Commencal Part Ways with George Brannigan

Dec 28, 2017
by COMMENCAL bicycles  
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Ever since George AKA JoJo/GeoGeo/Georgio/GC(Good Clifford) joined the Commencal Vallnord DH Team 2 years ago, it's been nothing but good times, apart from those damned injuries... Heal up again soon bro!

It's always a pleasure to watch George riding a bike whether it's a DH, Enduro or an HT, he will always push himself and test his mad skills to the max. That, together with his professional and upbeat attitude are the reasons why he's one of the best! It was also great timing for us to have Kiwi George in NZ for the opening of Commencal New Zealand. In fact, his 2016 World Champs frame design (his first custom Worlds frame ever) has been a great sales success around the world, so thanks for the inspiration G!

Unfortunately, all good things come to an end and it's time for us to say ciao to George and wish him luck with his future ventures. We can't wait to see his trademark looseness, massive airtime and simple passion for riding for many more years to come yet, whichever bike he's riding… And we’re already looking forward to hearing his flawless French accent around the pits next year!

George Brannigan

George Brannigan
George Brannigan

George Brannigan


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  • + 28
 Is it a Canadian thing to treat a company or organization as if it is a plurality?

The headline should read: "Commencal Parts Ways With George Brannigan". This drives me nuts. Yes I know a company is made up of a few or a lot of people, but the company is still singular. A human being is made up of billions of atoms...yet a human being is still a singular entity.
  • + 6
 Totally with you - it's a common grammatical misconception. Mainstream media does it all the time.
  • + 35
 Commencal ‘part’ ways would be grammatically correct to all Brits on this site I think...
  • + 6
 I think Americans are actually in the minority here. Or maybe I'm wrong, but I definitely know it's not wrong in other countries.
  • + 2
 @wpplayer18: Could be. According to American English grammar rules, it makes no sense.
  • + 11
 Agreed, I'm no expert but I'd also suggest that if the headline read "Commencal and George Brannigan part ways", that would be OK, no?
  • + 2
 It's just a typical Trumpore
  • + 1
 @robaussie99: Yes, that would be technically correct. Although not the recommended strong sentence structure.
  • - 3
 @wpplayer18: And yet have those countries been to the Moon? I thought not.
  • + 46
 Grammar discussion on PB. Still better than ebikes.
  • + 2
 #fakenews
  • + 2
 #nofuhqs
  • + 4
 Yeah you maybe right, but cilantro.
  • + 1
 'Right then, at the risk of being received as being pedantic, I'll chime in. Why not? This one seems fun.

I believe the usage is actually correct, at least according to Merriam-Webster dictionary it is.

www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/part%20ways

Never the less, I get where you're coming from, @TheRaven, and I agree that reference to a company ought be singular; however, for consideration or rejection, perhaps Commencal had its own way, and George had his own way, thus ways had been parted.

Sometimes it's hard to write good. [Tips hat.]

Happy trails, good sir.
  • + 3
 @galliwasp: That link does not support that usage of the word.

To put it in terms that non-grammar-nerds understand (that's an insult to me, not you):

- "part ways" is the plural form of the action - many acting on many or many acting on one. So you could say "riders part ways with e-bikes" or "riders part ways with the rigid dropper post".

- "parts ways" is the singular form of the action - one acting on one or one action on many. So you could say "TheRaven parts ways with a Reverb" or "TheRaven parts ways with SRAM Brakes". What they are saying here would be like saying "TheRaven part ways with Enduro riding" which makes no sense.

It may be that the usage in this article's headline is accepted as correct in Canada or the UK. I'm just pointing out that it's incorrect in the US and bugs the crap out of me. I mean like bothers me in the way that guys who plaster their already brand-plastered bike with more brand-plastering stickers bother me (another one-acting-on-many vs many-acting-on-one example in fact).
  • + 15
 Ooooh can we discuss fork vs. forks next on this singular vs. plural gravy train?
  • + 4
 As "Commencal" could be referring to Max Commencal it could be.... who really cares?
  • + 2
 @ears-in-snow: I feel bamboozled, while learning english I had more than one test about this s
  • + 5
 WTF did I just read!? I was hoping you'd get to the point about how awesome GB has been with Commencal.... alas....
  • + 3
 @el-nombre: I don't even have to click that link to know that David Mitchell is about to shoot somebody.
  • + 2
 @OriginalDonk: How much exactly do I need to fork over for these new forks?
  • + 2
 I feel that companies should be singular when you write about them as a whole; but, generally, there's nothing wrong with using a plural pronoun when you are writing about themselves (as individuals). It rather depends on the writer's perspective rather than grammar per se. What's important is when you use them as a singular pronoun, you should likewise use a singular verb in the same context. Same goes for a plural pronoun, use a plural verb. Otherwise, it'll sound weird to say the least.

However, from the title above, I think that Commencal should have been used as a singular collective noun since from a business perpective the whole company will no longer do business with Mr. Brannigan, not just certain individuals.

#grammarnazi Smile
  • + 1
 @TheRaven: Ha! [Nodding.] I thought you had an issue with the usage of "ways" vs "way". Indeed, you are correct regarding "part" vs "parts". Well played.

My usage peeve is when "your" is used when "you're" is in fact correct. Another one is when "they" is used to refer to an individual. Furthermore, there are such things as preferred/requested pronouns, like ze and zir, for example. It's hard to keep up with it all.

Confession: I used to plaster my bike with stickers. Past tense.
  • + 1
 Who cares?
  • - 1
 I'm sure George has read all that and just thought 'well, thank f*ck they didn't get onto the whole wheel size- looks like a Session-#gotrobbed-bikepark wc dh tracks- thing for once.'
  • + 1
 I'm sure George has read all that and just thought 'well, thank f*ck they didn't get onto the whole wheel size- looks like a Session-#gotrobbed-bikepark wc dh tracks- thing for once.'
  • + 2
 Handlebar or handlebars?
  • + 1
 @mi-bike: Well played sir. Well played.
  • + 2
 No one bring up tyre v’s tire
  • + 1
 In American grammar Commencal would be a singular entity in this sentence. In British grammar, there would be the assumption that even though the company is a singular entity, it is incapable of parting ways with anyone. The understanding would be that "Commencal" refers to the people working there, who the action of parting ways would be attributable to.

In other words, yes you're right, but in the UK this would be the normal way of saying it.

I am from the UK and it annoys the shit out of me!

"Manchester United lose at home". Aargh!
  • + 1
 @TheRaven Hey man, maybe do you know what's the soundtrack of the video?. Best regards.
  • + 3
 Commencal is a brand and not an entity that can part ways with anything. The people of Commencal--the workers, team, owners, etc. can part ways with a team member so that's what they did. It implies that Commencal is a group of people.
  • + 1
 @babathehutt: Commencal most certainly can perform actions. Commencal releases new bikes, sponsors racers, offers warranties...etc. We don't say "Bob from marketing announces the all new Meta"...we say that Commencal announces the new bike.

Yes there are people who make up the company but just like you are made up of many parts we don't refer to your parts - i.e. "babathehutt's legs did a great job on that climb!". To support your argument, you could actually say that "Employees of Commencal part ways with George Brannigan" but that wouldn't really be correct as Bob in marketing had nothing to do with that decision. Unless you get so granular that you name the members of the company's race team management who actually DID make the decision, then you have to stick with the singular "parts ways" version.
  • + 1
 “I'm not sure you get wiser as you get older, Starling, but you do learn to dodge a certain amount of hell.”
― The Silence of the Lambs
  • + 2
 I guess the difference is that in American, Commencal would be replaced by the pronoun It in common use, whereas in UK grammar the pronoun They would be used.
  • + 1
 @JohanG: neither have we. Was a hollywood sound stage to distract the russians from American efforts to plant the seed in Marin county so hippies could create mountain bikes for us to enjoy.
  • + 1
 @TheRaven:
- "parts ways" is the singular form of the action - one acting on one or one action on many. So you could say "TheRaven parts ways with a Reverb" or "TheRaven parts ways with SRAM Brakes". What they are saying here would be like saying "TheRaven part ways with Enduro riding" which makes no sense.

You would structure all those sentences differently and use 'have/has parted ways', 'is parting ways with' etc. You wouldn't use "part ways" in any of those examples (but i'm from a more UK derived dialect).
  • + 1
 What's Cam Cole doing these days? He was another fast kiwi who part ways with commencal
  • + 4
 @mollow: It's been a while since you broke this tired line out. Still too much of a coward to tag me or come out from behind your anonymous screen name though, huh ?

I've been on vacation for three months. But I'll be sure to have lots of typo's for you to be a little bitch about in 2018 while you are trapped inside your cubicle ;-)
  • - 5
flag mollow (Jan 1, 2018 at 21:41) (Below Threshold)
 @davetrumpore: sure Gay-ve
  • + 4
 @mollow: Are your little homophobic slurs supposed to be insults? Or they are just to remind the rest of us you are still behaving like an obnoxious 10 year old who doesn't belong at the big boy table?
  • - 3
 @davetrumpore: lmfao how badly is your ego f*cked trumpwhore
  • + 2
 @mollow: don't think for a second your petty juvinille troll drivel has any effect on the ego of actual adults. Give yourself less credit, think of yourself as less important, and you'd probably be better off. Actually just stop typing. That would be a good start.
  • + 1
 @davetrumpore: OMG Dave, get over it!
  • - 1
 @davetrumpore: oh, the irony!
  • + 1
 @jaame: not gonna happen until this ass stops tagging me below every single article and making rude comments or insults. Enough is enough with the mollow troll/clown.
  • + 0
 @davetrumpore: as far as I'm aware you're unprofessionalism is over the charts...
  • + 1
 @mollow: you're not aware of much ;-)
  • + 29
 #reamtumors
  • + 8
 Him + wyn + Brook = SICK NZ TEAM damn I cant wait to know
  • + 38
 @RedBurn: Time for a Zerode Dh team.
  • - 5
flag rogue28 (Dec 28, 2017 at 14:25) (Below Threshold)
 @RedBurn: @Michael2Barnes: @Smilingtom

Prettt sure Brook retired....
  • + 2
 @rogue28: you what?
  • + 1
 @rogue28: how sure are you
  • + 1
 Check his Instagram comments for the picture announcing his break up with Oakley after 8 years (he’s rocking a red bull hat). Rupert chap and ed masters both say happy retirement, but who knows they could be f*cking around. Damn I fell into an Instagram whole the other day -_-
  • + 3
 @rogue28: Probably worth a trip to New Zealand to experience a bit of this legendary humor firsthand. No shortage of taking the piss and ribbing each other in the Kiwi DH crew. Eddie was telling everybody that Wyn was retiring earlier this year just to get under his brother's skin and may need some new material.
  • + 3
 Brook + Brannigan + Greenland on Mondraker maybe?
  • + 1
 @RedBurn: brook is parting ways with gt
  • + 1
 @rogue28: Brook retired with Oakley, hes with 100% now

hes off GT and on *********

Smile
  • + 1
 @glenno: orange bikes back in the game
  • + 1
 @RedBurn: get out of here with that
  • + 1
 @RedBurn: nope
  • + 26
 Passing around riders like chlamydia
  • + 18
 George produced one of the best edits of all time with this one:

www.pinkbike.com/video/400828

Good luck in 2018 George!
  • + 0
 agreed! Thanks for bring that up!
  • + 4
 I’m sorry but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time.
  • + 8
 him and Mc Donald teaming up would be rad
  • + 17
 Can any one team sustain that much shred?
  • + 9
 I hope devinci
  • + 0
 @mxmtb he comes from there .. returning is something whe rarely see
  • + 4
 I always wonder if the team/rider splits are really as amicable as the press releases would have you believe. Perhaps I'm just cynical, maybe there really are no hard feelings and no one is ever upset about it.
  • + 2
 It's just a job. People change jobs all the time.
  • + 1
 @ajayflex: Yes, and it's probably pointless to acknowledge that sometimes those changes are accompanied with a great deal of upset and turmoil for one or both parties-at least in the "real world" of desk jockey peons.

But maybe you're right and the world of professional MTB is an example of how it should be. Maybe folks can part ways, and still be friends...
  • + 1
 @kjjohnson: I don't get overly philosophical about it.
Sometimes it's amicable, sometimes not. Unless it was the result of a bitter, ongoing fued, I don't see the need to hash out all the gory details Smile
  • + 7
 Where to? That is the question.
  • + 17
 Haibike obviously.....????
  • + 5
 This might be the last time I ever look at the comments. English 101 from a bunch of keyboard basement wizards?? I may have to go punch a wall or something.
  • + 5
 An all Kiwi team would be sick. Himself, Brook, and Wyn. Imagine that
  • + 4
 Why does it say Commencal part ways with George and not George parts ways with Commencal? Is he fired or what?
  • + 3
 Bubbles:"It's pronounced HA-LA-PE-NIO"
Ricky: well, you can get what you want Bubs, but I want jalapeno chips!
  • + 3
 There are a lot of cunning linguists on this site
  • + 3
 maybe mondraker for the rad kiwi
  • + 2
 And wtf is the picture b&w???
  • + 1
 @TheRaven I don't think it's a Canadian thing, just poor writing/editing. It drives me nuts as well.
  • + 2
 Go to GT George! Do it for me
  • + 1
 He just did.
  • + 1
 I do love that only on Pinkbike could the comments get hijacked by grammer nazis. Made. My. Day.
  • + 1
 Any non French left? Diversify Commencal....
  • + 0
 Slow day on the interweb.
  • + 0
 I bet he is going to GT
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