in Asia. We, ION, are a wetsuit, surf acessories and apparel brand founded 7 years ago in Austria.
  • + 1
 Mate, what a strange choice of products to launch in Austria considering you're landlocked!!
  • + 3
 ION water is also focused on Kite-, Windsurf, Wakeboard and SUP gear. All of these sports can be done even if you have no access to the sea. Our product developers have the luxury to be located on the best beach/wave spots all aver the world.
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  • + 1
 good lineup good luck for the riders
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  • + 2
 Need Kenny Smith.
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  • + 2
 I want to race enduro
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  • + 1
 Stuff looks legid ! Thumbs up
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  • + 1
 Such a team! :o
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