Santa Cruz Syndicate Thanks SRAM for 8 Years of Support

Jan 30, 2012
by Tyler Maine  
The Santa Cruz Syndicate and SRAM/RockShox brands have been synonymous with one another for 8 years, from the inception of the Syndicate in 2004 through 2011. It is with sadness and great respect that we are parting ways in 2012.

This has been an incredible journey, and the partnership has helped our racers achieve an impressive set of goals and dreams—2 UCI World Cup Downhill overall titles, 10 UCI World Cups wins by Greg Minnaar, 3 World Cup wins and a historic World Championship title by Steve Peat, and a Junior World Championship title by Josh Bryceland. These results were made possible using SRAM, Rockshox, Truvativ and Avid products, along with the world-class technical support of the SRAM team.

The amazing thing about this rear shock that SRAM blackbox specialist Jon Cancellier is delivering to the Syndicate boys is that it s exactly 12.552 seconds faster than the one used for qualifying. However it needed to be another 6.974 seconds faster to beat out the unbelievable Aaron Gwin.

JC from Black Box


Working closely with John Dawson and Jon Cancellier on prototype Black Box projects and receiving their on-site support was a pleasure, and our heartfelt thanks go out to them for their years of dedication to the Syndicate. Thank you also to Dave Zimberoff for making the partnership possible.


Photo by Victor Lucas

bigquotesLeaving SRAM is a tough one for me. I have been with RockShox for 16 years, so you could say the brand is engraved in me. But like most things in life nothing lasts forever and it has been a great time over the last 16 years. I want to thank each and every person at RockShox and SRAM who have helped me achieve my goals in my career. I have made lots of friends and had some fun times. Thanks guys! -Steve Peat


Greg Minnaar was looking on a different level even before the final. More than one rider was checking his lines as he railed the upper section of the track but it wasn t here that he won the race but the lower section in the woods.

bigquotesSince joining the Syndicate in 2008 your support has been incredible. Thanks to all the crew that work hard behind the scenes making sure our Black Box equipment was keeping us ahead of the rest. -Greg Minnaar


Bryceland is coming into fine form for Champery. I have no idea how he can ride like he does after separating his shoulder at Windham but he s somehow able to get past the pain of that nagging injury and rise above. 11th on the day.

bigquotesI've ridden SRAM since I started mountain biking and I've come far using their products. Times change and so do sponsors, thanks for 4 years on the Syndicate without a mechanical in a race run. -Josh Bryceland




bigquotesOur partnership with SRAM over the years saw many milestones achieved, Steve Peat's 2009 World Championship in Canberra, Greg Minnaar's win at Maribor in 2010 aboard the first carbon bike to take a World Cup win, and countless podiums over the last 8 years. I would like to thank the whole crew at SRAM for the great memories and support. -Rob Roskopp

www.santacruzbikes.com


172 Comments

  • + 63
 Soooooo much stuff is changing for 2012!! this is going to be hard getting used to all these team changes and sponsor changes that have happened wonder what is next? at this point Im pretty sure Yamaha could come out with a DH bike and it wouldn't suprise most of us at this point haha
  • + 14
 Curious how many teams are now riding with Fox/Shimano. I wonder if these decisions are made by the teams or by the sponsors. Maybe more and more pro riders are preferring and requesting Fox? Maybe Sram can't afford to be sponsoring so many teams? I'm a diehard X0 fan but my personal unreliability issues with RockShox over the years have lead me towards Fox suspension. I wonder if we will see more Fox/Sram sponsorships?

Just my two cents.
  • - 6
flag Z-WAAAAAZ (Jan 30, 2012 at 21:28) (Below Threshold)
 ktm already made an electric mountain bike, thats close enough hahaha
  • + 62
 If only CaneCreek made front suspensions and Hope made derailleurs!
  • + 16
 KTM has downhill bikes.
  • + 9
 And Hope shifters are in the works... I'm sure they'll be making derailleurs eventually too.
  • + 7
 I've always thought sram components were better than shimano and fox suspension is better than rockshox, so no racer can get the best of both worlds! I'm guessing shimano and fox are picking them up next? I like the idea of a shiny kashima 40 on a carbon v-10...
  • + 23
 ^ Blenkinsop and his Lapierre teammates are on Fox suspension, SRAM drivetrains, and Formula brakes.
  • + 25
 its probably campagnolo and rst!
  • + 6
 They might not go to Fox, my money says they do but what about BOS? They dont have much representation on the WC circuit, but i think Shimano drivetrain and brakes is almost definate, considering that SRAM and Shimano are the only big players in drivetrain. Could be possible for another brake manufacturer to pick them up like Hope or Formula, but i doubt it, because i bet shimano would pay alot more for them to ride their drivetrain and brakes, than they would get from running someone elses brakes.
  • + 1
 acros????
that would be interesting.
  • + 3
 if i could pick i would say fox suspension, sram+truvativ` q1+mrp drivetrain, avid brakes, maxxis tyres, hope headset/BB/hubs, DT rims, ODI grips, chromag cockpit and straitline pedals...now THOSE would be some nice sponsorships...
  • + 4
 They are on Fox.
  • + 5
 Apparantly SRAM want to concentrate more on there road sponsorship, as that is where the mass market is, compared to mountainbikings small overall market share for cycling.
  • - 2
 @omidtehhun that wouldnt work because Avid and Truvativ are part of SRAM
  • + 8
 Maybe they will be going with Manitou Razz They still around?
  • + 1
 @melonhead1145 i think he meant if he could choose sponsorship for himself
  • + 5
 Syndicate parting ways with SRAM athertons on GT Mike Montgomery on specialized fogel not on banshee what has the world come too...
  • + 3
 It's not all fox, What about Marzocchi, manitou, BOS... Just to name a few... mmmmm BOS
  • + 1
 I wonder who they will pick up for suspension next...
  • + 5
 Uh! V10c's on 40's. Drool
But... Just plain aesthetics, imo V10c's with DLC Boxxers look sexier than Kashima 40's. Yey or ney?
  • + 3
 ney,,, my v10c looks awsome with kashima 40's, just personal prefferance i suppose...
  • + 1
 Holy Moly, that looks like a sexy facking bike! are they gonna get shimano?
  • + 1
 What's wrong with specialized, yo
  • + 1
 @mellonhead1145, i know this, but you can get partial sponsorships, and truvativ and avid are just parts of sram. eg: minaar ran crank bros pedals, wtb saddles, king hubs and headsets and enve rims. plenty of overlap btwn these companies yet they pick and chose what sponsorships they wanted. i feel like syndicate is 'small' enough to be able to pick and choose, but not as large as other company's teams such as trek which get convenient and large scale sponsorships or tiny, less sought out, teams which need to root out sponsorships and dont get many at that. just my thought on the matter though, makes sense but dont take my word for it
  • + 24
 Steve Peat's been on SRAM for as long as I've been alive. This is even more shocking than the Athertons leaving Commencal (at least for me).
  • - 1
 Agreed - this is just wack!
  • + 0
 the world is ending
  • + 4
 you cant be very old then, it wasnt so long back that he was on hope, shimano, and mrp admitidly with boxxers but with a fox in the rear, when he was royal racing on the orange. it does pose a question though, cos lets not forget its not just suspension, brakes and shifters, its bars stems and posts, which in our funtime world wont make any difference but to the pros its a lot. hayes group can kit up a whole bike all bar drive train, dorados, primes, answer bars blah blah blah
  • + 1
 I'm 16, so yeah I'm young but I'm not a grom.
  • + 18
 A team using BOS that would be interesting...
  • - 1
 Agreed...
  • + 14
 That's awesome that Josh Bryceland raced for SRAM for 4 years without a mechanical in a race run. That's a true testament to the type of products and race support Syndicate got from SRAM!
  • + 19
 or his mechanic switches stuff very often...
  • - 5
flag tom-cuthbert (Feb 1, 2012 at 15:47) (Below Threshold)
 Or that Bryceland is over-rated as a rider. I still don't get how Syndicate have kept him on for so long with such little results.
  • + 5
 Yes Tom it's really easy to consistantly finish top 10 at world cup!....You are an idiot.
  • - 2
 4 whole years at world cup level and one podium finish.
  • + 12
 Sram makes great components, Rock Shox in this last years is not at the same level of the past, Avid makes shitty brakes...

The best equipment for a racer? Sram derailleurs, Marzocchi Fork, CCDB ammo, Formula Brakes... IMHO
  • + 5
 I'm guessing all those props you got have Italian Sauce on their breath...
  • + 1
 Marzo's are heavy, but they are the smoothest forks (small bump sensitive). I just wouldn't say they are the best forks to be equiped by a racer. personal preference.
  • + 2
 @ ScaryGerry, did you just props him too?
  • + 1
 Ummmm no.... I might be Italian but I ain't no Marzo lova you know that...
  • + 2
 @joboasaurus the 2012 888 evo ti are lighter than 40's and coil boxxers.
  • + 0
 Ok thanks, I clearly didn't know that...
  • + 12
 Marzocchi? Manitou? Will be interesting to see what they end up running. Cant believe Peaty wont be on Boxxers anymore!!
  • + 3
 Probably fox, I dont think manitou or even Marzo have the funds to sign with santa cruz.. and its seem like the new trend is switching for rockshox to fox so...
  • - 2
 i agree ! im pretty sure they will run a Fox 40 this season! lets see how the handle the extra weight^^
  • + 9
 I'd love to see them on 888s or Dorados. Would be interesting to get some variety. Fox already has enough sponsored players IMO.
  • + 1
 probably still on boXXer , Elka inner + Syndicate tuning
  • + 1
 elka stoped making fork cartridge for your information...
  • + 1
 they are still available from a french mob, they bought the patent and the tech, so its still an option plus its rumoured that elka have a DH fork on the way.
  • + 1
 Yes but its not called elka anymore, and if yes it would be sick!
  • + 6
 Love my XO shifters.. and my Fox Suspension.. I'm curious if SRAM wanted them on RockShox, but they wanted to move to fox? Probably a tough thing to negotiate.. well, coming from the complete package sponsorship.. I guess it would be like telling your girlfreind you're breaking up with her on weekends, but not during the week.. she would not be all that stoked with you when monday came around.. best to just make the break..

Sad to see the breakup, but things to change, that's just life. All the best to both parties.
  • + 1
 They're off SRAM/Rock Shox/Truvative/Avid completely, even during the week...
  • + 4
 Shimano wants some more big guns to launch the new Saint line (and ze' other new line). Trek World Racing, Atherton-GT, and now Syndicate....oh and Scott 11 too...and MS Mondraker....and Lapierre. SRAM still has Specialized and Giant.
  • + 4
 from what I've heard at my local shop, apparently specialized is going to offer shimano components on their complete bikes in the coming years, with the exception of the lower end models...
  • + 1
 It doesn't surprise me in my experiance (which is a fair bit) the Sram stuff is not as reliable as the equivlent shimano. Even more so with the lower end stuff.
  • + 3
 This is what i think of SRAM, amazing XO and avid codes are a gift from the gods! Truvativ is just... crap, vivid was a rock compared to my RC4, and my boxxer is the best feeling fork, but unfortunately a piece of paper has more strength than those lowers (I crack 3 last season!)
  • + 0
 you cracked those lowers so often on account of them Avid codes not having enough stopping power making you miss too many turns...
  • + 1
 the hell you talking about? i brake em from jumping.
  • + 4
 The big Santa Cruz van that drives around Santa Cruz is going to get a make over now......this is going to be weird seeing something other than sram with their bikes and on their clothes and stuff
  • + 3
 The coolest thing ever would be if they picked up RaceFace as their major component sponsor, and maybe Manitou or BOS for suspension. Realistically though, its just going to be Fox/Shimano, there's no way they'd get anyone else considering how high profile and elite they are.
  • + 2
 There is only one other component company out there in the big leagues and i am sad to see these guys go to the "dark side" sorry shimano/fox fans... I use some of it as well, but would pick SRAM first. While I am no team manager or WCDH racer I am just a joe kid on a stingray, but I have been in the industry as a high end wrench and neutral race support for 15 years.... SRAM did it right, customer service, innovations, weight trimming, just really great people all in all ! Sad day !
  • + 5
 Peaty had a Fox RC4 on his v10 this Sunday and was extolling its values!
  • + 1
 Not surprising after coming off Vivids - bet he was much happier before they released the Vivid and he could run Boxxers with whatever shock he liked!
  • + 1
 I think the Hayes Bicycle Group of components would be a good fit.Hayes brakes,Manitou(Dorado)Suspension and Answer components.US bike company running parts from another US company.Sounds like it would be win,win.Hayes must be dying for a piece of the pie.
  • + 1
 Usually, when we see such big moves in the powersports industry, it means that manufacturers are pulling out sponsorship money. In ATV and motocross, big factory teams becoming a thing of the past as more and more manufacturers prefer to supply products and less money to satellite teams. Could this be a sign of hard times to come for MTB sponsorship?
  • + 1
 WAKIdesigns, the best joke ever! I know youo're still Shimano fun. By the way, I was really surprised to see so many Shimano haters here! From mechanical point of view, Shimano has more durable cage/pivot design (material wise as well). Sram too loud during shifting comparing to Shimano Shadow or Saint group. Tried Sram and Shimano, not really impressed with Sram. Also tried Marzochi 888 and Rock Shocks Boxxer(have them currently), should admit Marzocchi feels much plusher. Regarding Santa Cruz team, for such pro riders, I do not think switching from Sram to other brand will change much their riding. I still believe they would be fast even on bikes from Walmart
  • + 2
 It's probably already been spotted but CG has posted up a pic of they're team jersey for this year on Facebook and it has the Fox logo on it, maybe all Santa Cruz riders/teams will be using Fox this year????
  • + 1
 For me Santa Cruz Syndicate running SRAM components is like Scuderia Ferrari F1 bolid in red color. I don't claim it's the only right setup, but for many, many years I have always been associating SC with SRAM. Anyways, nothing is certain in this world. As usual it's all about money.
  • + 4
 I use both, Boxxer forks and Saint drivetrain and Hope brakes, that's a good set upSmile
  • + 1
 I am a Rock Shox and Avid fanatic, but don't like Sram or Truvativ components. With Sram, it's nothing terrible, just that I don't find it as Aesthetically pleasing, and with Truvativ I have had and seen my friends have SOOOO many crankset failures, received improper BB for the given crankset sooo many driveside bearing blowouts, and these are DH parts on XC/AM trails. Contacting their Customer service is crap and they always spit out improper usage... will not warranty.. sucks butt when you spend the extra bucks on something you should blast off cliffs, but cant handle a 5 foot drop.
  • + 1
 In retrospect, I had one crank by truvativ that I got by chance. It was a prototype and "not for use"... It held up to everything and begged for more... It was a holzefeller on a team howitzer bb... 2 ring,. 24-36 and I fashioned it w/my old 40 tooth raceface bash... sexy times!! Smile
  • + 2
 Well, thats a stupid decision. Sram and the blackbox labs are making the best dh racing product on the market, and I think its a big lost for them.
  • + 5
 Sram dumped them, wasn't up to the Syndicate...
  • - 3
 Well then why syndicate is saying thanks to them?.. If its really sram who did it they must be stupid or having another big plan in mind.
  • + 9
 Well they can't exactly go out and bitch about Sram can they? Would not only be damaging to any future deals with Sram but also hinder present and future relationships with other sponsors...
  • + 15
 meh, sram making the best dh racing product is pretty debatable
  • + 7
 I definately preffer sram over shimano.
  • + 11
 ^^^ I used to feel the same way. Now that Shimano's dialed in their shifters and derailleurs to my liking, I can finally run more than just their cranks and brakes... I'm back on Shimano.
  • + 9
 It's good news that your back on Shimano, I was wondering what you would be riding..
  • + 7
 OMG, it's gonna be so weird seeing UncleCliffy riding shimano again. Glad they finally sorted out their differences...
  • + 3
 Well, I'm kind of a big deal... Thanks for your continued support guys. Wink
  • + 0
 Def sad day but as Peaty says change is the only other thing ya can be sure will happen. Though I still don't like the change myself, but it is what it is, it would be great to know if this was Sram driven, SantaCruz or more $$ offered by Fox Shimano, end of the day we do have a say. We buy these products and whether we admit it or not these riders and teams do influence us.
Saying that I've been running new gen Saint this past 8months and while it started out well and I like some of the benefits, it just reminded me why I have a love hate affair with Shimano the top jockey wheel is too far away from a close ratio cassette to be real effective and will be going back to Sram, I've never had a DH mechanical on Sram and over the last few months nothing but issues on Shimano. currently running an Ultegra road RD, I would go 10spd XO DH, but I know Sram have been working on a proper DH close range cassette and RD so wait to see if this happens soon, 10spd so OTT on a DH bike. the Ultegra also blows away the Saint for performance and speed and crispness of shifting still using Saint shifter though, I know its not new idea but its night and day.
Fox will be cool to see on the V10c the 2012 Kashima is hot, but once a Boxxer is setup right dam its hard to beat, did the shim stack recently and blown away by the forks control, everything still stock except the oil seals removed and use fox 36 foam rings to keep oil from leaking, so smooth in initial stroke, just kills the factory setting.

Good luck to em, both Peaty and Minnar still some of my fav riders even on Fox and Shimano, word is full Shimano too heard this before Xmas, bet they don't run stock Saint either, mix of XTR and Saint like Sram do with X0 I bet, no way would they stay with Saint drive train as stock its so bad, especially once its gets on the Dirt, mind you a mechanic to sort it after every run does help..
  • + 2
 i think i just jinxed it for them because just last week i decided to buy a truvativ descendant crank because the syndicate was using it.
  • + 0
 I always find it funny how you get all these kids who comment on sponsor change news that don't know the athlete or the companies, nor do they understand the dynamics and business of sponsorship. Or they say that athlete x IS brand x...oh how you have no idea how much you have bought into brand loyalty.

That being said, is there any other athlete sponsor relationship that has been as long as Pete with Rockshox?
  • + 9
 GT / Hans Rey
  • + 6
 ned overand and specialized and i just remembered hans rey and gt
  • + 29
 Me and My Parents!!! LOL
  • - 7
flag gee-milner Plus (Jan 30, 2012 at 23:23) (Below Threshold)
 wellsaid Norcal, couldn't have said it better myself
  • - 2
 Brian lopes and Oakley.
  • + 19
 your point was completely undermined when you wrote Pete instead of Peat.
  • + 2
 CG and Oakley?
  • - 7
flag lenmerderdenfer (Jan 31, 2012 at 1:50) (Below Threshold)
 Oakley is over!
  • + 7
 Not really sure what your point is other than that you find something unfunny, funny, and that you don't know what brand loyalty is. Firstly, brand loyalty is personally preferring a certain brand over others for no other reason other than branding. Understandable, since if buying a certain brand has always worked for you, you find them reliable and dependable. For instance I know people who will always buy yamaha bikes, and I myself will probably only ever buy Libtech snowboards. There are many people synonymous with many brands, and it is weird when you see those people looking different and using different equipment that what you're used to, especially after over a decade. Sorry but I do know the athlete and the companies, and I realise the variable nature of sponsorship deals and consumer trends, and seeing them using non-sram stuff will be strange to me. Not bad, but it will be strange to get used to.
  • - 1
 Oakley is moving out of mountain biking! Wanna neg me now! Christ!
  • + 11
 Missy Giove and High Times?
  • - 1
 Ah yes Hans and Ned forgot about them.

I should have made it clear that my comment only applied to the people who make blantantly stupid comments about sponsorship changes.

So redrook you're not one of the kids who comes in here and makes stupid comments about sponsor changes. And even to me it will seem "off" to see them on non SRAM stuff. But I'm not going to come in here and flame.

I like how I'm getting neg props for this yet kids who flame about sponsorship changes will get double digit likes. This thread has been strangely civil, I remember when (was it martin?) went to Specialized and all the pinkbike kids where saying crap like "wow what a dumb move". Oh an how people neg props gee as well...
  • + 4
 no one is 'flaming', chill it down! If people make stupid comments let them make stupid comments, dont get yourself worked up about it.
  • + 3
 Not many big teams with Big riders left on SRAM now... Specialized, Giant... who else?
  • + 2
 Lappy Racing Intl are on SRAM drivetrains, that's the only team I could think of atm.
  • + 7
 But Spesh and Giant are just about the biggest of the big. Giant has Danny Hart and Spesh has a pretty solid DH team. Also Specialized almost always dominates XC
  • + 3
 Devinci (Steve Smith), Plus most of the Top FMB athletes ride the SRAM quartet. But it does seem that lots of riders/teams are "shifting" over to the Fox/Shimano combo.
  • + 4
 Dirt/Norco team is on full sram as well
  • + 1
 someone at sram is making some big stupid calls...a lot of the team's are changing over to shimano/fox...intense is dumping sram too. their new bike line up will be with shimano/fox components...kindda strange, i wonder if sram had a new guy on board who doesn't get it??
  • + 1
 It sounds like SC left SRAM, NOT the other way. I don't think this what SRAM wanted... At the same time I know SRAM was paying more to have Greg on the SCS then Santa Cruz was.
  • - 1
 The number of people who purchase aftermarket products for DH applications is quite small compared to the number of XC/trail/road users purchasing components. SRAM has the XC/trail market locked up with numerous technical advancements in material use compared to Shimano. XO is more versatile, and XX is just plain better. The performance difference is in reality minimal though. For example, who would pay $500.00 for an aftermarket XTR crank, when you can buy carbon XO for $50.00 less money, with many more chainring and BB options? If you want more exotic, Race face Next of Sixc isn't much more money, and FSA has some nice carbon options as well. Racers don't use components because they like them, they use them because they are paid to. When is the last time a race was lost because of a non crash related mechanical failure from a derailer or crank? It doesn't matter which brand you run.
  • + 1
 @ Devinallan000x
Syndicate parting ways with SRAM
athertons on GT
Mike Montgomery on specialized
fogel not on banshee
what has the world come too...

Brendog on Scott
Mike Hopkins on Norco
Brian Lopes on X-fusion
  • - 1
 I think that if the point of the discussion is to understand WHY that happen, it is necessary to include all the other implication, like what kind of commercial deals Santa Cruz are getting or NOT with this mentioned big players.
Second, even if SRAM dumped them, I do not see any other marketing activity (including having a winning horse in the gravity circus) from SRAM coming . That being said, I presume some other changes will come (like GHerbold moving to Troy Lee - Joke) at SRAM, since looks like they are rethinking they Marketing budget.
On the other side , Shimano is pushing to get the image of premium producer (without BlackBox) but with IceTech and XTR 4 the people = XT - price placement technic , what at the OEM business is quite important to win a traditional share of market that as major for SRAM.
The Times They Are A-Changin - BOB DYLAN
www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYQZSDOWwww
  • + 1
 we'll see how the syndicate and athertons perform now, we all know getting new parts or a new bike can put you off your game for a while, its gonna be an interesting season
  • + 1
 Thats a huge bummer.. I bet those guys are not super excited about that... cant imagine after being with them for 16 years and switching like that.
  • + 4
 Tragic
  • + 1
 I could see them running X-fusion shox I know they dont have a double crown yet but both companies are situated in Santa Cruz and X-fusion is looking at becoming big
  • + 2
 AWESOME! Who cares about Scrap products anyways.
  • + 2
 since i sponsor myself, i'm staying with FOX/SRAM
  • + 1
 i guess i didnt read that carefully........... bummer they are breaking up. sram is one of my favorite co.'s
  • + 2
 Well, lets see what they can do without sram
  • + 2
 the syndicate just doesnt seem right anymore :'(
  • + 2
 Where will they head now? Bos could be interesting.. Wink
  • + 2
 I'm not sure if I'm just slow, but who are they going with for 2012?
  • + 3
 if sc chose that its a dumb move in my opinion
  • + 1
 Did team rumors call this too??????
  • + 4
 Just saying, I don't see anything wrong/negative with this news. Best of luck to the Syndicate this season!
  • + 6
 Smart money would be that the Syndicate go to Fox/Shimano... Word is that Bryceland had Fox Racing Shox as a listed as a sponsor for a short period of time the other day before it was taken down.
  • + 0
 I think they will with Fox for suspensions: Marzo is not really in a good finiancial shape these days. BOS is quite a small company and Manitou doesn't have enough to support a team like syndicate I think.
  • + 2
 Yes! Cant wait to see them on a Shimano set up as they deserve!
  • + 2
 You gotta be fuckin me. srams losing everybody.
  • - 1
 WTF!!!!!!!!!!?????????????.....SYNDICATE is SRAM!!!!!!!just like ATHERTON family is COMENCAL

Frown
  • + 1
 exactly...
  • + 0
 Sht... I wish I had more Shimano stocks... I have to get rid of my SRAM drive train before prices bottom out!
  • + 1
 Magura hydro rim brake with RISSE USA suspension. with 300mm fork!
  • + 2
 turbo lame!
  • + 1
 syndicate moves to giant... says goodbye to sram/santa cruz ?
  • + 1
 Do you know the expression MONEY TALK! end of the story...........
  • + 2
 this is crazy
  • + 2
 super lame.
  • + 1
 i knew from my mate in sps, they're on fox shimano
  • + 2
 Fox for sure.
  • + 1
 Okay, on point.

I think maybe that this was a good move and gives them a chance to use other components with the bike. Who knows? Maybe they'll have a Syndicate rider win the wc this year?
  • + 1
 Greg Minnaar hasn't done too badly for the last two Seasons... 2nd best in the world two years in a row with 5 round wins and only missing the podium 3 times out of 13 races.
  • - 3
 well thats fucked
  • - 3
 WHAT THE f*ck. when i think SYNDICATE, i think SRAM. Fml I'm gonna go play some Skyrim to numb the pain
  • + 30
 Bro...that is pathetic.^
  • + 6
 ^werd...
  • - 1
 Sorry I don't live in cali where the sun shines all summer and winter, over here its minus 30 with 2 feet of snow, and yes I did try biking and almost broke myself, also salt destroys magnesium so never ride you bike in the winter.
  • + 1
 And hove many magnesium details do you know(use)?
  • + 4
 Aren't most DH fork lowers cast magnesium?
  • + 1
 exactly, my fox 40 lowers are magnesium. id rather wait a couple months than destroy my front suspension
  • + 3
 There's nothing hard in washing fork lowers after the ride so I don't think that it's such a problem. But I never heard before about problems with salt and snow. Anyone here who broked their magnesium gears because riding during the winter?
  • + 4
 man the hell up and build some snow jumps!
  • + 2
 @ephirZ: I was about to defend my fellow Canadian's point of view on Winter and Snow being Canadian and all then I checked what the hell flag that was next to your name... I think I'll shut up...
  • + 2
 @ScaryGerry: Yep...the same winter that you're havingWink Cheers
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 Shimano>SRAM. Good for them
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 Well .....as long as Gwin is alive it wouldnt really matter ...
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 Hope that Syndicate won't be deeling with Shimano. Just don't like those Japan monopolists.
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 That's racism.
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 Nope. I just don't like Shimano brand and that's it. Like I don't like milk, Justin Bieber or fast-food but there's a millions of people who love all that and that's okSmile Only a question of personal taste-nothing offensive.
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 Okay then.
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