Fabio Wibmer Announces Departure From Specialized

Dec 30, 2019
by Sarah Moore  


It looks like YouTube sensation Fabio Wibmer will be sending his gigantic stair gaps on a different bike next year. After five years and countless videos, Fabio Wibmer is moving on from Specialized.


bigquotesGoodbye and thank you Specialized!
It's been an honor riding the past 5 years for such a dedicated and supportive brand!
We've accomplished a lot together and it’s been an unbelievable journey.
Thank you guys for believing in me since the beginning! I really appreciate the support I got over the years ❤ It’s now time to move on and I’m super excited for 2020.
Fabio Wibmer

Fabio Wibmer performs during Follow Fabio in Berlin Germany on October 10 2019. Hannes Berger Red Bull Content Pool AP-21UF9XV951W11 Usage for editorial use only
Photo Hannes Berger / Red Bull Content Pool


We'll update you when we find out who Wibmer will be riding for in 2020.


132 Comments

  • 274 4
 IS ANYONE RIDING FOR ANYONE IN 2020?!?!?!?!..........
  • 70 0
 Sam Hill isn't moving teams. So at least one
  • 24 4
 I logged-in just to ‘like’ this post.
  • 39 0
 the year of the pro-vateer?
  • 28 1
 Barelli will Shred his Commencal again in 2020!!
  • 8 0
 William Robert off Commencal too.
  • 52 3
 I‘ll still be running my Santa Cruz.
  • 15 43
flag scott-townes (Dec 30, 2019 at 19:05) (Below Threshold)
 Good lord.... PB is just covering anyone leaving a sponsor this year. Its nothing new. PB is just ramping up their BS team swap coverage which doesn't mean squat.
  • 1 0
 hahahahaha
  • 48 5
 This just in. Prototype XC rear triangles off of the trail bike front triangle for 2020.

Rear triangle statement:

Goodbye and thank you Pole trail frame front triangle! It's been an honor riding, during the PB bike review, for such a supportive front end! We've accomplished very little together and it’s been an unbelievable journey. Thank you Pole for believing in me for such a short period of time! It’s now time to move on and although I am crushed and broken, I’m super excited to be redesigned in 2020.
  • 6 1
 So... I’ll just be... sitting here... just chillin... with no sponsors... yay
  • 9 0
 I still ride for myself in 2020.
  • 5 0
 Lay off employees that we've staffed with all of our Family and Friends or let go of a super star Global Rider? Sorry Fabio Nepotism wins every time with these companies...
  • 1 0
 @xmicherx: Following...
  • 1 0
 I'm riding for myself. which is what we all should be doing. Does that answer your question?
  • 2 0
 My undies are no longer riding for OneUp
  • 1 0
 @anotherstoneinthewoods: Good to know I will be riding the fastest enduro bike in the world x4 then Wink
  • 142 4
 Next: Gee Atherton is off of Atherton Bikes...
  • 17 0
 How baller would it be tho if Atherton picked up Fabio?!?!
  • 30 1
 @WasatchEnduro: that would be cracking news
  • 45 0
 These articles are becoming an infinite feedback loop, with comments recycling themselves through new brains. Something needs to end 2019 fast.
  • 3 0
 @WasatchEnduro: that'd be sick...Gee do it mon...sign that lad up.
  • 10 0
 I can’t think of a better way to show people how strong their fabrication method is than to get someone like Fabio thrashing those bikes
  • 11 3
 Yt has the $ for fab
  • 3 0
 @WasatchEnduro: if they picked up Fabio and dropped gee ????????
  • 2 1
 @BenPea: I was just thinking the same, I read the same comments on every team related posts lately..
  • 3 0
 @Gassymagee: Exactly- must have bike brands scared he 'll break their frames. That's never good press.
  • 1 0
 @BenPea: I mean.... Time moves pretty quick...
  • 2 0
 @WasatchEnduro: No doubt he would break those things.
  • 1 0
 @makripper: First thought too.
  • 56 1
 Heard he is starting his own brand of bikes specially designed for hammering flights of stairs
  • 85 0
 called the stairmaster... wait
  • 11 1
 maybe they'll start with one that doesn't bottom into the seat every hit
  • 7 1
 @mtbmaniatv: FBM already did that
  • 21 0
 Peloton bikes look promising..
  • 9 0
 I heard he's going to .243 racing and developing a new triple clamp dj
  • 5 0
 @rideitall-bmx-dh-road-unicycle: is that what the sound was on basically every landing in urban freeride 3?
  • 1 0
 @felimocl: deep cut
  • 3 0
 @felimocl: Thor Wixom's JIB 3 Fabio Edition!!!
  • 1 0
 @sdurant12: yes.... so crazy they didn't fix it haha
  • 1 0
 So...Brooklyn Machine Works?
  • 36 0
 We'll see a lot of canyon gaps and big senders. Maybe he'll get some stitches too
  • 8 0
 maybe even shift him into shape
  • 4 0
 It does seem like he strives to get better.
  • 6 0
 Whatever bike he is on, it will have to put up with a lot of torque.
  • 5 0
 All we know is that Specialized is Fabioless. Great, just great.
  • 35 0
 For Sale 2019 Specialized Demo. Never seen dirt. Pro owner, mechanic serviced.
  • 27 2
 Moving to Brooklyn Machine Works.
  • 29 6
 He’d need to grow beard first...
  • 6 3
 @WAKIdesigns: so good. Lol
  • 4 0
 @WAKIdesigns: he could call up Jordan from Sick Bikes and ask if he still plans to move forward with that Kickstarter bike...
  • 19 0
 2020, MTB STOPS EXISTING
  • 16 0
 2020 is the return of Iron Horse bikes and Fabio is their first rider!!
  • 10 0
 I ship this.
  • 25 7
 Iron Horse Some Day
  • 3 9
flag makripper (Dec 30, 2019 at 17:44) (Below Threshold)
 Please no. Iron horse was over rated
  • 1 0
 @makripper: you know nothing!!! Iron horse for fun and off cambers Big Grin Sick bike
  • 2 0
 Sam Hill may have been on a modified Sunday but I think Adam Brayton was on the stock bike and he got along quite well (considering his part in the Earthed 3 video).
  • 1 1
 @Kacus88: have you owned a Sunday or any of their bikes? The maintenance was horrendous. Also heavy af. It's the rider not the bike
  • 11 0
 Fabio Wibmer signs with Karpiel Bikes and helps create a looooooong travel stair-hucking dual shock freeride rig together with Josh Bender Imagine that
  • 11 0
 All the pros leaving want to be part of the Pinkbike 2020 Privateer series.
  • 13 1
 Santa Cruz...with Danny?
  • 5 0
 my money on this!
  • 5 0
 would be sick but why would they want two similar riders in their rooster? one danny is enough ... or a triple threat with danny, fabio and chris akrigg
  • 1 0
 @funkzander: but isn't the DH team essentially that...?
  • 1 0
 @Gravity-Fiend: besides the popular dh team
  • 1 8
flag blacktea (Dec 30, 2019 at 23:43) (Below Threshold)
 Danny who?
  • 2 0
 2019 isn't over (at least over here) so chances are Danny MacAskil still lelaves SC before Fabio joins.
  • 7 0
 Not that anyone really cares but I will be moving on from my trusted YT Capra (for sale in January) to ride a Lapierre Spicy Fit 8.0 for 2020.

Happy New Year everyone at Pinkbike and thank you for yet another year of world class reading and viewing material!
  • 8 0
 Mongoose doesn’t have deeper pockets than Spesh, right?

Wibmer is SICK!
  • 3 0
 Not sure. The margins on cheap bikes are much bigger than they are on expensive bikes.
  • 8 0
 It seems everytime i log onto pb someone quit lol
  • 25 0
 So you're to blame?
  • 8 1
 I heard he signed with Husqvarna to ride their Emtb’s...
  • 9 3
 i feel like all these announcements could just be made on one post....this is getting ridiculous
  • 6 2
 Clickbait is real.
  • 4 0
 I think its YT. After droping so many pros it would make total sense to have someone ride there bikes who has an huge influence on the kids and then buy a YT
  • 2 0
 Losidan has announced he is parting ways with Kona bikes. In a statement on his insta page “the last four years have been amazing and I thank kona for letting me pay full RRP on their bikes”

When asked what the future holds “depends what’s in the january sales really”
  • 3 0
 So, no more Specialized bikes. More riding on the Inspired bike and for the rest everything on the bike from "Out of Mind".
  • 7 3
 I wish the UCI would say Goodbye to mtb
  • 2 0
 Any alternative comes to mind?
  • 4 0
 He's coming for Mongoose.
  • 3 2
 As someone says on "that other site", I wonder if the market is saturated or if these are early signs of recession, as in this case marketing budgets are the first to get slashed.
  • 3 0
 Economic slowdown is already happening globally but mtb is never hit that hard. It's a small market
  • 3 0
 Want to know where the market is going?

Ebikes.

Specialized Turbo line is out selling all their other bike lines except for mountain bikes.. And that gap is closing fast too.
  • 2 0
 The world has been in a recession since 2001. We are seeing the short term effects of central bank money printing diminish and salaries cannot keep up with the cost of living. it's called stagflation -same shit world wide. Bike companies hardly make money anyway and sponsors have better places to invest their money. unfortunate.
  • 3 0
 Will be interesting to see which company is willing to see their bike destroyed in front of 5 million + youtube viewers
  • 3 0
 Won't be Rocky
  • 3 1
 @onemind123: I agree, won't be Rocky or Pole the way Fabio rides lol. I believe his last video spelled the end of his relationship with Specialized or maybe his contract already ended and this was his last Specialized video (so he decided to go all out). Will be interesting to see which bike company will take the chance with Wibmer, or maybe they will have some more strict rules for him and his videos (the rewards could be worthwhile, as long as he does not break their bikes). I do know he won't be doing the "huck to flat" videos for PB, as none of the bikes may not survive...lol
  • 4 0
 In and out but will any company support Denim Destroyer?
  • 2 0
 Levi's
  • 4 1
 Hear me out guys Fabio = SICK! = Sick = bike company
  • 2 4
 I'm inclined to think the same -- Fabio is so big now that I would not be surprised to see him create his own bike brand.
  • 3 0
 @cool3: He can build a brand around the romance novel circa 1980 with names like the L'amour, Scandalous, and Lover's Bluff.
  • 3 0
 Commencal is stocking up!!!
  • 3 0
 Gabriel Wibmers cousin just ended with the big S
  • 2 0
 Hyper finally ready to release their bikes for 2020. Walmart stair hucks coming up!
  • 3 1
 Wonder if the last video with the broken bikes and security scrambles had anything to do with it?
  • 3 0
 Or maybe he knew the contract wouldn’t be prolonged and went all in for that movie? Conspiracies everywhere
  • 2 0
 @ORAORA: Sounds quite likely, good perspective.
  • 3 0
 I'm pretty sure "SANTA" came with a deep pocket gift this year ;-)
  • 2 0
 What ever happened to loyalty. Stupid to get rid of this guy, his edit are money!
  • 3 0
 Too many broken bikes?
  • 3 1
 New freeride bike company everyone is porting over to?
  • 1 0
 Sponsored by Atherton bikes. I'd like to know when one could even buy one?..
  • 1 0
 Email them, they are starting production
  • 2 0
 5 years is really long for a demo ride
  • 1 0
 Good one
  • 1 0
 bender sent Fabio a dm after that stair hucking video and said bruh you n I need to have a yerba mate and talk...
  • 1 0
 Big move for Wibmer.... $$$$$$$$$$$ (is that enough $$$ signs???)
  • 1 0
 I'm betting this was Fabio's decision.
  • 1 0
 Well he broke a lot of them in Paris ... hahahaaa
  • 2 1
 Can we have a "Racing rumours" option in the news settings filters please?
  • 1 1
 ...or just tag these articles "Racing" as well.
  • 5 5
 Breaking news: The Athertons part ways from Atherton bikes
  • 2 0
 I get the satire behind your comment. Shame others dont.
  • 1 0
 @betsie: thank you ahaha
  • 1 0
 My money on Santa Cruz!
  • 1 0
 Scott for sure...
  • 1 0
 Welcome to Canyon bikes.
  • 1 3
 Canyon 100%
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