Now that the official downhill teams are confirmed for 2019 let's have a look at the some of the news that doesn't involve
1. Unno down to one rider
One of the big absentees from the UCI team list was Unno Factory Racing, who are no longer registered as a UCI trade team. We spoke to the guys in Barcelona and they said, “Although not registered as a UCI Trade Team, UNNO Factory Racing will support Greg Williamson at all 2019 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup races, and other selected events. The updated team structure, along with current and new sponsors, will be announced in due time ahead of the opening of the season.”
2. Jackson Frew with Kona.
Having had a great 2018 season with a 25th place at world champs in Lenzerheide and a second place at the US Open of Downhill, Frew has officially joined the likes of Connor Fearon and Miranda Miller at the Kona Factory team.
3. A Cannondale downhill bike?
Having joined Cannondale in 2018, Matt Simmonds took a year off from World Cups to race the EWS and other selected events, but this year he has been registered with the American brand's XC team and will be returning as the only rider on a secretive downhill program. We contacted Cannondale but they have nothing to announce right now apart from confirmation that Matt will be back racing downhill. Surely this hints that a new downhill bike is coming soon?
4. Magnus Manson on Canyon Factory Racing.
After a few years racing off his own back, it’s great to see Magnus Manson get full factory support. For the 2019 season we will continue to see Manson riding the Canyon Sender but now he will now be joining Troy Brosnan, Mark Wallace and Kye A’Hern on Canyon Factory Racing.
5. One Vision Global Racing no longer a trade team
One Vision Global Racing will not be attending the World Cups as a trade team in 2019. Jack Reading, team manager, and now the team's sole rider said the change was "partly because we only have one rider, and partly because we’re not quite sure where all our registration money goes!” Instead, the team plans to buy pit space directly from the organisers at DH world cup rounds, Innsbruck Crankworx, three Enduro World Series races and select British National events. In another change for 2019 Reading will be switching from Nicolai Geometron bikes to the Commencal Supreme 29 with SR Suntour suspension.