Specialized Gravity Announces 2017 Team Roster

Jan 10, 2017
by I Am Specialized  
Morgan Hill, California., January 10th, 2017—As Specialized Gravity enters its second year on the World Cup circuit, it proudly announces a partnership with renowned suspension leader Öhlins for the 2017 season, with all team riders using exclusively Öhlins suspension, including an all-new downhill-specific fork.

Specialized Gravity 2017 team announcement

Öhlins is regarded as the premier name in motorsports racing and has been conducting extensive R&D with Specialized since 2012.

Specialized Gravity 2017 team announcement

Torkel Sintorn of Öhlins had this to say, “We are super excited to work together with Specialized Gravity—one of the world’s best MTB racing teams. Öhlins has a long and successful background in motorsport but this is the first time we are going into mountain bike racing.

Finn Illes Specialized Gravity 2017 team announcement

We believe that together with Specialized and their top athletes we can supply and develop next-generation, race-winning products.”

When asked about the newly deepened partnership, Brad Benedict from Specialized had this to say, “After years of developing suspension from the ground-up, this move will take our efforts to the next level.

Ohlins Specialized Gravity 2017 team announcement

Alignment between the athletes we support and the exact products we spec will only help further development of our bikes and suspension, as well. Öhlins has top-notch knowledge in the suspension business – I’m hopeful to see more podiums and wins this year.”

Specialized Gravity 2017 team announcement

2015 World Champion, Loic Bruni is excited about the switch to Öhlins, “It's great to see such a legendary brand enter into MTB, and being the chosen team to put the products on the top step is a big honor.
They've been working hard and close with the guys at Specialized and we are all very confident about the products. I'm pumped about this relationship and I know we will be successful on it.

Specialized Gravity 2017 team announcement

Öhlins is not the only exciting change for the team, Bruni and Iles will also make the switch to Fox Head apparel.

Specialized Gravity 2017 team announcement

”FOX is proud to equip the Specialized Gravity team as gear partner. Loic Bruni and Finn Iles represent the future of the sport – they’re both driven by passion and in constant search for perfection. This partnership is the association of two premier brands in the MTB industry, driven by a common appetite for innovation and a constant will to bring premium products to market. After almost 20 years, and the first association between Fox and Specialized around Shaun Palmer, we are lined up to write a new chapter of MTB History." -Matthieu Bazil - Fox Head, Inc.

Specialized Gravity 2017 team announcement

“People at Fox are very innovative, like at Specialized, and the products are next-level. The fabrics and custom fits are going to make us look rad. They listen to us and our expectations so we are very excited about starting a long relationship with this huge name of the off-road industry.” – Loic Bruni, 2015 UCI DH World Champion.


Specialized Gravity 2017 team announcement

Top bearing maker, CeramicSpeed has also come onboard with the team, providing their best-in-class bearings, rounding out the total performance package and leaving not a single detail overlooked.

Specialized Gravity 2017 team announcement

“We’re excited to bring our expertise in performance optimization to Specialized Gravity for 2017. Our work with such a cutting-edge program will further advance our development of high-quality mountain bike products.” – Martin S. Banke, CeramicSpeed


Dan Hugo – Head of Global Sports Marketing

It is an exciting evolution for Specialized and Ohlins to partner on a DH World Cup program, the first for Ohlins. So too we are thrilled to welcome Miranda Miller to the second year of the Specialized Gravity Team.

Specialized Gravity 2017 team announcement

We believe Laurent and his team are the best developers of talent in the sport, and believe Miranda will find her true potential with the team.


Miranda Miller Specialized Gravity 2017 team announcement

Miranda Miller will be racing the full World Cup with Team Specialized Gravity plus select Enduro World Series events. Miller had this to say about joining the team, “Thanks to the crew at Specialized and Pure Agency, I'm getting the opportunity to transition from a privateer to now racing a full season with the best support available.

This is a dream come true and I can’t wait to progress in a setting I’ve never experienced before, alongside a couple of World Champions and a killer staff.”

Miranda Miller Specialized Gravity 2017 team announcement

Photos | Michal Cerveny



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100 Comments

  • + 398
 Right on for Miranda Miller! That gal has been busting her ass getting there and good to see she is finally gettign some recognition. It will be great to see a Canadian woman giving Atherton a run for her money.
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  • + 46
 Don't get too ahead of yourself mate.. but I agree that Atherton needs some competition and Miranda miller looks like a pretty solid candidate
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  • + 33
 Give'r Miranda! Aboot time eh?!
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  • + 7
 Great news! About damn time!
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 So stoked for Miranda. She had it coming! So watching forward to see her smash a whole season of world cups.
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  • + 135
 Happy to have another Canadian racing the WC, congrats Miranda!
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  • + 32
 Should be a good season in the women's with Tahnee getting serious about training and Miranda racing!
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  • + 99
 finally miranda miller gets what she deserves
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  • + 29
 fo sho!!! the girl deserves it all and more.
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  • + 66
 I want to see more of Miranda Miller this year.
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  • + 60
 This is sick. Go Miranda.
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  • + 47
 Yah Miranda,good to see you getting some proper support.Hope you kill it this year.
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  • + 46
 So stoked for Miranda, it's awesome seeing her not as a privateer anymore!
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  • + 43
 Huge news for Miranda Miller. Shs is definitely a threat and someone to watch for the top spot.
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  • + 33
 That's so rad Miranda! Go git it!
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  • + 28
 Interesting...That fork has the same exact chassis as the RV1 from X-Fusion. I bet Ohlins wasn't ready to release a fork or simply didn't wanted them to ride on Boxxer's or 40's chassis. No mentions on the brakes too. These are Formula's Cura brakes. It looks like a "We're gonna pay for our Sram drivetrain parts" deal like Gwin!
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  • - 7
 The ohlins is supposed to be very heavy
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 I was curious about the brakes as well. Also noticed they are still on X01 rear mech it looked like, but the all the focus of the image was on the Ceramicspeed bearings and pulley wheels. I guess if you stop running RockShox SRAM pulls their full support. Hmmm.
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 @basmajor @VwHarman Well - looks like it's not too heavy. Check out the equipment they have strapped on that www.instagram.com/p/BPGJIdRB32r/?taken-by=factory_jackson&hl=en
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  • + 26
 funny how little mention of drivetrain there was.
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  • + 21
 Miranda kinda reminds me of Stevie
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  • + 21
 The Ohlins fork is just...kinda...plain...?
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  • + 20
 The day that classic grey anodizing broke the internet.
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  • + 8
 Looks like a rv1 minus leg guards with ohlins damper.....
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  • + 22
 And all of sudden everyone starts feeling okay with their regular grey anodized stanchions on cheaper forks.
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  • + 1
 The inverted one looked well better
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 Who agrees would look killer if they styled same as their rxf 34 fork www.ohlins.com/product/rxf-34-fork/and all black stanchions with them decals. Not saying quite as good as the inverted but certainly giving it a good run for its money looks wise
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  • + 18
 Great to see Millertime on a big squad. Right on!
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  • + 11
 so, what youre saying is the team is Finn, Loic and Miranda? Glad to see that summarized for us.
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  • + 5
 Congrats MM! Hard work and talent gets you a sweet ride and awesome opportunity.

With Finn and MM, that sort of makes Specialized Gravity mountain biking's Team Canada (plus Loic)!
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  • + 11
 Supporting Women racing. Top marks!
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  • + 10
 Hopefully Atherton will get some more competition this year, I think Thanee is going to be her biggest threat though
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  • + 9
 Did ohlins buy up all of rock shox old 2010 fork stantions
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  • + 6
 No they bought the old RV1s. lol
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  • + 7
 Miranda Miller + Team support = a Canadian female podium contender @ every race.

Congrats Miranda--so pumped to see your perseverance pay off.
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  • + 8
 you know fox head is so stoked to get finn back.
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  • + 6
 I find it interesting that they mentioned Shawn Palmer in their quote. It's just seems kind of odd to mention someone who is very involved in another team.
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  • + 3
 You feel palmer may be involved in this in the future?

Wouldn't be the first time
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  • + 2
 @jordanchaos: Intense dumped Lopes. Maybe they dumped Palmer too. I think they are making a full-on investment in active racing.
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  • + 7
 I hope those bland 'Ohlins' forks get replaced with the nice Gold USD ones....
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 Good for Spec. in supportingvtop level women. Can only better the sport. Hopefully one day this will be the sport that breaks the sex barriers of all the big sports. There is no doubt that in order to DH race at this level you are a serious athlete. The level of conditioning, dedication, and risk necessary to achieve top levels in this sport is second to none. Anyone who races DH at Worlds level is truly bad ass. There's not a participant of any other sport that can deny that. The women race the exact same courses as the men and are just as badass. Props to Miranda, Tracy, Mannon, Tahnee, Rachel, and all the rest of you tough, beautiful, bad ass women! Go go go and give em hell!!
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 Pumped for Miranda Miller!

On a more light hearted note... f*ck they better hope the boys have as a good of a season they had last year on the same bikes with new suspension or there is gonna be lots of egg on faces.

Can the WC season just start now??
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  • + 2
 big S just to corporate for me to buy any of there stuff, but good on them for finally realising they need to support the ladies I think ohlins development should benefit from this as well
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  • + 1
 A shame for Sixsixone. Loic and Finn were heavily featured in their 2017 catalog but it already looks dated now that they moved to Fox. No one is to blame, but it must suck sometimes to be a marketing manager in this industry.
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  • + 4
 So stoked for you Mir. You are one of the hardest working athletes around. You totally deserve this.
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  • + 3
 this is going to spice up the specialized gravity team having ohlins on bored and great to see another lady on the world cup calendar go miranda
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  • + 4
 The all black version of the fork, shown in a coupla photos, looks stealth.
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  • + 1
 it looks way better than the grey one, but I think it is a telemetry fork so who knows if we see it at the world cups or not!
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  • + 4
 Congratulations, Miranda, best of luck to you in 2017!
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 Another Canadian given a chance to fly!! All the best to her. Good luck.
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 "The people at Fox are very innovative, just look at the font inspired by electrical tape."
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  • + 1
 Amazing! With a background of motocross, where Öhlins is superior, it is great news to hear that the best bicycle company (in my opinion) Specialized has another season with them.
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  • + 3
 Boo ya! Stoked for Mir. Also, non narrow wide pulley for sram der? yes please!
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 Look again, NW top and bottom..
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  • + 1
 It seems like the Specialized Enduro Team made the switch to Ohlins as well, according to Jared Graves' and Curtis Keenes Instagram. Plus Graves is running Magura MT7 brakes on his Stumpjumper.
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  • + 5
 Yeah Miranda!!!!
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 Ceramic bearings front to back.... The cost of that bike just doubled!
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  • + 4
 GO MIRANDA!! FAST!!
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  • + 3
 nice to see miranda get the full factory support she deserves!
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  • + 3
 Way to go Miranda !!!! Longlivechainsaw !!!!
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 On the first pic it is clearly formula
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 Looks like Loic is still running a 100% helmet
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  • + 2
 Put a beard on Millar and she'll look just like chainsaw.
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  • + 2
 Great things happening here
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 Is anyone really surprised?
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  • + 9
 yeah sure, especially about the bearings deal
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  • + 4
 Yes, why is he wearing a puffy jacket in the rain? Surprised he forgot his goretex shell!
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 Not a single shot of Loic's face??? It's a MYSTERY!!!
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 It looks like Finn is running trickstuff direttissima brakes just like SikMik
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 Stoked for Miranda!
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  • + 2
 That Gulf Demo 3
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  • + 2
 not quite gulf colours...
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  • + 0
 @jaycubzz: Yeah, it's definitely red, looked orange on my phone.
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  • + 1
 DH bike feel roadbike fast with ceramicspeed :o
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  • + 1
 So who's racing with bruni then?
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  • + 1
 So is Specialized Factory dead?
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  • + 1
 Maybe just focusing on enduro now?
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 Lemme see that fork tho! ohlins for the win! love my ttx
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  • + 0
 someone is going to kill this year...
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 shimano brakes???
TRP???
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 Looks like TRP.
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 Look at the rotors. They look like formula.
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