Adolf Silva Without a Frame Sponsor in 2021

Feb 17, 2021
by Alicia Leggett  
Adolf Silva came out all guns blazing today and there s talk of a mid-run double flip if he s onto a good one in finals.

Adolf Silva, one of the boldest senders in all of mountain biking, has announced on Instagram that he will not have a frame sponsor for 2021 and will instead be riding a bike that he bought himself.

Despite not having a frame sponsor, he has recently announced new support from Michelin and Propheus Bikewear, and has not announced any other separations from previous sponsors. His split from YT was announced in December after a successful six-year partnership.

Rather than renew his deal with YT or start a new relationship with another bike company, Silva said he opted for more independence and decided he would rather buy himself whatever bike he wants to ride without some of the trade-offs that come from representing a specific company.

bigquotesI actually love the change and the new bike feels incredible. I'm riding better than ever. I will be working on some banger videos, one big thing with Monster and hopefully the events are back to shred.Adolf Silva

Considering his impressive accomplishments with YT, we can't wait to see what 'better than ever' means for Silva.


bigquotesSince a lot of people has been asking about my "new" bike sponsor I wanted to let you guys know that I will not have a bike sponsor in 2021, will be riding a bike I bought and thought it would be best for me.

Pretty stoked on the new build, bikecheck fotos will be coming soon.
Adolf Silva

Silva will be revealing what frame his new bike soon. We'll update you with more info as we learn more.


175 Comments

  • 1256 4
 I have also chosen not to be sponsored this year
  • 10 2
 HAHA
  • 14 0
 same, def was my choice.
  • 10 79
flag regdunlop38 (Feb 17, 2021 at 11:39) (Below Threshold)
 says the guy with a major brand name in his PB handle
  • 29 12
 No sponsor seems to be all the rage this year, proper adolf hipster.
  • 1 0
 Same
  • 95 5
 Sponsor or not, bet he’s fast and führious.
  • 3 1
 @regdunlop38: Maybe he just really likes having his clothing clean at the end of a mud ride, Reg.
  • 24 0
 @jaycubzz: actually Fender guitars is making me a secret bike don't tell anyone
  • 20 33
flag stovechunin (Feb 17, 2021 at 12:45) (Below Threshold)
 @Dagispojken: They did Nazi that joke.
  • 5 1
 @fenderdude345: the Fender "charvel" the downcountry shredder for the dude who like metal....frames.
  • 49 0
 It's because that YT he wanted to ride was sold out.
  • 9 2
 Comment of the year?
  • 2 1
 #commentgold
  • 2 3
 #freedomrider #livefreeridehard #freethesponsor #itlookslikeasessionbutnotsponsoredbytrek #howdoigetsponsoredjkwhocaresidont
  • 3 0
 Its not about the bike.
  • 1 0
 Wise decision.
  • 2 0
 @regdunlop38: You ever heard of Dunlop tyres?
  • 2 0
 @fenderdude345: I bet it shreds.
  • 182 2
 What's wrong with the Tues dose it not come in Silva?
  • 1 23
flag jonasstadler (Feb 17, 2021 at 12:44) (Below Threshold)
 They cicked him out
  • 10 0
 I guess that's why he made the announcement today and not yesterday...
  • 6 2
 Yea I wonder what bike he will Tues to ride
  • 126 2
 I too, will ride a bike that I purchased for myself this year.
  • 5 2
 1+n bikes?
  • 114 5
 It's a grim choice. I donut know what he has chosen...
  • 7 10
 /\ Underrated comment there good sir!
  • 82 1
 I'm impressed he was able to find a bike. I've been waiting 9 months for two bikes to come in...to me that's far more impressive than his skills in the air!
  • 3 1
 What downhill bikes are you waiting on? Seems like they’re the only bikes available
  • 6 0
 @Mntneer: Trek Sessions are G O N E
  • 32 0
 He’s riding a 2009 Demo he bought of Craigslist.
  • 2 0
 @Mntneer: really? Try even buying a DH build from anywhere. You’ll receive an email with some excuse why it isn’t possible right now. Wait till June/July!!!
  • 3 1
 @leviatanouroboro: I just replaced my Commencal Supreme with a 2021. Ordered on a Monday, got it on a Friday.
  • 2 0
 I know a guy who just got his stumpjumper, after having to wait 9 days. They gave him no date, just said "by spring, probably".
  • 1 0
 Treks are 175 days out. Santa Cruz can't even get one until 2021. Specialized at least 6 months for anything like a SJ Evo. Most stores will laugh at you for any mid level, large bike. Only bikes with reasonable lead times are small brands like Yeti and Pivot.
  • 59 0
 Really curious to see what bikes a lot of pros would personally choose with sponsorship taken out of the equation.
  • 5 2
 Depending on their budget, it's where there can get the best deal(s) or hookups
  • 9 4
 Cube, no doubt.
  • 2 1
 @suspended-flesh: based on the review id say nOPE
  • 2 0
 Yea whatever brand frame he picks is going to get a huge (and free) endorsement.
  • 1 1
 @sino428: something tells me that’s part of what Adolf is thinking, hope it works out for him. He has a lot of heart and skill.
  • 33 0
 I would like to announce that I will be continuing my Visa Sponsorship for the 21' season. This will be going on the 15th year of our arrangement.
  • 20 0
 They dropped me after a year... Eek
  • 15 0
 @Dropthedebt:
Oh if anyone from Visa is looking for me, I've moved to Yemen.
  • 2 0
 I'm on the Paypal 'Pay in 4' Team. If you know, you know....
  • 1 0
 @Allmost: I know... I live across the street.
  • 26 1
 Much respect! I know that sponsors often provide a vital amount of support and pay.. but I’d be truly curious how much better certain people would ride if they chose the bike that they truly wanted of all bikes made
  • 13 1
 like AG?
  • 5 2
 @Korbi777: He bought into Intense I assume he actually wanted to ride the bike as he bought the company!
  • 4 4
 @paulskibum: @paulskibum: Sort of true. He owns the team . He did not buy @intensecyclesusa . Like Marcus Stokel (sp?) owns MS Racing.

Basically he bought a babysitting charity, not a bicycle frame charity.

"How do you make a $1 Million in the bike industry?"
  • 8 1
 @cuban-b-can-blow-me:
"How do you make a $1 Million in the bike industry?"

Being really good at your job?
  • 1 0
 @cuban-b-can-blow-me: the adage has to be true, and even truer with race teams...
  • 49 0
 @Dropthedebt: you start with $2 million
  • 1 0
 @cuban-b-can-blow-me: pray for a pandemic and sit back and watch the Benjamin’s build. A lot of people getting rich right now.
  • 9 3
 @cuban-b-can-blow-me:

"How do you make a $1 Million in the bike industry?"

Start with $2 Million...
  • 4 2
 @Dropthedebt: Start with $2 Million.
  • 1 1
 @Falcon991: star twith 2m$
  • 1 1
 @dirtyburger: boom..1st to get it right. Sucks that it's true. But ..it's true
  • 2 8
flag Dropthedebt (Feb 17, 2021 at 20:48) (Below Threshold)
 @Falcon991:
c'mon guys... You think I'm gonna go with the setup answer..? But riddle me this...
Q: "How do you make $1m in the bike industry?"
A: start with $2m...

Okay, if you start with $2m and end up with $1m... You haven't "made $1m in the bike industry" you've just lost $1m.

Alternatively... if you start with $2m and make £1m, well that good business... Nice investment with a return. however the joke then falls flat.

Be really good at your job...and you might just "make $1m in the bike industry."
Is that my Uber..?
  • 4 0
 Maybe that’s the crux of it, frame sponsors may not pay enough to justify the commitment they demand. No frame sponsor means he rides whatever he wants, and doesn’t get stuck riding a trail bike when what he needs is a DH bike, doesn’t have to film sick shredits on the sponsors new ebike, doesn’t have to cover up issues with the bike should they arise etc. Not all sponsorships are created equal.
  • 2 0
 @maxyedor: nah dude. They all break frames. And in his segment of the sport, tank slapping is the norm. No frame builder can build a frame that can cartwheel at 30mph off a 60 foot step down and take a side hit on red clay once per session. Pros break way more stuff than you realize.
Break doesn't always mean "snap in half" either. Tons of things get damaged beyond repair so if you're sponsoring Silva, you're replacing an exploded something
  • 1 0
 I think it depends on the rider and what type of riding they are doing. It could make a difference with these free ride type guys because there really isn’t a bike that’s made to do what they do.

I think it matters much less for top level racers. I think most companies bikes are pretty dialed. On top of that the riders often get custom mods to tweak the bikes to their liking. Couple that with how good the riders are and I still think talent is likely 95% of the equation for success.
  • 1 0
 @cuban-b-can-blow-me: pretty much this. I could ride harder and break more shit in a season, but I have to buy my own bike, albeit at EP. still though, breaking a frame is an expensive oops even then. so, I end up riding at like 90% and not breaking myself or the bike. lol.

and lets be real here, Silva did not just dial up the company as Joe Shreddinger and order a bike with his double rewards mastercard. Guarantee he got at least wholesale, likely better, and bumped to the head of the line for a frame from whomever supplied it.
  • 1 1
 @conoat: "Guarantee he got at least wholesale" which is another excellent point. People don't realize that YT doesn't really have a "wholesale" price to offer. Was told they wouldn't even give one of their elite riders/racers anything off on some stuff that wasn't specifically for his personal rig.

Lot of others know this specific story and might chime in on it.
  • 26 1
 Wonder if this is a marketing play by whichever brand he's riding this year. The masses have caught on to the fact that riders will go to where the money is - sponsorships are saying less about the product than ever before.
  • 6 3
 I actually think that would be fairly illegal. FCC has rules about disclosing a product has been offered for free when reviewing it.
  • 3 1
 I don't think sponsorsjips have ever said much about the product. It's the same with any job. You take the one that pays the most to do what you're willing to do.
  • 2 1
 True story !
When somebody says : Look this guy rides this brand ! I will buy my next bike from this brand !
I always answer : He is just payed to ride that bike ! Otherwise i don't think he will.
  • 2 0
 @lefthandohvhater: damn, I guess its the first time a company did something illegal
  • 11 1
 @kookseverywhere: also entertaining watching Americans quote the FCC as if they’re the world police.
  • 3 1
 @bonfire: The foreign correspondents' club?
  • 1 1
 @lefthandohvhater: You are assuming he is going to "review" it, which he would have no obligation to do. Even then he could get around that simply by paying his secret sponsor $1 for the frame. Not saying that is that is the case, but seems like that would be easy to get around.
  • 3 0
 @lefthandohvhater: I’m not sure you know what the FCC does.
  • 1 0
 @dsmdan18: They are an independent government agency of the United States that regulates communications
  • 1 0
 @jaame: I agree. People understand riders will always say the brand they are sponsored by is the best. I think for most companies it just showing that the product can be successful at the highest level. I mean for me it doesn’t matter who of the top riders is actually riding the bike. Just showing that a bike can withstand the rigors of WC DH or EWS means that it’s clearly of high enough quality for a regular rider like myself.
  • 5 0
 @lefthandohvhater: I'm sure someone from Spain cares about what the FCC has to say LMAO
  • 34 10
 One of the top 5 freeriders on the planet gets no bike sponsor. Meanwhile, on YouTube...
  • 9 12
 Yea came here to say the same. Brings up this whole notion once again of 'who actually sells bikes'...while Adolf is sick, loose and fast huckers with limited English fluency seem NOT to be selling them.
  • 5 1
 Top 5?

Who are the other 4?
  • 31 7
 YouTube sells bikes to real life consumers. Nobody knows who the f*ck Silva is. Hear so much chat about SethBikeHacks than I ever do about any pro rider from customers.

He is a Monster athlete because they’re huge content consumer. His product is content for their socials.
  • 3 3
 @cuban-b-can-blow-me: Oh man, that's actually tough. And props for the best name on PB.
  • 6 6
 @bonfire: Exactly. Monster drinking, white sunglass wearing bros who complain about bikes not being aluminum are not paying the bills for any of these brands.
  • 9 8
 @MikeyMT: Bahaha...spoken like a true YouTuber
  • 7 2
 @chriskneeland: aka someone with a frame sponsor. Wink
  • 3 5
 @MikeyMT: With that content? Looks like I'm starting a youtube channel Beer
  • 4 0
 Would be very interesting to see what bike frame he would prefer to ride with his own money. I wouldn't be surprised if that frame company would sponsor him after the fact.
  • 10 12
 @chriskneeland:I realize you think you're trolling me but you're only proving the point more. Nobody knows who Adolf Silva is therefore he has limited value for a brand. Youtubers like 'The Crashing Dad' lame as he may be...has way more influence.
  • 10 5
 @MikeyMT: I'm not trolling. If this is what gets you free bikes, count me in. Everyone I know who rides mountain bikes knows who Silva is. So I don't know where you get that from. He's a regular on the FEST series. Rode Rampage. Is all over pinkbike anytime a freeride event is happening. Odd that you think noone knows who he is. That's like saying people who snowboard don't know who Brock Crouch is. You know who I never heard of? Katie and Mikey.
  • 6 5
 @chriskneeland: I'm with ya man...I guess I mean that the average 'dentist' / recreational rider has no clue who these guys are and thats the part of the market that is driving sales and growth for these brands (I think?). Its like the old saying goes...in mountain towns nobody pays full price for gear as we all know someone who knows someone with a proform. News like this is just confusing if anything...what does drive these bike sales for the 'average joe'?
  • 4 5
 even if you know who Adolf is, a good percentage won't know what frame he was running. Youtubers like BCPOV or whoever, you know what they are riding. Kind of a no brainer for a company
  • 5 0
 whats hard to believe is that youtubers even have the luxury of quiting their sponsorships, BCPov and Yuka quit Forbidden and Nobl, Seth decided to quit Slime and Box a long time ago, Alex quit Canyon, and the list can go on and on.
  • 5 5
 @jaydawg69: Adolf only has about 40 bike checks on the internet. I have no idea what a BCPOV is, or what bike they're riding.
  • 27 3
 Bro-worshippers repeat after me:
The sole ability to ride a bike does not make you valuable to bike companies
The sole ability to ride a bike does not make you valuable to bike companies
The sole ability to ride a bike does not make you valuable to bike companies
The sole ability to ride a bike does not make you valuable to bike companies
......
  • 3 2
 @Narro2: It is surprising but there is also an element of quit and dropped being close to the same thing - if your "sponsor" wont send you enough free shit you "drop" them to try and find someone who will.

Paul the Punter cant get a bike to ride this year as Scott pulled funding. He was pretty honest about it - some may not be quite so transparent as to their reasons.
  • 7 0
 @Grunk: god this comment needs a million upvotes.
  • 3 0
 @paulskibum: very accurate. But also YouTube audiences are very fickle with authenticity and content hungry. Riding the same product long term doesn’t feed the beast.

I would also argue that YouTube channels have more swing than pros. As you have actual metrics. Impressions, demographics, affiliate links, average watch time, etc. Hard to quantify the audience a pro actually has. As they’re used across so many platforms or share a spotlight in events. But guys like Seth have a dedicated audience and he gets to choose how he shapes it.

Sucks for Paul, but also sucks when brands give away product and I’ve got paying customers waiting for product.
  • 8 1
 @paulskibum: Do you actually know of a youtuber not being straightforward about it? Come on name it… ????

The youtubers I mentioned seemed pretty straight forward about it, and as @bonfire said riding the same product over and over isn’t gonna cut it, so dropping sponsors is probably a better option for them, some of these youtubers are former white or blue collar employees, they know what siting on a desk from 9 to 5 is, they know that if they don’t keep their videos original they will lose audience and therefore come back to their 9 to 5, and that’s what’s keeping the ahead of the curve.

What can a Bro/freerider do? A bigger drop?, a longer backflip? The gopro effect is gonna diminish the quality of view anyway, so whats the difference?

Sorry for being so harsh, just trying to make a point and keep the discussion going.
  • 5 2
 @MikeyMT: "while Adolf is sick, loose and fast huckers with limited English fluency seem NOT to be selling them"

The punctuation in this sentence is as bad as the well known "Panda eats, shoots and leaves." However, the reference to *huckers with limited English* puts it on another level entirely. Smile
  • 5 6
 @Grunk: f*ck man, bro bikers?
you mean free riders?
your talking about a differant sport all together. The shit you dads do and put on youtube is a whole different sport. Yes hedgefund managers buy more xc enduro bikes, so thats why the bike companies cater to them. But sitting and pedalling in circles really is a whole different sport now compared to the guys that are still throwing down as hard as possible. I think thats what Adolf is getting at, He'd probably rather just do his own thing than tone the riding down and focus on insta views like the sponsors tell him.
  • 5 3
 Lots of random thoughts here. I gotta cover the most obvious. What Silva does is specific to a youth segment of the sport. Fest jump videos have a dozen guys all popping the same 6-8 mega jumps. Trick guys throw a couple things that might catch attention here and there, but 90-95% of consumers don't know him.

I've ridden and raced for more than 2 decades & barely know him. He also occupies a "SALES SPACE" that doesn't generate documentable sales. No one checks a "Why did you buy this bike?" with an Adolf Silva ✔️ check mark.

Pay close attention & follow the quantifiable dollars linked to a rider. If you can't find a direct link from rider to purchase, they're not CASH MONEY" valuable.

Zink just produced a head turner video and he doesn't own the rights to it. It's a Monster Energy video. Every click and share makes money for Monster. If he'd had the finances to produce it himself, he'd have a TINY revenue stream from it. And there's not a dollar traceable that a parts sponsor can link to it.

Proving your worth on an MTB is only possible via those "use my special code" type links.
  • 3 4
 @Grunk: Freeriding is now it's own sport. There just used to be more of a focus on it. Now it's the rich dad market that bike companies only care about. There's no culture anymore.
  • 4 0
 @chriskneeland You mean "There just used to be more ATTENTION on it", right?
  • 1 3
 @Narro2: No, it was a focus. You didn't see the Paul Punter's of the world in Print mags or film projects. With the saturation of the internet, attention is just being spread elsewhere. For better or worse? I guess that depends on your perspective.
  • 7 1
 @chriskneeland: Freeride as a sport is different. That "culture" was previously North Shore skinnies, chutes in Kamloops, urban shenanigans and random stunts in the woods. Ride everything, ride everywhere. Now..freeride is apparently hitting massive perfectly sculpted dirt jumps at a fest series. You could argue the culture left freeride..and took their purchasing power with them..
  • 1 2
 @Grunk: No, I think freeride just evolved. The problem is no one has access to that type of riding, so the typical enthusiast can't keep up. I always hoped that type of terrain was just lagging behind. Look at what nearly every ski area has been offering for jumps and features over the last 15 years. Every snowboard park has 50+ foot jumps. Why can't I find a 50+ foot bike jump anywhere on the east coast? That's why freeride is dying. If the terrain existed, the sport would blow up again.
  • 2 1
 @chriskneeland: Highland, Diablo, WIndrock, Kanuga...all have really big booters that I know of off the top of my head. Could be wrong.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyKhhOB1x1A&t=242s
  • 1 1
 @cuban-b-can-blow-me: 35 feet. 40 if you go to flat. FEST is pushing the jumps to 100 feet. Jump lines are lacking.
  • 4 0
 @chriskneeland: jumplines arent lacking, if not, bigger features is one of the things that is keeping people away from Freeride, being realistic not everyone can do 50 feet jumps, I cant.

And that’s precisely where another problem starts, attitude, Freeride has been in some level a gatekept discipline for years, if you go to a dirtjump track, and you don’t have a BMX background or do a table top on your first visit is going to be very hard for the Bros to embrace you, there is a “Go big or go home” attitude, if you don’t “Ride you should Die”, right?, that attitude is never going to bring more people or attention to the discipline.

And what is actually happening is that Joeys are not gonna “go home”, they found a niche, and a niche which is making big bucks for the cycling industry, and as that niche keeps growing is going to keep diluting the Attention that Freeride was once getting, diminishing the financial returns that Freeride was able to make at some point, resulting in fewer sponsored freeriders.
  • 4 0
 @chriskneeland: I think there is a difference between the very large snow terrain and large bike terrain. Its all dangerous when it gets to that size but I feel like there is much more danger or severe injury crashing a bike to dirt than there is crashing on a big snow jump. I've hit 40+ footers on snow (and crashed on them) and while its not fun I was ultimately fine, just sore. Same with most others I know who have crashed on those sized features. That crashing a bike with that same kind of speed and airtime would would result in a much higher % of major injury IMO.
  • 5 0
 A single 50 foot table top has to have 2-3 acres of land to build it with enough run up to feed into it because mountain bikes have no motor & it has the be on a steep enough pitch to feed into it and dry enough to hit most anytime.

You don't get a return on investment. People think there should be Whistlers the world over, but that place is unique. It's a one of a kind mountain in this world and the grade and soil of that one mountain is such that it's perfect for gravity fed jumps.

I've been to a ton of parks and not a single one can replicate the grade & soil of Whistler. You're welcome to dream big Kneeland, but the reality is that the planet itself isn't laid out like Whistler with a gradual slope, massive width & volcanic soil that drains dry the same day it rains.
  • 1 1
 @cuban-b-can-blow-me: I don't want Whislter. I want something like Dream Track in New Zealand. It's on public land, maintained by locals, ridden by tens of thousands. If I owned a bike company, I'd be advocating for building places like that. Nothing is better for freeride bike sales than giving people a place to ride them. Transition did this with Blue Steel in Bellingham. Personally, I think that trail's features are a little small, but it's a great start and hopefully a model for other companies to replicate.
  • 16 2
 I personally think he's riding a tr tr11
  • 10 0
 Will he still get warranty coverage?
  • 1 2
 Why wouldn't he?
  • 9 0
 "Wait, you say you broke it doing a 100' triple lindy? Ya, sorry we don't cover those"
  • 36 0
 ...Walks into his LBS with a broken frame claiming, "Yeah, I was just riding along..."
  • 3 0
 @bartonw: JRA, works 50%, 100% of the time.
  • 8 3
 He ain't the only big name guy out there without a frame sponsor. This will be The Claws 2nd season without one since leaving Canyon. Others as well. Weird to see big name guys without the support they deserve.
  • 3 1
 That is sadly shocking and for sure the OG big hitters *should* be helped out for life.
  • 5 0
 Someone! Give me some tubes, a welding class, and a metal 3d printer! ill sponsor him myself. had the pleasure of meeting him at rampage and he is way too great to not be sponsored
  • 4 0
 Ignore the joke comments Adolf. Stay fit, stay professional and ride like you've never ridden. Like any line of work hone your craft and results will come. Rubber side down bud.
  • 2 0
 This could actually work for his other sponsors. Normally bike frame sponsors like to keep their frames fairly free of the other sponsors logos. Now Silva can plaster his other sponsors logos on the frame which could land him a better deal with them.
  • 3 0
 someone being this talented and having to buy his frame does feel wrong, but it's not too bad when you consider Aaron Gwin had to buy a whole team after being dropped at the last minute - also by YT Wink
  • 2 0
 We can snarkily speculate about "actual reasons" but I think in some way it has to be kinda nice to be able to choose your own tool for your profession. There is barely a parallel here, but play along; when I started a new job in my previous career of graphic design, on my first day I found an apple keyboard without a number pad. Since that's no way to work, on the second day I brought in a Microsoft keyboard from home. In the third week, I found mine off to one side with the cable wrapped around it, and a new Apple keyboard with number pad in its place. I was a little disgruntled because I liked the ergonomic Microsoft one better. But what could I do? Somebody higher up just didn't like the mismatch.
  • 5 1
 I was also asked to be sponsored this year, but thinking very hard, I thought it would be best to remain a Lobo solo
  • 4 0
 So, now he doesnt have to ride a YT, he isnt, and its better than a YT ever before. Way to stick it to YT! HA!
  • 1 0
 Is the bike industry just cutting back on sponsorships this year? I suppose they can with the demand being what it is. Maybe something to do with free riding being a small part of sales? I don’t really know, but am curious.
  • 1 0
 So, what if the bike he chooses to buy with his own money and he's like this is the best bike for me. That brand he chose offers to sponsor him?

Would he take it? After all he chose the bike without any outside influence.

My guess is he wouldn't so next season or so he could swap to another bike.
  • 1 0
 Alright, where's the next company without the finances or balls to build a DH bike?

But really this kid's riding is among the few most impressive in the world! Somebody offer him a substantial endorsement and make some sweet footage!
  • 2 0
 Maybe HaiBike or Hyper will pick him up? If I were him I would just get my old frames painted or put stickers over the branding...
  • 1 0
 I would take a deal with YT if they paid me. Tues is less than impressive every time I’ve ridden one. Bet he’ll
Prolly try a commencal or hopefully something like a v10
  • 4 0
 Commencal?
  • 4 1
 YT shits the bed again...
  • 3 0
 How bad is YT if his new bike feel incredible and riding better than ever?
  • 1 0
 So, free publicity and a genuine endorsement for the brand he chooses? Doesn't seem right... even if he pays for the frame himself.
  • 1 0
 Crowd-sourced sponsorship opportunity? Rattle-can whichever frame he buys matte black. Anyone who donates $100 gets their name stenciled on it and a social media shout-out.
  • 2 0
 Either he's been left in the cold, or this is a clever marketing strategy. I wonder who's "selling" him a better bike?
  • 1 0
 I also have once again chosen to ride what I want and purchase my own frames ????????

Good on ya dude... ride #moreawesomer
  • 2 0
 I did exactly that for the past 34years. I'm so good at buying my own bikes, I do not even want to be sponsored. hahahaaa
  • 2 0
 Can't he just ride all his old YT bikes?
  • 6 1
 Probably doesn’t want to.
  • 1 0
 I have a 2010 Giant Anthem frame I can donate, provided I get an honourable mention somewhere.
  • 1 0
 How on earth is the manufacturer NOT chipping in for this kind of publicity?? Seems bonkers.
  • 1 0
 I wonder if he'll spray paint over the logos like Diego Caverzasi did when he didn't have a frame sponsor.
  • 2 0
 Off YT On Commencal Off Commencal On YT Off YT Etc Etc Et Freerider
  • 1 0
 Im sure he can afford a bike and ride it, he is still going to be Adolf Silva
  • 1 0
 Stick it to the man! Sponsorships are stupid anyway, basically slavery folks, with minimal insurance when you crash.
  • 1 0
 ah bummer,if it helps Adolf find out Im on the same situation. . . no frame sponsor and no sponsor at all
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 Does Cam Zink have a sponsor yet?
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 Don't Zink so
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 All riders without a frame sponsor are getting custom Isak Leivsson frames. Keep it a secret. No one knows....even Isak. Beer
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 @cuban-b-can-blow-me: Does that mean me???
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 Saw a Hyper logo in one of his IG Stories! It looked like he tried to scribble over the frame to cover it up but the black hyper logo on the seatstay was clearly visible. Stoked if he is!
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 My walet is my sponsor.
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 #nosponser is my main IG tag TBH
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 cool move for a cool chap,nice one mate.
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 Ahah well deserve! Keep you money for your poor lawyer Silva ! ????
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 Probably just waiting on a warranty claim from YT!
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 @SCOTT-Sports someone get him Gambler please
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 "Yeah we wanted to extend an offer...but our company diversity & inclusion panel just wasn't comfortable with sponsoring a rider named Adolf.."
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 Bet he goes with a tr11 or furious
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 Sponsored riders are "sell outs," and product pushers.
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 Pole might be looking for a dancer, rider!
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 Run what ya brung, Adolf!
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 Can't get realer than that. A true riders' rider. Hail
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 Grim doughnut time?
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 He buy a Grim Donut.
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 Get him on the GRIM !
  • 1 3
 First comment killed it
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