FMD Racing Part Ways With Transition Bikes

Dec 20, 2019
by James Smurthwaite  
Tahnee rode the rocks like a boss

There's going to be a new frame sponsor for the FMD Racing team after four years of successful partnership with Transition.

During the past four years, FMD Racing have raced and developed both the TR 500 and the TR11 bikes. It has been a fruitful partnership with six World Cup wins, Whip Off titles and plenty of podiums too. FMD broke the news this morning in an open love letter penned to the Bellingham based company.


An Open Letter to Transition Bikes

When we realised we were moving away, we went through a full spectrum of emotion. We seem to be caught between being proud of everything we have accomplished together and the life we will embark on without you. You have been in our lives for the past four years - you weren’t just our frame supplier but the sponsor that knew us best - you were family.

We feel so blessed that you were in our lives and we are concerned if we can hit the highs without you - we sure will try ;-). Even though we are moving into a new relationship, we will still pick up the phone or text and email. Although we will miss the times when we would meet, drink and be merry.

We have so many memories together - good, bad, and ugly. Tahnée’s first World Cup win, Junior podiums, Youth podiums, Whip-Off titles. You were there through the injuries and social media. Your support has given us so much over the years that we do not know how to thank you. We built a bike, we took it beyond 11 and we partied - boy did we party… you helped shape us into the team we are today and for that we THANK YOU.

We are now entering into a new relationship and the excitement that comes with it (rest assured we will continue to party ;-)). Remember, there are people out there that need you, you truly inspire them to be better riders from the fun bikes you create.

Please continue to cheer for us

Love always

FMD Racing x

Kaos Seagrave figured the best way to see the the track was from a birds eye view from high above

Kaos Seagrave also posted on his Instagram:

bigquotesTHANK YOU, you guys believed in us and helped us be ourselves and go from a little family team to a bigger family team. Thanks for the party and an awesome 4 years, bunch of GC’sKaos Seagrave

There's no official news on what bikes the team will be running next year, although we mentioned that there have been links to Canyon in our Team Rumours article posted earlier this off season. We're expecting official confirmation in the New Year and will update you when we have it.


84 Comments

  • 87 1
 This Brexit thing is getting out of hand.
  • 47 0
 It'll be strange seeing them riding anything different, let the rumors commence...
  • 38 34
 I hear @Pinkbike is making there own frames and that’s what they will be ridding to match the terrible pink fox gear they had this year.
  • 14 1
 Word on the streets says Canyon, lets wait and see
  • 14 0
 @T-Bot: I quite like the crazy gear that fox makes, considering I'm wearing odd shoes today I'm not the best person to comment haha
  • 47 1
 I reckon Muc-Off are developing their own frames. Carbon pre-preg'd with cleaning solution and silicone spray so the mud don't stick, and the bike can slip sideways through the air.
  • 16 0
 @ROOTminus1: instead of a shock it's just an aerosol can
  • 1 0
 @ROOTminus1: GENIUS! would love to see that!
  • 14 0
 Yes, let the rumors commencal
  • 4 0
 @ROOTminus1:
He said pre-preg'd. hehe
  • 3 5
 Pole Bikes? Just make sure they don't provide the prototype XC rear ends with the downhill front ends. heheh
  • 6 0
 Definitely Seagrave bikes
  • 9 0
 Obviously Mazdas getting into making bikes
  • 6 0
 @T-Bot:

Since it's Christmas...

Their: belonging to - Pinkbike is making their own frames.
There: in, to, or at a place - Pinkbike left one of their frames over there, below the Christmas tree.
They're: "they are" - Pinkbike has clearly stated that they're making pink frames to match pink fox gear.
  • 11 0
 @MRwillP: Thier not gonna care that there using the wrong grammer over theyre
  • 2 0
 Riders are wearing tighter clothes again, Ben Cathro is getting more attention than he's had in preceding years, FMD is supported by Muc-Off... of course FMD should be riding Orange bikes!
  • 36 1
 I hear theyre going to Atherton Bikes...
  • 2 2
 Makes sense. If you watch sideline coverage Rachel and Tahnee seemed to be friends, the only other woman's DH racer she is seen hanging with is Nina H. Rachel said in an interview last summer she doesn't have many friends in racing.
  • 9 0
 @fruitsd79: Really? Friends? Have you been watching a not quite parallel universe?
  • 2 0
 @Cord1: hot take. Want me to paste the interview link?
  • 24 1
 I heard it will be Cove. It’ll be the Shocker of the season.
  • 4 4
 Is Cove still in business?
  • 5 1
 @MTBLegend92: Not really. They sell a catalog suspension bike and a rebranded Lynsky ti hardtail. Brian Kelly left, and with him went the in-house designs and Vancouver manufacturing at Yess.
  • 3 1
 @mammal: I blame AngryStu
  • 2 1
 @jaydawg69: Stu can certainly take the blame for still riding his 2011 Hustler, being angry, and not liking good beer.
  • 2 1
 @mammal: being angry isn't good for Customer Service and hurt the brand.
  • 2 0
 @jaydawg69: Even that wouldn't have sunk them. They chose not to pay a designer/engineer to keep the brand fresh, and only did the bare minimum to keep them going (catalog bikes, still highly priced). So they became extinct.
  • 2 0
 @mammal: agreed. It's a shame though, Chaz rules.
  • 1 0
 @jaydawg69: Agreed. The heyday, when they had a full range of durable, Canadian-made bikes that ripped. Huge local following. Andrew Mitchell as Canadian DH Champ, and Stevie Smith as Junior champ, both on the Shocker. That was a solid brand. And yeah, Chaz is a legend.
  • 16 2
 They're going to Hyper. The company that never gets around to releasing an DH/Freeride bike, even though they've been sponsoring riders and prototyping one forever
  • 6 0
 I cannot comprehend what's happening over there, man.
  • 10 0
 While bummed to see them not on a TR, I have to say that the open letter is pure class. True respect for what Transition did for them, and a way to walk away and progress, leaving nothing but a good relationship and fond memories. That's what it's all about.
  • 9 0
 Turns Pinkbike on for the first time in a few days and it's all farewell and breakup news. What happened to the christmas spirit.
  • 1 0
 Jan 1st deadline, plus the way the holidays line up, means all the news lands now, per James S. here:
www.pinkbike.com/news/jack-moir-confirms-departure-from-intense-factory-racing.html
  • 1 0
 ...News followed by a new bike day!! High Christmas spirit!!
  • 1 0
 Some breakups are happy! Look at it this way, they can ride anything they want over Christmas. Now that’s a good gift!
  • 9 0
 I wonder what frame FMD Racing will Sender on next season??
  • 4 9
flag JOSHARVEY21 (Dec 20, 2019 at 3:53) (Below Threshold)
 This is genius
  • 5 1
 @JOSHARVEY21: Strive for genius and maybe you can at least reach mediocrity.
  • 3 1
 I think that Canyon will release some major news in the next months. First of all, their team is very strong, and rumors are going around that FMD will also ride canyon next year. It'll be interesting to see if and how this partnership is going to happen, maybe even some kind of FMD Factory Team ?
Secondly, I believe that Canyon will finally rework the Sender this year. While it still seems very capable, all their other bikes have gotten major changeovers in the last years, and at some point they will have to launch a Sender 29''. Would love to see some more budget friendly 29er DH bikes on the market, even though it would break my heart, as I just bought one.
  • 4 0
 They want more money that Transition can't give them. Not surprising. With Tahnee's success, it was kinda inevitable.
  • 3 0
 Was this the last only wc team running transition? Pitty no more tr11’s out there
  • 2 0
 I don't think shelling out the money to sponsor a WC DH team has really benefited Transition all that much... Yeah, Tahnee and Kaos got them some exposure, but did it sell them a ton more bikes? I'm thinking not really...
  • 6 1
 @lumpy873: yeah i agree. Plus enduro bikes are the bread and butter of most companies im assuming. I just love the tr11. Bruce Klein factory transition. Come onnnn
  • 2 0
 @pargolf8: Bruce on a TR11 focusing on the US races could make sense... I'm thinking he takes Jack's spot at Intense..
  • 1 0
 @lumpy873: I think the Seagraves did a lot to showcase and further legitimize a solid brand. Transition wasn't trying to sell a bunch of DH frames. The woods of the West Coast are teeming with trail Trannys.
  • 3 0
 @lumpy873: Tahnee was like 30% of the reason I bought a Scout
  • 2 0
 @endlessblockades: Are these trail trannys an after dark doggin thing ?
  • 2 0
 @spannermonkey73: It's a party in the woods, raw AF
  • 5 1
 canyo'not read?
  • 1 0
 What if it's Marin and they've just been hiding a DH bike from us, they do have several UK riders.... Maybe I just want to see a Marin DH bike
  • 3 0
 They're going Commie...
  • 12 0
 They've run out of frames, due to 95% of privateers around the world racing Supremes...
  • 3 2
 From big gap to Canyon, big Transition
  • 1 0
 They will be on Cannondale
  • 11 2
 Cannondale only accepts them if they retire on worldcups and go full E-Mtb
  • 1 0
 KTM throws their coporate might behind mtb and dominates that sport too.
  • 1 0
 Or they do it like their MotoGP program, try to be different, and learn it doesn't work so well.....
  • 2 0
 @texag: good point motobrother. Remember the Honda DH bike ? Fresh engineering concepts could come from the other side of the fence.
  • 1 0
 Specialized! Watch this space
  • 1 0
 New bikes and team members with Kade Edwards and Millie Johnset to join.
  • 1 0
 So here we go
  • 4 4
 My money is on Orange bikes. New protos amd new models
  • 5 0
 I would love that, but can’t really see Orange sponsoring a WC team.
  • 9 5
 @lewiscraik: why? They'd only have to sell one frame to fund it, total rip off
  • 1 0
 @ctd07: They don’t really need to differentiate themselves from other brands by racing. The bikes are different enough and the full suspension bikes are built in the UK, which, goes some way to explaining the cost - British workers (and workplace regulations) are more expensive than those in the Far East.
  • 2 0
 Tahnee has been spotted at canyon HQ few months back...
  • 4 0
 Yes I heard Orange is developing a bigger swingarm.
  • 3 2
 Saw them riding Schwinn
  • 1 0
 I see Commencal
  • 2 1
 Randy still needs Tranny
  • 2 4
 Them moving to canyon would be a weird move unless canyon has a new bike on the way. The TR11 is a far more up to date bike when it comes to its numbers and what not.
  • 1 0
 I think that that is in fact very likely. All the other bikes have already been updated to the newest trends, and the Sender hasn't received any big changes in a while. So I wouldn't be surprised if we finally saw a 29er Sender this year.
  • 1 1
 GT or not GT? That is the question.
  • 1 1
 My gut tells me they will ride big flyers
  • 1 0
 Haibike or hyper
  • 2 2
 Canyon would be a step back from Transition IMHO
  • 1 0
 LETS GO INTENSE!!!
  • 1 0
 7 world cup wins......
  • 1 2
 You’ve Scott to be kidding me, this is Giant news!
  • 3 4
 Can’t yon believe it.
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