EVIL and MS RACING join forces - Worldcup racing madness!

Feb 24, 2009
by Tyler Maine  
Source: MS Racing/Evil

After weeks of closed-door meetings, dozens of skype calls, and death threats if the word leaks out, Evil Bikes and MS-Racing jointly announce the formation of an all-new UCI Trade Team for 2009. The new Evil Bikes/MS-Racing Team combines the upstart Evil brand with the World Cup winning success of MS-Racing’s management.

The team roster is a mix of young talent and experienced podium riders who have been selected to represent Evil in the company’s launch onto the World Cup scene.Leading off is 19-year old Canadian Stevie Smith. Steve joined Evil at the New Year and since then has been the envy of every grom on internet bike forums by being one of the select few who have been putting in runs on the new Revolt downhill frame. The Vancouver Island pinner is looking to follow-up on his breakout ’08 year in the Elite field and hopes to step onto a World Cup podium this season for Evil Bikes/MS-Racing.

Another new addition to MS-Racing’s roster is Filip Polc. While Filip might not be a household name in North America, the 26-year old Slovakian rider has been turning in solid results for many seasons on the World Cup circuit. The Polcster is a rarity these days in that he competes in World Cup downhill and 4X events as well as the occasional Mega Avalanche event. Piloting the new Evil Faction frames in 4X events, Filip is looking to jump back into the podium mix for ’09.

Returning to the MS-Racing Team for a second season is 24-year old downhill ace Matti Lehikoinen. The Fin brings a strong resume to the program with two World Cup wins under his belt and a 2007 World Cup 2nd Overall ranking. Coming off a bit of a tough 2008 season, that began with broken vertebrae and ended with both wrists broken, Matti has been rehabilitating and preparing for the 2009 campaign at the Red Bull Training Center in Austria. Getting up and coming back like that is pure Evil spirit!


In the team’s quest for World supremacy expect no prisoners to be taken, lots of ladies’ hearts to be broken, and a whole load of riding to go down. Evil Bikes/MS-Racing will kick the season off in South Africa for round 1 of the UCI World Cup Series. This will be the first World Cup race of the new Evil Revolt downhill and Faction hardtail frames. The team will contest the UCI World Cup Series, the World Championships, the US Open, and other select international mountain bike events.

Team Director Markus Stöckl commented; “MS-Racing has been working on building of our vision of a mountain bike team for almost 5 years and we have worked with a couple of partners in the past. After we won the 4X team overall and women's 4X overall title in 2008 we felt stagnant somehow and knew it was time for a change; new partners, new visions and new input. Evil Bikes is a new company but with experts behind the scenes who have been influencing mountain biking for a while now. From our first meeting I knew they shared the same passion and vision for the sport that is needed to build a successful team.”

Team Manager Lukas Haider echoed the big boss’ words and added, “From my side it is a great opportunity to work with Evil, not just to be the first team to race Dave Weagle’s new Delta System, but also because the people who are working behind the scene of Evil are as passionate as we are. I am really looking forward to working with all the people at Evil Bikes and the new crew of riders in ‘09.”

Evil Owner Kevin Walsh commented; “From the moment I picked up the giant Austrian at the Seattle airport, Markus and I hit it off, the Austrian Schnapps and fine chocolate certainly helped though! It is pretty rare to find highly motivated, like-minded people and organizations that truly share the same ideals and can have fun doing it. We are like a bad 80's mullet haircut, business in the front and party in the back! We are excited to partner with MS-Racing and continue to support World Cup mountain bike racing and help grow the sport globally. This is nothing shy of a dream come true, a Slayer tour bus, filled with a rogue team of amazing athletes, ambassadors, friends, personalities and creative thinkers that are going to make some serious change at every stop!”

Evil Bikes/MS-Racing will compete on Evil Revolt frames for downhill and Faction hardtail frames for 4X. Other team sponsors and suppliers include Gravity, Fox Racing Shox, Formula Brake, e.thirteen Components, Mavic, crankbrothers, ITS, WTB, and ODI.




44 Comments

  • + 2
 Vanderham is on Evil.. test rode the Evil Revolt.. hands down the best Dh bike I've ridden.. makes my Sunday seem slow.. quiet as a mouse..
  • + 1
 all these guys wondering what's up. one of the guys I know who has one said the same thing" super quiet" "best bike he has ever ridden" seems to be the general consensus with all the pros who have ridden it.
Evil bikes are going to Kill it. anyone who's ridden one wants one. If anyone wants to be one of the first to own one Fluidride is taking down payments and you will jizz in your pants.
  • + 3
 I hope Matti has a better season this year, gonna be a great team Big Grin
  • + 4
 i couldn't agree more.
  • + 3
 Hopefully big things from Stevie Smith this year, he's a pinner!
  • + 3
 aah yes.. but they will have no factory team ?
  • + 0
 the MS-Intense wasn't a factory team either...
  • + 3
 Guess Steve Smith is making it out of Cassidy
  • + 1
 hehe yea Smile ...his mother told that ...and becomes it Big Grin
  • + 3
 thats pretty cool, but i am gonna miss ms intense
  • + 3
 awesome. that will be a sick team
  • + 3
 sweet
  • + 5
 the most nice in that is STEVE SMITH !!!!!!!
  • + 17
 Hope Matti has an injury free season, he's damn fast!
  • + 3
 DAAAMMMMMN that is one fine team.
  • + 3
 FILIP POLC WHOOOOOOOWWW
  • + 0
 Isn't Marcus Stockl the guy that got the world record speed on an M6? Correct me if I'm wrong
  • + 1
 Its coming sick team to this season!
  • + 1
 sounds like a good team to me.
  • + 0
 so are we ever going to get to see one of these new bikes or will this team just show up with a 3d graphic of a bike?
  • - 2
 there is a thomas vanderham video talking aout his Evil Bike on Littermag.. I believe its called the revolt
  • + 1
 Sick, I had no Idea Matti was going to be on the team. Polc's a hero to.
  • + 0
 steve smith killls it hard sick new crew for 09 session
  • + 0
 seriously, where does that leave beerten, suemasa, and swanguen?
  • + 1
 gonna be sick
  • + 0
 so intense are gona have no team this year ?
  • + 0
 They have X fusion/Intense for one of there teams
  • + 0
 Thers also the CRC team with Kovaric and co.
  • + 1
 one word....sick !!! Razz
  • + 0
 What happened to Suemasa, Beerten and Swanguen?
  • + 0
 what happened to Vanderham?
  • + 3
 Vanderham does not race DH, he freerides. THis is the DH team.
  • + 3
 I think he is there, but for product testing etc.
  • - 2
 I don't think Vanderham competes in UCI World Cup races...
  • + 0
 On a different note, what has become of the Tomac team if Delfs went to Morewood and Polc to Evil?
  • + 7
 "what happend to vanderham"...thanks, made my daySmile
  • + 0
 Alright, so this is what it is. Vanderham is still with Evil bikes, but, as Brule has already pointed out, he rather freerides, so it is no point in including him in the DH team. Thomas left Rocky Mountain back in the summer for good and then signed up with Evil bikes. This is when the new Revolt was nothing but an idea over the table. They say Thomas then gave some feedback on it and that at the same time he was testing for Saint somewhere in the US (apparently, this is when he crashed his bike and they rushed him into hospital by helicopter). He seems to be alright now. He's sold all of his RM bikes in this site, and even when I am positive he's still with Evil, I've really no clue as to what he might be doing now. Maybe he's just hanging out with his friends or something.
  • + 0
 he is in santa cruz or was in santa cruz testing the Revolt..
  • + 0
 Lol sorry guys i didnt read it properly, thought it was just another update on Evil's riders.

I know vanderham is a freerider lol =]
  • + 1
 sick team
  • + 0
 awesome
  • + 0
 Slovakia go go !...
  • - 2
 ooks to be a competitor to the the yeti team, skill wise

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