Ride Concepts Athlete Team Welcomes Isabeau Courdurier, Keegan Wright, Vinny T & More

Feb 25, 2020
by Ride Concepts  

PRESS RELEASE: Ride Concepts

We are excited to announce several new recruits to the Ride Concepts 2020 athlete team, welcomed by the original class continuing into its sophomore year.

Kyle Strait, Atherton Racing, Greg Watts, Caroline Buchanan, Sam Pilgrim, Geoff Gulevich and Wade Simmons will continue to call our rider owned brand home in 2020. Now in our sophomore year, we have recruited additional talent to support the Ride Every Day ethos.

bigquotesFor 2020, we wanted a diversified team from a variety of disciplines across the globe. I don’t think we could have done it any better.Team Manager Paul Basagoitia

Enduro World Series 2019 champion Isabeau Courdurier stood atop the podium with 8 wins last year. In 2020, she will do it in Ride Concepts shoes. “I always struggled to find shoes that fit my small feet,” said the French native. “After trying them on, I knew these were the ones! I believe in durable goods built to last and I’m ready to put some miles in my Traverse shoes.”


Kiwi shredder Keegan Wright comes aboard focusing on enduro, downhill, pump track and eating pasta. “Stoked to be joining the Ride Concepts crew and can’t wait to fire off the 2020 season with them at Crankworx Rotorua!” said Wright.


The new class wouldn’t be complete without a big mountain freerider. Vincent Tupin (Vinny T) of France brings his loose and aggressive Rampage style to the team.


Ali Clarkson, Kyle Warner, and Lewis Buchanan round out the freshmen class with their unique styles of trials, racing and getting more people excited about bikes at a grassroots level.

“I’m excited to partner with Ride Concepts because they have the right motivation behind what they are doing,” said Warner. “They are a passionate group of people that love riding and supporting up and coming kids and events.”

Even with such a broad lineup, Basagoitia hints that this roster may not yet be complete. “We have a little more flavor coming,” he hinted.

Catch Strait, Watts and Wright competing at Crankworx Rotorua in March.

Ride Concepts is a rider-owned bike footwear company based in Truckee, CA. For more information, visit www.rideconcepts.com and @ridecncpts.

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  • 28 1
 Stoked to be part of such a great team, thanks RC!
  • 2 0
 Rad! Nice on Ali C
  • 2 0
 Better hope they have your signature red eh
  • 9 2
 anyone here who works in a shop in North America knows that Adidas/ Five-Ten have straight up SHIT THE BED for the last two years when it comes to full-filling orders and actually having any stock for the Riding shoes people want and need. Euro-trash hikers rebranded as riding shoes doesn't count.

If Ride Concepts can up their Rubber game by ditching the useless 6.0 rubber and just move forward with the 4.0 and maybe even a stickier one they can very easily take up some good space in the MTB shoe market.

Lots of talented folks riding for RC, Just hope they can get their rubber sorted cause other than 4.0 that 6.0 rubber is useless.
  • 9 0
 i think everybody should have worn overalls in their pics.
  • 8 0
 Damn. We totally missed our chance.
  • 7 0
 These shoes must be made by the Same factory that make the 2FO for Specialized.
  • 2 0
 Why do you say that?
  • 2 1
 my rc hellions and v1 2fo are both great alternatives to 510!
  • 7 1
 It depends on a kind of riding you are doing. If you want shoes for a DJ bike you don't need and may not even want a fresh 5.10 grip. If you ride flats in the woods though as most of readers here I assume... hard to beat 5.10. Especially that you can run a bit shorter pins on pedals.
  • 4 4
 @WAKIdesigns: dude, didn’t you get the memo?

Five Ten is kaput, dold, so much yesterday’s internet fodder.

Even then, sticky rubber ain’t enough to make up for crap quality and poor design.

RC actually makes good shoes.
  • 1 0
 Getting my wife a pair of Livewires, since RC actually makes a true US Women's 5 (22cm) shoe.
Will check these out for myself when my 5:10 Freeride Pros are due to be replaced.
Curious how does the sole of RC compare to stealth rubber of 5:10?
  • 1 0
 I missed this from a few weeks back www.pinkbike.com/news/review-ride-concepts-powerline-flat-pedal-shoes.html ...however this compare the Powerline, which RC rates as a grip of 4, I wonder how the Hellion which they rate with a grip of 6 compare to the grip on my current Freeride Pros :thinking:
  • 1 0
 They don’t compare, I could still ride but bounced noticeably. And I’ve heard they work for some people but for me I had constant hot spots.
  • 2 1
 I have both and if the 5:10s are 10/10 grip, the RCs are about a 6/10. Still great shoes and good grip, but unfortunately not the same grip as the 5:10s
  • 2 0
 Agree with others on this thread - i replaced 5.10s (Freeriders I think) with the RC flat-pedal (I also forget which model.) The 5.10 rubber is noticeably better but the RC is a better shoe in all other respects IMO. It's stiffer (which I suspect contributes to it's less-grippy feel compared to the 5.10s), lighter, breathes better and has padding on the inside ankle to protect that little bone that I seem to bang all the time. Also, for some reason, my 5.10s would always fill up with sand and twigs and other crap. The RCs don't do that.
  • 1 0
 I have a pair of the clipless and a pair of the flat pedal versions. I do wish their clipless shoes didn't have that medial ankle cushion. I feel like that is pretty much worthless on shoes and you notice it when pedaling. But otherwise I find them very comfortable.
  • 4 0
 That’s a strong collective.
  • 2 0
 Anyone have unparallel shoes? If so how do they compare to 5.10's stealth and Mi6 rubber's grip?
  • 1 0
 From what I've read and heard, 5.10 is completely dominant in flat pedal shoes. Still don't have a pair though haha
  • 2 0
 Will Afton drop the Keegan shoe now or rename it?
  • 2 0
 Yeaaah Ali !
  • 1 0
 Geoff gulevich too!
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