Athertons Announce Departure From Trek

Jan 8, 2019
by James Smurthwaite  
The grey mile stretches out infront of the Athertons and old lines need to be tuned up or chucked out all the way down to the forest.

After three years on Trek, the Athertons will be racing with a new bike sponsor in 2019.

The Athertons delivered 11 World Cup wins, two World Cup overalls, three World Championships, three National Championships and last but not least, a win at Red Bull Hardline. The partnership will probably be best remembered for Rachel completing a 'perfect season', winning every World Cup race and the World Championships in 2016. They also helped Trek redesign the Session and introduce one of the first 29 inch downhill bikes to go on general sale.

Pure domination once again from Rachel Atherton.

bigquotesI just want to say thank you to all at Trek, the last three years has been incredible! Racing that perfect season in 2016 was pretty special for us all and something I won’t ever forget, 2017 had its ups and downs, but ending 2018 with another World Cup overall and World Championship on board that beautiful dragonfly paint job was awesome. I learnt a lot riding for Trek and I’ll carry that knowledge with me.Rachel Atherton

bigquotesTeam rumours have been rife so I doubt many will be surprised to hear this. We’ve all reached a stage in our lives and careers where we want to do something different .. you’ll just have to wait a bit longer to find out what that is.Gee Atherton

It s great to see a return to form for Gee Atherton after the last few seasons have been blighted by injury.

As for the rest of the Trek team, Charlie Hatton will be continuing with the Atherton racing set up and following Gee and Rach to their new destination but it's a a goodbye to junior World Champion Kade Edwards who we suspect will be staying with Trek. Dan Atherton said, “Kade has been part of our team since he was 13 years old, his love for riding is infectious, we wish him well and can’t wait to see what he does in elites.”


223 Comments

  • + 467
 Is anyone going to be riding with anyone in 2019?
  • + 13
 LMAO, exactly how I feel!
  • + 316
 Nope, everyone wants to be featured as next season’s “The Privateer”.
  • + 54
 @leifgren: nope, i will still be riding (& playing) with myself
  • + 40
 The riders are now the brand.
  • - 12
flag chyu (Jan 8, 2019 at 7:16) (Below Threshold)
 Surprise to see Trek kept Dan and let go Rachel and Gee.
  • + 14
 @chyu: I doubt highly the "let go" of Rachy box
  • + 5
 These guys are riding with someone

www.youtube.com/watch?v=cokAY6P7z64
  • + 0
 @chyu: It doesn't outright say that, but it does seem to be implied. That is odd.
  • + 1
 @skelldify: Where are you seeing that, skellie ? If I had to guess it probably went " Were dropping Gee, but we want you to stay". And Rachel said me and Gee go together.
  • + 24
 @skelldify: "Dan Atherton said, “Kade has been part of our team since he was 13 years old, his love for riding is infectious, we wish him well"

Implies Dan is moving on with Rach and Gee.
  • + 7
 @haroman666: I agree. Nothing there implies Dan is staying on with Trek. They'd have made more of a point of it as the Athertons splitting would be very news worthy.
  • + 3
 Riders should capitalize on the good 'bike economy' and monetize their success by switching team and going to the highest bidder.
  • + 0
 @dglobulator: Sounds to me like Dan didnt get picked up by Rachels and Gee's new team, or decided to do other things. Like Cam and Brandon, you dont have to be competing to be part of the industry
  • + 2
 @haroman666: "Atherton racing set up and following Gee and Rach to their new destination but it's a a goodbye to junior World Champion Kade Edwards who we suspect will be staying with Trek."
Doesnt say following the Athertons, and doesnt say following Gee, Rach and Dan.
  • + 2
 @owlie: Again story and cycles repeats... once was Martin Maes now Kade... Sure they get some good clausule gift for bringing such talents to the sport...
  • + 6
 I'd like to see Gee go FULL ENDURO! His fitness seems to be there. He'd be amazing
  • + 3
 @haroman666: Dan hasnt really been part of the team from a riding perspective for years.
  • - 15
flag CM999 (Jan 8, 2019 at 11:27) (Below Threshold)
 @Soilsledding: Indeed. The question has to be is are the brothers holding Rach back. Lets face it Dan hasnt done anything on a bike in years and Gee desperately needs a good 2019 season.
  • - 16
flag drivereight (Jan 8, 2019 at 11:58) (Below Threshold)
 Money is tight, Trump Tariff puts the squeeze on Manufacturers this year! Also, $10k bikes, not sustainable! UCI and REDBULL getting most of the racing money. Social Media is cheaper way to Marketing now instead of Racing! DH and Enduro is niche, maybe only 5% overall biking community.
  • + 7
 @drivereight: Always find a way to make it trumps fault
  • + 3
 @drivereight: Except.. Where are Trek frames made?
  • + 1
 @usmbc-co-uk: awesome interview of Ratboy
  • - 7
flag number-6 (Jan 8, 2019 at 13:34) (Below Threshold)
 @owlie: Carbon-Waterloo (and not Belgium either), Wisconsin
Aluminium (thats the same as Aluminum kids)=Taiwan
Most bikes TREK make are Aluminium..thats a shitload of duty....
  • + 1
 @number-6: Not 10,000$ Aluminum bikes..
  • + 4
 Sounds like i need to announce my resignation from my job on pinkbike: "" Dear Boss, I've reached a stage in my life and career where I want to do something different .. you’ll just have to wait a bit longer to find out what that is. Wink ""
  • - 3
 @number-6: Are you retarded or drunk?
  • + 1
 @leifgren: i second that
  • + 3
 @CM999: As far as Dan goes, he's been building tracks and doing Hardline (Hardline once a year is probably a years worth of riding) - he seems to have a Semenuk approach to life now, do what you want and get paid for it, living the dream.
  • + 1
 Everyone in the top 10 is just going to start their own team.
  • + 2
 @dthomp325: Make it one big team called the WCDH Fantasy team, with no one riding the same frame as each other.
  • + 0
 @Clarkeh: @Clarkeh: That is what I was thinking. Like the Hope team, who can ride any frame they want... perhaps that is the way Atherton Racing is heading.
  • + 1
 Less than 10days to get people signed and submit that Team Roster for 2019! Sponsoring an athlete is money loss. Since Trump tacked on 25% tariff beginning of 2019 and another 25% later down the year, do you think this bike manufactures who does business in China is gonna spend that money? And Mexico is paying for that beautiful wall!
  • + 0
 Trump should start his own government funded team after the wall is finished.
  • + 2
 @drivereight: Taiwan is not China. Not yet at least.
  • - 1
 @drivereight: red in the face about trump. Only one here to turn a bike team thread into a trump tirade.
Trek DGAF about tariffs in regards to who races on their team in 2019.
  • + 1
 More like orange in the face
  • + 0
 @owlie: Taiwan
  • + 121
 Athertons on the new Cannondale DH bike along with Aaron, Neko, Josh, Miranda, Phil... Going to be one hell of a team.
  • + 1
 what a dream that would be!
  • + 33
 That exceeds the PB fantasy team salary. Not fair. Hey PB, we need a raise for next year.
  • + 6
 @Boardlife69: As a team manager for this team you'll be compensated for fixing the broken bikes, which as far as I understand from the comment section is going to a bit of an issue with the Cannondale bikes. No need to worry as apparently both Aaron and Neko are known to thrive on broken bikes.
  • + 4
 I would love to see them on Ellsworth. They already drive around in Jeeps...
  • + 51
 Lol, because Gee gets on so well with Rat boy
  • + 3
 Co sponsored by Volvo, and bringing back the double shock.
  • + 2
 @Garpur44: Hmmm... let me see... WRONG. Ratty was asked in a video shot at Redbull Hardline if the relationship with the Athertons was still bad and he specifically stated that it is all good, no hard feelings all around. Can you actually imagine him holding a grudge? Not. There is no other way Ratty would show up to an exclusively Atherton run event without being cool with everyone.
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: nAhhh... But Yetis and Jeeps! Now that works!
  • + 51
 Now Semenuk has to step in and race DH WC with his 26" Session!
  • + 9
 I hope he does, so we can buy one again. I guy can dream right?
  • + 1
 This post must have been focus-group tested. All you have to do to get likes on PB is mention Semenuk, 26”, and Session. And you sir have blended all 3. And yet the internet had not expoded
  • + 1
 @robito: I feel your pain. Then again, just buy a 26 and ride until the wheels fall off. I sold my 26, as they were going for dirt cheap. 27.5 was still too expensive to get, waited to save up, things came up, now it's been a year without a big bike... Just ride, don't buy Sram components and you're golden!
  • + 1
 Gotta love that 26" for all of the cork 7s i do and the mad steeze i throw down every day.
  • + 48
 So much effort, so much input, so much redesigning... and it still looks like a Session.
  • - 2
 @karoliusz: HaHa which looks like a Kona, and, and, and, and, and... HaHa
  • + 36
 Rumour is they're going to Boardman
  • + 23
 Haha On-One announcing new Downhill team
  • + 41
 Halfords are gonna snatch them up and get them back on Muddy Fox
  • + 5
 High fives all round
  • + 9
 @nicklesterrides: ROFL

Vitus hopefully. New dominer drops soon
  • + 2
 @700Pirate: Well compared to the others vitus is like the best bike company in the world Big Grin
  • + 11
 @nicklesterrides: Nah, the decals will say Muddy Fox, but really they'll be Intense frames.
  • + 8
 @hypno-newt: AthertOn-One
  • + 1
 @nicklesterrides: alas Muddy Fox are now part of Mike Ashleigh's empire. Apparently he doesn't like to spend too much on athletes?
  • + 1
 @700Pirate: Virus would be great, or they could go back to GT.
  • + 28
 Glad Kade is staying with Trek, he's such a talent and deserves a big sponsor.
  • + 7
 He should go to Transition, logically. Feel the luv.
  • + 3
 @endlessblockades: That would be one hell of a team edit.
  • + 2
 @Clarkeh: @endlessblockades: With Transition's acronyms...
  • + 1
 @mtbikeaddict: Plus Tahnee's his GF
  • + 1
 @endlessblockades: Yup. I was just noting that TR has some, well, love-ly acronyms... add the BF in... nvm. Wink
  • + 21
 NORCO - Athertons
INTENSE - Gwin, Moir & Mulally
CUBE - Phil Atwill & Gaetan Vige
TREK - Reese Wilson, Kade & Charlie Harison
SCOTT - Dean Lucas, Marine Caribou & Florent Payet
COMMENCAL - reaming same
SYNDICATE - remaining same but watch for Bruni moving there next season
YT - Blenki & Angel
  • + 2
 I thought Finn Iles was going to the syndicate? In addition, I presumed that Loris was going to reunite with Loic on specialized. I could be wrong about that but I am certain about Finn Iles
  • + 4
 About time, some real news.
  • + 1
 FROG BIKES - Dan Selas
  • + 2
 What makes you think Blenki is moving? I've seen a lot of speculation on where he's going, but nothing to suggest that he's leaving Norco at all. Could have missed something.
  • + 1
 RE: Scott team - looking forward to hearing more about Marine Caribou and other migratory ocean elk and deer.
  • + 23
 Meanwhile, back on your local trails, who cares.
  • + 18
 In other team rumors, Aaron Gwin’s been out riding an E-bike from his still yet to be disclosed team. Looking like he is off to intense with their Tazer.
  • + 14
 Can't believe they did that to the Tazer. Like Santa Cruz releasing a 10V. Kind of.
  • + 11
 @BenPea: get a TM/patent for this name fast
  • + 2
 @BenPea: Give it time. Im sure PON will have a santa criz ebike soon
  • + 2
 Aaron has already said on camera that hes cool with e-bikes. Most people are too. Don't believe me? Just ask random people outside of pinkbike and your enduro bro network.
  • + 8
 I fixed this sentence for you: Rachel delivered 11 World Cup wins, two World Cup overalls, three World Championships, three National Championships and last but not least, Gee had a win at Red Bull Hardline.
  • + 9
 Sick Bikes I heard...Gee Poon.
  • + 6
 I would love to see the Trek sales numbers of Athertons vs say when Gwin/Nico were on them. I guess I'm not convinced the Athertons sell bike but I could be way wrong.
  • + 60
 most bikes are sold to people who doesn t care who rides for whom and give a shit about DH Worldcup and don t follow riders, racing etc....sales are made outside the micro cosmos of pinkbike and bike neerds
  • - 1
 I guess that's doesn't change anything for a big generalist brand like trek...
  • + 6
 They are probably the same. And if they are different it had nothing to do with the teams. A company like trek is so established that the bikes sell themselves. The race teams are just a showcase for the bikes. It doesn’t really matter which top team the bikes are under.
  • + 2
 But bike nerds like ourselves usually factor in how the pros did on that bike. We’re all guilty of a friend asking us how the new session is and saying “well semenuk can cork 7 it, and the Athertons win dh races on it, so it’s probably a good bike”. I think that’s why sponsors do it, which is word of mouth.
  • + 2
 @clemson: 100% correct.
  • - 13
flag bulletbassman (Jan 8, 2019 at 6:54) (Below Threshold)
 Redbull hardline/rampage is far more popular with the general public than wc racing is. Athertons absolutely sell bikes.
  • + 12
 @clemson: I had a discussion with another guy on this same topic. I don't think I've ever selected a bike based on who rides for that company. I usually buy a bike from a reputable brand that rides well, looks cool and just generally piques my interest. I never even knew who rode for who until I started reading Pink Bike a few years back.

That said, these riders and team must influence somebody, or the companies wouldn't sponsor them. The companies have to feel they're getting a bigger return from these riders than what they're paying them, or they wouldn't do it. They probably have a formula that tells them what each rider is worth or something, but they have to be making money somehow.

As for the Athertons and Trek, I do hold Trek in slightly higher regard because Rachel is such a beast and wins on their bikes. Otherwise, I gotta say I find their bikes rather boring. But she added to the brand in my estimation. Same goes for Gwin and YT. I'm just not a fan of YT. I don't think I'd ever buy one of their bikes, but with Gwin on the team I went from "definitely not interested" to "well, let me take a look..." And again, this is because I've become more in tune with who rides what in just the last few years. If this had been me in 2010, it wouldn't have registered one bit.

But there comes a certain point where a rider isn't worth the money for a company anymore. The Athertons will leave Trek, and Trek will continue to be the second- or third-largest bike company in the world without missing a beat. YT will have gotten its mileage out of Gwin. Now he's outgrown his worth for that company. That's the way it goes.
  • + 2
 @TheR: I think the value is more just about having the bikes being showcased by top level talent, not specifically which rider. Which is why you see so much shuffling around every few years. Its important to showcase the products so that people can see that the bike is capable of handling what the best in the world throw at it, but the difference between sponsoring Gee Atherton or Aaron Gwin or Danny Hart or whoever else is probably minimal. I mean maybe there are certain circumstances that may make a specific rider more valuable to a certain company (perhaps Gwin riding for a US based company), but on the whole its more just about having the bike under someone on the highest level.
  • + 2
 @sino428: I think you’re right, more or less. There are probably groups of riders who are in various tiers. This who consistently challenge for the top spot in WC races are probably top tier, those who occasionally break into the top 10 are tier 2, and so on. The tiers matter — the names have to be recognized. The actual places, probably not so much. So companies probably say, “we gotta have a tier 1 guy, then two tier 2 guys...” something like that. It’s about name recognition, not necessarily the place.

And don’t get me wrong — they WANT the world champ, but not if it costs them more than he’s worth to the brand. Some might even be better off with a guy who’s up and coming, who has a shot at becoming world champ, but hasn’t broken through yet. That way they can pay him a little less, and if he happens to break through on their bike, they can say, “See? He went from 10th to World champ on our bike.”
  • + 2
 I follow the thinking that they don't sell bikes. But on the other hand, they place brands on the map. Gwin with YT, Metailler with both Commencal and slightly less Cube, Athertons with Trek and so on
  • + 5
 I'm pretty sure that Trek sells less Sessions than almost any other bike in the Trek catalog. As much as all of PB loves WC DH racing, keep in mind that is still a small sub-set of the bike riding public...and only a fraction of PB'ers had DH bikes. Kinda the same thing as Shimano selling way more fishing reels than derailleurs.
  • + 2
 Makes no odds to me which pro rides a bike, I'll always buy what I first like the look of and then if I like the way it rides I'll get it. My personal favorite rider is Lacondeguy but I can't see my buying a YT any time soon.
  • + 0
 @Clemson: Thank goodness for that
  • + 2
 Well, people don't buy a Merc because Lewis Hamilton has his face on a poster in the dealership. The same goes for road cycling. It does however allow Trek to create that poster in the first place, slap some rainbow stripes on it along with a rider most people don't even know, but still instantly gain credibility. Just splatter some results on the right hand side and voila!!! => www.specialized.com/ca/en/s-works-tarmac-disc-frameset-world-champion-edition/p/154564?color=227249-154564 Point in case. I'm sure 99% of people looking at this won't know who actually won what world championship or when.
  • + 5
 I’ve always wondered if anyone actually buys the Session 9.9 for full or close to full retail. Every person I know who has one is either a shop employee or has a industry hook up.
  • + 1
 @clemson: Who buys a bike based on the rider they pay anyway. Im more interested in if I like it or not. Some riders would make me thing twice about buying their bikes as the thought of any of the price paid landing up in their pocket is too much to bare.
  • + 1
 @CM999: but there is some reaction based on top/sponsored riders. One just has to look at the spike in road bike sales after Armstrong 'won' a few Tours to see that a name can move the needle.
  • + 1
 @solephaedrus: Exactly. They sponsor these guys to make money, not out of charity. There has to be some return for the sponsor, or they wouldn't do it.
  • + 1
 @Garpur44: His pedals are nice though, and British.
  • + 1
 @clemson: this isn't true for DH bikes though.
  • + 4
 How has the Ratboy announcement not been made over here yet? Some other site has an official press release and interview video, and no mention here at all. Who at PB pissed in Cannondales Cheerios?
  • + 1
 It was @glasvagas i think
  • + 3
 2019, the Bike Industry is moving their marketing strategy from Racing platform to Social media platform. Social Media has more impact on viewership than Racing. DH and Enduro is still a niche race. I wish Rocky Mt., Santa Cruz, and Specialized and others goes back to their freeriding roots and showcase more of that through social media.
  • - 2
 Well I can tell you Rocky Mt. are moving more in to the free ride and social media/Instagram
My friends at Trailpeek just signed a deal with them.
www.youtube.com/channel/UCBPN_pDX1jrT5BkuwjbaaIQ
  • + 6
 Even if this is true, Rachel and Gee probably have a bigger social media following than nearly all mtb athletes. In the UK Rachel gets coverage on mainstream BBC TV, I don't think any mountain biker has more exposure here (maybe Danny Mac if he counts)
  • + 6
 Not sure I agree with that statement, as a whole, but there are signs of this...and I don't like it. The word 'aspirational' gets thrown around too much, and something many 'social media magnets' do not have is the "I wanna be like that" vibes you get from a great athlete. Someone thats cute, handsome, living the dream with ride selfies on epic trips just doesnt do it for me. Not to say social is invalid, but, racing is king.
That being said, wish the icons of racing, Athertons find a good home.
  • + 1
 Specialized and Rocky Mountains roots are definitely not in freeriding they were racing long before freeriding was even thought of.
  • + 1
 #MAKEFREERIDEGREATAGAIN
  • + 5
 When they listed what the athertons delivered for trek they meant what Rachel Atherton delivered. Apart from the red bull Hardline.
  • + 7
 Kade didn't win a world championship?
  • + 2
 @sino428: erm he kinda did win the 2018 DH world championships!
  • - 1
 @sino428: 0003100201010402FFFFFFFFFFFFFFF2
  • - 1
 @sino428: oops that was meant to be a link
  • - 1
 Redbull delivered hardline. It wouldnt have happened otherwise.
  • + 4
 @CM999: Sorry... Athertons delivered Hardline with the help of Redbull. They approached the Athertons and asked what they would like to do, and Dan came up with Hardline. It was built Id suggest with Redbull money no question, but the work was done by Dan and Rachel's man Olley Davey and the Dyfi dig/build crew. As is evident with the the Atherton's bike park "Dyfi Bike Park", that is nearing completion... Dan was building there on his own anyways, it just turned into Hardline on alot of their main downhill run they had used for years. And as far as what they deliver, Athertons have a pretty large online following, allll of it splattered with Trek on every surface... walking talking bike advertisements for the brand. Oh yes, and Gee doing MANY course previews on Redbull TV, AND commentating. So, yes... Trek got what they paid for lads.
  • + 1
 @Arzeripper: The original comment was talking about Gee's win at Hardline, not who created the event.
  • + 6
 If they go to specialized, they're all doomed.
  • + 6
 Athertons going full enduro. Mark my words!
  • + 2
 Wouldn't surprise me!
  • + 10
 I'd rather draw a winky on your head with a permanent marker to be honest
  • + 0
 @murfio: Whats a winky, friend?
  • + 9
 @MindPatterns: something with one eye, but - ironically - not because it's winking...
  • + 2
 @MindPatterns:
8=====D
  • + 1
 Not full.... not yet anyways.
  • + 3
 @BenPea @egb81: Thanks for helping me out here! Big Grin
  • + 1
 That phase has come and gone, maybe random races as pr media exposure that’s all
  • + 5
 Athertons - NORCO
Gwin, Moir & Mulally - INTENSE
Blenki & Angel - YT
Reece Wilson, Kade and Charlie Harrison - TREK
  • + 2
 Trek Racing and Atherton Racing are two different companies 'Team Atherton' have been around for years on many different bikes, So Kade is leaving Team Atherton but staying at Trek. The title of the post is 'THE ATHERTONS LEAVE TREK'
  • + 1
 Can the bike industry organise some winter races or bike launches next year so we don't need this ridiculous mass exodus nonsense to fill up the news feeds?

In a way it would have been good for Rachel to have stayed at Trek as you can see from their road, CX and XC line up they're investing heavily in an all star women's team
  • + 1
 Winter races? You mean Winter Bike?
  • + 2
 Atherton's are a Team, this late in their careers.. no reason to ride separately. You get em' all or you get none. Even Dan is a Redbull "associate". Hardline is a big event, dont kid yourself.
  • + 1
 Wouldn’t surprise me if they go to Merida and end up racing the Ex Enduro despite Rachel claiming she can’t ride uphills yet put up a post asking everyone on instagram what big races should she do this year...????. What ever discipline they decide to do (Gee’s suggestive post of a different direction) their main bikes will be 29ers.
  • + 2
 "We’ve all reached a stage in our lives and careers where we want to do something different"

I guess they will become business men and start their own brand. Boom.
  • + 1
 Like the Dyfi Bike Park maybe?

I wonder what this post from Gee was all about... www.instagram.com/p/BoO-tc2ning
  • + 1
 @Mattgc: I guess thats a hot lead Smile
  • + 9
 @Mattgc: The most striking thing about that photo is Dan's smiling. I didn't know he could do that.
  • + 1
 @metaam: a rare sight indeed!
Word on the ground in the Dyfi is that the bike park is close to announcing an opening
  • + 5
 I'm pretty sure Rachel won't become a man.
  • + 1
 I'm with you on the turn to something that capitalizes more directly on their brand, as business [people]. The announcement wording from Gee doesn't seem to indicate yet another plain vanilla frame / components sponsors. Dyfi and maybe their own branded bike stuff / licensed deals?
  • + 1
 @Mattgc: Yeah Donny mentioned this on GMBN yesterday.
  • + 3
 Really hoping Kent International makes a move soon.
  • + 3
 Wish them the best. They were both so fun to watch in 2018.
  • + 1
 Trek definitely got their money's worth. But how well did the Trek 29er actually do? I thought Rachel still rode the 27.5 all season.
  • + 1
 Yeah, I think it went "alright", but it was a big bike for Rachel, Gee was hurt on it right away and rumor is he was gun shy until the last couple races of the season, but then he podiumed on it...so who the hell knows. Paul Aston didn't like it so maybe it's not that great of a ride...
  • + 3
 Fair play for taking Charlie with you, top lad he is
  • + 1
 They've signed with ROG (Rog bikes) Ljubljana. Downhill bike model is calling PONY...
You will see it soon.
Link: rogbikes.com/trgovina/kolesa/classic-3
  • + 2
 Wish you Athertons the best for 2019!
  • + 2
 Rachel just liked a post from Canyon on Instagram...just sayin Smile
  • + 0
 Not going to say I'm surprised but definitely a shock. The Athertons were a huge help to Trek and Trek to them. Cant wait to see what else 2019 brings.
  • + 2
 Scott or Cube ???? they like to help develop new DH bikes.
  • + 2
 Best luck to them for whatever they plan to do. Such inspiring athletes.
  • - 1
 Rach and Gee will be on different teams.

Gee prob Norco help develop bike and any young riders.
Rach to Syndicate or Saracen/madison or a team with out a female rider (to help with team standings etc)
  • + 1
 Are they making the switch to enduro? I wonder where they are going?
  • + 1
 What about Charlie Hatton?
  • + 1
 It said he'll go with them
  • + 1
 Atherton goes to privateer
  • + 1
 Gee will be driving for Ford!
  • + 1
 hopefully a more suitable bike design for them all
  • + 1
 I know I know I know ... giggle ???????? ????
  • + 1
 Athertons to arbr.bike
  • + 1
 Does anyone really give too boots??
  • + 2
 Next stop Norco.
  • + 1
 Indeed
  • + 1
 With so many component sponsors does the frame sponsor really matter?
  • + 1
 Chasin' the dollars. And who can blame them?
  • + 4
 They're chasing support. Not everyone is supportive of the direction they want to go.
  • + 1
 @onemanarmy: Seems they've had a lot of support from Trek. They redesigned the latest Session around their input no?

I'm not hatin'. When you're that skilled, you can rip on anything, and it all comes down to the bottom line.
  • + 2
 @onemanarmy: Unless you have inside info it's speculation from both our ends. I only say had, because they have left the team. I assume they would continue to have support if they chose to keep riding for Trek.
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 @onemanarmy: Okay, I suppose you should likely nut up or shut up at this point, you sound like a massive hater unless you have some secret squirrel info nobody else has.
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 @Arzeripper: Kinda harsh lol
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 I hope they go either Evil or Transition that would be awesome.
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 Neither of them can afford them. And Transition has wisely invested in Seagrave. Why would they bring on her direct comp...
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 I hear this morning Athertons to ARBR Bikes
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 I'd like them to join an underrated bike, maybe dartmoor, mongoose, or others..that would be awesome.
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 Gee to enduro?
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 Athertons to Cannondale
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 Gwin back to Trek?
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 ANOTHA ONE
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 I hope they don't go to Cube, otherwise they're in for a cracking season...
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 CUBE - Phil Atwil & Gaetan Vige
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 So many departures, yet so few arrivals! GWINTENSE times Wink
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 Still waiting to hear who gwin is riding for... What is taking so long?!
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 He will be riding for the Athertons Wink
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 He's just riding an ebike on instagram, so probably a company with an ebike range
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 Gwin and Mullaly to trek with Kade would be a crazy good team ya?
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 In Vital MTB rumor Specialized made some room and is picking up Gwin.
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 Intense so I hear
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 Good for Kade at least but Charlie?! Come on ...
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 Athertons all on Honda Rn01's for 2019. Now that would be a headline!!
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 #signrandy
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 Transition already did
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 Meh, who cares.... what team is Randy on?
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 Transition, but that's old news.
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 Gwin+Trek=winning
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 Gwin to Trek
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 My guess is Merida.
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