2020 Yeti / Fox Factory Team Announced - Richie Rude Signs for Another 3 Years

Jan 16, 2020
by Sarah Moore  
Three wins out of four starts this season for the dominant force that is Richie Rude


It looks like Richie Rude is back on the Yeti / Fox Factory team for another three years alongside fellow countryman Shawn Neer.

The Yeti / FOX National Team will be led by Carson Eiswald and Jubal Davis. The Yeti / FOX Devo Team roster includes Quinn Reece, Lauren Bingham, Warren Kniss and Dillon Santos.


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The Yeti / FOX Factory team was announced today and will include two-time Enduro World Series (EWS) champion Richie Rude, who has raced with Yeti / FOX since he was fifteen and signed for an additional three years, and local Colorado racer Shawn Neer. Neer finished strong in 2019, including being a key member of the three-man USA team that won the Trophy of Nations title and finishing 15th overall in the EWS Series.

As one of the most decorated riders on the EWS circuit, Rude claimed a spot on the podium for every race he competed in during the 2019 season. “I’ve been racing for Yeti / FOX since I was a kid. The team is dialed, I’m stoked on the bikes and look forward to another great year,” Rude said during a recent trip to the Yeti factory in Golden, Colorado. Teammate Shawn Neer plans to carry this momentum into the upcoming season and recently headed to California to train with Rude for two-weeks.

The Yeti / FOX Factory race program is unique in that it has three tiers – the World team, a National and a Development (Devo) team. This structure has been in place for over a decade and has been integral in developing some of the best riders in the sport.

The Yeti / FOX National Team will be led by Carson Eiswald and Jubal Davis. Eiswald, from Bellingham, WA, made the jump to the National team early in 2019 after multiple podium appearances and though he was sidelined at the end of the season with an injury, looks to be a force on the circuit this year. Veteran racer Jubal Davis returns for 2020. Davis is a consistent podium contender on the national circuit and his international experience will help fast track younger Yeti riders in their development. Davis also battled injuries in 2019 and is looking forward to getting back on the bike for 2020.

The Yeti / FOX Devo Team has an exciting and promising core of young racers. Quinn Reece and Lauren Bingham will lead the Yeti Devo team. Reece secured his first pro podium in 2019 and Bingham is the current US National Junior Enduro Champion. Both return with plans to step into the national circuit. New additions of Warren Kniss and Dillon Santos puts the team in a strong position to reclaim the Big Mountain Enduro title. The team will also benefit from expanded development and coaching opportunities. Expect to see some of these athletes compete in the North American Continental Enduro Series and other high-profile, international events.

Yeti Cycles president, Chris Conroy, is excited about this year’s riders.

bigquotesThis should be a great year for Yeti racing. Richie and Shawn are at the top of their games and our National and Devo teams are packed with strong and talented young riders.Chris Conroy

Long-time Team Manager Damion Smith will continue to oversee the successful Yeti / Fox Factory Race Program. Team mechanical support will be provided by the experienced lead mechanic, Shaun “Polar Bear” Hughes and assisted by Mark Hild.

bigquotesI’m excited about the upcoming year of racing with legacy riders and the new upcoming talent. Our roster is as strong as ever. We’ll have the best combination of equipment, support and mentorship for the entire team. We’re all prepared and ready to compete for podiums around the globe.Damion Smith

The Yeti / FOX Factory Team continues to thrive with the support of long-time and generous sponsors that offer high-performance products put to the test on the most grueling racecourses in the world. Sponsors for 2020 include: Fox, Maxxis, Shimano, DT Swiss, Ergon, Toyota, OneUp Components, Giro, Renthal Cycling Motorex, CushCore, Backcountry Research, Chris King, Stages Cycling, Victory Circle Graphix, Honey Stinger, Thule, Smith Optics, Skratch Labs, Big Mountain Enduro.

Yeti / FOX Factory Team will kick off the season at the first stop of the EWS circuit in Manizale, Colombia March 28 & 29, 2020.




121 Comments

  • 114 0
 Who else wants to see Ritchie race a world cup just to see howd he do??
  • 20 162
flag CaliCol (Jan 16, 2020 at 18:34) (Below Threshold)
 Yeah, he was a loss to the DH scene. Went engayo and never looked back
  • 103 6
 @CaliCol: haha did you type "engayo" and actually think that was witty? Haha
  • 4 0
 Spen, he was already jr Dh world champ. Didn’t do too well at elites at the time, but it’d be sick to see him
Race today. Ps nice head shot bruh
  • 8 0
 Enduro at that level doesn’t seem to be much of a drop off from DH. He’d probably do very well if I’m he entered. Wouldn’t be shocked at all to see him in the top 15.
  • 19 4
 @CaliCol: rip bruh, your comments show that you're one negative human being
  • 3 2
 @CaliCol: Atleast there's pedaling involved.
  • 1 0
 Too bad Yeti don’t make a DH bikes...
  • 2 3
 @CaliCol: Engayo? You're a genius for making up this word, I love it
  • 1 0
 @TheBearDen: Engayo is more inclusive and diversity and stuff
  • 1 0
 @sino428: yeah enduro is way harder
  • 2 0
 @sino428: if Maes can show up and win a WC, then get 2nd at World's, yeah Rude Boi would do just fine
  • 1 0
 @CaliCol: and you’re a loss to society ????????‍♂️????????‍♂️????????‍♂️
  • 1 0
 Dude you know he used to race downhill until 2013, 3 years.
  • 1 1
 @Jackattack21: I normally don’t respond to comments after I made one but I can’t help it with you, dude. Yes l, I know he raced downhill, thus he was a “loss” to the DH scene. Ssabmud.
  • 1 0
 @CaliCol: hey hey!! You reply to that guy but not me asking if you thought you were witty!? What the f*ck bro!? Lol
  • 80 5
 Dang I really thought Jared Graves would be on this list!
  • 10 70
flag makripper (Jan 16, 2020 at 13:54) (Below Threshold)
 Why? Because they are the only company running Shimano and dt Swiss?
  • 3 0
 Yep same
  • 8 1
 I bet it’s them just having fun to increase the hype. Give it a day or two and whammy, Grubby is back on Yeti. Got to build the excitement some how when everyone was expecting it.
  • 4 1
 @T-Bot: they can't bank roll him.
  • 1 0
 Same reason why would companies sponsor Cedric Garcia.
  • 1 0
 Graves' on a 2020 team that runs Fox/Shimano... Giant? Marcelo's taking a year off, Vezina's posting in his IG acct.... Hmmm
  • 2 1
 @CaptainSnappy: this guy gets it.
  • 5 2
 UCI rules only allow one failed drug test athlete per team
  • 6 2
 @T-Bot: I've seen him blasting around on a Yeti on my local trails for the past few weeks now.
  • 6 2
 I've seen him blasting around my local trails on a Yeti for the past few weeks now.
  • 6 0
 I'm not really sure what the down votes are for. I've seen him 3 times this past week. Toowoomba - look it up. He's even rocking turquoise Oakley Jawbreakers so make of that what you will...
  • 1 1
 @sastyle: And turquoise valves on his wheels. Dead giveaway.
  • 1 0
 @bridgermurray: they are standard green cushcore.
  • 1 0
 @bridgermurray: lol, well he used to wear white Jawbreakers when he rode for Specialized.
  • 1 1
 Boom. Hate to say I’m right. But I’m right.
  • 1 1
 @T-Bot: you weren't right.
  • 43 2
 Wait....Big Mountain Enduro sponsors the team....and yeti sponsors big mountain Enduro...that is some incestual sponsorship structure right there haha.
  • 14 0
 does that mean nobody pays the other and it's a wash? just an agreement on paper to be like "hey you guys rock!"
  • 3 1
 @cuban-b: it’s in their both best interests for both brands to get as much exposure as possible so probably yeah.
  • 2 0
 Richie Rude the only rider not changing sponsors this year! If only this news would have been out a couples of months months ago it would have made things much more simple.
  • 3 0
 @freerabbit: seriously. It seemed like any rider who’s contract was up made a move. Not many announcements of riders re-signing with the same team.
  • 38 0
 Cant wait for 2020 Ews. Richie Smash!
  • 29 0
 Huffy really dropped the ball on this one.
  • 29 2
 Honest question, did Rude's doping allegations get resolved - is that still on going?
  • 120 11
 You're not supposed to ask about that because he trains hard and is a nice guy and 'murica and stuff.
  • 17 5
 Wait seriously? I thought at this point we all knew it was from Graves' water bottle that had stacker 2 in it or some shit. Either way he did his time and has been peeing clean since, and I imagine he will continue to do so.
  • 16 1
 @Boondocker390: Because he almost won everything after his suspension? Would be good to have a final statement about it, I'm not sure enduro has a good image when the winners of every round but one were suspended for doping issues for a part of the season
  • 10 1
 Resolved is not the word I would have chosen. Dissolved probably a better fit. All a bit murky still. A situation us road cycling fans are familiar with from recent years, no outright smoking guns but lingering suspicions and uncertainty.
  • 2 1
 @chakaping: @chakaping: honest question, why lingering suspicion? He won almost every race he did after he served time for otc stuff found in protein powder; which means he's been giving a ton of clean samples since then. Or are you thinking there's some conspiracy to keep his continued doping under wraps? If you are that's some serious tinfoil there...I'd say it's resolved, as much as Maes is resolved, until a test turns up bad...
  • 1 1
 @phclaw: You seem not to understant that doping on a small period can give you ability to resist to surhuman training and then have benefits for that even if clean in the following months
  • 27 0
 Yeah, Shawn Neer!
  • 17 0
 I regret to announce that Yeti/Fox did not sign me this year for the Factory EWS team!
  • 11 0
 Again? I think that's several consecutive years of not signing you! WTF?
  • 2 0
 @herzalot: LMAO!!! Good one mate.
  • 26 11
 such a dope team
  • 27 12
 The dopest team
  • 13 0
 come on Grubby show yourself don't be shy.
  • 12 0
 Damn that sponsor list is top notch.
  • 10 0
 Richie is gonna slay this season
  • 7 0
 Back on the yeti/fox factory team implies he left....don’t call it a comeback, he’s been here for years.
  • 3 0
 A fellow man of culture I see
  • 8 0
 Is he gonna be sponsored by Juice Lubes this season ?
  • 5 0
 I thought Jubal had announced he was leaving the team... did I misinterpret his Instagram post?
  • 3 0
 @NoahColorado: Link was taken down. What did it say?
  • 2 0
 @brappuccino: Jubal Davis and Evan Geankoplis as pro riders.
  • 1 1
 Didn’t Alchemy do something similar with Anneke a few years ago?
  • 7 2
 No Graves or Kelley?

Also damn that is one spicy sponsor list,
  • 11 1
 Kelley going to S
  • 12 0
 @jaydawg69: Supercycle?
  • 12 0
 @fredgrillet: spankwire?
  • 14 0
 @jaydawg69: Had a feeling that was going to be the case. Going to be crazy to see what he can do on a Softride, especially with the Spinergy wheels.
  • 2 0
 @GorgeousBeauGaston:

Beam suspension saddle and coil damped stems are the future
  • 5 0
 Three teams?!! No wonder Yeti's are so expensive....
  • 3 1
 And yet, the total expenditure is probably less than Gwin's salary. Wink Wonder when Intense bikes come back from the bargain bin.
  • 6 1
 And who is providing their bottles?
  • 6 1
 Neer is #1
  • 6 1
 Neer for President!
  • 3 0
 Damn, look at his shins. I can't imagine how many pedals they have destroyed.
  • 2 0
 Whenever I see a picture like this, I can't NOT focus on those shins... hurts just looking.
  • 2 0
 It doesn't surprise me... he is blood and flesh of the Yeti and those beefed up forks...
  • 2 0
 Pumped to see the Beast from the East shred the EWS!
  • 2 0
 And I thought my shins were gnarly!
  • 2 0
 And I was expecting to see Edi Masters on YETI
  • 2 0
 Why does yeti never seem to sponsor women and go for the team overall?
  • 2 0
 Where’s Adam Morse!?!?!?
  • 1 1
 I will say I’m a Ryno Power user now and would never have heard of them if it weren’t for the doping scandal. I guess there really is no such thing as bad press.
  • 4 3
 No Jared then? The mind boggles!!
  • 4 4
 Giant things are to come
  • 2 3
 @makripper: yeah there has been intense speculation that he’s signed for a new team that most French Canadians would pay a king’s ransom to ride for.
  • 1 0
 @jaame: i thought Devinci were SRAM?
  • 1 0
 Well that's a no brainer...Rude mon shreddy shred.
  • 10 8
 DOPE news!!
  • 2 1
 Let's see him do a world cup Dh race
  • 1 0
 Reed boggs has been robbed lol
  • 3 2
 He can juice an get away with I'm sure everyone wants him.
  • 1 0
 He must have missed the racer memo you change teams at end of a decade
  • 1 0
 Congrats Carson!! Stoked you get a chance to show the world your speed!!
  • 2 1
 Beast mode!
  • 3 4
 Either he has taken many many hits on his shins, or the PED's have taken their toll on him.
  • 4 3
 Dope!
  • 1 0
 Who's Dillon santos
  • 1 0
 He was on Ibis.
  • 1 0
 #teamchonkyboi
  • 1 0
 Who's Dillon santos
  • 1 1
 Didn’t see that comin
  • 15 15
 Free drugs for everyone!
  • 2 2
 Rude for world cup dh?
  • 4 4
 Dope! Wink
  • 1 3
 No duncan nason??
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