Off-Season Wheels & Deals: Sponsor Changes Round Up

Feb 1, 2019
by James Smurthwaite  
This feels like one of the most protracted silly seasons ever with rumours flying before the dust settled in Lenzerheide and still dragging on now into February. We've probably heard all the biggest news by now but there are still plenty of smaller tid-bits of information floating around the web. Here's a run down of some we've come across recently.

Luca Shaw picks up Monster sponsorship

Luca's Monster sponsorship means he's now one of five Monster riders in last year's men's top 10 overall, including the top three - Amaury Pierron, Danny Hart and Troy Brosnan. The highest ranked Red Bull rider in the men's competition was Brook MacDonald in sixth (with Bruni in seventh and Gee in ninth). It's a different story in the women's competition though, where three Red Bull athletes duked it out for three of the top four spots last year - Rachel, Tahnee and Myriam. Only Loris Vergier and Laurie Greenland now remain from last year's top 10 in the men's competition without an energy drink sponsor.

Dawid Godziek joins NS Bikes

NS Bikes now have both Godziek brothers on board for 2019. Dawid, the winner of last year X-Games in Sydney, will focus more on MTB in 2019, but will still compete in major BMX events. Szymon is currently injured but it hopefully won't be long before they're shredding together on NS.

Cedric Gracia leaves Santa Cruz, hints at entrepreneurial venture

After first working with the brand on the CG Racing Brigade back in 2010, Cedric Gracia has announced he will be parting ways with Santa Cruz. CG has raced both downhill and EWS for Roskopp's brand and now runs a vlog channel. There's no hints on where we can expect him to go next but there was an interesting line in his farewell post - "I’m an entrepreneur and so I have to fly again." Could we be looking at an Atherton style move from the World Party Champion?

Connor Fearon and Angel Suarez on 100% helmets

100% are making some moves this offseason. They not only became part of Trek Factory Racing but they've now picked up Connor Fearon and Angel Suarez too who will be sporting some smart looking custom lids for the season.

Martin Maes with Airflaps

Martin Maes will be running Airflaps this year. Airflaps fit on the side of your helmet and can be sprung forwards with one hand to push your goggle off your face and allow a bit of ventilation to prevent fogging. See how they work here.

Radon Factory Downhill Team Winds Up

First launched in 2015, it looks like Radon are going to be winding down their downhill team. The team picked up three podiums courtesy of Manon Carpenter and continued after her retirement with Johannes Fischbach and Faustin Figaret. The two riders are both hinting that new teams are on the way... maybe the team rumours circus tent hasn't packed away for this year just yet.

Phil Atwill back on Funn pedals

No official team news from Phil yet but at least we know what pedals he's going to be riding! After a year away from Funn on SixPack components he's now back with the Taiwanese brand.

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 I picked up a deal from my local Mexican restaurant..... free chips and salsa every time I go. Beat that.
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 I get all of that, PLUS free refills. Beat that.
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 @mtbros1264: my Mexican restaurant gives free bean and Queso dip, with refills. Beat that Smile
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 My Local Mexican restaurant gives me free diarrhea and a day off of work.
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 @chriskneeland: you win do explosively that even Montezuma bows to you.
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 So, not do.
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 @chriskneeland: FTW, ha! If you didn't crack a smile at that one, you're a liar, haha!
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 @chriskneeland: Is it really free though?
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 @Biocoug1: Not the town in NM right ?
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 i think that cedric is going with uno bikes and maybe investing
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 @mtbros1264: All that, plus beans, plus free buttered tortillas w/ salsa, plus the Manager and co treat us like family, plus free dessert for birthdays... EAT IT. Oh, wait... @chriskneeland already won, I'm dying! Razz
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 CG: "I, too, will be printing my own brand of bikes."
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 Airflaps now.. Pissflaps next ...
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 What do you think this is, the TEAMROBOT comments???
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 CG has always been a class act!!
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 Remember when he pulled that backflip at Rampage? Would seem like nothing today but at the time...
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 Am I showing my age when I say I thought it was only a year or two ago that Cedric was on Cannondale...
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 Decade or 2... Only out by a factor of 10.
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 @mammal: damn. I was afraid of that.
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 @veero you mean Sunn?
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 @fracasnoxteam: or GT even, remember those days?
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 @Craigatdescentworld: CG on GT? Hmmm, no, don't remember him on a gt. Fighting with first Jekyll against Lopes on a hot, yes tho.
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 "Tit-bits" - noun; a small and particularly interesting part of the nipple, commonly know as nip.

"when you're at the beach and catch a glimpse of her tit-bits"
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 Under-rated comment is under-rated
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 Cedric is involved with Production Privee, isn't he? Maybe something new with/for them?
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 This is what I was thinking too. Maybe they are upscaling and going to market/ship outside of Europe and need Gracia as a brand manager. I'd love to get a Shan N5 and not have to pay a crapload with shipping.
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 A few pics of CG and Ratboy on this Insta announcement. My guess CG is going to Cannondale. Bringing back some glory days... There must be a complete overhaul of the Cannondale range comming up. Fingers crossed.
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 After what happened the last time when he left.......maybe not
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 Let see how long Monster n Luca stay together. Monster don’t seem to stay true to their athletes.
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 Examples? Genuinely curious, to me it seems like they keep supporting a lot of their athletes through tough times. (Zink, Aggy, Scotty Cranmer)
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 Monster and Red Bull are such different brands when it comes to athletes. Monster and bikes generally mean they throw money at riders when they're at the top. Red Bull help nurture talent, and actually put a lot more in to the industry than cash.
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 @jamesdunford: When will BANG step up and sponsor riders?
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 Four Loko in 2020....
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 Mike Montgomery, Sabrina Joiner, Brett Rheeder.. that’s just a couple of them@N-60:
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 @N-60: Brendog, Sam Hill, Brosnan, the list is gnarly of long term love.
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 Yeah because they are the top on the sport.. as soon as they stop winning as much or brendog lose some popularity they’ll get drop as well@stikmanglaspell:
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 @jamessmurthwaite The type of Bit you meant to reference in this case is known as a Tid.
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 I always knew Luca was a monster!
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 Love me some juicy Airflaps
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 Airflaps? Are they in the picture somewhere like a "where's Waldo" thing?
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 They do look like can really make a difference like almost dropper posts did ,and maybe just one side could do the job and you could do it while riding.
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 ratboy and CG off santa cruz. who else will jump ship? bummer
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 Cedric and Palmer going into business together. Cigar and whiskey futures to skyrocket.
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 I’d rather see weed and mushroom farm
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 Top of the line apartments and villas...
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 Anybody else use 2 layer ski goggles that never fog anyway?
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 Or Smith Squad mtb goggs
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 @bogey: or anti fog spray...
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 Yeah, simply get good goggles with 2 lenses or with decent anti-fog treatment (or both).
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